Your guide to summer festivals and events in Edmonton: 2018 edition!

Here are 75+ happenings you can look forward to this summer in and around the city


Though Edmonton boasts great events all year long, summer in our city is truly special. Whether you are here for a visit and are looking for something to do, or you're a longtime resident and seasoned festival-goer, there's no shortage of great events to fill your summer calendar with.

Here is our listing of 75+ festivals and events taking place in the Edmonton area this summer. If you find this useful and you'd like to support what we do, consider becoming a Taproot Edmonton member.

Event 2018 Dates Social
Northwestfest May 3-13
Edmonton Jewish Film Festival May 6-16
Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids May 19-20
Thousand Faces Festival May 24 - June 1
NUOVA Opera & Music Theatre Festival May 25 - June 30  
TALES Storytelling Festival May 25-30
UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival May 25-26
What the Truck?! at Capital Boulevard May 26
Edmonton International Cat Festival May 26
RISE Reconciliation Film Festival May 26 - June 2
International Children's Festival May 29 - June 3
Nextfest May 31 - June 10
Edmonton Craft Beer Festival June 1-2
Bonnie Fest June 2
Elk Island National Park Bison Festival June 2
Heart of the City Festival June 2-3
Foodie Bike Tour June 2 - Sept 13
June is NextGen Month June 7
Sustainival June 7-10
Edmonton Pride Festival June 8-17
Edmonton Pride Parade June 9 @ 11am
Chinatown Walking Tours June 10 - Sept 23
McCauley Garden Crawl June 12 - Sept 11
Eats on 118: Tour 1 June 13
Improvaganza June 13-23
Night Market Edmonton June 15-16
Pure Speculation Festival June 15-16
Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival June 15-17
Highlandia Festival June 16
Mercer Summer Super Party June 16
WTS Kids of Steel June 16
Porkapalooza BBQ Festival June 16-17
Summer Solstice Music Festival June 18-22
Freewill Shakespeare Festival June 19 - July 15
Make Music Edmonton June 21
Edmonton Indigenous Peoples Festival June 21
The Works Art & Design Festival June 21 - July 3
35th Anniversary Patio Party June 22
Edmonton International Jazz Festival June 22 - July 1
Soundtrack Music Festival June 23
Photo Walk: Instagrammable Walls June 23
Vintage Day & Ukrainian Music Fest June 24
Feats Festival of Dance June 27 - July 7
Sand on Whyte June 29 - July 8
Canada Day July 1
Blues on Whyte Block Party July 1
Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton July 2-8
Yeg Music Artist Development Camp July 2-13
Found Festival July 5-8
Lawn Summer Nights July 5, 12, 19, 26
What the Truck?! at Valley Zoo July 6
Whyte Avenue Art Walk July 6-8
Seven Music Festival July 7
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival July 10-15
Edmonton Ribfest July 13-15
FISE World Edmonton July 13-15
Africanival July 13-15
Taste of Edmonton July 18-29
Interstellar Rodeo July 20-22
Edmonton Carnaval July 20-22
K-Days July 20-29
K-Days Parade July 20 @ 10am
Sourdough Raft Race July 22
ITU World Triathlon Edmonton July 27-28
Edmonton Heritage Festival August 4-6
Hlinka Gretzky Cup August 6-11
Rock'n August August 7-11
Edmonton Folk Music Festival August 9-12
Animethon August 10-12
Cariwest August 10-12
Cariwest Parade August 11 @ 12pm
EPCOR RiverFest August 11-12
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival August 16-26
Edmonton Rock Music Festival August 17-18
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival August 17-19
Edmonton Airshow August 18-19
Edmonton Marathon August 18-19
YEGO! LEGO Festival August 18-19
Ukrainian Day August 19
Edmonton Blues Festival August 24-26
Canadian Derby August 25
Viva Italia Viva Edmonton August 26
What the Truck?! at Re/Max Field August 26
Eats on 118: Tour 2 August 29
Symphony Under the Sky Aug 30 - Sept 2
Strathearn Art Walk September 8
Blue Quill Party in the Park September 8
SONiC Field Day September 8
Kaleido Family Arts Festival September 14-16
Community League Day September 15
Mid-Autumn Festival September 15
Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo September 21-23
Tibetan Bazaar September 22-23
Gotta Minute Film Festival September 24-30
Changemaker Week September 24-29
Play the Fool Festival September 26-30
Alberta Culture Days September 28-30
Nuit Blanche Edmonton September 29
Free Admission Day September 30
City Market on 104th Street

City Market on 104th Street

We have also included 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 or early June to late September or early October.

Event 2018 Dates Social
Beverly Towne Farmers' Market Tuesdays, 4-8pm
Callingwood Farmers' Market Wednesdays, 12-5pm
Sundays, 10am-3pm
Sherwood Park Farmers' Market Wednesdays, 4-8pm
Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market Wednesdays, 4-7:30pm
YEG Market District Wednesdays, 4-8pm
Baseline Farmers' Market Wednesdays, 4-8pm
124 Street Grand Market Thursdays, 4-8pm
Sundays, 11am-3pm
Millwoods Farmers' Market Thursdays, 5-8pm
Salisbury Farmers' Market Thursdays, 4-7:30pm
Old Strathcona Farmers' Market Saturdays, 8am-3pm
City Market Downtown Saturdays, 9am-3pm
Stony Plain Farmers Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm
Spruce Grove Farmers Market Saturdays, 9:30am-1:30pm
Southeast Farmers Market (Capilano) Saturdays, 9:30am-4pm
South Common Farmers' Market Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm
Leduc Farmers Market Saturdays, 10am-1:30pm
St. Albert Farmers' Market Saturdays, 10am-3pm
The Orchards Farmers Market Saturdays, 11am-3pm
Century Park Market Sundays, 10am-3pm
Miller Crossing Farmers' Market Sundays, 11am-3pm

Happy Summer in Edmonton

Have we missed something that should be included in the list above? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it.

Enjoy everything our city has to offer this summer!

Photos by Mack Male.

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