Fun things to do around Edmonton this Canada Day weekend

Fun things to do around Edmonton this Canada Day weekend
Fun things to do around Edmonton this Canada Day weekend

There are a lot of Canada Day festivities planned in St. Albert this weekend, but there are also a number of activities happening related to it.

There are a host of Canada Day festivities planned in St. Albert this weekend, as well as a number of unrelated activities.

Like every year, numerous festive activities will take place in St. Albert this weekend in honor of Canada Day.

Starting with city-organized events, numerous performances will take place at Servus Place on July 1 from 10am to 4pm.

“Nearly 52 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds were brought in to entertain visitors on two stages – an outdoor Main Stage and an indoor Northern Light Stage,” Gazettes wrote arts and entertainment reporter Anna Borowiecki earlier this week. “Singers, dancers, drummers, circus performers and wandering performers fill the roster.”

“Additional activities at Servus Place include face painting, bouncy castles, free public skating and an official Canada Day ceremony led by a bagpiper and guard of honour at 12:00 noon.”

Then, residents can head to downtown Millennium Park to watch an outdoor movie at 6 p.m. Kung Fu Panda 4, with movie snacks available for purchase at food trucks.

A 15-minute fireworks display will take place at 11 p.m. at the Meadowview Ball Diamonds, but visitors are encouraged to watch from Millennium Park or Lions Park in downtown, or from Morgan Park in Mission.

Canada Day will also feature an afternoon of music at the St. Albert Botanic Park, hosted by Jan and Jim Baker and jazz singer Barbara Leah Meyer, from 1:30 PM to 3:15 PM.

2. Run/walk for reconciliation

The 4th annual Run/Walk for Reconciliation will take place on July 1 from 9am at Lions Park.

“The free event will see participants, many wearing orange Every Child Matters shirts, walk or run three or five kilometres along the Sturgeon River to raise awareness about the impact of Canada’s boarding school system,” Government Gazette reporter Kevin Ma wrote earlier this week.

St. Albert resident Amanda Patrick, who has organized the event for the past four years, said in an interview that this year the team is collecting donations on behalf of the Poundmaker’s Lodge, located on the site of what used to be the Edmonton of Poundmaker. Residential school on Poundmaker Road, near the municipal cemetery.

The run and walk begins at Lions Park and ends at the Healing Garden, just north of St. Albert Place on the north side of the Sturgeon River.

“You will be given an orange ribbon to carry with you as you walk/run. When you reach the Healing Garden, you can tie the ribbon around the poles of the gazebo,” the event website states.

“As you walk/run, we encourage you to personally reflect on your own path to reconciliation and what it means to you.”

3. NeutralGround event at St. Albert Place

St. Albert vzw NeutralGround is back at St. Albert Place on Saturday afternoon for a free hobby and activity session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

NeutralGround was founded to bring together a community of hobbyists by creating an inclusive space where people can enjoy their hobbies together.

Event attendees can knit and crochet; play multi-player video games; play board games; participate in role-playing games; help complete a team puzzle; and more. Snacks will also be provided, and registration is not required.

The organization writes on its Facebook page that this is the last activity session planned for the summer before it starts again in September.

While the event isn’t taking place in Edmonton, St. Albertans can head to Little Brick Cafe on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy local music, including Amanda Penner, one of this year’s Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award winners.

Penner, who has previously performed at the Edmonton Folk Festival, will take the stage at Little Brick on Sunday around 5 p.m., followed by performances by Edmontonians Lucas Chaisson, Joe Nolan and Nuela Charles, among others.

General admission for both days of the festival is $27.96. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

The St. Albert Farmers’ Market is back this weekend.

There will be around 275 stalls in the city center selling vegetables, craft products and art, and around 10 food trucks selling ready-made snacks and lunches.

Back at the market this year, there’s free bike storage courtesy of Cranky’s Bike Shop. Lesley Obodiak, organizer for the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce, told the Newspaper Earlier this month, it was announced that market-goers could simply leave their bikes at Cranky’s, get a ticket, shop and pick up their bikes when they were ready to leave.

The market is open from 10am to 3.30pm.