Things To Do

25 awesome things to do in Edmonton this July

Via Kurt Bauschardt

It’s time to get very excited because festival season has arrived in YEG, people! Yes, Edmonton always has great things to do in July, but for some reason, it feels like we really need summer 2019 to pop off. Well boy, oh boy, it’s not going to disappoint. In case you need a little guidance, here are 25 of the very best things to do in Edmonton this July. Enjoy!

Canada Day Fireworks

Happy birthday, Canada! Watch the always-entertaining Kinsmen Park fireworks from whichever location suits you best. The Alberta Legislature grounds, Walterdale Hill Road, and Queen Elizabeth Park Road are all top-notch viewing spots.

When: Fireworks begins Sunday, July 1 at 11 pm
Where: Various Viewing Locations
Cost: Free

23rd Annual Historic Festival and Doors Open

Doors Open allows for the public to explore some of Edmonton’s coolest and most historic buildings. Other events include explorations into the leisure facilities of past and present Edmonton.

When: Monday, July 1 – Sunday, July 7
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Free

Qualico Patio Series

Calling all eclectic music lovers to this 8-week long unique music festival. Enjoy two shows per night at Festival Place while taking in the views of Broadmoor Lake Park.

When: July 1 to August 29
Where: Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park
Cost: $8 for individual, $72 for series

Les Miserables

One of the most famous musicals of all time comes back to Edmonton to provide a little heartbreak and inspiration. This is a must-see for any fan of stage and storytelling.

When: Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave NW
Cost: $30+

Khalid Free Spirit World Tour

The young lad with the slick voice has been taking over the pop/soul/R&B/chillhop/?groovy EDM? charts for the past couple of years. Take advantage of this show now, the next time he’s in town ticket prices are sure to be sky-high.

When: Thursday, July 4 at 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Place
Cost: $64+

Found Festival

Imagine a hidden treasure map leading to ultra-cool pieces of art in places you’d never, ever expect. Now, stop imagining, because Found Festival is (kinda) making that a reality. It’s odd, weird, exciting, and can even be a bit scary. What more could you want from an arts festival?

When: Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7
Where: TBD
Cost: Free and ticketed events


Gather up your pals for the 4th volume of this fashion show at the Edmonton Zoo! It’s educational, odd, and raises money for charity. No word yet on whether Hansel (so hot right now) will be making an appearance or not.

When: Thursday, July 5 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road
Cost: $20+

Punk in Drublic Festival

Craft beer and live music go together like two very good things that go well together, so it makes sense that this alt festival makes for some seriously good times. It’s loud and crazy and just the way a punk festival should be.

When: Saturday, July 6
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave NW
Cost: $69.50-$89.50

Billy Idol

Now, technically this concert is sold out, so the only prices you’ll be getting are from resellers. That being said, at nearly $250 a pop it appears that Edmonton is fully-packed with Billy Idol superfans.

When: Tuesday, July 9 at 8:00 pm
Where: River Cree Resort & Casino
Cost: $243.95


Celebrate the rich artistry, tradition, and culture of Edmonton’s African descendants at this weekend festival. From poetry readings to dances and music, to Gospel and even a fashion show, Africanaval has it all.

When: Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14
Where: 10610 105 St NW
Cost: Free admission

Death Cab For Cutie

Sing your heart out, shed a few tears, and take a millennial nostalgia trip at what is sure to be a very, very lovely live show.

When: Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 pm
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre
Cost: $77.67

Edmonton Ribfest

Feast on award-winning ribs from all over North America while sipping on a couple of craft beers and do it all to support the re-opening of the Hearts Thrift Store for People in Need. People helping people, it’s powerful (and in this case, delicious) stuff.

When: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14
Where: Borden Park, 7507 Borden Park Rd
Cost: Free Admission – All Proceeds go to Hearts Thrift Centre

Lexus of Edmonton Presents Dog City Festival

There will be live music, a splash zone, and even some photo areas set up to make your furry friend look even more beautiful. We’re not sure that’s possible, but hey, we’re game to try.

When: Saturday, July 13 from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm
Where: Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association, 12504 Fox Drive
Cost: Children under 14, free; Regular admission, $20

Edmonton Carnaval

Enjoy traditional Latin American food, drink, dancing, and culture at one of Edmonton’s most fun festivals. That’s saying a lot. After all, we are a festival city.

When: Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14
Where: 9210 118 Ave NW
Cost: Free admission

Taste of Edmonton

Over 60 food and drink vendors along with more than 30 Canadian artists team up to make this one unforgettable weekend. Well, it’s actually in its 35th year, so that’s a lot of weekends. Math aside, this is a can’t miss thing to do in Edmonton this July.

When: Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 28
Where: Capital Plaza, 9820 107 St NW
Cost: Free and ticketed events

Edmonton Ice Cream Run

Talk about earning your dessert. No matter what level of fitness you’re at, free ice cream is a damn fine incentive to get you up and moving. Plus, a cool treat tastes a whole lot better after a swift 5 or 10K walk or run.

When: Saturday, July 20 from 9:45 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Kinsmen Park, 9130 Walterdale Hill Northwest
Cost: $15 +

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

You see them all over the place on any night or day out in Edmonton. They’re musicians, dancers, magicians, and entertainers of all sorts. Now is their time to shine and your time to actually support them! Remember, you owe them a dollar for every minute they make you stop and watch. Rules are rules!

When: Friday, July 5th – Sunday, July 14th
Where: Dr. Wilbert Mcintyre Park, 8331
Cost: Free (Donations welcome)


There is too much awesome stuff at K-Days for us to fit into here, so keep an eye out for our guide to the whole thing. In the meantime, we’ll just tell you that it is THE thing to do in Edmonton this July.

When: July 19 – July 28
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre,
Cost: Prices Vary

Backstreet Boys

Do we really have to tell you why this is a show you’ll want to see? No, we didn’t think so. Get out there, turn back the clock, and sing your heart out. Plus, it’s one of the last great things to do in Seattle during July. Finish with a bang, people!

When: Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 pm
Where: Rogers Place
Cost: $214.20 +

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Sure, they’re missing original lead singer John Fogerty, but that ain’t slowing these legends down. Come for some of the most iconic tunes of the late 60s early 70s.

When: Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 pm
Where: River Cree Resort & Casino
Cost: $64+

Interstellar Rodeo

With 2019 headliners including Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Sharon Van Etten, and Aloe Blacc, this intimate, highly-regarded festival is stepping its game up for yet another year.

When: Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28
Where: 9330 Groat Rd NW
Cost: Youth single $69, weekend pass $149-$169; Adult single $115; weekend pass $249-$279

Chaos AB

This is certainly not a festival for the faint of heart. Headlining acts include Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and even Slayer in their last Alberta show ever.

When: Friday, July 26
Where: Kinsmen Park, 9100 Walterdale Hill
Cost: $180+

UFC 240

Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar for the UFC Featherweight Belt while Cris Cyborg takes on Felicia Spencer in a highly-anticipated battle as well. It’s a solid card and should appease any fighting fan.

When: Saturday, July 27 at 4:15 pm
Where: Rogers Place
Cost: $134.60

Def Leppard Hits Canada

Alright, basic b’s, it’s time to grab your “vintage” Def Leppard tees, and learn something other than “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. Def Lep themselves are hitting up Edmonton, and it’s gonna be a throwback to true rock n’ roll you won’t wanna miss.

When: Monday, July 29 at 7:00 pm
Where: Rogers Place
Cost: $61.58

Wowza, that’s a lot of awesome things to do in Edmonton this July! We’ll see you out there.

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