The Canada Day Long Weekend kicks summer into high gear in Festival City. There are all sorts of things to do including events at City Hall and the Plaza, the Edmonton Valley Zoo, the Muttart Conservatory, the Leg, Northlands and more. The City of Edmonton details those and more here: http://edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/festivals_events/celebrate-canada-day-2012-in-edmonton.aspx
Capping off the day’s celebrations, as always – the RIVER VALLEY FIREWORKS display Sunday, July 1, 11pm. Some great viewing spots but road closures to be aware of as well. Also detailed on the city’s page above.
Here is where our cruiser is heading this busy Canada Day weekend!
STONY PLAIN CANADA DAY PARADE AND CELEBRATIONS
- June 30th 10am – 4pm
- Multicultural Hertiage Centre and surrounding area in Stony Plain
- Old Town Stony Plain Parade, music concert, petting zoo, pony rides, pow-wow, jumpy tent, children’s games
City Hall & Plaza
Time: 11:30am to 4pm July 1st
Show off your Canadian pride by celebrating our nation’s birthday with free Canada Day activities at City Hall. Enjoy live music and dancing, kids’ crafts by The Works Art & Design Festival, face painting, City Hall tours and displays. A Canada Day ceremony will take place at noon in the City Room.
Mill Woods Celebrates Canada Day
Time: 1pm to 11pm
Come to Mill Woods Park (66 St. & 23 Ave.) and join in on the free family activities. Fireworks display takes place at 11 p.m. For road closure details, visit Road and Traffic updates.
Silly Summer Parade & Picnic in the Park
Time: Noon to 4pm
The 25th annual Silly Summer Parade will mix Canada Day spirit with twisted humour and good old-fashioned fun. Following the parade, the celebration will continue with a Picnic in the Park at Queen Alexandra School (7730-106 St.), in Old Strathcona, featuring carnival games, horse and wagon rides, children’s activities, birthday cake and more.
Canada Day at Northlands (formerly held at Borden Park)
Location: Northlands’ Telus Stage, 7515-118 Ave.
Join Councillor Tony Caterina and MLA Peter Sandhu in celebration of Canada’s birthday. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with free hotdogs, pop, cake, live entertainment and a variety of activities for the whole family. Free parking at Northlands. With easy access to the Coliseum Station, why not leave the driving to Edmonton Transit? Visit http://www.takeETS.com for route and schedule information.
Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature
Time: 7am to 7pm
Celebrate our nation’s birthday at the Alberta Legislature with live entertainment and a variety of free family activities.
The City of Leduc is throwing a Canada Day Party! Featuring an outdoor concert, movie and fireworks show, Wm. F. Lede Park :
- 5 – 7 p.m. – Local showcase featuring Brendan Guy, Zirka Ukranian Dance Ensemble and Hendersheetz
- 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Derina Harvey Band
- 9 – 10:30 p.m. Stereos
- 10:30 p.m. – Outdoor movie
- 11 p.m. – Fireworks show
Fort Saskatchewan celebrates our nation’s 145th birthday: Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m. at Legacy Park, with birthday cupcakes and ice cream. All day – live music, family activities and presentations, and fireworks at 10:45 p.m.
Strathcona County gets the party started at 9 a.m. Canada Day at Broadmoor Lake Park in Sherwood Park. Hundreds of family activities throughout the day. Their fireworks begin at 11 p.m. over Broadmoor Lake in the centre of the park.
Elk Island National Park will celebrate Canada Day from 9:00am-4:00pm. Get your fill of pancakes at a breakfast: 9- 11 a.m., with a flag-raising ceremony at 12 p.m., followed by a barbecue and music festival. Face painting and glitter tattoos for the kids 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m
The Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Avenue, is celebrating Canada Day with free flights for children eight to 16. The Edmonton chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will provide the half-hour flights. Registration is limited and on a first-come first-served basis. Canada Day celebrations are already underway and carry on through the weekend. Arriving on Friday is the Vintage Wings of Canada’s Boeing Stearman bi-plane trainer that was used in Alberta during the Second World War. On Friday at 7 p.m., Canadian astronaut Maj. Jeremy Hansen will give a presentation. Canada Day events are included in the price of admission. Friday evening’s events are free.
Edmonton Viets Association, Boyle Street Community Services, and St. Catherine Catholic School will host their annual barbecue. 11am-4 p.m.: St. Catherine School grounds, 10915 110 Street.
The Muslim Association of Canada will be hold a celebration, 3-5:30pm, Collingwood South Park, 64th Avenue and 172nd Street. There will be a barbecue and many activities for families.
The Works Art & Design Festival – final weekend. It began Thursday, June 21-July 3. All FREE events (!) at various venues across DOWNTOWN Edmonton including Churchill Square, ARTShab, SNAP and the FAB GALLERY at the U OF A, Louise McKinney Park, Fort Edmonton Park and more. LATITUDE 53′s after work patio Thursdays will be bustling. A sprawling constellation of pop-up galleries, performance art, 53 one-of-a-kind exhibits, panel discussions – music, art, food and much more. http://www.theworks.ab.ca/
The Edmonton Jazz Festival’s final weekend as well. It wraps Sunday, July 1. Various venues around the city will present free and ticketed events – music, film, food, inspiration. http://www.edmontonjazz.com/ You can enter their contest to win and IPAD here: http://www.edmontonjazz.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28&Itemid=51
The Freewill Shakespeare Theatre Festival is back for a 23rd season in the great outdoors of Hawrelak Park. Two productions: JULIAS CEASAR and THE TEMPEST run now through July 22nd: http://www.freewillshakespeare.com/
The FEATS FESTIVAL OF DANCE, Friday, June 29th-July 14th, various Edmonton venues. Local and international choreographers and dancers showcasing a wide variety of art and movement. And opportunity to learn dance yourself: professional master classes on tap, new media, dancing with babies, body conditioning, and ballroom dance give dancers the opportunity to build skills and technique. A Canada Day highlight at the JUBILEE is Global Dance, a free performance of folk and cultural dance from around the world.
