Edmonton Edmonton's Festivals Listing

Edmonton is known as the Festival Capital of Canada, with more summer festivals than anywhere in Canada. It must be because of the invigorating winters, we appreciate the summers so. But even in the winter, there is still a lot going on.

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Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival

2,600 participants gave their all in the cross-country ski festival. Apart from the 55 km endurance races and the 31 km Journal Tour, there are shorter distance events like the 2.5 km Ole's Two-Bit Tour, the 5 km Dow Snow Shuffle and the 15 km Celanese Mini-Birkie. (780) 430-7153

early April

The Body Soul & Spirit Expo

Canada's Largest Holistic Lifestyle Consumer Show, where you can sit in on lectures by several experts, experience and sample healing sessions, products and services and much more. 403-246-0668 or 1-877-560-6830. Shaw Conference Centre


Edmonton International Airshow


Dreamspeakers Festival

An annual celebration of aboriginal culture through the arts

May - June

Kinsmen Festival Days

In nearby Sherwood Park


Antique Wheels Festival

Fort Edmonton Park

late June

Jazz City International Jazz Festival

Hot jazz every night during the Jazz City Music Festival, with musicians from around the world playing at various clubs around town. (780) 432-7166

late June

St. Jean Baptiste Day

Celebration for all francophones in the Edmonton area. Call (780) 469-4401

late June to early July

The Works

The Works Art & Design Festival attracts artists and patrons from around the world, boosting the energy and imagination of Downtown Edmonton at the start of every summer. The Works is a free event that draws an audience representing all ages and interests, offering over 200 exciting exhibits and special events to the public. (780) 426-2122 [More]

late June to lat July

River City Shakespeare Festival

An annual presentation of Shakespeare plays in Hawrelak Park. (780) 425-8086

early July

Whyte Avenue Artwalk

For three days in July 130 visual artists from all backgrounds transform Whyte Avenue into an outdoor studio and marketplace. Come experience art-in-action in Old Strathcona. (780) 432-0240


Highland Gathering

Scottish heritage festival at Fort Edmonton Park

early July

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

Come downtown to Sir Winston Churchill Park and see the Musicians, Clowns, Jugglers and Magicians as they put on a giant show for the entire family. (780) 425-5162

mid July

Capital EX (formerly Klondike Days)

watch for announcements about the re-theming of this popular mid-summer fair.

late July to early August

Third Annual Historic Edmonton Week

The Historic Edmonton Week is Edmonton's newest community-wide festival, with over twenty special events including the history show and a heritage trade fair. (780) 434-9145

early August

Edmonton Heritage Festival

Enjoy food, crafts, dance and song from around the world at the world's largest celebration of multi-culturalism. Free admission, but no parking at William Hawrelak Park. (780) 488-3378

mid August

Annual Fringe Festival

The stranger-than-life Edmonton Fringe Festival showcases street performers, great food and hundreds of theatre events. This is the largest "Fringe" in North America with more than 1500 performers from around the world. Both indoor and outdoor events for all ages, with admissions ranging from free and up. (780) 448-9000

mid August

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

A mix of Folk, Blues, Worldbeat and Pop artists perform on the many stages set up at Gallagher Park. Small workshops let you enjoy your favorite artists on a more personal setting. (780) 429-1999

end August

Labatt's Blues Festival

Great music and great fun in Edmonton's scenic River Valley in Hawrelak Park at The Heritage Amphitheatre. (780) 708-7230.

late August-early Sept

Enbridge Symphony Under the Sky

This Labour Day festival, presented by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra , includes mainstage performances, recitals, workshops, a Pub in the Park, a Teddy Bear Picnic, Children's concert and fireworks.

early October

Edmonton New Music Festival

The very finest in contemporary classical music, recorded and broadcast nationally on CBC Stereo’s Two New Hours. New work by local and international composers. Performances range from piano solos to chamber music ensembles with some of the country’s most accomplished musicians. (780) 434-4521

end Spt - early October

Edmonton International Film Festival

A ten day celebration of independent film and video - a feast of imaginative, quirky and beautiful movies that you won't see at your local movie-plex. Includes premiere screenings of international feature films, new Canadian dramas, and imaginative short films. Festival starts the last Friday in September. (780) 423-0844. [More Info]

early November

Canadian Finals Rodeo

Thousands of cowboys compete in the last (indoor) rodeo event of the season. (780) 471-7210

mid November

Farmfair International

Annual Agricultural Fair. (780) 471-7210

December 31

Edmonton's First Night Festival

Ring in the new year with the thousands of families for entertainment, fireworks and fun at various NO ALCOHOL locations around the downtown area. Purchase your First Night buttons in advance.

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