Festivals

Edmonton is unofficially known as the Festival City and plays host to over 61 different festivals across all seasons. These festivals cover a wide range of interests, including music, film, theatre, sports and world cultures. Chances are there is an Edmonton festival that you will enjoy!

Fall & Winter Festivals  

Symphony Under the Sky (August/September)

If you like orchestral music, you will love Symphony Under the Sky, an outdoor music festival taking place in Hawrelak Park's amphitheater. You will enjoy the very talented Edmonton Symphony Orchestra play a variety of classical and contemporary music while enjoying the fresh air and lights! 

Sonic Boom (September)

This festival is a weekend full of alternative music hosted in Borden Park. Check out their website for ticket information and the lineup for this year!

Kaleido Family Arts Festival (September)

The Kaleido Festival seeks to celebrate art! If you enjoy theatre, music, film, and visual and literary art, then this is the festival for you! Spend 3 days taking it all in or just pop in for a few hours.

Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo (September)

Cosplay, comic book artists, vendors, media guests, etc. If you enjoy popular culture, then this is the festival for you! Check out their website for more details!

Edmonton Comedy Festival (October)

Head out to the Edmonton Comedy Festival for 4 days of comedic entertainment from over 30 comics from North America.

LitFest (October)

The LitFest is one of a kind, being the only non-fiction festival in Canada! At this festival you will have a chance to meet great authors of books, movies and magazines. If you’re a lover of books and enjoy making the words come to life, this is the festival for you!

YEG Coffee Week (October)

If you’re a lover of all things coffee this week is for you! Visit a number of different Edmonton cafes and enjoy that perfect steaming cup of coffee from our city's most talented baristas.

Spooktacular (October)

Head out to Fort Edmonton Park during the days leading up to Halloween and prepare yourself for a frightening trip! The streets will be filled with everything spooky along with many fun activities.

International Film Festival (October)

Held each year in the fall over 10 days, this festival is perfect for movie buffs and lovers of foreign film. The festival features  movies ranging from feature-length movies to short films. Check out their website for a schedule of events and ticket information!

Farmfair International (November)

This event is one of Canada’s top agriculture shows. It’s hosted at the Edmonton EXPO Centre over 5 days and is filled with events and exhibits.

Festival of Trees (November)

This event is a fundraiser hosted by the U of A Hospital. You will be able to admire dozens of Christmas trees expertly decorated with a variety of themes, enjoy live music and dancing from various schools and local Edmonton groups, taste some Christmas sweets and browse the Christmas craft sale.

Luminaria (December)

Take a trip out to the Devonian Botanic Gardens and see thousands of paper lanterns decorating the paths in the Japanese garden, creating a beautiful ambiance while you sip on hot apple cider. As you walk through the candlelit pathways, listen to the acapella singers and admire the numerous ice sculptures.

Edmonton Valley Zoo Festival of Light (December)

Walk through the Edmonton Valley Zoo when it's dark and enjoy a hot drink, the lights, ice sculptures and all the animals!

New Year’s Eve

Looking for a way to spend New Years Eve? Head to Churchill Square for outdoor entertainment, evening activities and enjoy bringing in the new year with fireworks!

Ice on Whyte (January)

Enjoy the nearly 155,000 lbs of ice that has been transformed into beautiful ice sculptures! You can experience ice carving lessons, the giant ice slide and a variety of other fun winter activities. Each day a new sculpture is created by one of the artists; take time to look at them, enjoy live music, food and hot drinks!

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival (January)

Head out to this 2 day Deep Freeze festival and experience different cultural and heritage games!

Silver Skate Festival (February)

This is a 10 day festival in the River Valley. Come out for some fun in the snow! Look at the ice sculptures, listen to some great music, take a ride in a horse drawn carriage and bake bannock over the fire. You can even compete in different events, such as speed skating and the winter triathlon.

Downtown Dining Week (March)

Enjoy 10 days and plenty of food at Edmonton’s Downtown Dining Week! Check out their website for more information.

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Spring & Summer Festivals 

Poetry Festival (April)

Interested in poetry? If so, you will want to check out the Poetry Festival! They get national and international artists to share their poetry and make fascinating connections with music, art and more.

International Jazz Festival (June)

If you enjoy jazz, get out and enjoy a week of world-class jazz performances right here in Edmonton!

Improvaganza (June)

This 10 day improv festival is hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre. If you enjoy having a laugh and watching the unexpected unfold right in front of you, you’re going to want to check this one out!

Freewill Shakespeare Festival (June-July)

Enjoy Shakespearean comedies, tragedies and romances in this outdoor festival in Hawrelak Park.

*Tip: There are 'pay what you will' nights and free matinees on Sundays!

K-Days (July)

10 days of music, food, rides and more! If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, then K-Days is something you won’t want to miss!

The Works Art & Design Festival  (July)

With over 63 exhibits and 33 venues, there’s a lot to see at the Works Art & Design Festival! Enjoy 13 days of visual art from people across the world and even better - it’s completely free!

International Street Performers Festival  (July)

Every July this festival takes place downtown in Churchill Square. Come out and enjoy a variety of food while watching world-renown street performers share their talents right on the street. It’s a definite must see and it’s free!

Sand on Whyte (July)

Not only does Edmonton have ice carving in the winter, but also sand castles and sculptures in the summer! Take a walk through Whyte Ave and admire these fantastic sandy creations. 

Art Walk (July)

Whyte Ave is transformed into a 4-block long art gallery featuring the works of local Edmonton artists! Pick up a new treasure and support Edmonton's art scene.

Taste of Edmonton (July)

Taste of Edmonton is a festival that takes place in Churchill Square. If you love food, this is a festival you don’t want to miss! Enjoy food from all around Edmonton in one place!

*Tip: tickets are cheaper if you buy them in advance.

Folk Music Festival (August)

Edmonton hosts one of the leading Folk Festivals in the world! Folk Fest features a variety of world-class folk musicians who perform in beautiful Gallagher Park.

Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival (August)

This festival takes place in downtown Edmonton over three days. Cariwest is a festival that celebrates Caribbean immigrants in Edmonton. Attend to see some amazing costumes, dancing, food and music!

Edmonton Rock Music Festival (August)

The Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton makes this festival possible! If you are into rock music, this is the festival for you. 

Heritage Festival (August)

This festival takes place every year on the August long weekend in Edmonton’s River Valley. There are over 85 cultures represented at this event! Enjoy fabulous food, performances, artwork and clothing, as people from each country share their culture with you.

*Tip: Food tickets are cheaper if you buy them in advance.

Edmonton Blues Festival (August)

A festival dedicated just to Blues music! The Edmonton Blues Festival takes place every August in Hawrelak Park.

Fringe Festival (August)

The Fringe Festival brings theatre talent from all over the world for you to enjoy. Purchase your tickets and attend a number of different shows involving acting, dancing, music and more!

Dragon Boat Festival (August)

Every year Edmonton plays host to the Dragon Boat Festival. Come out and watch as people from all around the world race each other on the North Saskatchewan River. The festivities take place at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.

Latin Festival (August)

Come out to the Latin Festival and celebrate with Latin people their culture through dance, food and singing!

Animethon (August)

Animethon is a Japanese anime festival. It’s held the beginning of August and it's packed full of cosplay contests, anime screenings, music and more. 

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