25 Things To Do In Edmonton This August
Fringe, goat yoga, outdoor film screenings and more.
July 31, 2017
photo courtesy of City of Edmonton
Check out a play (or several) at the Fringe
The 36th annual Fringe Festival is happening in Edmonton from August 17 to 27. Come watch inventive local theatre as well as street performances and curated stalls.
ATB Financial Arts Barns Building, 10330 84 Ave., 780-448-9000, fringetheatre.ca
Watch jets soar through the sky
On August 19th and 20th, come see the Snowbirds in formation for the first time in over a decade. To celebrate Canada’s 150th, this year’s show will feature the dedicated CT-114 Tutor jet in a Canada-themed paint job as well as motor cross performances and the chance to ride in a helicopter.
Villeneuve Airport, Range Rd 271 & Secondary Hwy 663, Villeneuve, 888-718-4253, edmontonairshow.com
Eat your way around the world at Heritage Festival
The annual heritage festival is the chance to celebrate multiculturalism in our city and get to know cultures from around the world. Over the August long weekend, sample food from 90 different countries and check out some fantastic dance performances, art and more.
Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., 780-488-3378, heritagefest.ca
Try improv for date night
Join the University of Alberta Improv Group on August 10 for a night of audience inspired improv games. You can join in on the fun or simply sit back, watch and enjoy the botanical gardens and hilarity.
University of Alberta Botanical Gardens, 51227 AB-60, Parkland County, 780-987-3054 ext. 2223, botanicgarden.ualberta.ca
Get active (and colourful!)
On August 6, lace up your running shoes for a great cause with The Color Run 5K, who sponsor over 80 local and national charities. Don’t forget to wear white as you’ll be covered in a different coloured paint at each kilometre.
Capilano Park, 10810 54 St., thecolorrun.com
Spend the weekend at Rundle Park
Take advantage of those hot summer days and spend the afternoon outdoors at Rundle Park. With paddle boating, mini golf, walking trails and plenty of picnic space, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Rundle Park, 2909 113 Ave., 780-442-5311, edmonton.ca
Stake out your spot at Gallagher Park
This year, Folk Fest will include acts such as Leon Bridges, City and Colour and Shakey Graves. Grab your tickets and come enjoy some music in Gallagher Park from August 10 to 13.
Gallagher Park, 9505 96 Ave., 780-429-1899, edmontonfolkfest.org
Enjoy a delectable meal in an unusual location
Come dine in the middle of Commonwealth Stadium and enjoy food from some of Edmonton’s top chefs. Supporting the CapitalCare Foundation, the 3rd annual Feast on the Field on August 23 will feature classic favourites like fried chicken, brisket and Memphis style ribs.
Commonwealth Stadium, 11000 Stadium Rd., 780-448-2413, feastonthefield.weebly.com
Stop by a summer market at the zoo
On Tuesday afternoons for all of July and August, come see some local vendors at the Valley Zoo from 2 to 7 p.m. While you’re there, stroll around and see the animal exhibits.
Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Rd., 780-442-5311, edmonton.ca
Forget the movie theatre — see a movie in Churchill Square
On the last four Tuesdays in August, there will be a free movie series in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy some family friendly films on the three-storey high movie screen. Pre-show entertainment and free popcorn will be available before the show.
Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-944-7740, edmonton.ca
Attend a historical block party
On August 13, stop by the John Walter Museum to celebrate its namesake’s birthday. Festivities will include live music, historical games and, of course, birthday cake.
John Walter Museum, 10661 91A Ave., edmonton.ca
Wear your biggest hat to the Canadian Derby
Be a part of the 88th annual and final running of the Canadian Derby on August 19. Cheer on your favourite thoroughbreds at one of the biggest racing events in Western Canada — and come dressed in your finest derby attire.
