Ice on Whyte Festival
Where: Old Strathcona, End of Steel Park located at Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, Alberta
When: January 26 2017 to February 5 2017; two winter weekends: January 26-29 and February 2-5, 2017.
Why: Every year, the Ice on Whyte Festival grabs Canadian winter by the snowballs and carves it into a wicked combo of ice and art. Just imagine, 155,000 pounds of ice is dumped just to prep for this week long party – on purpose! So, get your toque on and come down to the International Ice Carving Competition, ride a gigantic ice slide, or learn to carve ice just like a pro. One of the hottest shows is on the last night, where you’ll see fire melt an ice sculpture right back into H20. You’ll be right in your element. Get it?
Where: Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd, Edmonton, Alberta
When: December 30 2016 to March 15 2017
Why: It’s back! This winter, explore the Ice Castles, an acre-sized winter wonderland crafted by hand using only icicles and water, and resembles organic formations found in nature, like those of frozen waterfalls, glaciers or ice caves. For the second time in forever, Ice Castles will call Hawrelak Park home.
Cost: Advanced tickets can be purchased at a discount on Ice Castles’ website. General admission for ages 12 and up is $12.95 Monday through Thursday, and $15.95 Friday through Sunday. For those four to 11 years old, tickets are $9.95 Monday through Thursday, and $11.95 Friday through Sunday. These prices do not include taxes. Prices for tickets bought on site are more expensive.
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival
Where: 118 Avenue NW & 91 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
When: January 14 2017 to January 15 2017
Why: This two-day festival brings together Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, First Nations and South American communities to celebrate their diverse cultures, and revel in the magic and beauty of winter.
Hamelin, A New Fable
When: Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Where: Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, Spuce Grove,Alberta, Canada
Theatre for Young Audiences
Using masks, puppets, and their own unique physical theatre style, Axis Theatre’s comedic retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is full of surprising plot twists, and heart-tugging moments. It’s musical theatre fun for the whole family!
Tickets: $12 All Ages
Recommended Age: 4+
Touch Lab: Leave your mark
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton AB T5J 2C1
Why: Don’t touch the artwork! How many times have you heard that at a museum or art gallery? Why is touching artwork not allowed? What other factors might affect the lifecycle of an artwork? Join us in a tactile investigation of art and art conservation to answer these questions through a series of kinesthetic explorations and activities. Touch Lab, designed by artist and designer Anna-Karolina Szul, investigates how a variety of man-made and natural elements contribute to the wear and tear on works of art over time.
Cost: Gallery Admission
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