Weekend Events & Activities in Edmonton:
Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 24, 2015
A digest of What’s On in & around Edmonton this weekend, including free fun family activities, weekend events & activities for kids, live music, performing arts & theatre and sports.
Check road conditions, before you go- Here Weather Warnings – Here
More To Do
I. Family Events & Activities
1. Thousand Faces Festival
The Thousand Faces Festival provides opportunities for artists of diverse cultures to create and share works of art inspired by the mythologies of the world with a broad audience. Performances in the festival will include theatre, dance, stilt walking, storytelling, poetry, improvisation and visual art from English, Greek, African, North American Aboriginal, and Indian mythic and cultural traditions. Details
May 20 – 26, 2015
Children’s programs on Saturday & Sunday.
Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210 118 Ave, Edmonton
2. Tales: Story Telling Festival
The Fort Edmonton Storytelling Festival is one of a handful of true “grassroot” and unique storytelling festivals left in North America. There’s a story for everyone! Details
May 21 – 24, 2015
Free & Ticketed events.
3. Devon Days
Devon Days is a weekend of fun for all that attend. Events include Taste of Devon, Midway, slo-Pitch Ball Tournament, Fireworks, and more! Details
May 20-24, 2015
Parade: Saturday | 10:00 AM
Multiple venues, Devon
4. Rainmaker Rodeo & Exhibition
This year promises to bring some of the hottest acts to the Concert stage, more great marketplace vendors, our awesome Midway, the all new family circus, some of the best Cowboys and Cowgirls that ride here in Alberta! Details
Parade: Saturday | 09:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Kinsmen Grounds, 47 Riel Drive, St. Albert.
Parade Route: Liberton Drive and winds its way down St. Vital Avenue, through downtown St. Albert on Perron Street in front of City Hall (St. Albert Place) and then along Sir Winston Churchill Avenue; ending at Lion’s Park.
Youth and Adults – $15; Kids (7 – 12) – $5;Family Passes (2 Adults and up to 3 Kids) – $30Seniors (60+) / 6 and Under -Free
5. Butterfly Day
A fun-filled family event. Meet beautiful butterflies from around the world in our Tropical Showhouse. Make bug and butterfly crafts by our Calla Pond, decorate a butterfly cookie, catch some interesting creatures with our nature interpreters, and learn about the wonderful world of butterflies. Dress up as your favorite bug or butterfly and spend a wonderful spring day outdoors with the butterflies at the Garden! Details
Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 12:00 PM -03:00 PM
Calla Pond and Butterfly House, Devonian Botanic Garden, Devon
Come join us at the John Janzen Nature Centre as we go back in time to explore the prehistoric world of dinos. Allow our face painters to transform you into a dinosaur! Dig for fossils and hunt t-rexes, and learn what it takes to be a paleontologist! Details
Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 11:00 AM -03:00 PM
John Janzen Nature Centre, Edmonton
7. Other Family Activities
Kids’ Nature Nook: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday @ 10:30 AM, Sunday @ 1:00 PM
Animal Encounters & Feedings: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday @ 11:15 AM, Saturday @ 1:00 PM, Sunday @11:00 AM
Trail-Ventures : Saturday @ 11:00 AM and 2:15 PM; Sunday @2:15 PM
Edmonton Valley Zoo – Visit Edmonton Zoo this Week.
Free Tour of Government House on Sundays.
Drop in at John Walter Museum on Sundays | 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM – Free
This week at City Hall.
Spring at the Square – Details
U of A Astronomical Observatory | Thursdays
Go for Solar observing at U of A Astronomical Observatory on Thursdays | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.
8. Royal Alberta Museum Activities
There are countless public programs aimed at children, so if you’re looking for something to do with your children during weekdays & weekends , the Museum is the perfect destination! From Story Time Club, to Animal Buddies, the Museum has great activities for kids.
9. Family Movies
Have fun with the whole family and watch a movie for $2.99 on Saturday mornings at 11am. See link for shows and participating theatres. Details
The Boxtrolls on May 23
Free Birds on May 30
Reel Family Cinema at Metro Cinema: Details
Free for kids under 12.
Legend on May 23 | 2:00 PM
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water on May 30 | 2:00 PM
Telus World of Science
Dinosaurs Unearthed: Traveling Exhibition & special weekend activities- Details
Imax theatre : Shows
10. Free activities: local library
Edmonton Public library offers plenty of free drop in activities to choose from for all ages including toddler story times. Plan ahead to attend some of the free activities in the following weekends : Details and link for registration.
