There’s so much to do outdoors this month, just don’t get lost in all the mazes.
By Cory Schachtel | August 29, 2020
Get back to the core with Downtown Live, a summer series of live performances at various venues until the end of September. Catch indie, opera and Indigenous singers and performers on patios and in parks all around downtown. It’s a beautiful showcase of local talent with the beautiful backdrop of Edmonton itself.
On The Road
What’s the next best thing to seeing a performance at the Citadel? Seeing a Citadel performance in your own backyard! The Citadel Road Shows pack up performers and equipment and bring them right to your door for fabulous 40-minute performances from three great shows. All you need to bring are some lawn chairs and applause!
Every Thursday and Sunday, the city’s “Grandest Farmers’ Market” features farm-fresh produce, food trucks, locally crafted beer, wine and spirits, and so much more. Get outside, stroll around and most importantly, #SupportLocalYEG!
Choose your own adventure and support Edmonton’s art and theatre scene on September 5 with Grindstone Theatre’s Mural Massive + Underground Art Auction. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor space to safely explore while watching seven large art murals come to life, as well as music, drinks and tasty treats!
Visit the Quarters Arts‘ new home (9641 102A Ave. NW) and listen to local musicians and DJs as part of its CO*LAB Summer Music Series. Stop by the big yellow doors (or listen online) and groove along to some sweet Edmonton sounds. Performances are free, but donations towards an official opening are welcome.
Al Fresco on 4th continues! Every Saturday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) until September 19, the 4th Street Promenade provides an open-air dining experience at locally owned food trucks and restaurants, all next to a fabulous vendor market. It’s a great way to get out and #SupportLocalYEG.
Get Fit In The Sun
Making use of the ample green space at some of Edmonton’s nicest rec centres, the city puts on outdoor fitness classes for people of all ages and abilities led by certified instructors all month long. Check the schedule and locations that work for you, then get out in the sun!
Graze In The Maze
Ever wonder what it’s like to get lost-in-the-good-way among 100,000 smiling sunflowers? Head to the Bowden SunMaze (34532 RR#14, Red Deer County) anytime until September 27 to find out. Before you leave, wander through the u-pick gardens and grab a great selection of farm-grown goodness, including carrots, beets, peas, beans and a wide variety of potatoes.
Walk For Valour
Valour Place has revamped its annual Walk For Valour into a virtual challenge, with challenges to fundraise for those who have served our country and communities (with some great prizes, too). Sign up and complete the challenges before September 13 then share your success with #walkforvalour or @valourplace.
Take A Parkland Tour
The Parkland County Art Tour takes you to all the best art and culture businesses west of Edmonton all month long. From Spruce Grove to Entwistle, stop by and support pottery, ceramic and gift stores, check out the galleries and pick up some unique gifts along the way. It’s the perfect local day trip!
A Pack-Free Picnic
There’s no need to prep and pack if you picnic at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. Its Twilight Picnic Experience comes with a gourmet box full of local and Canadian charcuterie, cheeses, fresh fruits and more — plus the beautiful serenity that is the garden during sunset hours.
The Kaleido Festival celebrates its 15th year with Kaleido 2020 on Tour Showcase. The celebration runs all month long, but from September 11 to 13, artists, musicians, dancers and street performers will bombard the Alberta Avenue District (NAIT–Northlands, 75 St.–106 St/111 Ave .Yellowhead Trail) with performances and colour. Travelling on the backs of trucks, they will perform for passersby and move on to another location, all in the spirit of safety and spontaneity that is the Kaleido 2020 tour.
Be A Good Samaritan
Fundraise and support seniors and individuals who call Good Samaritan home by taking part in the Good Samaritan Run, Walk & Roll virtual event, anytime until September 15. Complete the one-, three- or five-km route wherever you’d like, then enter to win prizes based on fundraising, social media and even costume goals. Can’t take part? Consider sponsoring to help those in need.
Golf In The (Near) Dark
On September 18, Victoria Golf Course hosts the Ultimate Night Golf Experience. It’s a night featuring nine holes of golf (glow balls provided), local brews, professional photography and all kinds of prizes, all ending with a concert on the cricket pitch. It’s a one-of-a-kind golf experience, so register today!
Every Tuesday to Saturday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) until the end of the month, the Edmonton Public Library hosts EPL on the Square, a pop-up library at Churchill Square with daily drop-in classes, conversation circles, sewing repair clinics, plus a bring your own book club including single-use books, comics and magazines.
A Night Out On The North Saskatchewan
The Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition is dedicated “to the protection, preservation, and regeneration of Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River Valley and Ravine System,” and on September 19 hosts its annual fundraiser to celebrate and learn about one of the largest civic green spaces on the continent. Tune in online and donate what you can to “help keep Edmonton’s ‘ribbon of green’ green.”
The flowers at Birchwood Meadows are in full bloom and ready for picking all month long. Frolic through over 35 varieties of flowers and foliage and create your own personalized bouquet.
Let’s All Go To The Library
After a three-year construction journey (and pandemic delay), the newly designed Stanley A. Milner Library has its Grand Opening Celebration September 17, open to a limited number of patrons selected via draw. Check out the interactive digital wall, the upgraded children’s library and brand new fabrication lab. Say #HelloMilner and check out our sneak peek of the building and some of its artwork from earlier this year.
You don’t need to leave the Edmonton area to enjoy a quiet (and successful) day of fishing. Hermitage Park Pond, Fort Lion’s Community Fish Pond and Morinville Fish and Game Pond are regularly stocked with rainbow trout and there are plenty more places within an hour’s drive.
Whether you’re Edmonton-born or new in town, the Let’s Roam scavenger hunt will let your learn about and see the city like never before. Gather your team to search landmarks, solve riddles, complete photo challenges and try to beat the city’s high score.
South Side Market
If you’re looking for handmade soaps, jewellery and art, or want to stock up on seasonal fruits, breads veggies (plus fish and grade-A Alberta beef), Century Park Market has you covered (it even has locally made treats for your pets!).
Tour The Prairie Sky
Each weekend, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Rossdale Power Plant on the Prairie Sky Power Plant Tour. You’ll learn the historic stories of the building, its place in civic history and the Indigenous history of the land going back generations.
The Edmonton Corn Maze continues all month long! Head to Spruce Grove (26171 Garden Valley Rd.) for some fresh air and good family fun, then shoot spud guns and air-powered potato launchers, play games, have a picnic and more.