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The following article is for the weekend of Aug 7 – 9, 2015. For Heritage Day – August Long weekend activities (July 31 – August 3), see Heritage Day Weekend in Edmonton 

Weekend Events & Activities in Edmonton

Friday, August 7- Sunday, August 9, 2015

A digest of What’s On in & around Edmonton this weekend, including free fun family activities, weekend events & activities for kids, live music, performing arts & theatre and sports.

Check road conditions, before you go- Here Weather Warnings – Here

I. Family Events & Activities

1. Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival

Come celebrate Caribbean culture with Cariwest. Cariwest is an annual three-day Caribbean Arts Festival that takes place in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Our dazzling costumes, lively music, street theatre and tantalizing cuisine will surely get your heart pounding. Come parade with us!  Details

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August 7 – 9, 2015
Parade: August 8 | 12:00 PM

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Sir Winston Churchill Square & Shaw Conference centre

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Free & ticketed events.

 

2. Disney’s The Lion King – Musical

disneylionkingGiraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that you’ll remember forever. Details

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July 14 – August 9, 2015

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Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, Edmonton

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$27.00 – $87.00 + charges

 

3. Ukrainian Day

Celebrate Alberta’s vibrant Ukrainian community at Ukrainian Day 2015! Come out and celebrate the contributions of Ukrainian pioneers, their legacies and traditions, in building this province. Ukrainian Day 2015 marks the 124th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.  Details

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Sunday, August 9, 2015 | 9:00 AM. – 5:00 PM

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Regular admission

 

4. Family Fun Day 

Sturgeon County invites you and your family to the Sturgeon Family Fun Day. Events include Old fashioned carnival games
Pony carousel, Petting zoo, Watermelon eating contest, Inflatables. Details

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Sunday, August 9, 2015 | 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM

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Coronado, Sturgeon County

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Free

 

5. Family Nature Nights

familynaturenightsJoin Nature Kids along with experts who will  teach you all about wetland critters and  creepy crawlies (a little less creepy though)! There will be activities, crafts and nature  walks.

Family Nature Nights (FNN) is a project designed by Nature Alberta’s Nature Kids, The Alberta Science Network and The City of Edmonton, Community Recreation Services (CRS). Details

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM

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Hermitage Park, 2115 Hermitage Rd NW, Edmonton

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Free

 

6. Other Family Activities

1. John Janzen Nature Centre

Kids’ Nature Nook:  @ 10:30 AM, Daily

Animal Encounters & Feedings:  @ 01:00 PM Daily

Wild Things: @ 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM Daily

Family Bonfires –  Every Thursday evening in July and August | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM –  FREE!

2. Visit Edmonton Zoo this Week. – Edmonton Valley Zoo 

Animal Mythbusters!  – Uncover the truth about animal myths at the Edmonton Valley Zoo! Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM  – Details

3. Government House: Free Tour of Government House on Sundays.

4. John Walter Museum: Free to visit – Saturdays & Sundays | 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM

5. City Hall – This week at City Hall.

6. Summer in the Square (Free) Details

7. Muttart Conservatory – Feature Pyramid

Journey T0 Middle Earth : June 27 – Aug. 16 – Details

8. U of A Astronomical Observatory | Thursdays

Go for Solar observing at U of A Astronomical Observatory on Thursdays | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

9. Fort Edmonton Park

Special Weekend Programs – Details

10. Telus World of Science

Dinosaurs Unearthed: Traveling Exhibition & Special weekend activities- Details

11. RASC Observatory –  Coronation Park, Edmonton 

View the sun, moon, stars and planets through high quality telescopes. – Details

12. Family Drop-in Programs at St Albert Heritage Sites 

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays – Details

 

7.  Royal Alberta Museum Activities

There are countless public programs aimed at children, so if you’re looking for something to do with your children during weekdays & weekends , the Museum is the perfect destination!

From Story Time Club, to Animal Buddies, the Museum has great activities for kids.Programs

 

8. Family Movies

Have fun with the whole family and watch a movie for $2.99 on Saturday mornings at 11am. See link for shows and participating Cineplex theatres.  Details

Air Buddies on August 8

The Seventh Dwarf on August 15

Maya the Bee Movie (FREE) on August 22

Stuart Little 2 (2D) on August 29

Reel Family Cinema at Metro Cinema:  Details

Free for kids under 12.

