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.

Special event admission fees in effect.

2016 Celebration of Spring

Special Event
Monday, May 23, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Spring Celebration

Welcome the start of a new season at the Ukrainian Village with Celebration of Spring. Take in one of Alberta’s largest Ukrainian dance extravaganzas featuring numerous dance groups of all ages from across Alberta. Meanwhile, in the historical village, families can visit with costumed role players and celebrate spring on the farm with a full day of authentic activities.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating.

2016 Vintage Day/Kalyna Voice

Special Event
Sunday, June 26, 2016
10 a.m10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Vintage Day

Step on the gas, drive back in time and enjoy a spectacular display of vintage vehicles at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. This family fun day includes Kalyna Voice singing competition, children’s activities, free horse-drawn wagon rides, exhibits, entertainers, historic activities, traditional Ukrainian food and a Village Market.

9 a.m. Gates open

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Strawberries & Cream Pancake Breakfast (proceeds in support of the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Kalyna Voice singing contest - Courtyard Stage - Finalists will perform at our annual singing competition, recently renamed Kalyna Voice. Singers from across Alberta will sing “vintage” songs (pre 1970) and showcases the provinces best young singers; co-hosted by Kalyna Country Ecomuseum. Thank you to Cooper Studios and the Alberta Ukrainian Heritage Foundation for supporting this event with prizing. Finalists are asked to check in by 9:30 a.m. and meet in the Village Courtyard.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Historical Village Poker Rally

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Vintage Vehicle Show & Shine - Register your club or vintage vehicle today! Please complete the Registration Form and email to Karen.Johnsrud@gov.ab.ca or fax to 780-662-3273. All pre-registered participants will receive a complimentary breakfast courtesy of AMARewards, a dash plaque and a chance to win Best of Show, as voted by the public. Vintage cars, tractors, motorcycles and scooters are welcome.

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Children’s Activities - Children’s Activities will be provided by the TEENS in Action group coordinated by the Information and Volunteer Centre (IVC) for Strathcona County.

12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Swing dance performances, lessons and “vintage” music - Flat Bed Stage near the Silska Domiwka (Red Barn) As part of our Vintage Day event line up, Swing Out Edmonton, a non-profit University of Alberta Student Group will be performing on our Flat Bed Stage from 12 noon until 1 p.m. Want to learn to swing dance? Swing Out Edmonton will be offering swing dance lessons at 1 p.m. in the Silska Domiwka (Red Barn).

Hit That Jive Productions, a non-profit arts organization, based in Edmonton will be performing on our Flat Bed Stage at 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Vintage Day, Sunday June 26. The organization performs a variety of swing dance styles including Lindy Hop, Authentic Solo Jazz, Balboa, and Blues. If you are interested in learning how to swing dance, Hit That Jive will be offering lessons at 3 p.m. in the Silska Domiwka (Red Barn).

11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Food services in the Food Court and Diner

5 p.m.  Event concludes.

2016 Ukrainian Day

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

UCHV 2016 Ukrainian Day

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada at Ukrainian Day 2016. Witness history come alive as Alberta’s vibrant Ukrainian community commemorates the arrival of the first Ukrainians to Canada. An afternoon concert featuring the best in Ukrainian dance and music will commence a year-long celebration by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council. Other family fun includes a visit to the historical village, children’s activities, village market and the Ukrainian Village Food Festival.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating.

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 a lawn chair and spend the afternoon with Steven Chwok of 840 CFCW Zabava Program and Alberta’s most popular bands and musicians.

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*.

Entertainment
Roving musicians, courtyard performers, concerts and dancing demonstrations*.

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

Exhibits
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
Email: Karen.Johnsrud@gov.ab.ca

Last reviewed/revised: June 22, 2016