5 Things To Do This Week: June 19 to 23

Enjoy the arts outdoors at a variety of open air festivals

June 15, 2017

Stop by an outdoor arts festival

The Works Art and Design Festival returns to Edmonton from June 22 to July 4. This year, there will be over 600 artists in 49 exhibits and over 200 special events, performances, and workshops. Stop by Sir Winston Churchill Square, which will be buzzing with artistic activity throughout the whole festival.

Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-426-2122, theworks.ab.ca

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, and the Art Gallery of Alberta has a full schedule of programming. Admission will be free all day, so you have the chance to check out some of the exhibitions on display, and there will be two exhibition tours, a beading workshop, and a screening of the film Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance.

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

Watch a Hitchcock classic at a vintage theatre

Fort Edmonton Park brings their Cinema Series to movie lovers in Edmonton, where every Thursday, a vintage film is selected by artistic director Dana Anderson and screened in the historic Capitol Theatre. On June 22, enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder.

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

Enjoy opera in a unique setting

Many associate opera with the concert hall venues it is generally performed within, but the Edmonton Opera’s popular Opera al Fresco event takes the tunes outdoors. The event takes place on June 23, and visitors can enjoy a production including performances taking place on four different stages within the garden, as well as hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a scenic setting.

University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB-60, Parkland County, 780-429-1000, edmontonopera.com

Experience Shakespeare in the Park

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival kicks off on June 20, so though you’ll have some time to see the productions on the amphitheatre stage, why not stop by right when it’s getting started? This year’s productions are The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Merchant of Venice, so whether you’re looking for a comedy or a drama, they’ve got you covered.

Heritage Amphitheatre — Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., 780-425-8086, freewillshakespeare.com

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