If you thought July was jam packed with fun, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! This month brings more festivals, more music, more food and more fun. Check out what’s going on in August.
Edmonton Heritage Festival
From the flavours of Fiji, to a peek at Pakistan, travel around the world in one weekend at the Edmonton Heritage Festival, no passport required. See dancing from Africa, taste food from the Ukraine, and witness the artwork of Japan all in one place. 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.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Come to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival for four days of incredible music right in the heart of the city. This year's line up includes amazing artists like Shakey Graves, The Decemberists, Regina Spektor, and more! Not only is the music great at Folk Fest, the atmosphere is electric, the setting is picturesque, and the food is to die for. So grab your blanket or low-rise chair and park yourself for what’s bound to be an epic weekend.
Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival
Do you like colourful? How about delicious? Get your dose of Caribbean culture with the Cariwest Arts Festival representing the rich traditions and cultures of Jamaica—from Trinidad and Tobago. You’ll experience glitzy parade costumes, dancing to island rhythms, and exotic cuisine. The weekend extravaganza promises to be the biggest, brightest and boldest in Cariwest’s illustrious history.
Put on your best Cosplay because Animethon is back for its 25th year! Fans of Japanese animation will fill the halls of the Shaw Conference Centre for a weekend full of anime showings, video gaming, concerts, dances, costume contests, panels and just about all things nerdy (and awesome)!
Get away from it all inside the city by exploring Edmonton's river valley during EPCOR RiverFest. The weekend will be full of activities that help you celebrate everything there is to do in the river valley and surrounding area. Each day features a different variety of outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, and paddling. Come down and #baskonthesask and experience everything there is do to on the river and in the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America.
International Fringe Theatre Festival
North America’s biggest and oldest Fringe Festival is back for another year to rock your world. Over 1,600 local, national, and international performers take over Edmonton in the theatrical display of the summer. As you’re weaving in and out of shows, you’ll find magicians, sword swallowers, buskers, beat boxers and many more performing on the streets.
Edmonton Rock Music Festival
Make your way to Hawrelak Park to enjoy some of the best acts in local and Canadian music. Sing along to your favourite songs, hang out with friends, take in the fresh air at the outdoor amphitheater and crowd surf to awesome acts like Don Felder, Los Labos, Glass Tiger and more. Rock on!
Admire aircrafts swooping, looping, dipping and gliding through the sky at the Edmonton Airshow. From aerobatic biplanes and multi-engine aircrafts to bush planes and remote control airplanes, you'll find every type of steel bird atf the Villeneuve Airport this August. Watch live performances, check out the static and interactive displays, and stop by the beer gardens for a cold one with friends.
Servus Edmonton Marathon
On your marks, get set…GO! The starting gun goes off, adrenaline is pumping and the participants charge ahead hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The Servus Edmonton Marathon is taking place from August 18-19 and takes runners on a route along Edmonton’s beautiful river valley. Cheer on participants or lace up your running shoes and join in on the race yourself.
Dinosaurs Unearthed: Down to the Bone
Explore Earth's prehistoric past at Dinosaurs Unearthed: Down to the Bone. The Telus World of Science has brought life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, full-scale skeletons, authentic fossils and interactive activities that will challenge what you think you know about dinosaurs. You'll even get to know Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Cretaceous Period's most terrifying carnivore. It's sure to be a dino-mite time for the whole family!
June 1-November 4
Edmonton Blues Festival
The Edmonton Blues Festival is bringing saxy back with 17 acts over three days and more than enough amazing music to go around. This year features Grammy, Blues Music and Juno award winners such as Booker T, Samantha Fish, "Sugaray" Rayford, and more!