Your Guide to Summer Festivals & Events in Edmonton: 2016 Edition!

It looks like summer is here to stay, and that means it’s time for a listing of summer festivals & events. Below you’ll find dozens of events with a website, dates, and links to each. I hope you find this listing as useful as I do.

What the Truck?! at Churchill Square


Here’s my list of 50+ festivals and events you can look forward to this summer in and around Edmonton!

Event Dates Links
NUOVA Opera & Music Theatre Festival May 21 – July 3 SE     
TALES Storytelling Festival May 26-29 SE  
What the Truck?! May 28/29 & more! SE    
Edmonton International Cat Festival May 28 SE   
Oliver Community Festival May 28 SE  
International Children’s Festival May 31 – June 4 SE    
Bikeology Festival (Bike Month) June 1-30 SE    
NextGen Month June 1-30 SE   
Nextfest June 2-12 SE   
Park After Dark June 3 – September 2 SE   
Edmonton Craft Beer Festival June 3-4 SE     
Edmonton Pride Festival June 3-12 SE   
100In1Day Edmonton June 4 SE    
Edmonton Pride Parade June 4 @ 11am SE   
Bonnie Fest June 4 SE   
eek! Comic & Pop Culture Fest June 4-5 SE   
Heart of the City Festival June 4-5 SE    
Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids June 4-5 SE 
Edmonton Filipino Fiesta June 11-12 SE    
Improvaganza June 15-25 SE   
Latitude 53 Patio Series June 16 – August 25 SE   
Mercer Summer Super Party June 17 SE 
Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival June 17-19 SE   
Porkapalooza BBQ Festival June 17-19 SE   
Highlandia Festival June 18 SE   
Summer Solstice Festival June 20-28 SE    
Freewill Shakespeare Festival June 21 – July 17 SE   
Slide the City June 23 SE  
The Works Art & Design Festival June 23 – July 5 SE  
Found Festival June 23-26 SE   
Edmonton International Jazz Festival June 24 – July 3 SE   
Feats Festival of Dance June 27 – July 10 SE    
Canada Day July 1 SE 
Sand on Whyte July 1-10 SE  
Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton July 3-10 SE   
Lawn Summer Nights July 7-28 SE   
Whyte Avenue Art Walk July 8-10 SE   
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival July 8-17 SE    
Seven Music Festival July 9 SE   
Taste of Edmonton July 21-30 SE    
Canadian Food Championships July 22-24 SE    
Interstellar Rodeo July 22-24 SE    
K-Days July 22-31 SE     
K-Days Parade July 22 @ 10am SE     
Servus Heritage Festival July 30 – August 1 SE   
Rock’n August August 2-6 SE  
Edmonton Folk Music Festival August 4-7 SE     
Animethon August 5-7 SE     
Cariwest August 5-7 SE   
Cariwest Parade August 6 @ 12pm SE   
Edmonton Airshow August 6-7 SE     
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival August 11-21 SE    
Edmonton Rock Music Festival August 12-13 SE   
Edmonton Latin Festival August 13-14 SE  
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival August 19-21 SE    
Edmonton Blues Festival August 19-21 SE  
Symphony Under the Sky August 26-28 SE    
Viva Italia Viva Edmonton August 28 SE    
Tour of Alberta September 1-5 SE     
SONiC BOOM September 3-4 SE    
Kaleido Family Arts Festival September 9-11 SE     
Strathearn Art Walk September 10 SE   
Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo September 23-25 SE     
Edmonton Oktoberfest Sept 30 – Oct 1 SE     



Here's a listing of the many markets you can find around Edmonton! Some are open year-round, but many are just open for the summer, usually from late May/early June to late September/early October.

Event Dates Links
Beverly Towne Farmers’ Market Tuesdays, 4-8pm SE    
Miller Crossing Farmers’ Market Tuesdays, 4-8pm
Sundays, 10am-3pm
Callingwood Farmers’ Market Wednesdays, 2-6pm
Sundays, 10am-3pm
Castle Downs Farmers’ Market Wednesdays, 4-8pm SE  
Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market Wednesdays, 4-8pm SE 
Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market Wednesdays, 4-7:30pm SE   
124 Street Grand Market Thursdays, 4-8pm SE    
Millwoods Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 5-8pm SE   
Salisbury Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 4-7:30pm SE   
Westmount Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 10am-4pm SE 
Night Market Edmonton Fridays, 7-11pm SE    
YEG Market District Fridays, 4-8pm SE   
City Market Downtown Saturdays, 9am-3pm SE    
Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 8am-3pm SE    
South Common Farmers’ Market Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm SE   
St. Albert Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 10am-3pm SE    
Century Park Market Sundays, 10am-3pm SE  
French Quarter Grand Market Sundays, 11am-3pm SE   

Alberta Strong

Summer came early this year, but the lack of moisture from a relatively mild winter has meant very dry conditions and we have seen some devastating wildfires around the province already. That is very likely to continue throughout the summer (you can get updates here), so you can be sure that many of the summer festivals will be accepting donations to try to help out. We’ll be accepting donations for the food bank at all What the Truck?! events this year, for instance. Check the festival websites before you attend to see how you can contribute.

Of course, a monetary donation is always a great way to help out! You can donate to the Red Cross here to help those affected by wildfires. Or consider donating directly to Edmonton’s Food Bank or to Edmonton Emergency Relief Services. Also be sure to check out the Province’s tips for donating to charities.


Happy summer!

Rachel Igarta

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