Only an evening to spend in Edmonton? An Evening in Edmonton
New to Edmonton?
Need inspiration for a date night?
Here is a list of few ideas to help you plan a pleasant evening and great night out in Edmonton.
Average daylight hours in Edmonton: 14 – 16 hours in Summer & 7 – 10 hours in Winter.
Activities at Edmonton Attractions: Things to do and events after 5:00 PM
Nightlife/Clubs/Restaurants & Other Events.
Things to do / Places to See
West Edmonton Mall
If you are visiting Edmonton and just have an evening, West Edmonton Mall is the place to be. From theme parks to shopping to great nightlife venues, WEM has it all. Whether you scream through Mindbender, go bowling at Ed’s Rec Room, or just take in a movie at Imax 3D theatre, you will never be short of fun here.
Self Guided tours – Historic Edmonton
Follow the ‘Red Brick Road’ and do the heritage trail from McDonald Hotel (SE corner of Jasper Avenue and 100 Street Centre) to Alberta Legislature grounds. There are four heritage tours/ walking tours that you can do own your own to explore downtown Edmonton. – See here for more information. [Best time to do this: Spring to Fall – Long daylight hours]
Hike River Valley
Connect with nature and go for a hike along the many trails of Edmonton’s River valley. In autumn, enjoy a fall colour tour at your leisure. If want of time, join for a 1 hour Segaway Tour from Louise Mckinney park.
Explore Old Strathcona /Whyte Avenue
Shop or browse through vintage shops and boutiques, eat your way through food from around the world, take in a play or join for a festival at the historic Old Strathcona.
Alberta Legislature Grounds
Go for a self guided tour of Alberta Legislature Grounds and learn about important people and events in Alberta’s / Canada’s history. Admire the architecture of the building and stay awhile at the gardens. During December, enjoy the Christmas lights.
Late Night Wednesdays, Vibe & Refinery Party at Art Gallery of Alberta
Experience a night at the museum and explore AGA during Wednesdays (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) and have dinner at Zinc restaurant. Enjoy hands on art, DJs, and party at AGA during Refinery Party held three times a year.
Once a month on Friday nights, the Art Gallery of Alberta is the after-work place to be as the gallery is transformed into a laid-back lounge with Vibe, a pop-up live music showcase to wind down your week.
Upcoming Vibe – May 19, 2017 | 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Thursday Nights at Muttart Conservatory
Date Nights at Devonian Botanic Gardens
Experience the tranquility of Devonian Botanic Gardens on Thursdays during late spring to summer, and picnic at the grounds. Varied amusements are offered including movie nights, and dance lessons. [~40 km from Edmonton downtown].
2017 Dates: Thursdays, June 15 to August 24, 2017 | 6pm till dusk. Admission until 8:30 pm. Garden stays open until dusk.
Adult Nights & Events – Telus World of Science
Enjoy special adult only movie screenings at TWOSE Imax theatre, or join for Adult only science nights named Dark Matters: ‘where the science is served on the rocks & the adults come out to play’. If you are an Edmonton resident, join for star gazing or astronomy classes.
Upcoming: Thursday, May 18, July 20 , October 19, December 7, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Gallery Walk on 124 Street
Appreciate art by Canadian & local artists through and explore galleries on 124 Street. On Thursdays of every month, select galleries are open until 07:00 PM. While you are out exploring art, check out the murals of 124 street.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
There is almost always something going on in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Take in a festival, listen to Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, play games or just people watch at the square.
Paddle Boats at Edmonton Parks
Go for a leisurely boat ride at Hawrelak ( 9930 Groat Rd NW) or Rundle (2909 113 Ave NW) during late spring & summer (until 8:00 PM).
Edmonton Queen Dinner Cruise
Explore North Saskatchewan River and admire the picturesque views of Edmonton as you enjoy a delicious meal aboard Edmonton Queen River Boat. Thursdays – Sundays from Late Spring to Early Fall. River Boat sold to a new owner. New dates – unknown.
Do you like group games and puzzles? Then try this refreshing new take on live group games. Solve puzzles under specified time limit and get out of the room you (+group) are locked in. See Escape Emporium, Edmonton Escape or Breakout entertainment.
Whether you are 4 or 40, jump in and have care free fun. Whether on a date or going as a family, Launchpad Trampoline is a great place for a bouncy evening out.
