September in Edmonton has Something for Everyone!

  • The third season of Hey Ladies! kicks off at the Roxy Theatre on September 4. I attended their last show in June and had a blast. If only all variety shows could be so informative and entertaining at the same time.
  • Potentially the last warm weather Movies on the Square take place on September 4 and 5, with Kung Fu Panda and UP being screened. How cool is it that UP is being screened before the movie goes to DVD?!
  • The ever-popular Symphony Under the Sky returns to the Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre September 4-7. Mack and I will be heading to one of the concerts for the first time this year.
  • The 20th annual Labour Day BBQ for unemployed and underemployed Edmontonians is taking place at Giovanni Caboto Park (108 Avenue & 95 Street) on September 7 from 10:30am-3:30pm. Look forward to free food and entertainment.
  • Enterprise Square will be hosting a series of free string quartet concerts over the next few months. The first two are scheduled for September 8 & 22.
  • If you’re around the Legislature on September 10, you might want to stop by for a free hot dog from 11:30am-1:30pm for Grandparents BBQ Day.
  • Tis the season for charities, but I hope you’ll consider coming out to support the Youth Emergency Shelter Society on September 10 at Edmonton’s second annual Twestival. You can read more about it here.
  • Soapathon, the annual improv marathon at the Varscona Theatre is back September 11-13. We’ve missed it in spite of our intentions to make it the past few years, but we are going to try harder this year.
  • The Downtown Edmonton Community League is hosting their annual Corn Fest on September 12 this year at Beaver Hills Park. Mack and I checked it out last year, mostly for the free corn.
  • A neat fundraiser for the Valley Zoo called Art in the Wild will take place on September 12. The evening will include entertainment, a gallery, and talks from interpretive staff.
  • Latitude 53 presents the 10th edition of their performance art festival Visualeyez, curated this year with a theme of water. It runs September 16-21.
  • Edmonton Fashion Week revs up its fall catwalk September 16-27, with runway shows, showcases, and sample sales. My sisters and I checked out one of the shows last spring.
  • Can’t get enough of outdoor film screenings? The Edmonton International Film Festival is hosting two additional Movies on the Square showings on September 17 & 18.
  • September 18-20 will see province-wide celebrations of Alberta Arts Days. Check the listing for local events, but included are special activities at the Royal Alberta Museum, where admission is free for those three days.
  • First there was Opera 101 as a means of making the Edmonton Opera more accessible to the average person, and now, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will be offering a similar educational session called Symphony 101 on September 19. I think it’s a great idea – I do hope it helps to introduce more people to the symphony.
  • Love it or hate it, I think it’s encouraging that the new Art Gallery of Alberta is spawning discussion. Join Randall Stout on September 19 at the Winspear Centre for his first public appearance since being named the lead architect on the project. Tickets are $10.
  • Looking to volunteer? Look no further than Everyone for Edmonton, an event in its second year. Numerous non-profit organizations will be providing information about their work at the Shaw Conference Centre on September 20.
  • Alberta’s largest accordion festival, the Accordion Extravaganza, runs September 24-25 at the Central Lions Recreation Centre.
  • One of my favourite fall festivals, the Edmonton International Film Festival, is back September 25-October 3.
  • I can’t believe the Arts on the Ave Kaleido Family Arts Festival is already in its fourth year. It sounds like the organizers will be “taking it to the streets” this year, literally. Check it out September 25-27.
  • I’m so looking forward to this: the Greater Edmonton Alliance has teamed up with the Edmonton Potato Growers to offer The Great Potato Giveaway. From 9am-4pm on September 26, everyone is invited to harvest 50lbs. of potatoes each at Norbest Farms. The day will also include a briefing on the municipal development plan and instruction on how to grow potatoes. Can’t wait!
  • Edmonton Chante, the city’s French song festival, runs September 26-October 3.
  • Need a reason to check out a City attraction? How about free admission? All City of Edmonton attractions and selected recreation centres will be open free of charge on September 27.