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20 Cheap Things to Do in Edmonton This Summer

Farmers Market Old Strathcona

1. On weekends, take a scenic ride on the High Level Bridge Street Car from historic Old Strathcona to downtown Edmonton. For only $5 round-trip, you’ll get an ariel view of the breathtaking North Saskatchewan River and river valley, and transportation between Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market and close to the 104 St. Market!

2. Purchase an Edmonton Attractions Pass which will give you general admission to SIXTEEN attractions in Edmonton for 60% off the gate price. Great to use throughout the summer to explore top Edmonton attractions including Fort Edmonton Park, Telus World of Science Edmonton, and Castrol Raceway.

3. Spend a day downtown! Park for free at Edmonton City Centre Mall on weekends (you have to spend $50 at the mall, but there are plenty of stores, restaurants, services, and even a movie theatre to visit), then relax on Edmonton’s largest outdoor “patio” across the street at Churchill Square.

4. Following the epic conclusion of her internationally bestselling Women of the Otherworld series, #1 New York Times Bestseller Kelley Armstrong is launching a new adult series, starting with Omens. Join her for a free  Q&A and book signing Wednesday, August 28 at 7 pm at Chapters Westside.

5. You never know what act you might encounter during the Edmonton Street Performer’s Festival July 5-14! With free ongoing performances 11:30am-11pm daily, Churchill Square is the place to be for non-stop entertainment.

6. Take a free guided tour of the Alberta Legislature — an architectural gem and the site of provincial political happenings, set among beautiful waterfall pools and manicured gardens.

7. Every Wednesday the Art Gallery of Alberta is open late until 9 pm — perfect way to check out the latest exhibits, including the multimedia showcase “The Piano”. Plus, with gallery admission — which is only $12.60 — you’ll receive a free custom cocktail and exhibit tour.

8. When summer heats up, cool off in the free City Hall wading pool and fountains, and relax in the many seating areas by the fountain.

9. Brush up on your jedi skills with some free light saber training — that’s right, light saber training —  with professional fight choreographer Janine Waddel-Hodder in Churchill Square every Wednesday at 7 pm.

10. Enjoy food, games, thoroughbred racing and a DJ setting the mood with some beats every Friday night at 6 pm during Park After Dark at Northlands, with free admission!

11. Take a walk on the wild side with encounters with animals from the Edmonton Valley Zoo and other local animal trainers, free every Tuesday in Churchill Square, 12 pm – 1 pm.

12. Whyte Avenue transforms into a large outdoor art gallery during Art Walk July 12 – 14, where you can browse artwork by talented local amateur and professional artists.

13. Check out some of the 43 musical groups — including indie favourites Hey Ocean! and Jay Sparrow — performing for free in Churchill Square during Taste of Edmonton July 18 – 27.

14. Need a great date night idea? Head to the swanky Red Piano at West Edmonton Mall on Friday or Saturday evenings where the exciting energy of duelling piano players makes for a great evening of entertainment — for only $10!

15. $14 gets you admission to K-Days, the midway extravaganza of the summer! Enjoy concerts from chart-topping musicians like Carly Rae Jepsen, shopping in the Grand Marketplace, live entertainment, children’s activities, exhibitions, and more!

16. Every Monday (except August 5) the Royal Alberta Museum shows a film from the “Musicals for a Summer Night” series. Be charmed by classic favourites of Old Hollywood like Welcome Stranger and The Harvey Girls. Admission is $6 per person, or see all 8 films in the series for only $30.

17. Get fit for free with outdoor Zumba classes every Monday and Friday, 12 pm – 1 pm, in Churchill Square. Hosted by Edmonton Fitness Party, drop in to move to Latin and international rhythms with traditional fitness movements.

18. Shop for unique, locally-made products at the Mercer Market every Saturday 10 am – 4 pm at Vacancy Hall in Mercer Warehouse (104 St. & 104 Ave.) Plus, there is a free children’s craft station where kids can make their own creations while parents shop.

19. Check out a farmers market! Admission is free, and you’ll find a whole range of goods from fresh produce to homemade baking to handmade decor that are all reasonably priced. Click here for a complete list of Edmonton farmers’ markets.

20. Early risers can head for free coffee and donuts at the Stopwatch Cafe, west end of the tarmac at Northlands Park, 8 am – 9:30 am every Saturday.

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