25 Things To Do This March

From culinary events to new productions, it’s a busy month.

March 1, 2018

Check out the Best Restaurants issue

Our Best Restaurants issue is on the streets and online, and we’ve got plenty of recommendations for new spots to check out, places to go on date night, for a meal with friends, a family dinner and more. Add a few spots to your ‘must try’ list and make a few reservations — our city’s culinary scene is amazing.


Check out artist Luther Konadu’s exhibition

Winnipeg-based artist Luther Konadu comes to Latitude 53 with the exhibition “Figure As Index,” which focuses on the way that objective visual documentation formulates public perception, with a particular focus on collective identities and historic record in relation to the black body.

Latitude 53, 10242 106 St., 780-423-5353, latitude53.org

Explore the arts at the SkirtsAfire Festival

SkirtsAfire is a four day multi-disciplinary arts festival that takes place at various venues along Alberta Avenue from March 8 to 11. See a performance by folk singer Maria Dunn, check out a play, The Romeo Initiative, experience a spoken word showcase, a visual art exhibit curated by Lana Whiskeyjack and more.

Various venues along Alberta Avenue, skirtsafire.com

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a screening and panel discussion

In honour of International Women’s Day, the Junior League of Edmonton presents a screening and panel discussion of Embrace, an award-winning documentary about body positivity. The screening will be accompanied by a panel featuring Top 40 Under 40 alumna Lalitha Taylor, Helene Tremblay and Shara Vigeant.

Latitude 53, 10242 106 St., eventbrite.ca

Learn the history and science of breadmaking

There’s nothing better than a fresh loaf of bread, and this workshop by ATCO shows you exactly how to make some classic recipes that you can make at home time and time again — and gives you some insight into the history and science of the culinary art.

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

Experience the stars in a unique way

Spring will be here before you know it, so why not enjoy the chilly temperature by participating in Elk Island National Park’s Snowshoe & Stargaze event on March 10? Follow a guided hike on snowshoes, then warm up around a fire while learning about the night sky.

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park, 780-922-5790, pc.gc.ca

Swine and Dine with a local brewery

The Royal Glenora Club is hosting Alberta Pork’s next Swine and Dine dinner on March 15. Chef Steve Buzak and the rest of the RGC culinary team will be joined by Edson’s Bench Creek Brewing for a delicious meal with four courses and five beer pairings.

Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Rd., 780-482-0375, passionforpork.com

Hear Lindi Ortega live

Two-time Canadian Country Music Awards’ Roots Artist of the Year, Lindi Ortega, is performing at the Arden on March 16. Ortega has toured with Chris Stapleton, k.d. lang, Sturgill Simpson and more.

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

See a 1920s interpretation of La Traviata

Mercury Opera’s interpretation of La Traviata, which runs March 1 to 10, takes the audience to Paris in the 1920s. See the classic opera with a twist in this unusual production, with a company that has become known for presenting opera in an accessible way, and in unorthodox venues.

Chez Pierre Cabaret, 10040 105 St., 780-420-1757, mercuryopera.com

Get to know Anthony and Rosemary in Outside Mullingar

Shadow Theatre presents Outside Mullingar, a tale of two introverted misfits and neighbours in rural Ireland, Anthony and Rosemary. The heartbreaking and hilarious journey they take throughout the production is one you won’t want to miss. It plays from March 7 to 25.

Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave., 780-433-3399, shadowtheatre.org

Celebrate women in aviation

The Alberta Aviation Museum is one of the many organizations around the world participating in Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, which celebrates the past, present and future of women in aviation. Stop by on March 10 for flight crew activities, guest speakers, a scavenger hunt, and even the opportunity to sit in the pilot’s seat in the DC-6 simulator and go on a test flight.

Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway NW, 780-451-1175, albertaaviationmuseum.com

See British Columbia-based artist Dana Irving’s latest exhibition

Dana Irving’s premiere exhibition in Edmonton, “Earth and Sky,” is at the West End Gallery from March 3 through 15. Irving is known for her whimsical, serene paintings that explore landscapes from a unique and creative perspective.

