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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.

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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

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May 20 – 26, 2015
Children’s programs on Saturday & Sunday.

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Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210 118 Ave, Edmonton

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By Donation.

 

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

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May 21 – 24, 2015

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Multiple Venues, Old Strathcona

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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

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May 20-24, 2015
Parade: Saturday | 10:00 AM

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Multiple venues, Devon

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Mostly Free.

 

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

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May 22-24, 2015 – Schedule
Parade: Saturday | 09:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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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.

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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

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Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 12:00 PM -03:00 PM

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Calla Pond and Butterfly House, Devonian Botanic Garden, Devon

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Regular Admission.

 

6.  Dinofest

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

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Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 11:00 AM -03:00 PM

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John Janzen Nature Centre, Edmonton

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Regular Admission.

 

7. Other Family Activities

John Janzen Nature Centre

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 ZooVisit 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 CountyDrop 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.

zeldaLegend 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

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Get tickets for summer music festivals in Edmonton.

2. Performing Arts

avenueqedmontonSee 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.

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May 22 & 23, 2015

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Kinsmen Fair Grounds,  47 Riel Drive, St. Albert

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$50.00 + charges. Admission to the Rodeo is included in the concert tickets.

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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

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May 22 – July 4, 2015

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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.

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Varies.

III. Sports & Related Events

1. Thoroughbred Racing

  Details

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Fridays, May, 2015 | 06:30 PM
Saturdays, May, 2015 | 01:00 PM

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Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino, 7410 Borden Park Road NW, Edmonton.

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Free

 

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

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May 23-24, 2015

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Servus Place, South Parking Lot, St. Abert

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Free

 

3. FC Edmonton

Vs Atlanta Silverbacks.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 02:00 PM

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Clarke Stadium, Edmonton

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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

 

WinFOREWIN-BannerJoin 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

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Monday, May 25th at 1:30PM (Women’s)Tuesday, May 26th at 8:00AM (Men’s)

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Highlands Golf Club, 6603 Ada Blvd NW, Edmonton

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$250

 

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

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 04:00 PM – 08:00 PM

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Sir Winston Churchill Square,

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Free admission.

 

2. Heritage Tour

The 2015 Heritage Tour features architectural historic building styles in Sherwood Park and Strathcona County. Details

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM– 5:00 PM

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Strathcona County.

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$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

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM– 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 11:00 AM– 4:00 PM

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The Sands Hotel, 12340 Fort Road, Edmonton

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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

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM– 4:00 PM

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NAIT Souch Campus, 7110 Gateway Blvd., Edmonton

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Free

 

5. Bead Market

Unique beading supplies market. Market.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Ramada Inn, 5359 Calgary Trail, Edmonton

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Free admission.

 

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

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May 9 – 30, 2015 | Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

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Parkland Potters’ Guild, 4912 – 51 Avenue, Stony Plain

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Free admission.

 

7. Annual Plant Sales

plantsale53rd Annual Plant Sale

@ at Chalmers-Castle Downs United Church, Edmonton on May 20 – 23, 2015. Free Admission.

Annual Conservatory Plant Sale

May 21 – 23, 2015  @ Muttart Conservatory. Free Admission

 

 

8. AGA Exhibitions

Exhibitions 

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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

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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.

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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.

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Free

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

12 acres food5. 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.

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VI. Shopping Promotions & Related events 

1. Old Strathacona Events

2. West Edmonton Mall Events & Promotions

3. Edmonton City Centre – Sales and Events

4. Kings way mall – Events

5. South Gate Centre – Events

6. Sherwood Park Mall – Events

7. Millwoods Town Centre – Events

8. Northgate Centre – Events

9. Londonderry Mall – Events

 

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

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Every Sunday from 12 :00 PM to 4 :00 PM (ongoing throughout the year – Rain or Shine)

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La Cité Francophone, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury [91 street], Edmonton

 

 

3. City Market Downtown

City Market Downtown

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Saturdays | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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104th Street, Edmonton

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Things to do this weekend in Edmonton 4.72/5 (94.38%) 32 votes

25 Comments

  1. Abeer Altaei
    Abeer Altaei

    good website plz write more information
    thanks

    April 20, 2014 at 2:04 AM Reply
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    Deals

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    May 26, 2014 at 8:29 AM Reply
  3. Randy Gargus
    Randy Gargus

    First time on site, very impressed with the amount of information

    October 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM Reply
  4. Melissa
    Melissa

    I find myself reading this site nearly weekly. It is very informative and always updated well in advance of the weekend!

    October 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM Reply
  5. New to Town
    New to Town

    I’m new to town and so happy I found this site! Please keep it up!

