During Alberta Culture Days (Sept. 26-28), there will be thousands of FREE and family-friendly events taking place across the province. Everything from live music, cupcake eating contests and star gazing, to film screenings, dance demonstrations and historic exhibits are being offered. With so many choices, you might be having a hard time deciding on what to do. Here are some ideas from our Feature Celebration Sites!
There’s no shortage of creativity or fun in Airdrie during Alberta Culture Days 2014. Try on silly costumes and say cheese for the photo booth, then pop by the all-ages arts tent to create hands-on crafts. Grab a bite at the Food Truck Frenzy in support of the Airdrie Food Bank or try and break the world record of eating the most cupcakes in just eight minutes (registration required). Kick back and enjoy two full days of multicultural performances and live music featuring various artists including award winning singer Garth Prince.
Nanton has a lot to offer people of all ages during this year’s Alberta Culture Days festivities. The town will be bursting with activity throughout the entire weekend, including everything from hoop dancers, a community mural painting session and a local artists’ showcase, to a family dance night and a tour of one of the few grain elevators that remains open to the public.
The Regroupment artistique francophone de ‘Alberta presents The Grand Arts Market – five days of interactive and vibrant activities in the heart of Edmonton’s French Quarter. During Alberta Culture Days, nearly 100 artists from all over the country, including Misteur Valaire, will offer unique activities for all ages at La Cité francophone and surrounding area. Everything from theatre, visual arts, poetry, music and dance to mask-making, book exchanges and local markets will be offered!
Take part in a downtown celebration where five Alberta artists will rock the stage accompanied by food trucks and a sidewalk chalk art challenge. Children’s activities will pack the three- day event including street hockey, dance lessons and book readings from international children’s author Tololwa Mollel. Star gazers can join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to identify constellations in the night sky. Dive into your creative side with local artist Daphne Cote who will create a beautiful painting right before your eyes. Learn about Stony Plain’s mural collection, with more than 30 murals on display throughout the town.
Vermillion will be jam-packed with exciting events during Alberta Culture Days. Everything will kick off with a Friday night street dance featuring the Laurence Boys, followed by other exciting events that include a Saturday car show and shine, a performance from local band Detour, a heritage mural unveiling and various hands-on arts activities throughout the community. Other activities range from hoop dancing, square dancing, geocaching for treasure and Taekwondo to archery, a piano concert, multicultural potluck dinner and parade on Sunday.
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. Check out the Culture Calendar for an event near you.
Admission: Most events are free and family-friendly; check the Culture Calendar for specific event details.