Lindork’s Lists #182 – FREE Pride Fest Concerts, Night Markets, Mango Matcha Lattes and more!

Lindork’s Lists #182 – FREE Pride Fest Concerts, Night Markets, Mango Matcha Lattes and more!

Newsletter for Aug 23-29, 2023

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Things to Do This Week

Things to do this week: Free prizes with ATB, Edmonton Pride Festival, Lemonade Stand Day and more!
  • Attend one of many Edmonton Pride Festival events (Churchill Square)

    • It’s Edmonton Pride Festival weekend and there are a few different FREE shows at Churchill Square from Thursday, Aug. 24 to Saturday, Aug. 26 including a 2 Spirit Pow Wow, Prozzak, Jamie Fine and more performers!

  • Check out a few markets happening around town including…

    • The Night Market at the River Cree, presented by Enoch Cree Nation, which runs Thursday, Aug. 24 to Sunday, Aug. 27 with First Nation and local artisans, vendors, food trucks and entertainment. $5 gate admission.

    • A Night Market version of the popular Sari Sari Filipino Market happening this Saturday, Aug. 26 from 4-10 p.m. at the Edmonton Philippine International Centre (outdoors rain or shine) featuring food trucks, performers, artists, makers, vendors, and more.

    • Wholly Handmade Market “Meet the Makers” edition happening Aug. 26 & 27 featuring 50 vendors selling everything from home décor, jewelry, bath and body products, clothing and accessories, baby and children’s items, artwork, gourmet food, and more!

  • Don’t miss the final weekend of the Edmonton Fringe (Old Strathcona)

    • Last chance to take in some street performers or shows at North America’s largest and longest-running fringe festival, the Edmonton Fringe runs until Aug. 27! I really enjoyed the improv show Agent Thunder and we’re going to check out yegDND (Dungeons & Dragons themed improv) on the final day!

    • Also be sure to stop by the ATB Atrium / Community Patio (by the Artisan Vendors and Orange Hall) and play their FREE Vends with Benefits prize vending machine. Every player is a winner!! Every vending machine entry is also entered into ATB’s Possibility Pot for a chance to win $10,000 (half for you and half for a charity of your choice!) If you can’t make it on site you can still enter to win the Possibility Pot online. #ATB_Partner

  • Grab some lemonade for a good cause (various locations)

    • Lemonade Stand Day supporting the Stollery Children’s Hospital is this Sunday, Aug. 27 with more than 500+ registered lemonade stands popping up in the Edmonton area.

  • Catch primetime sunflower blooms (26171 Secondary Hwy 627, Spruce Grove)

    • Sunflowers are in full bloom this week at the Edmonton Corn Maze if you’re looking for that picture perfect summer time photo / experience, this and the next couple of weeks are the best time to go!

  • Don’t miss the final week of Brick by Brick at the Muttart (9626 96A St.)

    • Brick by Brick, the LEGO display at the Feature Pyramid of the Muttart Conservatory wraps up after Aug. 25 so this is your last chance to go see various LEGO models, replicas of Edmonton buildings, pop culture, plus the usual pretty plants.

  • Get tickets to some local music festivals (various locations)

  • Attend Ride For Change’s final fundraising event

  • You can also look ahead at a list of big summer events over on my blog!

NEXT WEEK: The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is bringing the MAGIC OF DISNEY to the heart of downtown Edmonton next weekend on Sept. 1 & 2 for a FREE Disney concert at Churchill Square!

Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish will feature music from beloved Disney animated feature films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, and more! The FREE shows start at 7 p.m. each night and will run for about two hours. Plan to arrive early, bring your own chairs, cushions, blankets to grab a good spot and enjoy the festivities. There will also be food trucks on site and a fireworks show to cap off the performance. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle too!! EPCOR’s Glass of the Sask water tank will be on-site with free water!

Learn More

See Full ESO Schedule

Thanks to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra / Winspear Centre for supporting my small business with this partner message.

