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Happening in Edmonton - July 1 long weekend

Blog by Sara Kalke | June 30th, 2016

With Edmonton schools officially let out for the summer, it feels as if the season has finally launched.  Here are some fun things to do in Edmonton this weekend.


Canada Day – July 1

Canada Day weekend is packed full of things to do in Edmonton.  While you might be planning to stay up late for the fireworks (great shows are put on both downtown over the river and in Mill Woods), you’ll find many other activities available during the day.

At the Albert Legislature, from 10am-7pm, there will be music and dance, roving performers, and exhibits.

City Hall is holding a ceremony at noon, then will be providing music, kids’ crafts, tours, and more, including The Works Art and Design Festival (on until July 5).

Edmonton attractions will have special Canada Day activities.  Check out The Muttart Conservatory, Fort Edmonton Park, and the Edmonton Valley Zoo.


Other Events:

Topping my summer wish list is the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. The outdoor performances are held in Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre, and run until July 17.  This year’s plays are Romeo and Juliet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Whyte Ave is, as always, a busy place, with Blues on Whyte Block Party, a free one-day music festival on July 3, and Sand on Whyte, a sand-carving exhibit running from July 1-10.


Unscheduled Fun:

Did you know that Edmonton has old-growth forests? I sure didn’t!  I’ve lamented the lack of big trees here on the prairies for my entire life.  But a few weeks ago, we took the kids on a family hike and discovered this treasure in the Whitemud Park Nature Reserve.  We started on the path just to the left of theentrance to the Rainbow Valley campground.  The trail is fairly easy, and perfect for kids to run ahead and explore.  You’ll find big old trees, beautiful wildflowers, squirrel and chipmunks, and you might just get lucky and find a ripe wild strawberry or two.


What I’m Doing This Weekend:

I am heading out to the lake with my family this weekend, being the lucky daughter-in-law of someone with a lakefront cabin.  I look forward to drinking coffee in the quiet of the morning (before the kids and dogs wake up), roasting marshmallows, and if I’m lucky, watching a thunderstorm roll in across the lake.


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