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Thursday
Nov032011

Weekend Guide: November 4 - 6


Something for You
: City and Dale
Cheer: Edmonton Eskimos vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Fan Appreciation Night)
Sleep: Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, November 6 at 2 am. Move your clocks backwards 1 hour. 

Aaaand….. Shop!
Shop ‘Tll You Drop

What: A day of fabulous local business selling their wares. Don’t miss exhibitors muse clothing, Eco Owls, Childish and more!
Why: Your holiday shopping = finished.
Where: Delta Edmonton South Hotel & Conference Centre (4404 Gateway Blvd NW)
When:
Sunday, November 6 from 10am-5pm. 


Be Seen in Jeans

River City Round-up

What:
A 10-day city-wide festival that celebrates Edmonton's history of agriculture, cultural heritage and rodeo.
Why:
Get dressed in your western attire and have some good ol’ fun.
Highlights
:
- Kick Off Celebration starts with a horse and caravan parade. Then make a craft, play games, take hayride, and keep tosty with warm up zones. Bring a Food Bank donation and get a photo taken in western wear – for free. Stay around for the fireworks at 6:30pm.  (Churchill Square. Saturday, November 5 10am – 7pm)
- Pony up to the Chili Cook Off and judge for yourself who has the Ultimate Chili. Cost is only $2 per bowl. Proceeds go toKids in the Hall Bistro. (Scotia Place, Friday, November 4, 11:30am  – 1pm)
- Farm Fair will get you nose to nose with cattle, horses, alpaca and dogs. There will be demonstrations and an interactive educational program for elementary aged students.
Where:
Various locations.
When:
November 4 – 13, 2011


Christmas Craft Shows
The Christmas Craft show season has begun here. Find those one of a kind gifts for your loved ones and support local artisans.

Handmade Mafia
What:
A truly handmade fair from Edmonton artisans, crafters, designers and photographers.
Where:
Orange Hall, 10335 – 84 Avenue
When: Saturday, November 5 10am – 4pm 

Ermineksin Craft Fair
What:
This long-running annual event is a loved show for crafts and baking.
Where:
Ermineskin Community League/Steinhauer School Gym, 32A Avenue and 106 Street
When:
Saturday, November 5 10am – 4pm

Image by debcll

Wednesday
Oct052011

Thanksgiving Long Weekend Guide: October 7 - 9

It’s a quiet weekend in regards to events but we've rounded up a few other ideas for you.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Bake: Pumpkin Scones via The Kitchen Magpie
Craft:
Art using a turkey baster via Intellidancing
Play:
Outdoors with the Leaves
Disguise
: Buy or create kids costumes to avoid last minute scrambling
How To:
Stuff and Cook a Turkey from A Canadian Foodie

   

Under the Stars
Movies on the Square

What: 
Bundle up and enjoy a free movie playing on a 3-story high inflatable screen. Friday’s show is Zoo Keeper. Saturday’s show is Cars2. (weather dependent call 311 for up-to-date info)
Why: An inexpensive and interesting family movie night out. Bring chairs, blankets, hot chocolate and popcorn and get cozy.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 at sunset. Approx. 7pm.


Fall in the Country

Haunted Pumpkin Fest

What:
A day in the country wandering in kids corn mazes, exploring a haunted farm house, making a scarecrow, taking a wagon ride, watching a puppet show and of course petting sheep, goats and bunnies.
Why: Take your camera and snap beautiful fall photos while having fun.
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
When:
Every weekend in October. 11am – 5 pm


Outdoor Markets’ Final Week

What: The outdoor farmers markets are winding up.
Why: There is beautiful fall produce; gorgeous potted mums; and, sometimes vendors have end-of-season discounts, so be sure to visit this week.
Where/ When:

Thursday, October 6: Millwoods Farmers’ Market and Leduc Farmers Market
Saturday, October 8: St. Albert Farmers’ Market and City Market Downtown
(The City Market moves to City Hall starting Oct 15 for the winter season until May.)
Sunday, October 9: Callingwood Farmers’ Market
Wednesday, October 12: Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market

 

Image by PinStock Photos via Flickr

Wednesday
Aug312011

Labour Day Long Weekend Guide: September 2 - 5

The September long weekend is typically known as the last summer hurrah as the city returns to work and school after lovely holiday. Don’t feel sad, Edmonton in fall is delightful and there is a SURPRISE tomorrow on City and Baby to keep your spirits high.

