25 Things To Do in Edmonton This July

From Canada Day celebrations to food, music and festivals, there’s lots to do this July

Start your Canada day with a complete breakfast

Get some early morning grub at the Alberta Legislature before a full day of celebration. Pancakes will be served starting at 7 am on July 1, followed by an open house, welcoming ceremony, and a full day of activities and installations.

Alberta Legislature Grounds, 107 Street and 97 Avenue, assembly.ab.ca

Celebrate the Valley Zoo

The Edmonton Valley Zoo will celebrate its 60th birthday (and Canada’s 152nd) with music, food, crafts and of course, the zoo’s beloved critters!

Edmonton Valley Zoo,13315 Buena Vista Road & 87th Avenue, 780-442-5311 edmonton.ca

See the Art Gallery for free

The Art Gallery of Alberta will open its doors for free admission on Canada Day. It’s a great chance to see the exhibitions, take part in family activities and check out the kids’ gallery.

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

Rocket away on Canada Day

July 1 marks the Telus World of Science’s 35th anniversary, and it will celebrate curiosity, discovery and life changing science with rocket launches and cake.

Telus World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW, 780-451-3344  telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca

Tickle those keys

From July 4 to 20, Alberta Pianofest will showcase performances from internationally-acclaimed musicians and piano classes for all ages at venues around Edmonton (including City Hall).

Alberta Pianofest, various venues, albertapianofest.com

Find your festival

The Found Festival brings innovative music, dance, theatre, visual and written art into unconventional places — including grocery stores, parks and the High Level Bridge — all around Old Strathcona, and all free to the public July 4 to 7.

Found Festival, various locations, commongroundarts.ca

Experience outdoor opera

Celebrate the year’s most elegant outdoor party at Opera al Fresco, featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine and charming performances on four beautiful stages at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, put on by the Edmonton Opera on July 5.

University of Alberta Botanic Garden, 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove, 780-492-3050, botanicgarden.ualberta.ca

Say “cheese”

Celebrate the fifth year of the Mac and Cheese Festival July 5 to 7. Celebrity chefs, savvy cooks and talented entrepreneurs come together for the weekend to cook up creative and inventive concoctions of mac and cheese while supporting great charities.

Borden Park, 7507 Borden Park Rd. NW, 780-496-1117, themacandcheesefestival.com

Get colourful on Whyte

Imagine a walk through the hearts and minds of artists. Over 500 visual artists bring their supplies into the streets of Old Strathcona for Art Walk, an outdoor studio spanning several blocks from July 5 to 7.

Whyte Avenue, 82 Ave. from 101 St. to 108 St., art-walk.ca

Hit the streets

Catch (or watch the jugglers catch) the 35th year of the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival! On from July 5 to 14, it’s witty and wonderful, kooky and comical — the best of entertainment and art on a street level: short, sweet and accessible to anyone.

Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park, 8303 104 St., 780-425-5162, edmontonstreetfest.com

Drink, dance and punk

Created from the mind and liver of NOFX’s frontman Fat Mike, the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival is coming to Canada this summer! Hosting its debut in Edmonton, the festival features the best in punk rock music and regional craft beer. Enjoy brews and buds with this rockin’ festival on July 6.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave., 780-471-7377, punkindrublicfest.com

Stroll, sample and savour

On July 7, taste some delicious dishes at this annual celebration of local food and art. The event features Strathcona County independent restaurants and food trucks full of local ingredients. Meet local artisans who will have their creations on display and for sale, and enjoy entertainment and activities throughout the evening.

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

Mmm, ribs

Hearts Centre presents the second annual Edmonton Ribfest at Borden Park, July 12-14, featuring live music, food and drink, a kids zone and of course, the very best in slow cooked ribs, chicken and pulled pork.

Borden Park, 7507 Borden Park Road NW, 496-1117, heartsribfest.ca

Celebrate African culture

On July 13 and 14, Africanival will share the rich and diverse culture of African people from Edmonton and around the world with music, fashion, dance, a kids corner and of course, delicious food.

Africanival, 10581-107 Street NW, 780-709-0965, africanival.org

Paddle into the sunset

Experience the North Saskatchewan River and Edmonton skyline in a replica Voyageur Canoe from Laurier Park to Capilano Park, with one of the many canoe tours put on by Haskin Canoe this summer. Don’t forget a camera and binoculars for wildlife sightings!

Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd. 203, Fort Saskatchewan, 780-922-4324, haskincanoe.ca

See some radical reptiles 

On July 14 the Edmonton Valley Zoo will have Really Radical Reptiles, a chance to get closer and learn about the zoo’s snakes, lizards and tortoises through artifacts, enrichments and fun activities (including a 12-foot snake skeleton).

Edmonton Valley Zoo,13315 Buena Vista Road & 87th Avenue, 780-442-5311 edmonton.ca

The big bump-set-spike

As part of the Olympic qualification process for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Edmonton Open will take place from July 17 – 21. This will kick off the K-Days festival as Northlands hosts 100 teams from around the world!

Northlands Park, 7515 118 Ave., 780-471-7210, northlands.com

Have a taste

Check out Edmonton’s best, newest, hippest and classic favourite restaurants as they take to the streets along with almost a dozen food trucks from July 18 to 28. Beer or wine, sweet or savoury, gluten or gluten-free, folk music or jazz — whatever you fancy, you will be able to find it at Taste of Edmonton 2019!

Capital Plaza, 10800 97 Ave., tasteofedm.ca

Ride, listen, eat, enjoy

Experience the wonder of K-Days, Edmonton’s extravaganza of rides, games, music, food and adventure. The rides and games alone will leave you breathless and wanting more. See the colourful parade full of brass bands and beautiful floats, and watch fireworks lighting up the night sky. Starting July 19, this 10-day festival has something for everyone!

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 116 Ave. and Wayne Gretzky Drive, 780-471-7210, k-days.com

Try out a triathlon 

On July 20 and 21, get in the race hosted by the ITU World Triathlon Series at Hawrelak Park. Whether you are new to the sport of triathlon or looking to qualify for the 2020 ITU World Championships in Edmonton, there is an event for you — or, just come out and watch the best compete!

Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd, 780-442-5311, edmonton.triathlon.com

See (and hear) the ring of fire

Over two dozen of Johnny Cash’s songs are featured in this performance-packed musical, adapted from a Broadway Production. The Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash runs from July 20 to August 11.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

A night of jazz, dinner and burlesque

The Crash Hotel’s Canary Room puts on an intimate evening of live jazz and roving burlesque performances on July 26, including a three-course dinner menu by chef Nathin Bye.

Crash Hotel, 10266 103 St NW, 780-719-3807, crashhotel.com

Is this your first rodeo?

2019 marks the eighth anniversary of Interstellar Rodeo, one of Canada’s must-see music festivals. It might not be your first, but it will undoubtedly be memorable! Held in Hawrelak Park, open skies set the scene for the music and dancing, fine wine and great food that make three-day celebration amazing, on July 26 to 28.

Heritage Amphitheatre at Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road, 780-442-4311, interstellarrodeo.com

Put the pedal to the metal

On July 27 cheer on NASCAR Racers from all over Canada as they compete for the Luxxur 300 Cup. As the only NASCAR race in Alberta, this is a can’t-miss even for all you full-throttle fans!

244047A Township Road 464, Wetaskiwin, 780-467-9276, edmontonraceway.com

Decide a character’s fate

The Malarky Murders is an improvised murder mystery where only the audience can determine whodunnit. On at the Grindstone Theatre on July 27.

Grindstone Theatre, 10019 81 Avenue NW, 780-244-9076, grindstonetheatre.ca


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