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 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.

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

Sponsored Pick: Try this tasty summer cocktail at Hudsons & you’ll be entered to win a dogsledding adventure

If dogsledding has always been on your bucket list, Hudsons Pub could make that happen for you! During their Sled Dog Days of Summer, if you try one of their delish Sled Dog or Slush Pup cocktails, you’ll be entered to win a dogsledding getaway to the Rocky Mountains. A sled dog is a draft beer mixed with liquor and flavoured slush. A slush pup is a mix of your favourite pop and an ounce of liquor, topped with flavoured slush.

When: June 6 – August 8th. Winner announced on @hudsonspub Instagram on August 11th
Where: Hudsons Pub

TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Since 2006, the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival has been bringing the world’s best jazz to Edmonton, and this year is no exception. The popular music event is back, and continues through the long weekend.

When: Wednesday, June 28th until Sunday, July 2nd, 2023
Where: Various venues
Cost: Varies

Edmonton Athletics Invitational

If you enjoy track and field, this is one event you can’t miss! The Edmonton Athletics Invitational is bringing the best track and field athletes in the world to the city, and they will be competing head-to head!

When: Sunday, July 2nd, 2023
Where: Foote Field, 11601 68 Ave NW
Cost: $25

Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton

This month, you can check out the annual Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton which is back for its 27th year! The theme for this year’s event is “prohibition,” and will look at Edmonton’s history while also celebrating the city’s craft beverage industry.

When: Sunday, July 2nd to Sunday, July 9th, 2023
Where: Various locations, full list here
Cost: Varies

Grindstone Comedy Festival

The 4th 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.

When: Wednesday, July 5th to Sunday, July 9th, 2023
Where: (Main Venue)The Grindstone Comedy Theatre & Bistro, 10019 81 Avenue
Cost: Free, and ticketed at $20

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

Death From Above 1979

After their 2022 tour, Death From Above 1979 return to Edmonton this July. Catch the Canadian duo on a Wednesday at The Starlite.

When: Wednesday, July 12th, 2023
Where: 10030 – 102 Street
Cost: $56

TLC & Shaggy

Another concert this month, but with different vibes! TLC & Shaggy are bringing their Hot Summer Nights Tour to Edmonton, and we’re ready to sing “No Scrubs” and “It wasn’t me.”

When: Thursday, July 13th, 2023
Where: 7515 118 Ave NW
Cost: $188

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 over two days, and headliners include Bill Burr and Theo Von.
When: Friday, July 14th and Sunday, July 16th, 2023
Where: Kinsmen Park
Cost: $79+

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FIVB Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour

Some of the best beach volleyball players in the world are coming to town as the city hosts the FIVB Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour. The Volleyball World BPT combines sports, entertainment, and fun and it will be right in the city!

When: Thursday, July 20th to Sunday, July 23rd, 2023
Where: Fan Park ICE District
Cost: $34.50+


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

Teagan And Sara

Back to K-Days, Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara are performing this year! Tegan and Sara will take the Northern Lights stage with TALK.

When: Friday, July 28th, 2023
Where: 7515 – 118 Avenue
Cost: $15+

Shawn Desman

Also at K-Days this year is Shawn Desman. Get ready for the pop sounds of one of Canada’s favourite artists!

When: Sunday, July 30th, 2023
Where: 7515 – 118 Avenue
Cost: $15+

Be cool in the pool

Whether you’re just looking to splash around with some pals on the weekend, or get a few serious laps in before the work day begins, you can head to one of the city’s pools!

Where: Locations around Edmonton

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

Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash Park

Located just outside of Red Deer, Alberta, the Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash park is THE place for sizzling summer days and they’re open for the season.

When: Open daily 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Bay #1, 5100 Lakeshore Drive– Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Cost: $18+

The Art of Brick

The world’s largest and most popular display of Lego art is here! If you’re a Lego fan, be sure to make time to head to Telus World of Science to discover over a million Lego bricks transformed into over 100 sculptures by contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.

When: On now until October 10th, 2023
Where:  TELUS World of Science – Edmonton,  11211 142 Street
Cost: $30.90