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The whole city is getting in on this celebration

Festivals and Events Like You've Never Seen Them Before

Edmonton is the life of the party.

We're known for our amazing festivals, and this year they're bigger and better than ever. The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is kicking it up a notch with special touches and surprises for Canada 150 (July 7-16). Head to Churchill Square when The Works Art and Design Festival tells the complex story of Canada's people and places through three uniquely Canadian art projects (June 22-July 4).

Don't miss additions to the roster like The World Indigenous Games (July 1-9) which will be hosting 500 international athletes and 1000 athletes representing Indigenous nations in Canada.

Cheer from the sidelines and take in the ultimate street hockey experience with Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! Nothing says "Canada" like the good ol' hockey game (June 3-4).

Join the gathering and celebrate Aboriginal cultures when APTN's Aboriginal Day Live comes to Victoria Park (June 21). Get there bright and early to enjoy the sacred fire ceremony at sunrise, then check out the great line-up of live concerts, cultural performances and unique experiences.

If you love patios like Edmontonians do, then you can't miss the Canada 150 Patio Party at the Shaw Conference Centre on July 6. With awe-inspiring views, mouth-watering food, cold drinks, an urban beekeeping demonstration, and live music, this is the can’t miss party of the summer!

Stay in the know about special festival happenings as they're announced. We'll keep you in the loop!

A celebration fit for a nation.

The Seeds Have Been Planted

There's a beautiful surprise waiting for you at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

In honour of this special year, 1,000 red and white tulips will bloom in the shape of a polar bear—a symbol of the zoo’s commitment to conservation and a nod to it's partnership with Polar Bears International. As part of Canada's year-long celebration, you can marvel at the beauty of the tulips at the Four Winds Plaza behind Guest Services. Then check out the zoo's amazing variety of programs and animals: zebras, lemurs, sloths, otters and more are just waiting to meet you!

You’re invited to a party 150 years in the making. Canada is celebrating a pretty special birthday, and Edmonton is no wallflower. From free admission to our National Parks and festive additions to our legendary festivals, to a Canada Day for the history books, there's no reason not to RSVP to this party.

150 years never looked so good.

A Canada Day for the Ages

Bursting with red, white, and boisterous celebrations all over the city.

This is it, the moment you’ve been waiting for – Canada Day in Edmonton. It should be no surprise to anyone that this
Canada Day is special, and there will definitely be no shortage of things to see and do. The Alberta Legislature Grounds will be bustling with family-friendly activities. Head to the Alberta Family Fun Zone on the south grounds for crafts and games. You’ll also find great cultural and musical performances on the Diversity and Discover stages, and you'll be able to explore the Legislature Building and visitor centre. Start the day off right with a pancake breakfast at 7 AM, and fuel up throughout the day with the variety of food trucks.

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 over the Canada Day long weekend.

The International Visual Arts Society will unveil new pieces of public art on Capital Boulevard and don't miss The Works Art and Design Festival in Sir Winston Churchill Square. If you’re in the Square with your family, visit City Hall for free family programming throughout the day.

Every Saturday in downtown YEG is never complete without a visit to the City Market Downtown on 104 street. Don’t forget to try all their great local eats! While hockey season is done for YEG, Roger’s Place is still busy with the Family Street Festival in Ford Hall  during
the day and Sarah McLachlan in the evening. Good food is a must for Canada Day! Check out some great features and Canada150 themed parties at local watering holes like the Common and Grandin Fish & Chips, WildFlower Grill, the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald and Craft Beer Market.

End the evening with fireworks at 11:00 pm. Best viewing spots: Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park (River Valley Road), Government House Park (Groat Road and River Valley Road), Ezio Farone Park, Re/MAX Field (those attending Edmonton Prospects vs. the Weyburn Beavers game on July 1 are welcome to remain in their seats to watch the fireworks show!).

Use the hashtag #yegcanada150 and #exploreedmonton for all your great pics!

Take it to the Great Outdoors

Bison like to party too.

You know that one friend who celebrates their birthday all week… maybe even all month? Well we’re about to one-up Cathy (it can't always be about her, right?). Canada is celebrating all year long with free admission to its national parks. Elk Island National Park is the perfect place to connect with nature—on a day trip, or camping over night. More of a "glamper"? The park has got you covered with oTENTiks, a sweet cross between a tent and a cabin. Elk Island is home to free roaming plains bison, moose, deer, elk and over 250 species of birds.

Fort Edmonton Park is also offering special pricing, with the Fort Edmonton 150 Summer Pass ($150 plus GST). This pass is good for unlimited all-inclusive admission between July 1 and September 4. Learn more about this special rate here.

New Years Eve at its Finest

The countdown is on. Let's ring in the New Year in style.

New year, new nation. Downtown Edmonton will be bursting with festivities on December 31 to cap off 2017. Head to Churchill Square and City Hall to party it up with family and friends. Join the fun inside City Hall with kids' activities and check out the mainstage entertainment outside. The countdown will be punctuated with a fireworks celebration like no other, as the night sky comes alive over Edmonton.

There are many more activities in the works, so check back often for details as the new year approaches!

You've never seen a 150-year-old party like this.