25 Things To Do in Edmonton This March

Film festivals, downtown dining, and a whole lot of music.

February 28, 2017

Show your support for this female-based festival

SkirtAfire herArts Festival returns for its fifth year, featuring the works of women in theatre, music, dance, visual art, comedy and spoken word, on March 9 to 12. What’s special about this multidisciplinary event, other than how it showcases and celebrates women in the arts, is that all entry to events is by donation. You really don’t have an excuse not to check out this fabulous festival.

Various venues along 118th Ave., skirtsafire.com

Get your pop culture fix at this one-day event

If you’re a fan of Batman, the Joker and other pop culture personalities, then you won’t want to miss the Pop Culture Fair on March 26 where you can find various vendors selling toys, music and video games to satisfy your pop-culture craving. Plus, it’s an opportunity for you to dress up as your favourite character, which gets you in for free.

Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Ave., popculturefair.com

Catch the Alberta premiere of Strauss’ haunting score

Closing out Edmonton Opera’s 2016/2017 season is Richard Strauss’ Elektra on March 11, 14 and 16. This psychological thriller unveils the psychological turmoil of its protagonist and titular character, Elektra, as she obsessively plots murder in revenge of the death of her father, King Agamemnon. Featuring Strauss’ chilling score, Alexander Prior, new chief conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, will make his Edmonton Opera debut.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-429-1000, edmontonopera.com

Insert yourself into a night that celebrates you

You’re going to want to make sure your phone is 100% charged as you’ll be taking a lot of #selfies at the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Self__ Refinery night on March 25, which blends themes from current exhibitions of portraiture and photography with social media and pop culture. Artists in attendance include Aaron Pedersen, Brittany Roy, Sergio Serrano and Tennis Club.

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

Go behind-the-scenes of a live recording

Be a part of The Irrelevant Show’s live recorded audience on March 4 and see what is involved in making the hit CBC Radio One show. You’ll be treated to a buffet of comedy sketches and songs that may or may not make it on the show.

The Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave., cbc.ca/radio/irrelevantshow

Experience basketball wizardry

Watch the Harlem Globetrotters, who’ll be in the capital region on March 4, when they combine athleticism, theatrics and comedy routines into a can't miss show. It pays to stick around after the show, where you’ll be able to meet the star players.

Northlands Coliseum, 7424 118 Ave., harlemglobetrotters.com

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with some Celtic music

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and instead of going to your local pub for some green beer, celebrate it with some Irish traditional music courtesy of Goitse. The group was crowned Live Ireland’s “Trad Group of the Year” in 2015, so you know you’ll be getting a nod of approval from Irish folks. 

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

Release your inner-child at the Telus World of Science

Dark Matters — an adult-only themed-event at the Telus World of Science — returns on March 9 with a “Projectiles” theme that will test the limits of gravity. Here, you’ll get to participate in grown-up science experiments with a drink in hand. Music provided by DJ Thomas Culture; plus, you’ll get exclusive access to all the permanent galleries, as well.

Telus World of Science, 11211 142 St., 780-451-3344, twose.ca

Discover some new fashion designers

On March 4, get an exclusive look at the latest designs from emerging Canadian designers — some of which who are based out of Alberta — at Parkshow Edmonton. Make sure you get the Fashion Show VIP pass, which gets you a front row seat, complimentary beverage, hors d’oeuvres, VIP lounge access and a deluxe gift bag.

Epcor Tower, 10423 101 St., ourparkonline.com

See the complex fingerwork of an ukulele virtuoso

Combing through Netflix, you’ve probably come across (or watched) the award-winning documentary Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings. The titular character, known for his fast and complex finger work on the ukulele, will be playing his repertoire — a mix of jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk — to Edmonton audiences on March 10.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

Indulge at Downtown Dining Week

From March 10 to 19, more than 20 restaurants in Edmonton’s downtown core will serve up exclusive multi-course meals at special prices: two-course lunches for $15, three-course dinners for $28, or an executive dinner for $45. Check out the Edmonton Downtown website to see all participating restaurants.

 Various restaurants downtown, edmontondowntown.com

Reflect on the musical genius of Prince

Join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Raymond Baril of the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, on March 20 and 21 as they pay tribute to the music of Prince, who passed away last April. The ESO will be playing all of Prince’s hits, so make sure you have all the lyrics to “1999,” “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain” memorized.

