5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

From Edmonton's most popular festival to the best in live music, the August long weekend is one of the Edmonton area's busiest.

Live music, live sports, a train ride into Alberta's history and craft beer

Alfie Myhre performs at the 2014 Blueberry Bluegrass Festival. (Courtesy of Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Society)

From Edmonton's most popular festival to the best in live music, the August long weekend is one of Edmonton and area's busiest.

Heritage Festival

What: Edmonton's 40th annual Servus Heritage Festival – a three-day showcase for over eighty-five cultures where you can enjoy cultural food, performances and crafts.
Edmonton's Heritage Festival offers cultural food, performances and crafts. (CBC)

When? Aug. 1 to 3

Music festival round-up

 What: Music fans, especially those who like a little twang in their thang, have two major options this weekend.

  • Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival drop by Heritage Park in Stony Plain for a weekend of acoustic music with performers such as Seldom Scene, Rhonda Vincent and The Del McCoury Band. Starts at noon Friday.
  • Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose stars Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum. Single day passes are still available. Mainstage starts Friday at 1 p.m. 

Sports round-up

What: Get your sport fix out of the way early this long weekend

  • The Edmonton Eskimos take on the hapless Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.

Take a ride into history

The Alberta Railway Museum offers rides behind a 102-year-old steam engine every long weekend. (Courtesy of Alberta Railway Museum)
What: ​The Northern Alberta Railways (NAR) was the 'made in Alberta' railway playing a key role in the development of northern Alberta. Visit the Alberta Railway Museum to take a ride behind a 102-year-old steam engine and experience the fun of train travel!

When? Train rides available Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 24215 -  34 Street

Get your beer on

What: Caskapalooza 2015 at Edmonton's CRAFT Beer Market features 18 fresh cask beers from Alberta and BC craft breweries. If you love fresh cask conditioned beer, make sure to be here. Tickets are $25 

When? Aug. 2nd from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.