There’s a reason Edmonton is called Festival City! Prepare yourself for another big weekend of awesome events—whether your interests are dressing up as your favourite Anime character, grooving to some soulful Folk music, or celebrating Caribbean culture, Edmonton’s got something that’s sure to appeal to all walks of life.
1. Edmonton Folk Music Festival | Through Aug 11
Celebrate Folk Fest’s 40th anniversary this year with over 60 incredible performers. Big-name headliners include Amanda Shires, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Hozier, Nuela Charles, and Edmonton-raised Scenic Route to Alaska!
Gallagher Park | 9505-96 Ave.
2. American Crown Circus | Through Aug 12
A great event for the whole family as kids 10 and under get in for free! This circus features an international showcase of talent from Mexico, Belarus, Russia, Argentina, Romania, and the US. There will be strongman demonstrations by the Dragmir Troop, a laser light experience with Eduardo the Lazerman, circus clowns, and so much more. The show takes place at the Mill Woods Town Centre.
Mill Woods Town Centre | 2331-66 St.
3. Cariwest Festival | Aug 9–11
The Caribbean Arts Festival will start off with a parade, full of colourful and elaborate costumes, down Jasper Avenue before reaching their destination in Capital Plaza (which will be hereby known as the Caribbean Village for the remainder of the weekend). In the Village you can enjoy shopping at a Caribbean Market or relax in the Smatts Rum Garden while live musical performances and entertainment take place on the Federal Plaza stage.
Capital Plaza | 99 Ave.
4. Animethon | Aug 9–11
Check out this annual Japanese Animation themed festival and enjoy an amazing weekend of fun events, such as the Galactic Ball (come dressed in your best formal Cosplay), the Japanese Lolita Fashion Show, Gaming Hall, and a number of special guest events including musical performances and a chance to meet voice actors from your favourite anime shows.
Edmonton Convention Centre | 9797 Jasper Ave.
5. Riverfest | Aug 10
Experience a leisurely paddle down the North Saskatchewan River—or, if you aren’t interested in getting out on the river, there will still be a variety of activities taking place on dry land, such as a Segway obstacle course, apple roasting over a campfire, kids fishing clinics, and Fizzlewit’s guided fairy finding tours.
Sir Wilfred Laurier Park | 13221 Buena Vista Rd.
In case you missed out, this is the last weekend to catch Ring of Fire at the Citadel Theatre!