Summer festivals in Edmonton are legendary. No exaggeration here. From the Edmonton International Fringe Festival to Taste of Edmonton, there's no shortage of excitement to fill your spring and summer:
- Whyte Avenue Art Walk (July 6-8)
- The Works Art and Design Festival (June 21-July 3)
- Edmonton Street Performers Festival (July 10-15)
- Taste of Edmonton (July 19-28)
- K-Days (July 20-29)
- Servus Heritage Festival (August 4-6)
- Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival (August 10-12)
- International Fringe Theatre Festival (August 16-26)
- Dragon Boat Festival (August 17-19)
Edmonton's river valley has over 150 km of trails just waiting to be explored. These trails are perfect for jogging, cycling, and taking in the sprawling urban parkland that is the North Saskatchewan River valley. Feeling adventurous? Blaze your own trail on a segway tour with River Valley Adventure Co., or rent a canoe, kayak, or even a paddle board to navigate down the scenic river through the middle of the city!
Spring and Summer in Edmonton mean long days, thirst-quenching patios, and seemingly endless festivals. We can't leave all the fun to winter—come out and play when the snow melts and the city turns green! Bust out your shades, slap on some sunscreen, and check out the multitude of festivals and things to do during the warmer months.
May brings more than just flowers. Attractions that have been hibernating over the winter are ready to be enjoyed anew. Want to know what it was like to live in Edmonton’s past? Step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park, then mosey over to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and learn how to pinch perogies. From UCHV it's just a hop, skip and a jump to Elk Island National Park.
Other attractions to check out include Jurassic Forest, The High Level Bridge Streetcar, Castrol Raceway, The Snow Valley Aerial Park, the fountains at the Alberta Legislature, and Edmonton's amazing Golf Courses.
We’ve got you covered this summer with everything from folk music to rock and alternative. The Edmonton Rock Music Festival, Edmonton Blues Festival and the TD International Jazz Festival are showcasing world-class musicians for select dates this summer, while the Insterstellar Rodeo brings musical mavericks, dancing and great food under open skies.
The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is the stuff music lovers' dreams are made of. This one is BYOB, meaning bring your own blanket and head to Gallagher Park for a transformational day of sweet jams! Or Make your way to Giovanni Caboto Park for Heart of the City, a two day family-friendly festival celebrating the full spectrum of talent and culture in Edmonton.
City Market Downtown and the Old Strathcona Farmers Market are moving from their indoor winter homes to the great outdoors, while the 124 Grand Market is re-opening in May. Produce, hand-made jewelry, clothing, art and unique home goods are all on the menu, as well as unique food trucks and outdoor entertainment.
Here's a tip: stop by the market in the morning and gather a spread for a picnic lunch in the river valley. With a plethora of parks scattered throughout the valley, there's plenty of opportunity to take a break and play a game of Frisbee!
Click here for a complete list of Edmonton's Farmers' Markets.