Edmonton Weekend Guide :: June 29 - July 1

Edmonton Canada Day 2010 Photo: Anthony P. Jones 2010

Cheer: Season Opener: Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, June 30
Shop: Lux Beauty Canadian Beauty Event
Lyrical Operetta: Kiss Me Kate

Art: Discovered
The Found Festival
What: No passport required. Explore art + adventure in your own backyard.
Why: 40+ emerging artists will have you running, dancing and cavorting all around town.
Where: Edmonton’s most well-loved districts.
When: Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1

Alfresco Shakespeare
Freewill Shakespeare

What: Julius Ceasar and the Tempest 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 $25
When: Thursday, June 26– Sunday, July 22. Nightly shows at 8pm (except Mondays).  Matinees at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule.  

Upside Down and Different
The Works Art & Design Festival 
What: An incredible display of creativity. Over 400 artists, 28 sites, 40 venues and 200 special events. 
Why: Art and design come alive downtown Edmonton.
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, Hotel MacDonald, Don Wheaton YMCA. Browse full event program.
When: Thursday, June 21 – Tuesday, July 3

 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 22 - Sunday, July 1 - full schedule here. Purchase tickets.

Canada Day Celebrations

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: Sunday, July 1 from 10am – 6pm

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.

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.
Good Viewing Locations
Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park (River Valley Road), Ezio Faraone Park (west entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 Street North), Dantzer's Hill (below Queen Elizabeth Park), and Government House Park (Groat Road and River Valley Road).
When: Sunday, July 1 at 11pm.

Pancakes to Fireworks
Celebrate Canada Day at the Legislature

What: All day fun starting with a free pancake breakfast, citizenship ceremony, then on to live entertainment, crafts, bouncy tents, tours and the opportunity to walk on the Chamber floor.
Why: New this year: 3 stages of entertainment including one specific for children.  If it’s a hot day go splash in the pools on the north side of the grounds.
Where: Alberta Legislature Grounds
When:  Sunday, July 1, 2012. 7am – 7pm

The Hall Party
Canada Day at City Hall

What: Celebrations are mixed with the Jazz Festival and The Works Festival.
Why:  Go for the live music, entertainment, kids crafts, prizes, face painting, balloon fairies, magicians and stilt walkers.
Where: City Hall and Churchill Square
When:  Sunday, July 1, 2012. 11:00am – 4:30pm

Parades & Picinics
Silly Summer Parade & Picnic in the Park
Why:
Old Strathcona’s annual “sillier-the-better” parade will delight kids of all ages. After the parade, head to Queen Alexandra School for a BBQ, Canadian Citizenship reaffirmation ceremony, carnival games, entertainment and a slice of Canada Day cake. 

Where: Whyte Avenue (82 Avenue) and Queen Alexandra School (7730 106 St.)
When: Sunday, July 1, 2012. Parade starts at 12pm.