This weekend starts one day early with the Thursday night market along 124th Street. There are also other markets and festivals galore for the gardeners, gourmets and garment-geeks among you.

Warning: this is a Thursday night event

What: Stop what you’re doing right now and head downtown to check out the grand opening of the 124th Street Grand Market – a seasonal, Thursday night affair that brings together more than 60 vendors each week. This week’s opening will be marked by food trucks and live music – just a taste of things to come for the rest of the summer!

When? May 22 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Tell me a story

What: For those of you not looking to spend the entire weekend outside, head down to Fort Edmonton’s 1905 Street for the TALES Storytelling Festival, now back for its 26th year. This year’s event will include a story slam as well as storytelling school. A full schedule of events is available here. Admission to the festival is included in the park’s admission fee.

When? May 23 to 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Food trucks return!

What: What the Truck is back! One of Edmonton’s most popular food fairs is back this weekend to kick off the summer season with 12 gourmet eateries serving up grub along 104 Street from Jasper to 102 Avenue. A full list of trucks and menus is available here.

When? May 24 from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Boyle Street Makers Faire

Clothing and jewelry will be up for sale or exchange at the Boyle Street Makers Faire. (Facebook)

What: Head to Boyle Street Plaza (9538 - 103A Avenue) this weekend to explore the Boyle Street Maker’s Faire – “featuring the best Edmonton makes” in clothing, jewelry, home decor and art. A variety of workshops, ranging from print-making to mbira playing, are also being offered, along with a clothing swap for gently used items and accessories.

When? May 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Green thumbs to Little Italy

What: Gardeners take note: Little Italy’s Caboto Park (95th Street & 109th Avenue) will play host to the pop-up Primavera Market this weekend, making this the perfect stop for those in search of greenery for their gardens. Plants, flowers and seedlings will be up for sale, along with a perennial exchange and “all you need to get your garden growing” (including brunch and lattes for the gardener!).

When? May 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.