There’s no denying that the summer months can be particularly tough on the wallet. So, in between those weekend getaways and huge patio brunches, we’re bringing you a list of the best free and cheap things to do in Edmonton this July! Enjoy!

Canada Day Celebrations

Head down to ICE District Plaza for a massive Canada Day celebration on July 1st. There will be drop-in basketball, pickleball and street hockey for everyone to participate in. There will also be music, games, inflatables, photo booths, face painting, performers for kids of all ages.

When: Saturday, July 1st, 2023
Where:  ICE District Plaza & Fan Park
Cost: Free

Canada Day Fireworks

Start off the month right, with some Canada Day fireworks! The city’s fireworks will light up the sky over Edmonton’s River Valley at 11pm. The fireworks will also be livestreamed for anyone who would like to watch from home.

When: Saturday, July 1st, 2023
Where:  Viewing locations include Queen Elizabeth Park and Hill, River Valley Road Trail, Victoria Park, and Ezio Faraone Park
Cost: Free

Whyte Avenue Art Walk

The Whyte Avenue Art Walk is taking place this month, and it is the city’s first event of its kind with 400 artists lining the streets of Old Strathcona showing their creative talents. Buy directly from artists, and watch them create!

When: Friday, July 7th to Sunday, July 9th, 2023
Where: On the streets of Old Strathcon
Cost: Free to attend

The Works & Streetfest

Once again, two major Edmonton festivals will be joining forces this July, which means even more excitement for you. You can expect vibrant visual art and sensational street performance, side-by-side, and it’s free!

When: Friday, July 7th to Sunday, July 16th, 2023
Where: Churchill Square
Cost: Free to attend

Al Fresco On 104th

Al Fresco on 4th is back! This fantastic outdoor experience rolls a market, food trucks and expanded patios into one convenient location. So, whether you’re looking for a beverage on a patio, the hustle and bustle of the market, or something fresh from a local food truck, this is the place to be.

When: Saturdays throughout the summer starting July 8th, 2023
Where: 104th Street Downtown
Cost: Free to attend!

Pop-Up Night Market

This month, head out for a night at the Marketplace at Callingwood’s Pop-Up Night Market! The family friendly event will have face painting, balloon animals, inflatables, and more. You can also grab a bit eat the food trucks, and shop from over 70 vendors.

When: Friday, July 14th, 2023
Where: The Marketplace at Callingwood, 6655 178 Street
Cost: Free to attend

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Immersive Cinema Experience

Get ready for an Immersive Cinema Experience this month! You’ll be able to see some of the most popular cult classic movies, there will be food and drinks, and themed decor!

When: Saturday, July 15th, 2023
Where:  ICE District Plaza
Cost: Free to attend


The quintessential pick for your summer bucket list! Enjoy midway rides, games, live entertainment, concerts, food… the list goes on and on! Did we mention the food?

When: Friday, July 21st to Sunday, July 30th, 2023
Where: 515 118 Ave NW
Cost: $15+

Taste of Edmonton

Running at the same time, this massive food festival is a great bonus pick for those wanting a break from K-Days, but with no shortage of the fun.

When: Thursday, July 20th to Sunday, July 30th, 2023
Where: Churchill Square
Cost: $2+ for tickets

Hit the beach

July means sunny days! If you’re not scared of the water temps, then go check out some of the most amazing beaches around the province.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Have a great month!