A new month is just around the corner, and with it comes our list of the best free and cheap things to do around Edmonton this May! We love the options, from getting outside to some spring shopping to a little arts and culture! We think you’ll feel the same after reading the list, too.

Here are the best free and cheap things to do around Edmonton this May.


Canada’s longest running nonfiction film fest returns to in-person experiences this month! However, those looking to enjoy the options at home will be pleased to know that they’re keeping the virtual side as well. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that single screenings are under $10!

When: May 5th to 15th
Where: Online and in-person options
Cost: $9.95+


Wild Heart Collective’s 124 Grand Market is set to make a return this month. The food and drink event (plus a little shopping and entertainment) will be running Thursday, Saturdays, and Sundays at locations around the city starting on May 12th.

When: Starts May 12th
Where: Locations around Edmonton
Cost: Free!


Speaking of shopping options, make sure to check out the Royal Bison Fair as well! This twice-yearly event will see over 70 local vendors selling everything from books to ceramics to clothing. And of course, cheap entry just means more pocket change for you.

When: May 6th to 8th
Where: 8426 Gateway Boulevard
Cost: $4 for GA


With the weather hopefully getting nicer, it could be time to head back to the zoo! Watching some animals lay around, play, and just vibe is weirdly therapeutic for us, and it’s fun for all ages. Plus, you’ve got until May 7th before summer pricing takes effect!

When: Open throughout May
Where: 13315 Buena Vista Road
Cost: $10.95+


Edmonton’s local golf courses are finally opening for the season. And while finding an actual tee-time for cheap is relative, we can say that a trip to the driving range is as much as breakfast at McDonald’s! Borrow a pal’s clubs and go have some fun.

When: Open throughout May
Where: 12130 River Valley Road
Cost: $6+


The AGA has got a serious amount of stuff to check out in May. If you’re curious, there will be as much as 10 temporary exhibitions and installations on view! General admission ain’t so bad, but head down on the final Thursday of every month for admission by donation night.

When: Open throughout May
Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: $14


Feeling outdoorsy? Springtime is a great time to check out Elk Island. Do a little walk here or there, maybe spot some bison, and stick around after the sun goes down for some top-tier stargazing.

When: Open throughout May
Where: 54401 Range Road 203, Fort Saskatchewan
Cost: $7.90 for admissions


Who said pro sports have to be expensive? Edmonton’s own soccer team has kicked off their 2022 season, with matches against names from across North America.

When: Games throughout May
Where: 11000 Stadium Road NW
Cost: $10.50+


If things get a little rainy, the Muttart Conservatory is a great pick no matter the weather. After all, who can resist a trip to an indoor botanical garden in one of the city’s coolest buildings? Not us, that’s for sure.

When: Open throughout May
Where: 9626 96a Street NW
Tickets: $14.95 for GA


Just in time for Mother’s Day, this stunning and massive botanic garden is reopening for the season! Easily one of our favourite, and also one of the most relaxing, day trips around the city.

When: Opens for the season on Saturday, May 7th
Where: 51227 AB-60, Parkland County
Cost: $19.75 for GA


As much as we love a state-of-the-art theatre, we might like this local option even more! Metro Cinema has always got a great selection of movies to check out, from cult comedies to art-house to things even we’ve never heard of!

When: Showtimes throughout May
Where: 8712 109 Street
Cost: $13 for GA


If live entertainment is more your speed, this is our recommendation. Comedy shows, small plays, fun satires… the Grindstone has it all, and wants you to come see for yourself. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that this is one of the most reasonably priced options on our list.

When: Shows throughout May
Where: 10019 81 Avenue
Cost: $8+

That’s what we’ve got in mind for the best free and cheap things to do in Edmonton this May! Save a few bucks, and go have some fun!