25 Things To Do This September
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September 1, 2018
This annual art and design festival returns on September 29, and if you haven’t yet been, trust us — you need to check it out. The interdisciplinary event brings together local designers, artists and makers to create amazing spaces for the month long festival. The VIP Gala takes place on September 21, and the public gallery runs September 27 to October 27.
Vignettes Building, 10004 103a Ave., vignettesyeg.ca
The Kaleido Family Arts Festival takes place from September 14 to 16, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. See performances in unique spaces, from rooftops to back alleys, in this artistic extravaganza.
Various locations along Alberta Ave., kaleidofest.ca
On September 22 and 23, head out on the BE Home Tour 2018, a tour in support of Ballet Edmonton. Get the chance to check out five stunning homes in the community and find some design inspiration.
Various locations, 780-970-4979, behometour.ca
Entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson comes to Edmonton for EPL’s 2018 Forward Thinking Speaker Series. On September 19, she shares her own experiences in business and beyond, and inspires with her incredible success story.
Edmonton Inn Kingsway, 11834 Kingsway, epl.ca/speakerseries
On September 28, The Face of Resilience Gala is taking place, with a goal of over $300,000 funds raised for Boyle Street Community Services. The evening will include dinner, a fashion show, live auction and the opportunity to connect with staff and clients from Boyle Street Community Services.
The Westin Edmonton, 10135 100 St., thefaceofresilience.ca
September 2 is the last chance to experience the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s unique Symphony Under The Sky production, where you have the chance to listen to music performed live in Hawrelak Park. The evening’s program, conducted by Robert Bernhardt, will include pieces by Bernstein, Puccini and Tchaikovsky.
Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., winspearcentre.com
On September 28 and 29, Alberta Ballet presents Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal in Dance Me, a production that features the music of literary and musical legend Leonard Cohen with choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Andonis Foniadakis and Ihsan Rustem.
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-428-6839, albertaballet.com
On September 6, Kirsty Templeton Davidge will be in attendance at Peter Robertson Gallery for the opening of her solo exhibition, “Common Threads.” The exhibition runs until September 23, and explores the genre of figurative painting and ideas of observing, looking and perception.
Peter Robertson Gallery, 12323 104 Ave., 780-455-7479, probertsongallery.com
The summer arts festivals are coming to a close, but fear not — the arts season is just kicking off! On September 6, stop by Zeidler Hall to celebrate the launch of Rapid Fire Theatre’s 2018/19 season. The evening will include teaser performances from upcoming shows, an introduction to the newest cast members and an inside scoop on the season ahead.
Citadel Theatre, 9828 101a Ave., 780-443-6044, rapidfiretheatre.com
From September 24 to 30, the Gotta Minute Film Festival will be popping up at venues around the city, including the lobby screen at Metro Cinema, select EPL branches and LRT platform screens. Spend a minute or two watching a short film at one of the various locations.
Various locations, 780-429-1671, gottaminutefilmfestival.com
Majesty and Friends is bringing back the wildly popular Magical Pop-up Shop on September 8, where you can get a taste of Diagon Alley right here in Edmonton. Sample a mug of buttery brew at Mandolin Books, make a wand at Apple Box Boutique, browse magical wares at Majesty and Friends and more.
Majesty and Friends, 6421 112 Ave., 780-244-5004, majestyandfriends.com
Thanks to the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, the skies above Elk Island National Park are naturally dark — which makes them perfect for stargazing. Stop by the park on September 2 for the 13th annual Star Party, where there will be volunteer astronomers offering stargazing tips, guest speakers, local musical performances and more.
Elk Island National Park, 54401 RR 203, Fort Saskatchewan, pc.gc.ca/elkisland
If you want to squeeze one more outdoor festival into your year, stop by Sonic Field Day on September 8. The outdoor live music experience will feature performances from Arkells, Jimmy Eat World, Cold War Kids, Dear Rouge and more.
Victoria Park, 12030 River Valley Rd., sonic1029.com/sonicfieldday
Patrick Higgins’ exhibition “On The Green Seesaw” is at Latitude 53 gallery from August 27 to September 27. On September 8, Higgins will share his thoughts on the exhibition, facts about his artistic process and more.
Latitude 53, 10242 106 St., 780-425-5252, latitude53.org
From September 9 to 30, photographers Paul Swanson and Karen Pidskalny’s works will be on display in “What We See,” an exhibition looking at contemporary life in Ukraine. The opening reception will take place on September 9.
Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts, 9534 87 St., 780-488-8558, acuarts.ca
Alberta Beer Festivals has expanded their fall event line-up with The Mashing, an event that brings together the best distilleries, breweries, restaurants, artists and the community in a unique sampling event.
RE/MAX Field, 10233 96 Ave., 403-520-5433, albertabeerfestivals.com
You may have seen ceramic artist and sculptor Benjamin Oswald’s work at retail locations around the city such as Maven and Grace, and from September 20 to 30, you’ll have a chance to see his exhibition “Beyond Form & Function” at Harcourt House.
Harcourt House — Art Incubator Gallery, 10215 112 St., 780-426-4180, harcourthouse.ab.ca
From September 21 to 23, the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo is back in town. Attendees can browse hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, check out panels and workshops, meet some of their favourite celebrities and creators and more. This year’s celebrity guest list includes Matt Smith, Brent Spiner and Karl Urban.
Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., edmontonexpo.com
124 Street welcomes art lovers for the annual fall gallery walk, taking place on September 22 and 23. Eight art galleries along the street will be open, so you can browse the works of various artists during an art-filled afternoon.
Various locations on 124 Street, 124street.ca
The Edmonton International Film Festival kicks off on September 27, and the schedule includes 50 feature-length films and over 100 short films, so you’re sure to find a few entertaining options, no matter what genre you love.
Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre, 10200 102 Ave., 780-423-0844, edmontonfilmfest.com
Elevate: A Pursuit of Fair Fashion takes place on September 13, and is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the fashion industry and how you can enjoy it without cost to people or the planet. There will be a panel discussion featuring Lorna Mutegyeki of Msichana Inc., Esther Hempel of Duval, Claire Theaker-Brown of Unbelts, Janis Galloway of Publicity Room and Andrea Beca of That’s So Maven!
ATB Branch for Arts & Culture, 9804 Jasper Ave., eventbrite.com
On September 14, Keg n Cork is hosting Peat, All Peat, Nothing But The Peat, a tasting that allows you to sample seven newly released peaty drams. Sample some drink options for fall, have a few snacks and learn all about peat.
Keg n Cork Liquor Company Tasting Room, 3845 99 St., eventbrite.com
On September 30, gear up for the Edmonton Opera’s 2018/19 season with an Opera Brunch, featuring delicious brunch fare and an intimate recital by the artists starring in the upcoming production.
Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Rd., 780-429-1000, edmontonopera.com/opera-brunch
On September 9, pack your picnic basket or some food truck funds and hit up the public art picnic in the Castle Downs Park Pavilion. Enjoy your lunch while you take in the live entertainment, activities on site, and, of course, the incredible public art we have in the city.
Castle Downs Park Pavilion, 11524 153 Ave., facebook.com/edmontonarts
Le Burger Week has returned for another year, and from September 1 to 7, you can sample the unique creations crafted by participating restaurants throughout the city.
Various locations, leburgerweek.com