Things to do in Edmonton in July
Oh July, how we've missed you! Summer is in full swing which means long sunny days, thirst-quenching patios, and seemingly endless warm-weather things to do. Check out the long list of Edmonton's many attractions, restaurants, and festivals, then see where the sweet summer wind takes you... you really can't go wrong.
Shakespeare in Hawrelak Park
Plop thy bum on thy blanket and enjoy a theatrical experience reminiscent of the intimate setting of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre, right in Edmonton's river valley! The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is more than just great Shakespeare in the Park. It's a summer outdoor experience featuring food, music, puppet shows, and more. The storied festival that began as a pass-the-hat affair in 1989 has since blossomed into a much-anticipated summer event. This season, the festival is bringing back the audience favourite - A Midsummer Night's Dream, and for the very first time, they will present Measure for Measure.
June 14 - July 10, 2022
Indulge in a Local Food Tour
Chef Table Living offers guided walking or biking tours around the city to enjoy the sites while grabbing a bite! Get the wheels in motion with a delicious Edmonton Food Bike Tour, add effortless riding with a Food Electric Bike Tour and eBike rentals or step out and taste local menu favourites with a Food Walk Tour! Don't miss the themed Pop up Tours which run every Friday evening such as Donut Bike Tour & Ice Cream Tours or try a Brewery & Distillery Bike Tour. These adventures are an exciting and fun way to connect with others, celebrate an anniversary, bachelorette, date night or just gathering with friends and family.
K-Days & Imagine Monet
K-Days is back and better than ever! Experience Edmonton’s extravaganza of rides, games, music, food and adventure. The rides and games alone will leave you breathless and wanting more. Watch as fireworks light up the night sky and cheer for this year's incredible live music lineup!
July 22 - 31, 2022
While you're at the Edmonton Expo Centre, you can't miss checking out Imagine Monet — an immersive experience featuring the work of the legendary artist. Wander amongst giant projections of the artist’s paintings and get swept away by every brushstroke, detail, painting medium, and colour. In this exhibition, visitors of all ages discover a new way of reconnecting with the work of this great master. This is a truly transformational experience not to be missed!
June 8 - September 2, 2022
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 the saxy-back! You’re sure to hit the right note with the full gamut of jazz sounds on the menu. It’s mellow, it’s lively and it’s a great time to listen to sax, silky voices – all that jazz. Catch performances from local and international artists across a variety of venues including Winspear Centre, La Cité Francophone, Ice District Plaza, and more!
June 26 - July 3, 2022
Fort Edmonton Park's Indigenous Peoples Experience is an awe-inspiring new addition to the park's exciting offerings. Gather and explore life through the diversity of First Nations' and Métis peoples' histories, cultures, experiences, and perspectives, local to Indigenous life in the Beaver Hills, or Edmonton region. You don't want to miss this.
Take a day trip to Métis Crossing 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. Visions, Hopes and Dreams at Métis Crossing Wildlife Park offers guests a 1.5-hour tour to experience the beauty of rare Métis heritage species up close, including rare white bison, wood bison, plains bison, elk, and Percheron horses. The exploration of the Métis people’s connection with the land is an essential element of understanding traditional Métis life. If you feel like extending your trip, visitors can stay at The Lodge at Métis Crossing — a 40-room, boutique luxury lodge, located on historical Métis river lots overlooking the North Saskatchewan River.
Summer Fun at Snow Valley
The best day ever starts and ends at Snow Valley. Climb the biggest and most intricate jungle gym you've ever seen at the Snow Valley Aerial Park, then spend the afternoon playing Target Golf! You'll hit golf balls at various yardage markers and novelty targets scattered up the hill. Enjoy eats, treats, ice cream, and drinks on Snow Valley's fully licensed outdoor patio — Creekside Eats.
Plan the Perfect Picnic
Edmonton is known for its remarkable outdoor landscapes and 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 this gorgeous setting, and you have a recipe for a very special outing. Make sure you book online as these baskets are selling like hotcakes!
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. It's the perfect way to soak up the sun on summer Saturdays!
The Best Walk is an Art Walk
The Whyte Avenue Art Walk is back again for another summer! Feast your eyes on stunning local art while strolling the streets of Old Strathcona. All artists brave enough to share their work are welcome to participate and you'll have the opportunity to buy art directly from the artists who created it. Strike up a conversation to find out the inspiration behind your favourite works, and walk away with your own one-of-a-kind piece. Local art is the perfect gift for someone special — or just for yourself!
July 8 - 10, 2022
Get a Taste of Edmonton
Edmonton's culinary scene has never been better and there's only one festival where you get to experience it all at once. A huge slice of Edmonton's best restaurants will come together at Taste of Edmonton in Churchill Square for a delicious twelve days of food, entertainment, and music. Nibble and sip your way through the entire city at the ultimate dine-around. Mix and match between the best local cuisine while listening to tunes by awesome musical acts.
