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Things to do in Edmonton in August

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by Edmonton Tourism Team

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.

Servus Heritage Festival
Immerse yourself in cultures from around the world, 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.
August 5-7

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 Jose Gonzalez, Leon Bridges, City and Colour, The Decemberists 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.
August 10-13

Things to do in Edmonton in August Edmonton Folk Music Festival

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, 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.
August 11-13

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. Don’t miss it!
August 17-27

Things to do in Edmonton in August International Fringe Theatre Festival

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 Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Sass Jordan, Chilliwack, Trooper and more. Rock on!
August 18-19

Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival
Summer festival season takes to the water as the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival cruises its way down the North Saskatchewan River. Grab a paddle or a lawn chair, listen for the sound of the drums, and bring a full tank of energy to cheer on the colourful dragon boat teams as they sprint down the river to the finish.
August 18-20

Things to do in Edmonton in August  Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival

Edmonton Airshow
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 filling the grounds of 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.
August 19-20

Edmonton Latin Festival
Arrrrribbbbaa! Bring out your dancing shoes as Churchill Square comes alive with Latin flavour. Watch live musical artists and dancers, taste Latin dishes, browse the artisan marketplace and take part in the Latin carnival. Your senses will be filled with Central and South American culture without even leaving Edmonton.
August 19-20

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 19-20 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.
August 19-20

Edmonton Blues Festival
Edmonton Blues Festival strums its way back into Edmonton with 15 acts over three days and more than enough amazing music to go around. This year features Grammy, Blues Music and Juno winners as well as other blues favourites including Albert Cummings, The Perpetrators, E.G. Kight, Colin Linden Trio and more. From legends to young bucks, Hawrelak Park is the proud host to the best blues party you’ve ever seen. Get your tickets quick as this festival tends to sell out.
August 25-27

Canada 150 Anniversary Pyramid at the Muttart Conservatory
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the Muttart Conservatory with this commemorative exhibit! The Feature Pyramid will be filled with a display of beautiful summer annuals, Canadian native plants, a topiary of Canada’s flag, and a giant botanical birthday cake. For more Canada 150 events in Edmonton, click here.