25 Things To Do In Edmonton This May

This month has arts, crafts, performances and ways to safely be outside.

Courtesy Run for Women

Read and Raise Money

On May 1, the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation invites you to stay home, read a book and reflect on how literacy and learning have helped you. Then, if you’re able, consider donating to help children who come to the classroom with a reading disadvantage.

Beauty and the Business

Tiffany Starchuk from Edmonton’s Pro Beauty Group will host a free, live webinar on May 1, which will cover business strategies, product knowledge and kits, plus a Q & A period with other estheticians.

Find Your Centre

Each Friday, From The Heart Reiki & Fitness is hosting online guided meditation sessions to help you shed stress and relax, based around each participant’s specific needs.

Sew your Seeds

Salisbury Greenhouse continues its Facebook Live “Start Your Seeding Series” workshop on May 2, with a direct sowing class, and May 17, with a class on planting what you have seeded. It’s also holding classes on Bonsai, Kokedama, terrarium, seed bomb and more.

Get In Line

Boot Scootin’ Boogie Dance Hall is hosting a live stream line dance lesson each Thursday in May. It’s a great way to get on the dance floor even if you don’t have a partner!

Watch the Virtual Edmonton Jewish Film Festival

On May 3 to 7, the Jewish Federation of Edmonton will hold its annual film festival, consisting of five great films, online and free of charge. Join the celebration of Jewish culture, identity, religion and history, through film.

Help the Edmonton Community Foundation Help Others

The pandemic affects some people in the community more significantly than others, and ECF is here to help them. The Province of Alberta will match gifts to this fund until May 31, and you can help limit ECF’s fees if you can make a gift of $1,000 or more.

Find Your Muse

Modern Muse Media is hosting mobile video production workshops on May 6 and 20. Join it online to learn the basics of video production including lighting, shooting, editing, sound and production, and collaborate with other attendees.

Get Help If You Need It

A new program from the University of Alberta provides support those suffering from isolation, health concerns, economic stress and uncertainty about the future. The Centre for Online Mental Health Support offers three- to five-day programs offering mental health advice and support to ease pandemic-related anxiousness and unease.

In The House

The Citadel’s Stuck In The House series has been extended, which means you can still enjoy — and support — incredible live theatre. Watch more of our city’s world-class creative talent from home on the Citadel’s Facebook page.

Mother’s Day To-Go

Celebrating Mother’s Day at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is something many Edmontonians look forward to each year, and chef Mridul Bhatt and his staff are keeping that tradition alive by offering a Mother’s Day menu and afternoon tea to-go (with all service fees donated to the University Hospital Foundation).

Go Back To School

If you find yourself with free time, or have just always wanted to start a novel, script or book proposal, journalist (and Avenue contributor) Omar Mouallem is here to help. Running until May 29, his online Pandemic University enlists writers of all genres to hold webinars on poetry, novel writing, journalism and screenwriting. There’s even a class on cookbook writing! Enroll today.

Explore the Royal Alberta Museum

The RAM has all kinds of online content, including an ever-growing collection of 3D dioramas, a children’s activity book and its podcast, Intangible Alberta.

Get Back to the Grind

Edmonton’s favourite little bistro and theatre may be temporarily closed, but the Grindstone Theatre is still offering classes in sketch writing, scene study, burlesque and stand-up comedy, starting May 20.

Run for Women

The Run for Women supports mental health programs at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, including its perinatal anxiety and depression e-therapy that’s already helped almost 2,000 women. On May 23, take part however you can.

Walk for a Cause

The annual Jayman BUILT MS Walk has gone virtual. On May  24, create a virtual team with your friends and family (or join the nationwide virtual MS Walk as a corporate team with your coworkers), and walk in your own neighbourhood to support all those affected by MS.

Put the Kids to Work

St. Albert’s Workshop Wonderz has switched all workshops to its online platform, and it’ll deliver supplies to your front door so your kids can still take part in making cool creations like volcanoes and mini gardens.

Move and Massage

While they can’t see you in person, Elementum is hosting online classes to help you feel lengthened, loosened and aligned while bringing peace to both your body and mind (all set to amazing playlists).

See Canada’s Best

Almost every day, the National Arts Centre is hosting live stream shows of Canada’s most talented musicians, artists and performers. Check the schedule and, if you can, donate to keep the shows going.

Go on an Artventure

Each Tuesday and Thursday at 9 am, Emma Wales from Artventures will post an open-ended art project your kids can do from home, based on The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown. She’s also teamed up with local artist Daphne Coté for the The Emma & Daphne Show, every Friday at 8 pm. You can work along in your sketchbook and register for their monthly adult workshop, Art Night, on Zoom, which runs the last Friday of each month (register at theemmadaphneshow@gmail.com or patereon.com/theemmadaphneshow).

City on a String

Artist Maren Kathleen Elliot will feature faces she’s met in Edmonton in Stringlism, her exhibition of 11 large-scale portraits using her unique method of glazing and layering crochet thread. In addition to the virtual gallery, the four-day event (starting May 14) will include a performance by Rhythm Collective, yoga with Sweet Kula, an afro dance class with Ivan Touko and a talk with Maren herself.

Try Some (Local) French-Canadian Cuisine

The Creative Youth Centre’s Kick Café serves fresh, in-house dishes inspired by owner Gabrielle Bujold’s French Canadian heritage, including Turkey-Yam Pie and Penne Arrabiata with Sausage and Cheese. Help support the youth centre by ordering door-side pickup or delivery on Fridays and Saturdays.

Improv at Home

Whether you have no improv experience or are a performer looking to hone your craft, Rapid Fire Theatre has a workshop for you, including family tutorials and classes for kids.

Get Clucking

Interested in becoming an urban chicken keeper? It’s city-approved, and on May 24, River City Chickens is hosting “Chickens 101,” an online course covering coop design, feeding and general care, breed selection, predator and vermin prevention, waste management and more.


Canadians are a creative bunch, and they’ve never been more connected thanks to Canadians Create, an online community that connects artists and art-lovers through free, live tutorials and demos — including watercolour and acrylic painting, calligraphy card making, cross stitching and more — hosted in its Facebook group.

Bonus Things To Do

Howl at the Moon

Does being cooped up make you want to scream? Almost 6,000 Edmontonians feel the same, and they’re howling together each night at 8 pm. Get outside, take a deep breath and let your voice soar … then wait to hear your neighbours’ reply. Post and watch other howler’s videos on the Facebook page.

Don’t Feel Isolated

Marielle Elizabeth has an online news/talk show where she goes over recent news with a satirical touch. Short, funny and informative, they’re a great way to laugh and feel like while the world may be crazy, it’s not just in your head.

See Shakespeare from Home

London’s Shakespeare Globe is showing Shakespeare plays for free on its YouTube channel, including Romeo and Juliet (until May 3), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (May 4 to 17) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (May 18 to 31).

Get in the Know

Every Saturday, Junior Brown and Dunmore Park are bringing the House to your house with For Those Who Know @ Home, live stream musical sessions for you to grove along to in conjunction with the Bower Facebook page.

Run Together

Maybe not together, but #yegvirtualrunningclub is a great way to get in shape and still feel connected to your community. Get outside, go for a (solo) run and share your support for others doing the same by posting pics and sharing positive messages.

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