The Edmonton International Film Festival is a small yet burnished gem, highlighting excellent movies and allowing cinephiles to meet and talk to filmmakers and actors. Also at this time each year we enjoy the harvest of the bread-basket that surrounds us–a farmers-market bounty reminding us agriculture is critical to Alberta’s past and future. And there’s food for the mind, with Litfest–which this year includes a talk by legendary writer Malcolm Gladwell.
/// Oct 17-20
Seasonally inspired dishes with specially priced menus at dozens of downtown restaurants.
/// Sept 25
No more knots that come undone, or worse, that you can’t undo! Learn how to tie six of the best basic knots at this free clinic from MEC staffers in the Brewery District at 7 p.m. Register at their website.
11904 – 104 Street
/// Sept 20
Check out the over 20 parking stalls temporarily transformed into parklets, artistic displays, design installations and 104 AVE other enhancements driven by community members empowered to reminage the public realm and enhance the street space for pedestrians.
107 Street, north of Jasper Avenue (both sides)
124 GRAND MARKET
/// Thursdays and Sundays
Food trucks, local goods, live music, kids programming and more at this 124 Street staple. Thursday markets run 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., from May 9 to October 10, and Sunday markets are 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. from June 2 to Sept 29.
108 Avenue and 124 Street (Thursdays) and 102 Avenue and 124 Street (Sundays)
HIGH LEVEL LINE DAY
/// Sept 7
High Level Line Day. Programming is scheduled along all parts of Edmonton’s historic tramline including on the downtown side. There will be musicians, buskers, theatre groups, improv shows and other live performances. Also, lemonade stands, bike repair stations, history and urban design tours. The lantern parade at dusk will light up the line.
Various locations throughout Edmonton
/// Nov 14
Enjoy hot refreshments while you watch the holiday light-up of a giant spruce tree and the space surrounding it in Churchill Square.
Churchill Square, 9930 102 Avenue
/// Nov 29 – Dec 8
Christmas in 19th century England comes to Edmonton, with European-style street market vendors, themed Christmas teas and dinners, and a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Citadel.
9828 101 A Avenue
ETSY MADE IN CANADA – EDMONTON MARKET
/// Sept 28 – 29
ETSY Made in Canada – Edmonton Market. Back for their sixth year, On The Spot Pop-ups and ETSY are bringing over 225 designers, crafters and makers, artists, vintage sellers and even hand crafted liquor to the downtown convention center.
9797 Jasper Ave, Edmonton AB
EDMONTON DOWNTOWN FARMER’S MARKET
The downtown market runs Saturdays, 104 Street north of Jasper Avenue and Sundays, 97 Street and 103 Avenue. Oct 5th is the tentative last date for the outdoor market on 104 Street. Oct 12 and 13 (Thanksgiving weekend) the market will be operating indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) at the new location.
10305 – 97 Street, Edmonton. The following weekend Oct 19/20 indoor only at the new location
FALL GALLERY WALK
/// Sept 21 – 22
The first of its kind when it launched in 1986. The two-day event sees seven galleries in a two-block radius open their doors Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
The West End Gallery at 10337 124 St is a good place to start.
EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
/// Sept 26 – Oct 5
The Oscar-qualifying 33rd annual #EIFF19 brings more than 150 diverse shorts and feature-length films from 50+ countries to the heart of Edmonton. There are workshops, panels and gala events held in and around Landmark Cinemas City Centre theatres.
3rd Floor, 10200 – 102 Avenue
AN EVENING WITH MALCOLM GLADWELL
/// Oct 2nd
LitFest and the Edmonton Community Foundation are co-presenting an evening with author Malcolm Gladwell as a preview for LitFest, Oct 17 – 27. Winspear Centre