This August is all about outdoor activities, summer night hangouts and even more festivals
By Sophia Yang | July 28, 2022
August 2 – 6 Start your month with Rock’N August, a week-long summer celebration of cars and music in St. Albert. The festival showcases over 500 cars, open-air concerts, food trucks and street dance throughout the week. All funds are raised for local diabetes research.
Is This Seat Taken?
August 4 – 7 Tickets to FolkFest 2022 sold out in a snap, but it’s still possible to request the four-day passes on the official website. Don’t throw away your opportunity to sit on the hill just yet!
Parade All the Way
August 5 – 7 Are you in the mood for a colourful and vibrant festival on Churchill Square? Head out for a three-day celebration at the Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival, featuring a Costume Extravaganza, a Saturday Parade, Caribbean food, market and live performances.
No Anime, No Life
August 5 – 7 The 12th annual Animethon at Edmonton Convention Centre celebrates Japanese animation culture. Immerse into the world of anime at the three-day event with artist panels, vendors, dance and shows, gaming stage and cosplay programming.
August 7 Challenge your endurance at the hardcore SwimRun race with six run segments and five swim segments. Sign up as a team or go solo swimming in the North Saskatchewan River, then run along the Edmonton River Valley in wetsuits.
Laughter in Tents
August 11 – 15 Named after the Osorio family of entertainers in Mexico, the American Crown Circus takes a tour in North America this summer. The internationally renowned cast features Lazerman, gravity-defying motorcycle riders, clowns, aerial artistry, juggling and more.
The Fringe Adventure Never Ends
August 11 – 21 Edmonton’s beloved summer theatre fest returns with the theme ‘Destination Fringe’ this year. Featuring more than 160 shows in 27 venues, the 41st Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival includes live theatre performances and outdoor shows in the heart of Old Strathcona.
Laughter on Tracks
August 12 – 14 Crack up through the summer nights at the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival, featuring world renowned names Amy Schumer, Nick Swardson and Tom Segura. Part of the show proceeds also goes towards supporting Boyle Street Community Services.
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Haven’t You Herd?
August 13 – 14 Have you ever wondered what it takes to get harvest food onto our tables? Alberta Open Farm Days gives you a chance to see it all up close. Spend a day at a local farm or ranch, learn about sustainable farming, gather food and enjoy a unique culinary experience at the farm-to-table event.
August 13 – 14 Hear the skies roar as supersonic fighter jets soar at the Alberta International Airshow. The two-day event at the Villeneuve Airport features performances from military acts like the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Canadian Forces Skyhawks Parachute team, as well as civilian acts like Yellow Thunder and Kyle Fowler.
August 14 It’s biking season, it’s touring season, and you can ride like a true champion at L’étape Edmonton by Tour de France along the North Saskatchewan River Valley. This amateur cycling event is open for all bikers. Bike fast to win a free entry into L’Etape du Tour!
August 19 – 21 It’s another summer with live concert experiences at Together Again. This year’s three-day concert series features over 20 acts to see live, including Paul Brandt, Johnny Reid and Sam Roberts Band. And don’t miss the one-night only Rockfest headlined by Burton Cummings and band.
The Blues, The Grooves
August 19 – 21 The best of the blues returns to the Heritage Amphitheatre for Edmonton Blues Festival 2022. Expect a weekend of good times with many of the shows that were postponed back in 2020 come back to stage.
August 20 The Edmonton Reggae Festival Society’s Reggae on the Ave returns for its second annual festival on Alberta Avenue. Head down to the block filled with the sound of rhythmic reggae beats to your listening delight.
August 21 Nature lovers, don’t sleep on the WILDNorth Edmonton Wildlife Festival at Queen Mary’s Park. This one-day festival features live animals, information booths, games, crafts for kids and live music. Learn more about the wildlife in Northern Alberta with fun activities.
It’s Gonna Be A Long Run
August 21 Take a deep breath and get ready for a long run at the Servus Edmonton Marathon. If you’re not a hardcore runner who aims for the 42.2 kilometre full length, there’s also half marathon and Army 10 kilometre which start and finish in downtown Edmonton.
August 25 Let your space dream take off at TELUS World of Science Edmonton’s Astronaut Bootcamp. This adult-only night time program features a model rocket launching, an astronomy introduction course, an introduction to exoplanet research and access to the Apollo exhibition and S.P.A.C.E Gallery.
On A High Note
August 26 After a three-year hiatus, Opera al Fresco comes back this summer to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. Spend a gorgeous summer night in the scenery open air with snacks, wine and opera and musical theatre performances at four stages.
Chase the Bubbles
August 27 If you’re looking for a unique outdoor race where you smell nice at the end, join the Bubble Chase 5K experience. Either run, walk or dance around the bubble waves, don’t forget to snap a selfie before the colourful bubbles break off.
One Dreamy Trip
August 26 – 28 The one-of-a-kind Purple City Festival features Edmonton’s diverse and vibrant music community over three days l in nine venues around the city. Grab a wristband and dive into the world of alternative, punk, psych rock and dream-pop music.
Together in Newfoundland
August 30 – September 4 Another Broadway show is coming to Edmonton at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Canadian musical Come From Away tells the story of a small town in Newfoundland that hosts stranded travellers from all over the world. Let music break the barriers of language and cultural differences, and bring the world together.
Kids on the Field
Until August 31 Are you planning a fun day out for kids? Try out Fort Edmonton Park’s variety of Day Camps programs, where kids can learn cooking skills, language arts and play with farm animals. From ages four to 12, there’s always something to do for your little campers.
In Parks We Harmonize
Throughout August The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra continues to hold outdoor concerts throughout the town this summer. Check out the full schedule and locate the nearest park or venue for an hour-long nighttime music feast.
Throughout summer Next time you visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo, don’t miss out on Sean Kenney’s award-winning Lego exhibition. The Nature Connects exhibition features gravity-defying Lego sculptures in shapes of adorable animals, each piece consists of thousands of small Lego bricks. Feel free to borrow inspirations and create your own Lego sets at the zone.