Mercury Opera presents Carmen, the groundbreaking production that immerses its audience in two contrasting locations, the Commodore Restaurant and neighbouring Casa Pedro (Chez Pierre Cabaret), and follows Carmen the seductress through El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. The 18+ show runs August 1 to 15.
The Edmonton Heritage Festival returns August 3 to 5 in Hawrelak Park. It’s a great way to experience art and flavours from places around the world like Pakistan, Fiji and Brazil, to Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, all without leaving the city.
Explore over 60 artifacts and 700 experiments hand-picked by the MythBusters themselves, then engage in interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovation and never-before-seen myths saved specifically for this exhibition! Runs until September 2 (walrus moustache and beret optional).
Animethon 26 is a full three-day summer festival for fans of anime, gaming and Japanese pop culture, taking place at the Edmonton Convention Centre August 9-11. There’s cosplay, unique artists, vendors and more!
Edmonton Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave, 780-421-9797, animethon.org
Cariwest celebrates 35 years of Carnival with Edmonton’s annual celebration of Caribbean arts, music and culture in Capital Plaza August 9-11. From the Friday Night Extravaganza to the Great Parade on Saturday, there’s food, music, dance and rum in the heart of downtown Edmonton.
Federal Plaza Building, 9820 107 St, 780-427-7362, cariwest.ca
It’s a river rendezvous on August 10 as EPCOR RiverFest celebrates everything to do in our river valley, from Edmonton to Devon, with cycling, hiking and paddling. It’s a great way to enjoy the largest urban parkland in North America.
Edmonton’s summer theatre institution returns August 15 for its 38th year! Full of innovative theatre performances by nearly 1,600 local, national and international artists, across more than 1,200 indoor performances in the city’s most iconic venues (and many outdoor live performances), this is Edmonton’s marquee theatre fest.
The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Old Strathcona and Whyte Ave, fringetheatre.ca
Dance and sing and shout at the Edmonton Rock Music Festival, August 16 and 17, as Canadian acts like Sloan and Wide Mouth Mason, and headliners Rick Springfield, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone, take the Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre stage. The fest also raises funds for the Centre for Arts & Music (CAM).
The North Saskatchewan will come alive August 16 to 18 with the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival, as colourful dragon boats race along to their drummer’s beat. Cheer on your favourite boat and enjoy this showcase of Asian heritage and multiculturalism in Edmonton.
Watch planes tailslide, loop and roll at the Edmonton Airshow, August 17 and 18. Celebrate the rich history and modern evolution of aviation as aircrafts of all kinds (including remote controlled planes) take to the sky.
Villeneuve Airport, Highway 633 (approximately 15 km northwest of St. Albert), edmontonairshow.com
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under The Sky returns to the Heritage Amphitheatre August 28 to September 1. Hear musical classics, blockbuster film scores and Tchaikovsky’s majestic 1812 Overture.