25 Things To Do This May

New productions, yoga with a twist, a greenhouse plant sale to kick off spring and more.

May 1, 2018

See the world premiere of a twist on a classic tale

The Silver Arrow came to the Citadel Theatre stage on April 21, and if you didn’t get the chance to see it yet, you still have time — it runs until May 13. The tale, billed as the untold story of Robin Hood, is a twist on the classic adventure story featuring aerial acrobatics and a female protagonist.

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

Check out the Art Gallery of Alberta’s annual Art on the Block fundraiser

If you love the arts, Art on the Block is a must attend event — this year, it takes place on May 11. Support the Art Gallery of Alberta while you mix, mingle and bid on stunning art and art inspired items.

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

Head to St. Albert for a horticulinary festival

Dig In: St. Albert’s Horticulinary Festival returns from May 1 to 6, and whether you’re passionate about cuisine, horticulture, or both, you’re bound to find something that catches your eye. The festival includes a celebrity chef dinner with Mary Berg, make & take workshops, culinary tours and more.

Hole’s Greenhouse at the Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr., St. Albert, diginstalbert.ca

Do yoga with puppies (yes, really)

On May 27, you can work out with some adorable companions at the Yogalife x SCARS Puppy Yoga event. Second Chance Animal Rescue Society is Yogalife’s chosen charity for this quarter so they’ve partnered for an event that will allow yogis to get into downward dog with some puppies as classmates.

Yogalife Studios Edmonton North, 15823 98 St., yogalifestudios.ca

Meditate on the rooftop of the Muttart Conservatory

Whether you’re new to meditation or it’s a practice you incorporate daily, you’ve likely never had the opportunity to meditate somewhere as unusual as the rooftop of the Muttart Conservatory. Stop by on May 28.

Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A Ave., allevents.in

See what’s on the lineup at Nextfest

Nextfest brings together emerging professional artists in a variety of mediums including theatre, dance, music, film, spoken word, visual art and multidisciplinary collaborations for ten days of amazing programming. Nextfest 2018 kicks off on May 31.

Various locations, theatrenetwork.ca

See a ballet set to the music of The Tragically Hip

On May 10 through 12, Alberta Ballet presents All of Us, a production that features the music of The Tragically Hip with choreography by artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre. The contemporary ballet celebrates the hits of a band that has spoken to Canadians for decades.

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

Check out a Dutch spring market

On May 12, experience the feel of a European market atmosphere with the Dutch spring market. Vendors will share a variety of wares, and there will be Dutch food served as well as international entertainment to enjoy while you browse.

Dutch Canadian Centre, 13312 142 St., 780-991-0239, dutch-market.com

Spice up your camping cuisine

Join ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen on May 17 for Camping Out, a workshop that teaches you the skills to make a fireside feast. Who says you need a kitchen to prepare a delectable meal?

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

Attend a Dark Matters event aimed at performance

TELUS World of Science’s monthly Dark Matters events are always informative and entertaining, and the edition on May 17 is no different. In Dark Matters — On Your Mark!, learn all about how you stack up against elite athletes and performance artists as you compete in feats of strength, memory, artistry, agility and more.

TELUS World of Science Edmonton, 11211 142 St., 780-452-9100, twose.ca/darkmatters

Combine your love of art and footwear

Citie Ballet is holding their annual Art & Sole fundraiser on May 10, which looks to raise money to supply the company’s dancers with pointe shoes for the year. The evening will feature cocktails, a silent auction and a fashion show featuring footwear from local boutiques including Poppy Barley, Gravity Pope, Kunitz Shoes and Good Luck Sock.

ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave., 780-970-4979, artandsole.ca

Stop by NorthwestFest

NorthwestFest International Film & Media Arts Festival will be at Metro Cinema from May 3 to 13, and there’s a variety of fantastic projects to check out, from the Sundance award-winner On Her Shoulders to the nostalgic Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary to Love, Gilda, a tribute to the late Gilda Radner. Whatever your interest, there’s likely something in the lineup that will catch your eye.

