Things are green and Edmonton's summer is staying strong with plenty of outdoor activities and gorgeous sights to see
By Sophia Yang | August 24, 2022
Move Your Body
September 1 – 2 Coming into its 44th season, BWDC presents “A Dance Double Bill” featuring two contemporary ballets: ECHO by Edouard Lock and TUNING by Vanessa Goodman. Immerse yourself in the beats of powerful dance movements with two shows at each night.
September 2 – 3 Not over the summer festival season? Head down to the patio of the Commercial Hotel for a two-day music fest at Whyte Avenue Blues Festival, with headliners Monkey Junk, Jack Semple and Colin James.
See You in A Pit
September 3 It’s got craft beer, it’s got music. The Punk in Drublic festival is ready to rock this town. Try out regional and local craft beer at this adult-only festival, and enjoy a punk rock lineup headlining Descendants, NOFX and Real Sickies.
Let It Ripe
September 3 – 4 Embrace the gorgeous harvest season at Reynolds Museum’s Harvest Festival. Watch the crops get harvested and ride the tractor shuttle on field. This family friendly event also has classic carnival games, a petting zoo, the Aviation Display Hangar and more.
Gimme that Jerk
September 3 – 4 Fancy a cocktail and some jerk? Come celebrate Caribbean culture at the Cocktail and Jerk Festival. Watch live music and entertainment while you sip on some luscious non-alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails and chow down on street eats.
Set off the Cruise
Until September 4 Don’t miss the last few days to experience the Edmonton Riverboat this summer. The unique cruises feature piano shows, prime rib dinners, brunch buffets and boat parties. Choose your way to cruise while capturing the picturesque sights on the North Saskatchewan River.
Outdoor We Screen
September 9 Don’t miss out on this season’s last session of Movie on the Square. This free outdoor screening event is where families and friends gather on Churchill Square for a blockbuster movie experience. Grab a lawn chair in front of the food trucks and enjoy Kubo and the Two Strings.
Down the Trails
September 9 – 11 Bikers, assemble! The three-day Edmonton Mountain Bike Festival celebrates Edmonton’s mountain biking community and our beautiful river valley. Whether you’re down for a group ride session, silly ride challenges or live music and fun, don’t hesitate to swing by Queen Elizabeth Park during the weekend.
September 9 -11 Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with lantern painting and traditional Asian treats at Taste of Asian Night. Supported by Alberta Cultural Days, this Asian-themed festival and night market features craft workshops, storytelling sessions, street food and culture performances. Explore the pathway of hand-painted lanterns and bathe in moonlight for good fortune.
Make Some Buzz
September 9, 19 Have you ever wondered how honey bees contribute to our community? Or what’s it like to work as a beekeeper? Check out Alberta Honeycomb Bee Talk at the Alberta Aviation Museum and get a glimpse of the unique life cycles inside the beehive.
The Art Goes On
September 10 – 11 Explore the Strathearn community as you take in the outdoor gallery, local artists market and live music. The Strathearn Art Walk celebrates community and the connection between artists and patrons. Take a walk or a bike ride through the art display by Saskatchewan Drive in the warm September weather.
Hold Your Stick
September 10 – 11 Are you looking for hockey-related events before the new NHL season starts? Play On! Canada’s Largest Street Hockey Festival is returning to Edmonton. Bring your team spirit and play street hockey all weekend in Edmonton’s ICE District.
From Book to Screen
September 16 – 18 Bring out your inside nerd at Edmonton Comics and Entertainment Expo. The three-day exhibition celebrates comics, sci-fi, anime, gaming and fantasy fan culture. Meet voice actors and special guests at the panel, and take photos for treasuring memories.
It Takes a Neighbourhood
September 16 – 18 Get ready for a street filled with laughter and cheers! Kaleido Family Arts Festival returns with their 2022 theme: Heart in Living Colour, presented by the Kaleido Family Arts Festival and Arts on the Ave. Take in music, art and acts around the Alberta Avenue district.
Run and Shine
September 17 For those who want an upgrade on their regular night run, don’t miss out on the Michelob Ultra Night Run in Edmonton. Gather around at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park and light up the river valley with Energizer LED Headlamps. (Must be of legal drinking age to participate in this event.)
Winter is Coming
from September 17 Embrace the cooler days by entering the new Arctic Journey Exhibition at TELUS World of Science Edmonton. Inspired by the land where the Inuit, Innu, Dene, Gwich’in and other First Nations have travelled through, this exhibition features the fascinating geography and culture of the north. Experience fishing in Mackenzie River, sea ice navigation and discovering the mystery of icebergs.
Yesterday Once More
From September 17 What’s one smell that carries your deepest memories? Take a tour at the Art Gallery of Alberta’s newest exhibition, Scents of Movement, Scents of Place and discover how artists use smells from specific times and places to reflect on their identities and artistic minds. You may find your answer by the end of the visit.
Better Than Show Homes
September 17 – 18 Why browse for design and decor inspirations online when you can be in those gorgeous spaces? Tour five beautifully designed homes at your own pace through the BE Home Tour, in support of Ballet Edmonton.
Make Some Popcorn
September 22 – October 1 It’s time to celebrate the world of film at the 36th annual Edmonton International Film Festival, at home and in theatre. Check out a full list of short films, live action, animation and features to find out the gems produced around the world within 20 months.
Red Cloak, White Bonnet
September 22 – 24 Whether you discovered The Handmaid’s Tale in local bookstores or on TV screens, the gripping story has spread across our culture — this time, in ballet form. Watch the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, featuring Margaret Atwood’s award-winning dystopian tale on stage, at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
What a Nice Jester
September 22 – 25 Celebrate Edmonton’s clown-based theatre and physical comedy at the Backstage Theatre for Play the Fool Theatre Festival. This one-of-a-kind festival features cabaret, dark comedy, clown performances and more. Catch a heart-felt comedy show in support of emerging and professional artists from Edmonton and around the world.
September 23 – 24 Get your heart racing at the Edmonton Expo Centre for the Edmonton Pro Rodeo. The best of Canadian rodeo athletes and stock bring their action into Edmonton before heading off to the Canadian Finals Rodeo and National Finals Rodeo.
Let the Horror Begin
From September 23 Deadmonton returns with two thrilling haunted houses this year: Icons of Darkness and Return of the Living Dead. Are you ready to walk into your favourite horror film and encounter the iconic nightmarish figures? Enter if you dare.
Life is Gourd
From September 29 Is it pumpkin season already? Whether you’re looking for inspiration for this year’s pumpkin carving or simply craving a Halloween-y outdoor experience, check out Pumpkin After Dark at Borden Park. Explore a pathway featuring more than 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, meet Halloween-themed characters and enjoy fall treats at this family friendly event.
Find Me a Map
Throughout September If you’re planning a day-trip for the family, don’t miss out on the best season to experience the Edmonton Corn Maze. This year the green-and-gold corn labyrinth features the Edmonton Elks. Get lost in the maze and a sea of blooming sunflowers, and get something fresh from the nearby farm market.