About Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

The Esplanade is where arts and heritage come to life in Medicine Hat, where the stories of our great collective culture are told through music and dance, theatre, painting and sculpture, exhibitions and installations, artefacts, objects d’art and more.

A marvel of contemporary Canadian architecture on traditional Blackfoot territory just steps from the South Saskatchewan River, the Esplanade occupies an eminent position on downtown’s elegant First Street South. From its rooftop terrace, you can see Saamis, the shoreline escarpment which is the setting for the story of how Medicine Hat got its name.

Inside, visitors are delighted to discover a vibrant art gallery, a prized museum, an intimate studio theatre, a dynamic education suite, expansive public archives and many volunteers and staff who are eager to tell their versions of our city’s tale. The Esplanade also features a 700-seat main stage theatre which boasts superior theatre technology, acoustic perfection and striking interior design.

In the northeast corner of the Esplanade grounds stands another inviting building with stories of its own to tell. With its white picket fence, gingerbread trim and quaint heritage gardens, the restored Ewart Duggan House, the oldest brick home in Alberta, is open year-round for select events.

The Esplanade opened its doors in celebration of Alberta’s centennial in 2005 and ever since, Medicine Hat has been proudly hosting a lively procession of artists and audiences, storytellers and story-lovers, from around the region and around the globe.

The celebration continues today and you are expressly invited to attend.

Enter the Esplanade and enjoy.

Keepsakes of Conflict

MON Jan 8 - SAT May 26

Force of Nature

SAT Jan 27 - SAT May 26

Alberta & the Group of Seven

Public Reception with the Curator Downtown Medicine Hat Art Walk Friday May 25 | 7 PM Free Admission | Refreshments Cash Bar | Music by Taking August Curator’s Tour with Mary-Beth Laviolette Saturday May 26 | 10:30 AM Free Admission

Jude Griebel Ground-Figure: Sculpture 2013-2018

Public Reception with the Artist Downtown Medicine Hat Art Walk Friday May 25 | 7 PM Free Admission | Refreshments Cash Bar | Music by Taking August

Medicine Hat Concert Band Society

SAT May 26 | 7:30PM

Okee Dokee Brothers

SUN May 27 | 2 PM | $10

"Weird Al" Yankovic

SUN Jun 3 | 8 PM | $75

A Tribute To Elvis in Concert

TUE Jun 5 | 7 PM | $45

Thunder From Down Under

WED, June 6 | 7:30 PM

Derek Edwards

MON Jun 11 | 7:30 PM | $44.25

Ballet Jazz Montreal-Dance Me

TUES Sept 25 | 7:30PM


TUES Nove 6 2018 | 7:30PM


This year's series features 3 iconic albums: Supertramp - Crime of the Century - THU Nov 29, 2018 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV - FRI Feb 1, 2019 ACDC - Back in Black - WED April 17, 2019