The last long weekend of the summer means it’s your last chance to squeeze out as much last-minute outdoor fun as possible. Here’s our list of five things you might not have known about, plus a couple of extra ideas for good measure.
Symphony under the sky
What: Whether you are into Broadway or Brahms, Motown or Mozart, this annual Labour Day weekend event has got you covered. With three matinees and three evening programs spread across the long weekend, you can experience one last outdoor musical experience before the leaves change colour as conductor Bob Bernhardt returns to lead the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at Hawrelak Park. Tickets are available for both reserved and grass seating, ranging from free to $40 per adult. Weekend passes are also available.
When? August 30 at 7 p.m. until September 2 at 2 p.m.
What: We already gave you the scoop on the Fringe a couple of weeks ago – but what you might not know is that you can still see four of the best-reviewed and most popular shows from the 2013 schedule. Weaksauce, God is a Scottish Drag Queen, Port Authority and Jake’s Gift (sold out) each have two shows scheduled for the weekend but get your tickets fast before they’re gone! All four shows are playing at the Arts Barns. You can also catch Freud’s Last Session at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
When? August 30- September 1
Blink: Parkade Party!
What: While hanging out in a parkade may not be your first choice on a Saturday night, this is no regular parkade. The rooftop level of Vinci Park (10040-103rd Street) will be transformed into the stuff of sockhop dreams, complete with a pop-up temporary park including turf, food, music and a special outdoor viewing of the coming-of-age classic "Grease."
The music will kick off at 6 p.m., followed by dance lessons hosted by E-Town Salsa. You can then recharge with a cookie-eating contest before learning some sweet Grease-inspired dance moves. The movie starts at 9 p.m. and there’s an after party planned at Cask & Barrel. Admission is free, but donations to Downtown Proud will be collected.
When? August 31 from 6-11 p.m.
Tour of Alberta
What: Although not truly a weekend event, festivities surrounding Tour of Alberta, Canada’s first major international professional cycling stage race, will start Monday with live music, big screens, vendors and beer gardens at Sir Winston Churchill Square.
A family ride raising funds for Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health (CASA) happens Monday morning along a portion of the official race route, while the professionals themselves will take off on Wednesday. Riders will travel 800 kilometres through urban and rural Alberta, winding up in Calgary on September 8. An opening gala is also being held Monday evening at the Shaw Conference Centre.
When? September 1 starting at 10 a.m.
What: The TALES Fort Edmonton Storytelling Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, bringing tales of trickery, fairies and far-off places. Juno-nominated East Coast musical group The Once will also play two story-themed concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights. A full schedule of storytelling events is available here. Admission to the Storytelling Festival is included with regular admission to the park.
When? September 1-2 from 1-9 p.m.
It’s the final weekend for Movies on the Square, which is screening a true classic on Saturday evening: Goonies.
If you’re looking for more grown-up fun, Alley Kat Brewery is holding a cask night Friday at 5 p.m., promising delicious foods and a mystery beer with a brewer’s twist.
And for the sports fan, FC Edmonton will take on the New York Cosmos Sunday afternoon at Clarke Stadium
What do you have planned for your long weekend?