25 Things To Do In Edmonton This September
Design Week, film festivals and several food-centric celebrations.
September 2, 2017
Check out a unique design series with Vignettes
Vignettes returns for its fifth year, and the design series is bigger and better than ever. Vignettes, a grassroots campaign created to promote Edmonton’s design industry, is a festival that offers Edmontonians and visitors a chance to check out the latest creations for celebrated local artists and more. See the fantastic Vignettes spaces that teams come up with. The spaces will be available for viewing from September 23 to October 15.
Former Reuse Building, 10004 103A Ave., vignettesyeg.ca
See a new exhibition featuring the works of three artists
“Landmarks” examines the prairie landscape from multiple perspectives through the works of artists Julia Reimer, Tyler Rock and Katherine Russell. The artists noticed commonalities between the landscapes of rural western Canada and the Australian outback, which helped inspire the exhibition.
Alberta Craft Feature Gallery, 10186 106 St., 780-488-6611, albertacraft.ab.ca
Spend an evening supporting a good cause with Rex Murphy
The Edmonton Public Library’s annual gala is a place to share innovative ideas, promote forward thinking and encourage productive discussion. Their gala, taking place on September 14, includes a keynote by Rex Murphy. Proceeds from the event will go to support the revitalization of the Stanley A. Milner Library.
Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd., 780-442-9110, epl.ca
Celebrate Ukrainian culture and cuisine at this unique event
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts at Route of our Roots, a Ukrainian food fair and celebration of culture and music. Indulge in some of your favourite dishes and enjoy the entertainment for an evening of revelry.
Old Timers Cabin, 9430 99 St., 780-488-8558, eventbrite.ca
Travel back in time to explore the paranormal and gothic genres at this literary festival
STARFest — the St. Albert Readers Festival — returns with its 7th addition from September 15 to November 6. This year, the festival will be exploring the paranormal and gothic genres with guests including Terry O’Reilly, Mary Walsh, Bill Richardson, Kelley Armstrong, Elizabeth Hay and Claire Cameron.
St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne St., 780-459-1530, starfest.ca
Speed down the North Saskatchewan River
On September 15 to 17, the River Valley Alliance brings you EPCOR RiverFest, a celebration of the river valley parks. Participate in river valley activities such as hiking, cycling and paddling, and spend some time seeing the city from a different perspective on the Raft Float.
Voyageur Park, Devon, 587-401-3355, epcorriverfest.ca
Check out five amazing homes — and support a good cause
Citie Home Tour is back for its fifth year as Citie Ballet's main fundraising event — and if you're passionate about fantastic decor, you'll want to stop by. Take a self-guided tour across the city visiting five unique homes and find some interior design inspiration — while supporting the local arts. The tour takes place on September 30 to October 1.
Various locations, 780-472-7774, citiehometour.ca
Indulge your inner pop culture enthusiast
The Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo returns from September 22 to 24, and pop culture enthusiasts are sure to find something that piques their interest. Meet the stars of some of your favourite shows and the artists behind some of your favourite comics, browse the vendors for unique products and more.
Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., edmontonexpo.com
Experience an abbreviated kind of film festival
From September 25 to October 1, the city will be filled with one-minute silent films — and you’ll be the judge of which one catches your eye the most! The Gotta Minute Film Festival displays short films on LRT platforms, on LCD screens at the Edmonton Public Library branches, at Metro Cinema and more. You can vote for your favourite film, and enjoy the award-winners at a screening to conclude the festival.
Various locations, 780-429-1671, gottaminutefilmfestival.com
…or, check out some films aimed at adrenaline lovers
The 2017 Radical Reels Tour stops by Edmonton on September 28, and these action-packed films are ones you won’t want to miss. Presented by the Banff Centre, this festival screens the best sports action films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, showcasing bold skiers, daring climbers, adventurous kayakers and more.
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, stalbert.ca
Enjoy some brews and bratwurst at Oktoberfest
If you can’t make it all the way to Germany for Oktoberfest, don’t worry — you can get a taste of the festivities right here in Edmonton. On September 29 and 30, the Edmonton Expo Centre will be filled with brews from local and authentic Bavarian breweries, Oktoberfest bands and dancers, Bavarian bites and hourly cask tappings.
Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., 403-520-5433, albertabeerfestivals.com
Check out an interactive art playground, part of Design Week
Nuit Blanche Edmonton and the Department of Urban Renewal have joined forces to host a well-designed, interactive art playground that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. The unique interactive exhibition, which made its debut at Montreal’s Luminotherapie festival, will stretch across an entire city block.
