Weekend Guide: August 19-21

Have you checked out the weekend forecast? ... why, hello summer! Happy you've arrived. 

Football: Edmonton Eskimos vs B.C. Lions
Baseball: Edmonton Capitals vs Chico Outlaws
Very Cool:
Highlevel Downhill Longboard Race
Canadian Derby Edmonton Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10 KM & 5KM ... get ready!

Edmonton International Theatre Fringe Festival

What: North America’s largest and oldest  fringe with 160 productions and over 1,200 performances. (p.s. it’s a birthday year for the Fringe; it’s celebrating 30 years!)
Why:  Smart Edmontonians take a couple of weeks off work to Fringe. This festival is that good.
Where: 39 venues throughout Old Strathcona. For all the details, pick up a Program Guides ($6) available at Safeway, Audreys Books, Greenwoods Bookshoppe, TIX on the Square or online. Get your tickets.
Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, August 21. Full schedule.

Sidewalk P-A-R-T-A-Y
High Street Garden Party Sidewalk Sale
What: A blissful hello to sales, specials and treats.
Why: Summer is the perfect time to peruse a little sidewalk sale (Think Notables, Lux Beauty Boutique & more)

Where: 102 Avenue & 125 Street
When: Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21

 A Reel Good Time
Movies on the Square
What:  The ultimate outdoor movie experience! A blockbuster movie, a DJ, live entertainment, fun and giveways.
Why: Admission is free. Bring your own chair and a little cash to buy some popcorn, pop and movie snacks. Move on reel this weekend: Rio.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
: Friday, August 19 at dusk.

Cultural Explosion
East Meets West

Africa, China and Italy come together for glorious days of street vendors, performances, arts, crafts and activities for the kiddies.
Why: Belly dancing, pizza eating contests, drumming lessons, Mercury Opera, bocce and soccer tournaments, and dancing.

: Chinatown & Little Italy - 9664 106 Avenue. Full Events Schedule.
: Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 28

Singin' the Blues
Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival

What: Blues and nothin’ but the blues – a party for 3,000 blues loving fans.Why: A talented line-up of performers including Grammy winners and Blues Music Award winners.
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park (map).
When: Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21. Get your tickets.


Paddles Up!
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival
What: Watch 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerperson paddle their way down the North Saskatchewan River.
Why: Team chants, drums, beer gardens and stage entertainment.
Where: Louise McKinney River Front Park (map)
When: Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21


* image via Bar Gelato