Manifesting on a glamorous summer, and start it right with festivals, outdoor markets and night outs
By Sophia Yang | May 26, 2022
Bites on the Bikes
every Sunday throughout summer Chef Table presents Food e-Bike Tours every Sunday, combining eco-friendly electric biking and glamorous food at local restaurant destinations. Make stops at Envie, Cafe Bicyclette, Battista’s Calzones and Boxer YEG for behind-the-scenes visits with local chefs.
Downtown Scavenger Hunt
starting June 1 Sorry, only knowing The ICE District does not make you an expert when it comes to downtown Edmonton. Real experts make every street corner count for the 120-item scavenger hunt. Check out the Edmonton Scavenger Hunt-Operation City Quest for your wildest downtown adventure.
June 2 – 12 Get ready for Nextfest, Edmonton’s annual multidisciplinary art festival celebrating artists of the next generation. The 11-day program includes dance, music, film, visual arts, theatre performances and more.
Fresh Canvas Friday
every Friday in June Capture your summer memories on canvases at this weekly oil and acrylic painting session. Follow classically trained artist Oksana Zhelisko at The Paint Spot for a soothing series of sociable art programs.
June 3 Is there a better time than summer to dive into the stories of the magical Great Plains, from the Indigenous lens? Join Conrad Little Leaf, senior interpreter at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. for the stories of how Blackfoot people survived and hunted wild bison. Ancient Buffalo Hunting on the Great Plains, starts at noon at the Royal Alberta Museum.
Bring on the Beers
June 3-4 The Edmonton Craft Beer Festival is back! The annual festival gathers more than 100 breweries and features the city’s premier beer, ciders, meads, spirits and food. Be sure to bring your government issued IDs and bring on the cheers.
June 3-5 In celebration of Pride Month, the Fruit Loop Society of Alberta presents PRIDE Reunited, a weekend pride street fair in partnership with the Grindstone Theatre. Check out the full program of the family-friendly outdoor activities in Old Strathcona, and don’t forget to snap a photo at the photo booth.
Which is your go-to Christmas movie?
12%Miracle on 34th Street
24%A Nightmare Before Christmas
0%Jingle All the Way
June 4 Watch your all-time favourite movies and support the Stollery Children’s Hospital at Cub Cinema, the family-friendly drive-in movie fundraiser. Princess Bride, School of Rock, Clueless… Say you don’t want another round of binge watching. As if.
June 4 – 5 Edmonton’s hidden gem festival, Heart of the City, comes back for another celebration of art, music and spoken-word. Find this two-day free festival in Giovanni Caboto Park with the best grassroots music the city has to offer
The Grand Sundays
Sundays from June 5 Wrap up a summer weekend with a visit to the 124 Grand Market. This locally curated market holds more than 55 rotating vendors including food trucks, local produce and artisan goods. Follow the latest schedules on social media to see what the High Street area has to offer.
Immerse yourself into Separation Anxiety at the Glass Bookshop book launch event. The emotionally interwoven poetry debut by Edmonton-based Irish author Gavin Bradley invites you into personal stories with a warm embrace of hope.
What of Love?
June 10-18 You’ve seen cool detective stories figuring out murders, now imagine yourself following a man’s journey of pursuing murder for family fortune, but in a funny way.impressive music. Get ready for this thrilled-to-death musical comedy at the Theatre at La Cité Francophone.
June 11 If you’re like me, you are interested in trying tennis, but always move it into next summer’s schedule. This is our cue to grab the racquet. Sign up for TENNISfest 2022 now and learn more about the tennis community and where to play in our city. Let this summer be your starting season for tennis love. For your opponent, that is.
June 12 A symphony for kids is a symphony for the whole family. Check out “The Carnival of the Animals” at Winspear Theatre for a music adventure into the animal world. Roars, chirps, clucks and laughter — a true symphony safari with learning opportunities for your kids.
Shop and Dine Al Fresco
every Saturday from June 12 Shop at local vendors, then find Baijiu, Dorinku Osaka, El Beso or other favourite downtown restaurants and bars at Al Fresco on 4th.
June 16 Are you looking forward to expanding your alternative rock playlist for this summer? Set your heart ready for Ocean Alley’s live performance at the Union Hall. Let this Australian alternative band take you into daydreams and the deepest darkness with wildly romantic music waves.
June 18 Celebrate Pride and the LGBTQ2SIA community with a full-day of activities at the Art Gallery of Alberta Pride Day event. This family-friendly event includes art activities, film screenings, drag performances and access to all gallery exhibitions. Love proud, love loud.
June 21- 22 Walk, bike, or drive through Sunshine Garden on Fulton Road whenever you feel like it, but don’t miss the annual Fulton Place Garden Tour . Rain or shine, day or night, it’s all your call at the unique neighbourhood gardens in the Hardisty Area.
Brew At the Zoo
June 25 ZooBrew, the annual beer carnival at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, is around the corner. Dive into a twilight escape at the Valley Zoo with brew, wanders and music performances. Sit on grass and blankets and make the best memories of a night out at this 18+ carnival.
Jazz Around Town
June 26 – July 3 Throughout the years, the Edmonton Jazz Festival strives to bring jazz music from all around the world to our city. Get ready for eight-day summer days filled with the magic of jazz around the town.
Sunday Vibes at The Backyard
every Sunday from June 27 Are you wondering what’s the best way to conclude a chill Sunday afternoon hangout? Don’t miss out on the Sunday Evening Summer Concert series at The Backyard next time you’re out downtown. Sing along with local musicians, and probably show off some of your best dance moves at this wonderful outdoor venue.
Glam the Camp
throughout summer I’ve never been a camping kind-of gal, but sleeping underneath a starry sky in a chic geo dome with a queen-size bed would do. Enjoy the Urban River Adventures within our city and make glamping a thing. Sorry, but I only want camping to be this glamorous.
Segway Is the Way
until October Are you looking for a new way of exploring the city? Try out the Segway Adventures and take a ride at Edmonton’s river valley. Let professional trainers give you a thorough tour, then enjoy the beautiful scenery like a riding pro.
The View from Above
throughout summer There’s a reason that the High Level Streetcar is a recurring thing for summer. The view alongside the North Saskatchewan River just looks better when it’s from the top of the bridge. Take a trip between downtown and Whyte Avenue, and recall the precious memories of summer in our city.