Edmonton & Area Events

activity appMay Events

Celebrate Star Wars Day with free lightsaber training at Churchill Square
Edmonton… Do you have what it takes to protect Churchill Square from the dark side of the force? In a galaxy not so far away, the Edmonton Arts Council’s (EAC) Happenings on the Square will honour Star Wars Day with a free celebration of all things Star Wars! On May the Fourth, channel your inner Jedi and stop by Churchill Square as we kick off the first night of lightsaber training with instructor Janine Waddell-Hodder. Adult lessons take place 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with a special session for young padawans from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
When: When: Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Churchill Square

Kids Can Try Water Polo For Free
The Edmonton Capitals Water Polo Club was founded in 2010. This year 2015 2016 we plan to revitalize the club as a grassroots driven Water Polo Club geared to enable kids of all nationality, socio-economic-status, and physical and emotional disabilities the opportunity to learn adequate skills, gain a sense of achievement, and develop a lifelong love for the sport of water polo. Swimmers and non-swimmers alike are invited to come and try out the sport of water polo. Kids from 4-13 years can enjoy a safe and fun time with qualified coaches at O’Leary pool

Contact Name Coach Fred
Contact Phone 1 780 910 8013
Contact Email edmontoncapitals@gmail.com
Location O’leary Pool 8804 132 Ave NW, Edmonton

Books to Buy
EPL is constantly adding new materials to our collection. They put aside our excess materials for our very popular Book Sales. Several times a year we give you the chance to get some great deals on books, CDs, and DVDs at many of our Branches. Tell your friends and don’t miss your chance to get some great deals! The February 2016 Book Sale raised over $32,000! All proceeds from the Book Sales go to dedicated EPL priority projects, which is currently the Stanley A. Milner Revitalization.
Next Book Sale:
When
Friday, May 27: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 28: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 29: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where
Stanley A. Milner
Prices
Paperbacks, kids’ books, audiobooks and CDs – $1
Hardcover books and DVDs – $2
Special Items – individually priced
Sunday Box Sale – Only $10/box (boxes will be provided by EPL)

Roots for Tree Fest
Have fun in nature and plant trees with us at a free family event! Root for Trees Fest is an annual event which highlights the City of Edmonton Root for Trees Initiative – a program that makes it easier for you to plant trees in our city.
Date: Saturday June 4, 2016
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Jackie Parker Park (4540-50 St NW, Edmonton)
Price: Free

Annual Tree-athlon fun race!
Children can run either a 1 km (ages 8-12) or a 0.5 km (7 and under) race where they run, plant a tree and water the tree. The only race of its kind in Edmonton! Join in the fun, music, crafts, games and more!
Price: FREE
10am – Race registration on site (no advanced registration this year)
11am – start of 1 km race (Ages 8 to 12)
11:30am – start of 0.5 km race (Ages 7 & under)

Get Ready in the Park-
Come and spend the day with us at the 10th annual Get Ready in the Park. With more than 50 groups from Edmonton’s emergency response community showcasing their vehicles, equipment and technical capabilities, there is plenty to see, do and learn to help your family be prepared for emergencies. This is a free, fun, family-oriented event.
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 10am – 4pm
LocationWilliam Hawrelak Park

2016 Event Theme: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place.
The City of Edmonton’s Office of Emergency Management organizes Get Ready in the Park during Emergency Preparedness Week.

  • Find out how to keep your loved ones and pets safe for up to a week.
  • Find out about food safety tips during power outages.
  • Practice a fire escape plan with your kids.
  • Enter to win emergency-response themed prizes.

A range of Edmonton’s food trucks will be on site too. Park ‘n’ ride is available to the public from the University Transit Centre and Windsor Parkade from 9:30am to 5pm.

Game Discovery Exhibition Edmonton (GDX2016)
GDX is here for a second year to celebrate games and game development in Alberta. If you love playing games or if you love creating games of all types, you’re in the right place! This year, we hope to shine a spotlight on the Alberta games industry in support of sustainability and economic diversification. If you’re wondering what GDX is all about, our mission is to introduce you to new and exciting games that we know you’ll love! At the event, you can network with local industry professionals and check out their games. Play new video games and board games, try out new hardware in the developer fair, compete in tournaments, and enjoy a host of panels and speakers. Details at http://www.gdxedmonton.com.
Date: May 7-9, 2016

International Children’s Festival of the Arts
For over three decades the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival has served as a signature cultural event for the region. Building bridges between art, culture and education, this magical five-day festival transforms downtown St. Albert into a world where the only limitation is one’s imagination. From interaction with artists and performers from around the world, to the ability to learn about far away places and time periods, to the hands-on creation of one-of-a-kind artistic masterpieces, this festival is a truly unique family experience.
Date: May 31 to June 4, 2016
Location: St Albert, Arden Theater
Details: https://stalbert.ca/experience/international-childrens-festival/

Annual Cupcake Challenge
Saturday May 7 at 11Am at St. Albert Centre. Details here.

International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
The exhibition brings Sherlock Holmes to life as never before!
Where: TELUS World of Science, 11211 142 Street
When: March 25 to September 6

SWARM: Teen Take Over Your AGA
Free for teens 13-17 Join us and a hundred of your new friends at your AGA for a special night designed just for you! SWARM is the perfect opportunity to see what’s happening at the AGA, make friends with similar interests, and be creative. Stay late, eat snacks, meet an artist and make some art! – See more at: http://www.youraga.ca/education/youth#sthash.MLBc67yf.dpuf
When: May 31 (make sure you register)
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square.

