25 Things To Do in Edmonton this September

September has crafts, plays, music and film

Courtesy Arts on the Ave

Get lost in the Milky Way

The stars come alive at Elk Island Park on September 1 for Milky Way Day, an event full of astronomical experiences, music, games and a campfire, culminating in a telescopic view of the night sky.

Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, 780-922-5790, pc.gc.ca/elkisland

Pay your Rent

The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium welcomes the 20th anniversary tour of the original rock musical, RENT, September 3 to 8.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 — 87 Ave, 780-427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

Call her maybe

Catch multi-platinum Grammy and Juno-nominated Carly Rae Jepsen’s Dedicated tour at the Winspear Centre September 5.

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

Have a field day

The festivals continue with Sonic’s Field Day in Hawrelak Park. Catch Sam Roberts Band, Said the Whale and Grandson, among others, September 7 and 8.

Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd NW, 780-442-5311, sonicfieldday.ca

See the light

The Kaleido Family Arts Festival on Alberta Ave welcomes and celebrates arts and cultural experiences, September 13 to 15, with music, dance, theatre, film, literary and visual arts, including performances on rooftops, sides of buildings, back alleys, parks and found spaces.

Alberta Avenue (118 Avenue between 90 & 94 St), (780) 471-1580, kaleidofest.ca

Paddle under the setting sun

Head to Elk Island on September 14 for a Haskin Canoe sunset tour on the still waters of Astotin Lake, and don’t forget the binoculars!

Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, 780-922-5790, haskincanoe.ca

Dance on eggshells

Ukrainian Shumka Dancers presents Dancing on Eggshells — The Making of Ancestors & Elders, a dance production that tells the story of the first Ukrainian settlers in Alberta and their relationship with the Indigenous people of Treaty 6, September 17 at Metro Cinema.

Metro Cinema, 8712 – 109 St NW, 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Go back to school

Bring the whole family to the University of Alberta’s Alumni Weekend, September 19 to 22. There are awards, a Golden Bears’ block party and kids’ day, all culminating in a concert.

University of Alberta Campus (various venues), 116 St & 85 Ave, 780-492-3111, ualberta.ca

Get mashed

On September 20 and 21, Edmonton’s best distilleries, breweries, restaurants and artists come together for The MASHING, a unique sampling and educational event at RE/MAX Field.

RE/MAX Field, 10233 96 Ave, albertabeerfestivals.com

Release your inner sci-fi nerd

Grab your costume and head to the Edmonton EXPO Centre September 20 to 22 for the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, where you’ll celebrate comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and comedy.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave, edmontonexpo.com

Celebrate Muslim creativity and diversity

The Mosquers Film Festival comes to the Winspear Centre on September 21 to educate, entertain and build bridges by showcasing talent and the diverse Muslim experience through short films, feature entertainment, an award ceremony and an after party for the ages.

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

See a timeless and timely play

The Citadel Theatre presents The Color Purple, an unforgettable story of hope and the healing power of love, September 21 to October 13.

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

Don’t get ghosted

Rogers Place presents Ghost on its Ultimate Tour Named Death, a ghoulish performance with amazing music, costumes, special effects and a spectacular light show tailor-made for arenas on September 23.

Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave, 780-414-5483, rogersplace.com

Watch the weather change

September 25 to 28, No Change in the Weather takes some of the finest Newfoundland songs and combines them with traditional sounds and instruments, memorable characters and a conclusion that turns the province’s past on its head.

Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave NW nochangeintheweather.com

Support independent film

Landmark Cinemas will host the Edmonton International Film Festival September 26 to October 5. It’s an annual celebration of cinema that transforms the way people see the world.

Landmark Cinemas, 10200 102 Ave, 780-421-7018, edmontonfilmfest.com

Laugh it up

Explore every type of comedy at Play the Fool Festival. The annual theatre festival comes back September 26 to 29, bringing back daring acrobatic performances, clowning, puppetry and other forms of physical comedy.

ATB Financial Art Barns, 84 Avenue NW, 780-448-9000, playthefool.ca

Catch the last play of the season 

Teatro La Quindicina brings back Vidalia, a contemporary take on the classic screwball comedy.  Featuring industrial espionage and Haberdashery, the play marks the closing of a season for the theatre and will run September 26 to October 12.

The Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave NW teatroq.com

Get immersed in foreign cultures

Get involved in one of the many interactive activities presented at Alberta Culture Days. Hundreds of local communities will come together across the province to give everyone a chance to get in touch with their art, music, film, theatre and so much more. The free multicultural event runs from September 27 to 29.

Multiple locations across the province, culturedays.ca

Go for a haunted hayride 

Get lost in the corn maze or taste the pumpkin-flavoured treats at the Haunted Pumpkin Festival. From hayrides and pumpkin patches to a haunted house, the annual outdoor festival offers a variety of family-friendly activities throughout October, starting on September 28.

Prairie Gardens, 56311 Lily Lake Rd, Bon Accord  prairiegardens.org

Take it to the rim

The FIBA 3×3 basketball competition comes back to Edmonton September 28 and 29. Teams from around the world will battle for prize money and crucial FIBA ranking points in one of the last major 3×3 competitions leading up to the 2019 FIBA World Tour Final in November.

Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace, West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 St NW, basketball.ca

In-person Etsy

On September 28 and 29, over 225 artists, craft makers, photographers and designers (plus a group of Etsy team members) will fill the Edmonton Convention centre to celebrate crafters, collectors and all things art.

Edmonton Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave NW, 780-421-9797, edmontonconventioncentre.com

See a boy and his bear

Australian indie rock-folk band Boy & Bear bring their musical stylings to the Starlite Room stage for their Hold Your Nerve tour on September 29.

Starlite Room, 10030 – 103 St, 780-428-1099, starliteroom.ca

Watch the (son of the) mother of invention

American rock guitarist and actor (and son of legendary Frank Zappa) Dweezil Zappa will rock the Myer Horowitz theatre September 29.

Myer Horowitz Theatre, 8900 114 St NW, 780-492-4764, su.ualberta.ca

Please stand by

Comedian and author Carolyn Bennet will launch her Edmonton-based book, Please Stand By, at Audrey’s Books September 29.

Audrey’s Books, 10702 Jasper Ave, 780-423-3487, audreys.ca

Green thumb for a good cause 

Build an urban jungle at the Kingsway Boston Pizza on September 30. This $45 workshop (guided by a certified horticulturist) includes glass, fresh tropical plants, rocks, moss and a $10 donation to the Municipal Affairs United Way.

Boston Pizza Kingsway Mall, 11440 106 St NW, kingswaymall.com

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