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

Sample delicious treats from Edmonton’s west end

Taste of Stony Plain Road returns on May 4 at The Orange Hub, and it’s the perfect opportunity to sample bites and drinks from a variety of local restaurants and breweries. The lineup includes Only The Good Stuff, King’s Hot Pot, Ben’s Meats & Deli, Celestial Wines, Little Village and more.

The Orange Hub, 10045 156 St., eventbrite.ca

Brush up on your dancing skills

Sugar Swing Ballroom is having an open house where those interested can meet some of the regular dancers, participate in drop-in classes and short mini lessons, and enjoy an evening of dancing. There will be classes available in swing dancing, tap, jazz and more.

Sugar Swing Ballroom, 10019 80 Ave., 587-786-6554, sugarswing.com

Participate in a yoga class followed by a sweet treat

Kick your weekend off right on May 5 with Doughnuts & Yoga at Ohana Donuterie. The class will take place on location at Ohana, and you can treat yourself afterwards with a doughnut and coffee.

Ohana Donuterie, 10347 80 Ave.,  allevents.in

Indulge your inner child with some pinball and arcade games

On May 4 through 6, YegPin, a pinball and arcade expo, will transport you back in time to your childhood. Whether you’re a collector interested in finding an addition to your collection, looking to add a machine to your game room, or simply curious about pinball and arcade games, it’s the place to be.

Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway, yegpin.com

Participate in the inaugural celebration of Edmonton’s mental health community

On May 10, Momentum Walk-In Counselling will host an inaugural celebration of Edmonton’s mental health community. Momentum will recognize both individuals and organizations within the city who have impacted the community and championed mental health initiatives.

Hyatt Place Edmonton Downtown, 9576 Jasper Ave., momentumcounselling.org

Participate in a Teddy Bear Fun Run to support the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

On May 12, lace up your running shoes and head to Rundle Park for the Teddy Bear Fun Run. Participants have the option of taking a 5 km walk, stroll or run, with proceeds going to support the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Rundle Park, 2909 113 Ave., teddybearfunrun.com

Experience a different kind of symphony

Conductor Alexander Prior and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra present Beethoven and Beer on May 28, a unique event that allows you to celebrate a classical music legend after sipping on brews from Alley Kat and sampling bratwurst from Fat Franks.

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

Stock up on indie goods for spring

From May 11 to 13, the Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair returns with a roster packed with talented vendors. Browse leather goods, apparel, art, jewelry and everything in between while getting to know some fantastic local vendors (and a few out of towners).

North of the Strathcona Farmers Market, 8426 Gateway Blvd., royalbison.ca

See Martin Kerr perform live

Martin Kerr has performed everywhere from street corners to concert halls, and his distinctive style has earned him many fans around the world. Last year, he was named Edmonton male Artist of the Year, and this year he is working with producer Chris Vallejo on releasing new music. He comes to the Winspear stage on May 15.

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

Buy some plants to spruce up your garden for spring

On May 17, the Muttart Conservatory is holding their annual Conservatory Plant Sale. Pick up a few new bedding plants to add some colour to your garden this year.

Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St., muttartconservatory.ca

Enjoy the weather on the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s patio

Everyone knows the view from the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s patio is stunning, so why not kick off the May long weekend with a patio party? Stop by on May 18 for an event including fire pits, a DJ, a fantastic summer menu and great cocktails.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 10065 100 St., eventbrite.com

Indulge your love of everything feline

The Edmonton International Cat Festival returns on May 26, and cat lovers will want to stop by to celebrate all things feline, while raising money to support local rescues. The 2018 festival will support the Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost and Zoe’s Animal Rescue.

MacEwan University — Robbins Health Learning Centre. 104 Ave. & 109 St., edmontoncatfest.com

Engage with a new exhibition in a unique way

On May 22, the Art Gallery of Alberta is hosting another edition of Hello, My Name is Art, in which they invite participants to engage in a deep looking session of LandMark: A New Chapter Acquisition Project. The session will be led by the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Head of Exhibitions and Collections Management, Laura Ritchie.

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


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