Oh man is Edmonton going to be hopping in July. Our beautiful festival city is absolutely PACKED to the brim with festivals throughout July. Here are some of the major ones that we insist you check out.
International Street Performers Festival
July 3-12, 2015
The International Street Performers Festival is just a good time. This is definitely a silly, family friendly event that is sure to be a hit with the kids. You can find this festival at Churchill Square running from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily for the duration of the event (with the exception of July 12, which runs from 12:00 to 6:00). Even if you aren’t planning to stick around a full day, we’d recommend eating your lunch in the Square during this festival. You will be sure to be treated to some excellent goofy fun.
The easiest way to get to Churchill Square is to either take the LRT to the Churchill Station OR hop on a bus with the help of the ETS Trip Planner. While there is parking available downtown, it is at a premium during the Monday-Friday crush and it can be quite pricey depending on where you park.
A Taste of Edmonton
July 16-25, 2015
As far as summer staples go in Edmonton, A Taste of Edmonton is it. For many people, this is a must-do in July, so we truly insist that you make the time to check it out! A Taste of Edmonton is a fantastic festival which allows local restaurants a chance to showcase their delicious offerings to the public via sample sizes. It is a most delicious time! The festival itself does not charge an entry fee, but if you wish to indulge in some snacks you will need to purchase tickets. Main course samples typically run between 4 and 5 tickets, with some smaller samples running from anywhere from 1 to 3 tickets. You can purchase tickets on site or in advance at Tix on the Square. A sheet of 40 tickets will put you back $42 (including GST).
This year A Taste of Edmonton is being held in its traditional location at Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton. The easiest way to get there is to either take the LRT to the Churchill Station OR hop on a bus with the help of the ETS Trip Planner. While there is parking available downtown, it is at a premium during the Monday-Friday crush and it can be quite pricey depending on where you park.
Kait – I have made the effort to attend A Taste of Edmonton every year since I started working in downtown Edmonton. It is my favorite YEG festival and is a must do every year. All of the vendors offer some phenomenal samples, and while it can be on the pricier side of things, I feel that it is well worth it. I have discovered some phenomenal local restaurants thanks to A Taste of Edmonton! Highly recommend it.
July 17-26, 2015
K-Days, previously known as Klondike Days and for a brief moment in time as Capital Ex, is the staple of the Edmonton Festival Season. This is the classic exhibition style festival/fair.
Kicking off the 10 day event is the K-Days Parade. Starting downtown at 10 am this is a great free summer event for families. Be sure to get there early as sidewalk space is at a premium. The easiest way to get there is to either take the LRT to the Corona, Bay Enterprise Square, Central, or Churchill Stations OR hop on a bus with the help of the ETS Trip Planner. Of course there is always parking downtown but keep in mind that the Parade is on a weekday and will be at a premium.
Immediately following the Parade the exhibition grounds open at Northlands Park. K-Days consists of a Midway, an Exhibition, concerts and more. Open daily at noon the Exhibition and indoor attractions are open until 11 p.m. and no one is allowed to re-enter after 12 a.m. … but there is no closing time for the Midway. It’s been said that the rides will keep running until the Ferris Wheel is no longer busy and the lights go out – so keep the fun going and ride the Ferris Wheel.
There are a multitude of ticket options but if you want to ride the rides the best option by far is the Coca-Cola Advanced RAD Pass – $46 gets you gate admission and as many rides as you want, as many times as you want however, this must be purchased before July 16. If rides aren’t your thing then the General Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for Youth (7-12) – kids 6 and under are free! Bonus – buy your tickets ahead of time and get a discount.
Bonus: Fireworks are set off every evening around 11 p.m. and if you’re not at the fairgrounds there’s a good vantage point from Hardisty Drive in the Capilano neighbourhood.
Ariel – When I was younger my parents would take my bothers and I to K-Days every other year. And we’d always get the unlimited rides pass – I DEFINITELY recommend doing so. We’d always get there close to noon and would be those people who were the last ones in the park going on rides over and over again…until the Ferris Wheel shut it’s lights off – most of the time around 2 a.m. Now I don’t usually do the rides or stay that late but I always go and check out the Exhibition and get myself some of those mini donuts!
We can’t talk about festivals without talking about at least one music festival. In our opinion, Interstellar Rodeo is a must do for the musically inclined. This music festival aims to bring you up and coming musical talent who are not afraid to push boundaries. The line-up this year is absolutely phenomenal and features the likes of St. Vincent, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Elle King and local group The Wet Secrets.
Interstellar Rodeo is being held at the Heritage Amphitheater in Hawrelak Park. You can find seats in the amphitheater or bring a blanket and stretch out on the grass around the stage. We would recommend taking advantage of the free shuttle (scroll down) being offered by the organizers, as there is a limited amount of parking available on site. Or, for those fitness savy folk, there is a bike lockup available on site for free as well. Weekend tickets start at $215.00, and you can get day passes for $99.