The long days of summer are officially here!
This season is filled with a lot of things we love – sunshine, patio-lounging, barbeques with friends…the list goes on and on. Another thing we love? Our city is known for hosting world-class festivals throughout the summer season, and some of the most anticipated events are kicking-off this week. Over the next couple of months you’ll find plenty of exciting activities to enjoy. You won’t want to miss all the amazing food, music, international performance art, and heart-pumping adventures that are coming our way! If you’re looking for a guide to help you start planning the next few weeks, we’ve got you covered with our list of the best summer festivals in Edmonton!
Taste of Edmonton | July 18-29
It’s back for its 34th year, and this summer it has a new home! Taste of Edmonton will be winning over the hearts of Edmonton foodies at its new location in Capital Plaza this year. Bring your appetite and get ready to indulge in an array of mouth-watering eats from our city’s most celebrated restaurants and cafés. Now holding the title of the largest outdoor food festival in Canada, Taste of Edmonton doesn’t disappoint with it’s massive selection of food and outstanding entertainment.
Interstellar Rodeo | July 20-22
Celebrating its 7th year, Interstellar Rodeo has grown to become one of our city’s most anticipated music festivals. With its beautiful setting in Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre, and mix of performers from across many genres, this outdoor event is guaranteed to get you singing and dancing all night long. Get the lineup details here.
K-Days | 20-29
Two words: Mini. Donuts. Really, that’s all we need to get excited about K-Days, but there’s so much more to talk about! It’s time to gear up for some classic family fun at one of Edmonton’s most beloved summer events. Head over to Northlands for thrilling rides, chart-topping musical artists, and the most delicious line-up of fair food.
Edmonton Heritage Festival | August 4 – 6
This three-day celebration of multiculturalism is held annually over the August long weekend. Explore the sights, sounds, and incredible food of over 90 countries and cultures at this amazing event, which can bring crowds of over 350,000! Learn more about all Heritage Festival has to offer here.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival | August 9-12
We’re definitely spoiled when it comes to all the music driven events that come to our city – including one of the leading folk festivals in the world, Edmonton Folk Music Festival! Kick back in beautiful Gallagher Park and take in some of the top folk music acts from around the world. Check out the full lineup here.
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival | August 16-26
If you’ve never visited the incredible Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival before, make sure you plan a visit this year! Old Strathcona plays host to over 1,500 artists traveling to Edmonton to participate in the oldest and largest Fringe Festival in North America. Discover over 1,600 performances across more than 45 venues, which will present an array of shows that range from family friendly themes to adult only cabarets.
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