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What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton With Kids | July 3 - 5, 2015


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Edmonton International Street Performers Festival 
What: Ten days filled with amazing buskers – acrobats, contortionists, stuntmen, comics, dancers, clowns and more. It’s an affordable opportunity to inspire the love of performing arts in your children. Check out the Kids Corner with performances, play and activities for the young and young at heart. (11:30am – 6pm) 
Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

When: Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 12, 2015. 11:30am – 11pm (except July 12 which ends at 5pm)


Feats Festival of Dance 
What: This dance festival features a variety of performances and classes. Families may enjoy Bach Tots, Once Upon A Season
takes families back through Alberta’s heritage, in a pioneer themed show set on a farm. An array of barnyard animals play through the season. Saturday, July 4, 2015 with 45 min shows at 10:30am and 1:30pm at Sugar Foot Ballroom (10545 -81Ave). $10 per family (cash at the door).
Where: Various locations. 
When: June 27  – July 11, 2015.


Sand on Whyte 
What: Some of Whyte on Ice artists are back carving sand this time for the third annual sand sculpture exhibits. 
Old Strathcona. 81 Ave & 105 St. Admission by donation. 
When: July 3 – 12, 2015. 10am – 10pm.


Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton 
What: Visitors can explore museums and historic sites, participate in heritage activities such as tours of buildings, gardens, natural areas, and neighbourhoods. See the full schedule. There are many free tours to explore.
Where: Locations around metro Edmonton.
When: July 5 - 12, 2015.


Takin' It to the Streets 4
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, three stages with live music, food trucks and fifty vendors.
Whyte Ave from 103-104 Street
When: 11am – 10pm. Sunday, July 5, 2015.


Canadian Track & Field Championship
What: Edmonton hosts the first ever Canadian Junior, Senior and Para Track and Field Championships with 2000 athletes.
Where: Foote Field
When:  July 2 – July 5, 2015.


Medieval Market & Family Field
What: A historical 14th century tournament with knights clad in real plate & mail armour in melee combat, prizes for best costumes, dance performances, face painting and medieval market.
Dr. Wilbur McIntyre (Gazebo) Park, 104 Street and 83 Avenue
Saturday, July 4, 2015. 10am – 4pm


Mainstreet Cruisers Car Show
Hundreds of cars -  muscle cars, street rods, classics, motorcycles, antiques – plus free entertainment. Free for spectators. Car entry fees go to support Little Warriors and E4C School Lunch Programs.
Bonnie Doon Centre, 83 Avenue and 83 Street.
Sunday, July 5, 2015. 10am – 4pm.


2nd Annual Block Party: Mardi Gras Family Style
What: Join the High Street Shops at this Mardi Gras themed event featuring Swing Time Band & swing dance performers, games, face painting, food trucks, crafts and Grand Market vendors.

Where: High Street, 125 St & 102 Ave
Sunday, July 5, 2015. 11am – 5pm.


20 Canada Day Events Around Edmonton | July 1, 2015

Canada Day 2015 Events In Edmonton 


Canada Day Events in Edmonton  

Celebrate Canada Day at the Legislature 
What: Visit the Alberta Family Fun Zone get a temporary tattoo and take a legislative tour. There will also be 3 stages with over 25 live performances. Bring cash and grab lunch at one of the over 30 food trucks and vendors on site.  
Where: Alberta Legislature Grounds
When:  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 10am – 7pm


Canada Day at City Hall
What: Canada Day celebrations are mixed with the Jazz Festival and The Works Festival both inside and outside. Go for the live music, entertainment and kids crafts. 
Where: City Hall, Plaza and Churchill Square
When:  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 1pm – 4pm


Chinatown Night Market Time

What: A street market, cultural performances and food trucks.
Outside the Chinatown Multicultural Centre, 9540-102 Ave.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 4pm – 9pm


FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Semi Final
What: One of the most exciting soccer games will be played on Canada Day. Hopefully the Canadian team will be playing if they win the quarter-finals. Either way, it’s going to be a fantastic
Commonwealth Stadium
Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Happy Canada Day at Boyle Street Community League
Stop in for a free hot dog, live music, & face painting.
Where: Boyle Street Plaza, 9538-103A Avenue
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 12pm – 4pm


Celebrate Canada Day in Millwoods 
This event is a very popular event for families. Multicultural performances, petting zoo, bouncy castles, hay rides, pony rides, face painting, live performances and fireworks at 11pm 
Where: Mill Woods Park (23rd Ave & 66th St) 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 1pm – 11pm


Lighting of the High Level Bridge
Enjoy the bridge light art created by Edmonton lighting designer Scott Peters and musician Jason Kodie. This dynamic programming will be accompanied by a soundscape of Edmonton music, which will be simulcast on CKUA Radio. The light show will end with a special Asani performance of O Canada!
When:  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 11pm


Followed by Fireworks!
Canada Day Fireworks Finale is set off from Kinsmen Park. (not open to the public) 
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). TELUS Field is offering a reduced admission price of $4 per person after the 8th inning of the Edmonton Prospects
When: July 1, 2014 11:05 pm. 


