Lindork’s Lists #171 – Green Carnival 🎡, Indigenous History Month experiences, Summer Tubing, Ribfests, and more!
Newsletter for June 7-13, 2023
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Things to Do This Week
Experience Sustainival (ICE District 10101 104 Ave.)
Check out the Sustainival GREEN Festival running June 8-11 in downtown Edmonton featuring games and carnival rides powered by renewable energy, plus educational activities and community booths. Sustainival is FREE to enter but you need tickets for rides.
Get tickets for the Now Hear This Festival (various locations)
New Music Edmonton’s 12th annual festival Now Hear This kicks off June 9 til June 18 featuring new classical music and multimedia performances, art, improv, electronic music and more. Check out the line-up and get tickets!
Check out the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Summer Exhibitions Opening
The Art Gallery of Alberta is hosting a Summer Launch Party on Friday, June 9 from 7:30-9 p.m. (members get early access at 6 p.m.) “From Pop art, Indigenous art, contemporary art to historical art, get an exclusive preview of two new exhibitions (From Warhol to Banksy and Kenzie Housego: I❤️U) as well as other recently-opened shows.”
Shop the Tomo Arts Market (8426 Gateway Blvd.)
The cute Tomo Arts Market is back for the summer this Sunday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. featuring 35+ local artists and makers focused on cute alternative art styles, anime prints, comics, and more.
Celebrate National Indigenous History Month (June!)
June is National Indigenous History Month. Check out Explore Edmonton’s Guide to marking the month, including local Indigenous-owned businesses you can support and educational experiences you can take in, including checking out Indigenous landmarks and spaces in the city.
Try the new Summer Tubing experience at Rabbit Hill (20715 57 Ave.)
The tubing doesn’t stop just because snow is gone—Rabbit Hill Snow Resort is bringing to Edmonton a Summer Tubing experience that launches this weekend June 10! Tubing is for ages 4+ with short and long lanes and this is the only summer tubing you can find in the Edmonton area. Go this weekend or stay tuned—Rabbit Hill gifted me some ride passes to give away in next week’s newsletter!
Check out the grand opening of Community Natural Foods (7917 104 St.)
Calgary-based Community Natural Foods is opening in Edmonton in Old Strathcona! Check out the Grand Opening Celebration from June 9-11.
The first 50 people that spend $50 on Fri & Sat receive a free tote filled with goodies. Save 50% off a bunch of items. Get free samples + entertainment (and they have a cute Instagrammable Wall!)
I’m also partnering with Community Natural Foods to give away a $100 gift card to celebrate their Grand Opening—enter on my Instagram on June 8!
Save 10% on Soundtrack Music Festival tickets
Don’t miss the Soundtrack Music Festival, featuring the industry’s best top 40 acts from the 90’s, 2000’s, and today taking place at Kinsmen Park in Edmonton on June 16-17! All proceeds from the festival is donated to the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton which supports various local Edmonton charities. And consider staying at one of the official festival hotel partners for your throwback weekend: Nova Hotel and Chateau Lacombe Hotel, with special festival rates! (limited spots available).
You can get 10% off Soundtrack Music Festival tickets using my code LINDORK!
Congratulations to Kineshta P., the winner of a pair of 2-day VIP tickets from last week’s subscriber giveaway! Thanks everyone for being part of this community.
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ALSO: Although Edmonton Drag Festival isn’t happening until June 17, they asked if I wanted to give subscribers a discount on tickets so I’m letting you know about the event a week early! Celebrate Pride Month like never before with Edmonton’s first-ever drag festival at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park from 11 a.m .to 9 p..m. on Sunday, June 17.
Get 10% off Edmonton Drag Festival tickets with code LINDORK.
Food to Try This Week
Celebrate XO Bistro MacTaggart’s birthday (5021 Rabbit Hill Rd.)
Congratulations to XO Bistro on the second birthday of their MacTaggart (south Edmonton) location. They are celebrating this weekend with prizes and Happy Hour menu all day / all weekend long June 9-11.
Try District Cafe’s feature brunch and Pride specials (10011 109 St.)
This post about District’s feature brunch Brown Butter Peach French Toast (available all June long) had my mouth watering!
They are also offering two special bakery items for Pride Month with $1 from their raspberry lemonade biscotti and $1 from their MnM cookie sales supporting Edmonton Pride Centre.
Grab some BBQ to support Transit Smokehouse & BBQ (12720 Fort Rd.)
