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 28 – 30, 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…
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre (Crowsnest Pass)
To kick off Culture Days, the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre is offering free admission to a special art exhibit, A Slow Light the whole weekend. On Saturday, check out the annual Harvest of Memory Gala dinner and dance, and the “M is for Music” concert happens on Sunday. For more information or tickets to the Harvest of Memory Gala, Harvest Festival tickets.
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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (Fort Macleod)
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.
Lougheed House (Calgary)
Enjoy Culture Days at Lougheed House Provincial Historic Site. Each day, guided tours through the house are available, along with audio tours for those who wish to explore the house at their own pace. This weekend is also the last change to experience the exhibit “Formed by Sand”, which explores Calgary’s form identity as a “Sandstone City”. Its content explores the relationship between Calgary’s sandstone and Alberta’s oil sands from both a cultural and economic standpoint. It looks at the impact that both sandstone and oil have had on the history of Calgary and features the work of 14 Canadian artists as well as historic photographs and maps from the Glenbow Archives. As well, the Backpack program is available for visitors to enjoy the House’s gardens and public park space (weather permitting).
Oil Sands Discovery Centre (Fort McMurray)
Stop by the Oil Sands Discovery Centre to learn about the past, present, and future of the Fort McMurray oil sands. On Saturday and Sunday, test your creative problem-solving skills with our special hands-on activity, A Culture of Innovation. For more than a century, the oil sands have challenged people to come up with innovative solutions to tough problems. How do you measure up? Can you solve our challenges using only the materials provided?
Provincial Archives of Alberta (Edmonton)
Take a Longer Look is the newest exhibit at the Provincial Archives, featuring panoramic images from across the province. Visit the exhibit and drop off a non-perishable food donation during Culture Days on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Remington Carriage Museum (Cardston)
The Remington Carriage Museum will transport visitors back to the wild west during this year’s Culture Days. Come learn about the art, poetry and music of the cowboy! Special guided tours will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily, sharing the stories of the cowboy on the trail in the days of horses and carriages. For more information, contact Robert Mein at 403-653-5139 ext. 225.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum (Wetaskiwin)
There is TONS to do at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum for Culture Days! Check out the current exhibit, The McLaughlin Story: 150 Years of Cars, Carriages and Canada Dry. After exploring the collection, there’s more to explore in the Farm House, Craft Station, or a white glove tour behind the scenes. And you can always cuddle up at the Starlight Drive-in with Canadian movie shorts from Heritage Minutes, National Film Board and more.
Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller)
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 amphitheater 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.
Rutherford House (Edmonton)
This year’s Alberta Culture Days brings a celebration of rhythm to the forefront at Rutherford House! Come and explore the idea of rhythm through art, literature, music and dance. 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 provice wide party as Albertans come together to celebrate our local artists and arts organizations, our unique heritage and history and the diverse cultures 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 awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.