25 Things To Do In Edmonton This July

Food festivals, outdoor performances, and opportunities to flex your creative muscles and sense of curiosity.

June 27, 2017

Photo: Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca Costumes: Philippe Guillotel  © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

See the circus

Cirque de Soleil rolls into town with Kurios — Cabinet of Curiosities, a production that follows an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent the world around him. The topsy turvy production debuts on July 20, and will be running until mid-August — so you’ll have plenty of time to stop by the circus.

Under the Big Top at Northlands Park, 7515 118 Ave., cirquedesoleil.com/kurios

Get in touch with your creative side by spending your summer nights printmaking

On three consecutive Wednesdays from July 12 to 26, SNAP is opening its doors to offer a summer evening workshop called Summer Nights Printmaking. Transform your nature sketches into intaglio prints, create a drypoint plate in Oliver parks, create a collagraph plate and more. What better way to enjoy the Edmonton summer weather?

SNAP Gallery, 10123 121 St., 780-423-1492, snapartists.com

Grab a great seat for the Canada Day fireworks

No matter how you decide to celebrate Canada Day, chances are you’ll end the evening by checking out the incredible fireworks. If you’re trying to figure out where the best spot to enjoy the sparks is, don’t worry — we’ve gathered a few places where you’ll get a great view.

Various locations, avenueedmonton.com

Shady Lane Estate

Take a road trip to a local winery

On July 15, Shady Lane Estate is hosting their first Farm ii Table event. Check out the winery, located a short drive from Edmonton, sample their artisan fruit wines, and enjoy chef Tyner Lee’s menu featuring locally grown and raised ingredients.

Shady Lane Estate, 58029 RR 44, Barrhead, 780-283-1809, shadylaneestate.com

Check out the last production of the Walterdale Theatre’s season

The Walterdale Theatre is capping off its 2016/2017 season with Follies, a production by James Goldman with music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim. In this production, which runs July 5 to 15, audiences can watch the poignant tale of the “follies girls” coming back to the theatre where they used to perform for a final reunion and farewell.

Walterdale Playhouse, 10322 83 Ave., 780-420-1757, walterdaletheatre.com

Wander Whyte and admire the works of local artists

From July 7 to 9, over 450 visual artists are bringing their supplies and works to Whyte Avenue to display to eager art lovers. If you’re looking to expand your art collection, or simply check out what Edmonton’s art scene has to offer, it’s the perfect opportunity.

101 Street to 108 Street along Whyte Avenue, art-walk.ca

See your favourite acts performing at the Heritage Amphitheatre

Interstellar Rodeo, one of Edmonton’s favourite music festivals, returns for its sixth year with a mix of performers across genres. The festival runs from July 21 to July 23,  and the line-up includes Serena Ryder, Broken Social Scene, Basia Bulat, Dan Mangan and more.

Heritage Amphitheatre — Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd, interstellarrodeo.com/edmonton

Take a cinematic tour through India

On the weekend from July 14 to 16, the 3rd India Film Festival of Alberta comes to Metro Cinema. The festival features nine award winning films in eight languages from India, as well as a Canadian film, with plots involving everything from inter-religious love to a family crisis. There will also be award winning filmmakers from India in attendance to share their expertise.

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

Learn more about the need for speed

The July edition of Dark Matters — taking place on the evening of July 20 — is all about speed. The evening will include a combustion engine demo, model rocket launches, a light speed planetarium show, as well as DIY drag races.

Telus World of Science Edmonton, 11211 142 St., 780-452-9100, telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca

Hit the fairway for some festival fun

This year’s K-Days festivities take place from July 21 to 30, and there’s something for everyone. Whether you want to check out the rides, eat your way through the fair treats, or see the live performances from musicians around the world, you’ll find some reason to hit the fairway.

Northlands, 7515 118 Ave., 780-471-7210, k-days.com

Experience the diverse music pianos can produce

Alberta Pianofest, taking place from July 6 to 23, invites Edmontonians to experience all that pianos can do. There will be a live narration of the children’s fairytale Peter & the Wolf, a performance of Spanish composer Enrique Granados’ works, panel discussions on the arts, and more.

Various locations, 780-420-1757, albertapianofest.com

Experience a luxurious high tea event

If our piece on the high tea trend peaked your interest, we’ve got a suggestion for you. On July 9, Café Linnea is going above and beyond their ordinary high tea experience by partering with Chandon California Sparkling Wines for a special Chandon High Tea. Guests can anticipate a Chandon inspired set menu with sparkling wine pairings accompanying each course.

