(An increasing number of venues are requiring proof of double COVID-vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests prior to entry. Please check for updated information before you go.)
Under the Big Tent
Join the night circus at The Starlite Room for an evening of song, dance and circus performances. Popcorn and cotton candy will be served, and drinks will be poured all night long as the room fills with jugglers, acrobatics, clowns, magicians and aerial artists. Get lost in the magic at Cirque de la Lune.
It’s Harvest Time
September 4 – 5
Celebrate the leaves changing at Reynolds Museum’s Harvest Festival. Watch the crops get harvested and learn about the equipment used. There will even be a tractor demonstration! You can also try your hand at classic carnival games or visit the petting zoo while on-site.
Ice Ice Baby
September 4 & 11
The weather is cooling down, but live events are heating up. Head over to ICE District Plaza for the ICE Jam Concert Series. Sip a chilled drink, enjoy local food and catch some local artists performing in the plaza until mid-September.
Take part in the British tradition of afternoon tea with Brew + Bloom’s floral tea time experience. Dine in The Secret Garden behind the cafe where a luxury picnic setup will be waiting for you and your guests with platters of tartines, croissants, scones and cake. Sip on a floral tea of your choice while taking in the garden fairytale vibes.
Farm Fresh Food for the Family
Chow down on freshly grown food while sitting less than 100 feet away from where it was grown with Prairie Gardens’ Family Farm Picnics. Spend a day exploring the crops, solving the corn maze and checking out the pumpkin patch. Finish the day off with a picnic for two which comes with breads, cheeses, farm salads, vegetables and sweet treats.
Be a Jerk
Cocktails and jerk might not be the first things you’d pair together, but that’s the point. The Cocktails and Jerk Festival is ready to celebrate Edmonton’s diversity. The festival embodies Caribbean street food, non-alcoholic drinks and alcoholic cocktails. Watch live music and entertainment while you chow down on your street eats. It’s a staycation in the heart of the city.
The Anatomy of Girl Brain
Have you ever wondered what goes on in a girl’s brain? Alyson Dicey, Caley Suliak and Ellie Heath are ready to lay it all out in front of you. Girl Brain explores all the messiness and complexities of life through sketch comedy. Get ready to laugh your pants off at the St. Albert Plaza Series (but, please, try to keep your pants on).
In a Daze
September 10 – 12 Town and Country Daze is back with a larger-than-life celebration to make up for skipping the 125th anniversary last year. The schedule is jam packed with a downtown street party including a beer tent, food truck alley, local vendor market and entertainment from The Timebenders. Don’t miss out on the pancake breakfast (who doesn’t love free food?), outdoor movie, fireworks and midway rides!
Picnic in the Valley
Enjoy the last days of summer with an artfully crafted picnic in the river valley. YEG Picnic specializes in luxurious picnics, and they do all the work for you. No need to worry about finding the perfect spot, setting up, or tearing down — all you have to do is sit and enjoy the yummy charcuterie board.
The Threads That Connect Us
We connect to our heritage in many ways, including by the threads of our clothes. The Alberta Council for Ukrainian Arts and the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre of MacEwan University is putting on a celebratory fashion show called The Threads That Connect Us to bridge the past and present. Historical and retro Ukrainian fashion will be worn amongst pieces from Olena Romanova’s Contemporary Fall 2021 collection.
Fresh Fall Digs
September 10 – 12
Spruce up your room, closet, kitchen, etc. with goodies from the Royal Bison Fall Art and Craft Fair. The virtual fair will have 90 local and regional vendors to shop from with a variety of art, ceramics, home decor, apparel, accessories, beauty products, books and toys. Shop local for fall and don’t miss Royal Bison’s first-ever fall online sale.
September 10 – 12
You don’t want to miss Grindstone Theatre’s ultimate mural block party. There will be live entertainment, food and drinks on-site while artists deck the walls in art for Mural Massive. An underground art auction will also be taking place for you to bid on the most unique pieces that could be yours by the end of the event.
