Edmonton Performing ArtsWhether you’re in Edmonton on vacation or just looking for cultural things to do this weekend, you’ll find plenty of options and fun places to go around the city.
A Night at the Theater
Theater season runs from September through May. For live theater visit the Citadel Theatre complex, 99 Street and 101a Avenue N.W., which consists of four theaters, an amphitheater and a beautiful atrium; phone (780) 425-1820 or (888) 425-1820. Family-themed theater, produced by Fringe Theatre Adventures, can be enjoyed by all ages from October through May at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in Old Strathcona at 10330 84 Ave. N.W.; phone (780) 409-1910.
Prominent Canadian and American performers take to the stage at Mayfield Dinner Theatre at 16615 109 Ave. N.W.; phone (780) 483-4051 or (877) 529-7829. Jubilations Dinner Theatre, in the West Edmonton Mall at the intersection of 87 Avenue N.W. and 170 Street N.W., features musical comedy and is one of the fun things for couples to do; phone (780) 484-2424.
Ballet, Opera and the Symphony
The Alberta Ballet, (780) 428-6839, and the Edmonton Opera, (780) 429-1000, perform in Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on the University of Alberta campus at 87 Avenue N.W. and 114 Street N.W.; phone (780) 427-2760 for auditorium information. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performs at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.; phone (780) 428-1414 or (800) 563-5081 for concert information. The Winspear Centre also hosts a variety of concerts ranging from classical music to rock, as does the Shaw Conference Centre, phone (780) 421-9797; and Rogers Place, phone (780) 414-5483.
The free publication Where Edmonton gives detailed, up-to-date information about arts and entertainment and things to do in Edmonton. Ticketmaster outlets handle ticket sales for most sports, recreation, theater and concert events; phone (855) 985-5000. Contact your local AAA club office for help with your Edmonton vacation packages and reservations.
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The federal Goods and Service Tax is 5 percent and applies to most goods, food/beverages and services, including lodgings. Alberta does not have a provincial sales tax but does impose a 3 percent Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) as well as a 4 percent Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT).
Grey Nuns Community Hospital, (780) 735-7000; Misericordia Community Hospital, (780) 735-2000; Royal Alexandra Hospital, (780) 735-4111; University of Alberta Hospital, (780) 407-8822.
9990 Jasper Ave. N.W. West Shaw Building Edmonton, AB T5J 1P7. Phone:(780)401-7696
Edmonton International Airport
Hertz, with offices at the airport and downtown (inside Edmonton House, 10205 100 Ave. N.W.), offers discounts to CAA and AAA members; phone (780) 890-4435 at the airport, (780) 423-3431 downtown, (800) 654-3131 in North America or (800) 654-3001 outside of North America. Contact a travel advisor at your local AAA club office to add rental cars to your travel packages.
The VIA Rail station is at 12360 121 St. N.W.; phone (888) 842-7245.
Red Arrow Express offers luxury motor coach service between Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray and Red Deer; phone (403) 531-0350 or (800) 232-1958.
Taxi companies include Co-Op Taxi Line, (780) 425-2525; Barrel Taxi (780) 489-7777; and Yellow Cab, (780) 462-3456. Taxi rates start at $3.60, plus $0.20 is charged for each additional 135 metres (about 1/12 mile) or a portion thereof. Taxis can be hailed, but phoning is recommended.
Edmonton has both bus and light-rail transit (LRT) service. Edmonton Transit System’s Customer Service Centre, on the second floor of Edmonton Tower at 10111 104 Ave., sells ETS passes and is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30; phone 331 within Edmonton or (780) 442-5311. Buses operate Mon.-Fri. 5:20 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 6:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. On holidays hours may be extended for special events. Light-rail transit operates on a similar schedule; check the website for full schedule. Fare is $3.50; free (ages 0-12). A 1-day pass is $9.75.