Six Ways to Kickstart Your Weekend

The weekend is just around the corner and instead of heading to West Edmonton Mall, enjoy some of the great events happening in Edmonton this month. We've listed six ways for you to kickstart your weekend and ensure you enjoy the last of winter, on any budget.

1) The Silver Skate Festival at Hawrelak Park kicked off this past Friday and continues until the 21st. Silver Skate is a combination of arts, culture, recreation, and sport, all rooted in Dutch winter traditions. The festival features a variety of free events and activities throughout the day and night. Enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides, face painting, skating, live music, snow sculptures, and food trucks. There is even a Heritage Village featuring pioneer and Aboriginal pieces to celebrates our city’s rich culture. For more information check out the event schedule

2) While you’re at the festival don't forget to explore the Ice Castles. This marvelous winter wonderland was crafted by hand and features a slide, thrones, beautiful lights, and a maze of caves. Wear boots, dress warm, and make sure you bring your camera because you'll want to document the beauty of this site. Here's a tip: Book your tickets online to save some time and money. Also, no drinks or food allowed in the castle. 

3) Head over to City Hall every Sunday from 1 to 4 P.M. and enjoy live swing, jazz and big band music alongside Sugar Swing Dance Club's free dance lessons. There is also soundtrack skating on the rink outside. Free skate rentals are dependent upon availability.

4) Grab your sleds, crazy carpets, and toboggans and hit the hills at Slip & Slide! Happening every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5 P.M. at Rundle Park, Jackie Parker Park, and Gallagher Park. If you get too cold just warm yourself up with some free hot chocolate. Note: Sip & Slide Sundays may be canceled if it is too cold or if no one is out tobogganing.

5) The Witchery Market is happening on Saturday, February 20th from 10 to 5 P.M. at Acacia Hall. Admission is free! Enjoy 25 witchy vendors selling a variety of handmade goods, as well as free presentations and tarot readings. It's guaranteed to be a spooky time. Check out their Facebook event page for more info and a list of vendors. 

6) 5 Artists 1 Love is an annual Black History Month event that provides Edmonton residents the opportunity to celebrate the cultural mosaic within the black Community. It explores the rich history of the African diaspora through art, music, dance, and poetry. Several artists will be showcasing their work at different venues across Edmonton. Check out the Art Gallery of Alberta, the University of Alberta, Garneau Theater, Latitude 53, and the Scott Gallery. For more dates and info visit http://5artists1love.com.

Have a great weekend and visit www.todocanada.ca for more local events.