2016 Events and Exhibits
We host a variety of special events, exhibits and feature days to share the story of east central Alberta's Ukrainian pioneers. If you have never been to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, special events are a perfect way to learn about Ukrainian culture and history in Alberta.
2016 Harvest of the Past & Harvest Food Festival
Sunday, September 11, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)
Celebrate Alberta’s agricultural roots with a traditional harvest at the Ukrainian Village. See the Village one last time and witness an old-fashioned threshing bee complete with vintage farm equipment and grain deliveries to the historic elevator. The Harvest Food Festival offers a unique culinary experience for visitors to experience favourite fall foods from the region. Other historical activities include flower and herb drying, feather stripping, making kapusta (sour cabbage), grinding wheat, quilting, and canning of produce from the museum’s gardens.
A complete listing of harvest activities can be found on the Official Blog of Alberta Culture & Tourism.
2017 Iordan - Feast of Jordan
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Experience one of the most important holy days of the Ukrainian church calendar. Iordan, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, is observed annually at the end of the Ukrainian Christmas season to commemorate the baptism of Christ. Attend a water blessing ceremony at an ice cross following church services. Bring a glass jar and collect a small amount of holy water to take home after the blessing. Explore a number of historical buildings where costumed role players can demonstrate how Ukrainian pioneers celebrated this special day.
2017 Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is a proud gold sponsor of the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival with the 55 km and 31 km events starting on the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village grounds. Experience Canada’s largest classical format cross-country ski festival! Join thousands of skiers and replicate the 800-year-old legend of the rescue of Norway’s infant heir to the throne.
Special Events Information
Providing fun for family members of all ages, our special event days provide additional activities and entertainment to enhance your visit to our living history museum.
On special event days in addition to our historic village activities, we also host:
Interactive and hands-on learning activities
Experience free wagon rides as well as seasonal historic activities such as garden planting, seeding, grain grinding, flailing and winnowing, feather stripping and quilting*.
Roving musicians, courtyard performers, concerts and dancing demonstrations*.
Purchase hand crafted goods created by local craftspeople and producers.
Enjoy a range of exhibits ranging from historical, arts and crafts, interactive and informative*.
Bring along the youngsters! We have children’s activities during our special event days ranging from games, face painting, jumpy castle, petting farm and children’s entertainers*.
Food is an important part of Ukrainian-Canadian heritage and culture and a celebrated part of the Ukrainian Village experience. During our special event days we focus on enhancing the excellent food services we already offer and invite food vendors to bring local specialties to the events ranging from old fashioned root beer, kettle corn, old fashioned ice cream, tortes, homemade pies and more*.
*Activities vary on each special event day depending on weather, availability and theme, therefore event-day activities listed may differ from those listed above.
Julian Calendar Observances
Church and religious holy days played a major role in the lives of early Ukrainian pioneers. The Village observes these
significant days by including them as part of our interpretive programming.
Mykolaia - Feast of Nicholas - May 22
Zeleni Sviata - Pentecost - June 19
Ivana - Feast of St. John the Baptist - July 7
Petra i Pavla - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul - July 12
Volodymyra - Feast of St. Vladimir - July 28
Spasa - Feast of Transfiguration - August 19
Bohorodytsia - Feast of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 28
To learn more about special events at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, please contact:
Head, Special Events & Volunteer Resources
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
c/o 8820 - 112 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8
Ph: direct (780) 662-3855 ext. 1112
Last reviewed/revised: September 6, 2016