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Entries in Edmonton Street Performers Festival (4)

Wednesday
Jul022014

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | July 5 - 6, 2014

Edmonton Street Performers Festival. Image from ExploreEdmonton.com

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 4 – Sunday, July 13, 2014. 11:30am – 11pm (except July 14 which ends at 5pm)

 

Feats Festival of Dance
What: This dance festival features a variety of performances and classes. Families may enjoy:
- Pop-Ups! Toast Therapy by Mile Zero Dance with Gerry Morita and Jodie Vandekerkhove. Saturday, July 5. 1pm – 3pm. Old Strathcona Farmers' Market. Free.
-  Fresh Feats - A spotlight on today's generation of up and coming "youth choreographers. Sunday, July 6 – 8pm Westbury Theatre- ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 – 84 Ave). $15,$10 Students/Seniors.
-  Bach Tots' - Zoo Dances. Soulocentric's performing arts for babies, toddlers and young children present "Zoo Dances". Saturday, July 12 – 10am (45min) & 11am (45min). Sugar Foot Ballroom (10545 81 Ave). $5 single, $10 Families (cash at the door).
Where: Various locations.
When: July 1 – 12, 2014.

 

Sand on Whyte
What: Some of Whyte on Ice artists are back carving sand this time for the second annual sand sculpture exhibits.
Where: 
Old Strathcona. 81 Ave & 105 St. Admission by donation.
When: July 4 – 13, 2014. 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.
This Sunday, check out 
Takin' It to the Streets 3. Whyte Ave from 103-104 street will be closed to host a pancake breakfast, live music, food trucks and more. Also High Level Streetcar rides are free!
Where: Edmonton and area. Check the
website for participating locations.
When: July 6 – 13, 2014.

Wednesday
Jul102013

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | July 12 - 14

Image by Jessica Lucia via Flickr 

It’s a very artistic weekend in #YEG. Fine art, live art and handmade goods all up close and interactive. You’ll enjoy meeting Edmonton’s makers, being inspired by their creativity and finding gems to take home with you. On Sunday, head to the river valley for the annual Sourdough Raft Race and the Zookeeper's Festival.  

See you out and about. 

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
What: This is the last weekend to see amazing buskers – acrobats, contortionists, stuntmen, comics, dancers, clowns and more.
Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

When: Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 14, 2013. 11:30am - 11pm (except July 14 which ends at 5pm)

Mercer Collective
What: This great monthly local makers market is adding a free kids craft table. Hooray. Something for the kids to look forward to and a lovely distraction for you so you can shop. 
Where: Mercer Building, 10363 104 Street.
When: Saturday, July 13, 2013. 10 – 4pm.

Whyte Avenue Art Walk
What: Whyte Ave is transformed into an outdoor studio and gallery featuring hundreds of working artists. A fabulous way to buy original art and support local talent.
Where:
Whyte Avenue (82 Ave) from 100 St through to 108 St.
When: Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14, 2013. 10am – 5pm

Sand on Whyte
What: Three of Ice on Whyte’s talented, award-winning artists, Delayne Corbett, Wilfred Stijger and Edith van de Wetering are creating the first ever sand carving exhibit in Edmonton.
Where:  Old Strathcona. South Scona Parking lot at 81 Avenue and 105 Street.
When: July 7 – 14, 2013. 10am – 10pm.

CANCELLED - Sourdough Raft Race 2013
Due to river safety concerns, this event is cancelled for Sunday.
What:
Edmonton’s well-known river raft race is back. Go early for a pancake breakfast, get a free kite and fly it, make a mini raft then watch the race from your favourite viewing point.
Where: North Saskatchewan River from Terwillegar Park to Rafter's Landing

When: Sunday July 14, 2013. 8:30 am – 5 pm. Race begins at noon.

National Zookeeper Week Celebration!
What: Thank you to the dedicated to the hard working zoo keepers at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Go on a scavenger hunt, make a snake craft, pretend to be a prairie dog, get up close with animals and play games. 
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
When:  Sunday, July 14, 2013. 12 – 4 pm. 

Freewill Shakespeare Festival
What: Shakespeare the park is one of the nicest way to spend an afternoon. This weekend they’re performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Saturday matinees are pay-what-you-will.
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park.
When: Runs until July 21, 2013.

