25 Things To Do In Edmonton This November
Artisan craft fairs, fundraising events and plenty to get you in the holiday spirit.
November 1, 2017
On November 25, the popular All Is Bright festival takes place on 124 Street. The unique outdoor event celebrates the winter season and brings illumination, live entertainment and more to 124 Street.
On October 30, we unveiled our Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 — peruse the profiles of these incredible Edmontonians making a difference in the city.
Here’s Nina, the annual fundraiser for the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, returns for another year — and it’s sure to be a night to remember. CTV’s Josh Classen and local celebrity Sheri Somerville host the red carpet evening, where guests can enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment, as well as celebrate incredible artists.
Italian Cultural Society, 14230 133 Ave., thenina.ca/events/heres-nina
On November 3 and 4, Edmonton born dancer/choreographer Joshua Beamish comes to town with Lone Wolf, a production that includes three incredible works — Concerto, Radios and Fighting Chance. All three works are by Canadian choreographers.
Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave & 112 St., 780-452-3282, bwdc.ca
Support the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Lobster Lovers Feast on November 3. You can indulge in delectable dishes while raising funds to help the worthy organization — last year’s event raised an impressive $144,000 for the clubs.
Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre, 11834 Kingsway Ave., bgcbigs.ca/fundraisers/lobster-lovers
The Cosmopolitan Music Society’s Lest We Forget event returns for another year on November 4. The production, presented by the Royal Canadian Legion, includes a repertoire from military marches to popular wartime music, a photographic tribute to loved ones and more.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square., 780-432-9333, cosmopolitanmusic.org
Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba continues to rise in popularity, with two Grammy nominations and multiple Junos under his belt. His songs incorporate elements of soul, funk, jazz and pop styles, and his latest album explores a 1940s Cuban romantic music style, filin — with a twist. He stops by the Arden on November 4.
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, 780-459-1542, ardentheatre.ca
The Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival is back on November 10 and 11 for its 20th anniversary. Enjoy bites from local restaurants, phenomenal wines from around the world and more at this must attend event.
Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., rockymountainwine.com
Get in the holiday spirit with this festive fundraiser brought to you by Junior League of Edmonton. Homes for the Holidays brings local designers together with decorators, volunteers and retailers to bring the holiday spirit to five stunning homes.
Westmount Community Hall (Homes Central), 10970 127 St., homesfortheholidays.com
Everyone has heard of the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, but Hadestown takes an entirely different approach to the myth, transforming the tragic story into a steampunk musical infused with American folk and New Orleans jazz traditions. It opens on November 11 and will be on the Citadel stage until December 3, so make sure to check it out before it hits Broadway.
Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com
On November 10 and 11, conductor Michael Krajewski will take you on a tour of Hollywood. The evening’s repertoire includes hits from movies such as The Wizard of Oz, Schindler’s List and The Sound of Music. Krajewski will be joined on stage by Andrew Wan and Tyler Hamilton.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com
Festival of Trees has become a holiday staple — it brings a bit of festive cheer to the city, and raises funds for the University Hospital Foundation at the same time. Whether you attend the gala evening, bring your children down Christmas lane, or simply stop by to check out the beautifully decorated trees, it’s a great way to get in the seasonal spirit. You can check it out from November 30 to December 3.
Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., festivaloftrees.ca
As part of the Edmonton Public Library’s Forward Thinking Speaker Series, George Takei comes to the city on November 29 for George Takei: 80 Years of Wisdom. He’s lived a fascinating life and has plenty of pearls of wisdom and insight to share.
Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., eventbrite.ca
If you haven’t had a chance to see the multi-Academy Award winning movie Amadeus, now is your chance. The movie is coming to the Jubilee stage on November 17 and 18 on a vast HD screen, with Mozart’s most celebrated works performed live in sync with the film by a full orchestra and choir.
Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., jubileeauditorium.com
On November 18, the Alberta Aviation Museum is hosting their gala fundraiser. Walk through the museum itself to admire all the fascinating items on display and see the continuing revitalization efforts, and then enjoy a dinner, live auction, silent auction and entertainment.
Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway NW, 780-451-1175, albertaaviationmuseum.com/event/alberta-aviation-museum-gala-fundraiser/
Indigenous playwright Reneltta Arluk’s Pawâkan Macbeth takes Shakespeare’s iconic play and reimagines it, incorporating elements of Cree history, legend and cosmology. You can see the production from November 23 to 26.
Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Ave., theatreprospero.ca/cree-macbeth/
Owen Petervine of Prairie Mill Bread introduces eager home bakers to the art of bread baking as he teaches participants to make a loaf of sourdough and sourdough waffles for dessert on November 12.
Get Cooking Edmonton, 11050 104 Ave., 780-566-2106, getcookingedmonton.com
Novelist, poet and short story writer Hiromi Goto’s first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada region. She will be participating in the CLC Brown Bag Lunch series on November 22.
Rutherford Library, University of Alberta, abclc.ca
Artists Tim Rechner and Campbell Wallace are exhibition at Scott Gallery until November 10 — so stop by and check out the works of two talented artists at once. Rechner’s exhibition The Second Layer explores abstraction through automatic painting and drawing techniques, and Wallace’s exhibition The Third Face explores figurative painting based on found photography. The exhibitions are available to check out until November 10.
Scott Gallery, 10411 124 St., 780-488-3619, scottgallery.com
In Constellations, by Nick Payne and directed by Amy DeFelice, the audience is taken through a romantic journey that starts with a simple encounter. Mat Busby and Liana Shannon take the stage for this stunning production, which airs until November 12.
Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave., 780-433-3399, shadowtheatre.org
On November 23, stop by Enterprise Square during your lunch hour for an Indigenous Artisans’ Holiday Market, where you can peruse items handmade by Indigenous artisans and artists.
Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave., eventbrite.com
The Royal Bison, a beloved art and craft fair, returns on November 24 to 26 for its 10th year. You can meet some of the talented artisans in the city and check out products that range from illustrations to bath and beauty products to apparel and accessories.
8429 Gateway Boulevard, royalbison.ca
On November 24, the Alberta Craft Council is hosting their 20th annual ‘Twas the Night fundraiser — so help them celebrate the momentous milestone! Mingle with members of the Alberta Craft Council, enjoy some live music and cross a few items off your holiday list.
Alberta Craft Council, 10186 106 St., 780-488-5900, eventbrite.ca
From November 2 to 5, the Rainbow Visions Film Festival is taking over the Garneau Theatre. The LGBTQ festival kicks off with the Alberta premiere of Tom of Finland, and other films included are God’s Own Country, Signature Move, After Louie and The Feels.
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, rainbowvisions.ca
On November 10 and 12, you can vicariously live through brave climbers and adrenaline junkies at the Reel Rock Film Festival. The festival, which was founded over a decade ago, brings the best climbing and adventure films to audiences around the world.
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org