Canada Day at Edmonton Attractions  


Dominion Day Celebration
 A grand celebration of the Dominion of Canada then and now. Celebrate the traditional Edmonton way: watch an authentic parade, toast to the Queen, sing Happy Birthday, and take part in other royal activities.
Where: Fort Edmonton Park. 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 10am – 5pm.


Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo 
What: The Zoo is also celebrating their 56th birthday this Tuesday so there are extra activities and surprises planned. Canadian animal enrichments, scavenger hunts, Adventure Bus, games, air brushed tattoos, red and white cupcakes and more.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When:  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 11am – 4pm 


Canada Day at the Muttart Conservatory 
The pyramids come alive with music, Canada Day crafts, tours and face painting. 
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 10 – 2pm


Celebrate Canada Day at the Art Gallery of Alberta
The AGA is offering free admission to its three floor of exhibitions and art activities for kids. 
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 


Canada Day Celebrations at TWOS
 Celebrate Canada with rocket launches & dino games.
Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW
Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 10am – 5pm


Devonian Garden Canada Day
Celebrate Canada Day in one of the prettiest settings around. Kids will enjoy the face painting, ponding, Canada Day crafts in the garden, cake and live music.
Devonian Botanic Garden
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 11am - 3pm

Celebrations in Edmonton's Surrounding Communities

Canada Day Celebration – Spruce Grove
This much-anticipated party starts off with a $3 pancake breakfast and gets sweeter from there. Roving entertainment, face painting ($), Kid Zone (kids under under 46" tall), Adventure Zone (kids 46" and taller) street performers, cake, displays and more. Evening ends with fireworks at 11pm.
Where: Jubilee Park, Spruce Grove
When:  Monday, July 1, 2015. 9am – 10pm 


Canada Day in St. Albert
A multitude of events across the city. Pancake breakfast is happening at Heritage Lakes. Lions Park is the primary celebration during the day. Activities include bouncy castle, obstacle courses, large slide, games, canoe rides, crafts,  and displays. Followed by an evening of live entertainment at City Hall. Fireworks at 11pm. 
Where:  Multiple locations around St. Albert.
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 9am – 11pm


Canada Day Festival 2015 – Sherwood Park/ Strathcona County
An enormous family festival. They even have their guidebook in an app. Here are only a handful of activities: pancake breakfast, parade, live music, petting zoo, telescopes, inflatables, kite making, activity kids academy, games, crafts and fireworks at 11pm.
Where:  Various locations around Broadmoore, Sherwood Park. (pdf map
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 10am – 11pm


Leduc Canada Day Celebrations 2015 
What: Start the day with a pancake breakfast at the Leduc Legion then watch the parade. In the afternoon there will be a tractor show and shine, wagon rides, muscial performances and fireworks at 11. 
Where: Various locations in Leduc.
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 7:30am – 11pm.


Canada Day at Elk Island National Park
What: On Canada Day, enjoy free entry to all of Canada's National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas – including Elk Island. Go for a flag raising ceremony, cake, bouncy castles, performances from The Command Sisters and Bollywood Beats, a picnic and a nature walk.
Where: Elk Island National Park, Highway 16 East (approx. 1 hour east of Edmonton)
When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 12pm – 4pm


Canada Day Celebrations in Fort Saskatchewan
Start the day with a pancake breakfast, then watch the parade which ends in Legacy Park with the opening ceremonies. Visit the Kids’ Korner with a petting zoo, inflatable slides, and face painting. Also, check out the firefighter challenge, car show, birthday cake, fireworks and a performance by Captain Tractor.
Where: Various locations in Fort Saskatchewan (map)
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 8am – 10:45pm.


Canada Day in Beaumont
What: Celebrate Canada’s birthday with free birthday cake, glitter tattoos, balloon animals, inflatables, craft station, family dance and fireworks.
Where: Beaumont Four Seasons Park
Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 6pm – 11pm.


Father’s Day Gift Ideas From Edmonton


A round up of gift ideas that are made or designed in Edmonton. 


Catfish Coffee Roasters (1) are a locally owned and operated small batch coffee roasting company that is environmentally and socially responsible from the beans up. Pick up a pound of El Camino Espresso, Cafe A Go Go, Whisker Twister or Brew Ha Ha. Available online, Carbon Environmental Boutique, Mandolin Books and Coffee Company and Wee Book Inn on Whyte Ave, Jasper Ave and Stony Plain.


