Winter always arrives emphatically in Edmonton, but eventually the old man runs out of steam and Spring squeezes him off the stage. We’re there now, and warmer and longer days are on the immediate horizon! There’s plenty of Edmonton events going on in the city during April and May, and part of the appeal of the changing seasons at this time of the year is getting out and enjoying everything that’s going on.
So without further adieu let’s have a look at what’s going on in Edmonton in the coming weeks, and if there’s anything listed here that piques your interest then we encourage you to get out and attend them.
April 16th - 30th: Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival
Calling all Edmonton live music fans!
Motivation does wonders for great performances, and the reason that the Kiwanis Music Festival is one of the best yearly Edmonton events is because the musicians are not only great local talent but they’re motivated to compete for the scholarships given to those of them who come out on top of the festival.
Over 2,000 musicians are expected to participate The festival is hosted at the following venues; MacEwan University (Alberta College Campus), McDougall United Church, Grandin School, Archbishop MacDonald High School, Ben Calf Robe School, and the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre. Admission is free, and you can go expecting to hear a variety of music every day.
April 13th / 14th: Edmonton International Beerfest at Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
It doesn’t take much to convince beer enthusiasts to attend a beer festival, and accordingly we imagine that the Edmonton International Beerfest is going to be packed in a few weeks time at the Shaw Conference Centre. 500 different beers will be available for tasting and there will also be live entertainment to make those suds go down even sweeter! Get your tickets now if you’re interested because this one’s likely had most of them snapped up already, and of course make plans for a safe ride home if you plan on doing some serious sampling.
Ongoing to May 6th: Popnology Exhibition at Telus World of Science, Edmonton
This Edmonton event for Spring 2018 promises to be a genuinely unique experience and if there’s one that we recommend most enthusiastically, this is it. The Popnology Exhibition examines how the fiction of previous generations has become the technology of today. It’s an interactive, engaging exhibition that makes connections between how technology has and continues to be influenced by movies, books, television and all sorts of ‘futurism.’
Tickets are $16.95 for youth, $23.95 for adults and available at http://telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca/popnology
Ongoing to Monday, Apr. 23: Taste of Dance Free Dance Evenings. Modern Square Dancing
Dancing does a body - and mind - a whole lot of good and it’s perfectly natural if the arrival of Spring puts a little pep in your step. Modern square dancing is a blast for people of all ages, and most people are surprised to find just how enjoyable it really is. Drop into any of these 3 community centres around 6pm on the dates listed and be primed to move to the music.
April 10th. West End Seniors’ Centre, 9629 176 St. Northwest
April 13th - West Jasper / Sherwood Community Centre, 9620 152 St. Northwest
April 23rd - Mary Park Community Centre, 10844- 117 St. Northwest
March 24 to April 1: Cabela’s Family Easter Event
Still a few days left to have your little ones participate in Cabela’s Family Easter Event at Cabela’s Edmonton South at 6150 Currents Drive Northwest. The remaining event that goes until April 1 lets children create their own Bunny Box and it’s a whole lot of fun for them while the grownups can have a look at all the camping and outdoor activities products that will appeal to people who are planning to make the most of the coming summer.
March 24 / 25 - Decorate a foam placemat
March 30 - Create an Easter photo frame
March 31 April 1 - Create your own Bunny box
April 2nd: Hop to It! Easter Monday at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. 12 - 4pm, 13315 Buena Vista Rd.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo is the place to be if you and your littles ones are keen to participate in a super Easter event.This one features ‘hands-on’ science experiments, crafts, airbrushed tattoos, touch tables, and a scavenger hunt that are all related to easter eggs! Plus, you can watch as the resident animals of the zoo go on the very own Easter egg hunt! Now that’s something you won’t see every Easter, unless of course you come back next year too.
April 29: Eat Alberta 2018: More with Less at NAIT’s Hokanson Centre for Culinary Arts, 11762 106 St. Northwest
This one of the upcoming Edmonton events isn’t as seasonal as the others, but it’s definitely worthy of mention and particularly so for all the foodies out there. This 1-day culinary conference will feature some of Alberta’s finest chefs showing you how to prepare unique dishes with ingredients produced right here in the province. Expand your cooking horizons in a big way and enjoy food that’s especially delicious, nutritious, and supports local producers.
$150, limited tickets available.
May 5: Edmonton Travel Show, Cinco De Mayo edition at Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre, 4520 76th Avenue Northwest with FREE admission
We imagine most Edmontonians will prefer to get away during the winter months, and for good reason. If you’re an avid traveller then you can never be too informed, and this year’s annual Edmonton Travel Show is the Cinco De Mayo edition. Mexico and Central America makes for plenty of more affordable travel options for Canadians, and by attending this event you can speak with the best travel, airline, vacation and hotel representatives from all over the world and learn how to become a smarter traveller.
This year’s event will celebrate Mexico with music, performances and of course amazing food & drinks, plus over $10,000 of prizes to be won!
Whatever you decide to get up to for Spring in Edmonton, we’re sure you’ll be invigorated with the promise of warmer weather and those long summer days on the horizon. We’ve definitely accommodated winter long enough, and now it’s time to get out and enjoy the city