Edmonton Weekend Guide :: August 14-17

Borden Park will be the backdrop for What The Truck?! on Saturday. Photos from Mastermaq's Flickr.

Borden Park will be the backdrop for What The Truck?! on Saturday. Photos from Mastermaq's Flickr.

It's the middle of August. Live summer like you mean it, with dinner from a food truck in hand while you sit outside on a park bench. Bet on horse races, take in a few Fringe shows and, of course, top up your supply of summer festival fun.

Cheer: FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada
Music: New Music West Festival & Mini-Conference
Attend: PARK Edmonton Artist & Designer Forum
Shop: High Grade Denim Gallery
Eat: What the Truck?! at Borden Park

On Thursday evening, stop by Bamboo Ballroom for their Love Local Launch Party. They are hosting an outdoor market with all their local designers. MEAT and The Common will provide appetizers while you shop and meet Edmonton's talented designers.

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is time trippin' to the 70s with Fringed and Confused. The fun runs until August 24th around Old Strathcona. Check the schedule to choose from all kinds of productions, secure your tickets, and read their guide for how to fringe before you go. 

Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park is taken over by yet another music festival. This weekend, it's the Edmonton Blues Festival running Friday to Sunday. See the full lineup and snap up your tickets here

It's time for the 85th Canadian Derby at Northlands Park! Wear your fascinator with pride and place your bets on some speedy thoroughbreds. The Canadian Derby is the most celebrated race day in Western Canada. Here's our helpful guide for placing bets from last year.

Find a spot along the river at Louis McKinney Park to watch the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival, running Friday to Sunday.  Cheer on the busy paddlers as they race three dragon boats at a time along the North Saskatchewan River. 

Churchill Square is alive with latin colour and flavour on Saturday and Sunday for the Edmonton Latin Festival. See Latin orchestras, singers, dancers, and eat delicious food while you're at it!