It’s Thursday, Edmonton! And a very special one at that, since we’ve got a long weekend to look forward to! You’ve got a whole extra day to enjoy now, which means you can fit that much more into it. And of course, we’ve got more than a few options for you.
Here are 10 things to do around Edmonton this long weekend.
Two major events are winding down this weekend, and we think you should check out both of them. First up is Taste of Edmonton, which is Edmonton’s beloved food and drink fest. Well, when dozens of Edmonton’s best spots come together in one convenient place, what’s not to love?
When: On until Sunday, August 1st
Where: Churchill Square
Meanwhile, the Summer Fun Midway is another major experience that has been delighting residents this past week. Expect tons of midway attractions like rides and arcade games, food vendors, and more at this family-friendly event.
When: On until Sunday, August 1st
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre Grounds – 7515 118 Ave NW
Cost: $9+ for GA
Meanwhile, another festival is touching down for this weekend only! The Edmonton Heritage Festival is another celebration, this time focusing on cuisines from around the world. Plus, it overlaps with live concerts that are part of World Music Week.
When: Starts Saturday, August 31st
Where: Hawrelak Park
Cost: Free with timed-entry reservation
New experiences and spaces at this beloved cultural centre are now officially available! Go check out this incredible spot near Smoky Lake to learn in the cultural centre, explore the farmyard, or even take some archery lessons. It’s a unique day trip idea, and we’re fans.
When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: 17339 Victoria Trail, Smoky Lake
We’ve got a couple of relaxed picks this weekend. First up is the Art Gallery of Alberta, which officially reopened after an extended closure that started last winter. If you need a different kind of summer fun, then a quiet visit to an A/C controlled art gallery is always nice.
When: Open Thursday to Sunday
Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: $14 for GA
A trip to the movie theatre is also a great way to beat the summer heat. And luckily, some big name titles are coming to the big screen. In fact, this week is the release of the newest A24 film The Green Knight, starring Dev Patel. Sorry, our film buff side is showing.
When: Showtimes throughout the week
Where: Theatres around Edmonton
There’s something special about visiting a garden during the summer. Especially when that garden features thousands of plants and beautiful areas a-plenty. Enjoy some incredible flowers in bloom then lounge under a tree for a picnic! It’s a great way to beat the heat.
When: Open throughout the summer
Where: Parkland County, Alberta
That’s right folks, tours of the Rossdale Power Plant are back! This is your chance to check out a historic landmark in the city, while learning about its history at the same time! And, we have to admit, it’s stuff like this that we like to see on Instagram, if only for the unique factor.
When: Tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: 10155 96 Avenue NW
Safely, of course. But Alberta is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Canada, and they’re just waiting for you to enjoy them. Whether you’re seeing an iconic spot for the first time or taking a trip off the beaten path, we’ve got picks for you.
Where: Click the link above for more info
For a close-to-home option, a dip in a pool on a hot summer’s day is practically a requirement. Plus, it helps that Edmonton has reopened a number of public pools around the city. Whether you’re going for a couple of early morning laps or to splash around with some pals, this is a great idea.
When: Open throughout August
Where: All around Edmonton
Alright, those are our ideas for things to do in Edmonton this long weekend! Have fun out there!