Edmonton Weekend Guide: March 22-25

Welcome to the first weekend of spring!

Eat: Accent Lounge celebrates its 5-year anniversary with staff pricing on food and drinks all day on Friday, March 23.

Sweet: Celebrate Whimsical Cake Studio's five-year anniverary with 2 for 1 cupcakes and whoopie pies, and other sweet deals!

Shop: Local boutique My Filosophy is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a party! Special guests jewelry designer, Joanna Bisley, and Kairos Handbag designer, Gail Conzatti, join the merriment. You can expect great fashion, promotions and yummy food.

Party: The latest installment of the Refinery Late Night Art Party gives a fashionable nod to our grandmothers. Sewing the Heartland reminds us of the lives fashioned one stitch at a time. Event takes place on Saturday, March 24; tickets are already sold out.

Move: Bust a Move... for six hours! Zumba, kick-box, and hang out with Richard Simmons while raising valuable funds for breast cancer research

Supply and Demand
Food and the City
What: Award-winning food journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King hosts a little party to celebrate the recent release of her book Food and the City.
Why: Despite our impressive looking supermarkets, there’ just a three-day supply of food available in any given city due to complex, just-in-time supply chains. The answer: urban agriculture. Sound fascinating? Meet the woman behind the research.
Where: Hardware Grill (9698 Jasper Avenue)
When: Thursday, March 22 from 4:30pm-6:30pm

Oh, What a Fashionable Night!
Fashion from the Floor Up

What: The official kick-off party for Western Canada Fashion Week.
Why: Red carpet event infused with the latest in clothing and interior design. (Note: you must get on the list, RSVP to kim@absolutehardwood.ca )
Where: Phabrik art + design (10055 80 Avenue)

When: Friday, March 23 from 7pm-10pm

Still Drinkin'
Hair of the Leprechaun Beer Festival
What: Expand your beer horizons and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!
Why: Pouring over 50 craft beers from around the world, including local favourites Alley Kat Brewing Company and Wild Rose Brewery.
Where: Santa Maria Goretti Centre (11050 90 Street – located next to Commonwealth Stadium). Tickets $25 plus $1 per sample ticket.
When: Friday, March 25 from 5-10pm

Gettin’ Crafty
On the Spot Craft Sale

What: Local crafters gather for a spontaneous sale of handcrafted goods.
Why: It only lasts two days!
Where: 10720 124 Street (Former Duchess Bake Shop)
When: Saturday, March 24 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, March 25 from 10am-5pm.

Home Sweet Home
Home & Garden Show
What: A show dedicated to restoring, renewing and refreshing your home.
Why: See new design and outdoor living trends; get home renovating tips and embrace eco-designing.
Where: Northlands, Edmonton EXPO Centre (7515-118 Avenue). Tickets are $8-14 – buy in advance to save.
When: Thursday, March 22 – Sunday, March 25.

To Market, Market!
City Hall Spring Market
What: Vendors from the City Marketing downtown on 104th street will be holding the market indoors at within the pyramids of City Hall.
Why: Celebrate the arrival of spring by buying goods from your favourite local vendors.
Where: City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, March 24 from 11am-3pm.

* Image of Kiera Knightly via Crush Cul De Sac