5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

It’ll be a musical weekend in the capital city, with symphonies, Sonic Boom and a new documentary about the city’s music scene.

Sonic Boom, Symphony in the City and Sound of Edmonton

Triathletes from around the world have been converging in Edmonton this week in preparation for the ITU World Triathlon Grand Finals. (John Ulan/The Canadian Press )

It will be a musical weekend in the capital city, with symphonies, Sonic Boom and a new documentary about Edmonton's music scene.

Symphony under the stars

What: The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will be playing a series of free outdoor concerts in the heart of downtown. The orchestra will perform a family-friendly set of Disney and classical pieces on Friday and Saturday night in Churchill Square, and then will be joined in concert by The McDades for a special performance at Kinsmen Park on Sunday night. 

When? August 29, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m.

Rock on

Jack White will be one of the headliners for this weekend's Sonic Boom Festival. (Katy Winn/Invision/The Associated Press)
What: If the symphony isn’t quite your speed, Sonic Boom is serving up an impressive lineup of talent at Northlands, including Jack White, Serena Ryder, STARS, Current Swell, Foster the People, the Arctic Monkeys, Tegan and Sara and The New Pornographers. Both weekend and single day passes are still available. 

When? August 29 to 31

Oh yeah, Katy Perry will also be in town, and will be playing Rexall August 31 and September 1

Triple threat

What: You may have already noticed the city has recently been inundated with very fit-looking folks from all over the world (I myself caught sight of a troupe of eerily tall and lean Swedes at Southgate the other day) … that’s right. It’s triathlon time. Edmonton is hosting the ITU World Triathlon Grand Finals this weekend, which will mean street closures but also plenty of bustle and jaw-dropping athletic spectacle. Although smaller-scale events have already been happening all week, the main events will take place Saturday through Monday.

When? Races and events through to September 1

Changing seasons

It's harvest-time, and Fort Edmonton is inviting families to join in on the old-timey fun. (CBC)
What: A visit to one of the city’s farmers’ markets is all the indication you need
it’s harvest time in Alberta. To celebrate, Fort Edmonton is holding its annual agricultural celebration. Travel back in time to see how old-timey farmers worked the fields, sample some historically-inspired dishes and try your hand at weaving, wood carving and square dancing as you are serenaded by live folk music. Standard admission rates apply. A special harvest dinner is available Saturday night for $55.

When? August 30 to September 1

Sounds like Edmonton

What: While technically not a weekend event, the premiere showing of Evan van Ramshorst’s documentary “Sound of Edmonton” warrants an inclusion this week. The film, which will debut at the Artery (9535 Jasper Avenue) on Wednesday night, explores the city’s colourful music scene and the issues it faces. Local bands At Her Feet, Latcho Drum and I Am Machi will also be playing at the premiere.

When? September 3 at 7:30 p.m.