25 Things To Do In Edmonton This August

Laser shows, music festivals and plenty of unique culinary experiences.


July 26, 2018

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Take a raft down the North Saskatchewan

EPCOR RiverFest returns on August 11 and 12, and you can enjoy the river valley system from an entirely different perspective by participating in an organized raft float down the North Saskatchewan River. There will also be a variety of family-friendly outdoor activities, exhibitors and entertainment on shore.

North Saskatchewan River Valley, epcorriverfest.ca

Get a look at some dinos after dark

On August 11, the Telus World of Science Edmonton is hosting Dinos After Dark! The event provides a unique opportunity to check out their latest exhibition, "Dinosaurs Unearthed: Down to the Bone." Watch Night At The Museum on the IMAX screen and explore the exhibition in a night of adventure.

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

Explore the 118th Avenue culinary scene

Take your taste buds on a tour down 118 Ave with Wild Heart Collective on August 29 as you sample bites from some of the best restaurants on Alberta Avenue.

Various locations on 118 Ave., 780-455-9559, wearewildheart.com

Take a trip around the world — right here in Hawrelak Park

From August 4 to 6, Hawrelak Park will be transformed into a multicultural masterpiece as the Servus Heritage Festival takes place. There will be 71 pavilions showcasing food, art, performances and more from 100 countries and cultures around the world.

William Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., 780-488-3378, heritagefest.ca

Pack as many productions into 10 days as possible

With over 1,600 performances spread across 11 days from August 16 to 26, it can be tough to know where to start at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. There’s always a huge variety of performances, so you’re sure to find a few intriguing, no matter what you’re looking for.

Various locations in Old Strathcona, 780-409-1910, fringetheatre.ca

Enjoy live music on the Alberta Legislature grounds

Every Friday throughout the summer, you can stop by Capital Plaza at noon to enjoy live music from a diverse mix of Alberta artists — and enjoy the beauty of the Alberta Legislature grounds.

Capital Plaza, 9820 107 St., 780-427-7362, assembly.ab.ca/visitorcentre/events.html

Explore Chinatown with a tasty food crawl

McCauley Revitalization is presenting YEG Food Crawl: Chinatown on August 2. Participants will have the opportunity to sample one course at each of the four restaurants highlighted on the tour and get to know the people behind the delicious dishes.

Chinatown Area, allevents.in

Learn more about art at Wendy Tokaryk’s talk

On August 3, exhibiting artist Wendy Tokaryk comes to SNAP to chat about art and her exhibition, “Doilies the meaning of life.”

Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, 10123 121 St., 780-423-1492, snapartists.com

Head to the hill for Folk Fest

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival has become a summer tradition for many, and this year’s line-up definitely doesn’t disappoint. The festival runs from August 9 to 12 and features artists including The Decemberists, Lord Huron, The Milk Carton Kids, Regina Spektor, Neko Case, Shakey Graves and many more.

Gallagher Park, 9505 96 Ave., 780-429-1999, edmontonfolkfest.org

Lace up your running shoes and get colourful

Color Me Rad is a fun event where you have the opportunity to complete a 5K race while being pelted with powders in every shade under the sun. Get in a good workout, get colourful and celebrate with a DJ-anchored dance party at the finish line on August 11.

Location to be announced, colormerad.com

Learn a bit about Edmonton’s spookiest spots

If you can’t get enough of historical tales of haunted areas, this tour on August 11 just might be the perfect activity for you. Educator, author and paranormal investigator Morgan Knudsen will take you on a two-hour tour of some of Edmonton’s haunted spots.

Masonic Hall, 10318 100 Ave., dynamiclimousime.ca

Stop by a green drinks garden party

The Local Good is heading to Little Brick on August 15 for a special summer edition of Green Drinks that incorporates a garden party feel. Local artists Naeem Gabriel, Evan Crawford, Shae Brant and Natalia Chai will be performing live.

