Things to Do in Edmonton in August
If you thought July was jam packed with fun, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. August brings more outdoor adventure, festivals, music and food for you to enjoy. Legendary festivals like the Fringe Theatre Festival, Folk Music Festival, Blues Festival, Heritage Festival, Cariwest and more are back in new ways, so you can guarantee this month will be one for the books!
Summer seems to fly by faster than any season. Don't blink, or you'll miss out!
Edmonton Heritage Festival
Canada’s longest running anime festival returns to the Edmonton Convention Centre this August! Animethon is a 3-day summer festival for fans of anime, Japanese pop culture, and everything in between. Connect with the community through panels, games, creative cosplay and exciting events. Featuring concerts, gaming, and a large vendor hall, this is the perfect opportunity to meet voice artists, industry leaders, thousands of fans and new friends in the community!
Alberta Open Farm Days
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Great Outdoors Comedy Festival
Get ready to LOL until your cry at The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival. Join comedy legends like Bobby Lee, Amy Schumer, Nick Swardson, Tom Segura and more at the historic Edmonton Exhibition Lands. This Festival is all about good times and incredible live comedy. Its vision is to create a diverse, inclusive and safe festival experience that celebrates and features all forms of performance comedy, from locals to superstars. The chuckles will be plentiful!
Together We Fringe
Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival
Al Fresco on 104
Support local at this vibrant outdoor street party! Discover an open-air celebration filled with extended patios, various food trucks, and retail vendors for the whole family to enjoy in the sun. Al Fresco on 104, presented by Edmonton Downtown Business Association, is proud to support the city's local businesses, offering experiences and items that showcase the best of the core. Head over to 104 Street every Saturday from 11:00am-3:00pm (until August 27) to join the party. It's the perfect way to soak up the sun on summer Saturdays!
Cheer on the Edmonton Elks
Bask on the Sask
Farmers' Markets Galore
Oh kale yeah! Farmers' markets are where it’s at to support local growers, makers and vendors at one of the many found across the city. You’ll find everything from fresh local produce to hand-made jewelry, one-of-a-kind clothing, art and unique home goods. Don't forget the food trucks and live entertainment! There really is a market for every part of the city – check out our list of all the farmers' markets that Edmonton has to offer. Pack your cloth shopping bags with local finds you can't get anywhere else!
L'Etape Edmonton by Tour de France
Together Again Concert Series
The Together Again Outdoor Concert Series was the first major outdoor concert series emerging out of the pandemic in 2021 in Canada; a celebration of getting through the tough times and a demonstration of how events could come back safely. With the success and positive feedback from last year, they're back again with a hybrid festival setup that has something for everyone’s taste in enjoying incredible live entertainment! The series kicks off at the historic Racetrack Infield on the Edmonton Exhibition Lands, and features Paul Brandt, Johnny Reid, Burton Cummings, Chilliwack, The Barenaked Ladies, Sam Roberts Band and much more!
Farm to Table Dinner at Old Red Barn
Stroll, Bike or Segway Through the River Valley
FC Edmonton VS HFX Wanderers
Enjoy premier pro-soccer right here in Edmonton! Root for the FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium as they compete against HFX Wanderers for the winning goal! Grab a beer at the concession, wave your flag, and enjoy premier pro-soccer amongst the cheering locals. It's the perfect event to channel your inner Ted Lasso.
Blues Festival Slim
Get your Race On!
On your marks, get set…GO! The starting gun goes off and your adrenaline starts pumping as you race towards your personal best. The 2022 Servus Edmonton Marathon is your chance to cross a major achievement off your bucket list. Marathoners say the course is friendlier – flat and fast to get you to that finish line, so it's perfect for first-timers and experienced marathoners! Come meet your friends, and make some new ones.
IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships
They're back! The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)'s World Juniors will take place in the heart of downtown's Ice District. A holiday tradition for millions of hockey fans across Canada and around the world, the under-20 men's tournament was originally scheduled to be played over the Christmas holiday season, but it was cancelled after just four days of competition due to COVID-19. Fear not hockey fans! There's nothing like puck in summer! Throw on your shorts and your jerseys, and head down to Rogers Place to take in the most exciting hockey of the season.