Thanks to Edmonton photographer Erin Davis from Project Life Photography (blog) for allowing us to use her beautiful image.

September Long Weekend Events


Under The Stars

Movies on the Square

What:
Two blockbuster movies shown on back-to-back nights on a 3-story inflatable screen. Arrive early to take in the pre-movie activities.
Why:
Grab some snacks and cosy-up together for a special late night treat.
Where: Churchill Square
When: Friday, September 2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2; Saturday, September 3: showing Mr. Popper's Penguins; Sunday, September 4: Kung Fu Panda 2.
Entertainment starts at 7:30pm.
Feature movie starts at dusk (approx. 8:30 pm)


Once Upon a Time

23rd Annual Storytelling Festival

What:
Storytellers situated throughout Fort Edmonton Park will share fictional and true tales with this year’s theme: River of Dreams.
Why:
Go listen to the Tales for Preschoolers at the St. Anthony Church situated on 1905 street.
Where:
Fort Edmonton Park. Take the Park and Ride service.
When:
Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5. Events run from 1 – 5pm. Park opens at
Savings:
Show your AMA membership card and save 25% off day admission.


For the Love of Music

2011 Symphony Under the Sky

What:
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra wraps up the summer festival season with four days of music in the park. Afternoon programming is geared for families. Familiar Broadway tunes on Saturday. The wacky Al Simmons on Sunday afternoon (note: it’s a separate concert event). And it wraps up with a bang on Monday featuring the guns of the Royal Canadian Artillery in Tchaikovsky’s powerful 1812 Overture.
Why:
 Bring a blanket, sit on the grass and enjoy the symphony in a family-friendly atmosphere. On Sunday, after the Al Simmons show, there is a Teddy Bear Picnic in the park, face painters, inflatable play structures, musical activities and an instrument petting zoo. Plus, childrens’ admission is free!
Where:
Hawrelak Park, Heritage Amphitheatre
When:
Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5.


Oh so Corny

Corn Fest

What:
A celebration of all things corn.
Why:
Go for the legendary corn maze, corny jokes, veggie art, petting zoo, live music and hands-on corn doll craft. Make sure to try some sweet corn, or cornbread at the concession.
Where:
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm. (directions)
When:
Saturday, September 3 – Monday, September 5 (hours vary


Heave-Ho
Firefighter Combat Challenge
What: A compeition based on firefighting tasks.
Why: Your little one's faces will light-up watching this action-packed event. Likely to have a fire truck or two around too.
Where: West Edmonton Mall's Overflow Parking Lot
When: Saturday, September 3 from 11am - 4pm and Sunday, September 4 from 10:30am - 3:00pm


Sunny Days

Sesame Street Presents: The Body
What: This is the final week to experience this interactive exhibit that teaches children how their bodies work and how to keep them healthy as they hop, jump, run and dance their way through this hands-on Sesame Street adventure
Why: Designed for kids ages 2 – 8 and built upon their natural to question and learn. Plus, Elmo will be making an appearance on Saturday and Monday.
Where: Telus World of Science, 11211 - 142 Street {admission}
When: Exhibition ends September 5, 2011.

Thursday
Aug252011

Weekend Guide: August 26-28

Your Library En Plein Air
EPL Squared

What: An outdoor book sale and library festival hosted by the Edmonton Public Library.
Why: Entertain your children with storytime, LEGO and playdoh stations, a treasure hunt and live music. Book sale proceeds go to the Slave Lake Public Library.
Where: Churchill Square
When: Friday, August 26 from 10am - 7pm


Shake Your Bootie

African Dance Festival

What:
A Celebration of African dance, music and culture
Why:
Dance to vibrant music and enjoy multi-ethnic food.
Where:
Churchill
When:
Saturday, August 27 and Sunday August 28 from 10am - 9pm


Cultural Explosion

East Meets West

What:
Africa, China and Italy come together for glorious days of cooking demonstrations, street vendors, performances, arts, crafts and activities for the kiddies.
Belgian Waffle Breakfast: On Saturday (11am-4pm) eat at the Belgian Waffle Breakfast and visit the World Market for handmade creations and cultural items. Feast takes place at McCauley School (9538 – 107 Avenue)
Viva Italia Viva Edmonton: On Sunday (noon-7pm), enjoy live entertainment, food, an Italian car show… and you guessed it – more F-O-O-D with a wine & cheese tent and cooking demonstrations. Events take place on 95 Street and in Giovanni Caboto Park (95 street and 109 Avenue)
When
: Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 28. Full East Meets West Events Schedule.