Check out all you can eat Japanese at Watari (10108 124 St.)
On my quest to catalogue All You Can Eat Japanese restaurants in Edmonton, I recently revisited Watari on 124 Street. They’ve been around a long time and offer more than 100 items on their menu including a spam sushi, some pretty good rolls, nice salad options, big crab sticks, great teriyaki beef and I appreciate the hand sanitizer bottles at every table.
Try Filipino brunch at Twenty Eight Urban Kitchen (4807 44 Ave., Stony Plain)
Out west of Edmonton in Stony Plain is a great restaurant called Twenty Eight Urban Kitchen, which is popular for their burgers (try The 28 Jawbreaker) and breakfast! As it’s owned by a Filipino family, the breakfast / brunch menu also includes some Filipino items including tocilog, longsilog and tapsilog rice + meat dishes.
Support Indigenous-owned / focused restaurants for Indigenous History Month
And here’s a few local food events you may be interested in…
Local apparel brand Flannel Foxes is teaming up with food truck favourite Drift for a pop-up at Bent Stick Brewing (9926 78 Ave.) this Friday, June 9 from 5-8 p.m. slinging beer, sandwiches, and cute shirts.
Check out the Halal Ribfest at Churchill Square from June 9-11 featuring featuring “traditional southern BBQ to innovate street food” plus family-friendly entertainment, shopping and activities for all ages. FREE to attend.
This weekend June 9-11 is also the St. Albert Ribfest taking place at the St. Albert Centre Mall (I assume parking lot).
Also: I’ve partnered with Steve & Dan’s Fresh B.C. Fruit to highlight the return of their CSA (community-supported agriculture) fruit + veg boxes! It’s a subscription box featuring fresh fruits + a veg option each week. You can order full or half season boxes, individual/couple or family sizes. The deadline to order the full season box is June 19! Get 10% off with my code FRUITDORK.
Small Business Spotlight
Evelyn & Esme is a woman-owned small business in Edmonton, who uses ethically sourced, quality materials to make meaningful jewelry including beautiful, customizable Birthstone Necklaces (one of which she gifted me!) I included stones for all of our furbabies, our new baby, and a future fur baby we’re adopting soon!! (plus Mike and I). I’ve been wearing it daily since I got it, it’s so pretty and special.
New on the Blog
Last week we had our first mountain getaway with baby and I’m happy to report that Linda-friendly adventures are also pretty baby/family-friendly too, lol.
I’m sharing a Travel Guide for the easy Rocky Mountain adventures we got up to in the Nordegg, Alberta area, from a few lake visits to a lovely waterfall hike!
Save $$$ with my Discount Codes
I regularly partner with awesome companies to offer discounts that save you money! The codes vary throughout the year but here’s a few to take advantage of right now…
Get 15% off a full day e-bike rental from Pedego Edmonton with code LINDORK.
Get 10% off your Steve & Dan’s Fresh B.C. Fruit box with code FRUITDORK.
Get $15 off a PreggoBox order using code LINDORK15.
Get 20% one-time discount off a LE Studio rental with code LESTUDIOYEG20. (Email to claim the discount).
Get 20% off regular price items at Bamboo Ballroom using code LINDORK20!
As a TELUS Ambassador, if you sign up for TELUS products or services using my referral link / code, I also get some revenue (unfortunately you don’t get a bonus lol).
Some News to Know
Here’s a few local / national news you may be interested in—from light and heartwarming to hopeful, political, and more!
In the market for a country store? An Alberta mom + daughter are selling the Carvel General Store, which is a popular tourist spot west of Edmonton.
Dollarama is doing really well (who doesn’t love a dollar store buy? but also, in this economy? Yeah, I can see why dollar stores would be thriving).
A look at ‘review bombing’ (and the a-holes who do it).
The arctic will be iceless in the summer by 2030 :-(
If you’re planning water activities on the North Saskatchewan River this summer, please be safe! More and more Edmontonians are using the river which is great—but many don’t realize or think you need life jackets, a throw bag, whistle, etc.
Popular on my Blog Right Now
Here are the top four most popular posts on my blog this week:
- Guide to Dog/Pet-Friendly Patios in the Edmonton area (May 2017)
- Travel Guide: 12 Foods to Eat in Maui, Hawaii (May 2019)
- Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton (June 2017)
- Explore Edmonton’s River Valley Swing (Aug 2019)
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