Check out these fun events as we approach the tail-end of summer!
July 30-Aug 1: Edmonton Heritage Festival
Edmonton’s annual Heritage Festival’s continues into August! Hawrelak Park will be packed full of music, food, performances, and artisan vendors. Don’t miss it!
August 4-7: Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Edmonton’s annual Folk Music Festival is returning to Gallagher Park once again! Check out the website for the lineup. Unfortunately, tickets are all sold out, so if you couldn’t get your hands on one, keep an eye out for next year’s festival and get those tickets early. CJSR will be at this event, so come say hi and support the station by purchasing some merch or donating!
Aug 5-7: Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival
Come celebrate Caribbean culture in Churchill Square! The event will feature a Friday Night Costume Extravaganza, a Saturday Parade, live entertainment, a Kids Korner, the Caribbean Marketplace, and plenty of food! The Parade will start at 107 street and head east down Jasper Ave to end up at Churchill Square.
Aug 6: Pride Cup
The very first Pride Cup ball hockey championship will be happening at the ICE District on August 6th. The Pride Cup will be unveiled for the first time ever. This event uses sport to bring people together and support equity, diversity, and inclusion. There will be live music, entertainment, and Oilers alumni!
Aug 11-12: Fringe Festival
Edmonton is home to North America’s largest and longest-running Fringe Festival! Tickets and passes go on sale on August 3rd at noon. On top of all the awesome theatre performances at venues all around Old Strathcona, there will be a free Fringe Street Party on August 10th featuring local musicians, outdoor street performers, a place for children to have fun at KidsFringe, ice cold beer at the Fringe Patios, and food trucks (including green onion cakes, of course).
Aug 12-14: Great Outdoors Comedy Festival
This festival is all about laughing and having a great time. Come see performances from great comedians of all kinds, followed by music at the end of the night. The event will be at the Edmonton Exhibition Lands Racetrack Infield. You can buy your tickets on the website.
Aug 19-21: Coronation Festival
The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose is once again holding their annual Coronation Festival, an annual drag gala that celebrates the LGBTQ2s+ community. See their Facebook page for information about each night and tickets.
Aug 19-21: Edmonton Blues Festival
If you’re a fan of CJSR’s blues programs like Calling all Blues or Señor Blues, this is the event for you. The annual Edmonton Blues Festival is back at Hawrelak Park, with many acts who were part of the canceled 2020 event to return to the stage at this year’s show! Performers from all over the world, including Watermelon Slim, Fiona Boyes, Arsen Shomakhov, Sue Foley, the Red Hot Louisiana Band, and many more will be taking the stage at the Hawrelak Park amphitheatre!
Aug 19-21: Together Again Music Festival
The Together Again Festival started last summer in 2021 to celebrate being able to come together to listen to live music again since the pandemic started. The event is back again this year at the Edmonton Exhibition Lands. The event is in partnership with the long-running Edmonton Rock Fest, which will be taking place on the second day of Together Again on Saturday, August 20th. Check out the website for a full lineup and to grab some tickets!
Aug 24: Folk and Friends: An evening with Martin Kerr
Martin Kerr and collaborating artists will be performing at the Heritage Park amphitheatre. Kerr worked hard throughout the pandemic, hosting hundreds of Stay Home Street Concerts to make live music accessible and to bring joy to people’s lives. Don’t miss his live performance at Hawrelak Park.
Aug 26-28: Purple City Music Festival
Previously called Up+Downtown Fest, this music festival brings together local performers from Edmonton and nearby areas. Check out the lineup on the website and get your tickets to see your favourite local artists perform live and to discover some new artists too!
Summer’s not over yet! Enjoy Edmonton’s vibrant festival scene, and remember to keep cool.
Written by Jessica Frankiewicz
Advertising and Promotions Coordinator