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.
Canada Day & Canada 150
Celebrate our beautiful country’s 150th birthday in Edmonton— 150 years never looked so good. Wear red and white and bring the family to the Alberta Legislature for an all-day party. Take in roving performances and engaging exhibits around the Legislature Grounds, or enjoy free entry and a multicultural celebration at Elk Island National Park. Check out the Fort Edmonton Canoe Brigade as they re-enact and celebrate the history of travel and commerce by First Nations, Metis and settlers along the North Saskatchewan River by voyageur (June 29-July 3). Cap it off with fireworks in the river valley and make sure to check out the Canada-themed cuisine popping up around town. Click here for more info on Edmonton's Canada 150 celebrations.
The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at Telus World of Science
Just keep swimming to the newest exhibition at the Telus World of Science. Go behind the scenes and learn how your favourite characters like Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike & Sully and Wall-E are brought to life on the big screen. With more than 40 interactive elements, you'll learn about each step in the film making process to give you a glimpse at the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. To infinity, and beyond!
July 1-January 7
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 The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor, 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 20-July 16
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 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 fueled 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 Brit alt-rockers Broken Social Scene, Canadian sweetheart Serena Ryder and fan favourite Dan Mangan.
Kurios By Cirque Du Soleil
Cirque Du Soleil is bringing one of their most celebrated shows to the blue and yellow big top at Northlands. Run away to the circus with Kurios, a topsy-turvy extravaganza set in the latter half of the nineteenth century. You'll be transported to a realm where everything is turned upside-down (literally) and nothing is as it seems.
July 20-August 13
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 Zolas, July Talk, Sam Roberts Band, and Scenic Route to Alaska. Or check out local acts including singers, dancers, musicians and more at the K-days talent search (July 25-28). Make sure to hit the colourful K-Days parade in downtown Edmonton on July 21 to kick off the fair.
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!
Summer Festivals 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 awesome festivals are taking over for two weeks in July. Start your adventure and celebrate the Historical Festival and Doors Open (July 1-8) by hitching a ride on the High Level Bridge Streetcar. You've heard of Ice on Whyte, but have you heard of Boardwalk Sand on Whyte (June 30-July 9)? Award winning sand carving artists will create an exhibit with 50 cubic yards of sand right in front of your eyes! Whyte Avenue Art Walk (July 7-9) showcases over 450 artists along the sidewalks from 101 Street to 108 Street. It’s an outdoor studio and gallery for three whole days, and the best time of year to pick up some uniquely Edmonton artwork. Finally, the Blues on Whyte Block Party (June 30-July 2) comes to Whyte Avenue—closing the street to traffic and opening it to music fans!
ITU World Triathlon
Run like no one is watching... except everybody is! Triathletes of all ages and abilities gather to participate in a variety of triathlon competitions at only one of two Canadian stop on the ITU World Triathlon Series Tour. Register and get your run on, or cheer from the sidelines as athletes and first-timers strive for their personal best.
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. Pair a trip out to UCHV with a wander through Elk Island National Park and take yourself on a real prairie safari. Elk Island is home to free roaming plains bison, moose, deer, elk and over 250 species of birds.