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Happening in Edmonton: August long weekend!

Blog by Sara Kalke | July 28th, 2016

One of our favourite weekday evening activities is walking to the neighbourhood farmers’ market to purchase our supper at one of the food trucks. I love the markets sprinkled throughout the city for their mix of local produce, local artists and designers, unusual treats, and entertainment.

Farmers Markets

At the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market, you’ll find a wide variety of vendors located in the historic building. The market is popular, so expect it to be bustling! Free parking is available across 103 Street. Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Edmonton’s City Market Downtown on 104th street beautifully merges an urban setting with a walkable, friendly atmosphere. There has been a market in downtown Edmonton for over a century, and it has grown into a weekly celebration of local wares and talents. Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

The Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market was started in 2011, and already has its own feeling of community. It is a smaller market, but has a diverse array of vendors. The volunteer-run Sprouts program helps teach kids about healthy eating and nutrition. Wednesdays from 4:00 PM until 7:30 PM.

There are many other markets throughout the city and surrounding areas, and each one will be slightly different. I challenge you to find your neighbourhood market and discover what is unique about it.

Other Events:

The annual Servus Heritage Festival at Hawrelak Park runs this weekend, from July 30th to August 1st. Experience the food, clothing, and dance of over eighty world cultures. Performances run throughout the weekend.

Unscheduled Fun:

For a unique view of Edmonton, take a ride on the High Level Bridge Street Car. The Edmonton Radial Railway Society operates restored historic streetcars from around the world, and the route across the river on top of the bridge is worth the trip. Ask questions about the street car and its history. It is my experience that the conductors are happy to share their knowledge.

What I’m Doing This Weekend:

This weekend we are knocking things off our household to-do list: building gates, repairing drywall, weeding gardens, etc. Everyone needs a weekend like that once in awhile.

- Joanna
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