Victoria Day Weekend Events & Activities in Edmonton:
Friday, May 21 – Monday, May 24, 2021
A list of things to do in and around Edmonton this May long weekend, including in-person activities, outdoor fun and online events.
Due to COVID-19, attractions are closed and indoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited. Outdoor gatherings are limited to five people.
Though there are not many things you can do during these unprecedented times, there are few activities that can be enjoyed while physical distancing is in effect that is in accordance with Alberta’s Health Orders during this May long weekend.
1. Time on the Land
Feeling cooped up? Want to enjoy the countryside with your family? Come connect with nature and the animals to get out of the house!Dreamcatcher™ is offering “Time on the Land” to families or individuals who need to get out of the house or city. Details
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays | May 1 to 30, 2021 11:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dreamcatcher Nature-Assisted Therapy, Range Road 213, Ardrossan
$38 per family
2. Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids
Introduce your young one to the magical, imaginative world of theatre from the comfort of your own home! For over 30 years, Concrete Theatre has been Edmonton’s premier destination for diverse, enriching theatre for young audiences. Join us as we explore whimsical new worlds at this year’s Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids, featuring three brand new stories of community, resilience, and working together to make your world a better place. Details
Sat. May 22 & Sun. May 23, 2021 | 2:00 PM
3. Girls Learning Code Week
In this workshop, we’ll be going “unplugged” and constructing physical prototypes of a VR world. Join us and explore VR as a tool for positive change. We’ll research existing examples of VR for Good, then brainstorm and frame real-world problems that can be tackled using VR.In this workshop, we’ll be going “unplugged” and constructing physical prototypes of a VR world that solves or brings awareness to a real-world problem. Details
Saturday, May 22 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoom Meeting, Digital event
4. International Children’s Festival of the Arts
This year marks 40 years the Children’s Festival has engaged countless youngsters to the arts in an entertaining and educational way. Activities will promote safe, independent, fun and creative play. Activities will be a blend of mostly at home, visual art, creative challenges and exploration through the safe use of public trails and parks. Details
April 28 to June 6, 2021
Free and ticketed.
5. The Sound of Music
St John Choir Schola is thrilled to announce the release of its newly recorded performance of the musical theatre production, Getting to Know… The Sound of Music. You won’t want to miss this streaming experience! Details
May 20 to 23, 2021
Flat rate per household: $20
6. Enjoy A Picnic
Before you head to your chosen picnic spot (even if it is just out in your backyard), stock up on some picnic essentials or some easy-to-eat and mess-free meals from some of your favourite bistros, cafes, bakeries, and restaurants.
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- Prairie Picnic: Enjoy time together at a private picnic site with a delicious Prairie Picnic, in the great outdoors, on our family farm. Then, join an interpretive program and tour around the greenhouses and farm. After the tour is complete – go exploring on your own, shop for beautiful hanging baskets at the garden centre, or solve a farm bale maze! Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 7 to 30, 2021 – 11am, 2pm or 5pm @ Prairie Gardens, Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord | $75 & up
- Delicious Brunch Box and Picnic at the Garden: Order your brunch and admission package in advance, and when you arrive, we’ll give you a box full of delicious, local, sweet and savoury brunch fare. Set down a blanket, find a bench in the sunshine, or bring your folding chair. Then sit back, slow down, and let nature work its magic while you enjoy life (and brunch!). Thursdays to Sundays, May 6 to May 30, 2021 and Victoria day Monday | between 10 am and 2 pm. @ University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove | $35 to $60
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7. Edmonton Valley Zoo
Edmonton Valley Zoo outdoor spaces are open. Indoor spaces will open when the Government of Alberta allows this to happen under Step 3 of its reopening plan. Timed tickets required. Details
Daily | 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Edmonton Valley Zoo. Edmonton
8. Pembina River Tubing
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pembina River Valley by taking a leisurely float down the Pembina River. During your float, you’ll be able to admire the 62 meter gorge and different kinds of wildlife while bathing in the sun. Details
Season reopens on May 22, 2021
53217 Range Road 74A, Entwhistle
$10 & up
9. Root 107
Enjoy the fresh spring air at Root 107 – an inclusive public space filled with colourful mural art, greenery, and unique seating areas made from recycled materials. Grab some takeout at one of the neighbouring restaurants or food trucks and enjoy in the sunshine! Details
Through May 22, 2021
107 Street & 101 Avenue, Edmonton
10. Downtown Spark: Arts District
Edmonton’s iconic Arts District is lighting up! Illuminate your curiosity and ignite your imagination as The Art Gallery of Alberta, Citadel Theatre, and Winspear Centre host three distinct multi-disciplinary digital experiences. This family-friendly event will feature local artists in video micro-exhibits that will be displayed on LED screens with accompanying sound. Experience the magic of the city’s core with this physically distant experience! Details
April 8 – May 31, 2021
Art Gallery of Alberta, Citadel Theatre, Winspear Centre, Edmonton
11. Go Fishing
Looking for a great fishing spotto call your own? Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Environment and Parks have stocked waterbodies across the province to create over 260 different fishing opportunities. Hermitage Park Pond, Fort Lion’s Community Fish Pond and Morinville Fish and Game Pond have all had rainbow trout stocked in the past two weeks.
