May in Edmonton is for Excitement!

  • May Week Labour Arts Festival is already in progress, but runs until May 7.
  • Metro Cinema’s annual Korean Film Fest is on May 1-3, and will be showcasing 8 films this year.
  • Sample over 150 varieties of beer at the International BeerFest, May 1-3 at the Shaw Conference Centre.
  • There are lots of opportunities to pick up handmade gifts this month, starting with the Butterdome Spring Craft Sale, May 1-3. There will be over 140 vendors present.
  • Edmonton Youth Week kicks off May 1-7.
  • Who doesn’t like free things? Celebrate Free Comic Book Day by heading over to Happy Harbour Comics on May 2 for activities and of course, your free comic book.
  • The John Janzen Nature Centre is throwing a Planet Party on May 3 – there will be a puppet show, music, live entertainment, and cake!
  • Let the season of markets begin: the Marketplace at Callingwood kicks off its year on May 3.
  • Another film festival kicks off on May 4: Reel Femme 2009 is a four-day celebration of women in film.
  • Changing Together: A Centre for Immigrant Women is hosting its third annual Multicultural Fair on May 6-9. Look for unique arts, crafts and jewellery from Peru, Mexico, Egypt, India, China, South Africa, Philippines and Indonesia, among others.
  • Did you know the city’s International Basketball League team the Edmonton Chill are now the Edmonton Energy? Help cheer them on in their first home game on May 8.
  • Alberta Avenue continues their community-building initiatives with the Bloomin’ Garden Show and Art Sale on May 9.
  • Volunteers are hard to come by these days – why not consider helping out one of the local festivals this summer? Check out opportunities available at the Festival Volunteer Fair, May 13 at the TransAlta Arts Barns.
  • If you love commercials, you might want to check out a screening of the World’s Hottest Commercials, a fundraiser for the Edmonton International Film Festival. It runs May 14-17 at Metro Cinema.
  • Something I’m most looking forward to this month – the City Centre Market will again grace 104th Street on May 16. Check out their revamped website – it looks great!
  • The Spring Stop and Shop returns on May 22-24 at the Hangar on Kingsway, with over 100 designers.
  • A great opportunity to check out some of the local up and coming actors is in the Citadel’s annual Teens at the Turn Festival, May 22-29.
  • One of my favourite uses of Churchill Square returns on May 22 & 23 – bring your own lawn chair to enjoy Movies on the Square! I did last year, to watch my guilty pleasure High School Musical.
  • Doors Open Alberta, an event that turns the spotlight on the province’s architectural heritage, is back on March 23-24 in Edmonton. Last year, I took advantage of the festival and went on a 104th Street walking tour and a Capital Modern Tour – it was a great opportunity to learn more about our city.
  • The International Children’s Festival, now in its 28th year, runs May 26-30 in St. Albert.
  • Organizations to promote all things local seem to be popping up all over the place. artsScene Edmonton seems to another such group – their launch event is taking place at Planet Ze Design on May 28.
  • Do you have suggestions for ETS on how they could improve transit service? Consider attending the first ever TransitCamp on May 30, an opportunity for citizens to discuss a range of topics with ETS officials.
  • The next Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair is scheduled for May 30 & 31. I went to the last one, and definitely had to limit my spending.

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