Canada Day & Weekend Guide - June 30 - July 3

This weekend, it's the royal celebration of the first long weekend of summer, Canada Day and the arrival of royal guests, Will & Kate. Wear a big hat and enjoy. 

* Canada Day with Kids
* Plan a BBQ
* Wave the flag in Sherwood Park
*Cute Outfits for Little Ones

Gonna party (and shop!) like it’s Canada’s birthday. Local stores are joining the red and white festivities with these delightful sales.

LUX Beauty Boutique is throwing a little Canada Day Par-tay of its own by celebrating Canadian beauty brands. It’s a gift with purchase with a twist! Buy 2 Canadian products to receive a gift, buy 3 Canadian products to get an even bigger gift! Splurge on 6 Canadian products and get a BIG KAHUNA gift (and it’s guaranteed to be outrageously good!). Canadian beauty brands to love: Bliss, Ojon, Principessa, Diamancel, Mai Beauty, BKamins, Beaute, Linacare and Cargo. Shop on Friday, July 1 from 10am-4pm or Saturday, July 2 from 10am-5:30pm.

Coup {Garment Boutique} is all about the Fete du Canada with 60% off all remaining fall items, 30% off spring items and even 10% of all new arrivals. This boutique is even open on Canada Day from 10-7pm or go shop the sale on Sunday.

Party like it’s 1905 
Dominion Day

What:
Pretend it’s the early 1900’s and you’ve been invited to a party with music, dance, and a Street Car Parade. 

Why:
Before there was Canada Day, it was Dominion Day! In fact, Dominion Day was renamed Canada Day on October 27, 1982.

Where:
Fort Edmonton Park
When: Friday, July 1 from 10am – 6pm

Ice Cold
Hudson's Canadian Taphouse
What: For two glorious days Canadian Tire money is taken at par until 7pm. Collect those five cent bills and buy yourself a cold one!
Why
: After spending your Canadian Tire bucks, why not party at a pub that prides itself on being Canadian all year.
Where
: Five locations in Edmonton - one in each corner of the city.
When: Thursday, June 30 & Friday, July 1 until 7pm.

On a Boat, eh!
Edmonton Queen Riverboat
What: Celebrate Canada's birthday onboard the Edmonton Queen. Canada Day cruises start at 2pm.
Why:
Cruise down the North Saskatchewan River watching the fireworks display.
Where
: Catch the boat at Rafter's Landing - 9734 - 98 Avenue. Call ahead for reservations at (780) 424-2628.

Have a Ball
Edmonton Capitals Baseball
What: Take in the game and stay for the best seats in the city for the Canada Day fireworks!
Why
: One of the busiest games of the year – the stands will be packed with fans! Or head to the game on Thursday night for Thirsty Thursdays featuring $3 beers.
Where
: Telus Field, 10233 -96th Avenue.
When: Friday, July 1. Game starts at 7pm.

Bright Lights
Canada Day Fireworks

What
: A fireworks display that lights the entire river valley.
Why:
 This fireworks display is the perfect way to cap a night.
Where
: Launched from Kinsmen Park
When: Friday, July 1 at 11pm.

Alfresco Shakespeare
Freewill Shakespeare

What: Othello and Twelfth Night presented under the stars.
Why:
Plop thy bum onto the grass to enjoy a play perfect for a midsummer’s night.
Where:
Hawrelak Park. Tickets $24.50. On Tuesdays and the Saturday matinee, it’s pay-what-you-will shows.
When: Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 24. Every evening at 8pm (except Mondays). Full schedule.

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.  

 

* Edmonton Firework image via The City of Edmonton. See more photos.