Join in the excitement of racing at Castrol Raceway or take part in Street legal racing held every Friday night (July & August).
Watch the Night Sky
On Thursday evenings, view the stars through telescopes at the University of Alberta’s Observatory! There are also fun public-oriented talks on astronomy, and demos, so you can still visit if it’s cloudy. During U of A Term Time.
Throughout the year (weather/temperature dependent) RASC Observatory offers free public night sky observing .
Full moon tours: Go on canoe tours on full moon days (Saturday closest to each full moon) at Elk Island National Park or from Laurier to Capilano Park (dates vary)- Details
2017 Dates: Elk Island – May: 13th, June 10th, July 8th, August 5th, September 9th, October 7th
Laurier to Capilano Park: May 12, June 9, July 7th, August 4th, September 8th, October 6th
Neon Sign Museum
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and walk around to see Canada’s only outdoor Neon Sign Museum. Installed on the side of the Telus building on 104 Street and 104 Avenue.
Free [Best time to do: Fall to Spring : Shorter daylight hours]
Edmonton Street Car Shows
Take a trip onboard 100-year old streetcar, on a 100-year old bridge over a majestic river, and enjoy music and wonderful views of the grand North Saskatchewan and the river valley. After crossing the river and a little break return for a second stop on the bridge with more music. If you are an Edmonton resident, sign up to get event emails. These get sold out fast.
Mid/Late May to Early October – Evenings hours vary. Details
Vintage Entertainment & Classical Theatre Capitol Theatre
Enjoy timeless movies or a vintage comedy improv show at Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton park.
Movies: Every Thursday at 07:30 PM
Classic & Independent Movies at Metro Cinema at Garneau Theatre
Whether you want to see independent movies from around the world, cult classics like Rocky Horror Picture Show, or sing along with musicals; watching a movie at Garneau theatre is an unparalleled experience in Edmonton.
Edmonton is home to Canadas only public indoor public lumberjack sports arena. Experience the thrill felt by medieval warriors and modern day lumberjacks alike. Try Axe Throwing, Log Birling, Pole Climb, Hercules Hoist and the Buck Saw.
Other Indoor Amusements
1. Go for cosmic bowling: Bowl under the disco lights at Bonnie Doon Bowling.
2. Drop in at Edmonton Paintball Centre on Tuesday Nights. 10010 107a Ave NW, Edmonton. Phone: 780-800-2324
Address: Edmonton Paintball Centre, 10010 107a Ave NW, Edmonton Phone: 780 800 2324
3. Go Karting at Speeders.
Address: Speeders, 3145 149 Street, Edmonton. Phone: 780-451-4377
4. Mini Golf: Monster Mini Golf, 3414 Gateway Boulevard Edmonton. Phone: 780 756-5533
Nightlife and Other Events
Current Weekend Events
Improv Nights & Stand up Comedy
Love improv? Join for Theatresports (every Friday at 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM) or Chimprov (every Saturday at 10:00 PM) at Rapid Fire Theatre.
Want to laugh your heart out after a hard day? Stop over at Yuk Yuk’s or Comedy Factory. To dine/drink and laugh, check out Comic Strip at WEM, Rouge Lounge (Wednesdays), Arcadia (Wednesdays) and Empress Ale House (Sundays).
Be part of the heart pounding action of live thoroughbred racing (spring to fall) or harness racing (late fall to early winter) at Northlands Racetrack! Join for Park after dark and enjoy live horse racing, fantastic food and drinks, great music and prizes.
Hours: Fridays, June to September | 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Northlands Park, 7410 Borden Park Road NW, Edmonton. Phone: 780.471.8174
Enjoy cocktails and party at Edmonton bars/resturants as you create beautiful works of art with the help of Edmonton artists. See here to join for a Paint Nite. These events are quite popular, hence you will have to plan much in advance to join for your next paint night out.
Learn something new or debunk a few myths all while having a gala time drinking with friends. Once a month. Sign up for alerts & ticket details.
Upcoming: May 17, 2017 (last event of the season – #35) @ The Needle Vinyl Tavern, 10524 Jasper Avenue
Snakes & Ladders
Table Top Cafe, 5716-75 Street.Edmonton. Phone: 587-524-5323. Until 12:00 AM (02:00 AM Fridays & Sundys).
