25 things to do in Edmonton this weekend: January 31 to February 2

Jan 31 2020, 1:00 pm

So long January and hello February! Check out these 27 Edmonton events happening on Friday, January 31, Saturday, February 1, and Sunday, February 2. Edmonton Oilers, La Poutine Week, and more.

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

Friday, January 31

Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues

What: The Edmonton Oilers take on the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place on January 31.

When: January 31, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Ice Castles Alberta

Edmonton ice castles

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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.

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 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

I Am From Here

What: I Am From Here shares stories from descendants of Alberta’s early Black pioneers. Hear spoken-word stories from a tabletop jukebox, watch a film about one family’s quilting tradition, and partake in other activities.

When: Now until September 7, 2020 (closed Mondays)
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Royal Alberta Museum — 9810 103a Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Saturday, February 1

Flying Canoe Volant

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What: The Flying Canoë Volant is inspired by the legend of Honoré Beaugrand’s La Chasse-galerie and highlights culture and traditions of the First Nations, French-Canadian and Métis peoples. Explore the Mill Creek ravine and new Francophone Quarter in Edmonton with a variety of activities and events, including live entertainment, bannock making, light installations, and the Flying Canoe public races on February 1.

When: February 1, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Mill Creek Ravine and La Cité francophone — 8627 Rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 Street), Edmonton
Admission: Free

Calgary Pioneers vs Edmonton Rage – Battle for Alberta

What: The inaugural Battle for Alberta is a friendly competition with the Edmonton LGBT+ hockey team Edmonton Rage versus The Calgary Pioneers and Calgary Villagers!

When: February 1, 2020
Time: 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Where: West Edmonton Mall — 1755, 8882 170 Street, Edmonton
Admission: Free

Snowshoe and Stargaze

What: This experience starts with a short guided snowshoe hike around Astotin Lake. Then guests can 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: February 1, 8, and 15, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Elk Island National Park
Register Info: Online

Cloud Nine: University of Alberta Improv Group’ 9th Annual Improv Festival

What: University of Alberta Improv Group presents The Notorious UIG’s 9th annual international improv festival, Cloud Nine. The festival showcases groups from all over Canada and the United States.

When: February 1, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) — 11405 87 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
Admission: By donation

The Afro Latin Festival YEG

What: The second Afro Latin Festival YEG celebrates African, Caribbean and Latinx cultures. Performers include Agbe Music and Dance of Africa (Ghana), Trincan Steel Orchestra, Samba Edmonton, and more.

When: February 1, 2020
Time: Doors 6 pm
Where: The Starlite Room – 10030 102 Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

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.

WhenFebruary 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

La Poutine Week Edmonton 2020



What: The fest takes place during the first week of February. The dining public can eat and vote on their favourites before a winner is announced at the end of the week. As always, February 1 will mark the kick-off of the self-proclaimed “biggest poutine festival in the world,” and it will run until February 7.

When: February 1 until February 7, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Participating restaurants in Edmonton
More Info: Online

Edmonton Oil Kings

What: Edmonton Oil Kings take on Winnipeg ICE at Rogers Place on February 1.

When: February 1, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Blue Halloo: A Warm Cup of Cocoa (feat Comedy)

What: A comedy cabaret featuring Amanda Buchner and Meg Prusko of That’s My Wife, Brittany Campbell of A Bunch of Queers Comedy Show – Take 3, Glenna Schowalter of The Debutantes, and Heather Whitfield. Hosted by Nathalie Frances Feehan and Christine DeWitt, and also featuring Indie folk fusion band Hold for Home. Plus there is free hot cocoa for audience members.

When: The first Saturday of every month – February 1, 2020
Times: 9 to 10 pm
Where: The Grindstone — 10019 – 81 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Tickets: 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

Sunday, February 2

Super Bowl LIV Watch Party at River Cree

What: The River Cree Resort hosts a Super Bowl Watch Party on the giant screen. There will be $5 drink specials, cheerleaders and prizes to win throughout the big game.

When: February 2, 2020
Time: Doors 2 pm, pre-games 2:30 pm, event 4:30 pm
Where: River Cree Resort & Casino — 300 E Lapotac Boulevard, Edmonton
Tickets: Online

Live Active Day in Rundle Park

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What: Head to Rundle Park for a celebration of active living, recreation and sport in Edmonton. The city’s Live Active partners will host an afternoon of activities including skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and more. There will be free skate rentals, plus food trucks on location.

When: February 2, 2020
Time: 12 to 2 pm
Where: Rundle Park – 2909 113 Ave NW, Edmonton
Admission: Free

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 until February 2, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Shoctor Theatre — 9828 – 101 A Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: 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
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: February 2, 2020
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Cooking Lake — Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, Waskahegan Staging Area, Edmonton
Price: Free

The Sweatlife Series – Run

What: lululemon Southgate hosts The Sweatlife Series, a different workshop, discussion or class each Sunday. On February 2, join a conversation with lululemon ambassador Lazina Mckenzie.

When: February 2, 2020
Time: 9:30 to 11 am
Where: lululemon Southgate – 5015 111 St NW Unit 412, Edmonton
Register: Online, Free

Beercade: Super Bowl LIV

What: Beercade Edmonton and Edmonton Elite Football Club is hosting a Super Bowl Sunday viewing party. All drinks, beers and Beercade Bites are on special for $4. A Nintendo Switch will also be given away to a lucky attendee.

When: February 2, 2020
Time: 7 pm to 2 am
Where: Beercade — 10544 82 Avenue Northwest
Reservations: call 587-598-4263

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

Bountiful Farmers’ Market

Hastings Park

Farmer’s Market ( Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock)

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

Edmonton Outdoor Skating and Ice Rinks

What: Edmonton has a variety of outdoor skating and ice rinks to enjoy during the season. City-operated ice surfaces are monitored and maintained daily and will be closed if conditions are unsafe. Make sure to bring your skates and helmet, and check the rink status and conditions before heading out.

When: Open daily until the end of the season based on weather and ice conditions
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

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