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Brit’s Picks Aug. 1 – 8

Brit’s Picks Aug. 1 – 8

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Fringe Festival            Now – Aug. 10

Broadway District

It’s considered one of the top 10 Fringe Festivals in North America and this year the Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival celebrates 30 years of fly by the seat of your pants theatre. Broadway Avenue will be taken over for the next week and a half by troupes from all over the world.

The festival will see a few changes this year with the addition of a new busking circle right behind Victoria School in the park so you can lounge with the family. This weekend is Family Fringe Days with dance performances, bouncy castles and other activities for the kids to take in between shows. Tickets for the shows are $15. The schedule is huge and I encourage you to experiment but I’ve made a few picks to help simplify your plans.

For the Kids

Fringe favourite Erik De Waal is back with puppetry, comedy and magic in his tale of talking jungle animals in African Folktales with Erik De Waal. This is a celebration of South African folktales that has won over kids from all around the globe. De Waal is a regular at Saskatoon’s Fringe and there’s a reason why he keeps coming back.

Date Night

The Watch / Little Big Theatre
A comedy for couples awaits in The Watch. (Little Big Theatre)

Saskatoon’s Little Big Theatre has a show for adults that sounds like a lot of fun. The Watch is the story of how the gift of a smart-watch puts pressure on Sam and Jordan as they try to navigate their romantic relationship. It’s a story of self-care, adoption and the battle against a common enemy… The Robinsons.

Naughty by Nature

Something in the Water / Scantily Glad Theatre
S.E. Grummett is back with a comedy about self-discovery and monster movies. (Scantily Glad Theatre)

Take a deep dive into the world of comic books, monster movies and growing up “normal” in a world where you don’t quite fit in. Something in the Water is a story from the mind of S.E. Grummett and based on their real-life experiences coming out as genderqueer. This is a comedy that uses puppetry, video projection and physical comedy to tell the tale.

For more details on the 2019 Fringe, follow this link.


Parker Ribfest 2014 / Karen Merrifield
You could be happy like my pal Parker Merrifield at Saskatoon’s Rotary Ribfest 2019. (Karen Merrifield)

Rotary Ribfest 2019       Fri. – Mon.

Diefenbaker Park

There’s nothing like the smell of BBQ smoke to evoke memories of summer and now you have a chance to make your own while sampling ribs, brisket and other tasty treats. Saskatoon’s Rotary Ribfest is back for another year. Five BBQ masters are competing for your tastebuds and bragging rights as they serve up some of their tastiest dishes. This event is for the whole family there will be live music by artists like Lisa Moen, the Hot Tamales and the Johner Boys. There will also be a kid’s entertainment area to keep your little ones busy. Admission is free but make sure you bring cash along so you can sample all the tasty treats.

Click here for all the details.


Saskatoon Ex         Tues. – Aug. 11

Prairieland Park

Tasty treats, hot music, rides and fun for the whole family await you at the Saskatoon Exhibition. All the fun kicks off with the annual parade on Tuesday morning with marching bands, floats, animals and plenty of local celebrities. The action then moves over to Prairieland park with the midway running noon to midnight daily. The grandstand will be full of big musical acts including Sum 41, Chad Brownlee and Trooper. Family shows on the ground include Super Dogs, The Hockey Circus Show, Paw Patrol and Bob The Builder Live. Admission into the fairgrounds is $10 – $16 and the rides will run you between $49 – $65 for a wristband or super pass.

Click here for all the info.

Britainy Zapshalla With more than 15 years as an arts reporter at CBC Radio-Canada under her belt, Britainy Zapshalla considers herself not only an expert but also a die hard fan of Saskatchewan’s entertainment scene. She’s a regular contributor to CTV Morning Live in Saskatoon and loves to help people plan their weekends with Brit’s Picks.


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