Edmonton Weekend Guide :: July 12-15

So many reasons to enjoy the great outdoors this weekend!

Cheer: Edmonton Eskimos vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Read: Edmonton Journal explores neighbourhood strip malls around town 
Shop: Newly opened Loft 82 (104 St, just north of Whyte Ave) 
Elevate: Latitude 53's Rooftop Patio Series continues every Thursday night   
Answer:
The City and Dale Survey

Picture This
Whyte Avenue Art Walk
What: An outdoor studio and gallery featuring over 360 working artists!
Why:  Over 2.8 KM of art. Interact with artists to learn more about the art-making process and purchase yourself a souvenir – art prices between $50-$3,000.
Where
: 100 Street to 108 Street along Whyte Avenue
When: Friday, July 13-Sunday, July 15 from 10am to 5pm daily

Put a Fork in It!
Summer Fork Fest 
What
: Local independent restaurants offer 3-course meals at delicious prices ($25 or $45).
Why: Your opportunity to eat savory local favourites from local gems like Sabor Divino, Wild Tangerine, and Blue Plate Diner. 
Where: At participating Live Local Restaurants
When: July 15-19 & 22-26

Water Fight!
Sourdough Raft Race's Float Fest 2012
What
: Edmonton's biggest water fight! Bring your water guns to the river bank and get in on soaking rafters! 
Where: Along the North Saskatchewan River from Terwillegar Park to Rafter's Landing
When: Sunday July 15 - Pancake breakfast 8:30 am ($4/person), mini raft building 10am, canoes launch 11:30am, raft race starts at noon!

Coming Up Roses
Rose Day at the Devonian Botanical Gardens
What: Tour the extensive collection of roses (including rare varieties), listen to talks about growing roses, enjoy high tea while overlooking the Grebe Pond (separate tickets for high tea include admission to the gardens).
Why:  Feel fancy sipping tea and relax while touring 190 acres of manicured gardens.
Where
: Devonian Botanical Gardens - find location here
When: Sunday July 15, 11am-4pm

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.  

One-of-A-Kind Finds
Handmade Mafia

What:
A collective of local Edmontonians gather for a monthly market featuring handmade goods.
Why:
Toss aside any preconceived notions of handmade goods - this mafia takes it to the next step.
Where: Orange Hall - Just behind the Old Strathcona Farmers Market off Whyte Ave.

When
: Saturday, July 14 from 10am-4pm

Laugh Out Loud Outside
Edmonton Street Performers
What: The fun continues in Churchill Square. Bring small bills and big coins!
Why: Any festival that requires signs that say “YIELD TO LAUGHTER” must be a good time.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: All weekend long! For the most up-to-date schedule follow @EdmontonSPF on twitter.

Art that speaks to you
AGA Converstation with the Artist
What
: Informal conversations with Alberta artists Catherine Burgess and Mark Clintberg! 
Why: Get a sneak peak at their new works and hear more about the art from the artists themselves. Opening reception to follow on the 3rd floor terrace.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Friday, July 13, 6pm. Free with gallery admission!

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