Alberta Culture Days returns at the end of the month, and for lovers of Alberta’s history and heritage that means free admissions for the weekend!
From September 29 – October 1, all provincial historic sites and museums that are open for the weekend are offering free admission and special programs to Albertans.* From art displays to crafts to new exhibits, 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.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) is pleased to offer six free interpretive walking tours of the Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project – Canada 150 in downtown Edmonton during Culture Days weekend. Hosted by the Art & Design in Public Places (The Places), members of the public can sign up to join a tour of 108th Street (between 99th Avenue and 104th Avenue), which will examine each of the five commissioned sculptures, and will also include:
- Appearances by the commissioned artists and members of their creative teams;
- Up close and personal looks at the artwork maquettes; and
- A brief tour of the exhibition “The Dream We Form By Being Together” at the Borealis Gallery in the Alberta Federal Building (select tours only).
To view more information and a schedule of tours, visit affta.ab.ca/news. Each walking tour can only accommodate 25 participants, and are first-come, first-served. You must pre-register to attend. To sign up for a tour, please contact The Places at 780-426-2122 or at email@example.com.
The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre (FSIC) is a great location to take in the beauty of the breathtaking Crowsnest Pass. To kick off Culture Days, enjoy a special art exhibit opening at the Centre on Friday, Sept. 29. Interpreting Canada: An Artist’s Portrait, is a travelling exhibit in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. It will be on display at the Centre until October 10. On Monday, October 1, head to the FSIC theatre at 7 p.m. to catch a screening of the film “Maudie” — an inspirational tale of a young artist whose talent and determination allowed her to surmount the obstacles in her way. “Maudie” is the first in a series of five Toronto International Film Festival films being shown at the FSIC theatre.
The Culture Days fun will ripple throughout Crowsnest Pass with activities such as the Harvest of Memories Gala dinner and dance on Saturday, September 30 at the MDM Community Centre, and the “M is for Music” concert takes place on Sunday, October 1 at the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Celebrate Alberta Culture Days 1920s-style at Lougheed House! Free guided tours by expert interpreters will take place throughout the entire Culture Days weekend. Check out this stunning 14,000 square-foot sandstone prairie mansion that was built in 1891 by Senator James Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella. Lougheed House remains one of the finest residences in Canada’s northwest and was the political and social hub of fast-growing Calgary until 1938. Doors open at 11 a.m.
Calling all Edmonton and area students: join the fun at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on September 29 for the ninth annual, jam-packed Arts Education Day! Students from Edmonton and area are welcome to experience various mini workshops full of great Alberta artists. Activities include backstage tours by the Jubilee, 3rd Street Beat, Stage Combat with Murray Farnell and Matt Boisvert, an Indigenous Workshop with Adrian Lachance, the Film and Arts Society of Alberta, March Music, Marty Chance, Garth Prince, Alberta Council for Ukrainian Arts and Alberta Ballet.
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Drop by the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) for an up-close look at Alberta and Canadian history though the exhibit 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Archives is highlighting 150 Canadian firsts that occurred because Albertans were the first to make them happen. One first featured in the exhibit is the Edmonton Gleaners Association which established the first food bank in Canada in 1981 – now known as the Edmonton Food Bank. The PAA is honouring this first by giving back to the community with a food drive to raise 150 pounds of food.
Visit the exhibit and drop off a non-perishable food donation during Culture Days on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and Sunday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre this weekend to learn all about the history, science and technology of the oil sands in Alberta. There will be plenty of interactive experiences, interpretive films, and activities in the Dr. Karl Clark Exhibit Hall. Have fun in the Play Lab and check out the outdoor exhibits for a better understanding of the oil sands. On Saturday and Sunday, stop by the Discovery Lab for some trivia about the Dinosaurs found in the oil sands, and try your hand at excavating one for yourself.
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 famed western artist Don Brestler who will have several pieces on display that tell the story of the Canadian west. Featured in almost every western magazine in North America, Don’s art is a remarkable glimpse into a bygone era. 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.
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Join the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in celebrating its 25th anniversary as part of Culture Days! The museum is officially marking 25 years of operation on Saturday, September 30 at 2 p.m. with cake, and a souvenir anniversary pin (limited supply for first 250 visitors). Come make your own museum memories by exploring the new exhibit, The McLaughlin Story: 150 Years of Cars, Carriages and Canada Dry and take part in family activities such vintage vehicle tours, Restoration Shop open house, open cockpit bi-plane adventures (weather permitting), white glove tours and a fun facts game show.
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 the fossil casting workshop to make your own fossil replica or go on a 90-minute outdoor adventure to prospect for fossils. For families with young children, join a Science Educator as they bring a story of prehistoric creatures to life in our outdoor amphitheatre or colour a dinosaur hat to make a take-home craft. These extra family-friendly activities will be offered throughout Alberta Culture Days. The full schedule of activities can be found on the Royal Tyrrell Museum website.
This year’s Alberta Culture Days brings the visual arts to the forefront at Rutherford House! Come and enjoy the paintings, drawings, photographs and prints displayed around the house. Give your own creativity free reign at one of our craft stations, and contribute to a communal colouring page. Activities run throughout the entire weekend from noon to 4 p.m.
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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 information?
Website: Alberta Culture Days
The Other Details
When: Friday Sept. 29 to Sunday Oct. 1.
Where: Throughout the province.
Admission: Free for all historic sites and museums; some activities may have an additional fee. Check websites for more details.