Praise Father Time, because 2020 is finally in the history books. And although 2021 is some murky water, we thought it would be fun to start on a more optimistic foot. So, we rounded up 6 things that we hope will return to Edmonton in some way, shape, or form in 2021. Turns out, there’s a lot of stuff we want coming back.

Here’s our list of things we hope will return to Edmonton in 2021.


k-days parade

K-Days had a rough start to 2020. In fact, they had said that the event would not happen in February last year, before lockdowns came into effect. Lucky for us, the organizers have also announced that K-Days will return this summer! How will it look? We have no idea, but we’re excited to find out.

Taste of Edmonton

Of course, we can’t overlook this massive food festival that takes place at the same time. And, 2021 is going to be no different, thankfully. If we can dine-in, then fantastic! If not, we’re looking forward to all the takeout and delivery options to be had.

Edmonton Fringe Festival

Although there was a virtual version last year, we have to admit that live theatre is probably best experienced, well, live. We don’t care if we have to sit on blankets in a park, we want to see a 2-person interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave at a car dealership or something wild like that.

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Muttart Conservatory

edmonton muttart

Like K-Days, Muttart Conservatory didn’t need COVID-19 to not be available in 2020, but it sure didn’t help. On the bright side, the renovations are scheduled to be finished in 2021, and it looks like they’ll be opening sooner rather than later! We’ll keep you posted if anything comes out.

Edmonton Oilers Games

While we’re excited that the Oilers will be able to play on home ice this year, it is a little bittersweet that we can’t watch it live from the nosebleeds. Although we’re not expecting a return to audiences this season, we hope deep down that come the fall we’ll be back in there.

The World Juniors

We know. Too soon, too soon. Hey, if it’s any consolation, the IIHF is giving Team Canada another chance to bring home the gold in Edmonton. Being a host city back-to-back is a unique opportunity by itself, so we’re trying to see the glass half full here.

Patio Hopping

campio brewing

Pretty generic, we know. But, sometimes it’s the simple things in life, like stumbling from one nice wooden patio to another for a delicious craft beer. On the plus, we can sit on our patio at home and try the same brews this summer. Beers? In cans? It’s crazy.

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

The Edmonton Folk Music Fest is one of the oldest and largest festivals of its kind in North America. So, we can’t wait to see it come back, and hopefully this year. We’ll keep keeping our eyes on the ground for any updates, so stay tuned.

Or Any Concert, Really…

We’d listen to Russian folkmetal if it meant drinking in a concert venue again. This one is a toss-up, and probably depends on fun things like vaccination rates, social distancing guidelines, and international travel reopening. A few big names have announced their return, so you have options right now, too.

And that’s our roundup of things we want to come back to Edmonton in 2021! Does this mean we’re not going to agree with public health officials about restrictions? No way. But, it’s nice to be optimistic about the future!