The long weekend is finally here! If you were thinking there would nothing going on, think again—there is so much to see and do in Edmonton this August weekend. We’ve got some great ideas for festivals, attractions, tours, hockey, and more.
1) Edmonton Heritage Festival
This year the iconic Edmonton Heritage Festival has gone virtual. It’s set to include dancing, cooking, and chances to share memories and moments with others. And in addition this year? Multicultural MONTH. Food and crafts have been crucial over the Heritage Festival’s history, and they want to be able to do them justice. That means 31 whole days of delicious cultural food from favourite Edmonton spots (through take-out, delivery, or dine-in) and an online shop for cultural goods. Check out the online festivities all weekend long on their website.
2) Ride to Reynolds Remix
Reynolds Alberta Museum has designated August as Ride to Reynolds Remix month! Plan your own solo ride or be part of one organized by your dealer or riding club. Get your limited edition patch to mark your 2020 COVID-19 Ride to Reynolds Remix experience—and make sure to check out the rest of the museum.
3) Edmonton Corn Maze
Get lost in this 15-acre corn maze, located just minutes from west Edmonton in Parkland County. As you explore, there are countless games and activities to entertain you and help you find your way out. And make sure to purchase your timed entry ticket ahead of time!
4) Pigeon Lake Music Festival
This popular music festival has also gone virtual for 2020. Running from 3pm – 9pm on August 1st, you can watch musical acts Brandon Boucher, The Dungarees, Royal Tusk & more—all complimentary!
5) Edmonton Mural Walking Tour – Old Strathcona
Walk around the Old Strathcona area and discover the many vibrant and unique murals. Discover the meaning, unique, and colourful stories behind these truly breathtaking and striking murals. This mural walk is all outside and walking, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour runs every Saturday in August and you will need to book your ticket in advance.
6) NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers
The NHL resumes its season with teams playing in two hub cities, one of which is Edmonton. The Stanley Cup qualifying round will feature the 16 teams vying to win a best-of-five series, which will determine the eight teams that advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Looking for a place to watch a game or two? We’ve found some great places that have big screens to cheer on the Oilers or your (second-)favourite team!
7) Game Day Day Party
No game day is complete without a watch party! Head over to Union Hall on August 1st for some drink and food specials and watch the Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks. Doors open at noon with the puck dropping at 1pm. Reservations must be made in advance.
8) Yuk Yuk’s
No long weekend is complete without some laughter. Head over to Century Casino Edmonton and see Ken Hicks. Ken is a favourite of audiences by helping to find the humour in everyday life. From having a dog for a best friend, marrying his high school sweetheart, being a father of teen daughters, Hicks covers it all. Two shows, July 31st and August 1st at 7:30pm.
9) Farmers’ Markets
Seasonal fruits and veggies, artisanal crafts, and live music? Find some of the best fare Edmonton’s producers can offer at one of these farmers’ markets and support local businesses!
10) Take a free self-guided art walk in downtown Edmonton
Stretching from the Alberta Legislature Building to MacEwan University, Capital Boulevard became the permanent home of five sculptures, each telling a story specific to Canada’s history. Art, storytelling, and history await you on this free self-guided walking tour.