Show What You Grow

Field to Table: A Horticultural Extravaganza

What:
2-days of all things horticultural
Why:
Food and flower competition displays, dance demonstrations and hands-on activities make this event fun and educational for all ages.
Where: Fort Edmonton Park, Blatchford Field Hangar
When:
Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 from 11am – 4pm


Rendezvous in the St. Albert
Family Picnic
What:
A free family picnic celebrating St. Albert's 150th birthday.
Why: 10 areas of distinct entertainment and activities including: BMX biking demonstrations, dog agility shows, crafts, live music, aboriginal hoop dancers, inflatables, kids activities at the Art Gallery, interactive gaming exhibit with the Oilers/ Eskimos....and the list goes on. Check out the full schedule.
Where: St. Albert, along the Sturgeon Valley stretching from Kinsmen Park to Kingswood Park
When:
Sunday, August 28. Opening Ceremonies at 11:30 am at St. Albert Place. Picnic runs from 12 Noon to 5 PM


Fall Shopping

Mommy Mania
What: This event is a venue for Edmonton women entrepreneurs to show and sell their products.
Why: Shopping local rocks.

Where:
The Orange Hall, 10335-84 Avenue. (Babywearing recommended)


When:
Saturday, August 27. 10am – 3pm.


New to You

Little Monster's Swap Meet

What:
This legendary sale is a great place to find gear and also shop local business’ booths.
Where:
TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove AB

When:
August 27, September 24 from 11 am - 3 pm

Admission: Fees vary by entrance time: 
Early Bird: $5 for 11 am - 12 pm, Regular: $2 for 12 pm 2 pm and free after 2 pm.

More: Check out the other I’ve Outgrown It Sales in Edmonton and area.


Stop and Smell The Flowers

Summertime Treasures

What:
Additional family fun in the pyramids and amongst the flowers and plants.
Why:
Face painting, art project and guided tours for families.
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
When:
Sunday, August 28 from 12 - 4 pm. 


Image by Chris Runoff

Wednesday
Aug172011

Weekend Guide: August 19–21

Under The Stars
Movies on the Square

What:
Two blockbuster movies shown on back-to-back nights on a 3-story inflatable screen. Arrive early to take in the pre-movie activities.
Why:
Grab some snacks and cosy-up together for a special late night treat.
Where: Churchill Square
When: Friday, August 19 - showing Rio. Saturday, August 20 - showing HOP.
Entertainment starts at 7:30pm.
Feature movie starts at sunset (approx. 9pm)


Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival

What:
Watch 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerperson paddle their way down the North Saskatchewan River.
Why:
Passport contest, drums, stage entertainment and a minor-friendly beverage garden.
Where:
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park (schedule)
When:
Friday, August 19 to Sunday, Aug 21, 2011


Kidopolis

Kids Fringe 
What:
The Edmonton Fringe Festival kids zone with performances and activities designed for those under 12.
Why: 
Go for the storytelling tent, interactive music, create your own puppet show, recycled crafting tent and kids stage featuring youth actors.
Where:
104 Street between 85th and 86th Avenues (map)
When:
August 12 – 21. Full Schedule.
More:
Pop over to Sustainival and take a spin on vegetable oil powered rides.


Prairie Party

Corn Roast & Kids Carnival

What:
A family oriented fundraising event to restore the western-most grain elevator.
Why:
So many activities you won’t know what to do first: pony rides, petting zoo, carnival games, contests, cow milking, and shoot a puck with the Spruce Grove Saints.
Where:
Grain Elevator Site, 100 Railway Avenue, Spruce Grove
When:
Saturday, August 20 from 12 to 4pm


Let's Celebrate

Momstown.ca 4th Birthday Party

What:
A party marking Momstown’s 4-years of connecting and supporting moms.
Why:
Meet a future playdate, enjoy cupcakes, have a free family photo taken, get your face painting, conduct a science experiment and bounce off some energy.
Where:
Jackie Parker Recreation Centre, 4540 50 Street NW
When:
Sunday, August 21 from 10am – 2pm


Play in Traffic

Art Sundays

What:
A family-friendly day at the gallery featuring hands-on workshops, exhibition tours and activities that make the AGA come to life.
Why:
Conceptual art fun! Take a picture in the art photo booth, create art using written instructions and take a tour designed for families.
Where:
Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
When:
Sunday, August 21 from 12 – 4pm

Image by Laura Burlton.