Heritage Fest is back at Hawrelak Park this weekend, July 31-August 2, but there's a primer before that happens; the inaugural World Music Week at the Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre. Here are five reasons to hit the park starting this Thursday for a weekend filled with culture, music, dance and food!
1) A new music festival to support. From Thursday, July 29-31, the amphitheatre will be alive with instruments, song and dance. The three-day ticketed event runs every evening, a great primer for the food, drink and fun awaiting at Heritage Fest all weekend long.
2) Loads of health and safety precautions. Heritage Fest has a well-designed plan to keep patrons safe this year. This includes timed-entry, which can be reserved for free at heritagefest.ca. There won't be any food tickets, so food and goods must be purchased with debit or credit card. Same for no food brochures. Instead, guests will have access to a text menu on site. And there will be plenty of sanitizer and social distancing measures between pavilions and patrons too, so everyone feels comfortable and safe.
3) Edmonton's Food Bank needs your donations. Heritage Fest is the biggest food drive of the year for the food bank, so bring canned goods/non-perishables to help those less fortunate while you enjoy a great day out.
4) Easy bussing. Taking transit is a great way to get to the Heritage Festival. Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) has many ETS Park & Ride locations across the city to get you to and from Hawrelak Park. There are two new Park & Ride locations this year: Heritage Valley Transit Centre in the south and Nakî Transit Centre for those coming from St. Albert or northwest Edmonton.
5) Bussing isn't free. Buses run every ten minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Shuttles will accept $6 cash for the round-trip fare, or pay with two bus tickets, or a Family Day bus pass. Children under 12 ride free, and monthly/seniors passes are valid too. Remember, masks are still mandatory on transit and at festival grounds, except when eating.
The Edmonton Heritage Festival is an annual summer festival aiming to promote public awareness, understanding, and appreciation for cultural diversity. With over 100 Alberta-based cultural associations sharing their food, crafts, songs, and dance with guests, it has become Edmonton’s most recognized cultural event worldwide by UNESCO (CIOFF).