25 things to do in Edmonton this weekend: January 10 to 12

Jan 10 2020, 1:00 pm

Another Edmonton weekend full of fun events to enjoy. From Deep Freeze to Chinatown Dining Week, here are 25 things to do from January 10 to January 12.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

Friday, January 10

Ice Castles Alberta

What: The magical ice castle in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park features ice caves, tunnels, slides, fountains, and even a throne room. The shimmering wonderland was handcrafted by artists who used only icicles and water. Workers grew up to 12,000 icicles per day, harvested them, and individually sculpted them to create the ice formations, according to Explore Edmonton.

When: Now until March 10, 2020
Hours: 4 to 9 pm (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday), 4 to 10 pm (Friday), 11 to 10 pm (Saturday), 12 to 8 pm (Sunday), Closed on Tuesdays
Where: Hawrelak Park – 9330 Groat Road, Edmonton
Tickets: $13.99 for adults on weekdays, $10.99 for children. On weekends, prices increase to $17.99 for adults and $12.99 for children. You can buy online

MacEwan Honey Beer Launch Party

What: MacEwan Eats and Sustainability and Alley Kat Brewery have made the first-ever MacEwan Honey Brown Lager.Enjoy a free sample at Tower’s Pub at MacEwan on January 10, There will also be food and drink specials as well as live music by For Tonight.

When: January 10, 2020
Time: Starts at 4 pm
Where: Tower’s Pub, MacEwan University – 10700 104 Avenue Northwest 6-101, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Matilda the Musical

Matilda by Paul Kane High School

What: Paul Kane High School presents Matilada the Musical, the Roahld Dahl story of an extraordinary girl who takes a stand and shapes her destiny.

When: Now until January 10, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Arden Theatre – 5 St.Anne Street, St. Albert
Tickets: Online

Tubing at Sunridge

What: Sunridge Ski Area’s Snow Tubing Park offers a dedicated tubing lift, three groomed chutes down one of the main hills, and special tubes to ride down.

When: Fridays to Sundays until March 8, 2020. Also open on holidays.
Time: Various times available
Where: Sunridge Ski Area – Strathcona Science Provincial Park — 10980 17 Street NW, Edmonton
Booking: Online

Winter Shakespeare Festival – Julius Caesar

What: The Malachites’ Winter Shakespeare Festival takes attendees back to ancient Rome for the timeless tragedy, Julius Caesar, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

When: January 10, 11, 15, 17, 19, 25, 31, and February 2, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 1:30 pm on January 31)
Where: Holy Trinity Anglican Church – 10037 84 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Saturday, January 11

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival

Deep Freeze – Arts on the Ave / Facebook

What: Deep Freeze features a variety of authentic cultural and heritage winter games and activities. There will be world music performances on Saturday, and Indigenous performances throughout the weekend. Saturday is also Ukrainian Cultural Day and Sunday is Francophone Cultural Day. Presented by Arts on the Ave.

When: January 11 and 12, 2020
Time: 12 to 10 pm (Saturday), 12 to 6 pm (Sunday)
Where: Various locations
Admission: By Donation

Snowshoe and Stargaze

What: This experience starts with a short guided snowshoe hike around Astotin Lake. Then gather around the fire and gaze up at the sky of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve with the help of a park interpreter. A great way to connect with nature and the cosmos.

When: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, and 15, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Elk Island National Park
Register Info: Online

Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market

What: Edmonton’s first indoor farmer’s market. The Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market showcases over 130 vendors every Saturday, including vendors with locally grown produce, arts and crafts, specialty foods, clothing, and more.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 8 am to 3 pm
Where: 83rd Avenue and 103 Street NW (just off Whyte Ave), Edmonton
Admission: Free


What: A group exhibition by artists of the non-profit arts organization PAINTER8, curated by Contact C.. Featuring artwork from Craig Talbot (Cardston), Tim Rechner (Edmonton), Beth Pederson (Edmonton), Tom Cummins (Vancouver), Chrissy Cheung (Vancouver), Rafael Sottolichio (Montreal), miss hatt (Montreal) and guest artist, Kai Chan (Toronto).

When: Now until January 11, 2020
Time: Doors 7:30 pm
Where: Galerie Cité, La Cité Francophone — 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 Street N), Edmonton
Tickets: Online

The Georgia Satellites

What: Country rockers The Georgia Satellites (“Keep Your Hands to Yourself”, “The Hippy-Hippy Shake”, “Battleship Chains”) perform at River Cree on January 11.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: River Cree Resort & Casino — 300 East Lapotac Blvd, Enoch
Tickets: Online

Cost Of Living

What: A 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about relationships and living with physical disabilities. The play tells the story of a wealthy student being cared for by a young down-on-her-luck woman, and a man who rebuilds an old connection by providing assistance to his ex-wife.

