With Edmonton at long last basking in the glory of sunshine and patio weather, the time is perfect for hitting the town! Step outside, say goodbye to your vitamin D deficiency, and check out these events. Most importantly, don’t forget Mother’s Day! (Because mom certainly won’t forget if you do.)
Mother’s Day Tea
When: May 10th
Where: Devonian Botanic Garden
Treat your mother to a gorgeous spring afternoon in these breathtaking gardens! Take in the beautiful Kurimoto Japanese Garden, see the butterflies in the Tropical Showhouse, and experience the music of harpist Terry McDade as you enjoy strawberry shortcake and tea in china cups. Every mother will even receive a special gift! For more, click here!
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Farm
When: May 10th
Where: Prairie Gardens, Bon Accord
Let everyone revel in skipping the cooking and dishes with this detectible event. A massive buffet filled with fruit, pancakes, roast beef, desserts, and more will make sure everyone has something tasty to eat. Reservations and advanced tickets are required, though, so be sure to check out this site for details! There’s even a day absolutely full of free fun garden demos, puppet shows, and more!
When: Starting May 15th and lasting all summer
Where: TELUS World of Science
Return to an era ruled by massive fearless beasts that weren’t hiding behind a monitor in their mom’s basement! This incredible exhibit features full-scale dinosaur skeletons from North America and Asia. Bear witness to not only outstanding sets, sound, and lighting, but 17 moving, life-size dinosaurs, including a feathered Tyrannosaurs Rex juvenile that will come to life in front of your eyes. But that’s only the beginning. Literally. Learn about the connections between modern-day birds and their feathered reptilian ancestors as they’ve transitioned through the ages. Visit here for more information!
May Madness Car Show and Shine
When: May 23rd at 10 am – 4 pm
Where: NAIT Souch Campus
Take part in the 4th annual fundraiser for the STARS Air Ambulance! Join car enthusiasts and contribute to the community as 100% of all funds raised will go to STARS. Expect tantalizing food trucks such as the Lemongrass Grill, Cookie Love, Casa Doce, and more to be in attendance! Lots of raffles and goodies are to be won, as well! Go to this page for further details!
Run (and Walk) for Pie
When: May 24th
Where: Kinsmen Park at 10 am
Support the Stollery Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Program with this delicious fundraiser! Walk 5 kilometers for a slice of pie complete with whip cream and/or vanilla ice cream – your choice! Water and coffee will also be waiting for you at the finish line to help you wash it down. There will also be a 1 km run for kids with a cookie medal for every child to have at the end! For those of you seriously looking to pre-emptively burn off those calories, there’s a 10 km run starting at Kinsmen and heading to Hawrelak and back. Entrance fee is $30. Click this link for additional info!
Edmonton International Cat Festival
When: May 30th
Where: NAIT Gym
The 2nd Annual Crazy Cat Lady – er, the 2nd Annual Edmonton International Cat Festival wraps up the month with its feline moxie! If you ever wanted to attend a cat photo beauty pageant, sip coffee among cat stuffies, and watch an inordinate amount of cat videos all at once, you have found your haven, my friend. Not only that, but there will be vendors selling more cat merch than you can shake a Feather-on-a-Stick at. Celebrity kitty Pudge will be flying in from Minneapolis, too! If that’s not enough to get you out, 100% of profits, sales, and donations will go directly to the Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lose, and SAFE Team Rescue. With last year raising an incredible $9,000, let’s make this one even more successful, cat enthusiasts! Click here for details!
Enjoy your May, Edmonton!
And a very Happy Mother’s Day to the most wonderful ladies in our lives!