By Lindsay Shapka
Summer is officially here, which means that it is time for non-stop festivities in Churchill Square, lounging in the lush green river valley, or finding a patio to kick back with friends and a cold drink. Ready to get your summer started? Check out one of these hot events happening in the city this weekend.
1. Edmonton International Jazz Festival June 21-July 2
Enjoy the smooth sound of Platinum Recording Artist Chris Botti, the multi-talented Brazilian artist Eliane Elias, the improvisational genius of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, and more at this festival that draws artists from all over the world. Tickets and concerts are at multiple locations around the city, check the website for details.
2. The Works Art and Design Festival June 21-July 3
Boosting the imagination and energy of downtown Edmonton, artists from all over the world gather in the city’s core to participate in over 200 exciting exhibits and special events. Concerts, beer gardens, and unique local artisans are set up in Churchill Square. Check the website for further information and a map of the various downtown exhibitions.
3. The 2012 Alberta Ballet House and Garden Tour June 23-June 24
Have you always wondered what lies behind the doors of Edmonton’s most exclusive private residences? This weekend only, 6 stunning Edmonton homes and their gardens will be open to the public. Call 780-428-6839 for tickets or check the website for more details.