As the weather improves and places open up, there are plenty of ways to keep busy and support local.
By Brooklyn Cooper | May 28, 2020
Take a Walk in the Garden
The Garden opens to visitors on June 1st! This peaceful 240-acre oasis allows you to escape the commotion of the city and connect with nature. At this “garden in a forest,” you’ll learn how plants survive in a northern climate and see how cultures define gardens. To ensure public health guidelines are met, admission will be by reservation only.
Raise a Flag in Support of Pride Month
June is Pride month and we’re raising a rainbow-coloured flag to promote inclusivity. To celebrate the LGBTQ2SA+ community, the Parkdale Cromdale Community League, joined by MLA Janis Irwin, is hosting a “raise the flag” event on June 1. In order to comply with AHS guidelines, there is a limited amount of people who can be there, so please RSVP if you plan on attending.
See Edmonton’s Next Generation of Talent
Nothing can stop our city’s creative talent, and nothing can stop the festival that brings them to you. Nextfest is celebrating its 25th year, June 4 to 14. As always, hundreds of emerging artists from a variety of disciplines will share mentorship sessions, workshops and performances, all streamed live online.
On the Fringe
There’s nothing like seeing a one-of-a-kind Fringe performance in person, but seeing it from your home is the next best thing, and thanks to FringeLiveStream, you can support the artists all the same! Until October, you can watch talented performers from across North America showcase their “uncensored, and unjuried content” for your entertainment and delight, with all donations going directly to the artists.
EPL From Home
While its doors remain closed, you can still use one of Edmonton’s best resources to learn, discover and access stimulating content from around the world. This month, the Edmonton Public Library has its Bring Your Own Book Club, guest speakers, post-secondary prep programs and more on its events calendar.
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For the Birds
The birds are chirping to be seen and Edmonton has great places to watch them. The Edmonton Nature Club has a list of great viewing locations in and around Edmonton (check out alltrails.com, too) as well as ways to get started and become a member.
Experience Science Everywhere
Even though the Telus World of Science is closed to the public, you can still get engaged from home. Conduct science experiments yourself and take a look behind the scenes at the TWOSE’s Science Centre segments online!
Build a Backyard Resort
YEGarden Suites is hosting its bi-annual Deep Dive Workshop as a webinar series. It will provide an in-depth look at garden and garage suites in Edmonton. If you are considering building a backyard home, its virtual series will put all your questions to rest.
Enjoy a Film and Help Those in Need
Until June 7, enjoy films curated from over 20 film festivals from around the world and help those affected most by the pandemic. The global We Are One film fest features shorts, documentaries, music, comedy and panel discussions, and raises money for COVID-19 relief. Donate if you can, then enjoy some films from the planet’s best.
Sing Your Heart Out
Have you ever wanted to take your singing talents further than just the shower? Every Saturday, The Sharkey Voice Studio hosts a free virtual group vocal exercise session. You don’t even have to be an experienced singer!
Bead with Your Community
Connect with your Métis community and bead something beautiful, every Friday, with the Métis Nation of Alberta’s virtual beading event. Bring your beads or any other craft and join the weekly community.
Each week over 55 local vendors — including food trucks, local food producers and artisans — come together on 124th Street. You can shop every Thursday evening on 108th Avenue (but things will look different since it is no longer a social gathering area). We’re still in this together, so don’t let this stop you from supporting local makers!
Visit the RAM
Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum has re-opened to the public and you can get your tickets now! Although there are still restrictions to some areas to ensure proper social distancing, theHuman and Natural History Halls, Bug Gallery and Museum Zone are all open.
Grin for Grindstone Theatre
Events at The Grindstone Theatre may be postponed, but they are continuing to provide engaging programs through online delivery. From sketch writing to scene study, burlesque and stand-up comedy, the Grindstone Theatre team is providing high-quality classes to beginners.
Drive-in to Brett Kissel
Country artist Brett Kissel returns to Edmonton with “Brett Kissel — Live at the Drive-In.” On June 13, he’ll host the first social distancing concert in Edmonton at the main parking lot of the River Cree Resort and Casino. BONUS: 100 per cent of the ticket proceeds go to Food Banks Alberta.
Create Deep-Rooted Traditions
ReSkilled Life offers online workshops that are 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and operated. You can choose from a variety of classes, including Métis style beading and crafting courses on traditional items such as mittens, mukluks and moccasins. Its online classes provide all of the necessary materials for your chosen course, which are prepared, packaged and mailed to you beforehand.
Activate Your Inner Athlete
Is your young one an aspiring sports star? Free Footie is hosting live training sessions for youth athletes from home. Soccer, basketball, track and field — you name it! Train with experienced athletes live every day at 4 p.m.
I’ll trade this, for that. Edmonton and Area Barter Only Group is a newly created Facebook page dedicated solely for bartering — no money involved! Offer something (whether it be an object or a deed) and you never know what you’ll get in return!
There’s no better time to mediate. Ease your mind and calm your body with virtual yoga classes at your favourite local studios. Om Hot Yoga, Prana Yoga Studio and Yogalife — just to name a few. So, roll out your yoga mat and start “yoga-ing.”
Local business Eleanor & Laurent has opened up a pop-up shop located next door to its notable sister company, Sugarbowl Cafe. This new patisserie offers a French culinary experience to all passersby. All items are baked fresh every morning, so get there early!
Watch a Film from Metro Cinema
Although the curtains are drawn, the show still goes on. Metro Cinema is streaming virtual screenings every week, so check out their calendar to watch iconic films.
Celebrate Father’s Day at the Fairmont
Do you want to treat your dad to a mouthwatering selection of chef-curated barbecue eats? This Father’s Day, the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald offers a fully prepared barbecue lunch or dinner. Check out its options and call the hotel in advance to place your order for curbside pickup.
Support MS Bike Tour
On June 27, the MS Bike Tour is implementing a virtual experience for you to connect with the MS Bike community by riding however you may choose. Whether you want to challenge yourself to a long-distance ride or simply reach wellness goals, every kilometre counts! By participating in this event, you are changing the future of MS. Alternatively, you can donate in support of a team or participant.
The City of Edmonton Recreation Centres are constantly uploading new workout videos that will have you sweating from the comfort of your living room. From cycling, to HIIT, to dance — you can gain a much needed wellness booster. Check out their wide range of fitness videos.
The “Get Cooking” culinary school incorporates local ingredients into its globally inspired cuisine. And since live courses have been postponed, it now offers virtual cooking classes via Zoom to empower home cooks with confidence and new skills.