Edmonton is one of the most exciting cities in Canada – in fact Edmonton currently ranks #60 on the list of top 100 cities in the world! Needless to say Edmonton is pretty awesome, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite things to do in August to help show off the city.
Heritage Festival: Aug. 4-6
Every country has one or two unique foods that scream national pride. The trick is that you usually have to travel around the world to try it all, or you can just check out the Heritage Festival. Hosted in Hawrelak Park, the festival features food, shopping and entertainment from more than 60 countries around the world. It’s a great way to spend a day outside and experience other cultures. Admission is free and food tickets are sold on site.
For more information visit www.heritagefest.ca/.
Folk Music Festival: Aug. 10-12
Edmonton’s Folk Music Festival is on from Aug. 10 to 12. Some of the headliners of the festival this year include: The Decemberists, Lord Huron, Shakey Graves and more. With 60+ artists performing there is something for everyone to enjoy so make sure to check out the full lineup and schedule. If you like folk music and are looking for an excuse to spend a weekend outside, then this is the perfect event for you. Don’t have your tickets yet? Don’t fret, you can still purchase day passes.
Interested but not sure about the artists? This Spotify playlist is a good entry into the foray that is the Edmonton Folk Festival.
Fringe Festival: Aug. 16-26
One of Edmonton’s most popular festivals is back for another year. Hosted around the city at nearly 40 venues, you will have a chance to see all kinds of unique shows from playwrights all around the world. As an added bonus, you can tell everyone that you attended the oldest and largest Fringe Festival in North America! Ticket details can be a little confusing, but the festivals website helps makes sense of it all for prospective fringers.
Dinosaurs Unearthed (Telus World of Science)
It’s time to unleash your inner paleontologist! Telus World of Science is hosting the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit until Nov. 4, which includes life-sized animatronics, skeletons, fossils and tons of activities. If you love dinosaurs, then this is the exhibit for you. Not enough dinos? The Telus World of Science is hosting three events around the exhibit including:
- Supernova Day, which includes admission to the exhibit and Science Centre, demonstrations and a show in the inflatable planetarium.
- Dinos After Dark, featuring a showing of Night at the Museum on the IMAX screen and a chance to explore the exhibit in the dark. The only catch is that you need to BYOF (bring your own flashlight).
- Big Bang Day, which includes access to the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit and the Terry Fox exhibit, an IMAX ticket, and general admission to the Science Centre.
So excited you can’t wait? Get your tickets early!
Music and Comedy Events
Looking for a fun way to spend an evening in the city? Here are some of the biggest events in Edmonton this month.
- An Evening You Will Forget for The Rest of Your Life, with Steve Martin and Martin Short, Aug. 3 at the Jubilee Auditorium.
- The Headstones, Aug. 15 & 16 at Century Casino.
- Jukebox Hero: The Musical Based on Foreigner’s Hits, Aug. 16 to 19 at the Jubilee Auditorium.
- Elder Millennial Tour: Featuring Iliza Shlesinger, Aug. 18 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.
- Alice Cooper, Aug. 23 at the Jubilee Auditorium.
Don’t forget to check YEGlive.ca to find most of the concert listings in Edmonton!