Happy short week! Another weekend has come and gone, and frankly, we’re running out of summer days in Edmonton! So we’re feeling a little more motivated than usual to make the most of each and every one. If you’re in the same boat, then we’ve got some great options for you. Here are the best things to do in Edmonton this week.

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is in Edmonton starting this month, 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: Tuesday, August 8th until September 3rd, 2023
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave
Cost: Pay what you can – $35

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Easily the biggest draw of the month, the Edmonton Folk Music Fest is coming back in a big, big way this week. Country, indie, rock, folk (of course)… there are dozens upon dozens of amazing names coming including Ben Harper and Fleet Foxes!

When: Thursday, August 10th until Sunday, August 13th, 2023
Where: Gallagher Park, 9505 96 Ave
Cost: $97.50+

Harry Potter Movie Marathon

Here’s a movie marathon for old fans and new ones alike! Get ready for a full Harry Potter Movie Marathon, and experience it on Alberta’s largest screen!

When: Thursday, August 10th until Sunday, August 20th, 2023
Where: Telus World of Science
Cost: $14.95

Film Night: Spotlight on Dance: ‘Cunningham’ & ‘Pina’

Head to the Art Gallery of Alberta this week for a special spotlight on dance! They will be screening two iconic films exploring the work of important contemporary choreographers. Watch either film for $10 or both for $15!

When: Thursday, August 10th, 2023
Where:  2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: $10+


While the main draw for Edmonton’s Caribbean festival is the parade, there’s a whole lot more to look forward to as well. A marketplace, live music, and even a rum garden will have you loving every second of your visit!

When: Friday, August 11th until Sunday, August 13th, 2023
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: Free to attend

Alberta Avenue Night Market

Ten Night Markets are taking place in the Alberta Avenue District this summer. Each market will have different vendors, entertainment and community partners. So bring the family, and enjoy some food outdoors!

When: August 11th, 18th, and 25th, 2023
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free to attend

Alberta on the Plate

Our province has plenty of amazing food options, but with so many to choose from it can be difficult to pick your next spot. Luckily, a returning food festival changes that! Thanks to Alberta on the Plate, a 10-day, province-wide dine around festival, you’ll be able to try out the very best culinary experiences across the province.

When: August 11th to 20th, 2023
Where: Locations around Alberta
Cost: Varies per restaurant

Brews & Blooms

What’s better than a Friday night of blooms and brews? Local flowers and local beers await you and your best pal or partner at Blooms on Seven! Included in the cost are two tickets to Date Night, 2 brews, 1 u-pick cup to fill with flowers, and you can even enjoy a picnic with the alpacas!

When: Friday, August 11th, 2023
Where: Blooms on 7 Flower Farm, 51553 Range Rd 225A, Sherwood Park
Cost: $95

Edmonton Corn Maze

Young and old alike can appreciate the value of a good corn maze, and honestly, the Edmonton Corn Maze is amongst the best in the country!  And there’s no better time to check it out than right now.

When: Open now until October, 2023
Where: 26171 Garden Valley Road, Spruce Grove
Cost: $14

Where Dark Things Dwell

Ready to immerse yourself in Edmonton’s largest outdoor escape room? Get your friends and check out “Where Dark Things Dwell”, Fort Edmonton Park’s newest interactive experience.

When: Thursday, August 10th, and Friday, August 11th, 2023
Where: Fort Edmonton Park – Special Events, 7000 143 St NW
Cost: $30