Weekend Guide: Jan 28 - 30

 ** images via Frolic Blog

Welcome to the final weekend of crazy-weather January. The weekend forecast: days filled with skating, snowballs and art, nights are about big bashes, loud music and good-hearted fundraising (while holding a glass of wine). Enjoy!

The Sipping Point
Flavours of BC’s Naramata Bench Wine Tasting & Auction
What: A fundraising bash for the Winspear Centre and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Why: Meet the winemakers, sample fine wines, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and listen to the sounds of Sandro Dominelli performing smooth jazz with members of your ESO.
Where: Lobby Spaces, Winspear Centre (Sir Winston Churchill Square). Tickets: $90/person
When: Friday, January 28 at 7pm. VIP Reception starts at 6pm.

Indoor Winter Music Festival
Freezing Man Festival
What: Warm up with an indoor festival featuring live music, DJs, fashion and a stellar line-up of talent featuring Chromeo, Broken Social Scene, Kaskade, K-OS, Stars, Major Lazer, Dragonette, Shout Out Out Out Out, and more!
Why:  Models will be strutting the runway for Parlour Magazine in winter fashions to keep you cozy by Urban, Aritzia, Foosh, Bamboo Ballroom.
Where: Northlands Expo Centre. $82.60. Buy Online.
When: Saturday, January 29. Doors open at 3pm. Complete schedule

Winter Wonderland
What: The sky will light up with
Circus Orange’s  TRICYCLE, a dramatic fusion of live music, clown, circus, dance, aerial performance, mechanics, pyrotechnics and fire arts.
Why: A true winter wonderland, throw a snowball or two while playing Yukiglassen, a Japanese snow battle sport or bring your skates for a twirl on the rink in front of City Hall.
Where: Churchill Square
When: Saturday, January 29 from 4-10pm. Full schedule.

1st Birthday Pary
Art Gallery of Alberta
What: It’s been a year since the doors opened to the AGA – come join the first anniversary celebration.
Why: Truly a celebration of arts in Edmonton. The schedule includes live presentations by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Alberta Ballet, Citadel Theatre Young Companies, Edmonton Opera and exhibition tours of Henri Matisse and Brian Jungen. Full schedule.
Even Better: Free anniversary cupcakes, coffee and tea for the first 500 visitors.
Where: Alberta Gallery of Art (map)
When: Sunday, January 30, 11 am-5 pm

Beach Party
West Edmonton Mall
What: Canada’s largest indoor beach party is rockin’ at West Edmonton Mall.
Why: Enjoy the 28ºC temperature while grooving to best DJs. This 18+ event means no kiddies in the little pools – finally those pools are all yours!
Where: World Waterpark, Phase III, West Edmonton Mall
When: Friday, January 28 from 7-11pm.

Hard Hitting Fun
Calgary Roughnecks vs. Edmonton Rush
What:  Edmonton’s lacrosse team faces tough competition in its first home game.
Why: Lacrosse is a seriously exciting game to watch. Need convincing? Check out these video highlights.
Where: Rexall Place. Buy tickets: $24.50 - $71.00
When: Friday, January 28 at 7pm.

A little local karma: Goodnews.com recently launched in Edmonton as another site promoting unbelievable good deals. The twist, this site gives back to the community. This weekend, purchase a $1 coupon for one crêpe of your choice ($7.00 value) at Crepeworks on Whyte Avenue. The full dollar will be donated to Edmonton's Food Bank. Yummy for you; super sweet for the food bank.