Northlands Park Racetrack, 7410 Borden Park Rd., 780-471-7365, northlandspark.ca
Go on a paddleboard adventure
Get a quick beginners lesson on paddleboarding from River Valley Adventure Co. before following one of the guides on a scenic ride down the River Valley. Lessons are available on August 12 or 13, with all of the equipment provided.
Louise McKinney Park, 9999 Grierson Hill Rd., 780-995-7347, rivervalleyadventure.com
Listen to a Symphony Under the Sky
Led by conductor Bob Bernhardt, Symphony Under the Sky features musical performances outside in the summer heat. From August 31 to September 3, enjoy a diverse combination of classical pieces and Hollywood hits.
Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com
Immerse yourself in some paranormal activity
Morgan Knudsen, from Discovery Channel’s A Haunting, will engage guests in all things paranormal during this “night at the museum” on August 18. After enjoying a family style buffet dinner, find out psychic tricks, do mind bending experiments and learn about genuine paranormal experiences.
Multicultural Heritage Centre, 5411 51 St., Stony Plain, 780-963-2777, multicentre.org
Take a dip in an outdoor pool
Escape from the heat by taking a dip in one of the four outdoor pools located around the city. Until the end of the season, admission to all pools will be free in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Various locations, 311, edmonton.ca
Help plant an edible forest
Root for Trees is expanding the edible forest along the River Valley. With thousands of edible plants, this self-sustaining forest is great for the environment as well as those who happen to stumble upon it. Learn more about Edmonton’s urban forests and improve your green thumb.
MacKinnon Ravine, volunteermark.com
See how fast you can escape a corn maze
August is one of the best months to visit the corn maze with the corn at maximum height and smaller crowds than in the fall. Other activities include tractor rides, a potato launcher and “farmcade” games.
Edmonton Corn Maze, Spruce Grove, 780-554-4540, edmontoncornmaze.ca
Get to know a little more about farm life
On August 19 and 20, Open Farm Days invites Albertans to learn more about where their food comes from. Visit the farmers and ranchers to see demonstrations about the food cultivating process or participate in a farm to table culinary experience.
Various locations, albertafarmdays.com
Wander the zoo — and sip a local brew
Wander the zoo with a locally brewed beer on August 25 at ZooBrew. Perfect for date night, ZooBrew is the chance to take an evening stroll around the zoo and listen to some Edmonton performers. The event is put on by The Ark Project, which helps support conservation efforts at the Valley Zoo.
Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Rd., eventbrite.ca
Join a hockey themed reading club
Focused on the exhibit “Gretzky is Everywhere,” the Art Gallery of Alberta is hosting a reading club focused on Canadian’s favourite sport. On August 2nd, Jay Bardyla, owner of Happy Harbor Comics, will talk about the connections between pop art, comic books and hockey.
Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca
Bike the city on a food tour
Explore Edmonton by bike while visiting a combination of four to six different restaurants, cafes and breweries. Work up an appetite while you bike between locations, learning about the history of the food in the process. Tours are available on August 12, 17 and 19.
Various locations, 780-920-3655, foodbiketour.com
Try goat yoga
On August 12 and 13, support local rescue centre FARRM and have the opportunity to cuddle up with some cute farm animals at Goat Yoga. Designed for all levels, bring your yoga mat and try downward dog with a goat on your back.
Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement, Wetaskiwin, farrmrescue.org
Have a pajama party at the botanical gardens
Bring your comfiest pajamas to stargaze with the Royal Astronomical Society on August 11. Learn more about the constellations and take part in some family friendly games and stories in the beautiful botanical gardens.
University of Alberta Botanical Gardens, 51227 AB-60, Parkland County, 780-987-3054 ex. 2223, botanicgarden.ualberta.ca
See a concert at the Muttart
As part of their summer concert series, hear some local Edmonton musicians in the scenic Muttart Conservatory. During intermission, take a guided tour of the conservatory and learn more about the plants, including the feature pyramid dedicated to Canada’s 150th.
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St., 780-442-5311, edmonton.ca