We’re exactly halfway through the summer and those hot temperatures are forecast to keep on coming, so grab a cold one (whether it’s water or a special local brew) and check out some of the best Edmonton has to offer: whether its art, culture, tunes or yes, beer, this weekend.

Culture in a brewery

What: Edmonton’s second Arts Market hosted by the Culture Collective is happening tonight at the Yellowhead Brewery downtown. Rapid Fire Theatre, the Capital City Burlesque troupe and the band SIIINES will be on hand to entertain while you wander the market for wares and munch on tasty treats provided by the Orbit Food Truck. Entrance to the event is $10 at the door. And if that’s not enough, there will also be an after-party at the Red Star Pub.

When? July 31 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Double up

What: Whether you’re looking to add a new original painting to your wall or have a dance party, Whyte Avenue will be the place for you this weekend as Bermuda Fest takes off. Part silent auction, part multi-venue music festival, tickets to Bermuda Fest are available online and you can even place your bid online ahead of time too!

When? July 31 to August 4

Feeling bluegrass?

Command Sisters

Hometown girls, The Command Sisters, are just one of the groups performing at this year's Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Festival in Stony Plain. (Facebook)

What: Did you miss out on Interstellar Rodeo last week and pining for some live music? Or maybe you’re just hoping to get (a little) out of town and relax into some bluegrass? Look no further than the Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Society Festival taking place this weekend in Stony Plain. This year’s boasts a packed lineup that kicks off at noon on Friday and wraps up Sunday night. For the more adventurous among you, on-site camping is also available.

When? 12 p.m. August 1 to 10:30 August 3

Spice it up

What: A staple of summers in Edmonton, the Heritage Festival is happening in Hawrelak Park this weekend. This year’s smorgasbord of food, dance, art and cultures will feature 60 pavilions representing more than 85 cultures from around the world. Feeling overwhelmed by all the options? There’s an app for that. Admission to the festival is free, but don’t count on finding on-site parking and please leave your puppies at home!

When? August 2 to 4


The Heritage Festival returns to Hawrelak Park this weekend with more than 60 pavilions of food, culture and activities.

Brewing local

What: For the beer enthusiasts out there, Craft Beer Market is hosting its first-ever Caskapalooza event on Sunday, serving up more than 15 cask beers from breweries in Alberta and B.C. for one special day only. Your $25 ticket will get you a dozen 4-oz. samples, and you can buy extra for $3 a piece.

When? August 3 from 2 to 6 p.m.