When Marnie Was There on August 8 | 2:00PM

Charlotte’s Web on August 29 | 02:00 PM

Telus World of Science

Imax theatre : Shows

Night at the Drive-In – Part of Rock`n August 

A huge blow up screen over 3 stories high with radio broadcast sound and will be set up at the Servus Place west parking, St Albert. – Movie:  Herbie The Love Bug – Details

Thursday August 6th | 10PM-12AM, Gates Open At 8:00PM.  $20.00 per car.

Open Air Movie Night

Movie at Stony Plain Public Golf Course 18 Fairway Drive on August 8, 15, 22 at Dusk (~09:00 PM)

 

9. Free activities: local library

Edmonton Public library offers plenty of free drop in activities to choose from for all ages including toddler story times. Plan ahead to attend some of the free activities in the following weekends : Details and link for registration.

Strathcona County Library – Here

Spruce Grove Public Library – Here

St. Albert Public Library – Here 

 

10.  Drop – in Programs

Edmonton Recreation : There is always something you can do as family with the advantage of not having to plan early or register. Check these links below.

a. Public Skating  – When & Where

b. Spray Parks – Details

c. Drop – in Swim – When & Where

d. Drop-in Fitness Programs : When & Where

St Albert – Servus Place – Drop in Schedule

  Woodlands Water Play Park; and Grosvenor Outdoor Pool

Strathcona CountyDrop in Programs & Spray Parks

Activities by Edmonton Recreation

There are many affordable, high-quality inclusive programs, camps and activities throughout the year for all ages and abilities including Toddler time, puppet show, story time and more! Spend time exploring the river valley, trying a new sport, discovering your creative side and experiencing the outdoors. – See the link for details and register.

II. Adult/ Youth Events

1. Taylor Swift

taylorswift In support of the album 1989. Opening Acts: Vance Joy. Details

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 | 07:30 PM
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | 07:30 PM

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Rexall Place, Northlands – 7424 118 Ave NW, Edmonton

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 $49.50 – $200.00

 

2. Bucker

BuckerPerforming together since the summer of 2012, Bucker is a rock and roll party band. Mixing together their loves of blues and hard rock, Bucker finds a unique sound that fits in the pocket of retro blues and modern rock! Details

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | 07:30 PM

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Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park.

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 $8.00

 

3. Rise Against

In support of the Album – The Black Market. Supporting Acts:  Killswitch Engage and letlive. Details

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | Doors: 6:30 PM
Show: 7:30 PM

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Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue Northwest , Edmonton

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 $49.50 – $54.00

 

4. Edmonton Folk Music Festival

One of the best Folk Music Festivals in Canada. Details

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August 6 – 9, 2015

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Gallagher Park (97 Ave and 94 St), Edmonton

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Island Rave 2015 – Cariwest After Party – August 8 – Details

III. Sports & Related Events

1. FIBA Americas Championship for Women

10 teams will compete over 8 days, with the winner qualifying directly for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Teams:  Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and US Virgin Islands Details

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August 9 – 16, 2015

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Saville Community Sports Centre, Edmonton

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$22.50 – Tickets

Kanfest 2015 – August 7 – 9, 2015 (whitewater kayaking) @ Canoe Meadows, Kananaskis Country

2. FC Edmonton

vs Indy Eleven – Regular Season Home Game #7
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Wednesday, August 5 2015 | 07:00 PM

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 Clarke Field, Edmonton

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3. 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

2015 J.R. Patrick Classic. Details

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August 8th-9th, 2015

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Servus Place, 400 Campbell Road, St. Albert

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Free

 

4. Tour de l’Alberta

Bring the family out to enjoy the tour de l’Alberta and take part in the 20km ride. This is a great way to get the whole family active with a safe controlled bike ride through Morinville and the Sturgeon Area. Details

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

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9502-100 Street, Morinville

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Free – Registration reqd.

 

5. Thoroughbred Racing

  Details

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Fridays, August, 2015 | 06:30 PM
Saturdays, August, 2015 | 01:00 PM
Park after Dark – Fridays, June to September:  Dress to impress as you catch exciting racing action with a live DJ, great games and prizes.

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Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino, 7410 Borden Park Road NW, Edmonton.

