Things to Do in April in Edmonton

Apr 5, 2023

April is an exhilarating time in Edmonton with incredible events like the Downtown Defrost, Dreamspeakers International Film Festival, plus the hype of the NHL playoff season! Consider this your summer pre-game, and explore all the city has to offer this month.

Did Somebody Say Playoffs?

Electrifying Beats

When it comes to live music, Edmonton's lineup is stacked this month! The Downtown Defrost (April 7-8) is the coolest winter dance party at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park. The daytime portion of the festival is open to all ages, and children under 12 can attend for free, making it the perfect family-friendly event. The party doesn't stop when the sun goes down, as The Starlite Room hosts two official 18+ afterparties!

More noteworthy shows:

  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo at The Starlite Room (April 2)
  • July Talk at Winspear Centre (April 4)
  • Sabrina Carpenter at the Edmonton Convention Centre (April 6)
  • Freddie Gibbs at Union Hall (April 7)
  • Matt Anderson and The Big Bottle of Joy at the Jubilee Auditorium (April 8)
  • Lee Brice at Rogers Place (April 14)
  • Nick Maclean Quartet at the Yardbird Suite (April 22)

Hop Along the Bunny Trail

Rock of Ages

Are you ready to rock?! Transport yourself back to the big, bad 1980s with the Tony Award nominated musical, Rock of Ages, coming to the Mayfield Dinner Theatre! This iconic production tells the story of a small-town girl and city boy who fall in love through their shared passion of rock 'n' roll. Featuring classic rock hits, this hilarious musical comedy will make you feel as though you've gone back to the age of grit and glam. Grab your air guitar and turn up the volume for an epic night of big hair, big hits and outrageous fun!

April 4-June 11

Dreamspeakers International Film Festival

Edmonton Music & Speech Festival

Come and witness the best of the best as music students, actors, and musicians showcase their talents in front of a live audience at the Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival! With over 1,400 entrants performing and competing across multiple venues, this historic festival is the perfect place to discover the stars of tomorrow. Best of all, all events are free for the public to enjoy. Don't miss out on the celebration of music and speech in Edmonton!

April 17-29

Pretty Woman: The Musical

An Evening at the Citadel

Escape to another world when visiting Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, the place to experience legendary productions in the heart of downtown. This month, you can witness Trouble in Mind from March 25-April 16, and First Métis Man of Odesa from April 22-May 13. Learn more about planning your visit to the theatre!

Laugh Out Loud

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Established 60 years ago, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has become one of Canada's premier ensembles, performing a varied repertoire that spans from classical masterpieces to family-friendly and pop concerts. This season, catch:

Rapid Fire Theatre

Wear Your Art on Your Sleeve

The Edmonton Tattoo & Arts Festival is unleashing a wave of creativity and body art at the Edmonton EXPO Centre! Prepare to be ink-pressed by over 200 of the most talented local artists in Canada, showcasing their needlework. But it's not just about tattoos, folks. Get ready for a weekend filled with ink-credible entertainment, contests to make your heart race, retail exhibits to splurge on, and of course, the chance to get inked by the best in the biz!

April 21-23

Get a Little Crafty

Iconic Attractions

There's truly no shortage of things to do in Edmonton. Blaze your own trail through the North Saskatchewan River Valley, take a deep dive into Alberta's history at the Royal Alberta Museum, then give your wallet a run for its money at West Edmonton Mall. Transport yourself to biomes around the world at the Muttart Conservatory, and hang with the free-roaming bison at Elk Island National Park. That’s just the tip of the attractions iceberg!