Things To Do

Here are 20 of the best things to do in and around Edmonton this July

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It’s the start of July! Things may be a little (or a lot) different in 2020, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’re entering one of the best months of the year, hands down. Don’t believe us? We think we can prove it to you with this roundup of your options next month.

Here are the best things to do in and around Edmonton this July.

TAKE AN ALBERTAN SUMMER STAYCATION

We’re starting things off the right way. Take a staycation this month over a 3-day weekend or something, and explore what this wonderful province has to offer.

CELEBRATE VIRTUAL CANADA DAY

The first of this month begins with a massive Canada Day celebration from Canadian Heritage. It’ll include nationwide programming and interactive online events. So why not kick off the month with this stellar party?

HEAD TO THE MALL

Not only are most stores back up and running, but a fair number of things to do at West Edmonton Mall are back too. Sprinkle in some mini-golf or bowling in between your usual trips to grab new underwear and basic t shirts.

ENJOY SOME NEW NETFLIX SHOWS

Even in the dead of summer, Netflix still finds ways to make us come back. Next month is no different, with Mean Girls, The Big Short and The Italian Job all supposed to land on July 1st.

BOOK AN ICE TIME

We’re sure there are more than a few residents who would enjoy a little bit of summer hockey. Our recommendation? Play it safe and round up a few friends for a private ice time at a City of Edmonton rink. Heads up- reservations go live on July 2nd!

GO FOR A DIP

Would you rather be in the water than on top of it? Not a problem, since a couple of aquatic centres and pools around Edmonton are slated to reopen on July 20th!

HIT THE GYM

And at the same time, Edmonton’s fitness centres are going to reopen on July 2nd. If you can’t wait that long, then you should know that GoodLife Fitness is one of a few private companies back up and running in Edmonton.

EAT A CHICKEN SANDWICH

We know what your next cheat meal should be- a fried chicken sandwich from Popeyes. No seriously, this thing sold out nationwide when it was first released in the States, and Edmonton is actually the first city in Canada to get it in stores.

EXPLORE THE CITY

The City of Edmonton just launched a new wayfinding map that sums up pretty much everything the city has to offer. Trails, parks, city attractions, and even transit stations have been listed. If you were looking for a new way to explore the city, this could be it.

CHANGE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS FOR THE BETTER

A recent poll showed that the majority of Canadians have (surprised) changed their summer travel plans. Here’s what we say- if you still have the opportunity to, go explore the beauty of Alberta or Canada!

START WITH A HIKE

If you need a little help, we recently teamed up with Mark’s to do a guide of 6 great hikes near Edmonton. From basic strolls in nice parks to relatively challenging day trips, we’ve got you covered, or at least your start.

THEN MAYBE GO CHASING WATERFALLS

We’ve also got a guide to some of the best waterfalls in Canada, and a fair portion of them are in Alberta. So, take a few days and treat yourself to the majesty of the Rockies and some of this country’s coolest waterfalls.

WATCH A MOVIE

Yup, Cineplex theatres in Edmonton are officially open once more. So if you’ve been itching to enjoy something on the silver screen, now’s your opportunity! And here’s a fun fact- tickets are only $5 for the next little while.

HAVE SOME FUN AT THE ZOO

Yup, the Edmonton Valley Zoo officially opened its doors to the public in June. You’re going to have to buy tickets in advance online, and there will be some changes to accommodate social distancing. But hey, we think it’s worth checking out.

SPEND SOME TIME IN THE BACKCOUNTRY

If you missed the update, Alberta’s provincial parks have started booking at full capacity. Make the most of your own backyard this weekend, or maybe just plan for the future. Who knows, maybe you’ll become a huge camper this summer.

ADD A LITTLE ART TO YOUR LIFE

The Art Gallery of Alberta officially reopened to the public in June, so it’s definitely worth heading down there to check things out. Plus, you’re not supposed to touch anything at art galleries anyway! Perfect for social distancing.

ENJOY THE MAJESTY OF A NATIONAL PARK

Attention Edmonton’s outdoorsy folk! You’re now able to head to Canada’s National Parks for some outdoors fun. According to Parks Canada, people who had made reservations before COVID will be allowed to stay in their pre-purchased sites.

TREAT YOURSELF TO A SUMMER DRINK

The list of Canada’s Top 50 Bars came out in June, and Edmonton actually had 4 spots land on the list! We’re not going to ruin the surprise for you, so click the link and check it out.

OR A NICE MEAL INSTEAD

At the same time, only two Edmonton restos made the cut for best restaurants nationwide. Those two were Bündok and Biera. If you haven’t eaten at either spot yet, then maybe this is the month to dive in? We sure think that it is.

LISTEN TO SOME JAZZ

The Edmonton International Jazz Festival is going on every weekend this month! While there are no in-person events, you can still enjoy a ton of fun programming online. The best part? These experiences and interviews are all free for you to enjoy!

And that’s our roundup of things to do in and around Edmonton this July! We hope that you folks enjoy the month, because we know we will!