Family-friendly activities unique to Alberta Culture Days
From Sept. 26-28, all provincial historic sites and museums that are open for the weekend are offering free admissions and special programs to Albertans. From casting fossils to poetry readings, Alberta Culture Days are an excellent opportunity for Albertans to explore and discover a diverse range of activities and treasures throughout the province.
Stop in and visit the Art House! The Alberta Foundation for the Arts will be unveiling its new art collection web portal, the AFA Art House on Friday, Sept 26. This new site gives Albertans digital access to the AFA’s collection of more than 8,400 works of art. The AFA Art House will be a powerful tool for teachers, students and art lovers an opportunity to share Alberta’s vibrant culture online.
The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre is one great destination to take in the breathtaking Crowsnest Pass. During Alberta Culture Days weekend, there will be various shows and presentations about Crowsnest Pass, including a concert featuring local talents to celebrate art and culture in Alberta. The Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery is open free to the public.
In partnership with the Edmonton Poetry Festival, Government House will open its Alberta Room to “Where We Come From.” These poetry readings and storytelling performances run for approximately 45 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Tours around Government House will be offered before and after performances.
Jump on down to the Buffalo Harvest on Saturday, Sat. 27 at Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump. Blackfoot guides will lead tours of the interpretive centre and visitors can participate in the Living off the Land and Stones and Bones demonstrations, visit with traditional dancers, learn more about their regalia and hear stories of the Plains People from the Elders. First Nations artists will demonstrate their skills, as well as display and sell their artwork and handcrafted artisan goods. Buffalo-themed culinary treats will be available in the cafeteria. This year, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump will also unveil an important artifact and celebrate its return to the site.
On Friday and Sunday, regularly scheduled guided tours will be offered to the public for free.
Register students for hands-on workshops with a variety of Alberta artists from theatre to music to visual art at The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on September 26.
The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium will participate in the Alberta Culture Days Block Party with an Instrument Zoo. Come on down and play with a variety of different instruments from 5- 10 p.m. on Friday Sept. 26.
Listen to tales of the Lougheed family from Karen Gummo and try your hand at making a mural with artist Dean Stanton throughout Alberta Culture Days. There will also be family-friendly activities, including musical performances by the Calysto Steel Band and Lisa Anderson. Cap off your weekend by learning how to make a traditional Métis sash with Matt Hilterman and view Rustick Design’s refurbished creations.
Check out the 29th annual Film Night as part of Metro Cinema’s Alberta Culture Days celebrations. This year’s films focus on Indigenous filmmaking in Alberta and by Albertan filmmakers outside the province. Metro Cinema has a full list of the films.
Bring the family to learn more about the history, science and technology of the oils sands in Alberta. There will be plenty of interactive experiences, interpretive films and activities at the Dr. Karl Clark exhibit. Have fun in the Play Lab and Discovery Lab to learn more about the oil sands. On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Wood Buffalo Arts and Crafts Guild will host special art demonstrations and activities.
Discover the largest collection of horse drawn vehicles in North America at the Remington Carriage Museum! Families can check-out interactive galleries that retell the tales of turn-of-the-century society and the carriage industry.
Classic movies like the Three Stooges, Looney Tunes and Disney Short Classics will also be playing for the whole family. Don’t forget to stroll through the Farmers’ Market, enjoy the Chuckwagon Fundraiser Lunch hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and take free carriage rides to and from downtown.
Grab your families and join in on a ‘50s-style game show, Play Your Hunch. All ages can participate for a chance to win a prize. The game takes place twice a day at 11:40 a.m. and again at 2:10 p.m. in the main theatre.
Don’t forget to check out “The Fabulous Fifties” exhibit before it closes on Oct. 14. The museum store and Cruisers Café will also be open and children can make their own sundae at the craft table.
Experience your favourite galleries, learn from Parks Canada staff and share ideas about the new museum project. Special Alberta Culture Days programs include the Canadian Species Investigation presentation, which explores why some species are at risk; the Magic of Fire presentation that examines if fire is an agent of destruction or renewal; and Encounters, a fun way to discover the museum through encounters with live creatures…human or otherwise. The full schedule can be found on the Royal Alberta Museum website.
Be a paleontologist for a day and search for fossils, assemble dinosaur skeletons and create a fossil cast with the Royal Tyrrell Museum. These extra family-friendly, art-filled activities will be on throughout Alberta Culture Days. The full schedule of activities can be found on the Royal Tyrrell Museum website.
Get Your Yearly Dose of Fibre with Rutherford House! Learn about the history of fibre industries in Alberta, sources, uses and products. Visit with a local sheep farmer and his sheep to try carding and spinning wool or explore the handiwork of artisans. You can also create your own crafts using fibre!
Join in on the fun!
Be part of the provincewide block party as Albertans come together to celebrate our local artists and arts organizations, our unique heritage and history and the diverse cultures and languages that make up our province.
Alberta Culture Days, Sept. 26-28, is part of the national Culture Days movement, which includes more than 800 communities, from coast to coast, and is helping to increase the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
Where can I go for more info?
Website: Alberta Culture Days
The Other Details
When: Friday Sept. 26 to Sunday Sept. 28.
Where: Throughout the province.
Admission: Free for all historic sites and museums; some activities may have an additional fee. Check websites for more details.