5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

You probably already know about two of the biggest events happening in town this weekend – K-Days and Taste of Edmonton – but here are five other events you might not have heard of.

Cat films, book swaps, garden tours and an important space anniversary

Some of Edmonton's most beautiful gardens will be on display this weekend as the Edmonton Horticultural Society hosts its annual garden tour.

You probably already know about two of the biggest events happening in town this weekend – K-Days and the Taste of Edmonton – but here are five other events you might not have heard of.

Feline fancy?

What? I would be remiss as an online writer to overlook the Just for Cats Film Festival happening at the Garneau Theatre this weekend. This is the first ever film festival devoted entirely to the cinematic tails of YouTube, and will feature your favourite feline friends like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Keyboard Cat and the NONONO cat. Sure, it’s no Feline-i festival, but I am sure you can find claws to go. In the words of the organizers: “It's not about watching cat videos, it’s about watching cat videos together!”

When? Screenings at 7 p.m. on July 18 and July 19, 1 p.m. on July 20

Defying Gravity

The touring version of Gregory Maguire's Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is playing at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. ((Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images))
What: What is this feeling, so sudden and new? Is it the feeling of seeing one of cinema’s most beloved stories told musically from the perspective of the wicked witch? Even though you’re Not That Girl (and may, in fact, be a Sentimental Man) and No One Mourns the Wicked, Thank Goodness tickets are still available to see the touring show of Wicked at the Jubilee Auditorium. It won’t be Something Bad, I promise.

When? Shows daily through to July 20

Grass is always greener…

What: The Edmonton Horticultural Society is holding its annual garden tour this weekend, giving you a chance to tour some of the city’s most serene and spectacular gardens and chat with the green thumb masterminds behind the plots. Your ticket will get you a list of addresses and driving direction to each garden (the tour itself is self-guided) – but get one fast – they are close to selling out! 

When? July 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bookworms unite

What: Having a hard time picking the next book for your summer reading pleasure? Already finished a couple of books and looking to unload? Grab five (or more) of your old books and take them to the main floor of the Edmonton Journal building on Saturday for the Great Edmonton Book Swap IV and trade them in for something new and fancy.

When? July 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This photo, from NASA TV, shows the Apollo 11 astronauts on the lunar surface. The picture was taken from a new digitally refurbished version of the original moon landing video unveiled in Washington on Thursday, July 16, 2009. ((NASA TV/Associated Press))

Look to the skies

What: Saturday night marks 45 years since humans first walked on the moon. The Telus World of Science has planned several events to commemorate the event, starting with the launch of a Saturn V rocket replica at 2:18 p.m. (space travel is nothing if not precise). Then, head over to the Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre to relive the excitement of the race to the moon in Dawn of the Space Age or look forward to the future in Back to the Moon for Good.

When? Film screenings at 1 and 3 p.m. July 19 and 20; rocket launch at 2:18 p.m. July 20