This 2017 holiday season is coming to a close; all your presents have been unwrapped, your Boxing Day shopping is done, and you're ready for a fresh start in the new year. Just because the main events of the year have ended doesn't mean it's time for you to stop celebrating, though.
A new year brings plenty of new and exciting events, festivals, concerts, and things to do. It also gives you the chance to start fresh, and maybe put some New Years resolutions into place. If you're struggling with coming up with some, why not make your goal for 2018 to do more things around your city?
Visit places you never have before, like the Muttart Conservatory, or the Art Gallery of Alberta. Splurge on concert tickets for your favourite artists, or check out the local music scene at a new bar. There's so many possibilities.
The New Year hasn't even started yet, but Edmonton already has so much to look forwards to. We've scoped out some of the most exciting things for you to do, now all you have to do is clear your calendar and make them happen.
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Cheer on your hometown heroes at an Edmonton Oilers Game
No matter if you're a season ticket holder, or have never gone to a game, there's no denying the excitement in the air at a hockey game. It may be a bit pricey, but if you can afford it, you should treat yourself.
Beat the cold by playing games at The Rec Room
Any Edmontonian whose visited this spot knows how fun it is. At the Rec Room you can live out your inner child by playing all your favourite games, and enjoy being an adult by sipping on some cold ones. Everything you want, under one roof.
Stick to your resolution of getting in shape at Barre Body Studio
We've all been there. You promise yourself that when the new year starts, you'll shed your bad eating habits, and pick up a new workout routine. But how often do we really stick to it? Make this year different, and try out some exercise you'll actually enjoy at Barre Body.
Check out Deep Freeze Fest
On January 13th and 14th, brace the cold to enjoy more winter festivities. At Deep Freeze Fest, you can find horse and wagon rides, national stiltwalkers, and an ice and snow kingdom. There's plenty of fun to be had.
Check out Swing 'n' Skate at City Hall
Every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can find live swing, jazz, and big band music being played in the City Room at City Hall. If you're not one for dancing, you can also try your hand at skating at the outdoor rink.
Bundle up and visit Ice on Whyte
Running from February 1st - 4th, is Edmonton's infamous ice carving festival. If you can handle the winter weather, head outside to admire some amazing ice artwork; you won't be disappointed.
Let out your inner fangirl at the Sleeping with Sirens concert
Anyone who had a scene phase in middle/high school is probably screaming at this. On February 4th, you can find Sleeping with Sirens playing at Union Hall. The best part is, tickets are super affordable.
Lace up your skates for Silver Skate Fest
This 10-day, family-orientated festival runs from February 10-20 in William Hawrelak Park. It's mainly focused on celebrating Dutch winter traditions, combining sports, arts and culture, and recreation.
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Watch an Edmonton Oil Kings Game
We know that an Oilers game isn't in everyone's budget, but the Oil Kings are just as enjoyable to watch; in fact, some people prefer WHL games to NHL games.
Beat your winter blues at the Brett Kissel concert
Alberta is definitely known for being big supporters of country music. If you fall under this category, make sure you purchase tickets to see Brett Kissel on March 4th at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Treat yourself to a night out with Canada's Ballet Jorgen
The ballet is beautiful enough as is, but throw in a dramatic, amazing story like Anastasia, and you'll definitley be captivated. On March 15th, you can find the Ballet Jorgen at the Arden Theatre in St. Albert.
Have a laugh with Cheech & Chong
This iconic comedy duo is bringing their charm and hilarious comedy routines to Alberta. Tickets range from $50 to $140, but the price you pay is worth the laughs you'll have all night. You can find Cheech & Chong on March 23rd at the River Cree Resort & Casino.
Get your drink on at the Edmonton International BeerFest
Over 200 beers available for tasting, and over 40, 000 square feet of space to explore. The Edmonton International BeerFest runs from April 13 - 14 at the Shaw Conference Centre.