Friday
Jul052013

What To Do This Weekend in Edmonton with Kids | July 5 - 7

Image by Jessica Lucia via Flickr

Feats Festival of Dance
What: This dance festival features a variety of performances and classes. On Sunday there is a Kathak dance performance. Kathak (pronounced kat_UK) is a classical dance form of Northern India, distinguished by its intricate footwork, spins and expressive emotion. Tickets. $25, $15 Students/Seniors (65+)
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns - Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Avenue
When: Sunday, July 7, 2013. 3pm.

  

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.

Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

When: Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 14, 2013. 11:30am - 11pm (except July 14 which ends at 5pm)

 

Sand on Whyte
What: Three of Ice on Whyte’s talented, award-winning artists, Delayne Corbett, Wilfred Stijger and Edith van de Wetering are creating the first ever sand carving exhibit in Edmonton.
Where:  Old Strathcona. South Scona Parking lot at 81 Avenue and 105 Street.
When: July 7 – 14, 2013. 10am – 10pm.

 

Takin’ It To The Streets
What: A free community music celebration with two stages, 10 bands, a free pancake breakfast and fun for the whole family. Presented by Blues on Whyte.
Where: Whyte Avenue. 103 Street to 104 Street will be shut down.
When: Sunday, July 7. 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. Free and fee activities.
Where: Edmonton and area. Check the website for participating locations.
When: Now until July 7, 2013.

 

Freewill Shakespeare Festival
What: Shakespeare the park is one of the nicest way to spend an afternoon. This weekend they’re performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Saturday matinees are pay-what-you-will.
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park.
When: Runs until July 21, 2013.

Monday
Jul042011

International Street Performers Festival: July 8 - 17

Get ready to laugh, cheer and be amazed. The Edmonton Street Performers Festival has an incredible lineup of musicians, jugglers, acrobats, clowns and other street artists from around the world. There are more than 1500 outdoor performances planned for the ten-day festival and each day is a new experience.

In addition to the buskers, there will be balloon artists, international face paint artists, Caricaturist and other roaming performers.

You will also want to head over to KIDS’ World where performances, play and activities are geared to the younger set.  It is open daily from 11:30am - 6pm and is located on the north end of the square by City Hall.

Artists to look for this year:

Hilby the Skinny German Juggler: ‘Hilby is living proof that being German doesn’t mean you can not be funny.” This amazing juggler loves to interact with this audience and has received rave reviews from around the world.

 

 

 

Rubberband Boy: This New Zeland contortionist artist holds the The Guinness World Record for Rubberbands on his face. Bizarre and hilarious. This guy is also a master of comedy, acrobatics and escape. 

 

 

 

Alakazam aka The Human Knot: Returning to Edmonton after a hiatus, Alakazam presents a twisty mix of body parts, humour and dangerous deeds performed at perilous heights. We love a good stunt man. 

 

 

 

Miss Behave: Hooray! The sassy, sword-swallowing comedian is back. The last time she was in Edmonton was 2004 but since then has starred in hit comedy variety shows in Edinburgh and London.

 

 

 

 

Kamikaze Fireflies: Get ready for a milk snorting experience. The comedy duo, Rob Williams and Casey Martin, is absurdity at its best. A blend of fire breathing, cube spinning, stilt walking, circus tricks wrapped up in vaudeville love.

 

 

 

The Puppet Guy: Get ready for Hollywoodstock! A fantastic miniature marionette show featuring Rock and Roll stars: Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, and even Elvis. Led Zimmerman is an LA legend who has performed privately for some of the biggest celebrities.

 

Event Details:
When:
Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 17. 11:30am - 11pm (except July 17 which ends at 5pm)
Where: 
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
What to bring
:
A.) Lots of Loonies and Twoonies to drop into the busker hats. Kids love doing this!
B.) It’s an outdoor festival so be prepared to sit on the ground, wear layers, and pack some essentials - umbrella, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hats and water. There will be great food vendors but I like to also carry a snack for the kids, just in case.
How to get there: 
ETS is by far the best way to get there. Parking is available but expensive on weekdays.
Warning: If your cellphone rings during a show you may be shamed mercilessly. And we will laugh.

Image via MJB84