Edmonton Tourism

Edmonton Tourism

July 09, 2009 13:30 ET

Summer Full of Festivals in Edmonton, Alberta

There's an Edmonton event for everyone in Festival City this summer from the Edmonton Street Performers Festival to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and much more.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 9, 2009) - Edmonton, Alberta is known as festival city for good reason. Each summer, a multitude of Edmonton festivals suit practically any taste.

For belly laughs and bewilderment, there's the famed Edmonton Street Performers Festival downtown, running from now through July 12. This world-class event celebrates the art form of street performance, featuring the highest caliber professional dancers, puppeteers, stilt-walkers, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, musicians and more... 65 performers in all doing a whopping total of 1500 outdoor shows. This year being the 25th anniversary of the festival, the fun and frivolity will be cranked up quite a few notches higher than usual (if that's possible).

Appreciators of art, fashion and shopping will love what's happening in Old Strathcona. There's the Whyte Avenue ArtWalk Festival, July 10 - 12, with more than 300 artists displaying their works on the street (and sometimes creating new paintings before your very eyes). This Edmonton event is "like the left bank of Paris," says Kim Fjordbotten, owner of The Paint Spot, involved with ArtWalk ever since it began 14 years ago. During the afternoon of July 12, Old Strathcona livens up even more with the Whyte Avenue Street Fair and the Old Strathcona Fashion Extravaganza.

For family fun, midway thrills and more, there's Capital EX, Edmonton's biggest summer celebration, from July 17 - 26. For the young (and the young at heart), Capital EX has the excitement of midway rides and more: like professional surfer demonstrations in the EX Zone and hard rockin' concerts nightly at ED Fest. For the grownups, Capital EX has Sip! the wine and food experience, featuring Food Network Celebrity Chef David Adjey, July 20 - 24.

Meanwhile, downtown in Sir Winston Churchill Square, there's a sampling of the city's best cuisine with A Taste of Edmonton, July 17 - 26. This is your chance to try delectable dishes from many of the most popular restaurants in Edmonton, including L'Espresso, New Asian Village, Noodle Noodle Restaurant, Taste of Ukraine and much more. Make it a night. Tickets are just $1.00 each. Between one and five tickets are needed per menu item.

Starting July 24 and running through until August 2 is an event that's perfect for anyone who appreciates interesting history. The 13th Annual Edmonton & Northern Alberta Historic Festival brings the past to life in some fascinating ways. For example, starting at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday of the festival, there are "ghost tours" that leave from the Old Strathcona farmer's market. Check out numerous historic sites that are allegedly haunted. There's also an Edmonton tour through the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, July 30 at 7 p.m., your chance to see what influential people were buried there. Oh, and just so you know, there are plenty of kid-friendly events happening during the festival too!

If you're looking for something a little more... well, revved up, Northlands presents the 2009 Rexall Edmonton Indy, July 24 - 26. With its race cars that reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour, this three-day event promises (and delivers) heart-pounding entertainment. July 26, the fast paced action takes to the air! See a special performance of the famed Canadian Forces Snowbirds, with planes flying in formation a mere four feet apart. In a word, it's breathtaking.

For music lovers, there's the always raved-about Edmonton Folk Music Festival, August 6 - 9 in the scenic Gallagher Park. This is the 30th anniversary of the famed music festival. Fittingly, the line-up is filled with some big names: Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Chapman, Neko Case, Loudon Wainwright III, Rodney Crowell, Ashley MacIsaac, Steve Earle, Boz Scaggs, and Iron & Wine, just to name a few. Be sure to be there for the finale.

Fans of live theatre flock to the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in Old Strathcona, August 13 - 23. Modeled on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe but with shows completely dependent on the luck of the draw, this Edmonton favourite has become the largest Fringe theatre festival in North America. During this, the 28th annual year of the festival, the theme is Stage a Revolution. Between its 157 plays happening in a number of permanent theatres and other venues converted into temporary theatres for the Edmonton event, you're sure to see some particularly revolutionary stuff happening onstage.

For more information about festivals in Edmonton this summer, visit www.edmonton.com/liveallyear.

Edmonton Tourism

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Contact Information

  • Edmonton Economic Development Corporation/Edmonton Tourism
    Jenifer Christenson
    Managing Director, Marketing Services
    780.917.7890
    Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1P7
    jchristenson@edmonton.com