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Things to do in Edmonton in May

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by Edmonton Tourism Team

May marks the beginning of our beautiful summer! The birds take off 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 summer happenings here in Edmonton.

Festivals
International Children’s Festival
Being a kid was great – now relive those moments at the International Children’s Festival!
May 31-June 4

Northwestfest (formerly Global Visions Film Festival)
Documentary lovers rejoice. Canada’s longest running documentary film festival is back and ready for viewing.
May 5-16

TALES Storytelling Festival (formerly Fort Edmonton Storytelling Festival)
Have you always loved to tell tall tales? Well this festival looks like it may have been created for someone just like you.
May 26-29

Patios and Picnics
Take off those knitted sweaters and reveal your sun-starved arms on Edmonton’s best patios this month! We've got so many awesome patios, we had to split our list into part one and part two. On a budget? Plan a sunny picnic to save some $. Either way, check out our favorite picks, and be sure to get out there and enjoy the weather.

Love Lies Bleeding by Alberta Ballet
A dark twist on a classic art, the cast of Love Lies Bleeding by the Alberta Ballet is ready to perform your pointe shoes off. Wait, you’re probably wearing regular shoes. So that means they’re ready to perform THEIR pointe shoes off, just for you! This eclectic and wild ballet depicts the climaxes and pitfalls of achieving stardom.
May 13-14

love lies bleeding alberta ballet

Dark Matters – Clue (TWOSE)
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.
May 19

Nitro Circus Live
Dangerous. Ridiculous. Action-packed. Intrigued yet? Nitro Circus is the world’s greatest action sports show, and it’s coming to town. Extreme athletes defy gravity on basically anything with wheels, so grab some tickets and some friends, because you’ll be white-knuckling the seats once you see what these guys get up to.
May 28

Nitro Circus Live Edmonton

Things to do in Edmonton with Mom
May means another year to celebrate moms being awesome and loving us no matter what we said when we were hungry. Take a gander at our Mother’s Day list to get some ideas on how to make that mom of yours feel extra special.

Spring Sales
Done your spring cleaning? Good! That means you’ve made enough room to start shopping. And what better place to prepare for summer than these bustling spring sales: