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Whyte Ave Art Walk / Fri, Jul 12 – Sun, Jul 14 (10 am – 5 pm)
Who says visual art can't be an outdoors adventure? Or at least be enjoyed as part of a leisurely sunshine stroll? Hundreds of artists will line Whyte Ave this weekend, their finest works spread out like this was a gorgeous outdoor gallery—which is exactly what it is. Some will be working on fresh pieces right there in front of you. Grab a hat and wander the length of it. You never know what works might resonate with you. (100 St – 108 St, Whyte Ave)

Sand on Whyte / Until Sun, Jul 14 (10 am – 10 pm)
A kindred spirit to Ice on Whyte fest, but much warmer: the inaugural Sand on Whyte festival takes that winter mainstay in a polar-opposite direction. Instead of gleaming ice sculptures, they're presenting works intricately crafted out of sand. Hope it doesn't rain, though it seems they've got some contingency protection ready to protect the sculptures at first signs of water from the sky. (South Scona parking lot [81 Ave & 105 St])

Avenue Goes to the Dogs / Sat, Jul 13 & Sun, Jul 14, (11 am – 4 pm)
Every dog will have his/her day eventually, but Edmonton pups don't need to wait—they're getting two of 'em this weekend. Thanks to an Edmonton Arts Council grant, Avenue Goes to the Dogs has expanded to a weekend-long celebration of our fine furry friends. Saturday will be an off-leash mini-fest with agility courses to try, and a number of expert presentations on various aspects of dog care. Sunday's worth a wag too, with a massive “K-9 market,” performances from the Edmonton Police's dogs, a hot dog barbecue, and even the music of Sherry-Lee Heschel. There's even a wiener dog race. (Eastwood Community League and Off-leash Park [11803 – 86 St])

Zumba in the Square (Mondays and Fridays, [12 pm – 1 pm])
So it's lunch time, downtown, and you're thinking, 'Food is fine, I guess, but what I really wish is that I could be having a dance party during this work-free hour.' If that's familiar (or, upon reading it, you immediately and wholeheartedly feel that way), Edmonton Fitness Party has you covered: twice weekly, they host a drop in Zumba class in the downtown core. Usually it's in Churchill square, but due to the allotment of festivals making use of the space right now, you can find it Centennial Plaza, just tucked around the south side of the Stanley Milner Library. Twerk at your own discretion, but go and shake what your lunch hour gave ya. (Centennial Plaza)
 

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