It's May Long Weekend, which means plenty of big events are happening around – and beyond – the city. Slap on some sunscreen (or your best Rocky Horror face) and check out our list of things to do this weekend.
Time Warp Again
What: Perfectly timed, coming just days after the best internet joke of the week, Metro Cinema is bringing back the beloved and time-honoured tradition of dressing up outrageously in order to go to the movies at midnight and sing your heart out at the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Edmonton's Shadow Cast group will be on hand to lead the audience participation. But get your tickets early – this event often sells out.
When? May 17 at midnight
Hit the streets
What: City Market returns to its outdoor venue along 104th Street this weekend, which is extra special because Saturday also kicks off the market's 10th anniversary season. This year, more than 175 vendors have signed on to sell their wares, rain or shine, making this a perfect stop to include on your Saturday errands.
When? Starting May 17, starting at 9 a.m.
Fort Edmonton just got a little older
What: Lordy, Lordy, look who’s 40! Fort Edmonton is celebrating its 40th birthday and season opening this weekend with a big party. Special events planned for this long weekend include a demonstration of a Cree trade ceremony, birthday card-making workshops, music, dancing and the Midway sideshow. The first 500 visitors to the park each day this weekend will receive a special birthday party favour.
When? May 17 to 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drive-ins and dreamy wheels
What: Take advantage of the forcasted sunshine this long weekend and make your way to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin for an afternoon of vintage cars, music and film. More than 25 beautifully restored, classic cars – including a 1956 Fort Thunderbird and 1955 Bel Air Nomad – will be on display, along with a special Starlight Drive-in theatre that will be screening 1950s movie trailers and commercials. Admission is $10.
When? Exhibit opens May 18
Get out of town! (or at least outside)
What: Take advantage of a holiday tradition, and check out the new improvements at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park, or any of Alberta's other 50 provincial campgrounds (totalling nearly 14,000 campsites!) this weekend. If a road trip isn't an option, swing by one of the city's parks for a game of frisbee or take a walk in the river valley (and don't forget to send us pictures of the trails, should they be in need of repair!).
When? Whenever you feel like it!
An earlier version of this story said the Rocky Horror Picture Show will be played Friday night at midnight. This information was based on a Facebook page promoting the event, which was in error. The movie is actually playing at midnight on Saturday night. The story has been corrected to reflect the change in date.May 16, 2014 6:19 PM MT