July 21 - 31, 2022
Summer Concerts Galore!
La Cité Francophone's Patio Series Concerts are back every Thursday evening, celebrating local artists, live music, and offering music lovers the chance to enjoy magnificent concerts! With free parking nearby, you can come by car, on foot, by bike or bus to the heart of Edmonton's French Quarter. Cafe Bicyclette offers a special menu and a charming atmosphere to enjoy with some awesome local sounds!
Embrace Your Inner Track Star (or Spectator)
Round up your family and friends and prepare for an exhilarating summer day as you watch some of the fastest humans alive compete on the track at the Warm Up to Worlds Invitational. Athletics Alberta is bringing you some of the best athletes in the world! Athletes from Team Canada like Edmonton's own Marco Arop will compete against other top-tiered track and field stars from around the world.
July 3, 2022
The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) is coming to Edmonton for the first time ever! The PTO Tour is an annual series of professional triathlon races comprising the Canadian Open, US Open, Asian Open and European Open, as well as The Collins Cup. The world's greatest professional triathletes will gather in Edmonton for the PTO Tour Canadian Open where age groups will have the opportunity to race at the same event as the professionals!
July 22 - 24, 2022
The Works & Street Performers
For 13 days every summer, Edmonton transforms into a massive celebration of art and design with The Works Arts & Design Festival. As North America's largest free outdoor art & design festival, The Works features over 300 performances and events, and 50 exhibits at 30+ venues. The main site, Churchill Square, is home to 136 hours of free live music presented in the all-ages licensed outdoor patio, a Food Street, Art Market, art making workshops for everyone, and much more. Get drawn in at The Works!
July 8 - 17, 2022
The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival transforms Churchill Square into an outdoor 3-ring-circus featuring the world’s best local, national and international street artists. Be part of the crowd and take in an incredible circle-show, actively engage with an installation, watch mimes pull laughs out of thin air or let the roving performers bring the show to you. A whirlwind of acts, a tempest of entertainment, a deluge of fun — all on street level.
July 8 - 17, 2022
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!
ZooBrew is an exclusive 18+ affair at the Edmonton Valley Zoo! Wander the zoo with a drink in hand at this twilight event. The zoo transforms into a peaceful escape on a summer night. It's a one-of-a-kind evening filled with live music performed by local artists. Sample a wide variety of craft beers, wines, and spirits from breweries across the province, and visit with the zoo’s furry residents.
August 19, 2022
Summer fun at the Grindstone
The Grindstone Comedy Festival is bringing the laughter once again! This annual independent stand-up, improv and sketch comedy festival brings both national performers and rising local talent together under the Edmonton spotlight. Laugh out loud with some of Canada’s top Comedians, Sketch groups and Improvisors!
July 6 - 10, 2022
Get up to get down with Grindstone Theatre at Disco In the Park! This annual off-the-hook music festival brings together young and old for one purpose - to dance! It’s like the Edmonton Folk Festival for funky disco electronic music. Get your groove on where downtown meets the river valley at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, with 6 additional events at central Edmonton music venues all weekend long. It's the grooviest way to spend the long weekend!
July 30 - 31, 2022
Heritage Fest & World Music Week
Take a peek at Pakistan, feel the beat of Burkina-Faso and explore cultures from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe at the Edmonton Heritage Festival. This is the perfect chance to sample delicious food, see creative performances, and celebrate Canada's multiculturalism. Hawrelak Park will transform into a mingling of more than 90 nations and 70 pavilions which will leave you with a better understanding and appreciation for our country's remarkable diversity. But it doesn't stop there! World-class tunes take the stage at World Music Week, and there is plenty of online programming available during Multicultural Month.
July 30 - August 1, 2022
The Funniest Show Ever Created (On The Spot)
What's the #1 rule of improv? Say yes! Edmonton's international improv and sketch comedy festival — Improvaganza — returns for 2022! This festival features the best improvisers from around the world coming to Edmonton for 10 days of improv and sketch comedy. Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton's premiere destination for improvised comedy, is hosting some of the funniest acts on the planet at this comedic spectacle of epic proportions. Here you'll find improv, comedy, music and more. Get your laugh on at Edmonton's funniest festival!
July 13-23, 2022
Step Back in Time
Become a time traveler 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. UCHV is open from May 21 to September 5, 2022!
FIBA 3x3 Women's Series
Whoomp, there it is! The FIBA 3x3 Women's Series is coming to Edmonton July 29 - July 30th. After recently winning Silver in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Antwerp, Belgium, Team Canada is coming to the ICE District to go head-to-head with teams from around the world. Traveling on the court will get you a turnover, but traveling to this event is a must!