This Labour Day weekend, be sure to get your fill of the arts—whether that be catching a play, soaking in the sounds of the Edmonton Orchestra, or taking in a thought-provoking art exhibit. Looking for outdoor activities? Need to get your science on? We’ve got ideas for that, too!
1. Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools | Through Sep 2
Between the years 1831 and 1996 residential schools operated in Canada in order to assimilate Indigenous children. This is the last weekend you can see this touring exhibition, curated by artist Jeff Thomas, which explores the history and legacy of Canada’s Residential School System through Survivor stories, archival photographs, and documents. The exhibit is held at the Borealis Gallery at the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre and is free to all. Warning: Some visitors may find the subject matter disturbing or upsetting.
Borealis Gallery | 9820-107 St.
2. A Momentary Lapse | Through Aug 31
In case you missed it at the Fringe Festival, this is the last weekend to catch this Teatro La Quindicina play. A Momentary Lapse spins a yarn about the comedic adventure of two hapless citizens making their way towards a breach in the criminal code. Co-writer Jocelyn Ahlf takes on the role of over-achieving Louise Trent, joined by Luc Tellier as the over-objecting Arthur Pomeroy and Mathew Hulshof as their multi-faceted nemesis, The Law.
Varscona Theatre | 10329-83 Ave.
3. Symphony Under the Sky | Through Sep 1
Don’t miss an Edmonton summer tradition! The Symphony Under the Sky is a unique opportunity to enjoy diverse music under a canopy of stars in Hawrelak Park. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performs 4 nights in a row with music ranging from classic hits to Hollywood favourites. There will also be delicious food trucks and refreshments available for purchase.
Hawrelak Park | 9330 Groat Rd.
4. Closing weekend for the Botanic Garden | Through Sep 2
This is the last weekend to visit the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, as they are closing early to start construction of their new entry pavilion. The last day is Monday, September 2!
U of A Botanic Garden | 5 km north of Devon on Hwy 60
5. Harvest Festival | Through Sep 1
Bring the family out for tractor rides, steam threshing demonstrations, a children’s carnival, and petting zoo. Inside the museum, you can learn how to make bread (and sample a slice!), how to make rope, learn about how a grain elevator works, and visit the Aviation Display Hangar. There will also be live music by the Foggy Minded Mountain Boys and a chance to take home a fresh-baked pie at the Pie Auction.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum | 6426-40 Ave.
6. TELUS World of Science exhibits, movies & more!
What’s NOT going on this weekend at the TELUS World of Science? Check out a movie marathon of the Harry Potter franchise, get your last look at The Body Fantastic exhibit before it closes, and bust some myths with this final weekend with the Mythbusters exhibit! Plus, of course, so much more.
TELUS World of Science | 11211-142 St.