5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Whether it's stargazing, theatre, music or extreme sports, this weekend is packed with local events to suit almost any interest.
The 32nd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival started Thursday night and continues until Aug. 25. (CBC)

Whether it’s stargazing, theatre, music or extreme sports, this weekend is packed with local events to suit almost any interest.

Here are five things you shouldn’t miss:

Perseids Pajama Party

A meteor streaks across the sky Tuesday over Vinton, Calif., during the annual Perseid meteor shower. (Kevin Clifford/Associated Press)

What: For skygazers, the Devonian Botanical Garden on Highway 60 is hosting a pajama party under the stars on Friday to watch the annual Perseids Meteor Shower. Bring a blanket, some pillows, a lawnchair, and a flashlight and settle in to watch up to 60 meteors soar by each hour. Family-friendly activities will be available from 8 p.m. until dark. Regular admission prices apply.

When? August 16 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

What: One of the biggest events of the weekend is already happening in Old Strathcona. Billing itself as ‘the oldest and largest theatre event of its kind in North America,’ the 2013 Fringe season kicked off Thursday and promises to keep packing in action for 10 days straight. "From Fringe with Love" celebrates 50 years of James Bond on screen. With so many shows to keep track of, you might want to pick up a program guide for $7. A full schedule is also available online.

When? August 15-25

Edmonton Blues Festival

What: Another weekend, another music festival at Hawrelak Park’s busy Heritage Amphitheatre. This year’s blues festival – in its 15th year running – will feature multiple Grammy winners and nominees from across the globe. Transferable weekend passes for the event start are $105 (the cheaper non-transferable passes are sold out) and day passes are available for $45, with tickets being sold by Ticketmaster and online. A full line-up for the festival is available here.

When? From 5:30 p.m. August 16 to 9 p.m. August 18

The Highlevel Downhill Professional Skateboard Race

Longboarders will be hurtling themselves down the hills of the river valley this weekend in Edmonton, reaching high speeds. Mischo Erbane, seen here, set the Guinness World Record for speed in 2012 going 129.94 km/h on his longboard. (Mischo.com)

What: Over 200 longboarders will take to the streets this weekend in the largest skateboarding event in the city’s history. Longboard racers sporting full leather suits will launch themselves down the steepest hills of Edmonton’s river valley Saturday as part of the Highlevel Downhill course. On Sunday, competitors will hit the river valley trail system to complete a winding roller coaster of a 20 kilometre course connecting Hermitage Park and Government House. While riders of all skill levels are permitted to compete, the race has become known as one of the most technically-challenging in North America. For those content to merely watch the adrenaline junkies do their thing, food trucks and a barbecue will be on hand at the finish line, where longboard games and contests are also being held.

When? August 17 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and August 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Edmonton Latin Festival

What: The Edmonton Hispanic Cultural Society is hosting the 4th annual festival of Latin food and dance at Sir Winston Churchill Square. The two-day event is free to attend and will feature both international and local musicians and artists, as well as dance classes for all. Should you need a little liquid courage before embarking on a Salsa dance class, there will also be a beer garden set up.

When? August 17 and 18

Other picks:

If none of our five picks for the weekend are quite your style, there’s also the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival and the 84th annual Canadian Derby.