February might be a short month, but there's no shortage of things going on in Edmonton. Winter festivals are in full swing, so check out what we've got on tap:
Boardwalk Ice on Whyte
When temperatures drop, creativity rises at Boardwalk Ice on Whyte. Professional carvers from every corner of the globe converge on our city for an international ice carving competition held once a year. Not only is it a chance for artists to prove they're the coolest at their craft, it's also a great opportunity to celebrate different cultures.
Thursday to Sunday from January 25-28 and February 1-4.
Flying Canoë Volant
Canoeing in the winter is tough. There’s constantly ice in your way, and the obvious threat of hypothermia. Fortunately, the Flying Canoe Festival has resolved that problem with, well, flying. Take part in the French-Canadian and First-Nations interactive legend told by various lost canoeists along a beautifully lit trail in the river valley. Of course you can also check out the outdoor DJ, snow slide and ice bar as well.
Catch a Play at The Citadel Theatre
The first half of the month brings Empire of the Sun to The Citadel stage (January 31-February 18). This play tells the funny, poignant story of one immigrant family and their inter-generational conflicts, reminding us that no matter how far we journey out into the world to find ourselves, we never stop being our parents' children. The second half of the month is sure to satisfy any dancing queens out there. The musical sensation Mamma Mia is hitting the stage at The Citadel Theatre February 17-March 18, but knowing me, knowing you, we've already got our tickets, right?
Chinook Series is blowing into town this month, and things are about to heat up! This series showcases all that's new, exciting, and creative; from roving dancers in the lobby to exciting mainstage plays. Chinook Series is Edmonton’s only international high performance arts festival showcasing some of the most acclaimed contemporary art taking place across Alberta, the nation, and worldwide.
Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival
What’s a loppet? Hmm, that’s a good question, let me turn it over to our resident Viking blogger, Yngvild. A loppet is a long endurance race (typically cross country skiing), such as the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival this February. The “Birkie” is a great family-oriented event that takes place at Cooking Lake near Elk Island National Park. Terrific, thanks Yngvild!
Silver Skate Festival
How about a little fire and ice to go with your February? Silver Skate Festival is serving up a healthy dose of both! Want snow sculptures? Got ‘em. Fire sculptures? Yep. Winter triathlon? Sure. Skating races, snowshoe races, curling, snow luge, broomball, hockey…should I keep going? The list goes on with other highlights including Heritage Village and Folk Trails. You’ll have to check it out to see the winter spirit truly coming together! And stroll over to the Ice Castles to explore a winter wonderland in Hawrelak Park.
POPnology at Telus World of Science
Journey from science fiction to science fact at POPnology at Telus World of Science. A "popnologist" is an expert in the study of how films, books, television and art inspire technological advancements. See the world's first 3D printed car, the DeLorean Time Machine and even step into a time capsule of 1983. The future is closer than you think!
February 9-May 6
Valentine’s Day seems to sneak up every single year doesn’t it? Forgot to make plans again? Of course you did, the doghouse is like a second home to you. But this year is different. You're going to dinner with your sweety (or even solo, who needs love anyway?) at one of Edmonton's amazing local restaurants like Corso 32, RGE RD, Bar Clementine and Bar Bricco.
Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet
Alberta Ballet presents guest company MOMIX in their new hit show Opus Cactus (February 15-17). This surreal fantasy world, where circus meets dance, transports audiences into the hidden landscape of the American Southwest, a desert world of soaring cactuses, slithering snakes and frolicking insects. Citie Ballet Presents: Intersect is coming to the Timms Centre this month (February 23-25) to bring you two new dynamic pieces in one eye opening show: Brett Taylor's Gate 3, is an energetic narrative of human emotional intersections that occur in our everyday lives, while See Me by Kiera Keglowitsch encourages a deeper conversation that allows us to celebrate ourselves as human beings.