Things to do in Edmonton in July
Oh July, how we've missed you! Summer is in full swing and that means long sunny days, thirst-quenching patios, and seemingly endless warm-weather things to do. Check out the city's many re-opening attractions and restaurants, then see where the sweet summer wind takes you... you really can't go wrong.
No matter how you explore, be sure to continue practicing safe physical distancing, frequent hand washing and following the guidelines put in place to keep everyone safe!
Canada Day celebrations may not look like they have in years past, but that doesn't mean you can't find your own way to make this special day one for the books. Go on a walk around the Alberta Legislature Grounds, plan a picnic in Hawrelak Park, take a day-trip to visit Canada's incredible wildlife at Elk Island National Park, or discover little known facts about our nation's varied history at the Royal Alberta Museum. No matter how you choose to celebrate the day, make sure you continue to follow the safety measures in place at each attraction or experience.
Experience Metis Crossing
On July 2, the VIP experience at Métis Crossing opens to the public! Make it a day-trip and discover how the Métis lived as trappers, learn about historical families and their homes, understand how plants are used as medicine and much more. Métis Crossing is the first major Métis cultural interpretive centre in Alberta, sitting on 512 acres of land designed to engage visitors in immersive experiences. Book your experience in advance here.
Get Inspired at the AGA
Take in the work of classic and contemporary Canadian artists at the Art Gallery of Alberta. The AGA is open from Thursday to Sunday - just be sure to book in advance here. Take in awe-inspiring exhibits like 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!
Discover Inuit Art
Get inspired and take a virtual tour of the "Shifting Geographies" art exhibit at the University of Alberta. Witness 26 artworks on display, from prints to sculptures and textile art. Shifting Geographies looks broadly at the changing nature of Inuit life and the factors that have contributed to this change. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Inuit artists from the comfort of your own home!
Plan the Perfect Picnic
Edmonton is known for its remarkable outdoor landscapes, and for its innovative culinary scene. Enjoy the best of both worlds at the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens. The garden has partnered with extraordinary local and Canadian food and beverage makers to create a delicious picnic menu for two. Pair a picnic with the gorgeous setting, and you have a recipe for a very special outing. Make sure you book online, these baskets are selling like hotcakes!
Telus World of Science has reopened this month, and their latest exhibit is not to be missed! Discover a remarkable collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts from Ripley's Believe It or Not!. This exhibit is the perfect activity for the whole family - big kids and little kids alike will love adventuring through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. See a calf with two faces, a megalodon shark jaw and a portrait of Einstein made of toast, all in one afternoon!
Take a Body Break
Many of Edmonton's locally owned fitness studios are re-opening, offering a variety of ways to feel the burn this summer. Be sure to pre-register online using the studio's website or the MindBody app, and continue following the safety guidelines in place at each studio. Whether you take an online class or workout in person, supporting local never felt so good!
Laugh out Loud from Home
Starting July 3, the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is back, and is in the house! YOUR house. Because laughter is the best medicine and physical distancing is the reality, join the best of the best local, national, and international street performers for the first-ever virtual version of the annual summer tradition! Check out the festival website for online troupe performances and so much more.
Hit the Trails
Slap on some sunscreen and head out on an expedition to 160 kilometres of pathways that wind through the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Many of these trails are paved and intended for mixed-use, meaning cyclists are welcome (although a few are foot traffic only). Not sure where to start? Check out some of our favourite summer trails here.
Use the Power of the Pedal
Raise your glass, Urban Pedal Tours is open for bookings this month! Hop on a 15 passenger U-shaped bike and pedal your way through Edmonton’s top craft beer taprooms and breweries. You’ll use the power of the pedal to make your way to 3 distinct stops, while taking in the river city along the way!
Meet a New Furry Friend
Home to hundreds of species of plants and animals from around the world, The Edmonton Valley Zoo is always an exciting place to visit. Bring along the kids for a chance to see a peregrine falcon, prairie dogs, zebra, fox, bighorn sheep, a snowy owl and more! The animals can't wait to welcome you with open paws!
Step Back in Time
Become a time traveller and step back in time over 125 years ago! History is brought to life at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, an open-air museum depicting early settlement in east-central Alberta from 1892-1930. Hear stories of solitude, survival, and perseverance while discovering how Ukrainian immigration made a significant impact on Alberta's cultural identity.
Calling all Cool Cats!
The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival brings the world’s best jazz performers to Edmonton, and this year, they're bringing sax-y back to your living room. This online edition of the festival runs every weekend until July 31. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine, turn the lights down low, and enjoy free performances and interviews with musicians from Edmonton and around the world!
Find Yourself at Found Fest
Found Festival will look a whole lot different this year, but you better believe they're reinventing how artistic exchange happens when we can’t gather together. The festival is proud to deliver 14 brave digital and distanced projects brought to you by more than 30 multidisciplinary artists. Let’s get wired and weird from July 2-5!
Get your Head in the Clouds
Hit the biggest and most intricate jungle gym you've ever seen at the Snow Valley Aerial Park. Are you ready for the "Ninja Warrior" course? Or are you looking for something a little closer to the ground? Either way, you'll have the best afternoon ever exploring the off-the-ground games and obstacles. Remember to book your spot online in advance!