What makes the perfect ladies night? The company of your best gal pals and a good glass of vino—that’s a given. Maybe you dust of the ol’ party dress and hit the town, or hunker down in your sweats for an evening of board games and salty snacks. That all sounds well and good, but why not take this sacred evening up a notch? You deserve it, after all. Enter SkirtsAfire Festival, and the ladies’ night of legends.
The festival began as all good ideas do; with wine, popcorn and a group of brilliant women! Since 2013, SkirtsAfire has taken to Alberta Avenue to empower artists and audiences. Experience theatre, dance, film, yoga, spoken word, visual art and music in various venues along Edmonton’s newest hub for arts and culture. This multidisciplinary festival empowers, develops, supports and showcases women artists while being inclusive to everyone—what better way to celebrate the love you have for your own girl gang? Whether you’re coming into town for a short-haul trip, or just need something to spice up your weekend, SkirtsAfire brings the heat to your March ladies’ night.
Choose your own YEGventure with some of our favourite SkirtsAfire events.
Catch the Mainstage Play
Alberta Avenue Community League (9210 118 Avenue)
March 1st-11th, various times.
Half romantic comedy, half spy thriller with a tantalizing twist, this year's mainstage play, The Romeo Initiative, will have you and your girlfriends guessing until the very end. Based on a real program in which West German secretaries were targeted and psychologically profiled to determine their ‘perfect man,’ an East German spy is sent to develop a long-term relationship with the target. Get your tickets for performances from March 1-7 at Tix on the Square, or see the show by donation from March 8-11.
Or, check out one of these special offers:
Her Night Out | March 2 & 3
Enjoy the show, wine & popcorn with ticket purchase (plus applicable service fees)!
Mimosa Matinee | March 4
Enjoy the show, a mimosa and a croissant with ticket purchase (plus applicable service fees)!
A Date With Romeo | March 6 & 7
Pair-up and enjoy 2 tickets for $30 (plus applicable service fees)!
Get your Groove On
Cabaret Theatre, Alberta Avenue Community League (9210 118 Avenue)
March 9th, 10:00pm-11:00pm & March 10th, 10:00pm-11:00pm.
If you and your friends like to tear it up on the dancefloor, then you’re in luck. You can end your Friday and Saturday night off right in SkirtsAfire’s Cabaret Lounge with awesome music and awesome company at The Friday and Saturday Night Dance Party. On Friday, groove to the tunes of The Kimberley MacGregor Band, and on Saturday, jam out to Amy Van Keeken’s Rock and Roll Sing A Long. Grab a drink, and cap off your evening by bustin’ a move.
Words Unzipped: Unwoven
The Nina Haggerty Gallery (9225 118 Avenue)
March 9th, 7:30pm-8:30pm.
UnWoven is a multidisciplinary show that ignites the age-old act of divination by African and Indigenous femmes. Curated by Nasra Adem, Words Unzipped showcases new collaborations between some of Edmonton’s best spoken-word poets and performance artists. With unique collaborations coming together, you can expect to be moved, shaken, and delighted. Tip: arrive early — this show runs one night only and seating is limited!
The Key of She at Otto
Otto Food and Drink (11405 95 Street)
March 9th, 5:30pm-6:30pm & March 10th, 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
A girl’s night out wouldn’t be complete without some eats and beats. Head over to the neighbourhood’s hottest new restaurant and enjoy artisan sausages, craft beer, and live music by talented singer-songwriter, Lindsey Walker. Be sure to get there early to secure a spot, Otto fills up fast!
Take in the Peep Show
The Nina Haggerty Gallery (9225 118 Avenue)
March 10th, 5:00pm-630pm & March 11th, 3:30pm-4:30pm.
It’s not as dirty as it sounds, trust us! Get a sneak peek of what’s next for Edmonton’s theatre scene at SkirtsAfire’s Peep Show, a tease of new plays. Catch two innovative new works: In the Place of Stars by Christine Lesiak and 27/37 by Bevin Dooley. Both plays are presented in partnership with the Alberta Playwrights’ Network and dramaturged by Tracy Carroll.
Soothe Your Soul with The Maria Dunn Trio
St. Faith’s Church (11725 93 Street)
March 10th, 7:00pm-8:15pm (Women’s Choir) & 8:30-9:30pm (Maria Dunn Trio)
After a long week of adulting, you need something to help you unwind. Let the beautiful voices at the 3rd Annual Women’s Choral Festival soothe your weary soul. Then, stick around to see the incredible Maria Dunn Trio in concert. A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, this 2017 Juno nominee celebrates the love and courage that fire our actions to make the world a better place.
Can’t get enough of SkirtsAfire? We hear you. The Visual Art Exhibit, Skirt Design Gallery, Belly Dancing Workshop, Yoga in the Art and so much more are just waiting to be experienced. Check out the full schedule of events here.