West End Gallery, 10337 124 St., 780-488-4892, westendgalleryltd.com

Get in touch with your inner scientist

Dark Matters, the 18+ event that allows adults to participate in fun, science- based activities, returns on March 8 with a Laboratory-themed event. Stop by a DNAquiri workshop, where you learn to extract DNA while making your very own cocktail, check out a slime buffet, make a Frankentoy keychain and more.

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

See a choreographed version of Cinderella

In their newest production, Alberta Ballet takes on the classic tale of Cinderella, with inspiration from Charles Perrault’s 1697 version. The production runs from March 22 to 24, and includes all your favourite characters, from Cinderella to her stepsisters to the fairy godmother.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-428-6839, albertaballet.com

Attend a monthly show at Crash Hotel’s cocktail bar

House of Hush is hosting a monthly show at Crash Hotel’s vintage cocktail bar, and the March edition takes place on March 23. Go back in time to an earlier era with cocktails and classic burlesque as you enjoy Broadway Rag.

Crash Hotel, 10266 103 St., 780-907-3027, houseofhushburlesque.com

Combine your love of opera with your love of brunch

The Edmonton Opera’s Opera Brunch series definitely brings a feast for all your senses — and the March 25 edition paired with the production Don Giovanni is one you won’t want to miss. Enjoy a mimosa and brunch buffet and live entertainment by the cast; it’ll whet your appetite for the actual production, which debuts in April.

Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Rd., 780-429-1000, edmontonopera.com

Attend a Refinery party

On March 24, the Art Gallery of Alberta returns with another one of their Refinery parties, Refinery: Material World. They’re calling princes of plastic, queens of cardboard, and dukes of duct tape to come out and engage with the idea of what it means to be materialistic by transforming the things we throw away into art, outfits and accessories.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-425-5379, youraga.ca

Check out a documentary about female music producers

On March 6, just two days before International Women’s Day, celebrate by checking out Play your Gender, a documentary released in 2016. In the documentary, Juno Award-winning musician Kinnie Starr is on a quest to figure out why only 5% of music producers are female, and what exactly it takes for a woman to make it in the music industry.

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Get the opportunity to go on stage with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Get a behind the scenes glimpse at what the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra experiences on stage with Rusty Musicians: B-Sides, a unique event that gives you the chance to sit beside a symphony musician and brush up your musical skills, led by ESO chief conductor Alexander Prior.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

Support Improvaganza and plan a unique date night

Rapid Fire Theatre’s annual festival, Improvaganza, is a must see event for anyone who likes comedy or improv. Support the festival by attending their Date Night fundraiser on March 3, where you can bid on a variety of entertainment packages that are sure to thrill.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-443-6044, rapidfiretheatre.com

Try out glow in the dark yoga

If you want to mix up your yoga practice, or are just looking for a fun workout idea, head to the primed Mosaic Centre on March 8 for Glow in the Dark Yoga. There’s an upbeat playlist, body paint, glow in the dark bracelets and more.

The priMED Mosaic Centre, 2003 91 St., allevents.in

Learn more about port — and taste several varieties

Keg n Cork is holding a tasting of port featuring wines from The Fladgate Partnership on March 14. Taste seven ports and learn more about the beverage.

Keg n Cork Liquor Company, 3845 99 St., 780-461-0191, kegncork.com

Attend the First Annual Alberta Beer Awards

If you’re a beer enthusiast interested in a bit of a road trip, head down to Calgary on March 14 for the First Annual Alberta Beer Awards. There are 22 award categories, and it will be a night of fantastic food, drink, and music.

The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Avenue SW., Calgary, eventbrite.ca

Get in touch with your creative side at a printmaking class

Artist Caitlin Bodewitz is putting together a mixed media printmaking class covering photo transfers and screen printing, and the three week class kicks off on March 21. Bodewitz will show you her tips and tricks for the process, and you’ll be able to take home three wood panel prints at the end of the class.

SNAP — Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, 12056 Jasper Ave., 780-423-1492, snapartists.com

Check out a stunning Olivier Award winning production

Betroffenheit has captivated audiences worldwide and snagged the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, and it comes to Edmonton on March 30 and April 1. The Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre production, presented by Brian Webb Dance Company and the Citadel Theatre, features choreography by Crystal Pite.

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


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