11 fantastic things to check out in Edmonton this May

Apr 28 2023, 9:05 pm

Summer is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to get out and enjoy everything we love about this season in Edmonton.

All of our favourite attractions are opening up, festival lineups are being announced, and we’re about to see an explosion of colour with leaves and flowers budding all over.

Here are some of the most incredible things happening in Edmonton this May:

Jurassic Quest

The largest dinosaur exhibit in North America is coming to Edmonton (PHOTOS)

Jurassic Quest

What: The largest dinosaur exhibit in North America is coming to Edmonton, with Jurassic Quest stopping here on its Canadian tour. This incredible experience includes life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur rides, live dinosaur shows, bounce houses, inflatable attractions, and more.

When:  April 28 to May 7
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre — 7515 118th Avenue NW
Time: Friday, noon to 8 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 8 pm
Cost: Start at $28.57

Check out Downtown Spark


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What: These whimsical art displays will be making a return to downtown Edmonton in late May. It’s a fantastic event spanning two weekends, and it’s totally free to check out! There’s also a festival associated with the event, where you can enjoy music, performances and food trucks.

Where: Alex Decouteau Park (art installations will be in various locations downtown)
May 25 to June 4
Cost: Free

Ufest Ukrainian Festival

What: This festival celebrates Ukrainian culture, food, music, visual arts, crafts and dance. UFest is a gathering of people with Ukrainian heritage but also draws spectators from various cultural backgrounds.

Where: Borden Park
When: May 26 & 27
Cost: Free

Punk Rock Flea Market

What: This event focuses on underground art, alternative fashion and
anything that surrounds alternative culture. It is a place to give like-minded artists,
creators, and vendors a place to showcase their creations. The market also will have harm reduction information sessions and naloxone/drug test training at the event.

Where: Ritchie Community League — 7727 98th Street
When: May 20
Cost: Free


What: This massive film festival celebrates real-life stories at the Garneau Theatre. Check out some of the hottest new non-fiction films in Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival.

Where: 8712 109th Street
When: May 4 to 12
Cost: $99 for a festival pass; individual ticket prices vary. Get tickets here.

Edmonton Elks vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

What: The CFL pre-season begins in May, and we can’t wait to get out and enjoy the incredible atmosphere at Commonwealth Stadium. The first home pre-season game of the year will see the Elks face off against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Where: Commonwealth Stadium
When: May 27 at 2 pm
Cost: Tickets here

Karen’s Diner

A Karen's Diner pop-up experience is coming to Edmonton this spring


What: Karen’s Diner — an interactive, immersive, and unique dining experience — is coming to Edmonton later this month. The concept is a 1950s-style diner with burgers, floats, and other classic diner food – as well as a few strong cocktails – fully staffed by some less-than-pleasant waiters. This is an experience you definitely won’t forget!

When: May 6 to 14, 2023
Where: Canadian Brewhouse — 10338 109th Street NW, Edmonton
Tickets: $45

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

What: Just a short 40-minute drive east of Edmonton, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is an open-air museum telling the story of Ukrainian settlement in east-central Alberta from 1892 to 1930. Its history is brought to life through interpreters, costumes, museums, food, and more.

Where: 195041 Highway 16 East, Lamont County
When: Opens May 20
Cost: $15 adult admission

Fort Edmonton Park

What: Fort Edmonton Park is the largest living history museum in Canada, and it opens for the season on May 20. Visitors can experience the history of Edmonton before their very eyes, with a recreation of a fort from 1846 that was on the grounds during that time period to streets detailing each time period from 1885 to 1920.

Where: Fort Edmonton Park
When: Opens May 20
Cost: $26.20 adult admission; tickets here

See the blooming trees

6 places to see gorgeous blooming flowers this spring in Edmonton

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What: While we may not have the pretty cherry blossom trees that bloom every spring in places like Vancouver, Edmonton is home to its own fruit-bearing trees that are just as stunning once they blossom. Check out our roundup of some of the best places to see these beautiful natural displays this month.

Elk Island National Park

What: Whether you’re hitting the trails, stargazing, or trying to see some buffalo, this national park is well worth the short drive out there. Why not enjoy the outdoors at this prestigious national park? It’s sure going to be a nice weekend to do it!

When: Open year-round
Where: 54401 Range Road 203, Fort Saskatchewan
Cost: Free; Parks Canada pass is required to enter

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