SAMU Summer Guide to YEG: Festival Edition

by on May 4th, 2017

Summer is practically here, which means it’s time for Edmonton to turn into Festival City. With festivals dedicated to music, performance arts, film and beer, your summer is going to be jam packed with things to do. Here are some festivals to keep your eyes out for over the next 4 months!

Northwestfest: May 5 – 14

Northwestfest is Western Canada’s premiere non-fiction film festival. The festival runs for 10 days and screens the most talked documentaries from across Canada and the world. New to NWF this year is Lunchpods – a series of lunchtime conversations hosted at The Needle Vinyl Tavern. The chats will explore trending topics, plus tips and tricks for new and upcoming podcasters! Check out the schedule, purchase your tickets and enjoy all that NWF has to offer!

NextFest: June 1 – 11

Each June, NextFest celebrates up and coming artists from around Edmonton and Canada. Nextfest showcases emerging artists in theatre, dance music, film, spoken word, visual art and multidisciplinary collaborations. The 2017 lineup is going to be announced soon, so keep checking back on their website to stay informed and to snag tickets!

Edmonton Craft Beer Festival: June 3 – 4

Why limit yourself to academia inside of a classroom? Expand your knowledge and mind by attending Edmonton Craft Beer festival! Learn all there is to know about craft beer while sampling over 400 types of beer from around the world. You’re sure to discover a new favourite at this annual festival – plus, you get a free sampling mug with the purchase of a ticket!

Edmonton Pride: June 9 – 18

Join thousands of Edmontonians as we celebrate and showcase the many voices of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. The Edmonton Pride Festival has events happening throughout the city all week long. Kicking it off is the highly anticipated and much loved Pride Parade, which will make its way down Whyte Ave on June 10th. Go to the Edmonton Pride Festival website for full details on all events during the week!

Make Music Edmonton: June 21

Originating in Paris many years ago, the tradition of“Fête de la Musique,” or World Music Day, has taken root in Edmonton. Every summer solstice, local artists take over 124th Street and fill the streets with sweet, sweet, free music.

Taste of Edmonton: July 20 – 29

For anyone who likes food (so, like…everyone), this festival is for you. Hundreds of Edmonton’s hottest restaurants and fan faves come together for Taste of Edmonton. The festival in hosted in Churchill Square and is the best place to sample something new or stuff your face with onion cakes. You really can’t go wrong.

Freewill Shakespeare Festival: June 2 – July 16

To go, or not to go: that is the question. But not actually – this is one festival that theatre lovers won’t want to miss! With the River Valley as your backdrop, there is no better venue to catch one of William Shakespeare’s famous plays. Festival passes are available for true Shakespeare fanatics as well as single show tickets for those only wanting to catch one or two!

Interstellar Rodeo: July 21 – 23

Back for another year, Interstellar Rodeo is here to bring you some of the best indie and folk bands of the day! Plus, it’s hosted in Hawrelak Park, so you have lots of space to relax and listen to some great music.

Heritage Festival: August  5 – 7

Experience a new culture. Or 200. Servus Heritage Festival pulls together cultures from all over the world and brings them into spot for you to experience! Most booths offer up cuisine unique to their country plus entertainment throughout the day.

Edmonton Folk Fest: August 10 – 13

EFMF is arguably one of the largest Folk Festivals in the world and definitely one most the talked about festivals in Edmonton. Pulling in major acts from across the world every year, this is a highly coveted festival that usually sells out the first day. Be sure to get your tickets early – they go on sale June 4!

Fringe Festival: August 17 – 27

Just like the Folk Fest, the Fringe Festival is another YEG favourite and it’s pretty easy to see why. The Edmonton Fringe Festival is the oldest and largest Fringe Festival in North America, and for 10 days in August it turns Old Strathcona into a hub of performances from local, national and international artists at over 50 indoor and outdoor venues.