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Free

 

6.  Runs & Walks

8th Annual Hope Classic for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

5K or 8K on  Saturday, August 8, 2015 |  10:00 A.M @ Rundle Park, Edmonton – Details

The Gift of Change Challenge

5K Run/Walk on Saturday August 8, 2015 | 10:00 AM @ Emily Murphy Park – Details

Ride Walk Run for Celiac 2015

2.5K/5K/10K on Sunday, August 9, 2015 | 02:00 PM @ Goldbar Park, Edmonton – Details

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IV. Exhibitions & Other Events

1. Rock`n August

Rock’n August is an international car show and music festival. Over 775 classic car entries and more than 50,000 people attend each year, making Rock’n August one of the largest events to take place in Alberta.  Details

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August 4 – 8, 2015

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Multiple venues, St Albert

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Free and ticketed events

 

2. Animethon 22

Animethon is a Japanese Animation (“anime”) themed festival. Also include voice actor guests from North America, musical acts from North America and Japan, improvisation groups, as well as various related activities such as gaming, costume contests, and more. Details

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August 7 – 9, 2015

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MacEwan University, Downtown Campus, Edmonton

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Event pass: $45.00

Artlicious Art Walk – St Albert on Aug 6 – Details

3. Edmonton Kennel Club

Dog show & trials. Details

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August 6 to 9, 2015

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Whitemud Equine Centre, 12505 Keillor Rd NW, Edmonton

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Free

 

4.  Tours

1. Historic Walking Tours:

Join us for a Historic Walking Tour of St Albert’s past and discover what makes our city unique! Walking tours of St Albert’s riverside and historic downtown run throughout the summer.   Details

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Aug 13, 27, 2015 | 06:30 PM, September 12, 2015 | 02:00 PM

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 Little White School, 2 Madonna Drive, St Albert

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Suggested donation $3

2. Horse & Wagon Tours:

The Town of Stony Plain was one of the first communities in Canada to start a mural collection. Listen to the click-clack of the horses and breathe in the fresh air as you travel around the downtown hearing the story of Stony Plain.   Details

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Upcoming Tours: Aug 8, 22 & Sept 27
Book atleast one week in advance!

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Stony Plain

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$10/person $45/family of up to 6

Free Edmonton Downtown Walking Tours on Weekdays until Aug 21, 2015

5. Glimpses of the Grasslands

Wildlife artist Colin Starkevich

By Colin Starkevich

Wildlife artist Colin Starkevich, a native Edmontonian, shares his passion for the Grasslands region of Alberta in his world première exhibition of “Glimpses of the Grasslands: The artistic vision of Colin Starkevich”. Through this exhibition, Colin depicts the uniqueness of the Grassland landscape of southern Alberta and its wild inhabitants. Details

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Until Spetember 27, 2015 | 09:00 – 05:00 PM

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Royal Alberta Museum

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Regular Admission.

U of A Sustainability Walking Tours  – Free – Details

6. AGA Exhibitions

Exhibitions 

GiordanoMassacreChildren-WEBWil Murray: On Invasive Species and Infidelity | June 27, 2015–October 4, 2015

Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections | June 27, 2015–October 4, 2015

Jack Bush | May 30, 2015–August 23, 2015

Tyler Los-Jones: A Panorama Protects its View | January 23–January 31, 2016

V. Dinner Theatre/Music Events

1. Fort Edmonton Park Events

Sunday Brunch – Gather your clan for Sunday Brunch at Johnson’s Cafe at the historic Hotel Selkirk in Fort Edmonton Park. Enjoy a scrumptious meal then take a stroll around the park.

Pioneer High Tea – Every Wednesday | 03:00 PM & 03:30 PM @ Johnson’s Cafe

Experience a selection of open faced English sandwiches, pastries, scones, mini dessert, cookies accompanied by Devonshire cream and strawberry butter. A natural selection of black or green teas to enjoy and fine coffee available for non-tea drinkers.

Around the World in 80 Days Picnic and Movie  on August 6 – Details

2. The Hat – Events

3. River Cree Resort & Casino – Events

4. Jubilations Dinner Theatre – Events Once Upon a Time in Graceland: June 19 – August 23, 2015

5. The Red Piano Events

6. Blues on Whyte – Events

7. The Comic Strip – Events

8. Mayfield Dinner Theatre – Events 

9. The Comedy Factory – Events

10. Date Night at the Garden @ Devonian Botanic Garden.

Bring your sweetheart or come with the gang. Stroll the Garden till dusk –  it’s beautiful in the twilight.  Share a Date Nightbite to eat at the Patio Cafe, or bring a picnic, and you have all the elements of a great night out. Lineup for the 2015 season, includes the ever-popular dance lessons with the U of A Dance Club, movie night under the stars, games nights, theme nights, fun-to-do-together activities and more.  Details

Thursdays, June 4 through August 27, 2015 | Admission until 8:30 PM; Garden stays open until dusk

