Do you hear that? That’s the sound of another weekend coming your way. We compiled a list of, you guessed it, fun events and activities happening this weekend in Edmonton!
The Last Five Years Dinner & Show | Apr. 22
Follow Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, in their five-year relationship trials and tribulations. This musical uses a unique form of storytelling in which Jamie’s point of view is told in chronological order, and Cathy’s point of view is told in reverse chronological order. Their only direct interaction is when time overlaps during their wedding song. Catch this show at Spotlight Cabaret—you’ll get some delicious eats to go with it. The menu options include starters like the Wedding Salad and entrees like Cathy’s Mahi Mahi and Jamie’s Eggplant Parmesan. Spotlight Cabaret is a 1920s-themed bar, so while it is not required, feel free to dress in sparkles, glitter, and glamour—anything that signifies a roaring time. Tickets are available for purchase online.
2022 Spring Show | Apr. 22–24
Explore Strathcona County’s most unique artists at the Art Society of Strathcona County! This annual Spring Show focuses on creativity, community, and connections. What does this mean for you? You can take in all the beauty and wonder of these masterpieces and speak to the talented artists themselves! You can even purchase anything that catches your eye. Entrance to the Spring Show is completely free, so feel free to stop by this weekend for a casual browsing or purposeful shopping experience.
Graveyards and Gardens | April 22 & 23
This collaborative performance installation explores memory as a process of reconstruction rather than an exact recall of fixed events. It embraces the various elaborations, distortions, and omissions that are inevitable in this process. Composer Caroline Shaw and choreographer Vanessa Goodman will perform this new work through sonic and physical layering, leaving you thinking about how the body remembers and experiences memories. Catch this enthralling new work at Allard Hall on April 22 and 23. Tickets are available online.
The Paperboys | Apr. 22
Celtic, bluegrass, Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and Canadian roots. These are the descriptors that encapsulate The Paperboys’ freewheeling blend of influences. They won a Juno Award, two West Coast Music Awards, and released nine albums. For over 25 years, they have been touring stages around the world, bringing unique experiences to people of all kinds. They’ll be in Edmonton this weekend at St. Basil’s Cultural Centre, ready to spread good cheer and music.
Carolyn Taylor & Elvira Kurt | Apr. 22 & 23
Get ready for some laughs because award-winning Canadian Comedy Legends, Carolyn Taylor and Elvira Kurt, are coming to Edmonton this weekend! Join them at the Citadel Theatre for a choose your own laugh adventure featuring raucous revelry, hilarious hijinks, and mirthful mayhem. Tickets are available online.
Edmonton Tattoo & Arts Festival | Apr. 22–24
Are you a tattoo and art enthusiast? Head to the Edmonton EXPO Centre this weekend for entertainment, contests, retail exhibits, and tattooing with some of the best local artists! With over 150 artists, there is a lot to take in, and it might be your opportunity to get some new ink. Friday is also adult night and featured entertainers include Rusty Struts, Scarlette Fusion, and Holly Von Sinn. Many artists do walk-up tattoos at the show, but some may require appointments. Your ticket will include entrance into the festival and all mainstage entertainment acts, but not the price of a tattoo. Tickets are available online.
Shen Yun | Apr. 23 & 24
Shen Yun tours over 150 cities around the world each year. This weekend, they’ll make a stop in Edmonton! Through enthralling dance and music, Shen Yun celebrates China’s rich cultural heritage before communism. Each performance takes you through legends, regions, and dynasties, with themes ranging from the elegance of Tang court ladies to battlefield heroics and philosophical works of Lao-Tzu. Take in the sheer beauty of 5,000 years of civilization at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets are available online.
John Williams’ Greatest Hits | Until Apr. 24
You may know John Williams from his iconic compositions on Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Star Wars Episode IV. Whether you are a movie lover or composition enthusiast, join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the Winspear Centre to celebrate Williams’ 90th birthday year. Together, you’ll reminisce on the most memorable moments from your favourite movies. This is a show that your whole family will surely enjoy! Tickets are available for purchase online.
Sue Foley | Apr. 24
Triple-threat lead guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Sue Foley will take to the stage at Festival Place this weekend with her beautiful blues and roots sounds. This Canadian artist won “Best Traditional Female” at the 2020 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, the “Best Guitar Player” at the Toronto Maple Blues Awards, and was nominated for a Juno Award. Tickets for the show are available online—you don’t want to miss it!