Ice skating

(Benson Kua/Wikimedia Commons)

1. Carnival of Arctic Animals

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Conrad Centre For The Performing Arts

This hour-long children’s concert invites you to travel with a magic dog sled on an Arctic journey, featuring music by Mozart, Bartok and Elgar. Children and their families are invited to arrive an hour before the concert starts to visit the Discovery Area for fun musical activities. Plus, there’s a chance to meet the performers after the concert.

2. Waterloo New Year’s Day Levee

Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

RIM Park – 2001 University Ave W.

If you’ve already cheated on your New Year’s Resolution, fear not. Ring in the New Year again by checking out the City of Waterloo’s New Year’s Levee and start over. There will be free skating, as well as performances by Happy Space Clowns, Erick Traplin and Youth in Error, as well as the Sradha School of Dance, the Central Ontario Chinese Cultural Centre and University of Waterloo African Students Association. There’s a free GRT bus from Conestoga Mall to RIM Park, so you have no excuse not to go and dance in the new year.

3. Argus Festival and Fundraiser

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Casey’s Bar and Grill

Musicians from across Waterloo Region are performing at a day-long festival to raise money for homeless youth and The Argus Residence shelter in Cambridge. There will be two stages, with over 15 performers as well as an open mic segment for those who want to share their talents. Check out the event’s Facebook page for information on the lineup and how you can donate.

4.  Smitten with Bitten viewing party

Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

Hespeler Village, various locations

Many scenes in Bitten, a new TV show about werewolves that premieres on Space TV, were filmed in Hespeler Village in Cambridge. The show is based on books by a Canadian author, Kelley Armstrong. To celebrate the series’ debut at 9 p.m. on Saturday night, local businesses in Hespeler Village are holding viewing parties with prize packs. There’s even a chance to win the grand prize – a Bitten script signed by the cast.

5. Days and Daze

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

TheMuseum, Kitchener

An afternoon of rummage sales and snacks followed by an evening of live music? Sounds good to me. From 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., there will be free entry to this event so you can eat, check out art and local vendors. Music starts at 7 p.m. and includes performances by DJ Matt Finn, String Theory, New Wings and DJ Tim Vivid.