Strathcona County Library – Here
Spruce Grove Public Library – Here
St. Albert Public Library – Here
11. Drop – in Programs
Edmonton Recreation : There is always something you can do as family with the advantage of not having to plan early or register. Check these links below.
a. Public Skating (free of charge) – When & Where
b. Drop – in Swim – When & Where
c. Drop-in Fitness Programs : When & Where
St Albert – Servus Place – Drop in Schedule
Starthcona County – Drop in Programs
Fort Saskatchewan – Community Loonie Swim on Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 02:00 PM – Details
Activities by Edmonton Recreation
There are many affordable, high-quality inclusive programs, camps and activities throughout the year for all ages and abilities including Toddler time, puppet show, story time and more! Spend time exploring the river valley, trying a new sport, discovering your creative side and experiencing the outdoors. – See the link for details and register.
II. Adult/ Youth Events
1. Live Music
See Live Music in Edmonton for more details.
Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest – Concert on Wednesday May 20 @ Jubilee Auditorium.
Scenes; Satoko Fujii & Kaze @ Yardbird Suite
Kokopelli Choirs @ McDougall United Church
Happy @ ATB Financial Arts Barns
Marie Anne Lagimodière in Story and Song @ Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre
Festival City Winds Concert @ Robert Tegler Student Centre
Doug And The Slugs @ Century Casino
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto @ Winspear Centre
Get tickets for summer music festivals in Edmonton.
2. Performing Arts
See Performing Arts article for more details.
Events this weekend include
Avenue Q @ Citadel Theatre
The Ugly One @ PCL Studio Theatre
The Cat’s Pajamas @ Fort Edmonton Park
Tribes @ Timms Centre for the Arts
The Photo @ C103
From Cradle to Stage @ Walterdale Theatre
The 11 O’Clock Number @ BackStage Theatre
3. Rainmaker Music Festival
Part of Rainmaker Rodeo and Concert
Friday: Mother Earth, The Glorious Sons, Gob, Oil City Sound MacHine, Pigeon Park.
Saturday: The Road Hammers, High Valley, Aaron Pritchett, Kira Isabella.
May 22 & 23, 2015
Kinsmen Fair Grounds, 47 Riel Drive, St. Albert
$50.00 + charges. Admission
to the Rodeo is included in the concert tickets.
4. NUOVA Opera & Music Theatre Festival
The 2015 Festival will focus on English works, both contemporary and classical, and offer a wider selection of classical musical theatre. Details
May 22 – July 4, 2015
In and around Edmonton.The King’s University, Fort Edmonton Park, Robertson-Wesley United Church, The University of Alberta and Festival Place in Sherwood Park.
III. Sports & Related Events
1. Thoroughbred Racing
Fridays, May, 2015 | 06:30 PM
Saturdays, May, 2015 | 01:00 PM
Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino, 7410 Borden Park Road NW, Edmonton.
2. Road Rage Street Hockey Tournament
This 3-on-3 tournament is expecting 60 teams, with over 400 players ranging in age from five to 15 years. In total, ten mini rinks will be set-up for the tournament – seven outside in the south parking lot and three inside on the field houses. Details
May 23-24, 2015
Servus Place, South Parking Lot, St. Abert
3. FC Edmonton
Vs Atlanta Silverbacks.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 02:00 PM
Clarke Stadium, Edmonton
4. Runs & Walks
Faith, Fitness & Fun Run/Walk
3K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run on Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM @ Newman Theological College & St. Joseph Seminary, 10012-84 Street. – Details
Rotary Walk for Polio
1 Mile Walk on Saturday May 23, 2015 | 11:00 AM @ City Hall – Register
Annual Run for Pie
10K run, 5 K run, 1 km kids run on Sunday, May 24, 2015 @Kinsmen Park, Edmonton – Register
5. Win FORE WIN Golf Tournament
Join us to celebrate and raise funds for women and children in need of shelter from abuse. It is our first year adding a Men’s tournament to this event. We are excited to invite men to participate in this outstanding event as we strongly believe that men play a vital role in the solution to ending domestic violence. Details
Monday, May 25th at 1:30PM (Women’s)Tuesday, May 26th at 8:00AM (Men’s)
Highlands Golf Club, 6603 Ada Blvd NW, Edmonton
IV. Exhibitions & Other Events
1. What the Truck
What the Truck?! is a celebration of food trucks and food truck culture in Edmonton! With creative chefs, tasty food, vibrant, accessible and pedestrian-friendly events, we’re helping to make Edmonton even more awesome. Details
Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 04:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Sir Winston Churchill Square,
2. Heritage Tour
The 2015 Heritage Tour features architectural historic building styles in Sherwood Park and Strathcona County. Details
Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM– 5:00 PM
$60 per person. The ticket price includes bus transportation and lunch, but not drinks.