Let out your inner artist at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery
On April 1st from 10am to 5pm, head to the Spruce Grove Art Gallery to freshen up your craft skills. They offers tutorials of all mediums and all skill levels for you to learn.
Learn something new at TELUS World of Science
You learn something new every day. The TELUS World of Science always has something new and exciting going on, and in April, you should definitely check out the POPnology exhibition, which is all about films, book, television, and art influence technology.
Check out local talent at the Edmonton Poetry Festival
Even if you're not a huge poetry fan, maybe 2018 can be the year you discover a passion for it. This festival runs from April 22nd - 29th, and celebrates the work of local, national, and international poets.
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Get Up! with Shania Twain
Personally, I'm not a big country fan, but I can always get down to some Shania Twain. Shania will be performing at Rogers Place on May 9th and 10th; two nights for double the enjoyment.
This theatrical-musical hybrid tells the real-life story of two Romanian Jews, and examines the experience of refugee immigration from a century ago. The show will go on from May 9th - 13th at the Citadel Theatre.
Admire the beauty of the Great Russian Ballet
On May 17th, make sure you find yourself at the Winspear Centre. Alexander Prior will be conducting this amazing ballet in performing all their greatest hits.
See what Edmonton has to offer at Nextfest
Nextfest is a festival made up of hundreds of young and emerging artists, all coming from a wide variety of disciplines. The festival is curated on the principles of youth, creativity, and newness. Running from May 31st to June 10th, you can see everything our city has to offer.
Cover yourself in rainbows for Edmonton Pride
Everyone loves June, not only for the warm weather and freedom summer has to offer, but also for the amazing ambience that the Edmonton Pride Festival brings to the city. From June 8th - 17th, you can celebrate your pride and the pride of others in our city.
Enjoy some theatre at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival
If you've always wondered what Shakespeare's Globe Theatre was like, this festival might give you an idea. From June 19th to July 15th, gather in Hawrelak Park for some live entertainment and laughs.
Enjoy some creativity at The Works Art & Design Festival
For 13 days every summer, Edmonton turns into a hub full of art and creativity. From June 21st to July 3rd, you can enjoy North America's largest free outdoor art and design festival, with over 200 performances, 50 exhibits, and much, much more.
Have a laugh with Weird Al Yankovich
Am I the only one who grew up watching this guy? I remember playing Weird Al videos on Youtube in my best friends' basement and laughing for hours when I was 7 years old, and I'm sure he's just as funny now.
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Support local talent at the Whyte Ave Art Walk
From July 6th - 8th, over 450 amazingly talented Edmonton artists will be lining the streets of Whyte Ave. This is the perfect opportunity for you to pick up some new home decor, or discover new local talent.
Live out the circus at the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
Ever wanted to run away with the circus? You can live out your fantasies here while you watch unicyclists, puppeteers, tightrope walkers, and acrobats; all while enjoy delicious festival food.
Fulfill your cravings at Taste of Edmonton
Any Edmonton foodie knows that this festival should be on your bucket list. From July 19th to the 28th you can get a taste of what the best of the best in Edmonton has to offer at Canada's largest food festival. Head down to the Alberta Legislature Building to try out dishes from 60 locally owned hot spots.
Celebrate the summer at K-Days
Basically the Stampede of Northern Alberta, K-Days is always a blast. From July 20th - 29th, you can scream on all your favourite rides, chow down on your favourite fair foods, and soak up the sun as you explore everything that K-Days has to offer.
Sing your heart out at Big Valley Jamboree
This year's lineup is crazy, with big names like Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Billy Ray Cyrus, and many more. From August 2nd - 5th, you can sing along and dance to all your favourite country artists at this insane music festival.
Enjoy some live music at Edmonton Folk Music Festival
August is a big month for music in Edmonton. From August 9th - 12th, you'll want to find yourself at Gallagher Hill to listen to some unique, amazing music from a vast array of genres.
