Welcome (back) to MacEwan University! The 2018-19 school year is sure to fill you with joy, laughter, stress and at some points, sheer dread (exams can do that to a person). Now, what you might not know is that your first month is likely going to be pretty slow, at least the first week. After all, midterms are coming. So here are a few activities to get you off campus, one to keep you here and all to give you some fun before you’re so crammed with information that you don’t remember your own name.
Fall Fest: Sept. 13 –14 | MacEwan City Centre Campus
If you’re a MacEwan student, then you’ve probably heard about Fall Fest. It’s the annual two-day welcome festival for all students. The event, which is free and only for students 18 and over, is hosted by SAMU and features food trucks, live entertainment and inflatable games at the City Centre Campus. This year’s festival runs Thursday through Friday from noon till 7 p.m. and includes performances by Bif Naked, The Reklaws, Jocelyn Alice and more!
Fall Fest is also a great place to get acquainted with SAMU’s programs and services. All of the elected officials, as well as many full- and part-time staff members of the organization are on-site volunteering for the festival and are available to answer any questions students may have about SAMU.
Kaleido Festival: Sept. 14 – 16 | 118th Ave.
The Kaleido Festival, which spans over 11 venues on 118th Ave. (between 90th and 94th St.) features live music, movie screenings, dancing and other live entertainment over two days and three nights. This year’s musical headliners include Busty and the Bass and The Long War. They are joined by a slew of local artists, musicians, dancers and more.
Tickets are free but donations to the festival producers Arts on the Ave, are encouraged to ensure that future festivals can continue to share the arts with our city. Check out the full lineup and schedule to start planning your weekend enjoying the arts.
Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo: Sept. 21–23 | Edmonton Expo Centre
Whether you like comics, video games, TV, movies or you just like cosplaying as your favourite characters, the Edmonton Expo is three magnificent days of nerding out. Featuring not one, but two Tardis loving Doctors! David Tennant and Matt Smith headline an incredible list of celebrity guests which also includes Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Karl Urban (Star Trek).
Celebrities aren’t the only thing to get excited about though, panels, vendors and cosplayers will be all over the Edmonton Expo Centre for the weekend. So if you’re looking to find that hidden gem collectible or need to hear more about that new Venom movie, then the Edmonton Comic Expo is the place to be.
FIBA 3X3 Challenger: Sept. 21–23 | West Ed Mall Ice Palace
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) three-on-three challenger is coming to West Edmonton Mall’s Ice Palace. The two-day tournament features some of the brightest three-on-three basketball stars from around the world all convening on one ice rink turned basketball court. This is one of the last stops on the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Tour on the way to the finals and will have teams competing for a $20,000 cash prize.
Walks and Runs
September is a busy month for Edmonton runners. This month hosts more than 10 marathons/fun runs/walks in the city. If you are a fan of getting outside and running or walking, then this is the month for you! This is a list of a few of the walks/runs being held in September. You can find a complete list at RunGuides (psst there’s a cupcake run).
- Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope Sunday, Sept. 9, Kinsmen Park
- Terry Fox Run Sunday, Sept. 16 | Kinsmen Park
- Ultra Night Run Saturday, Sept. 22 | Wilfrid Laurier Park
- CIBC Run for the Cure Sunday, Sept. 30 | Rundle Park
- Ignore No More: Run for Respect Sunday, Sept. 30 | Gold Bar Picnic Site
Concerts and ticketed events:
- SONIC Field Day Saturday, Sept. 8 | Victoria Park
- Smashing Pumpkins Sunday, Sept. 9 | Rogers Place
- Greta Van Fleet Tuesday, Sept. 11 | Shaw Conference Centre
- Sam Smith Wednesday, Sept. 12 | Rogers Place
- The Proclaimers Thursday, Sept. 13 | River Cree Resort and Casino
- Coheed and Cambria with Protest the Hero Friday, Sept. 14 | Shaw Conference Centre
- Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly Monday, Sept. 17 | Shaw Conference Centre
- Keith Urban Saturday, Sept. 22 | Rogers Place
- Paul McCartney Sunday, Sept. 30 | Rogers Place
And be sure to check YEGLive.ca for even more local concert listings.