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Festival City Heats Up! Your Guide to Summer 2015 Festivals in Edmonton


Edmonton Folk Festival
Photo Courtesy Travel Alberta

Nuova Opera & Music Theatre Festival | Various venues | May 22 – July 4
Canada’s only summer opera festival celebrates emerging Canadian vocal artists through an accessible blend of classical performances that will engage and entertain all audiences. This year’s featured productions include Dead Man Walking, Our Town, and Oklahoma!

International Children’s Festival | St. Albert | May 26 – 30
Musicians, dancers, storytellers, artists, and puppeteers from around the globe converge to delight the young and young-at-heart with upbeat music, crafts and games, and funny stage performances.

NextFest | Various venues | June 4 – 14
There is something for everyone at this multi-disciplinary showcase of over 500 emerging young artists with 50 events encompassing theatre, music, dance, art, film, creative writing, and fashion.

Edmonton Pride Festival | Various venues | June 5 – 14
Celebrate diversity and acceptance of the LGBTQ community with a colourful parade, musical performances, parties, theatre performances, and more!

Edmonton Craft Beer Festival | Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515-116 Ave. | June 5 – 6
Samples of over 700 different varieties of beer — from breweries in 44 countries! Sample beer and food from Edmonton’s best eateries, attend Brew Masters seminars, Cooking with Beer seminars, and Food and Beer Pairing workshops to learn more the characteristics and flavours of various beers.

Improvaganza Festival | Citadel Theatre, 9832-101A Ave. | June 17 – 27
Be prepared to laugh until it hurts at Canada’s largest improv festival where talented artists from across the country will compete in a series of hilarious theatresports matches and host improv comedy workshops.

The Works Art and Design Festival | Various venues | June 19 – July 1
Outdoor exhibits transform downtown Edmonton into the largest outdoor art gallery in North America with live artist demonstrations, an outdoor street market, music, and more!

Edmonton International Jazz Festival | Various venues | June 18 – 29
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman headline this annual festival that heats things up with performances by talented jazz musicians from around the world.

Freewill Shakespeare Festival | Hawrelak Park | June 23 – July 19
Local theatre troupe the Freewill Players bring back their Shakespeare double feature to Edmonton’s beautiful river valley. This year’s festival features the romantic comedy As You Like It and the violent drama Coriolanus.

Canada Day | Various venues | July 1
Celebrate our nation’s birthday with events and activities across the city, including free family activities and fireworks at the Alberta Legislature grounds and City Hall in Churchill Square.

Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton | Various venues | July 5 – 12
Celebrate Edmonton’s historic past with hands-on pioneer experiences including a horse-drawn carriage, tours of a church, cemetery, garden, and other historical buildings, streetcar rides, storytelling, live music, and more.

Street Performers Festival | Churchill Square | July 3 – 12
You never know who you’ll run in to when over 1,500 roving artists take to the streets for a variety of shows featuring magic, comedy, puppets, juggling, storytelling, music, fire tricks, and more!

Sand on Whyte | South Scona Parking Lot, 81 ave. & 105 St. | July 3 – 12
Sand carving exhibits are coming to Old Strathcona! Award-winning artists from B.C. and the Netherlands will be working on giant sand-carving creations throughout the festival.

Whyte Avenue Art Walk | 82 (Whyte) Ave., between 100 St. & 108 St.July 10 – 12
Art Walk transforms the streets of Old Strathcona into an outdoor gallery and studio featuring hundreds of working artists. Visitors can stroll along Whyte Avenue and admire the diverse selection of art in all mediums and purchase affordable, original pieces from local artists.

Taste of Edmonton | Churchill Square | July 16 – 25
Dozens of Edmonton’s finest chefs create special menus for this white-tented, ten-day affair where hungry guests can sample a variety of delicious food, wine, and beer while enjoying live music and street performers.

K-Days | Northlands Park, 7410 Borden Park Rd. | July 17 – 26
This action-packed extravaganza of carnival activities kicks off with a parade and follows with a non-stop week of live entertainment, midway games, thrilling rides, unique food, chuckwagon races, concerts, and extravagant nightly fireworks.

Interstellar Rodeo | Hawrelak Park | July 24 – 26
St. Vincent and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires headline this music festival that showcases folk, country, blues, bluegrass, gospel, and rock talents from the Six Shooter Record Label.

Blueberry Bluegrass Festival | Heritage Park 5100-41 Ave., Stony Plain | July 31 – August 2
Take a sunny drive to Stony Plain, just west of Edmonton, for this celebration of roots and bluegrass music with great acts like Seldom Scene, a main stage show, jam sessions, lessons, and demonstrations.

Servus Heritage Festival | Hawrelak Park | August 1 – 3
Outdoor pavilions house a non-stop assortment of music and dancing, arts and crafts displays and cultural demonstrations, traditional costumes and the exotic cuisine of over 75 cultures.

Edmonton Folk Music Festival | Gallagher Park | August 6 – 9
Global stars of folk, blues, bluegrass, and gospel genres from around the world come together for four blissful days at this open-air festival where the Gallagher Park hillside serves as a natural amphitheatre.

Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival | Various venues | August 13 – 23
This phenomenal alternative theatre fest is the largest and oldest of its kind in North America with over 1,200 shows and performances from over 200 theatre companies throughout the event. In addition to ticketed stage shows, its not uncommon for impromptu performances to break out in the streets!

Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival | Louise McKinney Park | August 14 – 16
A  series of intense and exciting Dragon Boat races on the North Saskatchewan River showcase the talents of impressive rowing athletes. Cultural events celebrating the Chinese-Canadian community keep the festive spirit with special events, activities, and plenty of food and drink.

Edmonton Blues Festival | Hawrelak Park | August 21 – 23
Top local and international acoustic and electric blues acts from around the world rock the house with everything from funk to zydecco!

Symphony in the Park | Hawrelak Park | August 28 – 30
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is in top form during this three-day al fresco summer extravaganza of classical music, pop-culture favourites and famous film scores. 

Sonic Boom Music Festival | Borden Park | September 5 – 6
Alexisonfire, Tenacious D, and Brandon Flowers headline this year’s two-day, outdoor music festival of amazing modern rock artists.

Kaleido Family Arts Festival | Alberta Avenue, 118 Ave., 90 – 94 St. | September 11 – 13
Over 200 musical and performance acts, visual artists, and artisans from both the professional and emerging arts create across various landscapes of Alberta Avenue including, rooftops, vertical surfaces, alleyways, playgrounds, and more. Admission to the festival is free!

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