Spring is finally here. The vaccines are rolling out slowly and it's hard to grumble with such amazing weather.
By Ishita Verma | March 30, 2021
Until April 4
Don’t miss this year’s online Chinook Series as it hosts a number of virtual live-streamed and on-demand insightful performances, as well as online workshops focused on arts. You can even learn how to write a play in ASL/English.
The French Film Festival
The Metro Cinema is virtually screening movies from the French Film Festival until 11:59 p.m. on April 2. This is your chance to watch movies like La Belle Époque, a beautiful story of Victor who relives the week he met the love of his life.
SheShreds in Edmonton
SheShreds is accepting applications for its bike school starting April 5. The school is for women interested in exploring the river valley and other locations via bicycle. Instructors will run courses on mountain biking and will lead three ability groups — Ninja, Rock Stars and Hot Shots — every week.
Beethoven by Candlelight
April 6 and April 15
On April 6 and April 15, the Oasis Centre will dim down its lights for two in-person candlelight shows. Performances will be held at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., with some of Beethoven’s best work performed live by a string quartet. Lose yourself in the ambiance and music for an hour.
Spring Art Sale
April 7 – 10
Visit Lando Gallery during regular hours, or make your personal appointment to purchase your next work of art at their annual Spring Exhibition and Sale. Open Tuesday through Saturday, gallery artists include Steven Friedman, Karen Rieger, Holly Burghardt, Teresa Healy, Kristine McGuinty, Jana Milne, John Snow, Lee Anne Pellerin, Brian Scott, Adele Knowler, Barbara McGivern and more.
It’s All About That Swing
April 7 – 28 (weekly on Wednesdays)
There will be parties again, and you know it’s not a proper party without some dancing. Learn swing dancing with Sugar Swing Ballroom’s weekly classes for moves that are sure to impress. Classes start on April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
On the Horizon
West End Gallery is showing Steve R. Coffey’s prairie-inspired online exhibit until April 8. Coffey’s art captures the beauty of the sky and reflects the aloneness one can feel. Prefer an old-fashioned gallery experience? You can make a private appointment with the Gallery to see the works in-person.
Join Biera, Color de Vino and acclaimed local mixologist, James Grant, as they host a virtual discussion about Edmonton’s ever-changing bar scene and try some of his one-of-a-kind cocktail concoctions that you can pre-order to enjoy from home.
Wonderlounge Bottle Drive
The Evolution Wonderlounge is holding a bottle drive on April 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Naked Cyber Cafe. All the money raised goes to the John M. Kerr Memorial Bursary for LGBTQ+ post-secondary students.
Alberta Conservation Association biologist Kris Kendell is holding a seminar on Edmonton’s amphibians on April 13 at 6 p.m. Learn about the threats they face and how you can help them survive.
Downtown Dining Week
April 13 – 25
The Spring edition of Downtown Dining Week is back! Choose your prix fixe meal from any of the amazing culinary downtown hotspots, and for $20 to $65, you can enjoy scrumptious food and continue to support local.
The Bookshop Chronicles
Brandi Morpurgo, owner of Daisy Chain Book Co., has started her own podcast, where she talks to readers around the community. Catch up on the latest news from the 124th Street bookshop and add a few more titles to your reading list.
A Starry Artist
April 15 – May 2
The city has been holding its breath for the long-awaited Imagine Van Gogh exhibition. The revised opening date is now April 15. Take a look at the classic art from a different perspective.
Curiouser and Curiouser
April 15 – 17 and April 22 – 24
The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has partnered up with local artist Giselle Denis to take you on a culinary journey, with their pop-up restaurant Ephemeral. You will be surrounded by Denis’s paintings inside a garden with beautiful floral installations. It’s a journey of the senses — food, surrounded by beautiful pictures and rich conversation.
On throughout April
Downtown has a special spark this month. The City of Edmonton, Downtown Business Association, Explore Edmonton and Edmonton Arts Council have partnered up to liven up the downtown area with art. There are giants looking down at us, birds chirping from CO*LAB, and art animated across buildings.
April 9 & 10, April 16 & 17
Make a night out a truly unique event with The Canadian Brewhouse as it hosts four Dine in the Dark experiences throughout the month. Select your location (Windermere April 9 & 10, Webber Greens April 16 & 17), book your seating time, choose your entree and enjoy three surprise courses.
April 16 – 25
The annual Lyrid meteor shower is expected to be in view starting on April 16th (although experts suspect the best viewing date will be April 19th when the meteors will be most active). If the skies are clear, be prepared for a stellar light show!
The Elephant in the Room
April 17 & 18
The Old Army and Navy store is opening its doors to a new market series. The Whyte Elephant Market sale is similar to a garage sale and will feature local vendors, vintage and repurposed products, with some delicious eats.
Get the Garden Ready for Spring
Tune into 630 CHED for Greenland Garden Centre’s talk show every Sunday from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Get tips directly from the experts on how to best care for your plants both indoors and out.
BWDC Art Auction
Online auction until April 25 In-person viewing April 17 & 18
You can continue to support local arts organizations by participating in the Brian Webb Dance Company’s 41st annual Art Auction. Bid online until April 25th, or by making your personal appointment to see them in-person at the Phipps-McKinnon Building (10020 101A Ave.) on April 17th and 18th.
A French Market Bag
April 17 and 24
A good way to be fashionable is to use the right bag. Markets are popping up again, so jazz up your outfit with a French-style market bag. Better yet, make it yourself! River City Yarns is holding workshops on April 17 and 24 at 1 p.m. where you can learn to crochet your own market bag.
Canadian cinema is often overlooked in favour of US films, but today is our day to shine. Celebrate Canadian filmmakers on National Canadian Film Day with your favourite streaming service, or participate in the virtual events happening across the country.
On April 22nd, we celebrate our planet. The best way to celebrate Earth Day is to make conscious decisions based on their environmental impact.
It’s finally barbecue season. But this year, you should up your game. The gang at Rig Hand Distillery will show you how to source your beef and grind your own blend on April 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Pitmaster Fundamentals. They’ll even teach you which condiment works with which burger. Turn your burger game into something epic. Although the class is held inside, make sure to bring a jacket for when you’re outside at the grill.
The Moon is Pink
Head over to Elk Island on April 26th to spend the afternoon listening to wildlife, maybe having a barbecue, and looking up at the pink moon which will be visible at 11:33 p.m. At that time, the moon will be at its biggest, pinkest self. If the skies are clear, that is.