5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend
Festivals for children and films, Japanese gardens, film scores and geek chic
Whether you like ninja movies or martial arts displays, movie music or Dreamspeaking stories (or simply want to keep the kids entertained for a few hours) this weekend, we have got you covered.
Nerds to St. Albert!
What: Edmonton’s getting a brand new geeky gala debuting this weekend at the Servus Place in St. Albert. The Eek! Comic & Pop Culture Fest will fill 40,000 sq. feet with exhibits, live entertainment, a creative corner for writers and artists, costume contests and a huge collection of LEGO courtesy of the Northern Alberta LEGO Users Group. A full list of main stage events is available here. Admission costs about $20.
When? May 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ESO plays with your heartstrings
What: Does the music of EnnioMorricone make you think of a roaring waterfall? Do you whistle along when you hear the compositions of Elmer Bernstein? Ever find yourself singing the dramatically sweeping da-daaahhhhh-da-duh of Gone with the Wind? If you answered yes to any of those questions, go here and buy a ticket to attend the ESO’s Golden Age of Music concert Saturday night, and take in the best in cinema scores while viewing still images from studio archives.
When? May 31 at 8 p.m.
Festival for kids
What: Hey parents – looking for something to do with your kids on Saturday? Head out to St. Albert for the final days of the 2014 Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival, where kids can use hands-on activities and crafts to explore their imaginations, and maybe learn a little about other cultures in the process. The festival, which is one of the largest of its type in North America, will also feature 10 main stage acts and an assortment of roving artists for your family’s entertainment. A full schedule is available here.
When? Events running through to 8 p.m. May 31
Expand your horizons
What: Indigenous filmmakers from across the globe will gather in Edmonton this weekend to attend the Dreamspeakers Film Festival, offering a unique exploration into the changing face Aboriginal culture worldwide. The festival will include film screenings, public workshops and panel discussions throughout the weekend, hosted at the Metro Cinema. A full schedule of events is available here.
When? Screenings daily from May 28 to 31
What: If you’re looking to take advantage of warm forecast, and potentially unleash your inner ninja in the process, head out to the Devonian Botanic Garden on Sunday for the Kurimoto Japanese Garden Spring Festival. The celebration of Japanese culture will include martial arts demonstrations, art displays, live music, an authentic tea ceremony, Taiko drummers and more. There will also be a plant sale. See the garden’s website for a full list of activities and prices.
When? June 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.