Edmonton Summer Festivals 2019 Edition

It’s Summer Festival Season in Edmonton 

Summertime is when #YEG really comes alive. They say we’re a winter city, but all of the festivals, activities and events that go on throughout the summer are hard to top. Here at KEEN, we LOVE festival season and try to get out to as many as we can! Plus, have you tried festival food? SO GOOD. 

This week, we’re sharing our favourite festivals and events that we are most excited to attend. 

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival – July 5-14

Every July, more than 60 international, national and local artists fuel a daily juggernaut of 150 zany outdoor performances when the International Street Performers Festival turns Dr. Wilbert Mcintyre Park into busker central. Find out more here.

Taste of Edmonton – July 18-28

At Taste of Edmonton, you can sample more than 80 different dishes from cuisines around the world and enjoy 30 Canadian artists who will be putting on FREE concerts. Delicious food and great music. What’s not to love? Find out more here.

Interstellar Rodeo – July 26-28 

Interstellar Rodeo is an annual three-day outdoor music event held the last weekend of July in Edmonton. It was established in 2012 by Shauna de Cartier of Six Shooter Records. It is held at the Heritage Amphitheatre within Hawrelak Park in the North Saskatchewan River valley. Find the line-up and more details here.

Edmonton Heritage Festival – August 3-5

Heritage Days is a three-day event where you have the chance to sample delicious food, watch creative performances, and celebrate Canada’s multiculturalism. Check out the details here.

Edmonton Folk Festival – August 8-11 

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival has grown to become one of the leading folk festivals in the world. Now boasting a volunteer force of more than 2,000, the festival is a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best folk music from around the world. The festival takes place in Edmonton’s Gallagher Park and you can find out more here.

Fringe Festival – August 15-25

At Edmonton’s Fringe Festival, more than 1,600 artists from around the world come together to bring some of the best theatre and performance acts to us. The Festival is unjuried and uncensored, which means artists from all backgrounds – whether emerging or established – can participate. See all the details here.

Canadian Derby August 18

The Canadian Derby is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race held annually at the Century Mile Racetrack and Casino in Leduc County. A Grade III event held on the third Sunday in August, it is open to three-year-old horses and is raced on dirt over a distance of one and three-eights miles. Learn more here.

Edmonton Water Lantern Festival – August 31 

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Come together with your friends, families, and neighbours, to light the water. This event takes place in Rundle Park! Find out more here.

That is a lot of festivals to add to your calendar this summer. We can’t wait to attend as many of these as possible and hope to see you there! Get your best festival outfits ready and come hungry–these festivals certainly won’t disappoint!

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