Things to Do in Edmonton: May 2016

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 6:01am.

As the sun starts to really heat up Edmonton after the long and cold winter, the city’s events also start to come out in spades. Edmontonians love to get out of the house after a long winter, and these are some events that could make your May a more exciting and enjoyable experience.

1. Opera NUOVA’s Vocal Arts Festival

Where: Various Venues

When: May 21 - July 3
Lovers of opera , chamber music, classical music, and the very oldest in entertainment will love this festival. Featuring three main stage operas, six concerts, and four Master Classes, this festival has everything for your inner opera lover. The festival has introduced a new feature this year as well, Family Operas. These specially-tailored experiences are designed to get the whole family hooked on opera, with more accessible versions that everyone can enjoy. Featuring amazing artists in intimate venues, this festival is sure to delight.


2. NorthWestFest

Where: Various Venues
When: May 5 - 14
Edmonton’s premiere non-fiction film and arts festival is this month. Featuring some of the best in independent and local film and artists, this festival is a chance to see what’s happening in the art scene outside of the cineplex. Films from all over the world will be screened at theatres around the city and creators may be on hand for questions and discussions. An awards ceremony is held as well, which is another chance to meet the people behind the art.

3. Cinema at the Centre

Where: Stanley A. Milner Library
When: Every Wednesday for the Month
The Edmonton Public Library has kicked off another year of Cinema at the Centre, an opportunity to see some very high profile films in a cozy theatre. Films are screened every Wednesday at the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton. This month’s screenings include last years Oscar winner for Best Picture, Spotlight, and critical darlings Amy, Carol, and Son of Sam.

4. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

Where: TELUS World of Science
When: Now until September 5

Sherlock Holmes is more than a series of books, he is a cultural event. From his many adventures written by Arthur Conan Doyle to modern interpretations like Sherlock and Elementary, this is a chance to learn more about the detective with a fondness for deer hunter hats. Running until September 5, this exhibit lets you be Holmes’ eyes and ears, solving a mystery as you look through rare manuscripts and other Sherlock Holmes items. It’s fun and educational for fans and newcomers alike.

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