It’s here – the first weekend of July! And we are expecting nothing but sunny skies. There are a few annual festivals in the city this weekend, and some sports too! If you’re looking  to head out there, check out these things to do in and around Edmonton this weekend.

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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

Sponsored Pick: Goodwill Thrifting Hall Of Fame 2024

Calling all legendary thrifters! It’s that time of the year again: Goodwill’s Thrifting Hall of Fame! Get inducted as one of the best thrifters in Alberta. – or nominate someone you know. There are 6 categories and winners will get a prize package, a trophy, and a live award ceremony to celebrate their crowning achievement. Just try to stay humble!

When: Nominations open until July 28, 2024

Edmonton Stingers vs. Vancouver Bandits

Edmonton Stingers professional basketball returns to the Edmonton EXPO Centre this July! They are playing the Vancouver Bandits this week.

When: Friday, July 5th, 2024
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave NW
Cost:  $20+

Sponsored Pick: Hoop City YEG

Lace up your sneakers, because there’s a huge basketball tournament coming to town – 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 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 7, 2024
Where: ICE District Fan Park, 10104 104 Ave NW

Sherwood Park Wild Rose Carnival

The Carnival is back at Sherwood Park! From July 5th to July 7th, you can find it in front of the mall at a new, prominent location. Get ready for run rides for the family to enjoy.

When: Friday, July 5th to Sunday, July 7th, 2024
Where: 2020 Sherwood Dr, Sherwood Park
Cost:  $1+

Edmonton Riverhawks Vs Kamloops

Perhaps some baseball this week? The Edmonton Riverhawks is hosting a ‘First Responders Night” on Friday as they face Kamloops. Head down the field after the game for the amazing fireworks show put on by Uncle John’s Fireworks!

When: Friday, July 5th, 2024
Where: RE/MAX Field
Cost:  $19.99+

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+

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

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

Sponsored Pick: Get your car paint corrected and power polished at Ming Shine

Nothing shows your car’s age more than the chips and scratches in its paint. Ming Shine offers comprehensive paint correction and power polishing services to restore and enhance your vehicle’s exterior. The process includes multiple stages of polishing to eliminate surface imperfections like swirl marks, light scratches, and lacklustre paint. This service works for vehicles of all ages and is tailored to achieve a smooth, high-gloss finish. Your car will look like you just drove it off the lot!

When: Appointments available now!
Where: Ming Shine – 10575 108 St NW & Ming Shine South Edmonton – 9918 35 Ave NW

Hazeldean Artisan Market

Get shopping! The Hazeldean Artisan Market will feature a selection of local vendors, and there will be food trucks if you get hungry. You can also expect local DJs, interactive games, and buskers. They will also be accepting donations to the Edmonton Food Bank and Canadian Cancer society.

When:  Saturday, July 6th, 2024
Where: 9630 66 Ave NW
Cost: Free to attend

Have a great weekend!