February 13, 2021 - March 14, 2021    
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Event Type

Put on your snow pants and toque, round up your favorite person, and plan to enjoy some unique winter fun this winter. Every Thursday through Sunday until March 14, it’s Date Night Under the Stars.

Order Date Night Tickets and Add-Ons

Admission: $20 adults / $15 senior or student + tax

Last weekend, March 11-14!

Embrace the beauty of winter, play a little, and enjoy a safe outdoor experience.

This is date night with a twist – let your inner child out to play and have some fun, while also enjoying the traditional elements of a grown up date night out – a stroll through a beautiful winter garden, live music for ambiance, and incredible food and beverage options.

We’ve partnered with the best of the region’s dining establishments to create a unique outdoor eating experience. Northern Light Tapas is an assortment of gourmet savouries and sweets that you can enjoy while strolling through the Garden or gazing at the sky. And you can add to the experience with a lovely  BC wine or an Alberta craft beer.

Declare your love on a tree sculpture designed for initials and hearts, and let the sounds of live music wash over you as you stroll the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. And when it’s time to slow things down, a warmup by a firepit, a selfie in a photo booth in the Aga Khan Garden, and some time spent gazing at the sky around the Calla Pond will round out the evening.

You can also sign up for add-on activities like guided Guided Moonlight Nature Walks, Indigenous Dark Skies Storytelling, SoundVibes Yoga,  Art Workshops, or create a memory with a light painting photo portrait session.  Read more about our add-on activities below.

Advanced registration is required. 

A note about safety: We work closely and constantly with public health officials to meet and exceed Covid-19 safety guidelines for all our activities. A mandatory mask policy is in place. 

Coming up this weekend:

It’s Pride Week at the U of A! We’re celebrating by donating 10% of all admission proceeds  from Date Night Under the Sky to support Camp Fyrefly!

Live music:
March 11
Daniel Gervais
Volare Tenors

March 12
Executive Quartet
Marek Orszulik

March 13
Mairi-Irene McCormack & Kyle Anderson
Cara McLeod, Emilio De Mercato & Robert Clark

Volare Tenors
Duo Coriolis

Please note: The ice slide has succumbed to the warm temperatures and is no longer available.

Fabulous Add-ons

Take your date night from fun to fabulous, with these special add-ons. New programming options are added regularly.

Northern Light Tapas

Nightly. Must be reserved in advance.

We’ve partnered with the best of the region’s dining establishments to create a truly unique fine food experience for your winter date night! Includes an assortment of delicious gourmet savouries and sweets that you’ll pick up at serving stations located throughout the Garden, which can be enjoyed while you stroll. Complete your experience with a hot chocolate, BC wine or Alberta craft beer/cider. Note: some food items contain nuts, gluten or dairy. We are not able to make substitutions.

$85 for two. Limited quantities – order early to avoid disappointment.

See a sample menu

Guided Nature Walks by Moonlight

Runs nightly.
Groups start at 6:30, 6:50, 7:45, 8:05 and 9 pm each evening.
Advance registration required.

Take a guided moonlight walk through little-known parts of the Garden and its forests. After your refreshing expedition, sip a hot cider by the fire. Experience takes approx. 45 minutes. Free.

Maximum 9 participants per session.
Along with your sense of adventure, bring a head lamp or flashlight (red light filter preferred). Wear appropriate winter clothing (warm coat, snow pants, warm winter footwear (boots recommended), hat, mitts. Masks must be worn at all times.

Indigenous Storytelling
Indigenous Dark Sky Storytelling

March 11
Starts at 6, 7:15 and 8:15 pm
Advance registration required.

Come join Mackenzie Brown for a truly unique and personal experience through drumming, singing, and interactive star creation storytelling. You will be led to the storytelling location by a lantern-bearing guide. Performance takes approximately 45 minutes.

Max. 9 participants per session.
Bring a camping chair and blanket. Masks are mandatory. You will be sitting around a fire.

$20 per person

Light painting
Light Painting Photography

 March 11, 13, 14
Sessions start every 15 minutes starting at 7 pm; last session at 9:30 pm
Advance registration required.

Have your portrait taken by a light painting photographer, and get a lasting memory with some beautiful special lighting effects. Includes a 15 minute photo session and post-editing. Your photos will be emailed to you the following week.

Max. 2 participants per session.
Masks may be removed briefly for the photography session, but must be worn during the rest of your visit.

$35 per couple

Sound Vibes Yoga

March 13
45-minute session starts at 6 pm
Advance registration required.

Back to Nature: Stoking the Inner Fire. Join Sound Vibes yoga for a 45 minute heat building yoga class under the sky in the Aga Khan Garden. This class will focus on postures and breathing techniques to develop an inner heat that increases circulation and vitality to the systems of the body so that no matter the external environment, we can thrive. The winter chill can cause us to want to stay indoors, but by embracing the cooler temperatures and taking practice outdoors, we can learn to stoke our own inner fire by tapping into the healing therapies of yoga, nature and breath. Each class will be accompanied by music to draw us deeper into the experience and the sweet and sacred space. 

To ensure you are comfortable through the class, we highly suggest wearing warm clothes. A good base layer, warm socks, a toque, gloves and a water resistant outer layer will help keep the heat that we generate during the class close to the body. A blanket may also be beneficial to wrap around you in savasana. 

Group size follows AHS guidelines and allows for safe social distancing. 

$20 per person

Art Workshop: Paint a Cactus

Mar 12, 13
5-8 pm
Advance registration required.

Join us for this fun art workshop where artist Mariam will teach you how to paint a cactus in a pot. This outdoor workshop is great for those attending date night, as it is easy and fun. Mariam will work with each participant at their own pace to demonstrate everything you need to know about painting a 3D sculpture. You will learn very simple and fun painting techniques so you can enjoy the process. At the end of the workshop you will have completed a beautiful piece of art that you get to keep!

Max. 9 participants.

$45 per person

Date Night Under the Stars: last weekend March 11-14!

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  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Date Night Under the Stars is an outdoor winter event. 
  • Some programs may be rescheduled or cancelled in extreme weather conditions. You will be notified in advance in the event of cancellation. There are no refunds if programs run.
  • Please note that stargazing takes place in an area of the Garden with minimal lighting, and areas that are off maintained pathways can be uneven and snow-covered.
  • Mandatory mask policy in place – masks are required in all indoor and outdoor locations at the Garden, except for brief removal while eating or drinking. Please follow all signage and staff instructions regarding Covid-19 safety.

For information contact uabg.events@ualberta.ca or 780-492-3138