Weekend Guide: June 23-26

Welcome to the first official weekend of summer!

Shop: Carbon Environmental Boutique
Eat: The Next Act Pub
Make: Cara's Cookies

Saleing into Summer
Pop-Up Designer Sale

What: Remember those things you spied in the shops a few months back but couldn’t afford? Here’s your chance!
Why: Up to 70% off clothing, jewelry and home accessories. Who will be there? Coup {Garment Boutique}, Posh at Home, Offshores, enPrivado, C’est Sera and more!
Where: Bistro La Persaud (8627 91 Street)
When: Thursday, July 23 from 5pm-10pm

White Out
White Night

What: A cocktail party and White Out Fashion Show featuring pieces from local designers and the garments will be auctioned off for charity.
Why: Join the movement to White Out domestic violence. Show your support for the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters.
Where: Edmonton City Centre on the retail bridge over 101 Street.
When: Thursday, June 23 at 8pm.

Trucking Awesome
What the Truck?
What: A celebration of Edmonton’s food trucks!
Why: Eats by Eva Sweet (liege waffles), Carnival Cravings (cotton candy, mini donuts, pretzels), Fat Franks (hot dogs, smokies), Filistix (pulled pork, green onion cake), The Fork and Spoon Brigade (egg on a muffin, veggie chili, breakfast crepe),  Funky Pickle (pizza) and The Lingnam (spring rolls, kung pao chicken, dry spicy chicken).
Where: Beaver Hills House Park (105 Street & Jasper Avenue)
When: Friday, June 24 from 4pm-8pm
p.s. can’t make the event? These food trucks have us all atwitter – follow on Twitter to discover their whereabouts.

Something to Sing About
Opera al Fresco

What: A midsummer’s night stroll with enchanting performances by the Edmonton Opera.
Why: Stroll in the gardens while stopping for wine & hors d’oeuvres.
Where: Devonian Botanic Garden. Tickets $45/adult.
When: Friday, June 24 from 6:30pm-10pm

Sit Down for Stand Up
Improvaganza 2011
What: Rapid Fire Theatre hosts over 30 sketch comedians, improvisers, stand-ups and musicians. Sign yourself-up for a workshop and attend a social event.

Why:
Guaranteed to be the best off-the-cuff.
Where: Varscona Theatre and Transalta Arts Barns
When: June 15-25 - check schedule for show listings. 

All that Jazz
Edmonton Jazz Festival
What
: A 10-day celebration of jazz! Concerts of all sizes hit stages across Edmonton.
Why
: It might not be Montreal's, but it's our gem of a festival. Unfamiliar with jazz? Even better - it's all about jazz for everyone. Attend an event and you'll soon be a regular at the Yardbird Suite.
When
: Friday, June 24 - Sunday, July 3 - full schedule here. Purchase tickets.

Right Brain Thinking
The Works Art & Design Festival 
What: 13 days of creativity. Over 400 artists, 28 sites, 40 venues and 200 special events. 
Why: The largest art and design festival in North America.
Where: All around town!  From Sir Winston Churchill Square to the Arts District, you'll find art on display in the most mesmerizing places - Enterprise Square, Latitude 53, Don Wheaton YMCA. Browse full event program.
When: Thursday, June 23 to Tuesday, July 5.  

The Dog-Days of Summer
Pets in the Park

What
: Take your four-legged buddy to the park. Participate in the Tail Blazers 5KM Fun Run, the Fabulous Furballs 2.5km walk, K9 Challenges, and agility competitions.
Why:
Join other pet-lovers to raise money for the Edmonton Humane Society.
Where
: William Hawrelak Park
When
: Sunday, June 26 from 9am-4pm