Edmonton 2015 Summer time Festivals and Occasions – Edmonton

EDMONTON – Edmonton is having a busy summer festival season. From Improvaganza and Canada Day to the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival and K-Days, there is something for everyone.

(We also share your favorite photos from these events using the hashtag #OurYEG. Scroll down to see them on our live blog!)

Here is a list of some of the festivals and events taking place in and around Edmonton this summer (and beyond).

June 17-27: Improvaganza (The Citadel Theater)

Celebrate the 15th Annual Improvaganza! Every year during Improvaganza, the Rapid Fire Theater hosts improvisers from across Canada, North America and beyond. In late June, the Rapid Fire Theater hosts the best comedy acts it can find for 10 days, as well as theatrical sports games, specialty shows, and loads of social events.

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June 19 – July 1: The Works Art & Design Festival

For 13 days each summer, The Works unleashes art and design across one square mile of downtown Edmonton. Free to the public, the festival is an extravaganza of visual arts, design and entertainment that attracts artists and visitors from around the world.

June 19-28: Edmonton International Jazz Festival

The Edmonton International Jazz Festival has sounds to suit all tastes as it features more than 55 events with more than 250 musicians on seven different stages. Artists from around the world will perform in Churchill Square, the Yardbird Suite, the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Center, the Westin Hotel and other Edmonton venues.

20th June: ZooFest (Edmonton Valley Zoo)

Ever wanted to know what happens at the Edmonton Valley Zoo after the gates close? Adults can drink wine while the kids explore the zoo.

June 21: National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day takes place on June 21st. It’s a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and excellence of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Canada.

READ MORE: National Aboriginal Day after Truth and Reconciliation Report Key: First Nations Chief

June 23rd – July 19th: Shakespeare Volunteer Festival (Hawrelak Park)

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival returns to Hawrelak Park to present “As You Like It” and “Coriolanus”.

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June 28th: Pets in the park (Hawrelak Park)

Pets in the Park is the only day of the year that pets are welcome at Hawrelak Park.

July 1: Canada day

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July 3rd – 12th: Edmonton International Street Performers Festival (Churchill Square)

This 10-day event attracts acts from around the world to appear in more than 1,500 outdoor shows. With acrobats, jugglers, musicians and more, there is something for all ages.

July 9: Edmonton Eskimos home opener (Commonwealth Stadium)

The Edmonton Eskimos will play their first home game of the 2015 CFL season against the Ottawa Redblacks on Thursday, July 9th.

July 12-16: Indigenous Games in Alberta (Rundle Park)

More than 1,000 Indigenous youth from across Alberta will come together for a week of competitive sports, traditional games and other special events.

July 14th: Make-A-Wish rope for hope (Westin Hotel)

Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope encourages people to rappel down at Edmonton’s Westin Hotel to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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July 16-25: Taste of Edmonton (Churchill Square)

This July, Taste of Edmonton is offering 54 new menu items, 12 new restaurants and food trucks, seven new workshops and nine evening pop-ups.

17th July: K-Days Parade

The annual K-Days Parade will be broadcast live by Nancy Carlson, Kent Morrison and Mike Sobel of Global Edmonton from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can also watch the parade live online at Globalnews.ca/edmonton.

July 17th – 26th: K days (Nordland)

From your favorite rides and games to incredible performances and concerts, K-Days is one of Edmonton’s biggest summer festivals.

1-3 August: Heritage Festival (Hawrelak Park)

2015 is the 40th annual Heritage Festival. The three day event showcases Canada’s vibrant multicultural heritage with 62 pavilions representing more than 85 cultures.

August 6-9: Edmonton Folk Music Festival

This year’s Edmonton Folk Music Festival takes place in Gallagher Park and features artists such as Of Monsters and Men and Lord Huron.

August 7th – 9th: Kariwest

Cariwest is an annual three day Caribbean Arts Festival held in the heart of downtown Edmonton.

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12. August: Firm in the field (Commonwealth Stadium)

Three of the best chefs in town come together to cook picnic favorites and all that goes with them. The event is a fundraiser for seniors in CapitalCare facilities.

August 13-23: Edmonton International Fringe Festival (Old Strathcona)

SupercaliFRINGEilistic is taking over Old Strathcona for 11 days this summer. This year’s festival features more than 1,600 live indoor theater performances in 50 venues across the city. Look out for Official Fringe Reviewer Todd James every night on Global Edmonton.

READ MORE: Edmonton Fringe Theme Revealed

August 21: News Hour on the Road at Commonwealth Stadium (Commonwealth Stadium)

Join Global Edmonton as we broadcast live sports and weather from the Commonwealth Stadium before the Edmonton Eskimos game.

August 28th: The mosques (Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium)

The Mosquers attracts talent from across Canada and the United States to Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium. The event includes a red carpet ceremony, the screening of the finalist short films, a feature entertainment component, and a final awards ceremony.

5th-6th September: Sonic Boom (Park signs)

Edmonton’s Alternative Music Festival SONiC BOOM is on the move. The festival, which has been held in Northlands since it began seven years ago, will call Borden Park home this year. The grassy park across from 112 Avenue from Northlands will host the two-day rock music festival.

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13.september: Kaleido Festival (Alberta Avenue)

Alberta Avenue comes alive with a free arts festival of music, dance, theater, film, literature, and visual arts with performances along 118 Avenue.

13.september: Big tent event

This new event gets you on a fundraising walk and takes you on an adventure through the Grandview Heights community while you raise funds for the CapitalCare Foundation. It’s a great way to celebrate Grandparents Day.

13.september: Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope (Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park)

The annual walk, held in more than 45 communities across Canada, raises much-needed funding for ovarian cancer research. Ovarian cancer is the most serious form of cancer in women, with 2,600 women diagnosed each year.

September 27th: Children with cancer walk / run (Hawrelak Park)

The KWCS 19th annual Walk and Run is a family affair. The 3-mile run or 2.5-mile walk raises funds for the Kids with Cancer Society.

October 1st – 10th: Edmonton International Film Festival (Landmark Cinemas 9 City Center)

This summer festival celebrates everything cinematic. More than 15,000 people take part in 150 films, galas and events every year.

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October 7-10: Edmonton Comedy Festival

The 2015 edition of the Edmonton Comedy Festival will feature more than 30 comics from across North America in venues across the city.

For more information on other events in and around Edmonton, please visit Global’s OurYEG website.

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