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Things To Do in Edmonton in May

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by Edmonton Tourism Team

Switch out your toque for a ball cap, and toss your winter boots into storage, because t-shirt season is finally here! May marks the beginning of our beautiful summer season—the birds are chirping, and the humans are slathering on the sunscreen and heading out to the patios. It’s time to check out all the fun events and warm-weather happenings here in Edmonton.

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Meet us at the court...the volleyball court that is... at the Volleyball Canada Nationals and International Matches. Don't miss the intense volleyball action as National champions are crowned in all age categories, and take in some exciting international matches contested by the Canadian National Teams. Cheer on the Eskimos Football team, (a.k.a the "Eskies") in their pre-season game as they battle it out with their long time rivals, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Single, double, triple, home run! Grab a drink, a hot dog and catch a good ol' baseball game as the Edmonton Prospects take on the Lethbridge Bulls in their season home opener.
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Canoe Through the Sunset
Bask in the warm glow of the setting sun as you paddle on the still waters of the North Saskatchewan River. Haskin Canoe's Sunset Tours are the newest (and coolest) way to see the city. Amazing views? Check. Sneaking in some fitness? Check. Getting some photos that will make your friends jealous? Extra check. This one is sure to book up fast, so get on it!
May 11 and May 26

Take a Trip Back in Time at Fort Edmonton Park
The wait is over, Fort Edmonton Park is now open for the summer season! Explore the home of Alberta's first Premier, take a horse-drawn ride to the Jasper House Bakery and pig out on freshly baked treats, test your gaming skills at the Penny Arcade, and grab dinner or even stay for the night at the historic Hotel Selkirk. So many untold adventures await!
May 19

Festivals and Festivals and more Festivals
Canada’s longest running documentary film festival, Northwestfest (May 3-13), brings you the best non-fiction, music and documentary films. With more than 30 feature films, and 20 short films which ones will you see? Pass the borshcht (beet soup), Kovbasa (sausage) and Pyrohy (perogies) because UFest, Edmontons Ukraianian Festival, is coming to town on May 25 and 26! The two-day event brings people together to celebrate Ukrainian art, cuisine, and entertainment. Reconnect with your inner child for a five day immersion into music, magic, theatre, circus, puppetry and just plain fun during the International Children's Festival running May 29 to June 3.

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Foodie Fun
If food and wine are your idea of a good time, dive head first on May 4 into new culinary adventures, and sample selections from Edmonton's Westend at Taste of Stony Plain Road. Share delicious dishes with friends and raise a toast to the coming patio season! Speaking of patio season, whether you're into Sunday brunches, or late-night drinks, be sure to check out our list of The Best Summer Patios in Edmonton.

All The World's A Stage
What do a musical love story, Olympic skaters on ice, and a post-apocalyptic rock ballet have in common? They are all coming to a stage - or rink - in Edmonton this month! Your eyes and ears will be delighted by these jaw-dropping and entertaining performances that are sure to move and inspire you to toe-tap, dance and sing along.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story - May 9-13
Alberta Ballet's All of Us - May 10-12
Stars on Ice - May 13
Great Russian Ballet - May 17
Nuova Opera & Music Theatre Festival - May 19-June 30
Music of the Mozarts: Father and Son - May 23

Rock it out
The weather is warm and we are ready to rock. There's some seriously good shows coming to Edmonton this month, so make a night out of it, or two, or three. Plan a night out, complete with a meal and drinks from some of our favourite places before taking in one of these hot ticket items:

Shania Twain - May 9 and 10
The Eagles - May 15
Queens of the Stone Age - May 18
RUSS - May 22
Bon Iver - May 28

Lace Up Your Running Shoes
It's time to check a few things off the ol' bucket list! With the Servus Edmonton Marathon fast approaching, it's never too early to start your training for the big (or little) race! Taking place on August 18 & 19, the Servus Edmonton Marathon has a race for you no matter your experience level: 5k, 10k or lawn chair with pompoms, be sure to sign up early to save on race registration! This Boston Marathon Qualifier takes participants on a route overlooking Edmonton's beautiful river valley and through several of Edmonton's historic and scenic neighbourhoods, it's one you don't want to miss.