This weekend, swap in that old bicycle, take a ride on the safety train and travel the world without leaving your seat.
Preparation in the park
What: Sit in the cockpit of a helicopter, check out the search and rescue dogs in action and maybe (if you're lucky!) try on some genuine riot gear at Get Ready in the Park – the city's annual celebration of safety in Hawrelak Park. But before your eyes glaze over – this event is actually pretty neat. Representatives from all of the city's emergency response teams will be on hand to answer your questions at this family-friendly (and free) event, which draws hundreds every year.
When? May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cruising for crafting?
What: If you are at all like me and have taken to tracking the seasons using the city's numerous craft fairs, then you know spring has officially arrived with the return of the Royal Bison fair, Edmonton's best collection of quirky and local arts, woodcraft, clothes, jewelry, prints and knick-knacks. Admission to the fair, held at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Boulevard), is just $2. Go check it out!
When? May 9 to 11
What: In the market for a new bicycle and maybe a little tight on cash? Look no further than the Edmonton Bike Swap, a non-profit annual one-day extravaganza of bike buying and cycling sales at the Glengarry Arena (13340-85th Street). And rest easy, all bikes bought or sold will be checked by volunteer mechanics before they are ridden away. Admission is $2.
When? May 10 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Expand your horizons
What: Canada's longest running documentary film festival is back in Edmonton this weekend, screening this year's most talked about new films from across the globe at the Garneau Metro Cinema, Art Gallery of Alberta and Royal Alberta Museum. In 2013, 45 films were included in the festival – three of which went on to be nominated for Academy Awards. For $125, you can see as many films as you want, however, individual tickets and 6-packs are also available online.
When? Films will be running daily from May 9 to 15; A full schedule is available here.
What: Sunday is Mother's Day (call your mother) and there are plenty of options out there if you're scrambling to make plans to treat your mother right.
- If you're thinking brunch, check out this website for dinner deals and reservations
- Looking for some exercise? Register for 19th Annual Sport Chek Mother's Day Run & Walk
- Go old-timey with a brunch at Fort Edmonton
- Celebrate a departed loved one with a flower, courtesy of the City of Edmonton
- Or, take mom to a garden party
When? Events will be held throughout the day on May 11