25 Things To Do In Edmonton This March

With music, magic and comedy (plus a Canadian music legend), there’s plenty to see, do and experience this month.

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Swan Lake Reimagined

Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang presents NIGHTbox and SWAN, the latter of which is a reimagining of the iconic characters of Swan Lake, set to the music of Stravinsky. Catch the final performance March 1.

Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall, MacEwan University, 11110 104 Ave NW, 780-970-4979, balletedmonton.ca

Hot Skirts

SkirtsAfire Festival, Edmonton’s only female-focused theatre and multidisciplinary arts festival, welcomes and celebrates all women to venues across Old Strathcona, Downtown and Alberta Avenue. Performances and exhibitions run until March 8.

Various venues, skirtsafire.com

Frozen Fortress

 

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The award-winning Ice Castles are still standing! Check out the LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and more until March 10.

Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd NW, icecastles.com

Watch Them Work It Out

The Citadel’s Daryl Cloran’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s wonderful romantic comedy takes place in 1960s Vancouver, has professional wrestling and and a live band performing 25 songs by The Beatles — just as the Bard envisioned it! As You Like It runs until March 15.

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

Something Sounds Off

Noises Off takes a hilarious behind-the-scenes peek at a play-within-a-play, as a misfit company of overworked cast and crew prepare a farce of their own, Nothing On, where — spoiler alert — everything goes wrong! Watch the chaos and laugh until March 29.

Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615 109 Avenue, 780-483-4051, mayfieldtheatre.ca

Machine Girl

Live theatre meets digital media in Girl in the Machine, the story of how Owen and Polly’s relationship disintegrates when new technology arrives in their home and confronts them with the question: would you want to live forever? The emotionally charged drama — which offers audiences a 360-degree visual experience — runs March 3 to 8.

Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW, 780-451-3344, telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca

Some Dinner with Your Wine?

Enjoy five sumptuous dishes from Executive Chef Jiju Paul and the Edmonton EXPO Centre culinary team, perfectly paired with Italian wines presented by Italian winemaker Pierangelo Tommasi at Tommasi Winemaker’s Dinner on March 3 (25% of the revenue will be donated to the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts).

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Avenue, 780-471-7377, edmontonexpocentre.com

You’ll Be There

Travel back to one of the most memorable times in music history on March 5, as Terrell Edwards and friends present A Night of Motown. It will be a night upbeat and uplifting music in partnership with the Alzheimers Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.

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

The Dreams You Have Always Longed For

Previewing what will appear Off Broadway, Mercury Opera presents La Boheme, Puccini’s timeless story about youth, love and loss in New York’s Alphabet City circa 1979. The drag queens, painters, punk rockers and poets converge on stage March 5 to 7 and 12 to 14.

The Citadel’s Rice Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue NW, 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

An Unflickering Flame

The ESO presents Nielsen’s Inextinguishable, conducted by Alexander Prior in partnership with Concertmaster Robert Uchida, March 6. The evening will include Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, a new arrangement of Kaija Saariaho’s Ciel d’hiver, as well as Carl Nielsen’s Inextinguishable Symphony.

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

See 5,000 Years of Wisdom On Stage

New York-based Shen Yun will take you back in time to experience the beauty, drama and humour of ancient China, with a live orchestra, March 6 and 7.

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

Look Out Below

National Geographic’s Explorer of the Year for 2011 and accomplished cave diver Kenny Broad welcomes you on a fantastic voyage into the beautiful but dangerous “blue holes” of the Bahamas, captured in incredible images and video in Extreme Cave Diving, March 9.

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

Taste Edmonton’s Best

 

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Downtown Edmonton’s rich culinary scene will be on full display during Downtown Dining Week. From March 11 to 22, you can enjoy a two-course lunch and brunch ($20), as well as a multi-course dinner ($35 or $50) at nearly 50 participating restaurants. There will also be daily culinary events, cocktail tours and foodie film screenings.

Various locations, edmontondowntown.com

The Cat Came Back

Canadian treasure Fred Penner comes to Edmonton for his cross-Canada The Cat Came Back 40th Anniversary Tour. Catch all his classics on March 12.

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

Flame On

On March 13, the world’s best flamenco dancers and musicians will perform in the Edmonton Flamenco Festival, an intimate evening of traditional Spanish flamenco song, dance and guitar.

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

Mythical Mavens

Add some March magic to your life with Mythical Mavens: A Burlesque Revue. It will be an evening of myths, legends and fables with a wink, shimmy and a ton of tease, hosted by Morgan Smith on March 13.

Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 Street NW, 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca

Opera Meets Broadway

An optimistic simpleton and his band of misfits find chaos all around the world the world in Candide, running March 14, 17 and 20. Based on Voltaire’s celebrated novel, and written by Leonard Bernstein, Candide is a delightful satire full of exotic destinations, outlandish characters and thrilling melodies.

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

Edmonton on Stage

How well do you truly know your neighbours? That’s the question asked by The Garneau Block, a play based on Todd Babiak’s beloved novel that takes place entirely in Edmonton. Runs March 15 to April 5.

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

A Bond That Transformed Our World

On March 19, watch the award-winning CBC-TV miniseries Equus – Story of the Horse: In Concert. It explores the partnership between humankind and the horse, recreated live with big-screen projection, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a choir conducted by Darren Fung.

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

These Eyes

Canadian music legend Burton Cummings brings his band to Edmonton on March 20, sharing his voice and timeless songs with fans old and new.

River Cree Resort and Casino, 300 East Lapotac Blvd, 780-484-2121, rivercreeresort.com

Comedy and Magic

Masters of Illusion brings the best, most astounding and hysterical performers from around the world to Edmonton on March 20. Witness jaw-dropping grand illusions and hilarious comedy magic as performers combine fantasy, fervour and flair in front of your eyes.

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

See It to Believe It

Where can you crawl through a life-sized model of a prehistoric snake, see micro-sculptures up close and learn how it’s possible to safely swallow a sword? At The Science of Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, delve into experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, computer interactives and multimedia experiences starting March 20.

Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW, 780-451-3344, telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca

Pop Tots

The Mini Pop Kids come to Edmonton on their new Bright Lights Concert Tour, March 23. Featuring songs by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, The Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift (plus some classic hits), it’s a fun show for the whole family!

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

Don’t Forget the Pixie Dust

Everyone’s favourite Boy Who Doesn’t Grow Up brings his high-flying Neverland adventures and all his friends to Edmonton in Septime Webre’s Peter Pan, with the Alberta Ballet, March 27 to 29.

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

All that Jazz

Check out the Broadway musical that always delivers, March 30 and 31, as CHICAGO comes to Edmonton to tell its tale of fame and fortune through show-stopping songs and astonishing choreography.

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

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