25 Things To Do In Edmonton This November

Theatre, music and dance — the city’s stages are full of great performances this month

Courtesy The Citadel Theatre

Rum tum yum

Rum lovers rejoice! The Edmonton Rum Festival returns November 1, bringing rum experts and a variety of rum flavours to (limitlessly) sample from around the world. All proceeds go to the MS Society of Canada, so bottoms up!

Delta Edmonton South (Grand Ballroom), 4404 Gateway Boulevard, 434-6415, eventbrite.ca

Actually, it’s Frankenstein’s ballet

Watch the epic battle between man and monster until November 2, as Alberta Ballet’s talented dancers bring the story of Doctor Frankenstein and his monster to life.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, 780-427-2760, albertaballet.com

Hear 500 years of historical heartbreak

The six wives of Henry VIII will grab the mic to tell their tales in Six, a celebration of 21st century girl power, at the Citadel Theatre November 2 to 24.

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

A memorable music tribute

The Cosmopolitan Music Society (CMS) will fill the Winspear Centre with music, ceremony, and colour to commemorate the Canadian Armed Forces, on November 3, with Lest We Forget… A Musical Tribute.

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

He’s yours

Enjoy a soulful evening with Platinum-certified, Grammy-award winning Jason Mraz and Raining Jane at the Winspear Centre on November 5.

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

Local musical magic

Edmonton’s own Martin Kerr will take the Winspear Centre stage, along with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, for an unforgettable evening of music, on November 6.

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

Watch ranch hands at their best

From November 6 to 10, 15 ranches from across Western Canada will compete in events like bronco riding, wild horse racing and penning competitions at Farmfair International, taking place at the Edmonton Expo Centre.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave NW, 780-471-7377, farmfairinternational.com

Kick the lemon bucket

Toronto’s Lemon Bucket Orkestra began as a quartet of busking troubadours and has grown into a dozen musicians. Check out their legendary live show (indoors!) at Festival Place on November 8.

100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

See the women of Babylon 

See the iconic women of the silver screen, including Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Eartha Kitt and Katharine Hepburn portrayed in Burlesque Babylon, November 8 and 9 at Fort Edmonton Park’s Capitol Theatre. (Adults only.)

Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 St NW, 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca

Rocky mountain way

Eat, drink and celebrate — with samples from some of Edmonton’s best restaurants and amazing wines, spirits and beers from all over the world — at the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, November 8 and 9 at the Edmonton Convention Centre.

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

Be their guest

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, presented by Foote in the Door Productions November 8 to 16, at the ATB Financial Arts Barns.

ATB Financial Arts Barns (Westbury Theatre), 10330 84 Avenue, 780-448-9000, footinthedoorweebly.weebly.com

A gala to remember

The JW Marriott, in support of No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation, presents A Dance to Remember, November 9. The night will bring together supporters, dignitaries, and serving and retired service members for tribute, remembrance and a whole lot of fun.

JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, 10344 102 Street Northwest, dancetoremember.ca

Colour in the city

Dallas Green brings City and Colour to Edmonton with songs spanning his award-winning career, including 2015’s If I Should Go Before You, November 13 at Rogers Place.

Rogers Place, 10214 104 Avenue, 780-414-5483, rogersplace.com

Take an overture tour

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is putting on a free, one-hour information session and backstage tour of the Winspear Centre (with lunch and beverages!), November 13.

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

Watch some high-end hoops

FIBA’s Olympic pre-qualification tournament tips off November 14 to 17 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. It will set the bracket for the Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, and ultimately the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave NW, 780-471-7377, basketball.ca

Be naughty and nice

From November 15 to 17, the Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show brings entertainment, provocative and educational seminars, unique shopping, fashion shows and live demonstrations in an upscale adult playground dedicated to enhancing lifestyles, encouraging romance, personal betterment and all things Taboo.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave NW, 780-471-7377, tabooshow.com/edmonton

The bow-tied science guy

Hang out with with Bill Nye November 16 at the Jubilee, for an evening of science, education, discovery and an audience Q & A.

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

Paint like a queen

Drag Queen Paint Night, hosted by Robert Thorne (a.k.a. Agata Gogh) November 16, will walk you through painting a 12” x 16” canvas during an evening of fun and experimentation with colours and forms. There will be music and a performance during the class, and all supplies will be provided.

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, Art Education Room #1, Annex Building, 10211 – 112 Street NW, harcourthouse.ab.ca

Let it glow

Bask in the glow of the All is Bright Festival at 124 Street (between 107th and 109th Avenues) on November 16 (the main stage is in Helen Nolan Park), and enjoy music, beverage gardens, over-the-fire treats and some of Edmonton’s best local businesses and artisans.

All is Bright Festival, 124 St & 108 Avenue, 124street.ca

Hand make it

Make it: The Handmade Revolution comes to Edmonton November 21 to 24. Over 180 of your favourite Makies will show and sell their handmade and heartfelt goodies, including accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food and baby/kid items. There will also be delicious food carts and a beer garden.

Edmonton EXPO Centre – 7515 118 Ave NW, 780-471-7377, makeitshow.ca

High speed LED

Head to Castrol Raceway November 22 for a 2 km high-speed holiday tradition. Take your own vehicle along hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights of Christmas displays and through the amazing 200′ light tunnel.

Castrol Raceway, AB-19, Leduc County, 780-461-5801, castrolraceway.com

Take your order?

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage when a baking contest in a nearby county (and the town’s new doctor) offers her a chance at a fresh start. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie, November 26 to December 1.

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

Wander through a Christmas wonder

The University Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees returns! From November 28 to December 1, you can stroll down Children’s Christmas Lane, meet Santa and visit the North Pole post office, surrounded by trees, lights and live music.

Edmonton Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, 780-421-9797, festivaloftrees.ca

No filter needed

Get your cellphones ready for Glow, the largest indoor Christmas festival in Edmonton and most Instagram-able holiday spot. Bring your friends and stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of a million lights November 28 to January 4.

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

A Christmas Carol retold

The Citadel Theatre celebrates its 20th year showing A Christmas Carol with a brand new adaptation. Packed with your favourite classic Christmas tunes, you’ll be whisked away into the beloved tale of a miserable old man and the ghosts who haunt him, starting November 30.

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

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