8 Valentine’s Day To-Dos
By Cassidy Formenti
The heart-filled holiday of overpriced chocolate and mushy romantic gestures is nearly upon us, and for some it’s the cue to avoid all social interaction. But, despite the love letters and cupid arrows, Valentine’s Day is a beautiful opportunity to celebrate those you love. We put together a list of unconventional ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year for yourself first and foremost, but also with your romantic partner, friends, family, and pets!
Silver Skate Festival (February 11th to 22nd) | Hawrelak Park - 9330 Groat Rd, Edmonton
This annual festival that combines skating, culture, arts, and recreation returns for its 33rd year to Hawrelak Park. Spend some time trying something new this Valentine’s Day, whether that be tire d'érable (maple taffy) or speed skating! Enjoy the fresh air and free entry throughout February.
More information: silverskate.ca
Watch an Improv Show (all month long) | Rapid Fire Theatre | 9828 101a Ave NW, Edmonton
Some say laughter is the quickest way to the heart. Others say it's the best medicine. Whatever your reason to search for comedy, an improv show is a guaranteed way to find it.
If you’re looking to hit the improv scene for a few laughs this month, we recommend checking out Rapid Fire Theatre. They hold shows throughout February, including Theatresports and CHiMPROV, which showcases veteran performers in long-form improv.
Hike the River Valley | alltrails.com
Ah, the great outdoors. You’re likely familiar with the magic of the River Valley in the warmer months, but it’s also a great de-stressor in the winter. Walking along the river at Emily Murphy Park during sunset is a picturesque way to catch some fresh air and catch up with loved ones. A sturdy pair of boots is suggested!
Check out alltrails.com to view a map of all hiking trails in and around the city and to read reviews from those who’ve hiked them recently.
Ice Biking (until mid-March) | The Skate Shop, Bowness Park | 8900 48 Ave NW, Calgary
Price: $20.00/hour; $12.00/half hour
Even if you never learned to ride, you can still have a blast on Bowness Park’s ice bikes! The front wheels of these snazzy bikes are replaced with a set of skates that allow you to glide as you pedal along the ice and steer with the handlebars.
These bikes are a new and innovative way to get moving and spend some quality time with those you love.
Rent yours today at calgary.ca.
Tubing (open weekends) | Servus Tube Park | 8 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
This one's for the adrenaline seekers, especially those looking to celebrate with family or friends! Embrace winter and catch some air at the Servus Tube Park over the Valentine’s Day weekend.
Visit winsport.ca for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Drag Brunch (February 19th, 12pm) | Blanco Cantina | 723 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Angelina Starchild and her guests take the stage for this fabulous afternoon of mimosas and entertainment. Blanco Cantina is the perfect place for you and your closest friends to come together to enjoy this drag performance and a delicious brunch.
Find out more and purchase tickets at 17thave.ca.
Concert & Cocktails
Price: ~$45.00 (makes 8)
You may be surprised to find out that the wonderful video-sharing tool, YouTube, lets you stream concerts from the comfort of your own home. Miss the energy and thrill of hearing your favourite artist live? See if you can find one of their concerts to stream. A plus: You’re much less likely to end the night with ringing ears.
Pair the concert with your favourite cocktail, and you’ve got a match made in heaven. If you’re looking for something new, try your hand at this French 75 recipe. Champagne, gin, and a kiss of lemon:
2 oz London dry gin
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. lemon juice
Top with brut champagne
Get in tune with your creative side by joining a virtual paint night! They’re a great way to unwind if you choose to paint solo, or you can engage in some friendly competition for date night.
Valentine’s Day-themed paint classes are available, and some even offer delivery of the paint supplies and canvases required. Check out yaymaker.com for a list of paint nights available over February. This acrylic pour is one of several gorgeous options!