It’s another big weekend in Edmonton. Of course, you probably already know about the Edmonton Folk Festival, but here are five other things that might not be on your radar.

Nice wheels

What: Classic car lovers rejoice and head to St. Albert. The Rock’n August International Car Show and music festival started on Tuesday and will continue straight through to Saturday night. This year’s musical lineup includes Kim Mitchell, Kenny Shields and Streetheart and Prism. A full schedule of events is available here. More than 50,000 people attended the event last year, perusing more than 700 classic cars.

When? Through to August 9


What: One of Edmonton’s most colourful summer festivals is back this weekend as Cariwest takes over the downtown core. Three days of Caribbean arts, food, music and costumes (including plenty of free entertainment!) will kick off with a costume extravaganza at the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday afternoon. The Cariwest parade will then wind its way through downtown starting at noon on Saturday, followed by a party and children’s carnival at Churchill Square.

When? August 8 to 10


Canadian rockers Trooper will play at the Edmonton Rock Music Festival this weekend in Hawrelak Park. (Supplied)

The other music festival

What: Folk music not your thing? Head to Hawrelak Park for the Edmonton Rock Music Festival to see veteran performers, including Burton Cummings, Colin James, Trooper, Chilliwack, Doug and the Slugs and David Gogo. The concert is organized by the Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton, and aims to keep the spirit of rock music alive in the city, as well as introduce the classics to new generations. Tickets are $55 per day, or both days for $95.

When? August 8 and 9

Cowboy Poetry

What: Dedicated to “the preservation and presentation of historical and contemporary cowboy music, poetry and art,” the 22nd annual Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering is offering up a stellar lineup of poets, pickers and painters. Expect to hear stories of the pioneer days, tall tales and wagon rides (actual wagon rides are also available), as well as a pancake breakfast in this celebration of our province’s earlier days.

When? August 9 and 10


Why not take a little trip down the North Saskatchewan? (CBC)

Go for a paddle:

What: Take advantage of Sunday’s more moderate forecast and have a paddle down the North Saskatchewan river. The city has five boat launches free for your use (although some are further from the water than others). If you don’t have your own boat, don’t despair Canoeheads, Edmonton Canoe and Haskin Canoe all rent out boats, and will also give you a ride to your start or end point.

When? Whenever you like!