A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin
New works by internationally known artists Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater.
When: April 30 to September 18
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square.

The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Painting
Ten works of European art painted between c. 1520 and 1919 with accompanying research findings
When: April 30 to September 18.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Art Classes
Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to explore the world of art in this fun program that complements Gallery exhibitions. Adults are welcome to stay with their children and join in the fun! Wear an old shirt – it could get messy. This month it is Wonderful Weaving!
Where: Art Gallery of St. Albert (19 Perron Street, St. Albert)
When: Third Saturday of the Month
Cost: $10 per child- Registration required
Register online at: http://artgalleryofstalbert.ca/learning-discovery/children-families/
Phone: (780) 460-4310

Summer Activities

Carnivals
Carnivals are one of those delights of summer that come with childhood. Remember driving by a mall parking lot or carnival when you were a child, only to realize that was your destination, and you were in for an evening of fun? Mini donuts, that giant slide that makes your stomach feel as if it comes up into your throat and deep fried oreos. Bracelets for unlimited rides, staying up past your bedtime and running along to the next ride with your friends. Those are the core of childhood summer memories.

Wildrose Shows
Where: Abbotsfield Mall
When: April 28 – May 1

Wildrose Shows
Where: St Albert Mall
When: May 9 – 15

Wildrose Shows
Where: Millwoods Towne Centre
When: May 16 – 22

Edmonton’s Food Truck Extravaganza!
What the Truck?! is a celebration of food trucks and food truck culture in Edmonton! With creative chefs, tasty food, vibrant, accessible and pedestrian-friendly events, we’re helping to make Edmonton even more awesome. http://www.whatthetruck.ca

Saturday May 28 & Sunday May 29, 3:00pm – 8:00pm at Northlands Park

Kid Friendly Bike Trails courtesy of Raising Edmonton
Strathcona Science Park | Strathcona Science Park is a favourite because of the multiple options you’ve got when you’re biking with the kids. You can stick to the gravel road, trails or even single track for kids more experienced in cycling. This one’s best to skip for children still on training wheels, they’ll get frustrated on the gravel and paths. Our favourite part? The fantastic (but short) boardwalk to bike through, and hills to fly downwards on for more experienced child riders. Trail.

Rundle Park | At Rundle Park, you’ve got the option to stick to the trails in the park (paved for younger children) with close proximity to washrooms and the playground, or keep cycling to adjoining parks, or even down to the river on trails for older kids or kids more adept at cycling on single trail paths. Paved, trail.

Rutherford Rd | This one’s a short one, a small ‘urban forest’ kind of area where kids can get the knack of riding on trails, and you can cross the road and find more paved trails to explore the community. Park around the Averton Homes building at 1304 Rutherford Road, and you’ll find lots to explore. Paved, trail.

Devon Bike Park | Okay, technically not a trail or bike ride – but the kids are going to love this one, regardless of their skill level. It’s going to give them the chance to explore, to get out of their comfort zone and work on some of the technical skills that come with biking. The Bike Park is located in the South end of Voyageur Park, in Devon. Trails, course.

Borden Park | With tons of greenspace, lots to stop and see like great playgrounds, fountains and sculptures throughout the park, Borden Park is a great choice for the littlest of kids on training wheels because of the easy, flat, cement paths. Paved.

Broadmoor Lake | Paved trails, access to the best slide of any playground in Edmonton area, and a big loop around that’s filled with other families, Broadmoor Lake is perfect for those kids just getting used to their wheels. Paved.

Victoria Park Area | Head over to Victoria Park, park in the parking lot and then get out the bikes. Cross the road and decide left or right with a bike ride on paved paths that’s filled with great views and different places to go and explore, with easy access to downtown fun. Paved.

Elk Island Park | Paths and boardwalks with the chance to see Bison while you’re biking, this one is best left for kids off of training wheels – because it would be difficult terrain, but you could put the younger ones in a trailer and haul them along for the ride. If you’re in search of summer and spring adventures, this ride should be on your list. We’ve done four of the easy trails for the kids, and the wildlife makes this one a favourite.

Festivals

Festival

Location

Date

Improvaganza

Edmonton

June 15 – June 25, 2016

The Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival

Beaumont

June 17 – June 19, 2016

Summer Solstice Music Festival

Edmonton

June 17 – June 20, 2016

Porkapalooza

Edmonton

June 17 – June 19, 2016

Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Edmonton

June 18 – June 27, 2016

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Edmonton

June 21 – July 17, 2016

The Works Art and Design Festival

Edmonton

June 23 – July 5, 2016

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

Edmonton

July 8 – July 17, 2016

A Taste of Edmonton

Edmonton

July 21 – July 30, 2016

Edmonton’s K Days

Edmonton

July 22 – July 31, 2016

Interstellar Rodeo

Edmonton

July 22 – July 24, 2016

Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Festival

Stony Plain

July 29 – July 31, 2016

Servus Heritage Festival

Edmonton

July 30 – August 1, 2016

Rock’n August

St. Albert

August 2 – August 6, 2016

Edmonton Folk Fest

Edmonton

August 4 – August 7, 2016

Cariwest – Edmonton’s Caribbean Arts Festival

Edmonton

August 7 – August 9, 2016

Edmonton Fringe Festival

Edmonton

August 11 – August 21, 2016

Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival

Edmonton

August 12 – August 14, 2016

Edmonton Rock Music Festival

Edmonton

August 12 – August 13, 2016

Edmonton Blues Festival

Edmonton

August 19 – August 21, 2016

*Please note this page is updated on a monthly basis*