3. Edmonton Reptile Show
ERAS will host it’s first reptile show and sale of the year. Two days jam packed with all the reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that you and your family can handle. There will plenty of vendors on hand with quality captive bred animals for show and sale, as well as the supplies you will need to take care of any that happen to find their way home with you. This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids, and come prepared to learn some new and interesting things about these animals and the hobby of keeping them in captivity. Details
Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM– 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 11:00 AM– 4:00 PM
The Sands Hotel, 12340 Fort Road, Edmonton
Adults: $6.00; Teens(13 – 17): $5.00; Kids(4 – 12): $4.00
4. May Madness Car Show
Charity Car Show for STARS Air Ambulance. Details
Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM– 4:00 PM
NAIT Souch Campus, 7110 Gateway Blvd., Edmonton
5. Bead Market
Unique beading supplies market. Market.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Ramada Inn, 5359 Calgary Trail, Edmonton
6. Spring Garden Show
Join Guild potters as they display a collection of pottery for your garden. Garden houses, totems, wind chimes, large flowers, garden sculptures, and so much more. Details
May 9 – 30, 2015 | Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Parkland Potters’ Guild, 4912 – 51 Avenue, Stony Plain
8. AGA Exhibitions
POP SHOW! Dazzled by the Everyday | March 21 to June 7, 2015
Showcasing Pop Art at its best, POP SHOW! Dazzled by the Everyday will delight with works from the early years of Pop Art’s history—when Post-War commercial images were everywhere and Pop artists came into the art world with the glint and gleam of popular commodity.
BMO World of Creativity: World of Boo | July 27–July 5, 2015
DaveandJenn: No End | March 21–June 7, 2015
Tyler Los-Jones: A Panorama Protects its View | January 23–January 31, 2016
9. U of A Museums Exhibitions
What’s New? | April 23 – May 23, 2015 @ Enterprise Square Galleries 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton
The University of Alberta Museums presents What’s New? an exhibition featuring art, artifacts and specimens from six of the University’s 29 museum collections that all have something new to share. Visitors can view some of the world’s largest moths and the oldest insects, experience a rare Ancient Egyptian mummy, see the application of 3D printing in a museum context, enjoy works of art by master print-artist Ryoji Ikeda, new acquisitions of important prints and sculptures by Canadian Inuit artists, and learn new stories from the Ukrainian Folklore Archives, the Classics Museum, the Strickland Entomology Museum and our Anthropology Collections.
Free / Donation
10. Alberta & the Great War
@ The Provincial Archives of Alberta, 8555 Roper Road, Edmonton – Details
2014 marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that would define the course of the 20th century with reverberations still felt today. Drawing upon archival holdings, Alberta & the Great War explores the many ways the First World War affected and changed the province.
V. Dinner Theatre/Music Events
1. Fort Edmonton Park – Events
Sunday Brunch – Gather your clan for Sunday Brunch at Johnson’s Cafe at the historic Hotel Selkirk in Fort Edmonton Park. Enjoy a scrumptious meal then take a stroll around the park. Get tickets for Father’s Day Brunch.
2. The Hat – Events
3. River Cree Resort & Casino – Events
4. Jubilations Dinner Theatre – Events: :That’s Dirty Dancing : April 17 – June 14, 2015
5. The Red Piano – Events
6. Blues on Whyte – Events
7. The Comic Strip – Events
8. Mayfield Dinner Theatre – Events : Cabaret: April 14 – June 14, 2015
9. The Comedy Factory – Events
10. Grand Opening 12 Acres Restaurant, St Albert on Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 4 PM – 8 PM
Come out to 12 Acres Restaurant on May 21 to sample free drinks, and the sustainable, pasture to plate cuisine; meet the farmers; and see an animal being broken down in the kitchen.
2. French Quarter Farmers Market
A boutique Farmers Market. Come discover quality local vendors, with gourmet/artisan foods available for you and your family’s pleasure & health! Fun for the entire family. Details
Every Sunday from 12 :00 PM to 4 :00 PM (ongoing throughout the year – Rain or Shine)
La Cité Francophone, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury [91 street], Edmonton
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