When: Tuesdays to Sundays from January 11 to February 2, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Shoctor Theatre – 9828 – 101 A Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Garage Band Saturdays – Pal Joey

What: The Cask and Barrel’s Garage Band Saturdays presents a live performance by alt-rock band Pal Joey on January 11.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: The Cask and Barrel – 10041 104 St NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Edmonton Button Club Display

What: Old Strathcona Antique Mall hosts the Edmonton Button Club and their clothing button display full of antique and vintage buttons. Club members will be in attendance to talk about button collecting and identifying buttons. Everyone is encouraged to bring in their own buttons and collections.

When: January 11 to 12, 2020
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Old Strathcona Antique Mall – 10323 78 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Bugs 101: Pollinators

Bee garden/Shutterstock

What: Edmonton Public Library hosts a presentation from a University of Alberta entomologist. Attendees will learn the importance of insect pollinators, the science of pollination works, and the impact both have on the world.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Where: Edmonton Public Library – Capilano Branch – 9915 67 Street NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Queen Lear Is Dead

What: The Fox Den Collective presents Queen Lear Is Dead, an interactive, pick-your-own-pathway live theatre show that “examines the things we love, the people we lose, and the cupcakes we eat along the way.”

When: January 11, 12 and 13, 2020
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Strathcona Baptist Church – 8318 104 Street Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Sunday, January 12

Chinatown Dining Week

What: Chinatown Dining Week showcases 16 restaurants and diverse cuisines, including regional Chinese specialties, Filipino, Indian, and Thai. Participating restaurants have created special $18 fixed price multi-course dinners, and some will also be offering $10 takeaway dinners.

When: Now until January 19, 2020
Time: After 5 pm
Where: Various locations
Price: $18 fixed-price dinner menus or $10 takeaway

The Wedding Fair



What: Edmonton’s The Wedding Fair features wedding vendors, advice from the city’s top wedding experts, a New York-style fashion show, and Edmonton’s largest gown sale with dresses from 40% to 70% off.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Edmonton Convention Centre — 9797 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Front Yards In Bloom: Winterscapes

What: Edmontonians are encouraged to brighten their neighbourhood by making a winter wonderland in their front yard, community hall, office/business building, or school. Use lights, plants, snow, and ice in a winterscape-building party then a 2020 Winterscapes Photo Contest.

When: January 12 until February 17, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Price: Free

Winter Shakespeare Festival – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What: The Malachites’ Winter Shakespeare Festival is a new site-specific festival in Edmonton. Enjoy a new production of the Bard’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

When: January 12, 16, 18, 24, 26, and February 1, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 1:30 pm on January 24)
Where: Holy Trinity Anglican Church – 10037 84 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Charity Spin Class at YEG Cycle

What: Waste Free Edmonton hosts a one-hour charity spin class at YEG Cycle. Proceeds go to support their new School Program and the goal of educating Edmonton youth on waste reduction.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 1 pm
Where: YEG Cycle – Spin Studio – 10634 Whyte Ave, Edmonton
Price: $25

Home Brewing Class

What: ANVIL Coffee House leads a workshop all about home brewing. Attendees will receive detailed instruction from an ANVIL bartista, learn about beans from different regions, and get to try home brew options. Everyone will also receive their choice of a sample size jar of beans.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: ANVIL Coffee House — 6148 90 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Family Films at the Library – The Lion King

The Lion King (IMDb)

What: Bring the family to enjoy a film at Edmonton Public Library’s Whitemud Crossing Branch. On January 12, enjoy the box office smash, The Lion King.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Edmonton Public Library Whitemud Crossing Branch — 4211 106 Street, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Edmonton

What: Track N Trail has presented the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour for over 20 years. There are eight shows happening until January 16, with two programs to choose from: Track and Trail.

When: January 10 until January 16, 2020 (No screening on January 13)
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 1:30 pm on January 11 and 12)
Where: Metro Cinema — 8712 109 Street, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

The Unfortunates

What: Edmonton rockers The Unfortunates perform at The Buckingham on January 12 with guests League Of Wolves and Ex Ømerta.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Buckingham – 10439 82 Ave NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Mario Kart 64 Tournament

What: The Canadian Brewhouse hosts a Mario Kart 64 Tournament on January 12. There are prizes for the top three players, plus a prime rib dinner for the racer with the most consecutive wins.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 2 pm
Where: The Canadian Brewhouse — 9538 Ellerslie Road Southwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

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