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Free Things to Do in Edmonton- Summer Edition

by Leah Paterson

Rent, car insurance, groceries, a new tiny outfit for your dog... you've got enough to spend your money on. And hey, you work hard for your paycheck. We get it. Lucky for you, the best things in life really are free. Check out this list of awesome things to do in Edmonton that won't break the bank this summer.

Fit, fancy... and free
November Project can help you get into shape with early morning sweat sessions led by professional athletes. These outdoor workouts happen year-round, no matter the weather. That's right, even in -30C. Anyone can join, just show up in your stretchy pants and get moving. November Project encourages people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels to get out of bed and join the tribe.

Step back in time, without spending a dime
Experience a taste of Alberta's history on a free guided tour at the Alberta Legislature. Check out the Borealis Gallery, the Pehonan 4-D Theatre and the Agora Interpretive Centre. Ask about the Famous Five who fought for a woman's right to vote, and make sure you listen for the phenom known as the "magic spot". The Legislature grounds overlooking the North Saskatchewan River are also free to explore, and make for a very Instagram worthy backdrop.

Stargaze at the U of A
Get starstruck at The University of Alberta Observatory. It’s located on the roof of the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), the science faculty’s shiny new building. Open on Thursday evenings for regular observing hours, you can take in the beauty of the cosmos for free... that's quite a bargain for the vast expanse of celestial wonder that is outer space. Neil Degrasse Tyson would be proud.

Farmers markets galore
The Old Strathcona Farmers Market, City Market Downtown, and the 124 Grand Market are great places to spend a morning or afternoon, even if you don't plan on making a purchase. Produce, hand-made jewelry, clothing, art and unique home goods are all worth perusing, and you can also see free entertainment like street performers and live musicians.

Speaking of the river valley...
Edmonton's river valley has over 150 km of trails just waiting to be explored. These trails are perfect for jogging, cycling, or even a casual stroll or snowshoe. Grab a buddy and meander through North America's largest stretch of urban parkland, or cycle through the trees and trails on a Mountain bike. Fresh air is really where it's at.

Window shop and people watch in Old Strathcona
The bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue awaits, and you don't have to spend any hard earned dough to enjoy the vibe. Sift through Blackbyrd Myoozik’s collection of vinyls and CDs then pop into unique shops like Vivid Print, Junque Cellar or Poppy Barley. Finish off with a dive into the collection of vintage finds at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall.

Festivals, Festivals, Festivals
Edmonton has a festival for every time of year, and many of them are... wait for it... free! This summer, don't miss Flying Canoe Volant, Silverskate and much more. For events throughout the year, many of which won't cost you a dime, check out our event calendar.