“Summertime and the livin’ is easy”
By Melissa Babcock
Over the years, summertime in Alberta has become synonymous with one word: festivals!
The summer months are rife with so many festivals, you can literally find something to do or someplace to be almost every weekend in July and August. The legendary Calgary Stampede is already underway, with K-Days soon to follow. Edmonton’s iconic Folk Music Festival is also right around the corner. Or if country music is your thing, maybe you’re planning to head to Camrose for the Big Valley Jamboree. And if you’re a theatre nerd like me, there is no better place to bookend your summer like the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.
As with almost anything, safety comes into play when attending any kind of summer festival. Lauren wrote a blog on this very topic a few years ago and offered up some great safety tips, such as bringing extra clothing and the right footwear for any climate (a festival must go on, rain or shine!) and practicing safety in numbers. Here are a few more things to keep in mind so you can fully enjoy the festival experience:
Lock ‘em up. When festival-ing, only bring the essentials with you. Leave your valuables (like your wallet, jewelry and electronics) either at home or safely locked in the trunk of your car. That way, you can enjoy yourself without having to worry about your things going missing.
Here comes the sun. In addition to a variety of clothing to keep you cool in the sun and warm in the rain, it’s important to have sunscreen on hand. Sunburns can occur even when it’s cloudy and nothing puts a damper on a day at a festival like a painful, blistering burn.
Drink water (and anything else) responsibly. Festival-goers often enjoy a more, shall we say, adult kind of beverage (which is fine, provided you’re of legal age). But be sure to balance your trips to the beer gardens with lots of water. Staying hydrated is the best way to avoid sunstroke and can help minimize the inevitable headache the next morning.
If festivals aren’t your thing, don’t worry – our tips can apply to all sorts of summer activities, like camping, hiking and even just a mid-afternoon stroll on a warm day. Make the most of the summer months! Before you know it, there will be snow on the ground once again.
What is your favourite summer festival? How do you enjoy them safely? Tell us by leaving a comment, or tweet us @HeadsUpAB!