Free January Events & Activities in Regina, Saskatoon & Areas
After the holidays, it’s natural to scale back what you spend and have a low-key January. But spending less this month doesn’t have to mean sitting at home. In fact, Regina and Saskatoon have some great options for free events and activities that are perfect for checking out with family and friends, so you can have an enjoyable and exciting first month of 2020 without breaking your budget.
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Regina Symphony Orchestra Free Concert Series: On Sunday, January 19 at the Regina Public Library, the Regina Symphony Orchestra is presenting a free concert series, which happens monthly on Sundays until April 2020. Each concert features different music and themes, and the January concert will feature the Pile of Bows String Quartet starting at 2 p.m.
Christmas Bird Count for Kids: On January 4, Nature Saskatchewan and the Wascana Centre are hosting a free event called Christmas Bird Count for Kids, an afternoon of bird watching, snacks and a presentation from Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and will feature winter birds to be found in Wascana Park. Advance registration is required for this free event.
Echo Valley Provincial Park: Check out Echo Valley Provincial Park’s new skating trail, which officially opens with a kickoff event on January 18. Echo Valley Provincial Park is just under an hour drive from Regina, making this a fun option for a little day trip. The kickoff event is kid-friendly and will also feature guided snowshoe hikes and food trucks on location.
Open Board Games Night: Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Escape Club Escape Rooms & Board Game Cafe hosts a free board games night, where you can enjoy all their various board games free of charge. This is a great option if you want to learn how to play a new board game or just enjoy an evening out with friends and family.
"Soak in" Saskatoon & Area
Avro Exhibit: Check out the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s exhibit, Touch the Sky: The Story of Avro Canada. This exhibit looks at Avro Canada Ltd.’s work in aircraft manufacturing, including the Avro Arrow aircraft which was intended for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The exhibit looks at Avro Canada’s impact on technology and aeronautics, and admission is free.
Local writer book launch: Check out McNally Robinson’s calendar of events for multiple book launches with local authors happening during the month. Hosted in McNally’s Travel Alcove, it’s a great opportunity to find a new read and meet the author, too.
Nutrien WinterShines: From January 25 to February 2, the annual Nutrien Wintershines Festival is on, with tons of activities and events for families and kids to enjoy. Some events cost money while others are free, including the Kiddies Ice Play Area. A two-dollar entry will get you into the Snow Park, which includes access to the park, games and a scavenger hunt.
Writing North: On January 24 and 25, the annual Writing North conference is on and celebrating its 10th year. Hosted at St. Andrew’s College at the University of Saskatchewan, this free two-day writers’ festival is for writers and readers alike. This year’s theme is Turn West: Writing in Western Canada and will feature presenters Louise Halfe, Tim Lilburn, Casey Plett, Candace Savage and Paul Seesequasis.
Scotiabank Something on Sundays: Hosted at the Remai Modern each week in the Cameco Learning Studio, Something on Sundays is an intergenerational drop-in art-making opportunity, with a new theme each week. Check out this free event every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.