12. Enjoy Hiking or Discover Nature Attractions in Edmonton
Seeking some fresh air adventure this weekend — the good news is there are lots of natural areas for you to explore. Check out one of these Nature Attractions and Parks in and around Edmonton. There are hiking and biking trails, picnic spots, off-leash dog parks, birding areas, and much more.
13. Scenic Views From Up Above
Where do you even begin when it comes to looking for and finding the best views in Edmonton? It can be a little overwhelming; the North Saskatchewan winds all throughout the city and is surrounded by lush greenery; our downtown skyline rises above the river; and many structures exist around the city to help enhance these views. Visit these places to enjoy a wonderful view from above.
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14. See some public art
Looking for something new to do in Edmonton while keeping the recommended physical distance? Check out some of Edmonton’s Public art features! You can see many of them from your car or on a walk around the city.
Edmonton buildings have won many awards for brilliant architecture. Check them out.
- 2018 Governor General’s Award for Architecture
- 2020 Governor General’s Award for Architecture
- Urban Design Awards
15. Go Birding
With spring setting in, see whether you can spot baby birds on your day out! This is also an awesome way to get to know your city and find some new parks in and around Edmonton. Here is a list of 15 places to go birding in Edmonton.
16. Jurassic Forest
Take a trip back in time and discover the world of dinosaurs. Located 3 km north of Gibbons, you’ll think you’ve travelled back in time, rather than north of Edmonton. Perfect for a day trip with kids, Jurassic Forest will transport you back to the time of the dinosaurs with giant and realistic dinos in a 40-acre forest. Details
17. Cheer Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers play Winnipeg Jets for the 2021 NHL Playoffs. Watch online on TV.
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Game 2: Friday, May 21st at 7 pm MT – Winnipeg @ Edmonton | on Sportsnet and CBC
Game 3: Sunday, May 23 – Edmonton @ Winnipeg
Game 4: Monday, May 24 – Edmonton @ Winnipeg
18. Albertans Helping Albertans Virtual 5K
Register for the Virtual 5K presented by Bayshore Home Health and be a part of a province-wide fundraiser run to help change the lives of Albertans affected by cancer. Funds raised will be used towards cancer research, prevention, treatment, and care for all 17 cancer centres across Alberta. Details
May 1 to 31, 2021
Anywhere you like
$0 – $20
19. Support Stollery Kids & Fill Your Freezer
Get some great quality Steaks, Burgers and Hot Dogs, and 100% of proceeds raised through this fundraiser will support the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Details
All purchases must be made before May 24, 2021
Cost of food ordered. $35 to $130
20. Plan Your Summer Garden
Get your kids to plant and maintain a summer garden this year. It’s time to start planting seeds indoors and planning what your summer will have in store. Visit Garden Centres in and around Edmonton with kids and get plants for your garden.
21. Fun Things to Do with Kids Inside Your Home
Just because you’re stuck indoors, doesn’t mean you really have to be stuck indoors. There are a ton of things that you and your kids can still do to have a blast from morning until night. And, to top it all off, you can do all of these things without your TV or your phone, unless you’re watching a tutorial video.
- Here are a few easy fun science activities/experiments that are easy and super fun in addition to being educational.
- There is much to discover in Canada’s National Parks and not being able to get to them physically shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the fabulous natural areas our country has to offer.
- Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks and many more places from Home. Travel to international or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.
22. Eat Out or Eat In and Support Local
23. Visit Farmers’ Markets
Shopping local and supporting local this spring and summer are made easy and fun with the many, many farmers’ markets throughout the Capital Region and Edmonton. With food trucks and snacks on-site, these markets can easily help you spend an entire morning or afternoon. Browse the booths of homemade goods and discover some of the best manufacturers and creators our region has to offer.
24. Go Golfing
Edmonton Golf Courses are open. Book a tee time at Victoria Golf Course or Riverside Golf Course.
25. Enjoy a Quarantine Concert
There are many free concerts live-streamed every day. Check them out.
26. Enjoy Live Theatre from around the World
With COVID-19 pandemic forcing theatres to shut their doors, many performing art centres have taken to being open virtually.
27. Edmonton Scavenger Hunt
You may have thought a mall was the highlight of Edmonton. That doesn’t even scratch the surface! Lace-up your walking shoes and get ready to experience the city like you never have before. Snap pics, race against the clock, and put your navigation skills to the test as you wander at your own pace. Details
Through Thursday, December 31, 2021
28. Edmonton Ghost Tours in Old Strathcona
Join for a ghostly walk through Old Strathcona, where we stop in front of certain buildings, houses, and shops that have reported ghosts, hauntings, murders, and mysteries. Details
10322 83rd Avenue, Edmonton
$16.93 to $22.23
29. Go Camping
Try camping in your trusty tent, or in a fully furnished yurt, geodome, or tipi. Tow the family trailer, drive out the RV, or shack up in a rustic cabin for the weekend. No matter your definition of ‘camping,’ there are plenty of options for enjoying Alberta’s starry night skies, forested hills, sandy beaches, and fish-filled lakes this spring and summer near Edmonton.