Things To Do In Edmonton This Summer

It’s no secret that Edmonton is festival city — and whether you’re passionate about the arts or the city’s culinary scene, there’s a festival for you.


June 6, 2018

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image courtesy of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Celebrate Father’s Day at Porkapalooza BBQ Festival

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with delicious barbecued meats? On June 16 and 17, Porkapalooza BBQ Festival returns and there will be 50 teams competing as well as live entertainment and, of course, a chance to sample some delicious barbecue fare.

Northlands, 7515 118 Ave.,

Enjoy the best of the Bard in a unique al fresco setting

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is taking over Hawrelak Park from June 19 to July 15, and it’s truly a one of a kind experience that’s become a summer staple for many in the city. This year, the players will be bringing Hamlet and Comedy of Errors to the stage. Additionally, there are several special ticketed events throughout the festival including date nights, cask nights and afternoon tea performances.

Heritage Amphitheatre — Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd., 780-425-8086,

Experience a plethora of artistic inspiration at The Works Art & Design Festival

It’s hard to sum up The Works Art & Design Festival, an annual offering from The Works International Visual Arts Society, because there’s just so much going on. This year’s festival takes place from June 21 to July 3 and includes 50 exhibits at 30 venues throughout the city, as well as daily performances on The Works Street Stage and over 300 special events from demonstrations to tours.

Capital Plaza on the Alberta Legislature Grounds, 10800 97 Ave., 780-426-2122,

Learn more about Edmonton’s architectural history

Every year, the Edmonton and District Historical Society presents the Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton, an event focused on celebrating the city’s history. Explore museums, archives and historic sites, and participate in bus or walking tours of gardens, natural areas and neighbourhoods. This year’s festival runs from July 2 to 8.

Various locations, 780-439-2797,

Add to your art collection and peruse the works of hundreds of local artists

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 creating an outdoor studio and gallery that spans several blocks. Find a few pieces to add to your collection, or just check out the vibrant arts scene in our city.

82 Avenue from 101 Street to 108 Street,

See feats from a variety of creative performers

The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is a summer favourite for many who love outside-the-box entertainment. There will be a variety of artists from around the world showing their skills, as well as workshops and other fun events. Stay tuned to see who will be performing this year — the festival kicks off on July 10 and goes until July 15.

Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park, 8331 104 St., 780-425-5162,

Indulge in a taste of Edmonton

Celebrate the city’s culinary scene by sampling delicious bites from a variety of chefs and restaurants at this popular summer event. There will also be live entertainment to enjoy while you sample the offerings — and, to make things easier, this year Taste of Edmonton is offering advance tickets so you can prepare ahead of time. The festival runs July 18 to 29.

Capital Plaza, 99 Ave. & 108 St., 780-423-2822,

Head to an eclectic music festival with a great line-up

There are quite a few music festivals in the city throughout the summer, but Interstellar Rodeo is always a solid bet, especially if you’re looking for a little bit of everything. The festival, which takes place July 20 to 22 this year, is known for its eclectic line-up with musicians from a variety of genres, and this year is no different. The 2018 line-up includes Feist, July Talk, Courtney Barnett, A Tribe Called Red, Ruby Boots, La Dame Blanche and many more.

Heritage Amphitheatre — Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd.,

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,

Pack as many productions into 10 days as possible at the Fringe

With over 1,600 performances spread across 11 days from August 16 to 26, it can be hard to know where to start at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. There’s always a huge variety of performances, from longer productions to intimate one-person shows, and you’re sure to find a few intriguing.

Various locations in Old Strathcona, 780-409-1910,


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