Got an Edmonton area event, virtual event, or something coming up you think my readers would be interested in knowing about? Let me know!

Food to Try This Week

Eats this week: Hong Kong cuisine, French-Canadian goodness, ribs and more!
  • Say au revoir to Chartier (5012 50 St., Beaumont)

    • One of the Edmonton area’s best restaurants Chartier in Beaumont has announced its closure coming up on Sept 30. The rustic, French-Canadian restaurant that broke Kickstarter records when it first opened in 2016 has opened about its challenges with the pandemic, loans, rising food costs and inflation—and have chosen to go out on a high note rather than struggle / go into further debt / or morph into something it isn’t. This place is special! Plan to say goodbye before Chartier closes at the end of September.

  • Have a sip and share a bite at Dolly’s Cocktail Bar (9902 109 St.)

    • I had a girls night with a friend at the newish Dolly’s Cocktail Bar, one of the most unique spaces in the city because of how ~pink~ it is! Share a few plates (Peruvian-inspired cuisine—we loved the chicken lollipops and pork belly), and choose from a pretty wide selection of drinks + don’t leave without snapping a cute photo! Wearing pink is not required but it is fun lol.

  • Satisfy some cravings at 852 Hong Kong Cafe (3040 Calgary Trail)

    • Sometimes I get cravings for cuisine at 852 Hong Kong Cafe, like a simple spam and egg sandwich, or chef’s special chicken (pepper chicken, or Singapore style stir-fried with a peanuty shacha sauce), or choose from any number of noodle dishes! My friends and I shared a lil HK feast after a Fringe show this week.

  • Grab a Mango Matcha Latte (various locations)

    • Did you see my recent bubble tea video? Someone asked what my favourite bubble tea is and I think (at least as of the last few months), the answer is Mango Matcha Latte with tapioca and popping boba (or jelly). I love the one from Hobby Tea in Spruce Grove or Boba Bar in Sherwood Park.

  • Head to Rib Night at Dogpatch (10158 90 St.)

    • There’s only a few more Thursdays left to take in Dogpatch’s Rib Night, featuring a half rack of slow roasted baby back ribs, signature coleslaw, fresh baked cornbread muffin brushed with honey butter, Mexican street corn topped with chipotle crema, tajin + cilantro. Plan to take a walk in the neighbourhood before or after—it’s located in a lovely area!

  • And here’s a few food events coming up you may be interested in…

Ate something amazing recently? Want to show some love to a struggling restaurant? Have a take-out suggestion? Let me know to include in this newsletter.

Small Business Spotlight

Thanks to Edmonton Kayaks for gifting me rentals of Alberta’s first transparent, LED glow-in-the-dark kayaks. My friend and I had a pretty dreamy date at Big Lake in St. Albert, and we happened to catch one of the best prairie sunsets of the summer. Highly recommend if you’re looking to squeeze in some outdoor adventure before it gets too cold. You enter the water from the Riel Recreation Park and have the option to go down the Sturgeon River (more paddling involved) or to Big Lake (more chill).

Watch my Kayak Video

Don’t forget to #ExploreABwithMe!

Don’t forget to share how you’re Exploring Alberta this summer by tagging me + #ExploreABwithMe in posts before Sept. 11—to be entered to win a getaway to Elevated Escapes glamping dome near Kananskis! You’ll also be entered to win gift cards to fuel your Alberta adventures from the Italian Centre Shop.

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Win a stay at this beautiful Elevated Escapes glamping dome!!

From the Blog Vault

Around this time last year I was headed down to Waterton Lakes National Park to explore! Be sure to check out my Waterton Travel Guide for What to Do and Where to Eat in this very special part of the province, the only national park in Alberta—even Canada—that goes from prairies to mountain.

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Explore Alberta - Travel - Waterton Lakes National Park - Road Trip - Rocky Mountain Getaway - What to do in Waterton - Food to Eat in Waterton
Use and share my travel guide to help plan your visit to Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta!

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