Dancin’ In the Street
September 10 – 12
Shake your tail feathers at Kaleido 2021 On Tour, presented by the Kaleido Family Arts Festival and Arts on the Ave. Take in music, art and magic around the Alberta Avenue district.
Walk the Walk, Art the Art
September 11 – 12
Explore the Strathearn community as you take in the outdoor art gallery, brand new wall murals and live music. The Strathearn Art Walk celebrates community and the connection between artists and patrons. For the first time ever, the free family friendly event takes place over two days so that everyone can get the most out of the experience.
A Métis Love Story
Until September 12
The Canadian classic Mary’s Wedding has been adapted to tell a Métis tale. Citadel Theatre presents Mary’s Wedding: A Métis Love Story, which tells the story of Mary who reflects the day before her wedding on how she met her lover. The story travels across the Alberta prairies to the battlefields of the First World War.
Funk It Out
September 12 – 26
The work week is done and it’s time to jam out! Stop by River City Revival House to soak up the last hours of the weekend and take part in the Sunday Open Jam. The house band will be grooving to get you moving. Bring your own instrument and join in, or show off your vocals. Or, sit back and enjoy the easygoing atmosphere with a drink in hand.
Walk with Patsy Cline
Starting September 14
It’s not every day you get up close and personal with a country music legend. Learn the story of Patsy Cline’s road to stardom with Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. The homage features 20 of Patsy Cline’s top hits and is entertaining for all ages.
Fresh on the Runway
September 15 – 19
Fashion Week is the most exciting time of the year for the fashion industry, and Western Canada Fashion Week is no different. Immerse yourself in Canada’s hottest clothing lines and brands while supporting up-and-coming designers. Fashion Week only comes once a year, so don’t miss out on the fashion action.
Farm to Table Dinners
Learn where your food comes from as you cook it with Awn Kitchen and Lazuli Farms. Beef and pork are provided from Lazuli Farms, which will be used to make grilled steak and pork dumplings. Sip on complimentary wine while listening to Kyle and Scott Bartman talk about the origins of Lazuli Farms and the many different recipes you can make with farm-raised ingredients. When the class is over, you can recreate the recipe thanks to a complimentary in-depth recipe book that will ensure you don’t forget everything you learned.
September 17 – 18
What does art look like after dark? Find out with the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Art on the Block party. The intimate, behind-the-scenes event gives patrons an up close and personal viewing with select items, an opportunity to try culinary delicacies and first access to the auction.
September 18 & 19
Tour five of the finest homes in the city while supporting Ballet Edmonton. The BE Home Tour is the company’s largest fundraiser of the year and celebrates local design and architecture. The self-paced tour is a great way to get out of the house, even if it means visiting someone else’s. Whether you’re a design enthusiast, or you just like looking at nice homes — there’s lots to see while supporting a good cause.
Show Off Your Colours
Wear your colours with pride this month during St. Albert Pride 2021. Celebrate with drag performances, food trucks and an outdoor market at Rotary Park. The event is free and a great way to spend time outside with family and friends.
Off to the Rodeo
September 24 – 25
Giddy up and get down to the Edmonton Expo Centre for the Edmonton Pro Rodeo. The best of the best Canadian rodeo athletes and stock will be charging into Edmonton before heading off to the Canadian Finals Rodeo and National Finals Rodeo.
Enter If You Dare
Starting September 24
Deadmonton is back and scarier than ever. There are no ghosts, or aliens, or even zombies — these creatures are even more terrifying. Warped will send you into madness as it warps the fabric of time, space and reality.
Old School Haunt
Have you ever wanted to share a beer with a ghost? If your answer is yes then you’re in luck! Edmonton Ghost Tours takes fear-chasers and scaredy cats alike on a tour of Edmonton’s haunted pubs. Scamper through the dark alleys of Old Strathcona as you learn about the area’s oldest pubs, and the lives, loves and deaths of those who frequented them.