Alberta Culture Days return at the end of the month, and for lovers of Alberta’s history and heritage that means free admissions for the weekend! From September 30 – October 2, all provincial historic sites and museums that are open for the weekend are offering free admissions and special programs to Albertans*. From art displays to crafts to popcorn rocks, Alberta Culture Days provide an excellent opportunity for Albertans to explore and discover a diverse range of activities and treasures throughout the province.
*some activities may have additional fees; check each site for details
Here’s what’s going on at Alberta’s provincial facilities at the end of September:
2016 marks the AFA’s 25th anniversary and they’re celebrating with a commemorative event on October 30 held as part of Alberta Culture Days. While space at the celebration is limited (the AFA is very popular you know!) here’s a little insider secret: the AFA will be live streaming the event through its Facebook page, so be sure to check it out to see the big news! The stream starts at 10 a.m.
The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre is a great location to take in the beauty of the breathtaking Crowsnest Pass. On Saturday October 1, check out The Art of the Comic Book from 1 to 5 p.m., exploring the Frank Slide Comic Book Series. Activities include signing by the writer and artist, and a workshop where you can create your own comic book layout.
The Culture Days fun spills over into Monday, October 3 with the launch of Meet me at the Movies, presenting “Sing Street” – the first in a series of three films at Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. The show starts at 7 p.m.
Jump on down to the annual Buffalo Harvest Days all weekend 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 artifact demonstrations. 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. And to complete the experience, buffalo-themed culinary treats will be available in the cafeteria. Be sure to follow along on social media: @HSIBuffaloJump (Twitter) or @HSIBJ (Instagram)
Celebrate Alberta Culture Days 1920s-style at Lougheed House! On Saturday and Sunday Lougheed House will have an antique photo booth and live musical performances by five of the best local singer/songwriters, plus you can help a professional mural maker make murals! And for the kids Lougheed House is offering their ever-popular crafts activities. Doors open at 11 a.m. Follow on Twitter @LougheedHouse or on Instagram @LougheedHouse
For the 8th year in a row the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium will be featuring Arts Education Day, now welcoming more than 800 students from across Edmonton to the Jube. Workshops will be offered in all kinds of art media, including presentations from Edmonton Digital Arts College, March Music, Drumadrumdrum, Rapid Fire Theatre, Hello #YEG, Visual Arts Alberta and much more!
At the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary, students from the inaugural Jube School program will be welcomed to the venue to experience a wide range of workshops put on by Alberta artists. Some workshops include: Clowning with Cheryl Hutton and Aaron Coates, dancing with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, a beatbox demonstration with Peter Pot, drumming with Midnight Drumming, and a drama workshop with theatre sports.
For Culture Days weekend, the Provincial Archives of Alberta is pleased to present Alberta Ballet and the Documentation of Performance, an exhibit celebrating Alberta Ballet’s 50th Anniversary. The Ballet donated its extensive archives to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2012, where the records were appraised, arranged, rehoused, described and made available to the public. The completeness of the Alberta Ballet archives and the wide array of records therein enabled this retrospective survey of the company’s first fifty years and is a fine example of performing arts in the archives.
Visit the exhibit during Culture Days on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1, 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 outdoor exhibits for a better understanding of the oil sands.
Discover the largest collection of horse drawn vehicles in North America at the Remington Carriage Museum! Families can check-out interactive galleries that tell the tales of turn-of-the-century society and the carriage industry.
Browse the work of local artists that will be on display and enjoy the art work of famous horse jockey George Woolf. You can also sign up for a special tour called Art of Carriages that focuses on hand-crafted carriages made for both beauty and function. That tour will be available on Saturday at 1 p.m.
At the Reynolds-Alberta Museum, there’s a bunch to see and do for Culture Days this year! Check out Stan Reynolds: The Original Canadian Picker exhibition that provides insight into Stan Reynolds and his love of history and preserving the past for future generations. Be sure to pick up an activity sheet at the front desk and use the clues to lead you through the exhibit! Build your own thaumatrope (a toy popular during the 19th century) to take home, and get to step beyond the barriers by taking a special White Glove Tour.
Discover the seven wonders of the badlands with a guided hike that takes you to ancient giants, rocks with stories to tell and the mysterious popcorn rock! If fossils are your fancy, try out the fossil casting workshop to make your own fossil replica. For families with young children, join a Science Educator as they bring a story of prehistoric creatures to life in our outdoor amphitheatre. 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.
Culture Days at Rutherford House spotlights what people might have thought about the future at the turn of the twentieth century. This weekend, families can come and explore a different time when technology was changing rapidly, when the middle class was growing and leisure became more accessible for people. This possible future was eagerly anticipated through books, photographs and even films. Join Rutherford House for a thought experiment in what the future might have been and explore the many possibilities the future might have held! Culture Days at Rutherford House runs September 30 – October 2 from noon to 4 p.m.
Join in on the fun!
Be part of the province wide 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 is part of the national Culture Days movement, which includes 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. 30 to Sunday Oct. 2.
Where: Throughout the province.
Admission: Free for all historic sites and museums; some activities may have an additional fee. Check websites for more details.