Photo by Kurt Bauschardt.
Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and is always celebrating something, from arts and culture to food and wine, dragon boats, winter and even accordions. You have more than 60 festivals to choose from, year round. Explore the galleries and shops, and find a funky restaurant and stick around for the night life, live theatre, music and dancing.
Galleries and Venues
- Art Gallery of Alberta
Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of over 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.
- Telus World of Science
The science centre is a non-profit organization designed to motivate people to learn about and contribute to advances in science and technology. The Telus World of Science includes one of the best IMAX theater and planetarium in Canada.
- Citadel Theatre
The Citadel Theatre is the major venue for theatre arts in the city of Edmonton, located in the Downtown Core on Churchill Square. The Citadel, which marked its 50th-anniversary season in 2015-16, houses five performing spaces and offers 12 plays.
- Francis Winspear Centre for Music
One of the finest performance spaces in North America. The Winspear Centre is located in downtown Edmonton.
- Yardbird Suite
Since 1957, this volunteer-run Yardbird Suite has provided a venue for live jazz performances featuring local, national & international musicians. The Yardbird Suite is the only facility of its kind in Canada. Every weekend between the middle of September and the end of June (with the break for the New Year) a new jazz experience unfolds in the Suite’s casual and intimate atmosphere. In addition to average 75 concerts per performance season, the Yardbird currently hosts weekly Tuesday Night Sessions, sponsors the Littlebirds Big Band, and provides concert space to other organizations.
- West Edmonton Mall
Plan to spend the better part of a day or longer at West Edmonton Mall, which is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America and the size of a small city.
Food and Drink
- Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market
Now in its 30th year of operation, the Farmers’ Market in Old Strathcona rotates a roster of nearly 300 vendors through 185 stalls. On any given Saturday, the market has around 130 vendors selling only locally produced, handmade products.
- Explore Edmonton’s Local Fare
Over fifty selected places to eat and drink in town.