Edmonton Weekend Guide - June 18-20

Go for a Stroll
Park(ed) - Car-free Day
What: Active Edmonton is putting us to the test by daring us all to go a day without our cars. To make Edmonton the most active city in Canada, we all need to bike and walk a little more.
Why: Participate in a downtown walking tour or an outdoor spin or yoga class by the YMCA. You can decorate an empty parking stall and win great prizes from Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Where: 102 Avenue between 104 St and 100 St (smack in the middle of the Farmer's Market)
When: Saturday, June 19 from noon to 4pm

Gold for Wine
World Cup of Soccer Tasting
What: Taste wines from soccer powerhouses Argentina, Spain, South Africa, France, Germany and Italy. You may even score a beer tasting with an English stout or Brazilian Brahama.
Why: Put on your team's jersey, paint your face and show up - it's only held once every four years.
Where: deVine Wines & Spirits, Sunday, June 19 at 7pm 

Lots of Laughs

Improvaganza 2010
What: Rapid Fire Theatre hosts over 30 sketch comedians, improvisers, stand-ups and musicians.
Why: Guaranteed to be the best off-the-cuff comedy to celebrate Improvaganza's 10th anniversary.
Where: Varscona Theatre and Transalta Arts Barns
When: June 16-26 - check schedule for show listings

Manhood Testing
Father's Day: Dad vs. Wild
What: Fort Edmonton Park is putting dads to the test with survival skills from the days of rugged survival.
Why: What's more fun that weaponry, shelter building, hunting, cooking, and medical response? Get on a team, and get ready to be a man!
Even Better: Dads accompanying kids get in FREE.
Where: Fort Edmonton Park, Sunday, June 20 from 10am-6pm

Need to watch some sports? While the weekend is void on Capitals and Eskimos games, may we suggest the following... 

Drink Beer at Odd Hours
What: Leave work early on Friday, head to a pub, have a stout and cheer like mad for England. Game starts at 12:30pm - England vs. Algeria. Set the alarm for early Sunday morning to get a great spot in Little Italy to watch Italy play New Zealand. Game starts at 8am. Alternate one beer with one espresso. 
Why: Beer drinking at such odd hours is only acceptable once every four years. 

Running in Underwear
What: A race dedicated to raising awareness about cancers under the waist.
Why: The whole race is one big party. Head down early for the costume contest at 3:30pm. Watch the folks run. Stay and enjoy the beers and dj.
Where: Northlands Expo Centre, Hall H - 7515 118 Avenue 
When: Saturday, June 19 - events start at 3:30pm and continue until 10pm.