The Summer of Festivals is finally here! July’s sunshine, heat, and events will have you and yours out and about Edmonton all month. Check out these annual classics and celebrate new favorites!
Canada Day (July 1st) Fireworks
Come to these locales for dazzling pyrotechnics to kick off our nation’s 148th year!
Downtown Fireworks: The High Level light show and fireworks over the River Valley begins at 11:00 pm. Suggested viewing grounds include the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, Ezio Faraone Park, Dantzer’s Hill, Government House Park, and TELUS Field.
Mill Woods Park: The fireworks start at 11:00 pm, however feel free to drop by as early as 1:00 pm for family fun!
Strathcona County: Head on down to Broadmoor Lake to check out the display starting at 11:00 pm.
St. Albert: Expect some epic pyrotechnics at Mission Park beginning at 11:00 pm!
Leduc: The Leduc Recreation Centre is the place to be at 11:00 pm!
Spruce Grove: Jubilee Park will host fireworks at 11:00 pm.
Canada Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
Location: Edmonton Valley Zoo
When: July 1st
Looking for a family-friendly event before the beer and fireworks? Then celebrate Canada’s 148th year at the zoo! It’ll also be the Valley Zoo’s 56th birthday, as well as Lucy the Elephant’s 40th, so there’ll be lots of Red and White Canadian Mini-Cupcakes to be had! Take part in the scavenger hunt, check out the Adventure Bus, enjoy some live music, and learn about all the amazing animals! See this page for details.
Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival
Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: July 3rd – July 12th
Renowned for bringing the world’s greatest street acts to Edmonton for over 30 years, this festival is a staple of summer entertainment. Acrobats, musicians, actors, and more will be in the heart of downtown. No admission fee is necessary. As usual, it is the audience member who decides the value of each performance, contributing to the artists directly. With more than 1,500 shows to see, there’s certainly something to stroke everyone’s fancy, including the risqué Late Night Madness event! Check out this site for further information.
Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton
Location: Launch day will be at McKay Avenue School
When: July 5th – July 12th
Proudly celebrate the Edmonton and Edmonton-area community with this event! Learn about milestones for our city, visit museums and archives; go on bus or walking tours of gardens, natural areas, cemeteries, and neighbourhoods. Appreciate the diversity in our history and see contributions many groups have made to make Edmonton as great as it is. For details, go here.
Sourdough River Festival
Location: Terwillegar Park
When: July 12th
Started by the folks from Edmonton Power in the 1960s, this event has transformed through the ages, much like the city itself! No longer are participants bound to a castaway’s mere wooden raft. See or sail barges, floating islands, castles, pirate ships and whatever else imagination (and hard work) can fabricate! Rafts will launch from Terwillegar Park at noon and spectators can watch from the banks of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Before all that excitement, however, there will be a Toonie Pancake Breakfast served from 9:00 am – 11:30 am. See here for further information.
A Taste of Edmonton
Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: July 16th – July 25th
Indulge in Edmonton’s most tantalizing event! For 30 years, A Taste of Edmonton has been bringing people in droves to experience the best in local cuisine. Dozens upon dozens of restaurants and food trucks will be in attendance, with gluten-free and vegetarian options so everyone can enjoy. Besides live music, there will be Sip ‘n Savor, a culinary workshop where up to 10 participants can boost their skills in the kitchen with the guidance of a Chef. However, the workshops do require booking and are $25 a person. Please visit this page for details, including all workshops, vendors and menu items!
Edmonton’s K Days
When: July 17th – July 26th
A summer favorite returns in full force! The K-Days Parade will begin at 10 am on July 17th, starting place at 106 St & 102 Ave. The following days will be filled with rides, mini donuts, performances, shopping, and more! Molson Boardwalk Beach & Beer Gardens will offer full bar service right by the South Stage, featuring a different headliner each night, such as Trooper, Lights, and Theory of a Deadman. Klondike Park will feature historic and fun events, like the Chilkoot Gold Mine, where any gold you pan is yours for the keeping! And, of course, every night the sky will be lit up with dazzling fireworks! Click here for more (because there’s a lot!).
Location: Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park
When: July 24th – July 26th
Local and international talents provide an out-of-this-world musical experience as the month comes to an end. Blues, rock, soul, and more are on the docket as the massive line-up of artists continues to grow. Check out the likes of Oh Susanna, Tanya Tagaq, The Wet Secrets, and again, even more, at beautiful Hawrelak Park! See this site for details.
Have an outstanding July, Edmonton!