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Your Guide to Edmonton’s Concerts, Festivals, and Theatre in May 2024

Spring bursts onto the scene in Edmonton this May, and with it explodes an exciting calendar of concerts, festivals, and captivating live performances. Whether you want to rock out to a live concert, stroll through one of Edmonton’s diverse festivals, or attend a live theatre performance, our city offers something for every taste. So, unpack your bags, settle into one of Edmonton’s Best Hotels, and prepare to be entertained!

Festival Fun

If you’re planning a visit to Edmonton this spring (and we suggest you do!), May is the best month to do so! We’ve got so many things for couples, families, and solo travellers to do, see, hear, and get into. Take this month’s festival scene, for example. Whether you’re a film aficionado, an arts enthusiast, or a cultural connoisseur, Edmonton’s May festival lineup promises memorable moments and exhilarating experiences.

Northwestfest (May 9th-15th)
Dive into the world of independent film at Northwestfest. This week-long celebration of independent cinema showcases features, documentaries, shorts, and works by local filmmakers. Screenings are accompanied by lively discussions and Q&A sessions, offering a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the world of independent filmmaking.

Rainbow Visions Film Festival (May 16th-19th)
Celebrate diversity and inclusion at Rainbow Visions, Edmonton’s premier LGBTQ+ arts festival. This event features a dazzling array of performances, workshops, films, and visual arts exhibitions. Immerse yourself in the energy of drag shows, dance performances, and live music by LGBTQ+ artists, all culminating in a street festival that’s not to be missed.

UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival (May 24th-25th)
Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Ukrainian culture at UFest. This free, family-friendly festival is an exploration of Ukrainian food, music, dance, and traditions. Savour delicious Ukrainian cuisine, be captivated by traditional and contemporary dance performances, and marvel at the intricate craftsmanship on display. UFest is a heartwarming celebration of heritage perfect for all ages.

Downtown Spark (May 25th-June 4th)
Kick off summer with Downtown Spark, an exciting festival that transforms the heart of Edmonton. This ten-day extravaganza features a bustling marketplace with local artisans, street performers showcasing their talents, and a variety of delicious food trucks. Spark ignites the city with live music, family-friendly activities, and interactive art installations, making it the perfect way to experience the energy of downtown Edmonton.

Concerts to Rock Out to

Get ready to amp up your evenings with a lineup of exhilarating concerts that promise to rock Edmonton this May. From punk rock pioneers to R&B icons, each show is a gateway to reliving classic tunes and creating new memories.

Violent Femmes (May 8th @ Winspear Centre)
Relive the iconic sounds of the 80s with the legendary Violent Femmes. This Grammy-nominated band brings their infectious energy and timeless hits like “Blister in the Sun” and “Add It Up” to the elegant Winspear Centre. Get ready for a night of nostalgic singalongs and infectious punk rock grooves.

Foreigner: The Farewell Tour (May 10th @ Rogers Place)
Don’t miss your chance to witness a rock and roll legend in action! Foreigner embarks on their Farewell Tour, bringing their monumental hits like “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Hot Blooded” to the grand stage of Rogers Place. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a band that has defined a generation of music.

Wheatus (May 12th @ The Buckingham)
Crank up the nostalgia and belt out “Teenage Dirtbag” at the intimate Buckingham! Wheatus brings the golden age of alternative rock alive, so dust off your flannel and get ready for a night of singalongs and forgotten gems.

Ashanti (May 17th @ River Cree Resort & Casino)
Get ready for a night of R&B grooves and hip-hop swagger with Ashanti. This multi-talented artist brings her chart-topping hits and undeniable stage presence to River Cree Resort & Casino. Dance the night away to unforgettable tracks like “Foolish” and “Always on Time.”

A Night at the Theatre (and More)

Step into a world of spectacle and story this May, where the stage sets the scene for unforgettable evenings. Whether you’re captivated by the grace and elegance of ice skaters, moved by the melodies of a groundbreaking musical, thrilled by the dynamic clashes of wrestling, or transported by classic literary adventures, Edmonton has a performance to stir your soul.

Stars on Ice (May 12th)
Witness the breathtaking artistry of world-class figure skaters at Stars on Ice. This dazzling production features Olympic medalists and champions showcasing their incredible skills and athleticism. Be mesmerized by graceful jumps, intricate spins, and stunning choreography, all set to captivating music.

Rent (May 3rd-11th @ Westbury Theatre)
Experience the power and passion of Rent, the Tony Award-winning musical. This poignant and powerful story about love, loss, and friendship comes to life at the Westbury Theatre. Witness a moving production that explores themes relevant to all generations.

AEW: Dynamite & Rampage (May 8th @ Rogers Place)
Calling all wrestling fans! The high-octane action of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is coming to Rogers Place as Dynamite and Rampage take over Edmonton. See your favourite wrestlers battle it out in the squared circle, with electrifying matches and breathtaking maneuvers.

The Three Musketeers (May 1st-12th @ Citadel Theatre)
Embark on a swashbuckling adventure with The Three Musketeers at the Citadel Theatre. This classic tale of friendship, honour, and daring comes to life on the Citadel Theatre’s Mainstage. Witness a thrilling production filled with sword fights, witty dialogue, and unforgettable characters.

Insider Tips to Make the Most of Your Night Out

Heading out for a night on the town in Edmonton? Whether you’re gearing up for a concert, a festival, or a casual stroll around the city, a little planning can transform a good evening into a great one. Don’t worry. We’ve got some insider tips to help you make the most of your night out:

  • Plan Ahead: Many events, particularly concerts, sell out quickly. Purchase your tickets in advance to secure your spot, especially if you’re eager to see a popular artist or band.
  • Embrace the Outdoors: Take advantage of Edmonton’s beautiful spring weather. Many festivals, like Downtown Spark and UFest, take place outdoors. Pack sunscreen, a hat, and a refillable water bottle to stay comfortable throughout the day.
  • Explore the City: While you’re in town for the events, take some time to explore the city. Edmonton has so much to offer! Visit the Royal Alberta Museum to delve into the province’s rich history and culture, stroll through the Edmonton Valley Zoo and connect with fascinating animals from around the world, or catch a show at the Winspear Centre or the Northern Jubilee Auditorium and experience Edmonton’s thriving performing arts scene.
  • Experience Local Flavors: Don’t miss out on Edmonton’s foodie scene. Sample Alberta beef at a local steakhouse, or savour international flavours in the city’s diverse array of neighbourhoods. Festivals like UFest and Downtown Spark offer a delicious variety of food truck options, perfect for a quick and tasty bite.

As the curtain draws to a close on our whirlwind tour of what you can expect in Edmonton this month, we hope you’re as excited as we are to dive into our bustling city’s offerings. From rock concerts and international film festivals to engaging theatrical performances and dynamic outdoor activities, Edmonton truly has something for everyone. As you plan your visit, remember that the best way to experience these incredible events is by staying right in the heart of the action.

Book your stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels to take advantage of our exclusive 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal, where you can earn up to $225 in rewards. Enhance your trip with luxurious accommodations and top-notch amenities, ensuring that every moment of your journey is as comfortable as it is thrilling. Don’t just attend the events—immerse yourself in the full Edmonton experience. Reserve your room today and prepare for an unforgettable adventure in the city of festivals!

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