February rolls around with the promise of romantic paraphernalia being everywhere you look, reminding you of either your pathetic loneliness or your obligation to open your wallet for your significant other. Fear not, losers and cheapskates, for the city of Edmonton has the answers for all your Valentine’s Day problems! …Well, mostly! Check out these events to enjoy with friends, dates - or your mom, should you have neither.
View of the Night Sky
When: Every Thursday at 7 pm
Location: University of Alberta Observatory
View the stars for not only mere seduction, but for science, too! For free, bear witness to constellations, galaxies, planets, moons, and nebulae. Each hour will not only have a glorious look into the universe, but public talks, as well, so if the skies in Edmonton aren’t cooperative, there’s the opportunity to chat with astronomers to get your nerd on. Which is sexy. Visit this site for additional information.
Habitat for Humanity hosts Women Build Week March 10th – 14th, 2015
When: February 3rd at 8:30 am & February 7th at 4 pm
Location: 14135 128 Ave
While not the most romantic of events, this can be one of the most empowering! For women who have been interested in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, but were unsure if they could don a tool belt knowledgably, attend this session and eliminate all uncertainty. Throughout the years, many folks without construction experience have helped build homes with the training and guidance of Habitat staff. Come be a part of your community with this fantastic opportunity! Click here for more!
When: February 13th – 14th
Location: Shaw Conference Centre, Hall D
Have a posh Valentine’s Day featuring wines from around the world. Experts will be at each booth, providing a wealth of knowledge for guests as they sip and sample. The Shaw Conference Centre will even be serving delicious hors d’oeuvres, so there will be plenty more to enjoy than just fine wine. Tickets range in price from $70 - $80. Included in the price of this all-inclusive event are a complimentary Tasting Notebook and Riedel wine glass. Check out this page for details.
Silver Skate Festival
When: February 13th – 22nd
Location: Hawrelak Park
Check out the 25th annual Silver Skate Festival, the city’s longest running winter event! Taking place in Edmonton’s gorgeous river valley, it will be a sight to behold! See snow sculptures, participate in winter sports, and hop on horse-drawn sleigh rides. You can even sit in the Cree Winter Camp to cook bannock right over an open fire, meet a team of sled dogs, and watch multiple live performances. Please see here for more info.
When: February 16th
Location: Alberta Legislature
Celebrate Family Day with family activities on legislature grounds! Indoors and in the pedway there will be free hot chocolate and a myriad of activities including a magician, balloon artists, puppets shows, storytelling, dancers, crafts, and a photo booth. There will even be scavenger hunts inside the Legislature itself during the afternoon. Outdoors, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides, skating, and snowman-making contests. Don’t worry about feeling the chill – there will be a heated tent on grounds and even more free hot chocolate! Hang out with members of the Edmonton Eskimos and the University of Alberta Golden Bears Hockey Team who will be taking pictures and giving autographs. Please visit this site for details!
Enjoy your February, Edmonton!