Summer is here and we’ve got a very busy month in store. From the Canada vs. Scotland Rugby Match to the Edmonton Pride Festival and everything in between, there’s definitely no shortage of things to do in June. Check out this list of what we’ve got going on in Edmonton this month.
See a play, watch a live dance performance, or rock out to live music at the Nextfest arts festival. Nextfest showcases performances and installations created by young and emerging artists. The next generation of Edmonton talent is fierce, and you'll be able to say you saw them before they made it big.
May 31 - June 10
Craft Beer Festival
Gather your friends and head to the Expo Centre for beer and tasty treats (what more could you ask for?!). For those beer connoisseurs out there, this is your time to shine and show off your knowledge as you sip and sample from hundreds of local, national and international craft beers. Bottoms up!
June 1 - 2
Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival
Giovanni Caboto Park is your host for the Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival. Dance to local musicians, check out a spoken word performance, or take in the creations of local artists. This two-day, family friendly festival has everything an arts and culture enthusiast could ask for, right in the Heart of the City.
June 2 - 3
Fort Edmonton Park
Take a step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park! Experience what life was like in yesteryear and check out a show at the Capital Theatre, cruise over to the midway for vintage carnival rides, or take a wagon ride on scenic loop through the park. Fort Edmonton park is perfect for everything from an afternoon first date, to a fun-filled day in the sun with the family.
Edmonton Pride Festival
With food vendors, live musical acts and over 40 different events, Edmonton Pride is a real summer staple. Celebrate unity and diversity at one of Western Canada’s largest LGBTQ festivals. Kick off the party with the Pride parade, a glorious display of nearly 125 colourful floats cruising through Old Strathcona.
June 8 - 17
Sustainival - The World's First Green Carnival
This isn't your average carnival. Sustainival is completely powered by green energy– amazing, we know. Rides, mini-doughnuts, prizes, free entertainment and a green marketplace await. Bring the whole family out to this unique carnival experience, and learn a bit about going green while you're at it. Not only is it easy being green, it's fun too!
June 7 - 10
Head Out On a Prairie Safari
Round up your herd and adventure to Elk Island National Park where you can hop in a rental canoe or on a paddle board and explore the calm waters of Astotin Lake. Strap on your hiking boots and hike through one of the many trails around the park. Once you've worked up an appetite, cross the road over to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and fill up on perogies, borscht and cabbage rolls. Experience life as a pioneer and learn about the domestic demands of a homestead settlement: attend school in the one-room school house, get down and dirty in a farmer’s garden, and visit the clanging blacksmith at work on his forge.
Canada vs. Scotland Rugby Match
Get ready to "ruck" n' roll at the epic Canada vs. Scotland Men's International Rugby match alongside 60,000 fans from across Canada at the open air Commonwealth Stadium.
Don't worry, they don't know what's going to happen either! Take a few suggestions from the audience, add a handful of talented (and hilarious) performers, and you've got yourself a brand spankin' new show every time. Improvaganza is a 10-day celebration of improv, and will feature the top-ranked improv teams from across the globe. Audience participation encouraged!
June 13 - 23
It’s BBQ season! And what better way to celebrate than to go to a massive BBQ festival. Yes, we do have a festival for barbequing, we’re Edmonton after all. There will be food demonstrations, beer gardens and a BBQ competition bringing teams from all across Western Canada to compete. It’s even free to attend!
June 16 - 17
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. Don’t worry if it rains – the outdoor amphitheatre has a big tent to keep you dry!
June 19 - July 15
The Works Art & Design Festival
Be inspired at The Works Art & Design Festival and watch as creative folks transform one square kilometre of downtown Edmonton into a masterpiece. There are over 260 impromptu exhibits and galleries to explore and many outdoor events to take part in. And best of all, any artists can take part and the festival is completely free to the public. The more the merrier!
June 21 - July 3
TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival
We’re bringing saxy back for this year’s Edmonton International Jazz Festival! The festival will bring jazz performances, intimate club shows, cabaret-style showcases and international touring acts. Sit back, relax and let the sweet saxophone stylings and silky voices move your soul.
June 22 - July 1
The Soundtrack Music Festival
This one-day, multi-genre festival is bringing back the 90's in the heart of Edmonton’s historic river valley. The inaugural 2018 festival will feature the Goo Goo Dolls, TLC, Blind Melon, Ma$e, Eve 6, Wannabe (A Spice Girls Tribute), Edmonton’s own Notorious YEG and the legendary former Much Music VJ Master T as the festival’s Master of Ceremonies. Can you feel the nostalgia already?
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.
June 29 - July 8
Catch a Concert
Relive the summer of '69 with Canadian icon and acclaimed singer-song writer Bryan Adams, live at Rogers Place on June 8. There should be nothing holdin' you back from seeing teen heartthrob Shawn Mendes on stage at Rogers Place on June 16. Spend an evening with Aussie, indie folk, darling Vance Joy at Rogers Place on June 27. Roots/Rock band, John Butler Trio are bringing their awe-inspiring and captivating show to the Winspear Centre on June 29.
Laugh Till You Cry
As one of America's most famous funnymen, Kevin Hart has been selling out arenas around the world as part of his Irresponsible Tour. You'll be falling out of your chair when he comes to Rogers Place on June 9. Trevor Noah, host of the Emmy award-winning "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, is bringing the laughs to the Jubilee Auditorium with two shows on June 16.