Just as the Victoria Day long weekend in May marks the unofficial start of the warm-weather season here in Edmonton (snowstorms notwithstanding), Labour Day weekend marks its end (although we still have three more weeks of official summer, no matter what the weather does). For those without school-aged kids, the demarcation isn’t quite as pronounced, but for those who do, life gets much busier after Labour Day.
Wrapping up Summer
If you didn’t make it to Hawrelak Park last weekend for Symphony under the Sky, you can take in two free Symphony in the City performances at Sir Winston Churchill Square, on Friday and Saturday. Both shows feature favourite Disney songs, with highlights from the movies shown on screen.
Fort Edmonton Park is celebrating the history of harvest this weekend with their Harvest Fair. Taste treats from the garden and the kitchens, dance, and interact with knowledgeable interpreters throughout the weekend. Friday features BaconFest, where you can purchase food tickets for sampling bacon-themed foods while you enjoy live music and comedy. Another highlight of the weekend is the Harvest Dinner and Dance on Saturday, which includes a pig roast, square dance lessons, wagon rides, stories, pie-eating contests, and a bonfire.
If you’ve ever wanted to try paintball, this Labour Day might be the time to try it. Edmonton Paintball Centre’s drop in event on Monday is perfect for beginners, with all equipment included.
It may only be the beginning of September, but I’m sure you still remember from last year how quickly Christmas can creep up. Get a head start on your Christmas cards by taking some outdoor family photos this weekend in the river valley or one of the other beautiful parks and ravines around the city.
If you can’t spring for the talent of a professional (or if you’re like me and decide to do things like this so last minute that a photographer isn’t available), bring a tripod or selfie stick, or prop up your camera on a handy rock or log—or even better, bring along another family and take turns being the photographer. Your shots may not be perfect (mine sure aren’t), but your family and friends will love seeing your smiling faces.
What I’m Doing This Weekend:
While we might be half-wishing we were at Sonic Boom to see Twenty One Pilots and The Lumineers, we will instead be attending hockey evaluations and throwing a birthday party for a certain seven-year-old boy. His actual birthday was two weeks ago while we were away, so he’s already had cake and been serenaded by twenty or so enthusiastic relatives, but this is the first chance we’ve had to celebrate with his friends.
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