Well, Edmonton, just like that, it’s mid-August! And that just means we’re seeing more and more summery events, and there is no better time to enjoy it than now. From musicals, to outdoor movies and music, and Pride kick off, here are the best things to do in Edmonton this week!

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is in Edmonton this August, and they are bringing back the audience favourite Romeo and Juliet, as well as Twelfth Night. There are Pay What You Can showings, as well as ASL at select performances.

When: On now until September 3rd, 2023
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave
Cost: Pay what you can – $35

Rod Stewart

Sir Rod Stewart needs no introduction. Stewart’s first tour in four years is taking place this summer, and promises an unprecedented night of iconic hit songs from one of the best-selling music artists of all time!

When: Tuesday, August 15th, 2023
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
Cost: $37+

Sponsored Pick: SIX The Broadway Musical 

SIX the Broadway Musical is coming to Edmonton, and it’s English History like you’ve never seen it before. See the story as it’s told by Henry VIII’s SIX wives as they come together in an all-girl pop group. Get the gang together and get your tickets early for the best seats.

When: August 12th to September 14th, see showtimes 
Where: The Citadel Theatre, 9828 101 A Avenue, Edmonton

Movies on the Square

The City is bringing back Movies on the Square and this week, you can watch The Princess Bride! Besides the movie, you can check out food trucks, and local organizations that will be on site. You’re encouraged to dress up, and there will be prizes for best costumes!

When: Thursday, August 17th, 2023
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost:  Free


ESO Outdoors is coming back this month, and it kicks off this week. Treat yourself to a concert in the heart of the city, enjoy one in one of the suburbs with the family- whatever you pick, you’re in for a treat!

When: Thursday, August 17th, 2023
Where: Centennial Park (Devon)
Cost: Pay what you can

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Edmonton Fringe Festival

For those looking for something a little more funky and indie, you’ll feel right at home at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. Check out dozens of local and touring shows from all walks of the theatre and performance world.

When: Thursday, August 17th until Sunday, August 27th, 2023
Where: Venues around Edmonton
Cost: $10+

Edmonton Pride Festival

Edmonton’s Pride Festival returns to Churchill Square this August! Celebrate love and diversity, and check out Alberta’s first 2-Spirit Powwow, then head back in time at Y2K @ Churchill, featuring a 90s-themed dance party with the legendary PROZZAK! And cap it off with Pride @ Churchill Square which features several artists including Ralph and Stereos.

When: Friday, August 18th until Saturday, August 26th, 2023
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: Free, and VIP at $107

Opera al Fresco

It’s time to celebrate summer with live music, food, and wine at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden! If you have no plans on Friday, you can check out this beloved summer tradition in a beautiful garden.

When: Friday, August 18th, 2023
Where: University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Cost: $72

The AGA Turns 99!

The AGA is turning 99, and it is celebrating this week! There will be discounted admission, and Exhibition tours of From Warhol to Banksy at 1pm and 3 pm, and a special Tour for Seniors at 2pm. There is also a “99 Bottles of Beer Party” from 4 to 6 pm on the terrace.

When: Friday, August 18th, 2023
Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: $9.99

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

Have a great week!