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

Events and Exhibits

We host a variety of special events, workshops 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, our special events and workshops are a perfect way to learn about Ukrainian culture and history in Alberta.

Feature Exhibit: Where We Came From

Feature Exhibit
Open daily starting on Monday, May 22 until September 4, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

UCHV 2016 Iordan Feast of Jordan

This summer's feature exhibit, Where We Came From, celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation by highlighting stories and experiences of ordinary Albertan families, as understood and presented by the youngest generation of Albertans. See the best artwork submitted by Alberta students as they share their family history in a piece of artwork.

 

Celebration of Spring

Special Event
Monday, May 22, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Birkebeiner Ski Festival

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.

Join us for the opening of Where We Came From to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. This year’s artwork will highlight stories and experiences of ordinary Albertan families, as understood and presented by the youngest generation of Albertans.

Learn more by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/events/582992098560405/  

 

Long Table Dinner with KITCHEN BY BRAD

Ticketed Dining Event
Saturday, May 27, 2017 (Also offered July 15)
Event begins at 5 p.m.

UCHV 2016 Iordan Feast of Jordan

Limited to 18 pre-registered participants.
Pre-register by email: info@kitchenbybrad.ca or by calling 780-757-7704

Join Chef Brad Smoliak from Kitchen by Brad for a long table dinner complete with cooking demonstration and an after-hours, interactive tour of the Ukrainian Village, a horse-drawn wagon ride and complimentary bag of Red Fife flour to take home. Cost: $132/person plus GST.

Learn more by visiting: http://kitchenbybrad.ca/wordpress

 

Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop

Cooking Workshop
Saturday, June 10, 2017 (Also available July 7 and July 8)
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Please arrive to the Visitor Centre by 10:45 a.m.)

Limited to 15 pre-registered participants.
Pre-register by email: uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or by calling 780-662-3640.

Learn how to prepare pyrohy from start to finish, and then sample your efforts! Armed with hands-on experience and a take-home recipe, you’ll be able to bring a taste of Ukrainian-Canadian culture to your own kitchen! Cost: $20/adult or senior (18 years and older), $15/youth (7-17 years old). Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Vintage Day/Kalyna Voice

Special Event
Sunday, June 25, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Iordan Feast of Jordan

Step on the gas, drive back in time and enjoy a spectacular display of vintage cars, tractors and motorcycles at the Ukrainian Village, sponsored by AMA Rewards.

Join the Poker Rally, tap your feet along with the Swing-Out Edmonton dancers, and enjoy an array of music that your grandparents would listen too!

Begin the day by listening to talented singers from Alberta as they compete for the title of Kalyna Voice champion 2017, co-hosted by Kalyna Country Ecomuseum. Other family-friendly activities include free horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s activities, exhibits, entertainers, historic activities, traditional Ukrainian food and a Village Market. To register your club or vintage vehicle, please call 780-662-3640 or email Karen.Johnsrud@gov.ab.ca.

Learn more by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/events/181206962371243

 

Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop

Cooking Workshop
Friday, July 7, 2017
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Please arrive to the Visitor Centre by 10:45 a.m.)

Limited to 15 pre-registered participants.
Pre-register by email: uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or by calling 780-662-3640.

Learn how to prepare pyrohy from start to finish, and then sample your efforts! Armed with hands-on experience and a take-home recipe, you’ll be able to bring a taste of Ukrainian-Canadian culture to your own kitchen! Cost: $20/adult or senior (18 years and older), $15/youth (7-17 years old). Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop

Cooking Workshop
Saturday, July 8, 2017
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Please arrive to the Visitor Centre by 10:45 a.m.)

Limited to 15 pre-registered participants.
Pre-register by email: uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca o or by calling 780-662-3640.

Learn how to prepare pyrohy from start to finish, and then sample your efforts! Armed with hands-on experience and a take-home recipe, you’ll be able to bring a taste of Ukrainian-Canadian culture to your own kitchen! Cost: $20/adult or senior (18 years and older), $15/youth (7-17 years old). Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Long Table Dinner with KITCHEN BY BRAD

Ticketed Dining Event
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Event begins at 5 p.m.

UCHV 2016 Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Limited to 18 pre-registered participants.
Pre-register by email: info@kitchenbybrad.ca or by calling 780-757-7704

Join Chef Brad Smoliak from Kitchen by Brad for a long table dinner complete with cooking demonstration and an after-hours, interactive tour of the Ukrainian Village, a horse-drawn wagon ride and complimentary bag of Red Fife flour to take home. Cost: $132/person plus GST.

Learn more by visiting: http://kitchenbybrad.ca/wordpress

 

Harness, Hitch and Drive: Horse-Driving Workshop

Two-Day Horse-Driving Workshop
Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, 2017
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day (Please arrive by 9:45 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Iordan Feast of Jordan

Limited to 8 pre-registered participants.
Pre-register by email: uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or by calling 780-662-3640.

Learn how to harness, hitch, and drive a team of draft horses. Led by an instructor from the UCHV Farm Program, this two-day workshop will introduce horse care basics and will end with participants driving a team hitched to a wagon in the historical village.

Cost: $225/adult or senior (must 18 years and older).

Notes: Box lunch is provided each day. Participants will be required to sign a waiver. No experience with horses is necessary; however, participants should be comfortable around animals. Participants will be standing, walking, and working for the majority of the workshop. Participants should wear comfortable work clothes and steel-toed boots.

 

Ukrainian Day

Special Event
Sunday, August 13, 2017
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Celebrate the pioneer roots of Alberta’s Ukrainian community as year-long celebrations of the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada blend into a celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Highlights include an afternoon concert featuring the best in Ukrainian dance and music groups, visit to the historical village, children’s activities, village market and the Ukrainian Village Food Festival. Proudly co-hosted with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating.

Learn more by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/events/1048414348598400

 

Friends Ukrainian Music Fest

Special Event
Sunday, August 27, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Iordan Feast of Jordan

Experience a live concert blending traditional and contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian music at the 32nd 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.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating.

Learn more by visiting: www.friendsukrainianvillage.com

 

Harvest of the Past

Special Event
Sunday, September 10, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.)

UCHV 2016 Iordan Feast of Jordan

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.

Learn more by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/events/1737979823180640

 

2018 Iordan - Feast of Jordan

Special Event
Friday, January 19, 2018
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Gates open at 9:30 a.m.)

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.

2018 Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

Saturday, February 10, 2018

UCHV 2016 Birkebeiner Ski FestivalThe

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is a proud gold sponsor of the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival with the long-start races commencing at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. 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.

Learn more by visiting: www.canadianbirkie.com

 

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 - - Pentecost - June 4
Ivanast 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: April 19, 2017