25 Things To Do In Edmonton This June

Performances al fresco, food festivals and more.

May 30, 2017

Test your athleticism at a new aerial park

A whole new experience has opened up on the southwest end of the city — Snow Valley Aerial Park. The aerial trekking tower contains over 100 games and challenges at three levels of difficulty. Play around on the unique course, test your athletic abilities, and just enjoy the summer weather.

Snow Valley Aerial Park, 13204 45 Ave., 780-434-3991, snowvalley.ca

Enjoy an evening of orchestral delights

Symphony orchestras have been around for centuries — and there’s more variety in their repertoire than you might initially assume. In this June 1 performance, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will play everything from classics by Strauss and Debussy to tunes from West Side Story and Star Trek.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

Sample a few brews

From June 2 to 3, the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival returns to Northlands. Beer lovers, rejoice — it’s your chance to sample over 400 local, national, and international craft beers, as well as food from over 20 of Edmonton’s eateries. And, if you want to take your experience to the next level, check out some of the Brew Master seminars or Beer University.

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., 403-520-5433, albertabeerfestivals.com

Take a musical journey to Hogwarts

Join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on June 7 and 8 for a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The evening will feature music from all 8 movies, including compositions by John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desalt. Prepare to be spellbound.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

Check out a classic musical

In Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Carousel, a brash carousel barker and millworker fall in love — but that’s just where the story starts. The acclaimed musical features a list of beloved songs, and has remained a favourite for years. The production runs June 16 to 24.

La Cite Francophone L’UniTheatre, 8627 91 St., 780-420-1757, tixonthesquare.ca

Head south for a blues festival

This year’s Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival, which takes place from June 16 to 18, boasts a 100% Canadian line-up. It’s also the festival’s 10th anniversary, so the celebrations should be bigger and better than ever.

Four Seasons Park, 41 Ave., Beaumont, bbrf.ca

Sample some of the best BBQ in town

The Porkapalooza BBQ Festival returns for the fourth year from June 10 to 11, bringing a line-up of grillmasters whose culinary treats you need to try. Teams from Western Canada will participate in BBQ competitions for a grand prize, and in between all the battles, you can sample bites from the food trucks and vendors.

Clarke Stadium, 11000 Stadium Rd., porkapalooza.ca

Hop on your bike and tour the city’s culinary offerings

The 2nd Annual Food Bike Tours kick off for 2017 on June 1, and there are several dates throughout the month when you can participate — June 3, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24. Pencil one of those into your calendar so you have the chance to cycle to local restaurants and check out the gorgeous River Valley.

Various locations, 780-920-3655, foodbiketour.com

Watch a legendary duo on screen

It’s the 50th anniversary of the classic 1967 flick Bonnie and Clyde, and Metro Cinema is screening the film as part of their Rebel, Rebel: Cinema’s Renegades, Delinquents and Punks series. If you haven’t yet seen the film on the big screen, stop by on June 3 or 7 to enjoy the criminal duo’s hijinx.

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Check out an exhibition of fabric art

In “Threads that Bind,” an exhibition running at the Alberta Craft Council from June 3 to July 15, Calgary-based artist Ann Haessel takes the opportunity to blur the boundaries between traditional fabric art, painting, and mixed media.

Alberta Craft Council, 10186 106 St., 780-488-6611, albertacraft.ab.ca

Enjoy an eco-friendly fair

From June 8 to 11, stop by Sustainival. The one-of-a-kind outdoor green carnival will include all the typical fair festivities, from rides to mini-donuts and games, all with a green twist.

Servus Corporate Centre, 151 Karl Clark Rd., sustainival.com/event/Edmonton/

Discover the next generation of creative geniuses

Want to check out a wide spread of the arts? From June 1 to 11, Nextfest 2017 provides the opportunity to check out talented artists working in various mediums. From dance to film, spoken word to visual art, and countless other multidisciplinary collaborations, there’s sure to be something to peak everyone’s interest.

Various locations, 780-453-2440, nextfest.org

Celebrate the Pride Festival at a patio party

From June 9 to 18, Edmonton Pride Festival is filling the city with events and activities. However, if you want a different perspective on the festivities, head to The Black Dog Freehouse for their Pride Patio Party. Enjoy a brew on their rooftop patio while watching the Pride Day parade from above. You can grab a seat as early as 10.00 am, and after the parade there will be a barbecue.

