25 things to do in Edmonton this weekend: January 24 to 26

Jan 24 2020, 1:00 pm

Another winter weekend to enjoy in Edmonton! Here are 25 events to check out on Friday, January 24, Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26. Brian Posehn, Lunar New Year, and more.

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

Friday, January 24


What: GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan brings the Liquid Swords 25th Anniversary tour to The Starlite Room on January 24. Featuring special guest Tzadeka.

When: January 24, 2020
Time: Doors 9:30 pm
Where: The Starlite Room — 10030 102 Street NW, Edmonton
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

Brian Posehn

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What: Nerd Nite Edmonton presents Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program, Nerd Poker, The Big Bang Theory) at The Starlite Room with special guest Kathleen McGee.

When: January 24, 2020
Time: Doors 6:30 pm
Where: The Starlite Room — 10030 102 Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Open Mic at Anvil

What: Anvil Coffee House hosts an open mic night every Friday. Poets, musicians, comedians, and more are all welcome to perform.

When: Every Friday
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Anvil Coffee House — 6148-90 Avenue, Edmonton
Admission: 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 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

Saturday, January 25

Lunar New Year Extravaganza at West Edmonton Mall


What: West Edmonton Mall celebrates Lunar New Year with a variety of daily events until January 25. Events include ice carving on January 24, and an indoor sparkler show and entertainment on January 25.

When: Now until January 25, 2020
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: West Edmonton Mall — 8882 170 Street NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Harlem Globetrotters

What: Harlem Globetrotters bring their all-new show, “Pushing the Limits,” to Edmonton on January 25, with top-notch ballers showcasing ball handling, soaring dunks, a new record-breaking attempt, and more for the whole family.

When: January 25, 2020
Time: Doors 6 pm, show at 7 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Crave by Sarah Kane

What: StoneMarrow Theatre presents Crave by UK playwright Sarah Kane. Crave is a one-act story of love, loss, and desire, and is part of the Fringe Spotlight Program.

When: Tuesday to Saturday until January 25, 2020
Time: 8 pm (plus 2 pm on Saturdays)
Where: Backstage Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns — 10330 84 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Edmonton Pet Expo

What: Edmonton Pet Expo features hundreds of pet products, service providers, live entertainment, and more. The show welcomes all types of pet lovers, whether you have dogs or cats, reptiles and other small caged exotics. Pets must be left at home though.

When: January 25 and 26, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre – 7515 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

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

Winterruption YEG

What: The first-ever Winterruption YEG features a variety of live music and comedy events, outdoor events, craft beer, and community happenings in venues around downtown Edmonton.

When: Now until January 26, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online


What: Multi-platinum award winning producer and international artist Ville Virtanen aka Darude plays Union Hall on January 25. Although best known for Sandstorm, which became the world’s best selling 12″ vinyl of 2000, Darude has had a long and successful career as both a live performer and a DJ.

When: January 25, 2020
Time: Doors 9 pm
Where: Union Hall — 6240 99 Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Edmonton Renovation Show


What: Get inspired for your home renos at the 2020 Edmonton Renovation Show. Discover the year’s hot new trends, find products and services, and learn how to do your renos the proper way.

When: January 24 to 26, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre – 7515 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: 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 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

Everybody Loves Robbie

What: The world premiere of Everybody Loves Robbie by Edmonton playwright Ellen Chorley. Robbie and Chloe are the star triple-threat couple of their high school drama club and have dreams of their future success together in theatre. But when Robbie questions his sexuality, and Chloe begins to wonder too, what does that mean for their future together?

When: Tuesday to Sunday from now until January 25, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 2 pm on Sundays)
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barn – Studio Theatre – 10330 84 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Sunday, January 26

2020 Polar Plunge

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What: Take the Polar Plunge on January 26 at Lake Summerside in support of Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta.

When: January 26, 2020
Time: Registration 11 am, opening ceremonies 12 pm
Where: Lake Summerside — 1720 88 Street NW, Edmonton
More Info: Online

Boardwalk Ice On Whyte

What: The Boardwalk Ice On Whyte and the International Ice Carving Exhibit takes place in Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park until February 2. Up to 10 professional ice carving teams will compete, and after viewing the sculptures, attendees can try making their own small ice carving in a heated tent.

When: Now until February 2, 2020 (closed January 27)
Time: Various times
Where: Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park – 8331 104 Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Birkie Hot Chocolate Sundays

What: Head out on a cross-country ski adventure on the track-set trails in Birkieland and enjoy a warm fire and complimentary hot chocolate. Provided by the Friends of the Blackfoot and the Canadian Birkebeiner Society in advance of the Canadian Birkie Ski Festival.

When: January 26 and February 2, 2020
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Cooking Lake — Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, Waskahegan Staging Area, Edmonton
Price: Free

Bountiful Farmers’ Market

What: Bountiful Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of fresh goods, including local vegetables and meat, coffee roasters, and beer and wine. There is also an ethnic food hall, a children’s play area, live entertainment, and more!

When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday year-round
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 3696 97 Street, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Family Literacy Carnival

What: MacEwan University’s Golden Key Chapter students and the Centre for Family Literacy host the 8th Annual Family Literacy Carnival. There will be interactive activities, and attendees will leave with a free book plus tips on how to make literacy a daily routine.

When: January 26, 2020
Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
Where: MacEwan University – Robbins Health Learning Centre – 10910 104 Ave NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Lunar New Year of the Rat Celebration at Kingsway Mall

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What: Chinese Benevolent Association of Edmonton hosts a Lunar New Year of the Rat Celebration at Kingsway Mall on January 26. The event features interactive activities, exhibitions, live performances, lion dances, new year’s cake, and more.

When: January 26, 2020
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Kingsway Mall — 109 Street & Kingsway, Edmonton
Admission: Free

The Sweatlife Series – Yoga

What: lululemon Southgate hosts The Sweatlife Series, a different workshop, discussion or class each Sunday. On January 26, take part in a Baptiste’s Journey into Power Yoga experience with Carly Morrison of Metta Yoga.

When: January 26, 2020
Time: 9:30 to 11 am
Where: lululemon Southgate – 5015 111 St NW Unit 412, Edmonton
Register: Online, Free

Jasper in January 2020 Winter Festival

What: The 31st Jasper in January is full of art, music, dance, food, and winter activities. There are over 40 differen things to do, with some free events and some ticketed events to enjoy. A few of the highlights are a brewery tour, ice climbing lessons, dark sky snowshoe tours, sleigh rides, and a pond hockey tournament.

When: Now until February 2, 2020
Time: Times vary by event
Where: Jasper, Alberta
Tickets: Varies by event, some are free to attend

When Giant Babies Attack – A Children’s Concert

What: Macewan’s Conservatory Of Music presents When Giant Babies Attack by Joseph Salvalaggio and Babu Press on January 26. The performance features featuring oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, and pieces by pieces by famous composers such as Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Grieg, Handel, and Saint-Saens.

When: January 26, 2020
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Where: Alberta College Campus Muttart Hall, Main Floor – 10050 Macdonald Drive Northwest, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

BMO All Day Sunday: Cozy Art Corner

What: Art Gallery of Alberta hosts Cozy Art Corner as part of BMO All Day Sunday. The exploration of art, stories and storytelling invites attendees to curl up in a blanket fort or make one of their own. There will be live storytelling, illustrating a pop-up storybook to take home, and more.

When: January 26, 2020
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta – 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
Price: Free with admission

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