Edmonton's river valley has over 150 km of trails just waiting to be explored. These trails are perfect for jogging, cycling, and taking in the sprawling urban parkland that is the North Saskatchewan river valley. Feeling adventurous? Blaze your own trail on a segway tour with River Valley Adventure Co., or rent a canoe, kayak, or even a paddle board to navigate down the scenic river through the middle of the city!
City Market Downtown and the Old Strathcona Farmers Market are moving from their indoor winter homes to the great outdoors, while the 124 Grand Market is re-opening in May. Produce, hand-made jewelery, clothing, art and unique home goods are all on the menu, as well as unique food trucks and outdoor entertainment.
Here's a tip: stop by the market in the morning and gather a spread for a picnic lunch in the river valley. With a plethora of parks scattered throughout the valley, there's plenty of opportunity to take a break and play a game of Frisbee!
Click here for a complete list of Edmonton's Farmers Markets.
Spring and Summer in Edmonton mean long days, thirst-quenching patios, and seemingly endless festivals. We can't leave all the fun to winter— come out and play when the snow melts and the city turns green! Bust out your shades, slap on some sunscreen, and check out the multitude of festivals and things to do during the warmer months.
May brings more than just flowers. Attractions that have been hibernating over the winter are ready to be enjoyed anew. Want to know what it was like to live in Edmonton’s past? Step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park to experience 1885, 1905 and the 1920’s for yourself. Interact with costumed interpreters, catch a flick at the Capitol Theatre, and ride the Ferris wheel on the midway.
Mosey over to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and learn how to pinch perogies, or get points from the blacksmith on the best way to shoe your horse. This open-air museum depicts early settlement in Alberta from 1892-1930, and is just a hop, skip and a jump from Elk Island National Park.
If you want to step even further back in time, check out the large animated dinosaurs hiding throughout the park at Jurassic Forest. Watch the Stegosaurus and Triceratops graze, while meat eaters like Albertosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex search for lunch.
Summer festivals in Edmonton are legendary. No exaggeration here. The Edmonton International Fringe Festival is a true summer staple. Artists and theatre-goers travel from far and wide to take in this explosion of live theatrics in the heart of Old Strathcona. Taste of Edmonton is another must-do— just remember to wear your stretchy pants. You'll sample savoury dishes and tantalizing desserts that are enough to please even the most discerning food critics.
Travel around the world without leaving the city at the Servus Heritage Festival. From the flavours of Fiji, to a peek at Pakistan, this festival showcases cultures from around the globe right in the heart of Hawrelak park. Like a little iambic pentameter on a mid-summer night's evening? Check out the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. Take it to the next level with their Unwined Date Nights, which come with a wine tasting and food pairing.
The midway at K-Days is the kind of excitement you wait all year for. Rides and games are just the bigginning. Test your tastebuds with wacky fair food like the ranbow grilled cheese and oreo rice, then stick around and check out the concert series!
There is so much more to explore! Don't miss festivals like the Edmonton Street Performers Festival, Edmonton Latin Festival, The Works Art and Design Festival, Edmonton Airshow, and the Edmonton Pride Festival.
We’ve got you covered this summer with everything from folk music to rock and alternative. The Edmonton Rock Music Festival, Edmonton Blues Festival and the TD International Jazz Festival are showcasing world class musicians for select dates this summer, while the Insterstellar Rodeo brings musical mavericks, dancing and great food under open skies.
The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is the stuff music lovers' dreams are made of. This one is BYOB, meaning bring your own blanket and head to Gallagher Park for a transformational day of sweet jams!