Hexagon Board Game Cafe, 10123 82 Ave NW, Edmonton. Phone: 780-757-3105
Also at The Carrot on last Tuesday of the month | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Bees Knees Board Game Night: Every Wednesday night @ Nightjar, 8130 Gateway Blvd. Ph: 780-293-6181
Play grown up tag and be ‘it’ at Manhunt Edmonton. From Spring to early winter on select evenings. Locations vary each week.
Ball Room Dancing
Do you want to learn to dance or just want to drop-in and have a fun time, then swing by Sugar Foot Ballroom. All ages (no dance experience required).
Every Friday & Saturday Night | 08:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Address: Sugar Foot Ballroom, 10545-81 Ave, Edmonton. Phone: (587) 786-6554
Tuesday evenings | 7:00 PM @ Massawa Cafe & Bistro, 10153 – 97 Street NW, Edmonton
Last Thursday of the month | 7:30 PM @ The Carrot, 9351-118 ave in Edmonton. Phone: 780-471-1580
Appreciate Local Talents
Discover Edmonton’s budding artists during Open Stage (Mic & Jam) nights.
Mondays | 07:30 PM @ Fiddler’s Roost, 7308 – 76 Avenue, Edmonton. Phone: 780-439-9788
Tuesdays | 09:00 PM @ The Druid Irish Pub – 11606 Jasper Ave, Edmonton. Phone: 780 454 9928
Wednesdays | 09:30 PM @ Elephant & Castle, 0314 Whyte Avenue, Edmonton. Phone: 780-439-4545.
Thursdays @ 07:00 PM | Naked Cyber Cafe, 10303-108 Street NW, Edmonton. Phone: 780-425-9730
Saturdays | 07:00 PM @ The Carrot, 9351-118 ave in Edmonton. Phone: 780-471-1580
Sundays | 08:30 PM @ O’Byrne’s Irish Pub, 10616 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton. Phone: (780) 414-6766
Listen to fact or fictional stories at Edmonton Story Slam.
Every third Wednesday of every month | 07:00 PM @ The Mercury Room, 10575 114 St NW, Edmonton.
Dinner Theatre & Dinner Cabaret
Solve a mystery over your next dinner or enjoy a play at
1. Jubilations Dinner Theatre (at WEM), #2690, 8882 170 Street Edmonton. Phone: 780.484.2424
2. Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615 109 Avenue NW, Edmonton. Phone: 780.483.4051
3. Dinner Cabaret by Opera Nuova. Locations vary.
4. Fort Edmonton Park also holds dinner theatre on select evenings.
5. Elk Island Dinners: enjoy dinner by sunset, lakeside in Elk Island National Park.
Upcoming: June 3, June 24, July 8, July 29, August 12, August 26, September 16, 2017
Learn how to cook food from around the world at Get Cooking. Details
Latitude 53 Patio
Enjoy weekly cocktails, live entertainment, snacks from some of Edmonton’s best spots, great company and more in the sun! Details
Thursdays, Spring – Early Fall | 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Cheer on Edmonton’s best artists during Art Battle. Details
Try out all your Latin dance moves at
A Night Out
Few pubs/nightlife/event spots to check out (only the venues not mentioned in any of the above list):
The Starlite Room, 10030 – 102 Street, Edmonton. Phone: 780-428-1099
Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus, 8120 101 Street, Edmonton. Phone: 587-988-9559
Pawn Shop Live, 10551 82 Avenue, Edmonton. Phone: 780-432-5058
The Common, 9910 109 St NW, Edmonton. Phone: 780-452-7333
The Blue Chair Cafe, 9624 – 76 Ave, Edmonton. Phone: 780-989-2861
Blues on Whyte (Commercial Hotel), 10329 82 Ave NW, Edmonton. Phone: 780-439-3981
Edmonton Craft Beer Market, 10013 – 101A Avenue NW (off Rice Howard Way), Edmonton. Phone: 780.424.BEER(2337)
Restaurants: Need help to choose an excellent restaurant for your date night? See here for a curated list (by Edmonton Tourism) of restaurants showcasing Edmonton’s dining scene to plan your next dinner.
Don’t miss What the truck – enjoy Edmonton’s Food Truck feast accompanied by live music & seating. On select evenings from Late spring to Fall.