Bro Brick (2)is a bath bar for guys. Handmade by a local gent in northeast Edmonton who wanted manlier scents. Select from ten appealing bars like, Rye & Ginger, Oatmeal & Beer, Coffee Scrub, and Leather Scrub. Purchase online or at Habitat Etc, Carbon Environmental Boutique, Tix on the Square, and Little Brick. 


Local graphic designer Jaime Calayo set out to learn more about the Edmonton communities around him through icons representing each one. With over 100 icons complete, Jaime shares his icons in a poster and on t-shirts (3) so dad can wear them with pride. You can find his products in the shop at Art Gallery of Alberta or on Where We Are From website.


Locally brewed Scona Gold Beer Kölsch (4)by Alley Kat recently won Canadian Brewing Awards – 2015 Beer of the Year. This light German style ale is a delightfully crisp and refreshing beer. A good pairing for Father’s Day dinner.


Good Luck Socks (5) colourful socks will make dad super fashionable. They even have a Socks of the Month Club. Available on their website and individual pairs at Edmonton retailer The Briefing Room.


Along the theme of fancy feet, treat dad to shoes from the Poppy Barley Men’s Collection (6). Whether selecting the simple lines of the Edmonton Oxford or the two texture Jasper Derby, these comfortable shoes will be dad’s favourite. Since he’ll need to customize his size, a P&B gift card will do the trick. 


What did we miss? Let us know of other Edmonton made/ designed gifts in the comments below.


What To Do In Edmonton This Weekend With Kids | June 13 - 14, 2015


Tree Fest
Help plant 1000 trees and have some fun. Be a treeathletes and race 0.5 km or 1 km to plant and water a tree. Doug Hoyer, and Jesse and Dandelions will provide musical entertainment, while Attila the HUNgry food truck will be available for grumbling tummies. Other activities include nature tree games, display tables, crafts and the Tree-via Sticker Challenge.
Beaumaris Park, 10210 155 Avenue
Saturday, June 13, 2015. 10am – 2pm.


Hop n Skip Market
An interactive family market with children's entertainment celebrating summer, face painting, balloon animals, sparkle tattoos and free kids yoga classes.
The French Quarter Grand Market, La Cite Francophone
Sunday, June 14, 2015. 10am – 4pm


Touch A Truck
What: This event will be a dream-come-true to many kids. Touch, climb and pretend to drive those vehicles you see on a regular basis in our community. Plus face painting, glitter tattoos, football, obstacle course and more.
Admission: $5 with proceeds to Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society.
CN Station/ Legacy Park, Fort Saskatchewan
Sunday, June 14, 2015. 10am – 3pm 


Brunch on the Boulevard: What The Truck
What: Make the most of your Sunday by starting the day with an al fresco meal from one of 15 food trucks, in view of the Legislature.
Capital Boulevard, 108 Street & 99 Avenue
 Sunday, June 14, 2015. 11am – 3pm


Play For Pets
What: Play for Pets brings together the love of music and animals in need by raising money for the Edmonton Humane Society and their continued efforts to prevent animal cruelty. Celebrate and enjoy musical performances by Resonate Music School & Studio's students, teachers, and popular local bands.
West Edmonton Mall, Newcap Radio Stage (Level 1 Phase 4)
When: Sunday, June 14, 2015. 12:30 – 4pm.



Edmonton Jazz Festival: Family Friendly Events


Families are invited to discover their jazz at the 2015 TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival! From June 19 to 28, concerts of all sizes hit stages throughout the city for a musical celebration with local, national and international talent. Opening weekend performances include a variety of free performance options including the Jazz for Kids event on Saturday, June 20.


Cabaret Afternoon Series: Jazz for Kids

What: Enjoy a free afternoon of interactive and educational fun. Sharing lessons in jazz sounds and instrumentation through performance and an instrument zoo, patrons will participate in more ways than one. Listen to great musical sounds or get your hands on an instrument to try it out yourself.
Where: Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Blvd.)
Saturday, June 20, 2015. 1 – 3pm.


Other Family Friendly Free Shows

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sir Winston Churchill Square. 12 – 2pm.
Works with Jazz Series: Don Berner

Westin Hotel, 10135 100 Street. 5 – 7pm.
Westin Jazz Series: Andrew Glover Duo

Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, 8426 Gateway Blvd. 6:30pm.
Emerging Artist Showcase: Mars Hill Trio featuring Chris Andrew & Cardioid

Saturday, June 20, 2015 

Wilber MacIntyre Gazebo, 8331 104 Street. 11am – 1pm.
Mike Morrisseau Trio

Monday, June 22, 205 

Sir Winston Churchill Square, 12 – 2pm.
Works with Jazz Series: John Sweenie 4TET

For ticket details and a full Festival schedule please visit www.edmontonjazz.com