July is a huge month for Edmonton! From concerts to festivals to sports to food, there are quite literally dozens of ways to make the most of the summer month. And of course, we’ve got the absolute best picks lined up for you. Here are the best things to do around Edmonton this July.

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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.

When: Monday, July 1st, 2024
Where:  Viewing locations include Queen Elizabeth Park and Hill, River Valley Road Trail, Victoria Park, and Ezio Faraone Park
Cost: Free

TELUS World of Science’s 40th Anniversary

Get ready for the Science Centre’s 40th Anniversary on July 1st, with Galaxy Fest! It is hosting “a stellar throwback to the 1985 celebrations that were out of this world!” There will be galactic cupcakes, science experiments, space-themed activities and the “Science Centre’s largest rocket launch to date!”

When: Monday, July 1st, 2024
Where:  Telus World of Science, 11211 142 St NW
Cost: $27.95-$36.95

Sponsored Pick: Hoop City 3×3

Lace up your sneakers and practice that dribble, because there’s a huge basketball tournament coming to Edmonton – and you can join in! This summer, you can compete and get a front-row seat at the biggest celebration of 3×3 basketball in Canada with the FIBA 3×3 World Tour and FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series. The amateur 3×3 tournament is called Hoop City 3×3, and if you participate you’ll get free tickets to all the FIBA games!

When: Friday, July 5th – Sunday, July 7th, 2024
Where: ICE District Fan Park, 10104 104 Ave NW, Edmonton

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is back this summer, and will take place in four communities across Edmonton. You will be able to check out “The Tempest” this season, and Tuesdays Evenings and Saturday Matinees are Pay-What-You-Will (PWYW)! This year’s communities include: Crestwood from June 20 to 23, Kenilworth from June 25 to 30, Lessard from July 2 to 7, and Sherbrooke from July 9 to 14.

When:  Running June 20 to July 14th, 2024
Where:  Various locations
Cost:  PWYW – $35

Sponsored Pick: The Play That Goes Wrong

Get ready for total mayhem and guaranteed laughter! The Citadel Theatre presents ’The Play That Goes Wrong’, a 1920s murder mystery put on by The Cornley Drama Society, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! Watch as the play ‘goes wrong’, but with perfectly staged/planned special effects. Don’t miss out on this Olivier Award-winning comedy about a play within a play – it’s a must-see this summer in Edmonton!

When: Saturday, July 6th to Sunday, August 4th
Where: Citadel Theatre
Cost: $60+

Sounds from the Valley: Music and Poetry

Looking for free concerts with art, music, and poetry? Head to Snow Valley Ski Club on Tuesdays! Listen to artists outdoors, and bring a lawn chair if you can.

When:  Tuesday, July 2nd, to Tuesday, August 27th, 2024
Where: Creekside Eats, 13204 Rainbow Valley Road
Cost:  Free

Grindstone Comedy Festival

The 5th annual Grindstone Comedy Festival is back in town and organizers say it is bigger than ever before! If you haven’t been, you can expect “independent stand-up, improv and sketch comedy” by national performers and rising local talent. This year, Debra DiGiovanni, Eric Andrews, Courtney Gilmour and Noah Brodeur are among the performers.

When: Wednesday, July 3rd to Sunday, July 7th, 2024
Where: (Main Venue)The Grindstone Comedy Theatre & Bistro, 10019 81 Avenue
Cost: $35+

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is celebrating 40 Years of bringing high-caliber street entertainment acts to the heart of downtown! From musicians to jugglers and acrobats to unicyclists, check it out for free this July.

When: Friday, July 5th to Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square, 100 St NW
Cost: Free to attend

Edmonton Jerk Festival

Edmonton Jerk Festival is bringing food, drinks, games, and live performances to the city for one day this July.

When:  Saturday, July 6th, 2024
Where: Queen Mary Park, 10844 117 St. NW
Cost: Free to attend

Edmonton Riverhawks

With hockey season over, it is time for baseball! Join the Edmonton Riverhawks as they play in the diamond at RE/MAX field this month. Besides a Canada Day game, there are other specials like Country Night, and Christmas in July.

When: Games throughout the month
Where: RE/MAX Field, 10233 96 Ave NW
Cost: $19.99+

Shakey Graves

Fans of Shakey Graves can catch ‘The Odds & Ends Tour’ in Edmonton this month! The tour stops at Midway on July 8th.

When: Monday, July 8th 2024
Where: Midway, 6107 104 St NW, Edmonton
Cost: $57+

PARTYNEXTDOOR

Feels like it has been a while since PARTYNEXTDOOR was on stage. He’s bringing the ‘Sorry I’m Outside Tour’ to Edmonton this month.

When: Tuesday, July 9th 2024
Where: Midway, 6107 104 St NW, Edmonton
Cost: $89

Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton

This month, you can check out the annual Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton which is back for its 28th year! This year’s festival theme is Innovation.

When:  Wednesday, July 7th to July 14th, 2024
Where: Various locations, full list here
Cost: Varies

The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival

Like to laugh? How about the outdoors? Well, Edmonton, The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival is coming and it combines both. It takes place at Kinsmen Park from July 12th to 14th, and expect big names like Andrew Schulz, Shane Gillis, Kevin Hart, and Whitney Cummings.

When:  Friday, July 12th until Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Where: Kinsmen Park
Cost: $99.50+

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 12th to Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Where: On the streets of Old Strathcon
Cost: Free to attend

Monster Jam

Described as “the most unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable motorsports experience for families and fans in the world today,” Monster Jam returns to Edmonton for an adrenaline-charged weekend at Rogers Place this July.

When: Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Where: Rogers Place
Cost: $35.25+

Zoobrew

An adults-only night at the zoo… with drinks to go with it! Enjoy local artists, sip some beer (or some wine, or whatever), and visit with the adorable residents.

When: Saturday, July 13th, 2024
Where:  13315 Buena Vista Road
Cost: $30

Edmonton Elks

The CFL is back and so are the Edmonton Elks! Get ready to cheer on and catch some action at Commonwealth Stadium this July, including a game against the Ottawa Redblacks and one against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

When: Sunday, July 14th and July 28th, 2024
Where: 11000 Stadium Rd.
Cost: $25+

Taste of Edmonton

Taste of Edmonton has grown to be known as the largest food festival in Western Canada, and it is back this July for 11 days of food, drinks, and local artisans. And it is celebrating its 40th Anniversary!

When: Thursday, July 18th to Sunday, July 28th, 2024
Where: Churchill Square
Cost: $59.50 for 40

K-DAYS

The quintessential pick for your summer bucket list! Enjoy midway rides, games, live entertainment, concerts, food… the list goes on and on! K-Days is back, Edmonton!

When: Friday, July 19th to Sunday, July 28th, 2024
Where: 515 118 Ave NW
Cost: $15+

Stardust Jazz & Swing Festival

It’s time to get together again to dance to incredible live music this July! There will be day time and evening events, and a lot of dancing to be had.

When:  Friday, July 19th to Sunday, July 21st, 2024
Where:  Various
Cost: $35+

Edmonton Reggae Festival

Get ready to groove to the sounds of reggae for three days! Edmonton Reggae Festival takes place over a weekend in July, and there will be food, drinks, and a fun dancing experience for all.

When: Friday, July 19th to Sunday, July 21st, 2024
Where:  Victoria Park, 12030 River Valley Road Northwest
Cost:  Free

Amanda Marshall

After a twenty-two-year hiatus, Amanda Marshall is back with her first full-length studio album, Heavy Lifting. Marshall is kicking off KDays Music Fest on July 19th!

When: Friday, July 19th, 2024
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, Edmonton
Cost: $57+

Ja Rule

Another KDays show you won’t want to miss is Ja Rule, the artist with several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and has sold over 30 million records worldwide and was the best-selling rapper in 2001!

When: Friday, July 26th, 2024
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, Edmonton
Cost: $81+

Ludacris

Closing out KDays is Ludacris! The recording artist has sold more than 24 million albums worldwide, and if you’re a  Fast & Furious franchise fan, you won’t want to miss the show.

When: Sunday, July 28th, 2024
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, Edmonton
Cost: $81+

Have a great July!