5 Fun Summer Events in Edmonton

Summer in Edmonton is beautiful and chock full of events for the whole family, including a variety of outdoor festivals. Here are five events to add to your summer calendar if you live in Edmonton or plan to visit over the summer:

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Where: Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park

When: June 21st- July 17th

Admission: Varies  

Enjoy a little culture in a relaxed outdoor setting by checking out the annual Freewill Shakespeare Festival this summer. In addition to multiple performances of Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost, the festival will feature special events including date nights (tickets include appetizers, wine pairings and reserved seating for the perfect romantic date), free student nights, and puppet shows for kids.

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

Where: City Hall & Churchill Square

When: July 8th-July 17th, 2016

Admission: Free, but bring cash to tip the performers

For ten days this summer, come watch talented street performers and artists from around the world juggle, perform acrobatics, walk across tightropes and more at the International Street Performers Festival. You can even sign up for a “Be Your Own Busker” workshop and learn cool new skills like walking on stilts. During the day this festival is very kid-friendly, but at night there are more adult-oriented burlesque and cabaret performances.

Heritage Festival

Where: Hawrelak Park

When: July 30th-August 1st

Admission: Free but you must purchase food tickets to buy food and drinks

This family-friendly festival celebrates Canada’s multiculturalism by showcasing food, performances, and crafts from more than 60 countries around the world.

Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival

Where: Downtown Edmonton

When: August 5th-7th

Admission: free

Pretend you’re on a sultry Caribbean island right in downtown Edmonton. This cultural festival includes dancing to live island music, parades, glitzy costumes, and some of the most delicious food the Caribbean has to offer.

Edmonton Airshow

Where: Villeneuve Airport

When: August 6th and 7th

Admission: $25 (General), $20 (Military, Seniors, Children 6-12), $0 (Children under 6)

This exciting celebration of flight features live loops, tailslides and other aerobatic tricks performed by a variety of aircraft. In addition to watching the pilots perform, you can bring the kids to hands-on aviation exhibits and even enjoy a cold beer in the beer garden.