25 Things To Do This April

Spring galas for charitable causes, a beer festival, new productions on stage and more.

March 28, 2018

See Mozart’s masterpiece performed live on stage

On April 14, 17 and 20, head to the Jubilee to see Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni live on stage. Opera’s notorious bad boy comes to the stage, played by the talented Phillip Addis, who audiences may remember from The Barber of Seville in 2015.

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

Find a new favourite brew for the summer

On April 13 and 14, the Edmonton International BeerFest returns — and there will be over 500 beers featured for attendees to sample. Discover the art of tasting, brewing and food pairing at Beer School and find a few new favourites for sipping this summer.

Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., internationalbeerfest.com

Hear Amanda Lindhout’s poignant story

Journalist Amanda Lindhout, author of the New York Times-bestselling memoir, A House in the Sky, has visited over 25 countries to share her tale of forgiveness, resilience and social responsibility. She comes to the Arden on April 20 to share her harrowing tale of a hostage in southern Somalia.

The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, 780-459-1542, ardentheatre.ca

Be inspired by a group of amazing women

Join host Lesley MacDonald on April 6 for the Global Woman of Vision celebration and luncheon, where the 2017/2018 Global News Woman of Vision recipients are honoured. Hear their stories, meet some of the leaders and innovators in the community and enjoy a post-luncheon reception.

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

Wear your courage for a good cause

Join the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation on April 13 for the 2018 Courage Gala, presented by Unite Here Local 47. Enjoy a delicious meal, cocktails and entertainment, all in support of patient care at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. This year’s gala theme is Wear Your Courage, where attendees can step into the lives of Glenrose patients through the use of interactive art pieces.

Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., couragegala.com

See Citie Ballet’s final production of the season, Ignite

Citie Ballet’s final production of the season, Ignite, honours the return of spring with stories that reflect change and emergence. Artistic director Jorden Morris presents a new work accompanied by two new pieces by company dancers Lydia Redpath and Matthew Klippenstein on April 20, 21 and 22.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 112 St. & 87 Ave., 780-970-4979, citieballet.ca

Help raise funds for diabetes research

On April 20, the Alberta Diabetes Foundation hosts their signature gala event, the Hummingbird Gala. This year, the ADF hopes to raise $500,000 towards diabetes research and programming in Alberta. Enjoy an evening in an enchanted garden and support life-changing research initiatives.

The Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr., St. Albert, albertadiabetesfoundation.com

See a variety of orchids in bloom

Each year, the Orchid Society of Alberta brings a plethora of orchids for enthusiasts and nature lovers to check out at the Orchid Fair. There will be over 15 Canadian and international vendors attending and plenty of stunning blooms to take in.

The Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Drive, St. Albert, orchidsalberta.org

Get in your PJs and head to a galaxy far, far away

Even if you've already seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we bet you’ve never seen it like this. On April 7, slip into your pajamas and head to TELUS World of Science for a hot breakfast, special activities and early morning viewing of the film.

TELUS World of Science Edmonton, 11211 142 St., twose.ca/pajamaparty

Vote in the Avenue Pizza Challenge (and sample a few of the pies facing off)

The Avenue Burger Challenge was so popular that we decided to bring the bracket back — with a different comfort food facing off this time. Whether you’re on a quest to find the best pizza in the city or just want to support your favourite spot, make sure to vote — the competition kicks off on April 3.


Master the art of vegetarian sushi rolls

If you can’t get enough of veggie sushi, why not learn to make your own rolls? On April 12, ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen is putting on a workshop where you’ll learn all the essentials — how to prepare sticky rice, how to use various sushi tools and more.

ATCO Centre, 10035 105 St., 780-420-7282, atcoblueflamekitchen.com

Find out how to make a difference in your community

On April 14, check out the 8th Annual Edmonton Volunteer Fair, where a variety of non-profit organizations will be helping raise awareness for their causes and bringing information to potential volunteers. Stop by and find out where you might be interested in making a difference in your community.

West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 St.

Witness the merging of art and science

On April 3, the University of Alberta features three globally renowned artists, designers and scientists in a discussion that will cross-pollinate their research and creativity. The panel — Natalie Loveless, Sourayan Mookerjea and Sheena Wilson — will discuss art, climate, energy and activism.

