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Downtown Dining Week 2011

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It's time for Edmonton Dining Week 2011!

Do you love fine dining? How about discovering a new restaurant? What about trying a cuisine from a new part of the world? Now how about getting all of that, wrapped into one easy-on-the-budget deal?

That's what you get with Edmonton's very own Downtown Dining Week. Pick your restaurant, pick your menu and enjoy your evening. There are brunch, lunch and dinner options in the $15, $25 and $50 price range at 32 of Edmonton's best restaurants. Here's the complete guide to all of the participating locations.

Thirty-two of Edmonton's finest restaurants are serving up creative, custom menus at specially discounted prices during Downtown Dining Week!

Dining Week runs from March 4 - 13th, 2011.

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Celtic Reflections at the Fort

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Get in the Irish mood with an evening of Celtic music with some of Edmonton's best folk musicians!

"Celtic Reflections" is a special evening of Irish music in the traditional environment of Fort Edmonton Park. You can enjoy dessert or something delicious to sip on during the performance as well.

Join us in Fort Edmonton Park on St Patrick's Day for a traditional Irish evening featuring the lively Celtic tunes of Terry McDade and the Fabulous Bells with special guests including Connor, Brendan & Calum Walsh, John O'Kelly and Rachel Flanagan.

Celtic Reflections takes place on Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Fort Edmonton Park - Clerk's Quarters. Please register in advance by calling 311 or online here.

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This Old Edmonton House Edmonton 2011

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Edmonton is home to some gorgeous older houses - with styles from everything to Victorian, farmhouse to Arts & Crafts.

If you own one of these lovely houses, then you're definitely going to want to check out the "This Old Edmonton House Edmonton 2011

" tour of Fort Edmonton Park.

Tour the houses of Fort Edmonton Park to view first-hand the most common styles found in Edmonton. Differences in layout, millwork, lighting and detailing will be discussed at length.

The tour takes place on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 7-9pm. To register, you can call 311 and ask to register in course #380521 or online here.

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Saturday Shorts

The next event in the Winter Light Festival calendar takes place this weekend in the Mill Creek Ravine...

The "Mill Creek Adventure Walk" is a self-guided tour through the Mill Creek Ravine, following a marked path to tell the story of Raven's Nest. You can take part in a parade of lights every day at 6:30 or 9pm. There are lanterns, guide posts and even costumed interpreters to help guide your adventure through the ravine.

The event takes place this weekend, February 25-26, 2011, Friday and Saturday 4-10pm in the Mill Creek Ravine Park.

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Yukigassen Snow Battle 2011

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Have you ever heard of a "Yukigassen"?

It's the Japanese term for a snow battle or snowball fight and Fort Edmonton Park is hosting the first Canadian Yukigassen Snow Battle in early March.

With events for men, women and kids spread out over 158 acres with 15 - 20 Yukigassen courts, the event is going to be a great weekend of outdoor fun. You must pre-register your team of 7 - 9 people in advance here and you'll get to play at least four games during the battle.

Fun and entertainment are the name of the game for this weekend, and Fort Edmonton Park's Blatchford Field Air Hangar and the Hotel Selkirk will both be open and hopping with food, beverages and music entertainment for players and fans alike. Be sure to take in this new and high energy fun winter competition, and maybe earn the right to be called Canada's 2011 Yukigassen Champion!

The Yukigassen Snow Battle takes place at Fort Edmonton Park on March 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011.

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Saturday Shorts

Have you ever wanted to win a Guinness world record? Then head downtown to the Alberta Legislature grounds for an attempt to break the current world record for the largest snowball fight!

The current world record was set by just under 5800 people in Belgium in 2007. With 6100 people already planning on attending, this looks like a good chance to set a new record.

For more information and possible weather cancellations, check out the Facebook event page. The event takes place from 12 - 5pm on Saturday February 19th, 2011.

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Family Day 2011

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Are you looking for fun Family Day events in Edmonton?

The Winter Light festival is hosting a great afternoon of free family fun in downtown Edmonton on Family Day, Monday February 21st. You can take a free horse-drawn wagon ride, take a workshop or check out the closing flag parade and friendship dance.

Join us for the Global Voices Choir, drum workshop with Marcus Fung, NFB films in the Heritage Room, horse-drawn wagon, free skating, bannock-making, Play Days Canada, heritage programming, roving performers, and Crosswalk Theatre.

The event takes place on Monday, February 21, 2011 from 12-4pm in Sir Winston Churchill Square.

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Drawn Outside at the Art Gallery of Alberta

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The Art Gallery of Alberta is hosting a year-long event to inspire kids to get involved in art and the natural world - "Drawn Outside".

Drawn Outside, explores how artists are inspired by the natural world, and offers a variety of skill-building activities for children to investigate art-making while learning about patterns, images and objects found in our natural world.

Drawn Outside is an interactive, hands-on space for children to learn more about creating art and how artists draw inspiration from the world around them. It runs from February 20th, 2011 until January 29th, 2012.

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Saturday Shorts

The weather is gorgeous in Edmonton this weekend, so get outside and enjoy it!

The city is hosting a free family skating event for the next three Saturdays on February 12th, 19th and 26th in the city hall plaza skating rink. There are free skate rentals, live entertainment and even a DJ spinning onsite.

"Skate, Rattle and Roll" runs from 1 - 4pm.

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Arts Expo 2011

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Head east of the city this weekend to check out a fun day of art, demonstrations and live music at the 2011 Arts Expo!

The Arts and Culture Council of Strathcona County (ACCSC) hosts this annual event, which showcases the best of the arts in Strathcona County. Local artists and craftspeople will be exhibiting their original work and hosting demonstrations all weekend. Check out some of the live music performances or enjoy some of Strathcona County's dance troupes.

Arts expo takes place on February 12 and 13, 2011 from 10 - 5 PM at Strathcona County's newly constructed Centre in the Park (01 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, AB)

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