Oh July, how we've missed you! Summer is in full swing and that means long sunny days, thirst-quenching patios, seemingly endless festivals, and warm-weather things to do— just check out our jam-packed event calendar. Kick-off your July with Edmonton's amazing Canada Day celebrations, then see where the sweet summer wind takes you... you really can't go wrong.
You’re invited to a party 151 years in the making, and Edmonton is no wallflower. Wear red and white and bring the family to the Alberta Legislature Grounds for an all-day birthday party including musical and dance performances, games and more! Swing by the celebrations at the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Muttart Conservatory, University of Alberta Botanic Gardens, and Edmonton Valley Zoo. Or step out of the big city and enjoy a multicultural celebration amidst the bison, moose, deer, elk and over 250 species of birds over at Elk Island National Park. Cap it all off with fireworks in the river valley! Best viewing spots: Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, Ezio Faraone Park, and Government House Park.
The Works Art and Design Festival
North America's largest free outdoor art & design festival is back, and in a new location! This year, Capital Plaza (10800 97 Ave) transforms into a massive celebration of art, with over 300 performances and events, and 50 exhibits in more than 30 venues. Make sure to stop by on Canada Day and celebrate our nation with special performances.
June 21-July 3
Freewill Shakespeare Festival
“To be, or not to be: that is the question” and the answer is yes, you should be at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival this month! Get thee to an outdoor performance in Hawrelak Park with the beautiful river valley as your backdrop. This year’s productions are Hamlet and Comedy of Errors, and you won't want to miss special events including Alley Kat Cask Night, Wine Pairing Night, or Date Night. Don’t worry if it rains — the outdoor amphitheatre has a big tent to keep you dry!
June 19-July 15
Boardwalk Sand on Whyte
You’ve heard of Ice on Whyte, now we’ve got Boardwalk Sand on Whyte. Sand carving is a world-wide performance art phenomenon, much like ice carving, and it’s returning to Old Strathcona this summer. So much more than your average sand castles, these carvings are incredible works of art, and there’s no risk of getting washed away by the tide. Their masterpieces will come to life in front of your eyes and the exhibit will be on display until July 8.
June 29-July 8
Blues on Whyte Block Party
The Blues on Whyte Block Party is hitting Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park on Canada Day and throwing the biggest block party of the summer. Start your day off right with the free annual pancake breakfast at 10:00 am, then spend the rest of your day grooving to the sweet sound of world renowned musicians. Fuel up with tasty eats from over 40 street vendors and 6 food trucks. Having the blues never felt so right.
Whyte Avenue Art Walk
Stroll down a 4km stretch of creativity when 450 visual artists take to the streets during the Whyte Avenue Art Walk. They'll bring their art supplies and masterpieces outside, creating a studio and gallery that spans several blocks. This summer festival reveals Alberta’s hidden talent and provides an opportunity for you to curate your own art collection with unique one-of-a-kind finds.
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
For 6 exciting days of summer, street performers from around the world will bring their best acts to Edmonton! These unique artists will fill Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park with unicycles, burning hoops, tightropes and much more. And the best part of all, the festival is free and open to the public, just make sure you bring along some change as all outdoor performances will be using the pass-the-hat tradition.
FISE World Series Edmonton 2018
The FISE World Series is riding into town from July 13-15 and taking over Louise McKinney Riverfront Park. Looking for flips and tricks performed by the world's top adrenaline junkies? You got it. Food trucks and beer gardens? No problem. Ridiculous activities and demos for the whole family? We've got you covered. Plus, the FISE World Series is Europe's largest freestyle sports festival, and admission is totally free.
Bring a lawn chair, spread a blanket on the grassy slopes or grab a covered seat in Hawrelak Park’s open-air Heritage Amphitheatre for a musical weekend like no other. Heavy hitters like Feist, July Talk, and Reuben and the Dark are coming to town this year, so you'll want to snag your tickets in a hurry. You can't help but have a happy heart as you dance the night away at this Al Fresco music festival.
Is it really even summer if you don't go to K-Days at least once? Experience awe-inspiring rides, skill testing games and delicious midway treats during the day, then stay in the evenings for killer concerts with different headliners playing every night including Billy Talent, Marianas Trench, The Beach Boys, Ice Cube, and The Rural Alberta Advantage. Make sure to check out the colourful K-Days parade in downtown Edmonton on July 20 to kick off the fair.
July 20-July 29
Taste of Edmonton
Do you have a bucket list of Edmonton restaurants to try like we do? Well, your grumbly tummy is in luck. Over 60 locally owned restaurants are setting up shop in Capital Plaza (10800 97 Ave) for you to sample a few dishes from their menu. It’s easy: buy sheets of tickets and exchange 2-5 tickets per dish. Savour the flavours of Edmonton’s best while you take in some live entertainment at one of Canada’s largest free concert series featuring Sloan, Said the Whale, Men without Hats, and The Royal Foundry.
ITU World Triathlon
Hit your personal best at the ITU World Triathlon... or cheer on the competitors from a lawn chair with pom poms. The ITU World Triathlon Series will once again be returning to Edmonton in 2018, welcoming everyone from Elite athletes to first-time participants! With a number of competitions to suit all levels of athlete, you can choose from the Standard Distance, Sprint Distance, Team Relay, Try-a-tri, or Open Paratriathlon. Don't miss your chance to see the best in world compete, or register and get in on the action!
July 27-July 28