River City Festivals: August in Edmonton

In Events/Festivals by The Wandering Canucks0 Comments

There is no denying that August is full of some of Edmonton’s biggest events, and is typically the highlight of our summer.

Heritage Festival

August 1 – 3, 2015

Servus Heritage Festival takes place over the August long weekend every year in William Hawrelak Park, and in my opinion is one of the best festivals of the year. Three days of food, music, and crafts from all of the unique cultures that make up the wonderfully diverse city of Edmonton.

This year is the Festival’s 40th anniversary, and it will be the place to be on August long. Over 80 cultures are represented, and this year there are 62 booths! Admission is free, but a donation to the food bank is greatly appreciated.

You can travel the world without leaving the park!!!

Edmonton Folk Fest

August 6 -9, 2015

The Edmonton Folk Festival is one of the summer’s most anticipated festivals, and we aren’t kidding. Tickets sell out ridiculously quickly, and it is normal to see most people take the entire festival off of work so they can set up camp for the weekend. The Folk Festival is annually held in Gallagher Park over the second weekend of August. It features a wide variety of folk music, including some heavy hitters such as Of Monsters and Men. It is an Edmonton favourite and sure to be a great time.

Tickets to the Folk Festival are already sold out, but if you carefully scour Kijiji and Ebay you might be able to find a ticket or two. There is no on-site parking available for this event. We’d recommend utilizing the Festival’s Park and Ride service, biking down to the festival grounds or taking the LRT to Central Station and walking (it will be a bit of a hike).

Fringe Festival

August 13 – 23, 2015

We are extremely lucky to host the largest Fringe festival in North America in Edmonton. Edmonton’s International Fringe Theatre Festival spans a whopping 10 days and features hundreds of performances over the course of the event. The festival is held in a variety of different venues mostly found in the Old Strathcona area of Whyte Ave.

You will need to purchase tickets to any shows that you would like to take in, which you can do here. Since parking in Old Strathcona is typically at a premium, and even more so during this festival, we’d recommend that you utilize ETS’s Trip Planner and take transit to get to and from the festival.