Experience some culture at the Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival
You might just forget you're in Edmonton for the day. This is one of Edmonton's most colourful, exciting festivals, full of talented performers, and delicious foods. The location for 2018 is TBA, but the festival will run from August 10th - 12th.
Get theatrical at the Edmonton Fringe Festival
From August 16th - 28th, you'll want to find yourself in Old Strathcona to experience an amazing assortment of theatre performances and local talent at North America's oldest fringe festival.
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Jam out at the Sam Smith concert
Sam Smith has blown up over the last few years, and with his amazing voice, it's not surprise why. If you haven't already, you'll want to purchase tickets to see him at Rogers Place on September 12th.
Sing along to all your favourite Foo Fighters songs
Rogers Place is really bringing in the big names this year. On September 4th, you can see this amazing band live in concert. If you can't make it to this show, they're also playing in Calgary.
Spend time with your family at the Kaleido Family Arts Festival
Another great Edmonton festival, is a great spot to experience music, dance, theatre, film, and so much more. From September 14th - 16th on 118 Ave, you and your loved ones can enjoy a variety of local talents and entertainment.
Catch a flick at the Edmonton International Film Festival
From September 27th - October 6th, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie at the Edmonton International Film Festival. No matter what kind of films pique your interest, there's sure to be at least one or two you'll enjoy here.
Start the month of right at Up + Down Music Festival
Make sure you're downtown from October 6th - 8th, as that's where you can find hundreds of talented singers, songwriters, performers, DJs, and so much more putting on incredible shows for you to enjoy.
Laugh your ass off at the Edmonton Comedy Festival
From October 10th - 13th, you can find an abundance of hilarious and talented comedians at six unique venues across the city. The festival features comedians from all across North America, all bringing their unique humour and performance styles.
Go on a quick day trip, not too far from Edmonton
Fall is prime road trip time. It's not too hot, the snow has yet to fall, and the days are just long enough that you'll probably catch a gorgeous sunset on the road. Edmonton has lots of noteworthy spots within driving distance, from Jasper National Park to Calgary.
Go on a hike, before it gets too cold
Another thing that October is great for, is visiting those gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Plan a trip to Jasper, Banff, or Waterton, or any other amazing Alberta destination and lace up your hiking boots; there's something for everyone, no matter how much experience you have.
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Kick off winter at the All is Bright Festival
On November 17, the 124 Street Area invites you to the All is Bright Festival. Enjoy everything from fire dancers and beer gardens, to segway rides and s'mores making. If you don't like winter, this festival might just change your mind.
Watch the 2018 Grey Cup at Commonwealth Stadium
Alberta football fans rejoice. The 106th Grey Cup is being held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on November 25th. If it's anything like 2017's, it's definitely going to be worth purchasing a ticket.
Get into the Christmas spirit with the Festival of Trees
When November rolls around, people are usually starting to get into the holiday spirit. From November 29th - December 2nd at the Shaw Conference Centre, you can enjoy this beautiful display of trees, lights, live music, and shopping.
Visit any of Edmonton's outdoor skating rinks
Before the cold, brutal weather of December hits, you'll want to get in at least one skating session. Edmonton's got a ton of outdoor rinks for you to visit, solo or with your crew
Visit Candy Cane Lane
2018 dates have yet to be announced, but this gorgeous Edmonton winter lights display is the perfect photo op to brighten up your Instagram feed just in time for the holiday season.
Check out the amazing Ice Castles
They're not 100% confirmed for 2018 yet, but this amazing Edmonton display did make a comeback for the 2017 holiday season, and is definitely worth checking out.
Take some pictures of the beautiful Zoominescence
The zoo may not be your first choice for spending Christmas, but the amazing light display makes the Valley Zoo an ideal spot. 2018 dates have yet to be announced, but as soon as tickets are available, you'll want to grab some quickly.
Hit the slopes at Rabbit Hill Snow Resort
Winter is the prime time for bundling up and getting outside. If you've gone this long without trying snowboarding or skiing, there's no time like the present to hop on board.