25 Things To Do In Edmonton This June

Shakespeare in the Park, new productions, food festivals and much more.

May 31, 2018

Experience the works of Shakespeare al fresco

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival runs from June 19 to July 15, and it’s a completely unique theatre experience that's become a summer staple for many in the city. This year, the talented players will be performing Hamlet and Comedy of Errors.

Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., freewillshakespeare.com

Indulge and sample delicious food and wine pairings

On June 11, Indulgence returns, and it’s a must-attend event for any foodie. The event brings together the best of the local food and agriculture community, with restaurants and VQA wineries, microbreweries and distillers. Each restaurant is paired with a local farmer or rancher and creates a signature dish from a product grown or raised by that producer, and a beverage is paired with the dish. Taste your way through Alberta at this unique culinary event.  

Delta Edmonton South, 4404 Gateway Blvd., indulgenceedmonton.ca

Enjoy the stunning choreography of the Usha Gupta Dance Entourage

On June 1 to 3, Brian Webb Dance Company presents the Usha Gupta Dance Entourage in KHOJ, Gupta’s latest Kathak creation. The classical form of dance originating in northern India is brought to life by the talented dancers in this must-see production.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave. & 112 St., 780-420-1757, tixonthesquare.ca

Pack your schedule with Pride events

Edmonton Pride Festival 2018 runs from June 8 to 17, and there’s a ton of activities, from Pride in the Park Festival to the legendary parade, from the beverage garden where you can spend some time with friends to a wine tasting Pride party.

Various locations, edmontonpride.ca

Get inspired by rugby superstar Jen Kish

Jen Kish is the third speaker in the Edmonton Public Library’s 2018 Forward Thinking Speaker Series, and she’ll spend an evening on June 14 discussing her experiences on the pitch, her time competing with the Canadian women’s team and much more.

ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave., epl.ca/speakerseries

Challenge yourself at a fun event that supports a local arts organization

On June 16, grab three of your friends, family members or colleagues and get ready to race! Teams of four will compete in the #Be YEG Challenge, where they’ll hurry to a handful of different locations in central Edmonton and complete mental and physical challenges. The challenge is a fundraiser in support of Citie Ballet.

Various locations, 780-970-4979, beyegchallenge.ca

Immerse yourself in jazz at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival

The Edmonton International Jazz Festival runs from June 22 to July 1, and jazz lovers should add a few performances from the talented line-up of artists to their schedules. This year’s festival will feature Dianne Reeves, Billy Childs Quartet, the Tierney Sutton Band and more.

Various locations, edmontonjazz.com

Sample a variety of craft brews and find a new favourite

The Edmonton Craft Beer Festival takes place on June 1 and 2, and if you’re a craft beer enthusiast, you won’t want to miss it. Sample a few of the hundreds of brews available, chat with brewers and distillers, and cast your vote for the People’s Choice awards.

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

Take a trip outside the city for a good cause

The Johnson MS Bike Leduc to Camrose is the largest, longest standing MS bike event in Canada. Join over 2,000 cyclists for an inspiring two-day, 180 km road ride through rural Alberta and support a good cause. Even if you’re not riding, you can stop by the Alley Kat Beer Gardens, sample some food truck fare, enjoy the live entertainment and more.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, 1500 Sparrow Dr., Nisku, mssoc.convio.net

Support the Varscona at a freewheeling tea party

In honour of the second anniversary of the Varscona Theatre’s re-opening, the Varscona is hosting their second annual theatre gala on June 10. The evening will take the form of a freewheeling tea party with a variety of treats, tea blends and a performance featuring some of the Varscona’s best and brightest.

Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave., 780-433-3399, varsconatheatre.com

Sample the culinary offerings on 118 Ave

Eats On 118 returns for another year on June 13 and foodies won’t want to miss this popular event. Wild Heart Collective hosts the culinary adventure, where you’ll stop at several spots along Alberta Avenue and sample delicious fare.

