Things to Do in Edmonton in August
If you thought July was jam packed with fun, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This month brings more outdoor adventure, festivals, music, theatre and food for you to enjoy. Legendary festivals like the Fringe Theatre Festival, Folk Music Festival, Heritage Festival, Cariwest, Taste of Edmonton and more are back in new ways, so you can guarantee this will be the best summer ever. Don't blink, or you'll miss out!
No matter how you explore this month, be sure to continue following the guidelines put in place at each attraction or event.
Get a Taste of Edmonton
We Love Sports!
Everybody get up it's time to slam now! The city's professional basketball club, The Edmonton Stingers, are slam dunkin' their way to gold. Catch an exciting game at The Edmonton EXPO Centre, or cheer as the best in the Canadian Elite Basketball League battle it out on the court during the CEBL Championship Weekend (August 18-22).
Watch as the Edmonton Elks get one step closer to the Grey Cup! The beloved and recently renamed Elks are one of the most storied franchises in the country and have a long history of remarkable on-field victories. Plan your visit to The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium to see an afternoon or evening of action-packed Canadian football. This year, the Elks are thrilled to welcome fans back to the stadium on August 7. Antler up!
Summer Fun Midway
Edmonton Heritage Festival
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Although we can’t be together for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival this year, there is no need to despair! This year's festival is going online and bringing all the fun straight to you. Don't miss the Virtual Tarp Run & Walk, a chance to celebrate getting that perfect spot on the hill by running or walking your selected distance anytime between August 6-8. Run packages, including a cooling towel and running cap, will be ready for pick-up or shipping between August 16-20!
Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival
Together We Fringe
Bask on the Sask
If you've never paddled down the North Saskatchewan River, listen up, because you are truly missing out. Leave all your equipment and expertise worries to RiverWatch for a 3-hour guided tour right in the heart of Edmonton. This exceptional opportunity is a great way to safely get outdoors and back into nature this summer! Spot the splash of a beaver or a pelican cruising through the sky as your friendly, knowledgeable river guide hosts a close-up look at the ecology and history of this beautiful waterway.
Local Music & Local Landscapes
TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival
We're bringing sax-y back! Continuing its summer jazz festival tradition, the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival offers music lovers access to jazz talent from around the globe. 2021 will feature a variety of online presentations including exclusive performance footage and interviews, as well as the new Spotlight Sessions showcasing a handful of incredible Edmonton-based artists.
Art Inspired by City History
Explore the Downtown Farmers' Market
Edmonton Rock Music Festival
Get ready for sweet guitar riffs and killer tunes at RockFest! The one-day festival will take place at the historic Racetrack Infield on the Edmonton Exhibition Lands, which is being transformed into a socially distanced outdoor concert venue by producers Trixstar. 2021 marks RockFest's 10-year anniversary... what better reason to jam out all night long?
Alberta International Airshow
Get your Race On!
Concerts & Comedy
Trixstar is pleased to launch Canada’s first dedicated socially distanced concert venue this summer! The Together Again Outdoor Concert Series is set to take place at the historic Racetrack Infield on the Edmonton Exhibition Lands (August 6-8, 21-22 & 29).
Are you more of a laugher than a toe-tapper? Get ready to LOL until your cry at The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival. Join Chelsea Handler, David Spade, Nikki Glaser, Donnell Rawlings, Shaun Majumder and much more on August 13 & 15.
But wait, there's more! The Edmonton Ski Club is hosting a series of outdoor concerts this summer that you just can't miss. The Winter-In-Summer Musical Festival features the stylings of Kan Incognito, The Royal Foundy, Whale & The Wolf, FKB, El Niven & the Alibi and Dylan Farrell Band (August 12-14 and September 17-18).
Run, Bike & Swim
Blues Festival Slim
Edmonton Street Performers Festival
Still chillin’ on your couch? Join The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival in the virtual Play@HomeZone. Check out digital workshops and learn a variety of StreetFest skills. From balloon-twisting to magic, juggling to hula-hooping, and more.
StreetFest will also be popping up in local neighbourhoods all summer long, bringing the fun of the festival to front yards everywhere. Where will the Masked Parades pop-up next? Stay tuned online and on social to learn more!