Telus Centre, University of Alberta, 11104 87 Ave., facebook.com/events

Check out an exhibition inspired by the elements

Local artist Pearl Westfall displays her Rock Water Wind exhibition from April 9 to 29 at the U of A Enterprise Square Gallery. Westfall’s works are inspired by the beauty of rockscapes in Alberta and stony beaches in British Columbia.

U of A Enterprise Square Gallery, 10230 Jasper Ave., 780-461-7370, pearlwestfall.com

Get in touch with your inner pop culture junkie

The TELUS World of Science’s latest exhibition, “POPnology,” takes you back to the future by explaining some of the interesting connections between technology and pop culture icons. The exhibition runs until May 6.

TELUS World of Science Edmonton, 11211 142 St., twose.ca

Listen to a folk music duo live

Fortunate Ones — Catherine Allan and Andrew James — have performed throughout Canada and abroad, and are the recipients of the 2015 Canadian Folk Musical Vocal Group of the Year award. Hear their accordion and piano-laced songs performed live on April 13.

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

See the work of hundreds of talented tattoo artists up close

The Edmonton Tattoo & Arts Festival returns from April 27 to 29, and this year is bigger and better than ever. Over 250 of the best local and international tattoo artists will be present for a weekend of retail exhibits, entertainment, celebrity artists and amazing ink.

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., albertatattooshows.com

Support YESS at an evening of whimsy and wonder

On April 27, join YESS at the YESS Gala for Youth 2018. The evening will transport you down the rabbit hole into a whimsical Alice in Wonderland themed event. The evening is designed to raise funds for YESS, who provide vital resources to youth dealing with difficult realities.

Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., yess.org

Check out a stunning new production connecting Ukrainian settler experiences to the indigenous people of Treaty 6 territory

The Shumka Dancers are joining forces with several multi-disciplinary indigenous artists in Ancestors & Elders, a production that runs on April 27 and 28. The project intends to connect the Ukrainian settler experience to that of the indigenous people of Treaty 6 territory.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 855-985-2787, ticketmaster.ca

Support McDougall House at the Spirit of Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show

On April 29, McDougall House is hosting the 12th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show. Enjoy a delicious lunch and then see a fashion show featuring local retailers, including Shades of Grey Boutique, Mr. Derk, Alligator Pie Kidswear and more.

Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre, 11834 Kingsway Ave., 780-426-1409, mcdougallhouse.com

Check out an exhibition of large-scale print works

Harcourt House’s Main Gallery will be showcasing artist Florin Hategan’s exhibition “Wetlands” from March 29 to May 12. Stop by in the month of April and see the Romanian-born visual artist and printmaker’s stunning large-scale print works.

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 10215 112 St., harcourthouse.ab.ca

Step back in time and dance the night away

Travel back in time on April 7 at the Blatchford Boogie-Woogie. Grab your favourite vintage gear and dance the night away at this event inspired by Edmonton’s own WWII-era Hangar 14. The evening will include entertainment from the C-Jam Big Band and Sugar Swing Dance Club, as well as exclusive access to the museum itself for ticket holders only.

Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway NW, 780-451-1175, tixonthesquare.ca

Stop by a boutique lifestyle market and pick up some pieces for spring

Nest in the City, a boutique lifestyle market featuring items for all ages, comes to the Royal Glenora Club on April 27 and 28. Browse over 50 local and handmade vendors, participate in a few DIY workshops and more.

The Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Rd., nestinthecity.com

Check out amazing vehicles at the Edmonton Motorshow

The Edmonton Motorshow comes to the Expo Centre from April 12 to 15 and car enthusiasts will want to make sure not to miss this one. Check out the featured vehicle, see what’s new in the automotive industry and more.

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., edmontonmotorshow.com

Combine your love of yoga, tacos and tequila

On April 12, stop by El Cortez for the unique experience of doing yoga in a tequila cellar. Take an energizing 45-minute yoga class, followed by two tacos (and perhaps a drink special or two).

El Cortez, 8230 Gateway Blvd., allevents.in


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