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Things to do in Edmonton in May

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by Edmonton Tourism Team

If the snow has melted and the city has started to turn green, please proceed to Introduction A. If Edmonton has been blessed with a fresh blanket of snow, kindly skip ahead to introduction B. Whatever the weather, the Edmonton Oilers are killin' it in the playoffs! Check out their May schedule here.

Introduction A
May marks the beginning of our beautiful summer season—the birds shed their winter jackets and switch them for sunglasses, and the humans put on sunscreen and head to the patios. It’s time to check out all the fun events and warm-weather happenings here in Edmonton.

Introduction B
Winter had so much fun in Edmonton over the last few months, that it's decided to stick around a little longer! Never fear, the city is ready to roll with a variety of festivals, events, and concerts that will keep Old Man Winter shakin' his groove thang (sorry for the imagery there).

May in Edmonton

Concerts Galore
Rock, and country, and indie... oh my! There's no place like Edmonton's concert scene. Thomas Rhett will be hitting up Rogers Place with his cowboy boots on May 6 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be stopping in to rock the arena on May 28. If indie stylings are more your jam, check out The Shins at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium on May 23.

Celebrate Canada’s 150
Canada is celebrating a pretty special birthday this year, and Edmonton is the life of the party. This month the nation's favourite astronaut, Chris Hadfield, will be coming to the Winspear Centre for his Canada 150 Tour. Hear songs and stories about the country he is so proud to call home on May 15. For even more Canadiana, head to the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium where the Alberta Ballet will be presenting Our Canada from May 12-13. Watch as the music of Gordon Lightfoot comes to life through the dancers’ beautiful movement, and celebrate Canada’s unique story.

Long Table Dinner at UCHV
KITCHEN and Brad Smoliak are heading to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village to serve up a dining experience like no other. This Long Table Dinner comes complete with cooking demonstrations, a tour of UCHV, a horse-drawn wagon ride, music, and of course, a delicious meal prepared by one of Edmonton’s most celebrated Chefs.
May 27

Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair
For the quirkiest crafts and unique art, perusing the booths at the Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair is an absolute must. Here you’ll find books, prints, textiles, woodworking and so much more. Find a painting to liven up your living room, or a new favourite necklace to spice up an outfit for work. This is your one-stop-shop for local vendors and a truly Edmonton shopping experience.
May 5-7

Northwestfest
Documentary lovers rejoice. Canada’s longest running nonfiction film festival is back and ready for viewing. Since 2013, they have presented exclusive Edmonton premieres of films such as Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Made in Japan. Take in a movie, then check out the live performance series featuring artists like Jay Sparrow and Death by Robot.
May 5-14

Dark Matters at Telus World of Science
If you think Telus World of Science is rated G, then listen up. Dark Matters is an 18+ event featuring food, a bar and a live DJ! We’re excited too. This event features hands on activities, games and experiments so you can bring out that inner scientist you’ve been hiding away all these years. This time the theme is Natural Disasters—so get ready to be blown away!
May 18

The Spotlight on Live Theatre
There is no shortage of great theatre to check out in May. Any Jane Austen fans out there? Grab your little white gloves and head to the Citadel Theatre to enjoy the playful romance of Sense and Sensibility, running until May 14. Check out the variety of performances presented by the NUOVA Opera and Music Theatre Festival, including Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel". And don’t miss Jesus Christ Superstar, presented at The Mayfield Dinner Theatre until June 11. This ground-breaking rock-opera tells the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ through an unforgettable score—you can even enjoy a slice of prime rib while you watch the show!

Want to take your playoff spirit up a notch? Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is your chance to play like our boys in orange, no matter your skill level. This is the Guinness World Record holder for the largest street hockey tournament, and registration closes May 29. Grab those hockey sticks get the team together!