Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

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.

Volodymyra - Feast of St. Vladimir

Feature Day
Thursday, July 28, 2016
10 a.m. Divine Liturgy start

Celebrate the feast day of St. Vladimir by attending a Divine Liturgy starting at 10 a.m. at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church.

2016 Ukrainian Day

Special Event
Sunday, August 7, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 8:30 a.m.)

On Sunday, August 7, the celebration of 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada will be celebrated on Ukrainian Day at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV). Whether you are celebrating your family’s history, or you wish to celebrate rich and vibrant Ukrainian culture in Alberta today, you are invited to attend Ukrainian Day to celebrate all things Ukrainian and to kick-start 125th anniversary celebrations in Alberta! Ukrainian Day is co-hosted with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC).


Event highlights on Ukrainian Day 2016 include:

• Church services that begin at 9:15 a.m.

• A sneak preview of the Stelmach House Learning Centre (not currently open to the public) that will formally open on 2017. This legacy project was initiated by the UCC-APC to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.

 • Recognition of many of east central Alberta’s early pioneers at the centennial monument.

• A concert beginning at 2 p.m. that will feature traditional Ukrainian song and dance performances. Confirmed concert performers include: Foma from Ukrainian supergroup Mandry, Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company (Edmonton), Suzirya Ukrainian Dance Theatre (Calgary), Axios Men’s Ensemble (Edmonton choir), Tanya Onyshenko (Calgary singer), Euphoria Band (Edmonton).

 • Visit to the historical village to see costumed role-players portray real pioneers from the region. Activities include free wagon rides, spelling bee and schoolyard games, horseshoe toss, Morse telegraph demonstrations, butter churning demonstrations and more!

 • Delicious food starting with a strawberry and whipped cream pancake breakfast available prior to 11 a.m., and mouth-watering pyrohy, borshch and other Ukrainian food available after 11 a.m.



A complete schedule is available here. Ukrainian Day Schedule of Activites PDF (309 KB)

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating. Sorry, we kindly ask that pets are left at home.

2016 Friends Ukrainian Music Fest

Special Event
Sunday, August 21, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Friends Ukrainian Music Festival

Experience a live concert blending traditional and contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian music at the 31st annual Music Fest presented by the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society.

Bring your lawn chair and spend the afternoon with Steven Chwok of 840 CFCW Zabava Program and Alberta’s most popular bands and musicians. This year’s concert lineup is outstanding with the following performers confirmed:

• Millenia
• Trembita
• UB
• Diamonds
• Dynamics
• Five Star
• Polka Ramblers
• Sparkling Tones
• Cimmarons
• Still Born
• Albert Billey
• Don & Noreen Klym
• Alicia & Stephan Slusarchuk
• Andriy Hornjatkevyc
• Paul Kobasiuk & Friends
• Jimmy Watsko

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating. Sorry, we kindly ask that pets are left at home.

2016 Harvest of the Past & Harvest Food Festival

Special Event
Sunday, September 11, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Harvest of the Past

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.

2017 Iordan - Feast of Jordan

Thursday, January 19, 2017

UCHV 2016 Iordan Feast of Jordan

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

UCHV 2016 Birkebeiner Ski Festival

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*.

Village Market
Purchase hand crafted goods created by local craftspeople and producers.

Enjoy a range of exhibits ranging from historical, arts and crafts, interactive and informative*.

Children activities
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 specialties
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.

Feature Days

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:

Karen Johnsrud

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: July 22, 2016