    November 5, 2014 at 7:55 AM Reply
  6. Love this website! I have added it to my favorites :)

    November 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM Reply
  7. Tracy
    Tracy

    So basically nothing happens in Edmonton. So disappointed with this “city”.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM Reply
    1. Tara Simon
      Tara Simon

      Your comment made me do a bit of research.
      1. I compared tourist attractions in Calgary listed in this site – http://www.todocanada.ca/things-to-do-incalgary/ to that in ours – http://www.todocanada.ca/Things+to+do+Attractions+in+Edmonton/. If you see objectively, there is nothing more in Calgary, that is not there in Edmonton.

      2. I did the same with weekend activities – compared Toronto activities with Edmonton. I believe there are enough cultural events & other activities [with respect to the population that Edmonton/capital region has ] to keep the event and activity seekers happy. You should keep in mind that Toronto/GTA has ~7 times the population of our capital region.

      IMHO each place is unique in its own way and grass is always greener on the other side.
      Enjoy your weekend in Edmonton!

      November 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM Reply
      1. Trot escaper
        Trot escaper

        I agree. But the grass only “looks” greener on the other side is what u mean. Nevertheless. Agreed!

        February 19, 2015 at 12:05 AM Reply
      2. Dustin
        Dustin

        Well said.

        May 15, 2015 at 1:26 PM Reply
    2. Edmonton Resident
      Edmonton Resident

      There are several planes buses always leaving. There are also many places to rent a car if you do not have one to leave.

      January 20, 2015 at 8:05 AM Reply
    3. Nick
      Nick

      Agreed

      May 3, 2015 at 4:13 PM Reply
  8. Javier
    Javier

    Great site, I constantly check it, there is some information here that I cannot find anywhere else. I wish you could include more activities from the U of A, they are always doing something interesting. keep up the good work.

    January 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM Reply
  9. Andy Kuiper
    Andy Kuiper

    I lvisit this site most every weekend – thanks – keep up the good work here :-)

    February 1, 2015 at 10:01 AM Reply
  10. Stephen
    Stephen

    This website is getting more and more thorough every time I visit it. The only things that seem to be missing are some of the more events for the more local scenes. And while it would be pretty hard to cover all of them, having a page or linking to the venues would be a great addition. Things such as open mic nights(ex. Arcadia), live local music(wunderbar), poetry nights(Ex. Tuesdays at Rouge Lounge), Story Slams (3rd wednesday of every month at The Mercury Room) or local comedy nights(Ex. Sunday at Empress) that are going on around the city in the various venues/bars. There is a lot going on and having a compilation of all of them would be very useful. Not that there isn’t already enough stuff on here to fill up every night of the week.

    February 3, 2015 at 3:03 PM Reply
    1. todocanada
      todocanada

      Thank you for taking time to comment. As you rightly said, one of the reasons for not adding local scene is that there are so many events. We are compiling an article on ‘an evening in Edmonton’ which will include links to local event scene in addition to activities from a tourism perspective.
      All suggestions are welcome.

      February 3, 2015 at 7:09 PM Reply
  11. Bev
    Bev

    Great website. Definitely will be advising my teens to visit here.

    February 26, 2015 at 12:05 PM Reply
  12. Alberto Garcia
    Alberto Garcia

    Great site and very informative!

    February 28, 2015 at 4:43 AM Reply
  13. Heather
    Heather

    I love this list very much. Missing an Art show I found at the Enjoy Centre
    http://www.nightofartists.com/#!201213_shows/cihc

    March 2, 2015 at 9:51 AM Reply
  14. Martin
    Martin

    awesome webpage! Lots of events. Only boring people can say there is nothing to do in Edmonton. There is always something going on here 😀

    March 2, 2015 at 11:02 PM Reply
    1. Gerald
      Gerald

      Only people from small towns would say Edmonton has a lot to do. Restaurants are expensive while chained restaurants and fast food dominate the market. Grocery is expensive. Anybody from big cities are used to the many free and big events (not those that only a hundred ppl show up), whereas here every even small event costs a fortune. Shopping is limited to the big box stores at South Commons and WEM which is really the same old stores you can find across Canada. Whyte Av is a joke when compared to Robson or even Main in Vancouver or Yonge or Queen in Toronto. Yes I’m gonna be told to go back if I don’t like it here (I wish), but to suggest there is a lot going on that you can just walk into like you can in a real big city is just absurd.

      March 24, 2015 at 11:54 PM Reply
  15. VL
    VL

    Just found this website. I think it’s awesome. I have lived here 15 years and now I have found even more things to explore.

    March 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM Reply
  16. Lisa
    Lisa

    This site is great! Covers every type of activity you could want to do in Edmonton! Thanks so much:) Me and my family do a much broader variety of activities since finding your website.

    March 20, 2015 at 3:51 PM Reply
  17. Nadia Najmeddine
    Nadia Najmeddine

    https://eventbrite.com/event/16368467527/ $12 galaxyland tickets! great cause, please post this on your page!

    March 29, 2015 at 9:42 AM Reply
  18. laurie
    laurie

    Ok on the main page it says FREE ON EASTER WEEKEND but when you go to each tjing it shows a price so what is it??

    March 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM Reply

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