There’s a reason why they call Edmonton “the City of Festivals”. In the YEG, we like things big and bold! And when it comes to festivals, we do it right. So this summer, come and experience what makes this city one of the greatest in North America. With over 100 festivals every year, there’s literally something for everyone! Here are a few of the best festivals in Edmonton that are guaranteed to make your weekends feel so much sweeter.
When: June 8th to June 17th, 2018
Schedule: See website for details.
Where: Old Strathcona and Whyte Avenue, 82 Avenue
There’s no parade like a pride parade! Celebrate this year’s annual Edmonton Pride that will take place over 10 days this June. Join the 40 plus events that will celebrate unity and diversity in our wonderful city. On Saturday, June 8th, watch over 80 show-stopping floats travelling down Old Strathcona to kick off the festivities. There will be dancing in the streets, mingling at the beer gardens, amazing food vendors, drag shows, theatrical productions, merch and more. Don’t forget to grab your tickets to the Pride Awards on June 15th or your Pride Pass that will give you exclusive benefits and free access to a number of popular events. It’s a fun and exciting 10 day celebrating dedicated to love, respect and equality where everyone is welcome!
A TASTE OF EDMONTON
When: July 19th to July 28th, 2018
Schedule: July 18, 2018 12PM to 8PM / July 19-28, 2018 11AM to 11PM / July 29, 2018 12PM to 8PM
Where: Capital Plaza, 10800 97 Avenue (108th St and 99 Ave)
Join in one of the biggest food festivals in all of Canada at A Taste of Edmonton! And, while some other cities may offer a Taste Festival, they don’t usually run for a whole 10 days like this one! That’s why Edmonton is renowned for its hard-core foodie scene. This summer, take your taste buds to a whole new level and join hundreds of thousands of other hungry food enthusiasts experiencing the top restaurants and chefs in Western Canada and around the world. You can also check out one of the chef-run workshops and enjoy the best in live music each night of the festival. Last year, the concerts featured some big names like Grandtheft, Bif Naked, Hawksley Workman, The Deep Dark Woods, I Mother Earth, The Orchard, and Whale & The Wolf. We can’t wait to see what this year’s line up will have to offer!
There’s so much to see here. But, if you want an unforgettable VIP experience, you can book with HRR Rentals Sky Dinner that will take you and 3 of your closest friends 20 feet above it all to enjoy a delicious meal, plus 2 bevies and some of the best entertainment. Keep your eyes peeled for the ticket pricing and concert schedule due to come out soon!
6th ANNUAL INTERSTELLAR RODEO
When: July 20th to June 22nd, 2018
Schedule: Friday Night, Saturday and Sunday – Details to be released closer to date
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park – 900 Parking spots and also offering Free Shuttle service from University Area
When you’re done filling up at Taste of Edmonton, then it’s time to hurry over to the 6th Annual Interstellar Rodeo. But we should warn you – this is no ordinary Rodeo! This summer festival is a truly unique event with such an amazing combination of offerings, including European and Asian street food, veggie burgers, crafty vendors, and wines and craft beers – it’s so much more than the average Rodeo! And at this rodeo, they offer a VIP experience for everyone who walks through the gates.
So get ready to lounge in your lawn chair or get up on your feet to groove to the impressive line up of entertainment. This year, you can enjoy big headliners like Feist, July Talk, and Courtney Barnett, plus a number of other extremely talented artists that are bound to get the party started! There’s also a secret wine party that will take place, so all of you wine-lovers, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for information that will follow closer to date! This always ends up being one of the best festivals in Edmonton. So take advantage of beautiful weather (and the free shuttle or bike lock up that are available!) and get ready for some serious fun in the sun this summer!
EDMONTON FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: August 9th to August 12th
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday, check out the website for details
Where: Gallagher Park
As the glorious summer weather starts to heat up, get ready to stomp your feet at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival! With an incredible four days of amazing music, workshops, beer gardens, kids play areas, and more, this is a guaranteed good time for the family. But don’t let the title fool you – this festival features a wide range of music, from Bluegrass to Celtic to Alt Rock to World Beat to Roots. And, if you love food, you’re in for a treat since there is always an incredible selection of international cuisine to keep you fueled through the entire event.
This year you can catch big names like The Decemberists, Michael Franti, Shakey Graves and more. Tickets are on sale now, so make sure you grab yours before they sell out!
Get out and enjoy what this great city has to offer.
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