River City Festivals: June in Edmonton

In Conversations, Events/Festivals by The Wandering Canucks0 Comments

As Natural Geographic was so kind to point out in their Best Summer Trips 2015, Edmonton hosts a ton of festivals over the summer months. We aren’t called Festival City for nothing! Here is a peak at some of the festivals that are going on in our beautiful city during the month of June!

Edmonton Craft Beer Festival

June 5-6, 2015

Craft beer is a relative newcomer to the Edmonton scene, although we do have some local craft breweries that we can be proud of. The craft beer movement has finally hit us up here in the cold north, and we have our own craft beer festival to prove it.

400+ types of beer will be at the event, which is too insane to even fathom. The festival is held over two days, and if you like beer, check it out!

The website is easy to navigate, so head on over to www.albertabeerfestivals.com for more information on this and other beer events happening in Edmonton and Calgary.

Edmonton Pride Festival

June 5-14, 2015

To celebrate it’s 35th anniversary, Edmonton Pride Festival is kicking off with a colourful parade on Saturday, June 5th. Edmonton Pride is a fantastic opportunity to show your support for Edmonton’s LBGT community! In addition to the Parade, Pride also has a festival site set up with various venders, performances, art and beer gardens!

This year the parade and festival site has moved from it’s previous home at Churchill Square, over to Old Strathcona. The Parade will start around 11:00 a.m., starting at Whyte Ave and 108th Street, and will end at 86 Avenue and 104th Street. The festival grounds can be found at Strathcona Park.

This festival does not charge admission, so you get in for free! You can get to the Parade route by taking the LRT to University Station, taking the High Level Street Car or by taking the bus (ETS Route Planner available here). There is parking available around Whyte Ave for a small fee.

Kait – I have attended Pride the past two years and have had an absolute blast. The Parade has been absolutely phenomenal both years, and the atmosphere at the festival site is absolutely fantastic. It is a fun festival that offers a great deal of love and support to our LGBT community.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada

June 6 – July 4, 2015

To those who are big soccer (aka football for our non-North American readers), this is a pretty big deal. Edmonton is proud to be a host city for the  2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup throughout the month of June. In addition to Edmonton, the Women’s World Cup is also being hosted by Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton. All of the Edmonton matches are to be held at Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton is hosting 3 round robin games, 2 round of 16 games, the quarter final game, semi final game and third place game. A schedule for these games (as well as ticket prices) can be found here.

The matches do require that tickets be purchased in advanced. It appears that there are still tickets available here. The easiest way, by far, to get to Commonwealth Stadium would be to take the LRT to Stadium Station. There is also parking available at the Stadium for a fee.