Can you believe it’s already June? As the weather gets warmer, so does Edmonton’s festival scene—two of the city’s favourite arts events kick off this weekend, and there’s lots more to enjoy, from theatre at home to adventure in the great outdoors. Here’s what’s on in Edmonton this weekend!
1) The Birds | Ends June 4
Friday, June 4th is the last day to catch the digital screening of Yvette Nolan’s The Birds, directed by Reneltta Arluk. This adaptation transforms Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy into a modern parable on Indigenous issues and reconciliation. Tickets are $10 per household and are available through the University of Alberta website.
2) NextFest | June 3–13
Edmonton’s finest young artists and creatives showcase their work on the virtual stage with this annual ten-day festival. Tune in to support hundreds of local artists across the disciplines of dance, theatre, film, creative writing, visual arts, and much, much more.
3) Twilight Picnic Experience | Begins June 4
Enjoy an incredible evening at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden with their Twilight Picnic Boxes! Each box contains local and Canadian treats including gourmet cheese and charcuterie, fresh fruits and vegetables, mouthwatering desserts, and more. Optional add-ons like personalized cards and flowers will turn your picnic into an even more unforgettable experience. Reserve your spot online to experience the magic of the gardens at sunset.
4) Whyte Avenue Art Market | Begins June 4
The Whyte Avenue Art Walk has been reimagined for 2021 as the Art Market, displaying the works of some of the best amateur and professional artists in Edmonton inside the historic Army & Navy building. The Art Market runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this summer until August 1st, giving you plenty of time to check out new art and new artists every week! Spots must be reserved ahead of time through the Art Walk website.
5) Snow Valley Aerial Park | Opens June 4
Ready for an outdoor experience unlike any other? Book your time slot for this one-of-a-kind aerial obstacle course featuring balance bridges, free fall drops, and more. Different routes and difficulty levels mean a unique climb every time! Kids will also get a kick out of panning for fossils, gemstones, and other treasures at Whitemud Creek Mining Company.
6) International Children’s Festival of the Arts | Until June 6
It’s not too late to join in on the International Children’s Festival of the Arts and their 40 Days of PLAY! Visit the festival website for daily crafts and activities that’ll get you and your child making, exploring, and having fun. Share your creations online with the hashtag #40DaysofPLAY for the chance to win amazing prizes!
7) Dreamspeakers Film Festival | Until June 7
Short films to feature films, animation to music videos—you’ll find it all at this virtual film festival spotlighting Indigenous artists and creators from around the world. Purchase a festival pass to screen all 35 films from the comfort of your own home.