From circus and comedy acts to street performers and more! This city lights up over the summer with festivals almost every weekend, each set to dazzle, delight, and catch you by surprise. 

Can you guess where? Edmonton, of course!

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Canada’s festival city is here to deliver, and that’s just one of many reasons to visit this summer! They have world-class attractions and outdoor adventures in the heart of the city. There’s also a killer food scene with patios and breweries galore.

Here are all the reasons why you should plan a trip to Edmonton this summer – trust us, you won’t regret it! 

4 reasons to visit Edmonton this summer

It’s A Party 

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Like an actual party. Sure, Edmonton has a nightlife, but that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re referring to the 7 different party-centric festivals happening this summer! 

From circus acts that feature wild music and wilder stunts, to the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival and KDays music fest. If you want it, there’s a festival for it! 

Make sure you’ve got these dates in your calendar:

It’s an Outdoor Playground

It’s not summertime if you haven’t hit up the local trails. Luckily, there are plenty of nature spots to explore – and you don’t even have to leave the city with Edmonton’s river valley boasting over 160 km of pathways at your fingertips.

Discover some of the best trails to explore within the city this summer. Cruise through this green oasis by foot, canoe, fatbike, or even Segway! Or, if you’d prefer a view from above, climb aboard the High Level Bridge Streetcar for stunning views of the river valley and city skyline. Get away from it all, right inside the city!

If you’re hoping to experience a summer festival in the midst of the river valley, we’ve got you covered!  

Loads of Art and Culture

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Add a little extra colour to your summer with art, culture, poetry, and more! There are a bunch of amazing cultural festivals coming to Edmonton this summer with everything from Shakespeare to art walks.

If you consider your tastes to be ‘high brow’ then these are for you:

The Food Is Amazing 

Doesn’t matter the time of the year – you’ve got to eat! Edmonton has a killer food scene, from local staples like RGE RD, Woodwork, Baijiu, and Uccelino, to up-and-comers like Fu’s Repair Shop, Bar Henry, and Bernadettes – a brand new restaurant featuring Indigenous cuisine by local chef Scott Iserhoff.

Of course, there’s also a huge food festival coming to town this summer. So if you’re a foodie, set a reminder and prepare your stretchy pants!

Sound like the perfect summer itinerary? 

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Learn more about all the events happening in Edmonton and plan your trip to Canada’s Festival City!