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Things to do in Edmonton in August

by Lauren Irving

If you thought July was jam packed with fun, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! This month brings more festivals, more music, more food and more fun. Check out what’s going on in August.

Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Come to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival for four days of incredible music with amazing artists including The Head and the Heart, Nathanial Rateliff and the Night Sweats, The Tallest Man on Earth and more! But it’s not just the music that’s great at Folk Fest. The atmosphere is electric, the setting is picturesque, and the food is to die for. So grab your blanket or low-rise chair and park yourself for what’s bound to be an epic weekend.
August 4-7

Things to do in Edmonton in August Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival
Do you like colourful? How about delicious? Get your dose of Caribbean culture with the Cariwest Arts Festival representing the rich traditions and cultures of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. You’ll experience glitzy parade costumes, dancing to island rhythms and exotic cuisine. The weekend extravaganza promises to be the biggest, brightest and boldest in Cariwest’s illustrious history.
August 5-7

Edmonton Airshow
Admire aircrafts swooping, looping, dipping and gliding through the sky at the Edmonton Airshow. From aerobatic biplanes and multi-engine aircrafts to bush planes and remote control airplanes, you'll find every type of plane filling the grounds of the Villeneuve Airport this August. Watch live performances, check out the static and interactive displays and stop by the beer gardens for a cold one with friends.
August 6-7

Things to do in Edmonton in August Edmonton Airshow

125th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Immerse yourself in culture and history with more than 35 historic buildings and costumed role-players portraying real pioneers at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. This year they're celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village will host the kick-off celebrations with Ukrainian Day on Sunday, August 7.
August 7

International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA)
Dive into the action! Watch as aquatic athletes compete in swimming, diving, water polo and more at the 2016 International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) held in Edmonton this year. IGLA is the world’s foremost international organization solely devoted to developing and promoting gay and lesbian aquatic sports.
August 8-14

International Fringe Theatre Festival
North America’s biggest and oldest Fringe Festival is back for another year to rock your world. Over 1,600 local, national and international performers take over Edmonton in the theatrical display of the summer. As you’re weaving in and out of shows, you’ll find magicians, sword swallowers, buskers, beat boxers and many more performing on the streets. Don’t miss it!
August 11-21

Things to do in Edmonton in August International Fringe Theatre Festival

Edmonton Rock Music Festival
Make your way to Hawrelak Park to enjoy some of the best acts in local and Canadian music. Sing along to your favourite songs, hang out with friends, take in the fresh air at the outdoor amphitheatre and crowd surf to awesome acts like Randy Bachman, Kim Mitchell, Lou Gramm and more. Rock on!
August 12-13

Edmonton Latin Festival
Arrrrribbbbaa! Bring out your dancing shoes as Churchill Square comes alive with Latin flavour. Watch live musical artists and dancers, taste Latin dishes, browse the artisan marketplace and take part in the Latin carnival. Your senses will be filled with Central and South American culture without even leaving Edmonton.
August 13-14

Edmonton Blues Festival
Edmonton Blues Festival strums its way back into Edmonton with 15 acts over three days and more than enough amazing music to go around. This year features Grammy, Blues Music and Juno winners including Paul James Band, Jack de Keyzer, Laura Rain and the Caesars and more. From legends to young bucks, Hawrelak Park is the proud host to the best Blues party you’ve ever seen. Get your tickets quick as this festival tends to sell out.
August 19-21

Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival
Summer festival season takes to the water as the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival cruises its way down the North Saskatchewan River. Grab a paddle or a lawn chair, listen for the sound of the drums, and bring a full tank of energy to cheer on the colourful dragon boat teams as they sprint down the river to the finish.
August 19-21

Things to do in Edmonton in August  Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival

Edmonton Marathon
On your marks, get set…GO! The starting gun goes off, adrenaline is pumping and the participants charge ahead hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The 25th Edmonton Marathon is taking place from August 20-21 and takes runners on a route along Edmonton’s beautiful river valley. Cheer on participants or lace up your running shoes and join in on the race yourself.
August 20-21

Things to do in Edmonton in August Edmonton Marathon