Winspear Centre, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, winspearcentre.com

And do it again, with the music of Queen

On March 24 and 25, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, joined by guest conductor Brent Havens and a full rock band, will explore the music of Queen.

Winspear Centre, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, winspearcentre.com

Celebrate the empowerment of women with this film festival

Metro Cinema presents the Edmonton International Women’s Film Fest (EIWFF) featuring three films about women and politics — The Contender (March 8), Kim Campbell: Through the Looking Glass (March 15) and Madame Presidenta: Why not U.S.? (March 26) — which serve to engage discussions about the wellbeing and advancement of women and girls in Edmonton and around the world.

Metro Cinema at the Garneau, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Master the art of cooking pizza

If you consider pizza one of your favourite foods, then you might want to consider Get Cooking’s pizza class on March 14 where you’ll learn how to make this ultimate comfort food from scratch. Taught by Chef Daniel Brasileiro, you’ll learn how to make pizza dough and red and white sauces. Plus, you’ll get to take your pizza dough home along with a recipe pack.

MacEwan University Residence Building, 11050 104 Ave., getcookingedmonton.com

Listen to the powerful vocals of an R&B songstress      

If you’re in a bad relationship, you pack your bags and drive away with your ex-fiancés’ Jeep—that’s what R&B singer Tanika Charles advises. That experience eventually led to the making of Charles’ first full-length album, Soul Run, which you can expect to hear when the former Edmontonian returns to the city for a round of shows from March 23 to 25. 

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com/beyond/tanika-charles

Unwind with some funny jokes from a former SNL member

Finesse Mitchell has made jokes on Saturday Night Live, A.N.T. Farm and Brothers in Atlanta—and now you can see the comedian live when he performs in Edmonton on March 16 to 19.

The Comic Strip, 1646 Bourbon Street, 8882 170 St., 780-483-5999, thecomicstrip.ca

Clap your hands and tap your toes for a new Gershwin musical

Crazy For You, running March 4 to 26, is about a well-to-do New York man who goes to Nevada to foreclose on a theatre owned by the family business. He falls in love with the local postmistress and decides to produce a show to save the theatre. Having won three Tony Awards including Best Musical and three Drama Desk Awards, you don’t want to miss this new musical from George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.

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

Learn more about Black History, the examination of race in America and more

Continue and expand your knowledge of black history with the Edmonton premiere of Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, playing March 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9. Debuting last month as part of Metro Cinema’s Black History Month series, I Am Not Your Negro is a visualization and continuation of the book that James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House, which was to expose the revolutionary, personal account of the lives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Peck’s film examines race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and archival material, while connecting the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present #BlackLivesMatter.

Metro Cinema at the Garneau, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Watch how the body interacts with space

The Outliner, presented by Brian Webb Dance Company on March 3 and 4, is the new work from Vancouver choreographer Jennifer Mascall. The piece is an exploration of the body’s organic flow and how it communicates with its space using architecturally devised costumes and contraptions.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave. and 112 St., 780-420-1757, bwdc.ca

Embark on a philosophical quest

Montreal’s Niyaz creates music, a blend of traditional folk songs and modern electronica rhythms, that sends messages of hope against injustice and oppression, while aspiring to unite people from different cultural and religious backgrounds through their music. See Niyaz perform on March 18.

Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., 780-459-1542, stalbert.ca

Take a trip down the rabbit hole to a magical world

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland gets the ballet treatment when Alberta Ballet stages the magical tale featuring a Mad Hatter, Chesire Cat and Queen of Hearts on March 24 and 25.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., albertaballet50.com

Test your strength for a good cause

Do you have what it takes to become a winter warrior? Test your strength at the Winter Warrior Challenge on March 18 where you’ll run, crawl, climb and scramble through an outdoor obstacle course in below-freezing temperatures. Funds will help support the Rainbow Society of Alberta.

The Ranch Golf and Country Club, 52516 Range Rd. 262, 780-470-4700 ext. 301, theranchgolf.com

Check out our Best Restaurants issue

March officially marks the release of our Best Restaurants issue — we’ve got 26 categories filled with stellar local restaurants. Whether you’re on a mission to try them all throughout the year, or simply want a few recommendations when you’re craving something in particular, you need to flip through it (but don’t blame us if it makes you hungry).


Satisfy your sweet tooth

Stop by Fort Edmonton Park for the Maple Sugar Carnival, a celebration of French Canadian culture that encourages you to sing, dance, enjoy the outdoors – and enjoy a few sweet treats as well, on March 11.

Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 St., 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca


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