Weekend Guide: January 5-8

Happy first official weekend of January 2012!

Do: Sunday Swing ‘n’ Skate: Live jazz and swing bangs to entertain the skaters at City Hall Plaza.
Cibo Bistro – a newly opened Italian restaurant in Oliver Square.
Edmonton Food Trends for 2012
Treats: Wild Earth Café opened its new location in Laurier Heights (14238 - 85 Avenue)

Childhood Memories
Beauty and the Beast
What: The smash hit Broadway musical tells the classic story of Belle, Gaston, enchanted furnishings and a beast.
Why: Relive your childhood for a few hours as the much-loved Disney film-turned-Broadway hit comes to Edmonton for a one-week run.
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Avenue). Tickets start at $25.
When: Shows all weekend – Thursday, January 5 – Sunday, January 8

Deep Freeze
A Byzantine Winter Festival
A whole party dedicated to the cold northern climate – eats on the street, snow craving, outdoor hockey and a cool runnin’ deep freeze race. Heat up on Saturday night at the Surf’s Up! Dance featuring Tsunami Bros.
Why: Embrace Edmonton’s winter with a ‘cabane a sucre’ - buy your baton and enjoy your warm maple syrup on the snow! On Sunday, enjoy a delicious fire roasted suckling pig served on a bun.
Alberta Avenue (118 Avenue) between 92 and 94 Street. Event is free, but please bring a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank.
Saturday, Jan 7 – Sunday, Jan 8. Consult program for full event details.

Downtown Swingin'
What: A brand-new festival featuring a village downtown Edmonton. Local architects designed temporary, heated structures to host a whirlwind of events each weekend.
Why: On the agenda this weekend: A Taste of Winter, Night of Artists art exhibit, Polar Brewhouse and Ukrainian Folktale Mitten Crafts for the kiddies.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Friday, January 6 – Sunday, January 8 

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
What: The story of the most famous ship in the world retold in an unforgettable journey.
Why: A haunting tour. As one of the passengers (you get a boarding pass on arrival), you discover whether you lived or died when the ship sank.
Where: Telus World of Science (11211 142 Street)
When: Now until February 20.

Jitterbug Symphony
A Wild Symphonic Ride
What: Local dancers join the orchestra for an afternoon of sheer dancing fun.
Why: You’ll be jitterbugging and tapping your seats.
Where: Winspear Centre (Sir Winston Churchill Square). Tickets $13-$29.
When: Saturday, January 7 at 2pm