The Black Dog Freehouse, 10425 82 Avenue, 780-439-1082, blackdog.ca

Support the zoo at a fundraising event

ZooFest is an annual fundraising event in support of the Valley Zoo Development Society and the Zebra Child Protection Centre; this year, it will take place on June 17. Enjoy wine and restaurant samplings while children have fun at a Kidz Zone. There will also be silent and live auctions.

Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Rd., buildingourzoo.com/events/zoofest

Stop by a farmers’ market

With most farmers’ markets opening for the season in late May and early June, it’s official — market season is here. In order to help you navigate our city’s rich farmers’ market scene, we’ve compiled a list of the farmers’ markets in the Edmonton area, with all the details you need to know. Grab some fresh fruit, browse wares by local makers, and more.

Various locations, avenueedmonton.com

Listen to local talent at a summer festival

Is there such a thing as too many outdoor music festivals? When the summer weather is here, there’s no better place to be. On June 10, stop by the 2nd annual Summer Starter Festival featuring over 25 local artists from a variety of genres performing live.

Parkview Community Hall, 9135 146 St., yegmusicofficial.com

Watch circus artists fly through the air with the greatest of ease

On June 7 and 8, Firefly Theatre hosts their annual showcase and fundraiser, Let There Be Height: An Aerial Cabaret. The unique event features professional and upcoming circus artists showing off their talents — and the exciting evening is one you won’t want to miss. 

Fringe Theatre Adventures, 10330 84 Ave., 780-758-9999, tixonthesquare.ca

Add a dose of Mississippi Blues to your Monday

On June 19, Dylan Farrell and his band are hosting a Mississippi Monday Blues Jam at Have Mercy. Stop by to enjoy the live music, and maybe sample a few dishes — the Fried Chicken and Donut was featured in our June issue, and let’s just say it’s something you need to see to believe.

Have Mercy Southern Table & Bar, 8232 Gateway Blvd., 780-760-0203, havemercy.ca

Shop, eat, and relax at a pop-up featuring local talents

On June 22, head to Riverdale for a pop-up taking place at Little Brick. Local clothing brand Flannel Foxes is teaming up with the café to host a BBQ and pop-up shop. Local band North of Here will also be performing live, so you can put your dancing shoes on while you’re browsing the Flannel Foxes gear and chowing down on BBQ.

Little Brick, 10004 90 St., allevents.in

Listen to opera in a unique setting

Many associate opera with the formal concert hall venues it is generally performed within — but this popular June 23 event takes operatic tunes to an entirely different venue. Opera al Fresco brings operatic talents to four different stages at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden for an unforgettable production. Listen to vibrant music, nibble on hors d’oeuvres, sip some wine and enjoy the lush greenery of the gardens.

University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB-60, Parkland County, 780-429-1000, edmontonopera.com

Expand your knowledge with the Writing Stick

The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories is a conference taking place at the University of Alberta from June 8 to 10. The schedule includes lectures, presentations, workshops, film screenings, and visual displays, with topics surrounding editing Indigenous works, cultural protocol, and more.

University of Alberta — Various Locations, ualberta.ca/the-writing-stick/

Experience Shakespeare in the Park

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival takes over the Heritage Amphitheatre from June 20 to July 16. This year’s productions are The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Merchant of Venice. Enjoy the Bard’s classics in an unconventional setting, and check out some of the ticketed special events, such as cask nights and date nights.

Heritage Amphitheatre — Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., 780-425-8086, freewillshakespeare.com

Check out the inaugural Trails in Motion Mountain Bike Film Festival

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the world from two wheels, and bike through all types of breathtaking terrain? Stop by the Garneau Theatre on June 4 for the inaugural Trails in Motion Mountain Bike Film Festival, hosted by the Edmonton River Valley Triathlon and Duathlon, Revolution Cycle, and the Edmonton Firefighters’ Burn Treatment Society.

 Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Try out an entirely different kind of yoga

If traditional yoga has always seemed a bit too zen for you, if you prefer exercise classes where you can vocalize your pain, there’s a new type of yoga you may want to check out.  At Angry @#$%ing Yoga, RYT Jennifer teaches the ancient practice with a bit of humour – and a whole different kind of vibe. Stop by on June 8.

The Mosaic Centre, 2003 91 St. SW, eventbrite.ca 

Watch a Disney classic under the stars

If you’ve always been a fan of Beauty and the Beast, and are looking for a new way to watch the latest adaptation – or simply haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet – you’re in luck.  On June 9, there is a free outdoor screening of the recent adaptation starring Emma Watson. Bring your coziest blanket, get a few treats from the concession, and enjoy the Disney flick.

Leefield Community Hall, 7910 36 Ave., leefield.ca


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