It’s shaping up to be another weekend full of amazing events, from festivals to art shows and everything in between. Here’s what’s on this weekend in Edmonton!
1) Drawn Home | Starts August 5
This new exhibition at the Art Gallery of St. Albert explores the meaning of home—the places, people, and communities we hold dear and the connections that we make. Artists on display include members of Big Lake Artists’ Studios, the St. Albert Photography Club, and the Visual Arts Studio Association.
3) Charles Haycock | August 6–7
Charles Haycock brings his quirky, unpretentious comedy to two shows at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, inside Century Casino! You can get your tickets through the Yuk Yuk’s website.
4) Cariwest 2021 | August 6–8
It’s a weekend celebrating all things Caribbean as Cariwest returns in a hybrid virtual/live festival. Events planned for the weekend include virtual concerts, a movie night, onsite food trucks, and more! Exclusive deals are available on food from Caribbean restaurants across Edmonton.
5) The Hill at Home: Folk Fest Online | August 6–8
Enjoy all your favourite parts of FolkFest—great music, community spirit, contests, shopping, and delicious food—from the comfort of your home! This year’s music includes FREE streams of Brandi Carlisle and Hozier’s 2019 performances, as well as a video sing-a-long with Jim Cuddy.
6) Together Again Outdoor Concert Series | August 6–8
Some of the biggest acts around are making their way to the Racetrack Infield on the Edmonton Exhibition Lands for a can’t-miss live concert series! This weekend’s lineup includes headliners Five Alarm Funk, Serena Ryder, The Trews, 54-40, and Bif Naked, along with many, many more fan favourites. Tickets can be purchased for a table of 2, 4, or 6 people. These concerts are 18+ only.
7) ESO Outdoors | August 6–8
Starting this weekend, catch the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performing at an outdoor space near you! Enjoy an evening of film classics, fan favourites, and more, all for a pay-what-you-can price. This, weekend, you can find the ESO at Fort Saskatchewan’s Legacy Park, 124th Street in Edmonton, and Four Seasons Park in Beaumont! Find showtimes and tickets at the ESO website.
8) Dance! A Weekend of Dance on Screen | August 6–8
The big screen at Metro Cinema is lighting up all weekend long with some of the most beloved dance movies of all time! Catch Ailey, Black Swan, Breakin’, and An American in Paris for a good old-fashioned night of movie magic. Tickets and showtimes are available on the Metro Cinema website.
9) Alberta on the Plate | August 6–15
Did you know that Alberta has its own signature foods? 7 signature ingredients—beef, bison, honey, red fife wheat, root vegetables, saskatoon berries, and canola—are the stars of this unique food festival, which sees dozens of restaurants across the province showcasing uniquely Albertan specialty menus. 17 restaurants in the Edmonton region are taking part, offering everything from casual meals to fine dining. See a full list of participating restaurants on the Alberta on the Plate website.
10) Eat Jamaican Grand Opening | August 7
South Edmonton’s first Jamaican grocery store, Eat Jamaican, is hosting their grand opening on Saturday, August 7th. Stop by from 12–2 pm for free Jamaican food, a live DJ, and prize giveaways!
11) Joshua Brown Speak-OUT! Fundraiser and Drag Show | August 7
Come by the Evolution Wonderlounge on Saturday, August 7th, to share love and raise funds for CHEW Project. Hear from the Brown family, meet the team behind CHEW, and come together with the LGBTQ2S+ community & suicide loss survivors in a meaningful way. Performers currently scheduled to appear include Vanity Fair, Andra Jini, GoDiva, Bianca Lovegood, Jennie Talia, Irena Cox, Honey Dijon, Lady Tenderflake, Selena Cuchina, and Miss Steak.
12) #AGALIVE: Studio Visit with Emmanuel Osahor | August 7
Go behind the scenes as the Art Gallery of Alberta takes you on a virtual tour of artist Emmanuel Osahor’s studio, including a discussion of his new works on display as part of the exhibition “The Scene”.
13) YEG Old Houses Exhibition | August 7–September 25
Aeris Osborne’s first solo art exhibition explores 11 architectural styles of houses in Edmonton through vibrant, colourful paintings. The exhibition is available to view at very Thursday to Saturday at McLuhan House.