5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend
Comedy, compost, Chinatown and centennial celebrations
This weekend is a bit of a mixed bag, with a daub of drama, a smattering of comedy, some dance, some gardening, night markets and a seriously long race all coming your way.
Get your Fringe on
What: It’s the final weekend of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, so if you haven’t already been down to Old Strathcona, check out the scene or catch a play or two.
For a full schedule, you’ll need to pick up a program guide — but here are some highlights you might not want to miss:
- The Late Night Cabaret will feature laughs, music and special guests nightly at midnight
- The Friday Fire Show will happen Aug. 22 at 10:45
- Also, if you’re tight on time — the Fringe holdovers will be announced on Friday
A full list of plays and reviews is available here.
When? Until August 24
A little night shopping
What: Back for its second year, the 97th Street Night Market is popping up in Chinatown on Saturday night. There will be Tai Chi demonstrations, K-Pop dance crews and lion dancers on display, along with food trucks, street vendors and walking tours available to sate every appetite.
When? August 23 from 6:15 to 10 p.m.
What: Although registration is now closed, you can still be part of the Edmonton Marathon as a cheerleader. It’s always pretty impressive watching the ultra-athletes do their thing, but even better when you get to wave and holler for friends and family. The marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K are happening on Sunday. Saturday has a 3K friendship run and an event for kids. Route maps can be found here.
When? August 23 and 24
What: Wanting to get into composting and not sure where to start? Head down to the John Janzen Nature Centre on Saturday afternoon for a two-hour tutorial designed to give you a head start on growing your own super-dirt this winter
When? August 23 from 1:30 to 3:30
Saturday morning dance party
What: The MacEwan Dancers will be back at the 104th Street Market on Saturday to show their stuff for the second time this summer. When they last performed in May, their set was extended to a marathon three-hour free-for-all, with market-going kids getting in on the action. This month’s show will include ballet, hip hop, blues and ballroom dance.
When? August 23 from noon until 2:30 p.m.
What: The community of Beverly is celebrating its centennial this weekend with a parade, street concert, a picnic and fireworks. After the parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, musical acts Scenic Route to Alaska, Boogie Patrol, Ann Vriend and Captain Tractor will take the stage. On Sunday, head down to Rundle Park for a picnic and family-friendly fun.
When? August 23 and 24