Café Linnea, 10932 119 St., 780-758-1160, cafelinnea.ca

Make your own custom gin for summer cocktails

More and more distilleries have been popping up in and around Edmonton. If you find yourself wanting to learn a bit more about the process, you’re in luck — on July 13, Hansen Distillery is holding a gin making class. Attendees can sample several gin spirits to figure out their favourite flavour profiles, and then receive all the necessary equipment and ingredients to create their perfect gin — with the help of Hansen’s Master Distiller.

Hansen Distillery, 17412 111 Ave., 780-341-0682, hansendistillery.com

Check out an urban garden party

Latitude 53 is always filled with incredible art, and for their Urban Garden Party on July 22, they’ll close down the street and fill it with plants and greenery sculptures. The yellow-themed affair is a party you won’t want to miss.

Latitude 53, 10242 106 St., 780-423-5353, latitude53.org

See the Phantom of the Opera come to life

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most well-known musicals in the world, and from July 26 to August 6, you can see Camera Mackintosh’s production on the Jubilee stage. With scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning costume design by Maria Björnson and a stunning 52 person cast and orchestra, it’s a spectacular show.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

courtesy of Taste of Edmonton

Taste some of what the Edmonton food scene has to offer

Taste of Edmonton, Canada’s largest food festival, returns for another year from July 20 to July 29. Enjoy the live entertainment while you sample bites from some of the city's best restaurants. 

Sir Winston Churchill Square, tasteofedm.ca

Take a culinary tour through jolly old England

Get Cooking’s Kathryn Joel and Elyse Chatterton are introducing a new initiative to their summer line-up — Bangers on the Barbie. On Tuesdays throughout July, hungry Edmontonians can experience the England barbecue tradition on the Get Cooking Patio. Sample a few bar snacks and beverages, then enjoy a special dinner menu.

Get Cooking — MacEwan University, 10700 104 Ave., 780-566-2106, getcookingedmonton.com

See incredible photography from The Globe and Mail archives

On July 1, the Art Gallery of Alberta debuts a new exhibition entitled “Cutline: From the Photography Archives of The Globe and Mail.” The exhibition of press photographs is drawn from the 25,000 prints donated to the National Gallery of Canada’s newly formed Canadian Photography Institute. The photographs offer a unique glimpse into the moments that defined the twentieth century.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca

Find out more about what’s involved in crafting Pixar films

Pixar films have been charming audiences from children to adults for years, and on July 1, a new exhibition opens at the Telus World of Science that sheds light on what’s involved in crafting the iconic films. “The Science Behind Pixar” explores the steps in the filmmaking process, from modeling to animation to rendering, and offers over 40 interactive elements to play around with.

Telus World of Science Edmonton, 11211 142 St., 780-452-9100, telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca

Get ready to test out some burgers

There’s nothing quite like a delicious burger — that’s why we’re on a quest to crown the best burger in Edmonton. The contestants facing off in the Avenue Burger Challenge were revealed on June 28, and throughout July, you can vote in two rounds to narrow the bracket down to the Top 16. We hope you're hungry! 


Spend Canada Day surrounded by gorgeous blooms

If you’re looking for something to fill your Canada Day with before you head out to your evening festivities, why not stop by the Muttart for Canada Day at the Conservatory? The event runs from 10 am to 3 pm on July 1, and there will be music, entertainment, treats, and a chance to check out the stunning 150th anniversary Feature Pyramid.

Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96a St., 780-496-8755, edmonton.ca

Check out the culinary scene in Sherwood Park

If you haven’t ventured east to Sherwood Park much, Savour is the perfect opportunity. The annual food and art festival, taking place on July 9, features independent restaurants and food trucks from Strathcona County whose fares you can sample while also enjoying live music and chatting with local artists and artisans.

Strathcona County Community Centre, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, strathcona.ca

courtesy of the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival

When summer hits, Edmontonians head outdoors for outdoor arts festivals, including the Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival. From July 7 to 16, head to Churchill Square for the 33rd year of outdoor street performances, with over 40 acts from around the world.

Sir Winston Churchill Square, 9930 102 Ave., edmontonstreetfest.com

Get a glimpse into the life of the artist David Hockney

Metro Cinema’s Arts Docs series returns with Hockney, screening on July 20. In this film, director Randall Wright gets an exclusive tour of British artist David Hockney’s archives and studio, and takes a look back at the artist’s formative years and unique experiences.

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

Lace up your most patriotic pair of running shoes

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run — bright and early on Canada Day, the Running Room is putting on their Canada Day Road Race at the gorgeous Alberta Legislature grounds. Whether you want to go for the 2.5K fun run/walk, or to flex your competitive spirit in the 15K run, it’s a good way to burn some energy before checking out the fireworks.

10800 97 Ave NW, events.runningroom.com


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