Extra Edmonton summer time festivals are planning occasions in 2021 in mild of the province’s reopening – Edmonton

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, Taste of Edmonton and Heritage Festival plan to host their events this summer, while Pride chooses to stay virtual.

On its website, the organizers of the Edmonton Heritage Festival say, “Be ready. We are currently planning a fully functional festival. “

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Jim Gibbon, executive director of the Edmonton Heritage Festival, says there will be fewer tents and smaller crowds this year, but plans for the three-day festival are ongoing from July 31 to August 2 at Hawrelak Park.

“Each pavilion will only get two tents this year,” said Gibbon. “Pulling out the third tent opens up a space of up to 10 meters between the two buildings, which is great.

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“We’re keeping the numbers so low that we can take a nice straight walk. People can avoid each other. “

He said the festival will limit capacity to the level it was about seven years ago.

“We can reduce it so that people have a lot more space… And that’s required in line and when walking around.

“There will definitely be a lot fewer tents, but about as many pavilions as there were six or seven years ago,” Gibbons said.

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He said the festival organizers worked closely with Alberta health officials and provincial health officials to ensure the event was safe. The measures include masking requirements except when eating, physically distant queues, distant dining rooms, contactless payment and a new location layout.

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“Part of our plan is that we have a couple of summer students with red grass paint who measure every five meters and draw this three meter circle on the grass. So there will be hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of these safe eating pods on the grass that keep people five meters apart. “

The Alberta government released its Open for Summer plan on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 to lift COVID-19 restrictions in three stages.

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Gibbons thought Prime Minister Jason Kenney’s method of motivating people to vaccinate through events was wise.

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“I have to applaud the prime minister because I thought what he did was very creative. Basically, he was telling people, “In case you’re hesitant about taking your recordings, then we can open K-Days and then we can Stampede and so on.”

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“I thought it would be a good way to give people a little kick so they could get out and do their shots.”

“And that really matters. If no one gets their shots, there are no events, are there? So it’s a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. “

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Taste of Edmonton is scheduled to take place in Churchill Square from July 22nd to August 1st.

The festival website is currently accepting applications for restaurants, entertainment and volunteers. His Twitter page is also looking for food truck submissions.

Taste of Edmonton and the Heritage Festival have compared notes, shared support and tips, according to Gibbon.

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One festival that wants to stay virtual this year is Pride, which happens earlier in the summer – and which starts on June 4th.

While the face-to-face meetings are being canceled for a second year due to the pandemic, the Pride Center of Edmonton is running a range of virtual events.

Pride Month events and activities include a printmaking workshop, an art panel in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Alberta, Queer Prom, and a virtual drag night.

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“We know a lot of people in our community miss the Pride Parade, but there are many other ways we can celebrate, and this celebration is never limited to a single month,” said Dawn Carter, executive director of PCE.

“Our responsibility is to ensure that 2SLGBTQIA + people of all ages across the city have year-round access to resources, support and real human connections.”

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Essential PCE services are available for free by phone, video, or pre-booked drop-ins, including advice and assistance for newcomers.

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