There is always something to do in Edmonton on the weekends in the summer. While some know our city as the ‘City of Champions,’ we see Edmonton as the ‘City of Festivals.’ With over 50 festivals happening annually, there is something for everyone!
We’ve gathered a list of all of the festivities happening right next door to us on Churchill Square this summer. From some well known favourites to others that you may not have heard of before, there is lots to participate in this summer. Write them in your calendar and make a plan to visit them all!
UP on the Square Summer Celebration (June 18th)
On June 18th from 12-8 pm, join the Edmonton Arts Council and TIX on the Square for UP on the Square, a summer celebration in Churchill Square. This free, family-friendly event will feature live music and performances, SNAP print demonstrations, food trucks, and activities for kids. This is the perfect event to kick off the summer festival season! Highlights include:
For updates and more information, please visit: https://www.edmontonarts.ca/events/.
PrideFest (June 24th and 25th)
Edmonton Pride Festival returns to Churchill Square! The festival will be a free event with family-friendly entertainment, an LGBTQ2S+ market (including TIX vendor Wild Woods Ceramics), Rainbow Road and a licensed beer garden.
For more information on the music lineup and the festival, please visit: https://edmontonpridefest.com/.
The Works & StreetFest (July 8-17)
Edmonton’s first festivals of summer, The Works Art & Design Festival and The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival are teaming up to present 10 days of variety performers, visual art, shenanigans, music, food, and fun. Join them live and in person on Churchill Square from July 8-17.
The Works Art & Design Festival is a 13-day celebration of visual art & design in Edmonton’s downtown core! The Works attracts artists, designers, and patrons from around the world, and boosts the city’s vibrancy and imagination at the start of each summer through exhibits, large scale installations, multi-disciplinary performances, demonstrations, and workshops. The Works is North America’s largest free outdoor festival dedicated to visual art. It is a time and place for anyone to experience, discover, and explore creativity through art & design.
For more information on the festival, please visit: https://www.theworks.ab.ca/about-the-festival.
For 10 days every July, the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival transforms Churchill Square into an outdoor 3-ring-circus featuring the world’s best local, national and international street artists. StreetFest delivers spectacle, comedy, music, variety performances and physical feats, as well as workshops to help release your own inner-entertainer. Be part of the crowd and take in an incredible circle-show, actively engage with an installation or let the roving performers bring the show to you. A whirlwind of acts, a tempest of entertainment, a deluge of fun – all on street level. Larger-than-life entertainment of the ages, suitable for all ages.
For more information on the festival, please visit: https://edmontonstreetfest.com/.
Taste of Edmonton (July 21-31)
The Taste of Edmonton is back to fill the vibrant and lively Churchill Square with one of the country’s most talked about food festivals. The eleven day event boasts live performances of all genres, daily entertainment, and of course, features the best of Edmonton’s culinary scene.
For online tickets, food menu and more information, please visit: https://tasteofedm.ca/.
Cariwest (Aug 5-7)
Edmonton’s 2022 Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival will take place from August 5th to 7th. They will be taking to the streets in downtown Edmonton and Churchill Square.
The 3-day event includes a Friday Night Costume Extravaganza, a Saturday Parade and a Caribbean Village through the weekend including live entertainment, a Kids Korner, savory Caribbean cuisine and the Caribbean Marketplace.
For updates and more information on festivities, please visit: https://www.cariwest.ca/.
Kultura Edmonton Filipino Festival (Sept 17)
Kultura is a community event which showcases the richness of the Filipino culture and promotes a respect for and appreciation of the Filipino heritage.
Featuring delectable cuisine, traditional folk dances, music and the arts, Kultura hopes to attract attendees from Edmonton and surrounding areas who want to experience the best of the Philippine islands.
Utilizing their team of volunteers, businesses and community leaders, Kultura is a unique celebration of community, volunteerism and fun for people of all ages.
For updates and more information, please visit: https://www.kulturayeg.ca/.
Looking for more festivals around the city? Check out the ones below for more fun around town!
- Freewill Shakespeare Festival (June 14-July 10) https://www.freewillshakespeare.com/
- AB Circus Arts Festival (June 23-26) https://albertacircusarts.com/
- Edmonton International Jazz Festival (June 26-July 3) https://www.edmontonjazz.com/
- Grindstone Comedy Festival (July 6-10) https://www.grindstonecomedyfest.com/
- Found Festival (July 7-10) https://commongroundarts.ca/found/
- Whyte Ave Art Walk (July 8-10) https://art-walk.ca/
- Improvaganza (July 13-23) https://rapidfiretheatre.com/festivals/improvaganza/
- Africanival (July 16-17) https://africanival.org/
- K Days (July 22-31) https://www.k-days.com/
- Heritage Festival (July 30-Aug 1) https://www.heritagefest.ca/what
- Edmonton Folk Music Fest (Aug 4-7) https://edmontonfolkfest.org/
- Animethon (Aug 5-7) https://animethon.org/
- Fringe (Aug 11-21) https://www.fringetheatre.ca/
- Strathearn Art Walk (Sept 10-11) https://strathearnartwalk.com/
- Kaleido Family Arts Festival (Sept 16-18) https://www.kaleidofest.ca/