Lindork’s Lists #228 – Dino Day with the Edmonton Elks, Japanese & Greek Festivals, Boxcar Coffee Shop Anniversary & MORE!

Lindork’s Lists #228 – Dino Day with the Edmonton Elks, Japanese & Greek Festivals, Boxcar Coffee Shop Anniversary & MORE!

Newsletter for July 10-16, 2024

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Things to Do This Week

Things to do this week: Art Walks, Dino Football, Cultural & Music Fests & more!
  • Celebrate art at the Whyte Avenue Art Walk (Old Strathcona)

    • The annual Whyte Avenue Art Walk returns this weekend July 12-14! This is when 400 artists line approximately 4 km of the streets of Old Strathcona and visitors are invited to buy art directly from the artists and watch as they create pieces live at their booths! Support artists – bring home great art – have fun in the sun on a beautiful summer day!

  • Edmonton really living up to its Festival City name this weekend! Check out:

    • It’s the final weekend of the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival at Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton! This is the 40th anniversary of the street festival which has dazzled audiences with daring and exciting performances for decades. FREE to attend.

    • The Edmonton Japanese Community Association’s Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival is on this Saturday, July 13 from 2-7 p.m. at the EJCA Centre – 6750 88 St. There will be Japanese bon odori dance performances, children’s games, wares and displays, gyoza, taiyaki, kakigori (shaved ice), a beer garden, cultural demonstrations and more! FREE to attend.

    • Strathcona County‘s annual outdoor summer music festival RavenWood Music Festival is on this weekend July 12-13 in Sherwood Park, described as the “region’s most affordable music festival!”

    • The Ukrainian Village Music Festival is on this weekend July 12-14 starting with a musical evening at the Pint on Whyte on Friday, July 12, an afternoon of performances on July 13 and then a full day of music on Sunday, July 14.

    • The 4th Annual Greek Festival is this weekend July 13 & 14. All ages welcome, FREE admission, traditional food, dancing, live Greek music—you’re invited to come party with the Hellenic-Canadian Community of Edmonton and Region! OPA!

    • You’re invited to a journey of myth and magic at the 2024 Thousand Faces Festival July 12-14 at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre. There will be activities for all ages, food, performances, a country fair and more!

  • Attend the 30th Annual Enoch Cree Nation Pow Wow (Off Of Highway 60)

  • And here’s a few more things you may be interested in…

My view of the Edmonton Riverboat from the High Level Street Car!

Head to the Edmonton Elks Dino Day!

Get tickets for Dino Day with the Edmonton Elks!

This Sunday, July 14’s football game in Edmonton is dinosaur-themed. So fun!

I’ve partnered with the Edmonton Elks this summer because I’m basically a sports account now (lol just kidding), but to it has been a lot of fun taking in different professional sports across the city (from hockey to baseball to basketball and now—football!) It’s an easy yes for me to suggest really fun things we can do in the city including taking in an Elks football game, or two, or three! #EdmontonElks_Partner

The family-friendly July 14 game (kick-off at 5 p.m.) will include interactive dinosaur activities in the Brick Kids Zone, a dinosaur egg hunt, dinosaur giveaways, dino chicken nuggets (!!!) and more (come down early for more dino fun!) See you there!

Plus your Elks ticket is also free admission into K-Days (great deal!)

Learn more and get tickets

Thank you Edmonton Elks for supporting my small business with this sponsored 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: Bento Boxes, coffee shop anniversary, Venezuelan platter and more!
  • Grab free food and drink and say hi to me! at Boxcar Coffee’s 1-year Anniversary

  • Check out the newly-renovated Bodega 124 Street patio! (12417 Stony Plain Rd.)

    • Bodega—which specializes in delicious Spanish tapas with multiple locations in the city—has put a roof above their cute backyard 124 Street patio! A good excuse to go. They also have themed deal days – Tapas Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, 8 for $88 Thursdays, Happy Hour Friday & Saturday, Seafood Sunday, etc. Enjoy!

  • Go on a Dessert Tour of Chinatown! (various locations)

  • Try the Build Your Own Lunch Bento Box from Japonais (various locations)

    • Japonais Bistro / Windermere offers such an excellent Build Your Own Lunch Bento Box! I super enjoyed mine this week and like with any of my past experiences dining at Japonais, I was so impressed with the high quality, presentation and flavour of their food. I also love how the BYOB is presented on the menu (see the menu photo!) The cost is $23 and it includes items in 6 boxes plus miso soup and a complimentary salad to start (with the best dressing!) They also have pre-set bento box items if you’d prefer not to build your own, plus a few other lunch specials.

  • Share the platter from El Fogon before they close (8026 118 Ave.)

    • I already shared the news of Venezuelan restaurant El Fogon closing permanently at the end of the month but just stopped in over the weekend for one of my final fixes and tried for the first time their Colombian Picada – a delicious platter for four featuring grilled chicken, deep fried pork, steak, plantains, cassava, coleslaw, chorizo, fries, deep fried arepitas, aji and patacones. My group also got our own arepas, the popular Venezuelan open face corn patty sandwich (is how I describe it lol) that the restaurant is known for too (add plenty of green sauce!!) So just another order suggestion if you go!

  • Get 50% off at Italia in the River Cree Resort & Casino

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

Small Business Spotlight

The folks at Uproot Food Collective (Honest Dumplings x South Island Pie Co.) have posted a plea I’m spreading the word about:

“This summer has brought us many challenges, from supply chain issues to slower sales. Despite these setbacks, we remain committed to our mission, but we need your help more than ever. Every purchase, whether online or in-store, makes a significant impact. Your support helps us keep our doors open and continue providing the products you love. Together, we can overcome these challenges. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”


From the Blog Vault

Around July most years, I release a new edition of my Medicine Hat Travel Guides!

I thought I’d share a few of them here in case you’re planning a trip to the awesome southern Alberta City of Medicine Hat (and snuck in my recent one this year too):


Use and share my Travel / Experience Guide to help plan your visit to the Southern Alberta City of Medicine Hat!

#ExploreABwithMe this Summer 2024!

Don’t forget to participate in my annual summer #ExploreABWithMe (Explore Alberta With Me) initiative encouraging you to embrace and explore your own backyard (Alberta)—and share about it to encourage others to do the same. Do it for fun and do it for a chance to WIN!!

Wherever you’re headed across Alberta this Summer 2024, I hope you’ll consider using my travel guides as inspiration, and tagging me and #ExploreABwithMe in your adventures! People who explore + share will be entered to win:

💛 $20 gift cards from Italian Centre Shop
💜 A 2-night stay at Coast Calgary Downtown Hotel & Suites by APA
💗 An E-Bike Rental Package for 2 from Pedego Electric Bikes Calgary

THANK YOU to these amazing businesses for donating prizes for my annual campaign!

#ExploreABwithMe and share about it by Sept. 22 to qualify for prizes!

Use my Travel Guides for Alberta travel inspiration!


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