5 Things to do around Edmonton this weekend

Take in some live music, grab a snack at one of the last food fairs of the season, explore a Tibetan bazaar or check out an exceptionally well-puppeted horse.

This time Sherwood Park, Camrose, St. Albert and Spruce Grove get in on the action

Elliott Brood will play at Bailey Theatre in Camrose on Saturday night. ((Joanne Steventon/CBC))

Take in some live music, grab a snack at one of the last food fairs of the season, explore a Tibetan bazaar or check out an exceptionally well-puppeted horse. Here are some ideas for ways to fill your weekend:

What the Truck returns

What: Billed as “the biggest What the Truck?! event ever,” this mobile smorgasbord will ensure the food trucks season goes out with a bang. The food fair will be held this time at Churchill Square perfect for those wrapping up work for the week and seeking celebration and will feature 16 food trucks (full list of vendors available here).

What the Truck returns, this time setting up in Churchill Square on Friday night. (CBC)

When? Friday, September 20

Harvest Fair @ Grain Elevator

What: Yearning for some good, old-fashioned fun? The Spruce Grove Agricultural Society is hosting a Harvest Fair at the old grain elevator (120 Railway Avenue) as it shuts down for the season. Bring your family and participate in some old-time fun, watch a cross saw competition, hop 'til you drop in a potato sack race and cap it all off by going lawn bowling.

When? September 21, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Take in some live music

What: While it’s never difficult to find live music somewhere in the city, this weekend is offering a triple punch of three very different musical acts around the city. Interstellar Rodeo favourites Elliott Brood are back in Alberta and playing at the Bailey Theatre in Camrose on Saturday night while chilled-out indie superstar Samuel Beam, better known as Iron and Wine, will be playing the Winspear on Sunday. For country fans out there, the Georgia-born Zac Brown Band will hit Rexall Place Sunday night with The Stellas and Dugas. Tickets are still available for all three shows.

When? Elliott Brood plays September 21; Iron and Wine and the Zac Brown Band both play September 22

Tibetan Bazaar

What: The GadenSamten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society is hosting northern Alberta’s only annual celebration of Tibetan culture this weekend, featuring travel displays, food samples, a Himalayan market and meditation training from a genuine Tibetan monk. Goods for sale will include handmade carpets and textiles, jewelry, art and ritual items. The bazaar will be held at Alberta Avenue Hall (9210 - 118th Avenue), admission costs $5. An introduction to Tibetan Medicine will also be held Friday night at 7 p.m.

When? September 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

War Horse

What: You may have already seen the movie, but this week marked the Edmonton debut for the touring production that has been receiving rave reviews across the country. The play tells the story of Joey, a one-of-a-kind horse who is sold to the cavalry at the advent of World War I, and Albert, the boy who sets out on an extraordinary mission to find his long lost horse friend. The stage horse is controlled by a team of puppeteers, one of whom is from right here in Edmonton. You can buy your tickets here.

When? The show is playing nightly through to September 22

If none of that appeals

Whose Line is it Anyway alumni Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will be treating crowds to their own particular brand of humourat the Northstar Hyundai Arena in St. Albert on Friday night.

CBC’s The Irrelevant Showwill be recording live at Festival Place in Sherwood Park Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

What are you up to this weekend?


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