Little Brick, 10004 90 St., 780-705-1230, allevents.in

Test your running skills — or just cheer participants on

The Servus Edmonton Marathon takes place on August 18 and 19, and whether you’re looking to beat your own time or simply want to cheer on the participants in their feat of athleticism, it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., edmontonmarathon.ca

Dine on the field at Commonwealth Stadium

Feast on the Field returns on August 22, and you won’t want to miss this edition of the popular culinary fundraiser. The evening features Alberta-inspired food prepared by several of Edmonton’s best chefs and is a fundraiser for the CapitalCare Foundation.

Commonwealth Stadium, 11000 Stadium Rd., feastonthefield.weebly.com

Tour the urban forest at the University of Alberta’s North Campus

Enjoy the beauty of nature with a tour of North Campus’ urban forest led by horticulturalist and landscape designer Wayne McCutcheon entitled Campus Water Features: Flora and Fauna Tour on August 23. The tour will highlight some of the water features and unique plant and tree specimens found on campus.

University of Alberta North Campus Administration Building, friendsoftheuofa.ca

Celebrate 20 years of the Blues

This year marks the Edmonton Blues Festival’s 20th anniversary, and the line-up on August 24 to 26 is sure to please any blues lover. Attendees can enjoy Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue and a Journey Thru Soul, Blues and R&B, Samantha Fish, David Vest, Rusty Reed Band, Sugaray Rayford and much more.

Heritage Amphitheatre — Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., bluesinternationalltd.com

Sample tasty bites from a variety of food trucks

The next What The Truck?! event takes place on August 26 in the Outfields at RE/MAX Field. Stop by to sample tasty treats from a variety of the city’s best food trucks and enjoy the summer heat.

RE/MAX Field, 10233 96 Ave., whatthetruck.ca

Celebrate Italian food and culture at an outdoor festival

Associazione Giovani Italiani Di Edmonton returns with the Viva Italia Viva Edmonton Festival, which takes place on August 26. Spend the day at Giovanni Caboto Park listening to live music, checking out cooking demos, sampling delicious Italian cuisine and more.

Giovanni Caboto Park, 9425 109a Ave., agie.ca 

Learn the art of chocolate tasting

If you’ve ever wanted to learn a bit more about the sweet treat, now is the perfect chance — JACEK has frequent events at their showroom space where you can learn all about tasting chocolate. This month, they have tasting events on August 2 and 30, and a special family event on August 17.

JACEK Chocolate Couture, 406 Kaska Rd., Sherwood Park, 780-464-5200, jacekchocolate.com

See comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short live

Two legendary comedians come to the Jubilee on August 3 for Steve Martin & Martin Short — An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life. The two comedians have both had long careers in the stand-up, film and television industries, and they bring their talent to the stage for one night only.

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

Enjoy a Symphony Under the Sky

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra returns with Symphony Under The Sky, a popular event where you can enjoy classical music in an al fresco setting. There are three events in the series including Jim Witter’s Time in a Bottle on August 30, and Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Dvorak on August 31. 

Heritage Amphitheatre — Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

Learn more about American artist Carolee Schneemann

On August 2, Metro Cinema is bringing Breaking The Frame to the Garneau Theatre screen. The documentary explores the life and work of American artist Carolee Schneeman, a film, video, performance and installation artist whose work continues to have an impact to this day.

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

Stop by the 25th edition of Animethon

Animethon 25 takes place from August 10 to 12, and the busy line-up includes musical talents from Japan, voice actors, plenty of vendors, an artist alley, interactive panels and more.

Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., animethon.org

Lace up your roller skates and take a spin at a retro rink

Stardust Retro Roller Rink presented by Southgate Centre will be at the mall’s Centre Court until August 6. If you didn’t find the time to stop by in July, make sure to visit the unique retro experience before it disappears.

Southgate Centre, 5015 111 St., 780-435-3721, southgatecentre.com

Check out the return of the Telus World of Science’s Laser Shows

Thanks to the opening of the new Zeidler Dome, the Telus World of Science Edmonton has brought back their popular laser shows. Celebrate their return on August 3 with an event that includes laser showers with the music of Pink Floyd, Daft Punk and Stranger Things as well as special access to the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery.

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


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