This weekend, all of Edmonton goes ka-boom with summer festivals and happenings. Go anywhere and you’ll experience an undeniable excitement for Edmonton and fun!
Rock Concerts & Cotton Candy
What: 10 days of exhibition fun. Rides, games, entertainment, shopping, food, and mini-donuts.
Why: The concert line-up (Natasha Bedingfield, Down with Webster, Doc Walker, The Trews, and others), and SIP! The Wine and Food Experience.
Where: Northlands, 116 Avenue and 73 Street. Tip: Take the LRT to the Coliseum Station.
When: Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 31. Use this handy planner to help organize your day.
The River City Revue
What: Taking inspiration from classic striptease and American burlesque, Edmonton’s burlesque troupe delivers a production full of political satire and glamour.
Why: A most seductive circus.
Where: The Artery (9535 Jasper Avenue)
When: Saturday, July 23 at 8pm
Fork in the Road
Taste of Edmonton
What: Edmonton restaurants serve up delightful samples of their best dishes. The festival also dishes up wine tastings, beer gardens and live music.
Why: The food menu is drool worthy.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 30. 11am - 11pm
Start Your Engines
What: A world-class Indy race that will have your heart pumping and other race week activities.
Why: Patio parties, car displays, VIP parties and outdoor concerts.
Where: Race takes place at Edmonton City Centre Airport. Race events are all over town.
When: Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24.
Put a Fork in It!
Summer Fork Fest
What: Local independent restaurants offer 3-course meals at delicious prices ($25 or $45).
Why: Your opportunity to eat savory local favourites from local gems like d’lish Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar, Sabor Divino, The Blue Pear, Red Ox Inn and Moriarty's.
Where: At participating Live Local Restaurants, browse the list of participating restaurants.
When: July 17 - 21 & July 24 – 28
What: Othello and Twelfth Night presented under the stars.
Why: Plop thy bum onto the grass to enjoy a play perfect for a midsummer’s night.
Where: Hawrelak Park. Tickets $24.50. On Tuesdays and the Saturday matinee, it’s pay-what-you-will shows.
When: Final Weekend. Last performance on Sunday, July 24. Every evening at 8pm.
* image via River City Revue. Photographed by Amanda Diaz.