Sunday, October 5, 2014

Summer Recap 5: Festival City

Two months!
It took me two months to get this post done.
I'm not sorry though since going through these pictures again took me right back to these spectacular summer days.

The last time we went to Folk Fest, Fiona was 4 months old.
We went for one evening, Ben Harper was headlining and was incredible.
Fiona was also incredible but we felt alright ducking out a little early knowing that we'd see him again at the Gorge when he opened for Dave Matthews Band.
{Yes, Fiona attended two Ben Harper gigs and as many DMB gigs by the tender age of 5 months.}
Anyways, Ben was back at The Edmonton Folk Music Festival so it felt right to return.
On Thursday we had only a single ticket so Fiona and I made it a date.
{If you're under 12 you're free, is that amazing or what?}
Fiona requested that we please match for our concert date.
This girl loves matching so I did the best I could with the limited purple in my wardrobe.
 We were so happy to spend the weekend with these sweeties.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
 They danced like no one was watching.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
 They also begged for some candles.
After Fiona stared at hers for a few seconds, having just heard the "be careful" spiel, she turned to me and said "Mommy I don't think I can handle this."
I had to backtrack and edit my warnings so as to give her a little more confidence.
She could indeed handle it.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Nothing beats the view at EFMF.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
I popped down on my own Friday night to take in James Vincent McMorrow.
Him and Gregory Alan Isakov were two of my favourite artists of the weekend.
I also was happy to catch a little Vance Joy, Ben Howard, Holly Williams and discover a local band called 100 Mile House.
There were, of course, many more great acts, too many to mention them all.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Saturday was a long day but the kids did well.
Cedric passed out in the backpack after a popsicle meltdown, don't ask.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
We were able to break up the days with fun at the park, face painting and bouncy castles.
The kids enjoyed the music but in short installments only.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
It was by far my best experience at EFMF and I hope it only gets better as the kids get older.

Next up in August was the Fringe Festival.
We didn't make it to any shows this year but spent an evening taking in street performers and a little street food.
Edmonton Fringe Festival

Edmonton Fringe Festival
And what would a visit to the Fringe be without a trip across the highlevel on the street car.
Highlevel Streetcar
We met our festival partners in crime for this one.
Highlevel Streetcar
Any type of train is always a hit with this little man.
Highlevel Streetcar

Highlevel Streetcar
And these three little gals giggled like teenagers the whole way.
Highlevel Streetcar
I love Edmonton at all times of the year and am digging all the winter celebrations lately.
But, if I'm being honest, August kicks butt in the festival department.

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