Start summer right with sports, festivals, food and great tunes this June!
By Cory Schachtel | May 30, 2019
With over 500 beers from over 100 breweries, it’s no wonder the Edmonton Craft Beer festival is one of the fastest growing beer festivals in the world. From brewing seminars to food pairings, samples and entertainment, you’ll have a blast and support great charities at the same time. Runs May 31 and June 1.
The Edmonton International Cat Festival celebrates cat culture with vendors, presentations, adoptable cats, play pens and a cat facts scavenger hunt, while raising money for rescued cats, on June 1.
MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre, 10910 104 Ave. NW, 780-497-5040 edmontoncatfest.com
Paw-rty in Paisley
Fun for the whole family — especially your four-legged friends! On June 1, enjoy an afternoon of free food and activities including drop-in work outs for you and your pet, a puppy pool party, best dressed dog competition and more!
Giovanni Caboto Park hosts Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival, a two-day family-friendly festival full of music, poetry, art and dance, all surrounded by vendors and restaurants in Little Italy, June 1 and 2.
Help expand your child’s imagination by showing them a world of possibility at the International Children’s Festival, on until June 2. With programs in music, dance, theatre and art, kids (and adults!) will learn to dream big and discover their inner artist.
St. Albert Place Promenade, 5 St. Anne St, St. Albert, 780-509-1230 stalbert.ca
See the next Edmonton talent
See what the next generation of talent in Edmonton has to offer at NextFest, where hundreds of young, emerging artists from a variety of disciplines perform and share installations across the city, from May 30 to June 9.
Nine venues around Edmonton
Get in on a green carnival
Sustainival is the world’s first green carnival, a family-friendly event with swings, rides, slides and a ferris wheel — powered entirely by green energy — June 6 to 9 in the Kingsway Mall parking lot.
On June 9, classically trained violinist and drag performer Thorgy Thor from RuPaul’s Drag Race performs with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Plus, present your ticket for free admission to the afterparty at Evolution Lounge.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW, 780-428-1414
Yes, and …
Follow the first rule of improv and say ‘yes’ to Improvaganza, 10 days of the best improvisers and sketch artists from around the world, June 12 to 22.
Citadel Theatre, Sir Winston Churchill Square, 9828 101A Ave, 780-425-1820
Is it really summer until you’ve had a cold drink under the summer sun in Commonwealth stadium? Find out by cheering the Esks on in their season opener on June 14.
Sign up for #BeYEG Challenge, an Amazing Race-style competition where you’ll compete for prizes and bragging rights as you and your team race around the city on June 15th in the second annual fundraiser for Ballet Edmonton. Sign up before June 9th to get the early bird rate!
Enjoy a classic Albertan meal in a classic Albertan barn
Celebrate summer with the Old Red Barn Dinner Series! Join Kitchen by Brad for a locally sourced meal overlooking the tranquil Whitemud at the Old Red Barn in Leduc on June 20.
The Old Red Barn, 25518 Township Road 490, Leduc County, 780-757-7704, atoasttoyou.ca
YOU get a speech, and YOU get a speech …
Oprah Winfrey continues her Canadian summer tour with lessons, personal stories and inspiration from her New York Times Bestseller, “The Path Made Clear”(plus special guests), at Rogers Place on June 20.
For 13 days, starting June 20, North America’s largest free outdoor art and design festival, The Works, transforms Edmonton into a massive celebration of art and design, featuring over 300 performances and events, and 50 exhibits at 30+ venues.
Bring your friends and magic wand to the Winspear Centre to hear the magical music from all eight Harry Potter films, on June 21 and 22.
Winspear Centre, Sir Winston Churchill Sq NW & Corner of 99 St & 102 Ave, 780-428-1414
The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival brings the best jazz performers to Edmonton. From June 21 to June 30 check out the various shows featuring more than 200 musicians to celebrate our city’s dedication to the genre.
Turn it up with the 2019 Soundtrack Music Festival. On June 22, catch this one-day event featuring Boyz II Men, Shaggy, Ludacris and more.
Kinsmen Park, 9100 Walterdale Hill, 780-442-5311
Drive back in time
Combining a vehicle show and shine with Ukrainian-Canadian music, the Vintage Day and Friends Ukrainian Music festival is packed with family-fun on June 22. Enjoy activities including free horse-drawn wagon rides, traditional Ukrainian food and a Village Market.
Bomfest is back! Celebrate 20 years of Boondang on Canada Day long weekend with the biggest lineup of electronic acts this city has ever seen. Popular headliners and local artists take the stages at Edmonton EXPO centre on June 28 to 30.
Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave., 780-471-7377
See the Whyte sand castles
More like carvings than castles, Boardwalk Sand on Whyte is back in Old Strathcona. Check out the stunning works of art in this summer version of Ice on Whyte from June 28 to July 7.