THE FOUND FESTIVAL makes its debut: Fri, Jun 29 – Sun, Jul 1
Presented by the Common Ground Arts Society
Various locations, $5 per event, $15 day pass, $30 festival pass
Every Friday, 11am-1pm, Investors Group (IG) Team Awesome will feature a Road Hockey fundraising event outside of the Scotia Tower across from Rice Howard Way. They’re raising funds and awareness for the Road To Conquer Cancer tournament September 22nd. www.teamuptoconquercancer.ca
KISS ME KATE, presented by ELOPE Musical Theatre, John L. Haar Theatre, Grant MacEwan University, 10045 156 St., Thursday, June 28, and Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 30, 2 p.m. A musical-within-a-musical Kiss Me Kate, keeps the laughs coming with drama both backstage and onstage. Show-tune favourites, romance, gangsters – or every Saturday night at my place as I like to call it! Tickets start at $22.50; available through Tix on the Square (tixonthesquare.ca). Information: 780-420-1757 or elopemusicaltheatre.ca
Bikeology’s Bike Month gets cheeky with PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE, a late-night screening 11PM, Friday, June 29th at the Garneau Theatre, 8712 109th St. So funny… Paul Reubens’ Pee Wee Herman is determined to find his beloved bike after it’s stolen and of course, hilarity ensues. Your food donation for the Edmonton Food Bank gets you in! 780-425-9212 or metrocinema.org
The Pigeon Lake Artists Society presents their 21st annual ART EXHIBITION & SALE, Saturday, June 30, 10am-4pm, at The Village Creek Inn. Take Highway QE@ to Highway #13 – travel 25 km West and you can’t miss it.
Prairie Gardens is a fantastic family farm adventure that kids of all ages love. Enjoy a full day of interactive nature festivities, 10am-6pm daily, all weekend long – Canada Day Country-Style and special guests – wild west ghost town, wagon rides, gem mining & more – in support of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. Drive north out of Edmonton on 97 St. (HWY – 28). Go 25 km to Bon Accord (HWY. 28 curves to the right before you reach Bon Accord). When you reach Bon Accord, continue past (stay on HWY. 28) for 1 km. Turn left on Lily Lake Road (Range Road 235). Go 2 km. It’s on the right. You’ll see the signs. http://prairiegardens.org/AdmissionsBookings/tabid/64/Default.aspx
Opening Saturday, June 30th, continuing until Monday, September 3rd, TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE, 11211 142 Street NW, presents EXPERIENCE THE AURORA FULL DOME SHOW in the MARGARET ZEIDLER STAR THEATRE: Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of Aurora Borealis by watching our newest full dome adventure, Experience the Aurora. Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, a photography crew captured time-lapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses. The results are spectacular. http://www.edmontonscience.com/
Also opening at the TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE: HUBBLE IN IMAX: Journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings. Experience the gripping story full of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery, and triumph. http://www.onlinebookings.edmontonscience.com/default.aspx?tagid=27
AFRICA DAY CELEBRATION: Saturday, June 30 & Sunday, July 1st, 10:30am. Soccer tournament featuring 16 African teams. POPLAR SPORTS PARK, 82nd Street & 167 Avenue. Followed by a - DINNER & DANCE, Saturday, June 30th, 6-11pm, Expo Centre featuring Juno Award Winners: AFRICAN GUITAR SUMMIT. http://www.africacentre.ca/
The Edmonton Savannah Cameroon Association presents an evening of culture, food, a traditional marriage ceremony (!) and dance. SATURDAY, June 30, Phase 1: 7pm, BLUE QUILL COMMUNITY HALL, 11304 25th Ave. You MUST be wearing cultural dress; no jeans, suits or casual wear allowed. Phase 2 begins at 9pm when the party gets started. Admission is $20. Dance till dawn with the family; children are welcome, and a child-minding area with games and other fun activities is on-hand. Information: 780-249-6239
Home Opener! The ESKIMOS host the TORONTO ARGONAUTS, Saturday, June 30, 5pm, COMMONWEALTH STADIUM. http://www.esks.com/
The EDMONTON PROSPECTS vs. the Regina Red Sox, TELUS FIELD, Saturday, June 30th, 7:00-9:30pm. http://www.prospectsbaseballclub.com/
EURO 2012: SPAIN will play ITALY in EURO 2012′s FINAL is SUNDAY, JULY 1st, 12:45pm, MDT on TSN. http://www.tsn.ca/euro2012/
MAGIC MIKE (hello….) starring Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum. Directed by Steven Soderberg. A love story set against the backdrop of a male exotic dancers club. Watch the trailer here: http://www.tribute.ca/trailers/magic-mike/18659/
PEOPLE LIKE US starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Chris Pine. Directed by Alex Kurtzman. A man is faced with difficult choices after discovering he has a sister he never knew about. Watch the trailer here: http://www.tribute.ca/trailers/people-like-us/18613/
TED starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis. The creator of Family Guy Seth McFarlane brings his…..blue brand of humour to the big screen with Ted – a cigar smoking, partier teddy bear come to life. Watch the trailer here: http://www.tribute.ca/trailers/ted/18627/