2024 already? You better believe it! A new year is here there are 12 months of fun ahead, but what do you have to look forward to? From markets and music festivals to conventions, holiday must-dos and fireworks shows, here are 25 of the biggest events to look forward to in Edmonton in 2024.

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Chiseled: Edmonton International Ice Carving Competition

It’s back! The Chiseled Ice Carving Festival returns to the ICE District this January. Walk through the displays as talented sculptors chisel away at their frozen blocks and marvel as they transform them into a finished masterpiece. It’s a frosty spectacle that you’ll want to have bookmarked in your calendar.

When: Thursday, January 18th -20th, 2024
Where: ICE District – 10360 102 Street
Cost: Free

Silver Skate Festival

Edmonton’s longest-running winter festival! Check out snow sculptures and learn something new at the heritage village, or the winter markets! Lots will be going down during the 10-day, family-friendly festival.

When: Saturday, February 9th to 19th, 2024
Where: Hawrelak Park

Taste of Africa 

To celebrate Black History Month, Taste of Africa will return this February with a rich display of dance, storytelling, poetry, and more. The evening ends with a tasting of a variety of foods from different parts of Africa and the Caribbean.

When:  Saturday, February 24th, 2024
Where: St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street
Cost: $17.55

Edmonton International Beerfest

We hope you’re thirsty come March! Edmonton BeerFest is Western Canada’s largest Beer Festival and you won’t want to miss it! This year, immerse yourself in beer culture, history and traditions while enjoying live entertainment, local cuisine, educational classes, demonstrations and workshops.

When: Friday, March 21st-23rd, 2024
Where: Edmonton Convention Centre – 9797 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB
Cost: $27.53+

Downtown Defrost

By the end of March, we’ll all be tired of the snow and ice – but that’s where the Downtown Defrost comes in! This spring, check out this family-friendly celebration of dance music and culture in Sir Winston Churchill Square.

When: Friday, March 29th – 30th, 2024
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square – 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Jurassic Quest

Featuring animatronic creatures, fossils and fun – North America’s best and “most realistic” dinosaur expo is back! Jurassic Quest, an imaginative event of epic proportions will return to Canada this spring and Edmonton is on this year’s hit list!

When: Friday, April 25th – 21st, 2024
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre – 7515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Downtown Spark

Get ready, party people! Downtown Spark will be back in 2024 and you can expect this year’s event to be bigger and better, with more things to see including art installations and musical performances, as well as street parties! The event will be free, and family-friendly!

When: May 2024
Where: TBA

UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival

The largest event of its kind in all of Western Canada! UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival is a celebration of culture, food, music, visual arts, crafts and dance. The two-day event will be free to attend and incredibly tasty. Don’t miss it!

When: Friday, May 24th – 25th, 2024
Where: Borden Park – 7507 Borden Park Rd NW, Edmonton
Cost: Free

Pride Month

June is Pride Month in Edmonton and it’s sure to bring live performances, incredible art and so much more to the streets of YEG. Stay tuned for more information as it rolls in!

When: June 2024
Where: TBA

TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Since 2006, the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival has been bringing the world’s best jazz to Edmonton, and this year is no exception. The popular music event returns this June!

When: June/July 2024
Where: TBA

Canada Day Fireworks

Happy Birthday, Canada! While no information has been made public just yet, we can count on Canada Day in Edmonton being just as vibrant as it has been in years past. From fireworks and live performances, we’re bound to have a ton of fun in and around the city this July.

When: Monday, July 1st, 2024
Where:  TBA

Animethon

Animethon, a celebration of Japanese animation will return this August and fans won’t want to miss it! Not sure what to expect? Prep for screenings, costume contests, gaming and more.

When: Friday, August 9th-11th, 2024
Where: Edmonton Convention Centre – 9797 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB

K-Days

The quintessential pick for your summer bucket list! Enjoy midway rides, games, live entertainment, concerts, food… the list goes on and on! Mark your calendars, Edmonton!

When: Friday, July 19th-28th, 2024
Where: 515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton

Taste of Edmonton

It’s coming back, Edmonton! Celebrating the city’s food scene, this massive festival is a summer must-visit year after year and 2024 should be no expecting. Stay tuned for more info!

When: July 2024
Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square – 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Edmonton Heritage Festival

Showcasing a diversity of cuisine, entertainment, interpretive materials, and crafts, the Edmonton Heritage Festival is the world’s largest 3-day multicultural celebration and it will surely kick off again this August! Check it out and have an absolute ball eating, drinking and learning with friends and family.

When: August 2024
Where: Edmonton Exhibition Lands and Borden Park

Edmonton Folk Festival

Love live music? The Edmonton Folk Music Fest is coming back in a big, big way this summer. Country, indie, rock, folk (of course) there are sure to be some incredible artists from Alberta and all over North America.

When: Thursday, August 8th-11th, 2024
Where: Gallagher Park – 9505 96 Avenue, Edmonton

Cariwest

 

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Cariwest is back, Edmonton and this year, there’s a whole lot more to look forward to than just the parade! From markets and live music to a rum garden there are few events that are as bright, vibrant and fun as this one.

When: Friday, August 9th – 11th, 2024
Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square – 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Edmonton Pride Festival

Edmonton’s Pride Festival returns to Churchill Square this August! Celebrate love and diversity, music, art and so much more. It won’t be long until we get more information – so stay tuned!

When: August 2024
Where:  Sir Winston Churchill Square – 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Edmonton Blues Festival

Big news! The Edmonton Blues Festival is set to return and you won’t want to miss it! Celebrating 25 years of fun, expect music, art and sun in 2024, this event should go to the tippy top of your summer bucket list. Check it out!

When: Friday, August 16th-18th, 2024
Where: Klondike Park – 116 Ave and Gretzky Drive, Edmonton

Alberta Day Celebrations

Get ready to party! The third annual Alberta Day will arrive this September! While they have not released any information about the 2024 event we’re sure that there will be a ton of family-friendly programming live performances and more.

When: Sunday, September 1st, 2024

Purple City Music Festival

Looking for more live music? Check out the Purple City Music Festival which features the newest sounds from the global underground, the best talent from Edmonton’s own backyard, and a number of national and international acts!

When: Friday, September 6th-8th, 2024
Where: TBA

Edmonton Expo

Featuring celebrity guests, movie reunions, local vendors, and more – the Edmonton Expo will return this September, bigger and better than ever. If you’re interested, tickets are actually on sale now. It’s going to be incredible!

When:  Thursday, September 20th – 22nd, 2024
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre – 7515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Edmonton International Film Festival

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) celebrates diverse cinema in theatres in and around the city. Enjoy 10 days of films that will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even leave you inspired. Don’t forget the popcorn!

When: Thursday, September 26th – October 5, 2023
Where: TBA

Candy Cane Lane


A winter staple! Considered one of Edmonton’s most iconic holiday experiences, Candy Cane Lane is bound to return for the 2024-2025 holiday season! The best part? It’s free to check out!

When: December 2024
Where: 148 Street between 99 Avenue to 92 Avenue

City of Edmonton New Years

Though the ‘when and where’ has yet to be confirmed, this December Edmontonians will likely be encouraged to enjoy another year where the city’s annual New Year’s spectacular lights the night. Stay tuned!

When: Tuesday, December 31st, 2024
Where: TBA

And there you have it! 25 major Edmonton events that we can look forward to in 2024! Get ready, it’s going to be a good year!