Things to Do in Edmonton in August

Jul 27, 2020

Edmonton is known for its glorious summer days. In August, the sun can rise as early as 5:00am and set as late as 10:00pm. That’s 17 hours of vitamin D, and plenty of time to pack in tons of warm-weather activities. This month brings more outdoor adventure, more food, more virtual events and more summer fun. Don't blink, or you'll miss out!

No matter how you explore this month, be sure to continue practicing safe physical distance, frequent hand washing, and following the guidelines put in place to keep everyone safe.

Just Call us Hub City

Edmonton is proud to temporarily change its name to Hub City and host the best in hockey right here at Rogers Place! While you can't cheer for our boys in blue and orange from the arena itself, you can still set yourself up for the ultimate at-home viewing experience. Order or pick-up a plethora of game-day snacks from one of the city's incredible local restaurants and you'll be fueled-up and ready to cheer! Let's go Oilers!

Take it to the Hoop

Sports lovers, rejoice! Just like hockey, basketball is back, baby! The Edmonton Stingers, the city's professional basketball club, are slam dunkin' their way to gold. Starting July 25th, The Stingers will take the court in Ontario for the Summer Series Championships. All games will be available for viewing on and the CBC Gem App and you can check out The Stingers' schedule here.

Experience the Legislature

The Visitor Centre at the Alberta Legislature reopens to the public on August 1, complete with new safety measures to keep everyone safe! Tours are also available again, so you can discover a piece of Alberta's history with the help of a knowledgeable Heritage Interpreter. This guided 30-minute experience is free, and covers topics related to Alberta's governance, parliamentary tradition, and the art and architecture of the building.

The Hill at Home

Although we can’t be together for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival this year, we all know where our hearts will be at the beginning of August. No need to despair! This year's festival is going virtual and bringing all the fun straight to you. From August 7-9, lay out your tarps and chairs, put on your folk fest t-shirts, and get ready to enjoy a weekend of music, song, food, art, and family fun from your own backyard (or front lawn). Stay tuned and make sure to check the festival's social media channels so you don’t miss a thing!

La Cite Francophone Patio Series

Live music is back at La Cité Francophone! Head to their 3rd annual Summer Patio Series, where you'll find a wide variety of musical styles every Friday evening, rain or shine. From world-beat to folk, classical music and everything in between, you'll find ear candy for all tastes! Check out the series' Eventbrite page to get your tickets and discover each Friday's line-up.

Edmonton Heritage Festival Presented by Servus Credit Union

Get ready to welcome the world into your living room from August 1-3! This year, the Edmonton Heritage Festival is going virtual with an online celebration of multiculturalism. Take a peek at Pakistan, feel the beat of Brazil and explore cultures from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Three days just isn't enough, so now you can satisfy your cravings for delicious food during Multicultural Month. Order direct, and pick-up sweet and savoury bites from over 35 participating restaurants, right from the Edmonton Heritage Festival website!

Science Rules!

Explore a remarkable collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts from Ripley's Believe It or Not! at Telus World of Science. Here you'll find oddities like a calf with two faces, a megalodon shark jaw, a portrait of Einstein made of toast and much more. What’s even more amazing than Robert Ripley’s legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies, and fantastic feats? The science that underlies them!

The Fringe that Never Was

While the show can't go on as usual this year, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival lives on! The Fringe that Never Was is a safely distanced celebration of art, community, and togetherness. Settle in for 11-days of digital Fringe shows, interviews, parties and more, featuring some of your fave Fringe artists! Stay tuned for updates!

Support Local & Look Good Doing It

If there is one thing that is certain about times like these, it's the fact that we are in this together. We've partnered with Print Machine to create limited-edition Explore Edmonton t-shirts for purchase. The best part? The proceeds from these shirts go directly to the local businesses that make Edmonton so special. Let's show the city's independent makers & doers some love during this difficult time - supporting local never looked so good. Get yours today!

Dreamspeakers Goes Digital

If you missed the opening night of the Dreamspeakers Digital Series, never fear! You can check out incredible performances by the talented line-up of artists on Youtube. Dreamspeakers Festival Society supports Indigenous artists by providing platforms to show their work and resources to help craft their stories at a local, national, and international level. Stay tuned on social for more installments of their exciting digital series!

Discover the Rossdale Power Plant

Join Big E Tours for a one-hour tour of the historic Rossdale Powerplant on Saturdays and Sundays. You'll hear the Indigenous story, the story of the city, and the story of the building itself. The Prairie Sky Power Plant Tour will give you an opportunity to go behind the scenes of this iconic building in the heart of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Make sure to book your experience in advance!

Kaleido is on Tour!

This year, the Kaleido Family Arts Festival is hitting the road and bringing you surprises all summer long! Experience a spontaneous celebration of music, art, and magic - all physically distant, all coming to you. Not only is it a wonder to behold, but all events are free. Because spontaneity is the key to Kaleido 2020, you are encouraged to follow the festival's social channels to learn where the next surprise will be.

The Best Market is a Farmer's Market

Farmers' markets are where it’s at, and you can support local growers, makers and vendors at markets all over the city. Some stand-outs include: the Downtown Farmers' Market, Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market and the 124 Grand Market. You’ll find everything Edmontonians love about summer— live entertainment, fresh local produce, one-of-a-kind clothing and more. If you’re out and about around the Downtown Farmers' Market or the Alberta Avenue Outdoor Public Market, be sure to check out the dynamic offerings of The Indigenous Artisans Market Collective (I.A.M. Collective)!

Art in the Heart of Edmonton

Head to the Art Gallery of Alberta for an inspiring summer afternoon (complete with air conditioning - phew!). Here you'll find awe-inspiring exhibits including Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges, Nests for the End of the World, Halie Finney: The Ghosts of the Mink Make a Big Spirit and much more. Looking to explore the AGA from home? The gallery is proud to offer online programming including live webinar events, hands-on art activities and more!

The Citadel hits the Road

If you're anything like us, you've been missing the magic of live performance. While you can't head to The Citadel for an incredible play or musical for the time being, you can now bring the show to your own front yard! With The Citadel Road Shows, you can enjoy a 40-minute performance from a duo of Edmonton artists. They'll bring the performers, the equipment, and the music – you bring your cohort and some lawn chair seating!

Where the Bison Roam

Just 35 minutes east of Edmonton, Elk Island provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in North America - including our good old friend, the roaming plains bison. The park is also part of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, meaning it’s a stellar location for stargazing. Bring a blanket, some late-night snacks and gaze up at the starry sky (if you know of a more romantic date night idea, just let us know!).