July in Edmonton means long summer days, thirst-quenching patios, and seemingly endless festivals. Make the most of Edmonton in July by heading out to these special events.
Celebrate our beautiful country’s 149th birthday in Edmonton. Wear red and white and bring the family to the Alberta Legislature Grounds for an all-day birthday party including the traditional 21-gun salute at noon, live bands on three stages around the grounds, and the building itself will be open for exploring (ask to stand on the "magic spot"). Take in roving performances and engaging exhibits around the Legislature Grounds, or enjoy free entry and a multicultural celebration at Elk Island National Park. Cap it off with fireworks in the river valley! Best viewing spots: Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, Ezio Faraone Park, and Government House Park.
Track & Field
Edmonton is hosting local and international athletes for a series of track and field championships throughout July! Catch the Athletics Canada Olympic Trials from July 7-10 to see which athletes will be selected to represent Canada’s team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Then make sure to check out the TrackTown Classic on July 15th, which is currently ranked as a top 30 meet in the world!
Freewill Shakespeare Festival
“To be, or not to be: that is the question” and the answer is yes, you should be at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival this month! Get thee to an outdoor performance in Hawrelak Park with the beautiful river valley as your backdrop. This year’s productions are Love’s Labour’s Lost and Romeo and Juliet, and you can enjoy them on a pay-what-you-can basis for certain performances. Don’t worry if it rains – the outdoor amphitheatre has a big tent to keep you dry!
June 21-July 17
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
For 10 exciting days of summer, street performers from around the world will bring their best acts to Edmonton! These unique artists will fill Churchill Square with unicycles, burning hoops, tightropes and much more. And the best part of all, the festival is free and open to the public, just make sure you bring along some change as all outdoor performances will be using the pass-the-hat tradition. Here’s a fun fact: the festival started in 1985 and has attracted over five million visitors!
Taste of Edmonton
Do you have a bucket list of Edmonton restaurants to try like we do? Well, get your pen ready to cross some off the list at Taste of Edmonton! Over 60 locally owned restaurants set up shop in Churchill Square for you to sample a few dishes from their menu. It’s easy: buy sheets of tickets and exchange 2-5 tickets per dish. Sample from Edmonton’s best while you take in live entertainment at one of Canada’s largest free concert series.
Musical mavericks, dancing and great food under open skies are all part of the funky three-day festival in Hawrelak Park. Invited performers are musical rogues known for blazing their own trail, just like the food trucks that will be keeping you fuelled during the festival. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, or sit in a covered seat under the Heritage Amphitheatre’s giant tent. This year's lineup includes Sam Roberts Band, Marty Stuart and the folk-pop favourites, The Strumbellas.
What better way to celebrate summer than to head to K-Days for 10 days of non-stop fun! Experience awe-inspiring rides, skill testing games and delicious midway treats during the day. Stay in the evenings for killer concerts with a different headliner playing every night including the X Ambassadors, Matthew Good, and Simple Plan. Make sure to check out the colourful K-Days parade in downtown Edmonton on July 22 to kick off the fair. This year they’re doubling the excitement with 20 concerts on two stages, new rides, new food, amazing indoor attractions and the K-Days Pow Wow in partnership with Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation!
Edmonton Attraction Pass
With the Edmonton Attractions Pass, you can experience 16 different attractions with just the click of a button—easy as that! Do you love art history and dinosaur mystery? Why choose one when you can create your perfect mix of things to do. Participating attractions include the Art Gallery of Alberta, TELUS World of Science, the Edmonton Valley Zoo, Castrol Raceway and more!
Slide the City
Remember making a slip-and-slide in your backyard and your parents would get mad about using all their dish soap to make it slippery? Well bring those memories back to life, but this time there are no angry parents. This year's slip-and-slide is even longer than last year - so long in fact, it's making world records! Slide the City is a full day of splashing and getting soaked at Victoria Park Hill.
Outdoor Events in Old Strathcona
Whyte Avenue and Old Strathcona are cultural hubs, even when there aren't special events going on, but this month, you’re in luck because there are three big ones that can’t be missed.
Rusty Musicians: Summer Academy
Dust off your favourite instrument and spend an amazing week immersing yourself in glorious orchestral music. You’ll learn alongside teaching artists from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and it all leads up to a grand finale presentation in one of Canada’s best acoustic spaces – the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. Under the guidance of some of the best orchestral players in Canada, your final presentation will be led by ESO Music Director, William Eddins.
Servus Heritage Festival
Travel around the world in a single weekend without leaving Edmonton during the Heritage Festival, a mosaic of multi-cultural sights, sounds and aromas. Take a peek at Pakistan, taste the flavours of Fiji, feel the beat of Brazil and explore exotic cultures from Borneo to Zimbabwe. William Hawrelak Park on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River transforms into a mini world stage which will leave you with a better understanding and appreciation for our planet’s remarkable diversity.
July 30-Aug 1
Step Back in Time
Love learning about history? These two attractions are just like stepping into a time machine!
Visit Fort Edmonton Park and experience four distinct eras in Edmonton’s past: the days of the fur trade, and the pioneer years of 1885, 1905 and 1920. Interact with staff in period costume as they interpret life during Edmonton's early years. Enjoy pioneer high tea, take in classic movies at the vintage Capitol Theatre, or try brunch at the Hotel Selkirk.
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is an open-air museum where costumed role-players recreate the life of early Ukrainian pioneers that settled in east central Alberta from 1892-1930. Hear real stories of hardships and triumphs in Canada’s oldest and at one-time largest bloc settlement of Ukrainian pioneers. Make your experience complete with authentic Ukrainian food- yum!