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Hot Event: Alberta Culture Days

Celebrate Alberta’s vibrant cultural scene with a variety of activities – involving everything from music to art to food – taking place in Edmonton this weekend.
Photo courtesy of City of Edmonton.

Alberta Culture Days is a celebration of the arts, heritage, cultural diversity, and provincial pride in Alberta, and many Edmonton attractions are joining in on the festivities by offering free events all weekend, from September 28 – 30! Immerse yourself in local art, music, and food during the events happening around the city. Here are just a few of this weekend’s highlights that we recommend:

  • Edmonton Block Party: Come down to trendy 124th Street on Friday, September 28 from 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm to watch visual art demos, sample some culinary delights, and dance to live music and DJs with this kick-off to Alberta Culture Days.
  • Big Drum Workshop: Drop-in at the Winspear Centre from 1 -2 pm on Saturday, September 29 and join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in an innovative drumming workshop to learn various drumming and rhythm techniques.
  • Pro Coro Canada’s “Once Upon a Time” Concert: Watch Alberta’s professional chamber choir perform selections from Hans Christian Andersen’s stories and fairy tales that have been set to music, invoking fantasy and imagination. 2:30 pm on Sunday, September 30. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance by calling the Winspear box office at 780-428-1414.
  • Voice Lessons: Join the Edmonton Opera in a behind-the-scenes look at their performances with interactive singing, music, and costumed activities. 2:30 pm on Saturday, September 29.
  • Lego Competition: Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta and build your own Edmonton landmark out of LEGO for a chance to win a highly coveted piece of gold LEGO! Saturday, September 29 11 am – 3 pm. Registration is required online. 
  • Curators Talk: Learn about the past and present of baroque art, the current form featured in the Misled by Nature exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta, in a discussion with curators Catherine Crowston and Josée Drouin-Brisebois. Sunday, September 30, 2 pm.
  • Free Admission Day: Enjoy free entry on Sunday, September 30 from 10 am – 6 pm to most City of Edmonton attractions, including City Arts Centre, Edmonton Valley Zoo, Fort Edmonton Park, John Janzen Nature Centre, John Walter Museum, Muttart Conservatory, and the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre. 
With over 200 FREE events this weekend, there is something for everyone to try! Be sure to check out the full schedule on the Alberta Culture Days’ website for a complete list of events and activities in and around Edmonton.
If you’re on Twitter, be sure to search for the hastags #albertaculturedays, #ABculturedays, and #yeg to find more events and activities taking place this weekend. Make sure to follow @whereedmonton, too! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the last few days of September 2012!


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