Various locations on 118 Ave., 780-760-9453, wearewildheart.com

Celebrate the city’s arts scene — and the summer solstice

On June 22, celebrate the city’s arts scene and the summer solstice at The Works Summer Solstice Gala, which is the annual fundraiser event for The Works Education Initiatives of The Works International Visual Arts Society. The Gala also celebrates the successes of The Places: Art & Design in Public Places Program.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 10065 100 St., theworks.ab.ca

See what’s on the line-up at Nextfest

Nextfest brings together emerging professional artists in a variety of mediums including theatre, dance, music, film, spoken word, visual art and multidisciplinary collaborations for 10 days of amazing programming. This year’s festival runs until June 10.

Various locations, nextfest.ca

Learn how to make the most of abundant summer produce by preserving

On June 14, ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen hosts another culinary workshop, and this one is focused on home preserving. Whether you need a refresher or are a total beginner, you can learn the basics of home preserving and create a fruit jam and vegetable pickle to test your skills.

ATCO Centre, 10035 105 St., 780-420-7282, atcoblueflamekitchen.com

Take a trip to Middle Earth with a Lord of the Rings Symphony

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexander Prior take the stage on June 14, 15 and 16 for The Lord of the Rings Symphony, which takes you on a musical journey through Grammy Award-winning composer Howard Shore’s musical masterpieces.

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

Combine your love of doughnuts and your love of beer

Chances are, you’ve tried wine and cheese pairings, and perhaps even wine and chocolate — but have you ever paired beer and doughnuts? Doughnut Party and Bent Stick Brewing are joining forces on June 6 for a fun tasting event.

Sherbrooke Liquor, 11819 St. Albert Trail, sherbrookeliquor.com

Attend the world’s first green carnival

Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival, is coming back to Edmonton from June 7 to 10 — and it’s the perfect summer event to add to your calendar. Check out attractions and rides powered by renewable energy, learn more about sustainability and enjoy the carnival environment.

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., sustainival.com 

Enjoy live jazz in a vintage environment

Vintage Fork is launching a new initiative — jazz night, taking place on June 7. Hear the talents of the Leonard Patterson Trio, sample 10 different canapés and sip champagne at this unique event.

11153 Saskatchewan Dr., 780-975-2204, vintagefork.ca

Indulge your inner pop culture geek at the Pure Speculation Festival

The Pure Speculation Festival is Edmonton’s celebration of science fiction and fantasy, taking place on June 15 and 16. This year’s guests of honour include Krista D. Ball, Candas Jane Dorsey and Sam Maggs.

Alberta Avenue Community Hall, 9210 118 Ave., 780-496-4933, purespec.org

Learn about a legendary animator

On June 7, stop by the Garneau Theatre for a screening of Floyd Norman: An Animated Life. Norman was the first African-American animator at Disney and continues to impact the animation industry. There will be a Q & A with the filmmaker following the screening.

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

See a classic musical on the stage

Opera NUOVA presents Into The Woods, running June 24, 27, 29 and 30. The imaginative Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is filled with magical characters and the plot incorporates components from several well-known fairytales for an amazing production.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, operanuova.ca

Travel back in time to the glamorous 1940s

Get in the mood for summer with House of Hush and their high-energy swing act, influenced by 1940s glamour and film noir on June 22.

Crash Hotel Lobby, 10266 103 St., 780-907-3027, houseofhushburlesque.com

Laugh the night away at Edmonton’s favourite improv and sketch comedy festival

Rapid Fire Theatre presents 10 days of the world’s best improv and sketch comedy acts June 13 to 23. There are more than 20 hilarious acts at the festival and you're guaranteed to find something that tickles your funny bone.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101a Ave., 780-443-6044, rapidfiretheatre.com

Take a peek inside some of the city’s infill developments

Head out on June 16 for an infill tour and check out 6 to 8 stunning homes and commercial spaces around the city, both interior and exterior. Tour participants will receive a map that includes all the locations, as well as a description of the properties.

Various locations, allevents.in

Attend a nostalgic music festival featuring some of your old school favourites

On June 23, Soundtrack Music Festival is coming to Kinsmen Park — and it’s the perfect opportunity to see some of your favourite old school acts on stage. The line-up includes Goo Goo Dolls, TLC, Blind Melon, Eve 6 and many more.

Kinsmen Park, 9100 Walterdale Hill, soundtrackmusicfestival.com


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