Weekend Events & Activities in Edmonton:
Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10, 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
I. Family Events & Activities
1. Anne of Green Gables
At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they’re mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne (with an “e”) Shirley. Anne of Green Gables, The Musical invites us along on one charming adventure after the next, as Anne stumbles her way through a series of scrapes, makes a bosom friend, and searches for (and finds) several kindred spirits. Details
May 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, 1001 Calahoo Rd, Spruce Grove
Adults: $27.50; Students and seniors 65+: $22.50
2. Get Ready in the Park
With more than 40 groups from Edmonton’s emergency response community showcasing their vehicles, equipment and technical capabilities, there is plenty to see, do and learn. Find out how you and your family can prepare for an emergency at this free, fun, family-oriented event. This year’s event will focus on the impact of extreme weather.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
William Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road, Edmonton
3. Annual Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow Wow
Edmonton Catholic Schools & Aboriginal Learning Services in partnership with the City of Edmonton invite all members of the Edmonton and surrounding communities to join us for our 34th Annual Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow-Wow. The Pow-wow will feature a variety of dancers, drummers, craft and food vendors. Details
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 01:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, 11000 Stadium Road, Edmonton
4. Mother’s Day Garden Party
Get ready to step into springtime at Prairie Gardens’ Mothers’ Day Blossom Garden Party! Celebrate Mother’s Day at this family friendly event at Prairie Gardens, with flowers, Mother’s Day Brunch seatings featuring delicate finger foods, earthly delights, sweet treats, free crafts and petting farm for the kids. Details
Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
Free Admission. Brunch ticketed.
5. Mother’s Day at the Zoo
Learn about moms at the Zoo. Details
Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Edmonton Valley Zoo
6. 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.
Musee Heritage Museum, St Albert
Family Drop-in programs on May 9, 2015 | 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM - Details
Something Special for Mom @ Multicultural Heritage Centre, Stony Plain.
Create a family friendly Art & Craft: A personalized & decorated potted plant to take home transplanted by you just in time for Mother’s Day! Details
Saturday May 9th | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Cost $10/gift
7. 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.
8. 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 Wizard of Oz on May 9
The Nut Job on May 16
The Boxtrolls on May 23
Free Birds on May 30
Reel Family Cinema at Metro Cinema: Details
Free for kids under 12.
Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird on May 10 | 1:00 PM
Legend on May 23 | 2:00 PM
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water on May 30 | 2:00 PM
Telus World of Science
Imax theatre : Shows
9. 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
10. 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
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.
A Celebration of the Arts @ Winspear Centre
Jon Mayer / P.J. Perry Quartet @ Yardbird Suite
Salute to the Proms @ Robertson Wesley United Church
The Ultimate Beatles Tribute @ Century Casino
The Stolen Child @ All Saints’ Cathedral
Storytellers @ First Baptist Church
River City Rhythm & Blues Review @ Winspear Centre
Neil Diamond (May 5) @ Rexall Place
Diana Krall (May 11) @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Get tickets for summer music festivals in Edmonton.
2. Performing Arts
See Performing Arts article for more details.
Brian Webb Dance Company
Events this weekend include
Avenue Q @ Citadel Theatre
Becoming Sharp @ Backstage Theatre
frost flowers/arctic death machine @ Timms Centre for the Arts
Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Festival @ Arden Theatre
20th Anniversary Showcase (Nextfest Arts Co.) @ Mercury Theatre
Christina ~ Philippe @ Westbury Theatre
Laffertys Wake @ Kinsmen Club, St. Albert
George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel series @ C103
La Bayadère : The Temple Dancer |Houston Ballet, presented by Alberta Ballet @ Jubilee Auditorium
The 11 O’Clock Number @ BackStage Theatre
3. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival
May 3 – 5 & 10 – 12, 2015
Landmark Cinemas 9, City Centre, 10200 102nd Avenue, Edmonton
4. 2015 Choral Festival
Choirs from across the province converge on the stage to compete at the 2015 Alberta Music Festival Association (AMFA) Provincial Choral Festival. Details
May 7 – 9, 2015
McDougall United Church, 10025 101 Street, Edmonton
$5.00 at the door.
5. Global Visions 2015
Documentary film festival. Details
May 7 – 18, 2015.
Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre) & Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton
Individual tickets: $8.25 – $15.00 (online
) to $13.50 – $20.00 (at the door)
Hot Docs Pass: $49.00 – $54.00
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. Oil City Roller Derby
Dirty Harriet VS ECRDA’s Kill Billies & River City Riot VS The Tar Sand Betties. Derby.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 06:00 PM
Edmonton Sportsdome, 10104 32 Avenue, Edmonton
$10.00 online / $15.00 at the door
3. Runs & Walks
World Walking Day Marathon
Saturday, May 09, 2015 | 06:00 AM @ St. Albert Place West Door, 5 St. Anne Street - Details
Run for Mercy 2015
5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM @ Rundle Park, Edmonton – Register
Mother’s Day Run, Walk & Ride
2.5 km Ride, 10 km Run, 5 km Run & Walk, Little Legs Race on Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 08:45 PM @ Hawrelak Park – Details
Spring Thaw Triathlon
Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 09:00 AM @ University of Alberta Van Vliet Complex, Edmonton – Details
MEC Edmonton Race Two
5K/10K/15K on Sunday, May 10, 2015 |09:00 AM @ St. Albert Place – Details
IV. Exhibitions & Other Events
1. Royal Bison Art + Craft Fair
Spring craft festival of the best and quirkiest art, craft and design this city has to offer. Details
Friday, May 8, 2015 | 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
8426 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton.
