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Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

You never know who you’ll run into when roving artists take to the streets for a variety of shows featuring magic, comedy, puppets, juggling, storytelling, music, fire, and more! Most performances are free, although donations for the performers are encouraged.

Flying Canoë Volant

This nighttime, outdoor festival takes its name from a French legend shared with First Nations peoples. In the legend, a French nobleman loved to hunt so much that he skipped Sunday mass and was cursed to wander the night skies forever in a flying canoe pursued by hollowing wolves. Perhaps you’ll spot him as you wander the Mill Creek Ravine, enjoying music, bannock roasting, and Indigenous art. Events are located in Mill Creek Ravine and at La Cite Francophone.

Rubaboo Arts Festival

This annual festival is Alberta’s only Indigenous multi-disciplinary arts festival. Experience Indigenous theatre, music, dance, art, food, family and youth events, crafts, cultural workshops, and more!

A Taste of Animethon

This preview to the annual celebration of Japanese animation and design gives fans a taste of the workshops, gaming, costume contests, film screenings, and more. You can meet special guests, such as voice actors Bryson Baugus and Lauren Landa.

Zoominescence

Stroll around the zoo with a hot chocolate and admire the dazzling light installations created by local artists and celebrate the winter season at this annual festival of light every weekend in December!

Rainbow Visions

This diverse film festival showcases films featuring characters and stories that fit within the LGBTQ spectrum. This year’s highlighted films include Tom of Finland and God’s Own Country.

Edmonton Comedy Festival

This festival celebrates all styles of comedy and features performances by comedians from all over North America. Headliners this year include Kids In The Hall‘s Scott Thompson, Match Game‘s Debra DiGiovanni, Comedy Central‘s Wendy Liebman, and more!

Up + Downtown Festival

Independent artists and musicians in a variety of genres will be showcased at unique venues throughout downtown. Headliners this year include Wintersleep, Reverend Horton Heat, and Mad Bomber Society.

Kaleido Family Arts Festival

Now over a decade old, this free fest has plenty of activities suited to all ages, including live music, dance performances, film screenings, plays, shopping, art displays, and literary readings.

Edmonton Film Fest

Now one of five Oscar-qualifying film festivals in Canada, this friendly film fest gives a voice to indie filmmakers. The cinematic feast will please any film fan as it covers all genres, including contemporary independents, world cinema, documentary, Canadian films, and shorts.

Dreamspeakers Film Festival

Filmmakers, performers, and artists host this four-day celebration of Indigenous culture, art, and heritage with screenings of some of the finest Indigenous films, events, and industry workshops.

LitFest: Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival

LitFest is Canada’s only creative nonfiction festival, showcasing literary talent through a variety of panels, workshops, and presentations with local and internationally renowned writers.