Food trucks, live shows, fireworks and outdoor date nights
By Sophia Yang | June 30, 2022
Shoot Across the Sky
July 1 Kick off the month with Canada Day fireworks over the river valley. Don’t forget to mark your viewing point on the map and schedule your routes ahead of time.
July 2 Dare to challenge your body’sstrength and resilience? Join the Zulu Challenge and survive a five-kilometre trail with 21 obstacles for a hardcore training day.
Look with The Mind
until July 10 Freewill Shakespeare is back in Hawrelak Park with all-time favourites A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure. Take a seat in the amphitheatre and experience the magic of a summer night.
Tea and Treats
July 3 The Matsukaze Chanoyu Association presents a soothing traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. Enjoy an immersive experience of Japanese tea culture with matcha tea, Japanese sweets and full serving customs.
Let’s Find Out
July 3 – 10 Are you interested in behind-the-scenes stories and origin tales of local theatres, museums, churches, campuses and neighbourhoods? Take historic walks around the city with Edmonton and District Historical Society.
Hamilton At The Jube
until July 10 One of the most popular, award-winning Broadway musicals, Hamilton, is in Edmonton. Don’t throw away your shot to see rapping Founding Fathers.
July 6 – 16 If you’re craving a taste of summer theatre before the Fringe season comes in, meet The Realistic Joneses. This Walterdale Theatre production takes you into a discussion on modern marriage.
Crack You Up
July 6 – 10 Beware of laughter chokes at the annual Grindstone Comedy Festival. The five-day festival hosts improv shows, stand-up comedy, sketches and musical productions in both indoor and outdoor venues.
Found The Sound
July 7 – 10 Join the four-day Found Festival in celebration of emerging local and national artists with live and digital performances. Poetry, visual art, patio and music series, movement performances and more.
July 8 – 10 Whyte Ave Art Walk is back for a three-day celebration of local artistic talents. Spice up your summer walk with four kilometres of outdoor galleries, and witness hundreds of working artists showcasing their creative processes.
July 9 – 10 Glass Bookshop is having its first-ever patio sale at Latitude 53. Grab a drink or two at the curated bar.
July 15 & 16 Two local dancers are joining together for a double-header show featuring basin by Kate Stashko and ESPARTANÆ by Deviani Andrea. Both works explore the strength, taboos and power of the human body.
Pace in Peace
July 16 – 17 Make this weekend all about fresh summer scents with Edmonton Horticultural Society’s annual garden tour. This self-guided tour features 10 gardens with special features, many of which are award-winners.
July 17 Whether you’re ambitious in raft building, or interested in witnessing the fun from the river valley, the annual Sourdough Raft Race is where you can show your passion.
Show and Shine
July 17 Car enthusiasts, this is up your alley. The annual Mainstreet Cruisers Charity Car Show showcases classic cars, hot rods, rat rods, trucks and specialty vehicles. Get ready for a summer cruise.
City in a Bite
July 21 – 31 Is it truly summer without deep fried skewers in our hands? Try a variety of street food at Taste of Edmonton and enjoy daily performances on the Square. Sheets of tickets on pre-sale until July 20.
It’s Fair Time
July 22 – 31 K-Days is back with rides, indoor and outdoor markets and midway food. Don’t forget your sunglasses before you go. Or is grabbing a pair at a vendor’s booth also part of the experience?
Bounce on It
July 23 Obstacle runs are fun, but now imagine climbing over mega-sized inflatable obstacles in the River Valley. Challenge your friends on the five-kilometre course with nine gigantic obstacles at the Mega Bounce Run.
No Panic, All Disco
July 30 – 31 Get dressed up for Disco in The Park and dance to DJs from all around the world.
End of Era
July 30 – August 1 We’re not sure when we’ll see Heritage Festival happening again at Hawrelak Park after this summer due to rehabilitation plans. This year’s festival celebrates the diversity of culture in Edmonton as vibrant as usual. Don’t miss out on the World Music Week happening alongside the festival schedule.
throughout the summer For those who are still thinking of the Imagine Van Gogh exhibition last summer: another immersive exhibition is here in Edmonton, this time presenting Claude Monet’s works. Take a day off and wander in The Water Lily Pond for your impressionist art dream.
Baskets on Trails
throughout summer It’s scooter season. It’s picnic season. It feels right to combine these two things into one experience. Try out the Edmonton Scooter Experience with Picnic, make stops at picture-perfect sites in the river valley and enjoy a day out.
Beyond the Panels
throughout summer Explore contemporary Canadian comics at the Art Gallery of Alberta’s newest exhibition, Comic Sans. This collective exhibition showcases both fiction and nonfiction comics, celebrating endless possibilities in graphic narratives.
Back to The Valley
throughout summer The Snow Valley Aerial Park is open daily in July and August with outdoor activities like target golf, aerial tower climbing, mining and more. All reservations must be made in-advance.