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Improvaganza

June 13-23

The best improvisors in the world live right here in Edmonton. Rapid Fire Theatre hosts the other top-ranked improv teams from across the globe at Improvaganza, a 10-day celebration of improv, comedy, music and more. Edmonton's funniest festival!

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TD International Jazz Festival

June 22 - July 1

You’re sure to hit the right note with the full gamut of jazz sounds on the menu during the annual TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival. This year's festival will feature great acts like Dianne Reeves, Billy Childs Quartet and Snarky Puppy. Big name jazz acts make waves in venues like the Yardbird Suite, Varscona Theatre and Winspear Centre. It’s mellow, it’s lively and it’s a great time to listen to sax, silky voices – all that jazz.

June's Best Festivals

Edmonton Pride Festival

June 8-17

Colourful, educational and entertaining, Edmonton’s Pride Festival celebrates unity and diversity during one of Western Canada’s largest LGBTQ festivals.

Enjoy a convoy of more than 80 fabulous floats sailing through Old Strathcona to kick off 10 jam packed days of fun and entertainment showcasing LGBTQ culture and pride. Join the celebration by following Saturday’s parade to the festival where delicious aromas are drifting from food vendors, dance to rhythms of all-Canadian live music acts or kick back in the beer garden. Mingle among a diverse, family-friendly crowd that includes everybody from kids to seniors, activists, the business community, and fun-seekers, all celebrating and respecting gay pride and culture.

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Freewill Shakespeare Festival

June 19 - July 15

Get thee to a festival that brings the works of the Bard into the realm of everyone from kids to scholars during the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. This summer the not-for-profit theatre company Free Will Players is staging two innovative productions: Comedy of Errors and Hamlet. Enjoy the works of the most famous playwright of all while enjoying a little fresh air: performances take place in the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park.

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