North Glenora Garbage Fair on May 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM @ 13535 -109 A Avenue – Details
2. Dinner and Auction Fundraiser
Devon Christian School Buffet Dinner and Auction Fundraiser. It will be a wonderful evening including door prizes, raffle items, musical entertainment, and a delicious buffet dinner (gluten free options available if given advance notice). Details
Friday, May 8, 2015 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Devon Community Centre, 20 Haven Avenue, Devon
Bump Club and Beyond presents Gearapalooza on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | 6:00 PM @West Coast Kids.
3. Art on the Block
It’s a night of cocktails and cunning as you do battle over 100 auction items worth fighting for. Art on the Block, Edmonton’s most captivating fundraiser, is your opportunity to own a coveted work of art by a recognized Canadian artist. We can’t wait to see you in action. Details
Friday, May 8, 2015 | 7:00 PM -10:00 PM
Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
4. World Fairtrade Day
The Fairtrade Edmonton Steering Committee will be joining this annual event with a panel and screening of “The Dark Side of Chocolate”. The film follows the journey of chocolate, and in the process uncovers human rights abuses, child trafficking and sly maneuvers of international chocolate companies which all make it possible for us to feed our luxurious chocolate addictions. Join us to learn more about positive alternatives. Details
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 | 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Princess Theatre: 10337 82nd Avenue, Edmonton
5. Jane’s Walk
Jane’s Walks Get out & walk! Explore, learn & share through participating in a Jane’s Walk in Edmonton. Jane’s Walk is a walking conversation that includes local voices and gives the opportunity to learn more about the communities of Edmonton. There are walks focussed on Art, History, Architecture, Urban Design & Development & the neighbourhoods people call home. Details
May 1 – 4 & 9, 2015
Multiple Venues, Edmonton.
200 Fabulous females…Moving, Learning, Growing, and Having Fun! 100% of proceeds go to Young Mother’s Pursuing Further Education. A fun activity day for females of all ages (9yrs+) created to celebrate the support and love of female family members and friends. Details
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Saville Community Sports Centre, 11610 – 65th Avenue, Edmonton
1 Ticket for 2 People : $149
7. Dutch Spring Market
If you enjoy a European market atmosphere the Spring Market is the place to be on the day before Mother’s Day each year. There are many vendors with a great variety of wares and the Dutch kitchen has delicious Dutch food for sale while you enjoy the international entertainment. Market.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Dutch Canadian Centre, 3312 142 Street, Edmonton
8. Moroccan Iraqi Algerian Bazaar
Join us on a magical journey to discover Moroccan, Iraqi, and Algerian Cultures and Traditions. We can assure you a very warm welcome, good food which will be served all day, ethnic products, cultural clothing, and Art. Market.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Rosslyn Community League, 11015-134 Ave, Edmonton
9. Cutting Out Hunger
Detailz Hair Salon is working with the Edmonton Food Bank for the 3rd year! Five non perishable items will get you a free haircut. Monetary donations accepted as well.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Detailz Hair Salon, 13708 Castledowns Road, Edmonton
Donation required – 5 non perishable items or 50% of a regular priced haircut
10. Bead Market
Unique beading supplies market. Market.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Ramada Inn, 5359 Calgary Trail, Edmonton
Fourth annual Edmonton Bike Swap on May 9th, 2015 at Northlands Hall A at 7515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton – Details
11. Butterfly Cupcake Challenge
Teams made of sponsors and community groups will compete for the title of Ultimate Butterfly Cupcake Champions. Just in time for Mother’s Day, come by and cheer on the teams and indulge in a perfect one-of-a-kind sweet treat. Details
Saturday, May 09, 2015 | 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM
St. Albert Centre, 375 St Albert Trail, St. Albert
Cup cakes: Auction (Fundraiser for International Children’s Festival)
12. 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
14. I’ve Outgrown It Sale
More than 50 vendors will be selling gently used children’s clothes, toys and more at great prices. Get outfitted for summer, and help raise money for Campbelltown School’s parents’ association and art programs. Come early for great selection or come at the end for great deals.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM
Campbelltown School, 271 Conifer St, Sherwood Park
15. Rejuvenate: Mother’s Day
Treat mom to a relaxing afternoon at the Muttart filled with a mini massage, planting activity, music and more!
Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM
16. 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
17. 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
18. 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.
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
Mother’s Day Tea
1. Brunch at The Dow Centennial Centre in the Lion’s Banquet Hall, Fort Saskatchewan – Details
2. Tea at Devonian Botanic Gardens, Devon – Details
3. Tea at The A.J. Ottewell Centre, Sherwood Park - Details
4. Brunch & Lunch at Multicultural Centre, Stony Plain – Details
5. Brunch at Agora Community Centre, Strathcona County – Details
6. Mother’s Day Brunch at Prairie Gardens - Details
8. Mother’s Day Brunch at Snow Valley Ski Club – Details
7. Open Table Listings – Here
Book Father’s Day BBQ & Canada Day Fireworks Cruise at Edmonton Queen River Cruise – Details
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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