25 Things To Do In Edmonton This May

Indulge in delicious cuisine, listen to Chris Hadfield, browse local makers’ wares and more.

April 29, 2017

Attend the opening reception of a new exhibition of landscape works

Toronto-based landscape artist Shi Le brings an exhibition of his works to West End Gallery from May 6 to 18. On May 6, art lovers can attend the opening reception of the new exhibition and check out Le’s paintings, which re-interpret the Canadian landscape and shine a light on the pastoral beauty in southern Ontario.

West End Gallery, 10337 124 St., 780-488-4892, westendgalleryltd.com

See a Jane Austen classic brought to life on stage

Tom Wood, who has adapted several classics for the stage including A Christmas Carol, The Three Musketeers, and Pride and Prejudice, returns with a production based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The comedy of manners starring the Dashwood sisters will be directed by Bob Baker and feature the participants of the 2017 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. The production runs until May 14.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

Support a good cause — and see local personalities transformed

On May 11, the 5th annual I Wish for a New Waiter gala returns. The fundraiser, which benefits the Children’s Wish Foundation, places local personalities in the role of serving for the event, as well as entertaining guests and gathering tips that will go to benefit a child’s wish. 

Chateau Lacombe, 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd., 587-881-0061, iwishforanewwaiter.ca

Battle it out for a work of art

The Art Gallery of Alberta’s beloved Art on the Block event returns on May 12 — so get ready to bid for a new favourite piece of art. The exciting auction and evening of cocktails and fundraising is a can’t miss event.

Art Gallery of Albert, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca

See a ballet that showcases Canada’s history

Our Canada brings together two celebrations — Alberta Ballet’s 50th anniversary, and Canada’s 150th birthday – in one evening of gorgeous choreography. The production explores Alberta and Canada through the music of the legendary Gordon Lightfoot.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 844-355-9494, albertaballet.com

Lace up your running shoes for a good cause

The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is introducing a new event to their fundraising roster on May 13 – the Teddy Bear Fun Run. Whether you want to walk or run, challenge yourself solo or make it a group fundraising effort, participation in the event will help support the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Rundle Park, 2909 113 Ave., 780-433-5437, teddybearfunrun.com

Learn more about wine — and sample a few varieties

From May 2 to 6, Northern Lands will be taking over the Shaw Conference Centre with a packed week of programming. From May 2 to 3, the VinItaly Canada component will allow wine enthusiasts to learn more about Italian wine and spirits in particular.  Taste a variety of wines at the il piacere del gusto italiano event, learn about pinot noir, sparkling wines, and the Canadian wine industry at various seminars, and more.

Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., northernlands.ca

Get insight from Chris Hadfield

Hearing Chris Hadfield speak is always an enlightening experience, and on May 15, he comes to the Winspear stage to share a selection of stories, images, songs and ideas designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The evening of patriotic fun is guaranteed to thrill.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Tres Carnales is throwing its sixth annual Cinco de Mayo bash, and the evening will be filled with entertainment from a DJ duo, Monkey Twerk, as well as new dinner features and drink specials. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Tres Carnales Taqueria, 10119 100A St., 780-429-0911, trescarnales.com

Meet Edmonton-born author Kelly Oxford

Kelly Oxford is embarking on a book tour to celebrate the release of her second collection of essays, When You Find Out The World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments. The writer and spark behind the #notokay movement comes to Chapters for a book signing and reading on May 4.

Chapters West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 St., wem.ca/events

Experience the legendary Sweeney Todd live

Elope Musical Theatre presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the infamous tale of an exiled barber who returns to London seeking vengeance. Directed by Jon Shields, with Randy Brososky in the role of Sweeney Todd, the production runs from May 4 to 13.

Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Ave., elopemusicaltheatre.ca

Pick up locally made goods

The spring edition of the Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair returns on May 5 to 7, and the vendor line-up is filled with talented makers. Whether you’re looking to pick up prints and illustrations, jewelry, or just browse some wares and have a few treats, there’s sure to be something for you.

Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, 8426 Gateway Blvd., royalbison.ca

Celebrate Mother’s Day in style

Instead of getting your mother a simple bouquet of flowers, why not take her to a conservatory filled with them? The Muttart Conservatory is holding a Rejuvenate: Mother’s Day event on May 14, where you can pot a plant, relax in one of the pyramids packed with gorgeous flowers, or even get a mini-massage.

Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96a St., 780-496-8755, edmonton.ca

Explore your creative side at the AGA’s Atelier

April 31 marks the opening day of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s new initiative, Atelier, which is a creation space where individuals can explore and experiment. Test out analog and digital animation techniques, craft your own store, and more, with the help of artists in the space. There will be workshops and pop-ups throughout the year, but why not stop by in May when the space first opens?

Art Gallery of Albert, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca

Sample some of #yeg’s best food truck fare

What The Truck?!’s 2017 season kicks off on May 14 at Northlands, with a full line-up of food trucks serving up tasty eats. Stop by for lunch or dinner, enjoy some music, have a drink in the beer garden and more.

Northlands, 7424 118 Ave., whatthetruck.ca

photograph by Marc J. Chalifoux Photography

Check out a production by Shadow Theatre

Art, a production by Shadow Theatre, tells the story of three old friends who have gathered for dinner, where an intriguing new purchase is revealed — a very expensive painting from a trending artist, painted entirely in white. The work, by renowned playwright Yasmina Rez, uncovers truths about men, art, and what binds them.

Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave., 780-420-1757, tixonthesquare.ca

See what’s on the silver screen in a non-fiction film festival

Northwestfest 2017 takes place from May 4 to 14, with a full schedule of films and events for film enthusiasts. Their website has a full listing of the films screening this year, and with the variety of options, you’re sure to find something that peaks your interest.

Various locations, 587-501-4833, northwestfest.ca

Find out the secret to happiness

On May 4, the Canadian Mental Health Association is celebrating Mental Health Week with a screening of Happy, a documentary that explores the secrets of happiness by talking to individuals from around the world, and speaking with scientists who research the emotion.

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Support a good cause while checking out styles from local boutiques

The 11th annual Spirit of Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon, which benefits McDougall House, returns on May 7. Retailers participating include Gravity Pope, The Helm, March First Footwear, Miss Boss and more.

Shaw Conference Centre Hall D, 97979 Jasper Ave., 780-863-4175, mcdougallhouse.com/spirit

Take a ride on the High Level Bridge streetcar

The High Level Bridge line officially opens on May 19, so if you’ve been eagerly awaiting a ride on the historic wonder all winter, plan your trip now!

Edmonton Radial Railway Society, 780-437-7721, edmonton-radial-railway.ab.ca

Dig into Alberta’s archives with an exhibition on The Great War

Until May 22, the Borealis Gallery has an immersive, interactive exhibition titled “Alberta & The Great War” available for the public to see. Check out a re-creation of a trench and parlour from the era, look through artifacts and archival photos, and even take a re-created ID tag of an Albertan who served through the exhibit to learn more about that specific individual’s experiences.

Borealis Gallery — Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, 9820 107 St., assembly.ab.ca/borealis/ABww1

Indulge in a delicious brunch

Spring has arrived, and more and more delicious ingredients are in season, so why not treat yourself to brunch over one of the May weekends? Check out our 2017 picks for Best Brunch for some inspiration. Let us know your favourite picks from your May brunch adventures!


Marvel at masterpieces in miniature

Picture This! Framing & Gallery presents Masterpieces in Miniature, a unique exhibition that opens on May 6. The show presents the artwork of over 50 artists from across North America who have crafted works of art that are eleven by fourteen inches or smaller.

Picture This! Framing & Gallery, 959 Ordze Rd., Sherwood Park, 780-467-3038, picturethisgallery.com

Visit a Dutch spring market

On May 13, the Dutch Canadian Club of Edmonton is hosting a Dutch spring market. Stop by to try some Dutch delicacies, browse the wares on display, and transport yourself a world away.

Dutch Canadian Centre, 13312 142 St., dutchcanadiancentre.com

illustration by Andrew Benson

Hit the great outdoors on a camping trip

The May long weekend is a popular time to head outdoors and spend some time taking in the fresh air. If you’re a reluctant camper, or simply want to experience a more luxurious way of roughing it, check out our May guide to glamping



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