5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

This weekend kicks off early with two Thursday night events, then holds steady with street food and fairs, live music and Shakespeare, an outdoor gallery and plenty of history.

Once again, this weekend starts on Thursday

Art Walk will kick on Friday along Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona. More than 450 artists' work will be on display and up for sale this year. (Art Walk/Facebook)

This weekend kicks off early with two Thursday night events, then holds steady with street food and fairs, live music and Shakespeare, an outdoor gallery and plenty of history.

Truck stop

Attila the HUNgry is just one of the food trucks that will be serving up snacks on Thursday night at Truck Stop. (Attila the HUNgry/Facebook)
 What: By now you must have realized I am a food truck enthusiast. This week’s edition of "food you can eat on the street" is the second Truck Stop of the season. Head over to Boyle Street Plaza (9538 –
103A Avenue) Thursday night to munch on tasty treats made by Afterbite Mobile Kitchen, Attila the HUNgry, Funky Mango and Street Eats. Don’t despair if you can’t make it Thursday this app will show you were food trucks are serving up in Edmonton on a day-by-day basis. 

When? July 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Muttart and music

What: If the hot weather has got you searching for a patio, the Muttart Conservatory is offering up a tranquil atmosphere and some live music Thursday evening. Local singer-songwriter Anna Beaumont will be performing at the Patio Roots event, a one-night only affair. However, if you miss this week’s show, you can try again in August when Martin Kerr will provide the music.

When? July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Shakespeare not in the park

What: There was some worry over where this year's Freewill Shakespeare Festival would take place after the Hawrelak Amphitheatre collapsed in January. Now, the company is back in force this summer for its 26th season, performing The Taming of the Shrew (Also known as 10 Things I Hate About You to those of you born between 1982 and 1988) daily at the University of Alberta's Myer Horowitz Theatre. If you haven’t seen the play, it’s a comedic story about two sisters and their misters and has a happy ending. A full schedule of show times is available here.

When? Performances at 8 p.m. daily from July 9 to 27

Get historic

The Muttart Conservatory will be hosting a patio night Thursday, complete with live music. (City of Edmonton)
What: Edmonton’s Historic Week and Doors Open Festival wraps up this weekend, with plenty of tours and historic sites you can check out. Under this year’s theme, “Many Voices, Many Stories, One City,” the focus will be on Edmonton’s multicultural history, which dates right back to the Fort Edmonton days. Highlights include scary stories told in the Edmonton Cemetery and a sneak peak into the
Cabogo Lofts. A full list of planned events and exhibits is available here 

When? July 6 to 13

Walk of art

What: Whyte Avenue will turn into an outdoor studio and gallery this weekend for Art Walk. More than 450 artists are involved in this year’s display, which aims to bring affordable art to the masses while encouraging Edmontonians to support local artists. The outdoor gallery will be set up along both sides of Whyte Avenue from 101st Street to 108th Street. And while you’re there check out Sand on Whyte to see some amazing sand creations.

When? From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11 to 13

Street fair

What: Because two of this weekend’s events happened on Thursday, here’s a bonus item : historic Church Street is hosting a special fair on Saturday complete with face painters, bouncy castles, snacks, musicians and a street dance. Tours will also be offered about the history of the multiple historic churches in the McCauley and Boyle Street neighbourhood.

When? July 12 starting from noon until 9 p.m.