25 Things To Do In Edmonton This July
Food festivals, outdoor performances and much more.
June 27, 2018
photography by Paul Swanson
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden’s new Aga Khan Garden opened on June 29, so make sure to find a day to head outside the city and check it out. It’s been in the planning stages for nearly a decade, and the 4.8 hectares of lush garden inspired by Moghul traditions is one you won’t want to miss.
51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove, 780-492-3050, botanicgarden.ualberta.ca
The popular food festival Taste of Edmonton returns on July 18, and until July 29 you’ll have the opportunity to sample dishes from some of Edmonton’s best restaurants, as well as check out live entertainment at Capital Plaza.
Capital Plaza, 9820 107 St., tasteofedm.ca
The 22nd Annual Historic Festival and Doors Open Edmonton takes place from July 2 to 8, and there’s a full line-up of events to check out. Explore museums, archives and historic sites, celebrate community milestones, and participate in bus or walking tours of gardens, neighbourhoods and more.
Various locations, 780-439-2797, historicedmonton.ca
On July 6 to 8, stop by Whyte Avenue for the Whyte Avenue Art Walk, a three-day event where hundreds of talented artists exhibit their works on the streets of Old Strathcona. This year, there will be over 450 visual artists present.
82 Avenue from 101 Street to 108 Street, art-walk.ca
Seven Music Fest returns on July 7 with a line-up including Banners, Delhi 2 Dublin, The Wet Secrets, Altameda, Martin Kerr and more. There will also be food trucks, a beer garden, vendors offering artisan wares and more.
Mission Hill Park, 13 Mission Ave., St. Albert, sevenmusicfest.com
The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is mixing up its location this year and heading to Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park from July 10 to 15. The festival will feature jugglers, magicians, dancers, hula hoopers, circus performers and many other talented artists.
Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park, 8331 104 St., 780-425-5162, edmontonstreetfest.com
Africanival runs from July 14 to 15, and the festival in celebration of African culture is one you won’t want to miss. The schedule includes a fashion show, food vendors, arts tents, dance performances and much more.
106 Ave. from 105 to 107 St., 780-709-0965, africanival.org
The Freewill Shakespeare Festival remains at Hawrelak Park until July 15, so if you haven’t found the time to make one of the performances in June, now’s your chance. This year, the Freewill Players have brought Hamlet and Comedy of Errors to the stage.
Heritage Amphitheatre — Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., 780-425-8086, freewillshakespeare.com
From July 3 to 8, Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Tony Award-winning musical, Les Miserables. The classic novel turned legendary musical features all the beloved songs from “On My Own” to “I Dreamed A Dream.”
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., jubileeauditorium.com
Head east of the city to Elk Island National Park on July 21 for a celebration of Parks Day. Learn how to navigate a canoe, gain outdoor adventure skills, enjoy live music and even bring along a picnic to share outdoors.
Elk Island National Park, 54401 RR 203, Fort Saskatchewan, pc.gc.ca/elkisland
Stop by the Alberta Aviation Museum on July 7 for The Birth of Airmail in the West, an event that highlights the history of letter writing in honour of Katherine Stinson’s airmail flight from Calgary to Edmonton back in 1918. Enjoy a re-enactment of Stinson’s flight, pen your own letter and test your piloting skills on the DC-6 simulator.
Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway, 780-451-1175, albertaaviationmuseum.com
On July 12 through 15, the Telus World of Science will transport you back in time with their Oh Snap! ‘90s Movie Marathon. See one (or a few) of the ‘90s classics they’re bringing to the big screen, from Pulp Fiction to Wayne’s World.
Telus World of Science Edmonton, 11211 142 St., 780-451-3344, twose.ca
Why head indoors to the theatre when you could bring the theatre outdoors? The popular Opera Al Fresco event takes place on July 6, where attendees can enjoy live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden.
51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove, 780-429-1000, edmontonopera.com
If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your musical skills, summer is the perfect opportunity — enroll in the Rusty Musicians Summer Camp at the Winspear and enjoy a week of intense orchestral study with classes and rehearsals that lead up to a performance on the stage of the Winspear.
Winspear Centre, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com
Grace Jones has become a cultural icon, and on July 12 and 18, Metro Cinema offers a peek into her life with Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. Musical sequences are put alongside personal footage, from her time in the studio with Sly & Robbie to her life backstage at gigs around the world.
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org
K-Days returns from July 20 to 29, and there’s something for everyone at the 10-day summer staple. Whether you’re looking to check out a few rides, sample some of the over the top fair foods or attend some of the live musical performances in the evenings, there's sure to be something that captures your attention.
Northlands, 7515 118 Ave, 780-471-7210, k-days.com
The ARK Project brings back their popular ZOOlander Fashion Show on July 5. Animals from the Edmonton Valley Zoo will join models strutting their stuff down the runway wearing pieces from local designers. There will also be local artisans, vendors and food trucks on site for the evening.
Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Rd., 780-496-6924, arkproject.buildingourzoo.com
Join the Edmonton Historic Society on July 6 for Historic Strathcona via Vintage Streetcar, a one hour in-depth tour that will focus on the histories of the buildings you spot as you ride towards the High Level Bridge.
Strathcona Streetcar Terminal, 8408 Gateway Blvd., eventbrite.ca
Summer in Edmonton is festival season, and Interstellar Rodeo is a perennial favourite — particularly if you’re looking for a little bit of everything. This year’s festival takes place from July 20 to 22 and features Feist, July Talk, A Tribe Called Red, Ruby Boots and more.
Heritage Amphitheatre — Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., interstellarrodeo.com
Stop by Borden Park on July 13 to 15 for Edmonton Ribfest and Beer Festival. Sample some tasty barbecued meats and enjoy the summer sunshine.
Borden Park, 7507 Borden Park Rd., facebook.com/edmontonribfest
On July 18, head to Little Brick for a lesson on cocktails with Allan Suddaby. Learn a bit more about classic cocktails such as the Sidecar and the Manhattan and master techniques that will have you mixing drinks like a pro.
Little Brick, 10004 90 St., 780-428-1111, metrocontinuingeducation.ca
Fort Edmonton Park is always buzzing with activity in the summer, and their Thursday night cinema series is the perfect way to spend an evening if you want to escape the heat. The July movie theme is Summer Blockbuster Disasters, so you can check out Jaws on July 5, Close Encounters of the Third Kind on July 12, Towering Inferno on July 19 or Poseidon Adventure on July 26.
Fort Edmonton Park, Capitol Theatre, 7000 143 St., 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca
Mangalitsa pork is known for its incredible flavour, and on July 7, Ernest’s executive chef Michael Hassall is joining forces with Country Accent Heritage Breeds in Camrose to create a menu featuring Mangalitsa pork creations.
Ernest’s at NAIT, 10701 118 Ave., 780-471-8676, nait.ca
Found Festival returns from July 5 to 8, and this outside the box fest is one you won’t want to miss. The line-up features everything from comedy shows to poetry readings to visual art, all in unconventional locations.
Various locations, 780-965-8598, commongroundarts.ca
If you’re a Wes Anderson fan but haven’t yet had the chance to see his 1996 feature film debut on the big screen yet, now is your chance — Bottle Rocket comes to the Garneau Theatre on July 9.
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org