5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Whether your tastes skew towards bacon or fresh vegetables, museums at night or performances in the park, we've got something for you to do this weekend.
There will be plenty of activities, snacks and even a silent auction at the summer edition of Museum After Dark. (Mike Stinson)

Whether your tastes skew towards bacon or fresh vegetables, museums at night or performances in the park, we've got something for you to do this weekend.

Get bacon

What? A new Edmonton festival promising to celebrate all we hold dear — AKA bacon  is happening this weekend in Old Strathcona. Your ticket to Baconfest will get you 10 bacon-bits of food, a bacon-drink or two, an aerial bacon-themed performance by Firefly Theatre and a free bacon gift bag. Six food trucks — all featuring menus heavy on the bacon — will also be on hand Friday night outside the ATB Financial Arts Barn (10330 - 84th Avenue) when What the Truck descends on BaconFest.

When? July 4 from 5:30 p.m. to Midnight (two seatings); What the Truck will be on site from 5-10 p.m.

Leather after dark

Street performers from across the planet will take over Churchill Square starting Friday.
What? Like Grease’s Sandy, Museum After Dark is back and now in leather. The 18+ event will give you a chance to visit the original Royal Alberta Museum —
 including new exhibit Worn to be Wild: the Black Leather Jacket —and after hours with a snack and drink in hand. Models wearing leather designs by Canadian designer Derek Jagodzinsky will also be cruising the galleries. Get your tickets here.   

When? July 5 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Performances in the street

What? Out with one art act and in with the next! The 30th annual Edmonton International Street Performers Festival will kick off in Churchill Square on Friday — just days after The Works wrapped up for the season. More than 1,500 original, outdoor performances by musicians, jugglers, acrobats and more from around the world. Just don’t forget to bring a pocketful of change to throw in the hat afterwards! 

When? Shows run from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily from July 4 to 13

Cheer on the home team

Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Bakari Grant is chased by Edmonton Eskimos' Chris Rwabukamba last summer in Edmonton. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)
What? The Edmonton Eskimos play their first home game of the regular season Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium as they take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Edmonton owns a 54-30-1 record overall against the Tabbies. Tickets are available here.

When? Kickoff is at 8 p.m. July 4

Savour the flavour

What? Sherwood Park will become a hub of local food and gourmet cuisine this weekend when the Community Centre (2001 - Sherwood Drive) opens its doors to Savour Strathcona County. Chefs from 13 local restaurants will be on hand to whip up tasty treats made from fresh ingredients as artists and artisans sell their wares nearby. Best part? Admission is free.

When? July 6 from 4 to 8 p.m.