The FISE World Series is riding into town to give summer the send off it deserves from September 15-17 in Hawrelak Park. Looking for flips and tricks performed by the world's top adrenaline junkies? You got it. Food trucks and massive beer gardens? No problem. Ridiculous activities and demos for the whole family? We've got you covered. The best part: this festival is totally free to attend.
Last year, over 23,000 fans, families, pros, and pedal-heads gathered for a weekend of epic fun and fierce competition. The FISE World Series is Europe's largest freestyle sports festival, the official tour for the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup, and the Edmonton festival is registered as a Gold stop in the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour calendar.
This is where athletes put their mountain bikes where their mouths are and ride for glory—all skill levels welcome. Catch the BMX Flat competition where bike and rider come together with ultimate skill and control to pull off nearly impossible balance-based tricks. Take in death-defying maneuvers at the BMX Freestyle Park, a custom-built course for Edmonton that will have athletes dropping in on some pretty huge curves. Mountain Bike Slopestyle will have you holding your breath as athletes take off from massive dirt jumps and get some serious air, while scooter and amateur skateboarding competitions will have you cheering until you can cheer no more.
Jean William Prévost, a BMX Flat pro from Montreal who competed at FISE World Edmonton last year, is excited to come back and show off what he's got. He notes that, "the crowd totally brought the flatland venue to life, it was like BMX theatre." It might not be Shakespeare under the Hawrelak Amphitheatre tent this time, but we guarantee just as much drama and even more action.
This time, Prevost says, he'll "[focus] on my breathing and pushing out everything else. I am going for tricks I have practiced many times, the thing is to let it occur and not to try to control it."
Jean William Prévost at FISE Budapest, credit Armand Lenoir
There's even more action to catch between the slick tricks and gravity-defying competitions. Bump, crash and roll around in a giant wearable bubble suit when you try Bumper Balls or get medieval with Archery Tag (think dodgeball with foam-tipped arrows). Battle your way to the top of the inflatable King of the Hill game or walk on water (literally) with Water Balls. Little pro-riders in the making can get involved too with the Strider Bike Races— a chance for 2-5 year olds to have a blast while balancing, riding and racing.
*Some activities at additional cost.
An adrenaline filled weekend deserves some quality fuel, and FISE has you covered with beer gardens and food vendors galore. The beer gardens at the festival are massive, plus, you can enjoy a cold frosty one without missing out on the action. Native Delights, Grill Billy's Smokehouse BBQ, Jackie O's and Krazybull Cheese Steak Factory are just some of the food trucks and stands that will help you fight off those hunger pangs and keep you ready to roll. Bring an empty water bottle, which you can fill up at refill stands, to keep yourself happy and hydrated.
More of a doer than a spectator? That's what we thought. You look like someone who takes life by the handlebars. Pro-athletes and amateurs can register here, and you can participate by volunteering at the festival, too.
For information on parking, transportation, and festival FAQ, click here.