Things to Do in September in Edmonton
September keeps the summer fun going here in Edmonton! We're talkin' corn mazes, brewery crawls, river valley adventures and so much more. With a full schedule of activities to fill your calendar, you can send summer off in style before welcoming the coziness of fall with open arms.
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Symphony Under the Sky
Start the month off right with Symphony Under The Sky! Beloved guest conductor Robert Bernhardt returns for the popular festival's 26th year at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park. Enjoy music from all of your favourite film scores and iconic composers while soaking up the last few drops of the summer sun.
Sing the Blues on Whyte Avenue
The Commercial Hotel/Blues on Whyte is pleased to present two days of fabulous music at the Whyte Avenue Blues Festival! This intimate music festival showcases the best in Canadian blues in the heart of Old Strathcona. Come enjoy the fresh air while wandering Whyte Ave, grab a bite, then stop in to catch the tunes. This is a blues bash that you won’t want to miss!
Cocktails & Jerk
Dance, eat, kick back, and experience the diversity of Caribbean culture at Cocktails & Jerk! This two day event draws its inspiration from the popular Jamaican street food and jerk chicken. With an entertainment lineup that delivers the cool and relaxing energy of an island breeze, and food options that take your tastebuds on a tropical vacation of its own, this is the perfect way to say farewell to summer.
Rock Out with the Greats
The world’s most iconic and celebrated rock legends have hit the road together this summer for a coheadlining tour so massive that it could only be held in North America’s biggest stadiums! The Stadium Tour featuring Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard with Poison, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts is set to steamroll through Commonwealth Stadium, where each band will bring their electrifying shows and perform their stadium sized anthems.
Paint the Town
The Grindstone's Mural Massive is back for the third year! Watch new large-scale murals get painted in this indoor/outdoor art and theatre event in Old Strathcona's Garage District. This event features four outdoor areas to enjoy while incredible street artists bring large murals to life in real time. Live entertainment, a killer patio, dance parties and more await!
Discover Indigenous Edmonton
Treaty 6 Territory is home to many nations including the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Sioux and Métis People. This month is the perfect chance to take advantage of the weather and immerse yourself in culture at Métis Crossing, take an Indigenous-led tour with Talking Rock Tours, or to discover the stories that have shaped Treaty 6 Territory at the Royal Alberta Museum. Visit the Indigenous People's Experience at Fort Edmonton Park - catch it before the park closes for the season on September 18!
Eat Your Way Along 118th
Experience delicious cuisine you won't find anywhere else in the city at Eats on 118! Dine and drink your way along Alberta Avenue as hosts guide you along the 3 curated stops to indulge in the best signature dishes. You'll learn the story behind the restaurants from the owners themselves and experience the culture behind the food. Plus, you can expect some pop-up surprises along the way!
September 7 & 21
Farm to Flame Dinners at Old Red Barn
The Old Red Barn's unique cooking experience is found on a working dairy farm in Leduc, and dinners are held in a beautiful 1950’s barn overlooking Whitemud creek. Menus are designed around what is seasonally available from surrounding local farms. Experience farm-to-table dining in ways you never thought possible with your loved ones. There's only one more event this season, so get your tickets while you can!
Outdoor Adventure in the Heart of the City
The North Saskatchewan River Valley is Edmonton's crown jewel, at over 20 times the size of New York's Central Park. That's a lot of real estate to explore. Whether you're biking, walking, or cruising on a Segway, the river valley is the hot spot for your outdoor adventure! Check out our guide to the city's 5 key hiking trails to try this summer, so you can discover this expanse of urban parkland while it's still hot out. It's the perfect way to get away from it all, without ever leaving the city!
Edmonton Mountain Bike Festival
Get ready for an exhilarating three days celebrating mountain biking right here in the city at the Edmonton Mountain Bike Festival! See all that the Edmonton's Mountain Biking Community has to offer, from group rides and sessions to live music, fun events, fundraisers and more! Come join the community for a weekend of riding, fun and exploring the river valley.
Tropical Night at The Backyard
Tropical Night is the ultimate vacation right in the heart of the city offering the best vibes! Located at Edmonton's only fully licensed outdoor events venue, The Backyard is a place to unwind, connect and discover all things local. Featuring local artists who will bring you an eclectic range of entertainment from various Black, Caribbean and African artists!
Canada’s largest street hockey festival is back! Take part in a hockey festival like no other complete with interactive games, food, sponsor activations, and special events – including a celebrity street hockey game. If you prefer the sidelines, you can still head down to the grounds to cheer on the street hockey players. Age, gender, and experience level play no importance here! Just grab your sneakers and a stick to Play On!
Strathearn Art Walk
The Strathearn Art Walk & Music Festival is a free, family-friendly art and music festival. This annual celebration of the arts strives to bring out the best in the community by bringing people together to celebrate emerging and professional art and music, all with the scenic backdrop of our beautiful river valley and city skyline. This is sure to be the best September walk yet!
Patios on Patios
With only a few short weeks of summer sun left, now is the time to kick back on a local patio and soak up some rays. Imagine relaxing on a sunny afternoon with a cold drink in hand... there really isn't anything better. Here are a few of our favourite patios in town (but you can find more here!)
Savour Strathcona 2022
Savour Strathcona is an annual celebration of Strathcona County's local food and art. Catch independent restaurateurs, brewers, winemakers, cider makers, and distillers across Strathcona County showcasing their signature creations to the community. Enjoy live entertainment and activities while savouring some great eats throughout the afternoon and evening.
Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo
The Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo is our city's greatest pop culture convention. Tens of thousands of people gather each year for a celebration of all things pop culture — comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, and everything in between. Enjoy meeting your favourite stars, grab a drawing from your favourite comic book artist, enjoy one-time-only workshops and guest panels, and shop vendors from around the country with incredible items for purchase and display.
Kaleido Hits the Road
Arts on the Ave and Kaleido are back with Kaleido Family Arts Festival 2022: Heart in Living Colour. This joyous, exuberant, radically open arts festival shares the love of the Alberta Avenue Arts District, and welcomes collaborative performances such as music, dance, theatre, film, literary and visual arts with performances on rooftops, sides of buildings, back alleys, parks and found spaces. It’s an extravagance of creative exploration, imagination, and play.
KULTURA Edmonton Filipino Festival
KULTURA Festival showcases the richness of the Filipino culture and promotes an appreciation of the Filipino heritage! Featuring mouth-watering cuisine, traditional folk dances, music and art, this festival invites you to experience the best of the Philippine islands. There will also be a special headline performance from a Filipino celebrity well known to the community. Come take it all in at the Heritage Amphitheatre at Hawrelak Park!
Edmonton International Film Festival
Fancy checking out a new movie, or ten? The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) celebrates diverse cinema in theatres right here in Edmonton. You'll laugh, cry and feel inspired by high quality films from YEG and around the world. These features and shorts span all genres and are mixed with a handful of award-winners from the film festival circuit.
September 22 - October 1
Get a Little Corny
It's corn! Each year, the Edmonton Corn Maze creates new themes designed to get thousands of visitors lost in their tracks. Expect 5 kilometers of twists and turns, as well as 85 decision points. A series of clue cards will offer guidance along the way, with questions rated for all ages. Get lost - it's kind of the point!
Open until October 16
Gateway to the Stars
Look up for the greatest show on earth! Experience the wonder of Elk Island’s night sky in the heart of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve with Gateway to the Stars. Escape the city to gaze upon the countless stars in our galaxy and learn to navigate from one constellation to the next. Campfire and a friendly park interpreter are included. Get back to nature with this eye-opening activity!
Fridays and Saturdays from Sep 16 to Oct 22