Celebrate art, pride, Shakespeare, opera, blues, and even bacon this June in Edmonton! You’ll have an amazing time at the variety of festivals happening in the city this month.
NextFest | June 4 – 14
There is something for everyone at this multi-disciplinary showcase of emerging young talents in theatre, music, dance, art, film, creative writing, and fashion! Over 700 artists will perform at 90 events during this eclectic festival! Visit the website to find an event.
Edmonton Pride Festival | June 5 – 14
Celebrate diversity and unity in the LGBTQ community with a colourful parade, musical performances, parties, theatre performances, and more! Visit the website to find an event.
Improvaganza | June 17 – 27
Be prepared to laugh until it hurts at Canada’s largest improv festival — now celebrating its 15th year! — where talented artists from all across Canada will compete in a series of hilarious theatre sports matches and host workshops. Buy tickets here.
The Works Art & Design Festival | June 19 – July 1
Outdoor exhibits transform downtown Edmonton into the largest art gallery in North America, with live artist demonstrations, an outdoor street market, music, and more! Find more details on the website.
Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival | June 19 – 21
Bringing the best in live Canadian blues, roots, folk, rockabilly, and country music to the capital region, this growing festival has brought in an impressive set of headliners this year. Catch performances from Raine Maida, Chantal Kreviazuk, Hawksley Workman, and Del Barber! View more information here.
Porkapalooza BBQ Festival | June 19 – 21
Over 40 BBQ chefs stake a claim in Borden Park to be crowned the grilling champion! Among the aroma of roasting meats, you can enjoy food trucks, beer gardens, a marketplace, and a playground for kids! Visit the website for more information.
Edmonton International Jazz Festival | June 19 – 29
This festival heats things up with performances by some of the most talents jazz musicians from around the world. Headliners this year include Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton and The Bad Plus Joshua Redman! View more details here.
Freewill Shakespeare Festival | June 23 – July 19
The Freewill Players bring the comedy, romance, and tragedy of Shakespeare’s iconic plays to life under the stars in the beautiful, lush Hawrelak Park. This year’s festival features the romantic comedy As You Like It and the violent drama Coriolanus. View showtimes and buy tickets here.
Baconfest | June 30
A celebration of one of the most popular (and delicious!) foods, this festival will have plenty of bacon-infused foods and cocktails to try, as well as live music, comedy shows, and other activities. View more information on the website.
Nuova Opera & Music Theatre Festival | Through 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! Find a show on the website.