Edmonton Weekend Guide: June 8-10

*Photo by Roséline with iphone & instagram

This weekend: Eat pancakes, be inspired to start something great, and party on the street.

Eat: What the Truck?!
Kids: Sprouts Play Festival
Shop: J.Crew
Go: Edmonton's Best Picnic Spots

Activate Ideas
TEDxEdmonton 2012
What:
Hangout with fun, creative and passionate people. TEDx is an independently organized TED event devoted to Activating Ideas.
Why: Challenge yourself to go beyond ideas, fight constraints, create momentum, inspire followers, and take action.
Where: The Citadel Theatre. Buy your tickets ($110.24).
When: Saturday, June 9 from 8am-5pm

Hot Cakes & Joe
Pancake Breakfast
What
: A yummy pancake breakfast put on by the Downtown Edmonton Community League.
Why:
It’s only a toonie and all proceeds are donated to E4C’s Edmonton School Lunch Program. Go for pancakes and stay for the farmer’s market.
Where
: 104th Street & Jasper Avenue
When: Saturday, June 9 from 8-11am

Summer Block Party
Al Fresco 104th Street Block Party
What:
A street bash dedicated to the best of fashion, wine, food, music and urban atmosphere. Head to the party to enjoy deVine’s wine tasting tent, fashion alley, and licensed patios sprawling onto the street.
Why:
It’s always packed with fabulous people.  
Even Better
: There’s a fashion show featuring local boutiques and salons.
Where
: 4th Street Promenade - 104th Street between Jasper Avenue and 104th Avenue
When: Saturday, June 9 from 8am-11pm. Detailed schedule here.

Parading to Party
Edmonton Pride Parade

What: Edmonton’s Pride Parade takes a stroll through downtown to arrive at the celebration on the Square.
Why: It’s loud, fun and outrageous - and ends in Churchill Hill Square where the festivities continue all afternoon. 
Where: Begins on 102 Avenue and 108th Street. Travels east on 102 Avenue all the way to Churchill Square.
When
: Saturday, June 9 - Parade starts at 12pm

Where Art Thou?
Nextfest
What: 500 artists. 50 events. 11 days.
Why:  A celebration of young emerging artists in the disciplines of theater, dance, film and visual arts.
Where: List of the performance arts and visual art venues. Buy your tickets – all shows $10, day passes $18, festival pass $40.
When:  Thursday, June 7 - Sunday, June 17. Complete schedule. Stay up to date on Twitter @NextfestArtsCo 

Surf Rock
Open Sky Music Festival
What: Canada’s premier surf rock, reggae and roots music festival. Why: A little name dropping – Current Swell, the Wailers, Hey Ocean and The Collective West.
Where: Hawrelak Park (9930 Groat Road)
When: Friday, June 8 to Saturday, June 10. Full schedule