Our annual tradition of attending the Heritage Festival at Hawrelak Park on the August long weekend was no wash-out in spite of the rain.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but going to the festival in the rain turned out to be way more fun than I would have thought. Note to self: In the future if it rains, go!
The crowds have been increasing over the years, making it difficult to walk through the area, let alone see the cultural tents you want to reach. Rainy day = no lineups + no waiting + good visibility.
It is also important to pack sunscreen, hats, and lots of water in a refillable bottle on typical years. I finally managed to get the perfect, wide-brimmed sunhat for this year. Instead, it rained two out of the three festival days.
On the Saturday of the Heritage Day Weekend, we had some pretty good storms (hail in my area and a funnel cloud spotted in Leduc, Alberta), but Monday, the day I went with my daughter and younger grandson (age two), was blessed with a gentle rain, at times misty, at times more steady, and sometimes even pausing. For Edmonton, it was a warm rain. The day’s temperature hovered around 16-17ºC (60.8-62.6ºF).
The five-year-old grandson, by the way, tried his hand at camping for the first time this weekend with the other grandparents.
In spite of all the rain, the annual outing was a huge success. Umbrella, hoodie, backpack, and running shoes are drying by the front door.