Lindork’s Lists #185 – EDMONTON EXPO, Kaleido Arts Festival, Leduc Dining Week & MORE!

Lindork’s Lists #185 – EDMONTON EXPO, Kaleido Arts Festival, Leduc Dining Week & MORE!

Newsletter for Sept 13-19, 2023

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Nerd out at the EDMONTON EXPO this Sept. 15-17, 2023!

Celebrate all things pop culture at the EDMONTON EXPO this weekend Sept 15-17. Join tens of thousands of guests at this family-friendly attractions and events covering comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming!

There are interactive family zones, anime guests, Artists Alley, hundreds of vendors for shopping, celebrity meet and greet + photo ops and much more!

Learn More

Thanks to the Edmonton Expo for supporting my small business with this partner message.

Things to Do This Week

Things to do this week: Fancy Women Bike Ride, Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Augmented Reality Art Exhibit and more!
  • Check out a FREE Community League Day event (various locations)

    • Saturday, Sept. 16 is. Community League Day, a day that highlights / celebrates the community leagues where you live. Many leagues are planning FREE activities (like a lot of outdoor drive-in movies). Use the map on the Edmonton Community Foundation website to browse a list of events.

  • Head to the Kaleido Family Arts Family Festival (118 Ave. between 90-95 St.)

    • The annual FREE Kaleido Family Arts Festival returns this weekend Sept. 15-17 along Alberta Avenue, featuring live musical performances, an Aurora Lantern Parade, giant street performers, balloon backpacks, a 1,000 cranes installation, chalk art, and more!!

  • Go on the Fancy Women Bike Ride (Meet at Churchill Square / City Hall)

  • Celebrate 10-years of Evolution Wonderlounge (10220 103 St.)

    • Happy 10-year birthday to the Evolution Wonderlounge (as they say, that’s a whole lot of Queer Joy!) Their Friday night Sept 15 party is pay-what-you-can entrance for pre-purchased tickets. Check their Eventbrite for multiple birthday party events happening all weekend.

  • Check out High Street’s End of Summer Celebration (124 St. 102 Ave.)

    • The Shops of High Street (just off 124 Street on 102 Ave.) are throwing an End of Summer Celebration from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 featuring live music, activities for kids (including free face painting), food + refreshments to purchase and local shops to explore + support.

  • Head to an Item Exchange at Van Loc (10648 98 St. Chinatown)

  • Take in the Gotta Minute Film Festival (online)

    • This week kicked off the 10th anniversary of the Gotta Minute Film Festival—western Canada’s first film fest for commuters where all films are one minute, short silent films, FREE to watch! It’s a really interesting concept.

  • Check out Opening Night of the Alberta Old Buildings Art Exhibit (Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (Lower Gallery / basement)

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

Experience the first-ever Leduc Culture Days Downtown Dining Week!

Leduc’s first-ever Downtown Dining Week runs Friday Sept. 15 to Saturday Sept. 23 presented by the Leduc Downtown District as part of their Culture Days.

8 restaurants are offering featured dishes at special prices, including:

  • A spicy salmon or tuna bowl / or chicken with mango bowl at What the Poke (the city’s only poke restaurant—very generous on the serving size, and they have bubble tea here too!)

  • Filipino pork adobo, BBQ, pancit noodles and spring rolls at Renerey Mart / Chatter’s Cafe

  • Camarones Momias (cheese stuffed prawns wrapped in bacon) and Tacos Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan-style pork tacos—served spicy! you can ask for a mild version too lol) from Habaneros Mexican Grill… and MORE!

All locations are within walking distance in the Downtown District (you could do a food crawl like I did to help preview the event!) or plan to visit over a few days throughout the week.

You can also pick up a free Downtown Dining Week Passport at the Downtown District office (inside The Light House Cowork) or any participating restaurant. Fill in the passport with each location you visit by trying a featured culture based dish from that restaurant. Everyone who fills in their passport and returns it to the downtown office mailbox will have a chance to win a prize!

See the Menu

Thanks to Leduc Chamber for supporting my small business with this partner message!  

Eats this week: a garden picnic, Turkish breakfast, Mexican Independence Day dishes and more!
  • Check out Phat Bar Bakery & Cafe’s new full cafe menu (10813 82 Ave.)

  • Celebrate Mexican Independence Day (12223 156 St.)

  • Book a Twilight Picnic at the Botanic Garden (51227 AB-60 Parkland County)

    • The last two dates to experience the U of A Botanic Garden Twilight Picnic is the next two Fridays Sept. 15 and 22. “Slow down, relax and enjoy a chef-created meal before meandering through the peaceful grounds with a glass of wine or local craft beer as the frogs begin their chorus, the sun sets over the bridge in the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and lights reflect on the Aga Khan Garden fountains.”

  • Have a Turkish meal at Turkish Coffee House (24 Perron St., St. Albert)

    • I’ve partnered with the City of St. Albert to experience their food + activity + shopping and put together a Travel Guide (coming soon!) One of the local restaurants I was delighted to try is the Turkish Coffee House. I really enjoyed trying Turkish breakfast/lunch items like Egg & Sujuk (Turkish sausage) and Lahmacun (Turkish flatbread), Menemen (Turkish Omelette) and Knafeh (Turkish sweet and savoury dessert).

  • Check out a Taste of Asia (Currents of Windermere)

    • The annual Taste of Asia food event returns to Currents of Windermere this weekend Sept 15-17. Find food vendors, live entertainment, cute lanterns, and more! Apparently they’ve doubled food vendors this year compared to last!

  • And here’s a few more 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

Kunitz Shoes is an awesome family-owned, local shoe store serving up “Really Good Shoes” since 1981! Brother and sister Everett and Morgan Kunitz—who grew up in the shoe biz—are the company’s really cool second-generation co-owners. 

While they’ve been selling shoes for more than 40 years, the family started making their own shoes in 2018. The Kunitz Collection is based on style, comfort, and value! 

I recently partnered with Kunitz to model their new Fall Collection and really fell in love with these shoes! Shop at two Kunitz Shoes locations in the city (west and south Edmonton) or online.

You can get 20% off any product in The Fall Kunitz Collection online or in-store with my code LINDORK20! (lots of great shoes to choose from!) This offer is valid Sept 11-17 (buy before 11 p.m. on Sept 17). 

Thanks to Kunitz Shoes for supporting my small business with this partner message!


New on the Blog

My food lovin’, Celiac friend Sharman has UPDATED (entirely revamped) her Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Eats in Edmonton on my blog! Originally published in 2019, let’s say this post needed a major overhaul lol and she delivered.

She shares the safest options for Celiacs dining in Edmonton, followed by some of her current favourite gluten-free bites across the city, different categories of spots she has personally dined at with gluten-free options, as well as other GF options.

Read the Blog

And let me know if there’s gluten-free dishes + restaurants you’d want added!!

Use + share this Guide to Gluten-Free Eats in Edmonton! (updated Summer 2023)

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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…

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 regular priced items from Folk & Whimsy (excluding Padraig Cottage slippers) using code LINDORK15.

  • Get 20% off regular price items at Bamboo Ballroom using code LINDORK20!

  • Get 10% off a variety of services at Park Integrative Health by mentioning my code LINDORK.

    • Valid for massage, acupuncture, energetic healing + medical aesthetics.

    • Not valid on physiotherapy, occupational therapy or mental health services.

  • Get 10% off a photo session with Paula Gerein with code LINDORK.

See all current discount codes on my blog!

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Popular on my Blog Right Now

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