Festival season is in full swing! This weekend, check out Taste of Edmonton, K-Days, and more!
1. Taste of Edmonton | July 21-31
Edmonton’s highly anticipated food festival is finally here! Head down to Churchill Square to sample dishes from 50 local vendors. From pizza to green onion cakes to mac & cheese in a cone, Taste of Edmonton has something for everyone. Plus, you can have dinner AND a show thanks all the wonderful musicians playing the McLennan Ross stage! Check out our profiles for more information on the restaurants that will be appearing this year!
2. K-Days | july 22-31
- K-Days is coming out swinging with their first weekend full of fun! This iconic Edmonton festival is excited to welcome Edmontonians back after a two-year COVID hiatus. Check out the EXPO centre grounds for BMX stunt shows, a competition to determine Alberta’s strongest athlete, and, of course, tons of fair rides and games! K-Days has also partnered with the Indigenous Edmonton Entertainment Group Association to create an Indigenous Experience exhibition for the duration of the festival. This exhibit will feature opportunities for education about Residential schools, Truth and Reconciliation, and the meaning of Treaty. There will also be a Metis Healing Garden, Art Walk, and performances by Juno award-winning Inuk artist Susan Aglukark.
3. AGA: Refinery & Free Admission: Papal Visit and Journey to Reconciliation | July 22 & 24
- Night-owls need to head down to the Art Gallery of Alberta this Friday for their legendary art party Refinery! Featuring interactive art, special cocktails, and live DJ’s, this event promises to be unlike any other.
- The AGA will also be offering free admission to all exhibits on Sunday in recognition of reconciliation and Pope Francis’ visit to Edmonton. Visitors are encouraged to explore AGA’s exhibits Water-Wise, River Breath: Reframing design’s role with water and Comic Sans, which both feature work by Indigenous artists.
4. PTO Canadian Open | July 23-24
- Pro and amateur athletes alike will be filling the city’s streets—and bodies of water—this weekend for the Professional Triathletes Organization 2022 Canadian Open! Although Edmonton is no stranger to hosting triathlons, this is the first time our city has hosted the PTO Canadian Open. So grab your lawn chairs, dust off your noisemakers, and stake out a seat in Hawrelak Park to cheer them on.
5. Edmonton carnaval | July 22-24
- Join Edmonton Carnaval at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre for a celebration of Latin culture. This year’s festival is a tribute to Frida Kahlo and will feature delicious food, live music, and tons of dancing!
6. Immersive Cinema Experience: Wayne’s World | July 23
- Who doesn’t love an outdoor movie? The ICE District will be screening Wayne’s World and other cult classics on the plaza starting at 7:00 pm. This event is part of their newly launched Summer SolstICE series which will be offering over 20 free events in the heart of Edmonton. Lawn chair: mandatory. Your best Wayne Campbell costume: optional (but recommended).
7. Chalk it up! | July 23
The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse is celebrating its 15th birthday! This volunteer-run and not-for-profit coffee shop has become a community hub of Alberta Avenue over the years, offering a space for people gather for warm drinks and discussion. They also regularly showcase the work of local artists and host live music nights every Friday! So, make sure to check out their street party to celebrate The Carrot and their important role in building community! There will be chalk artists, live music, BBQ, and a youth artisan market.