The city of Edmonton is holding a number of special events to commemorate Paul McCartney's two sold-out concerts at Rexall Place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Activities on Tuesday include a British beer and scotch tasting at Three Bananas Cafe, horse-drawn carriage rides around Churchill Square and a showing of a Hard Day's Night at City Hall.

The city is also hosting a tailgate party at the Edmonton EXPO Centre before each concert from 4 to 7 p.m. Mayor Stephen Mandel said the events are fun and aren't costing the city very much.

"We have money already allocated in the budget to do things like this," he said.

"There's much more to a city than paving a road and doing other things that are mundane and I think that's what's been one of the challenges in Edmonton's history."

The street in front of city hall, 102A Avenue, has been temporarily transformed into Abbey Road.The carillion at city hall will also play Beatles and McCartney tunes over the lunch hour.