Quarters Neighbourhood, 96 St. & Jasper Ave., edmontondesignweek.com
Learn about graphic design through the years with a fascinating documentary
If you’re a huge documentary fan with an interest in design, stop by the Garneau Theatre on September 29 for a screening of Graphic Means, presented by GDC. The film examines how tools and machines have impacted the graphic design industry and production over the years, from the time of linecasters to today. The event is part of the Design Week line-up.
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., edmontondesignweek.com
Celebrate the launch of the ESO’s season — and check out new conductor Alexander Prior
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, led by new chief conductor Alexander Prior, kicks off their season on September 16 with Adams & Grieg. The evening’s repertoire includes Grieg’s Piano Concerto, performed by Albertan pianist Katherine Chi, Janacek’s Taras Bulba and Adams’ Harmonielehre.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com
Stop by a public art picnic
Enjoy the Edmonton Arts Council’s second public art picnic of the year at the new Whitemud Equine Learning Centre space. There will be live music by Celeigh Cardinal and Ben Tassel, a demo by Black Artifex and more.
Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association, 12504 Fox Drive, edmontonarts.ca
See Kale Vandenbroek’s “Autospect” exhibition before it closes
Calgary artist Kale Vandenbroek’s exhibition at Latitude 53, “Autospect,” examines the self. Vandenbroek’s process involves pasting an image down and wearing it away, with the goal of reflecting on narratives of introspection. The exhibition closes on September 9, so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, make sure to do so before then.
Latitude 53, 10242 106 St., 780-423-5353, latitude53.org
Take part in a street car cask party
On September 14, The Common is hosting a unique kind of cask party — one that takes place on the famous Edmonton Street Car. Enjoy brews from Blindman and Yellow Dog Brewing, go on a rail car history tour, sample some popcorn and enjoy the September weather.
The Common, 9910A 109 St., allevents.in
Watch a classic film in a vintage theatre
If you’ve dreamt of travelling back in time to see a classic film the way it was meant to be seen, you’re in luck — at the Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park is giving you the opportunity to do just that. On Thursdays throughout September, you can see classic films on the big screen. The line-up includes The Outlaw Josey Wales, Little Big Man, The Sting and 2001 Space Odyssey.
Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 St., 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca
Hear from two powerful Women in Politics
On September 26, the EPL welcomes former Prime Minister, the Rt. Honourable Kim Campbell, and former Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Anne McLellan, as presenters in the Forward Thinking Series. In the Women in Politics event, the two will reflect on their careers and experiences as women taking positions in what is an otherwise underrepresented role for women, as well as share insight into the future of the political realm of Canada.
Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd., eventbrite.ca
Spend some time with the Bard
From September 16 to October 8, the Citadel Theatre kicks off its 2017/2018 season with Shakespeare in Love, a production based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. The play will explore the forbidden love story between William Shakespeare and an engaged woman who catches his eye. If you’ve always loved the film, you absolutely must check out the story on stage.
Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com
Check out the Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival
This film fest showcases local, national and international indigenous innovation in film, video, radio and more. From September 20 to 23, festival attendees will get a glimpse into indigenous culture and heritage through the arts as a variety of projects screen at the Garneau Theatre.
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., dreamspeakers.org
Experience what it felt like to sit in the pilot’s seat of a historic plane
On September 23, the Alberta Aviation Museum opens its doors for Open Cockpit Day. Attendees have a chance to experience the museum’s iconic collection of historic aircraft from the pilot’s seat — you can even dress up like a fighter pilot if the mood strikes. There will also be family-friendly activities and displays to check out.
Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway, 780-451-1175, albertaaviationmuseum.com
Support the arts with a fun summer event
Latitude 53’s new fundraising summer series includes Homecoming, a September 9 event that seeks to capture the spirit of Edmontonians returning to the city after a summer packed with activities. Snap some photos in the photo booth, bust a move under the disco ball, check out items crafted by local makers, eat, drink, be merry and celebrate the city’s arts scene.
Latitude 53, 10242 106 St., 780-423-5353, latitude53.org
Indulge in all your food truck favourites before they roll away for the winter
The final What the Truck?! event is taking place on September 9, and you’d better come hungry — there are over 20 trucks serving up tasty treats. You know you’ll be craving some of your favourites when winter hits, so indulge while you still can!
Capital Boulevard, 99 Ave. and 108 St., whatthetruck.ca
Stop by Strathearn for an art walk
If you checked out the Whyte Ave Art Walk this summer and want to add a few more paintings to your collection, the Strathearn Art Walk is the perfect solution. It takes place on September 9 and features the works of over 200 talented artists, as well as a beer garden to enjoy after you’ve picked up a few pieces that catch your eye.