5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Summer may be nearly half over (say it isn’t so!), but there’s still plenty of summer-y events coming your way. And don’t forget – both Taste of Edmonton and K-Days continue through this weekend!

Interstellar Rodeo, out of this world markets and the best of Canadian basketball

Expand your horizons and try out a new farmers' market this weekend. (Supplied)

Summer may be nearly half over (say it isn’t so!), but there’s still plenty of summer-y events coming your way. And don’t forget – both Taste of Edmonton and K-Days continue through this weekend!

Music in the park

The Strumbellas, here celebrating their Juno win in March 2014, will take the state at Interstellar Rodeo on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
What: Now back for its third year running, Interstellar Rodeo is the best little music festival you might not have heard of in Edmonton. Considerably smaller than the Edmonton Folk Fest, Interstellar takes place at the Hawrelak Park amphitheatre (meaning you have a hope of shelter should it rain). This year’s lineup includes the Strumbellas, Trampled by Turtles, CorbLund, Andrew Bird, Bahamas and many more. And you’re in luck! Tickets are still available.

When? July 25 to 27

Nothing but net

What: If sports are more your thing, you’ll have a chance to check out the best in upcoming basketball talent as Edmonton hosts the 2014 U15 and U17 National Championships for men and women. All championship games will be played at the Saville Community Sports Centre. A full schedule of games and events is available here.

When? July 25 to 30

A summer ball

What: Celebrate Edmonton's queer history and drag scene Saturday night at the Fruit Loop Summer Ball being held at Latitude 53. There will be music, art, fashion, wine tastings and more (including some of Edmonton’s most fabulous drag kings and queens). Entry into the party is by donation.

When? July 26 from 7 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.

Taste of Edmonton gets classy

What: A new addition to this year’s Taste of Edmonton, Sip’n’Savour at Churchill Square is a culinary adventure by daylight and a pop-up restaurant by night. Some of the city’s top chefs will be on hand every evening this weekend to serve up unique and delectable dishes. On Thursday night, the theme is Bacon and Bourbon; Friday’s theme is In the Wild and Saturday will serve up Blues and Brews. Your entry into Sip’n’Savour costs $10 (or 8 taste tickets) and includes one free drink. Read more about the event here.

When? July 24 to 26

Market roundup

What: While most attention is typically given to the markets of Old Strathcona and 104th Street, they are far from the only acts in town. Expand your horizons and check out one of these markets this weekend:

  • The St. Albert Farmer’s Market calls itself ‘Western Canada’s largest outdoors farmers’ market,’ running every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • Edmonton’s newest market is conveniently located only a couple blocks from the 104th Street Market at the old Mother’s Music shop. Now known as Mother’s Market, the indoor venue offers farmers’ produce and artisan goods raised and made in the Edmonton area 

  • In west Edmonton, the Callingwood Farmers' Market bills itself as the city’s ‘original and largest Sunday market’ serving up produce, meats, crafts and more from the covered courtyard area at Callingwood Shopping Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • On the other side of town, the South Common Farmers’ Market runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. just east of South Edmonton Common 

  • La Cite Francophone in Edmonton's French Quarter has an indoor/outdoor market that focuses on locally produced artisan foods, beverages and music. Open Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. 

  • The Century Park Market sets up shop just south of the Century Park LRT parking area on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm.