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First Comicon and Free Admission Day

My boyfriend always wanted to go to a comicon so when I told him that the The Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo was coming, we just had to go. From looking at the website I was pretty excited because there were a lot of shops listed (which is what I was going for). As for the celebrities attending, I only knew two of them; Christopher Lloyd who played Doc from Back to the Future, and Jon Heder who was the main star in Napoleon Dynamite. I only actually got to see one of them, Mr. Lloyd, but that was okay. I didn’t go up for autographs or photos but I did take one far away photo.

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We didn’t spend too much time at the event. We basically walked around looking at all the booths with stuff for sale but I didn’t find anything cute enough for me to buy. I’d say we only spent about an hour or less at the event which was disappointing. But at least we can say we’ve been to a comicon now. It was also cool seeing all the guests who dressed up. I found it funny watching characters taking pictures of characters. 😛

The next day was the annual Free Admission Day. This is a day where a lot of the museums and rec. centers are open for free. This year I made it out to the Muttart Conservatory and the Edmonton Valley Zoo. I went to these places two years ago on Free Admission Day right after I moved to Edmonton so it was fun to go back and see what has changed. The weather wasn’t very nice so we were frozen once we were done walking around. It was unfortunate because I had also wanted to go to Fort Edmonton Park but I guess we can always go next year.

August Events

Back in July I told you about some upcoming events that I was hoping to attend but I never got around to actually telling you about them! Well here it is. First up was the Servus Heritage Festival. This event has tons of tents set up for different countries around the world. In the tents they sell foods native to the area as well as goods like wood carvings and handmade clothing. It was a really hot day when we went so by the end of it we were pretty exhausted, but we had a lot of fun walking around and trying out different foods. My favorite was a dessert from Peru called alfajor. It was a pastry that tasted like a shortbread cookie with a caramel filling. Delicious! I also had a mango lassi drink from Bangladesh, a donair from Iraq, banana chips from Cuba, punch drink from Fiji, an apple crepe from Poland, and churros from Nicaragua.

The next event I went to was the Caribbean Parade. This parade had lots of bright colors and loud music. It was basically a big party running through the streets.

The last event for August was the Fringe Festival. This is a celebration of the arts. There are a ton of shows you can pay to go watch, but we opted to just watch the free shows. The free shows were put on by street buskers. We put down a blanket and sat there for five hours. Of the five or so shows that we got to watch, my boyfriend was chosen to participate in two or three of them haha.