11. Range Road Gourmet Dinner – Field to Fork experiences 

August 5, 23 & 30, September 9, 13, & 20, and November 8, 2015 @ Prairie Gardens, Gibbons – Book

12. Alberta Open Farm Days – Culinary Experiences

Saturday, August 22, 2015  – Multiple Locations – Get tickets

13. Sturgeon County Bounty Culinary Cookout on Friday, 21 August 2015 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Get Tickets

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VI. Shopping Promotions & Related events 

1. Old Strathacona Events

2. West Edmonton Mall Events & Promotions

3. Edmonton City Centre – Sales and Events

4. Kings way mall – Events

5. South Gate Centre – Events

6. Sherwood Park Mall – Events

7. Millwoods Town Centre – Events

8. Northgate Centre – Events

9. Londonderry Mall – Events

 

2. French Quarter Farmers Market

A boutique Farmers Market. Come discover quality local vendors, with gourmet/artisan foods available for you and your family’s pleasure & health! Fun for the entire family. Details

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Every Sunday from 12 :00 PM to 4 :00 PM (ongoing throughout the year – Rain or Shine)

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La Cité Francophone, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury [91 street], Edmonton

 

 

3. City Market Downtown

City Market Downtown

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Saturdays | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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104th Street, Edmonton

 

4. Callingwood MarketPlace

Market 

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Sundays | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Wednesdays | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM,  from May 3 to October 11, 2015.

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Corner of 69 Avenue and 178 Street, Edmonton

 

5. Night Market

Night Market Edmonton is where compelling strangers come to gather among the wonderful things to enjoy the sweetness of being together. Market.

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Fridays, May to August, 2015 | 07:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Jasper Avenue and the corner of 105 Street, Edmonton

Bookmark this page and check back next week for more activities. We do try to make the listings as accurate as possible, but mistakes may happen. Please verify all details from concerned event websites/officials. Please leave a comment if any link to the event page is broken (leads to 404 page).

Things to do this weekend in Edmonton 4.61/5 (92.27%) 44 votes

25 Comments

  1. Abeer Altaei
    Abeer Altaei

    good website plz write more information
    thanks

    April 20, 2014 at 2:04 AM Reply
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    Deals

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    May 26, 2014 at 8:29 AM Reply
  3. Randy Gargus
    Randy Gargus

    First time on site, very impressed with the amount of information

    October 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM Reply
  4. Melissa
    Melissa

    I find myself reading this site nearly weekly. It is very informative and always updated well in advance of the weekend!

    October 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM Reply
  5. New to Town
    New to Town

    I’m new to town and so happy I found this site! Please keep it up!

    November 5, 2014 at 7:55 AM Reply
  6. Love this website! I have added it to my favorites :)

    November 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM Reply
  7. Tracy
    Tracy

    So basically nothing happens in Edmonton. So disappointed with this “city”.

    November 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM Reply
    1. Tara Simon
      Tara Simon

      Your comment made me do a bit of research.
      1. I compared tourist attractions in Calgary listed in this site – http://www.todocanada.ca/things-to-do-incalgary/ to that in ours – http://www.todocanada.ca/Things+to+do+Attractions+in+Edmonton/. If you see objectively, there is nothing more in Calgary, that is not there in Edmonton.

      2. I did the same with weekend activities – compared Toronto activities with Edmonton. I believe there are enough cultural events & other activities [with respect to the population that Edmonton/capital region has ] to keep the event and activity seekers happy. You should keep in mind that Toronto/GTA has ~7 times the population of our capital region.

      IMHO each place is unique in its own way and grass is always greener on the other side.
      Enjoy your weekend in Edmonton!

      November 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM Reply
      1. Trot escaper
        Trot escaper

        I agree. But the grass only “looks” greener on the other side is what u mean. Nevertheless. Agreed!

        February 19, 2015 at 12:05 AM Reply
      2. Dustin
        Dustin

        Well said.

        May 15, 2015 at 1:26 PM Reply
    2. Edmonton Resident
      Edmonton Resident

      There are several planes buses always leaving. There are also many places to rent a car if you do not have one to leave.

      January 20, 2015 at 8:05 AM Reply
    3. Nick
      Nick

      Agreed

      May 3, 2015 at 4:13 PM Reply
  8. Javier
    Javier

    Great site, I constantly check it, there is some information here that I cannot find anywhere else. I wish you could include more activities from the U of A, they are always doing something interesting. keep up the good work.

    January 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM Reply
  9. Andy Kuiper
    Andy Kuiper

    I lvisit this site most every weekend – thanks – keep up the good work here :-)

    February 1, 2015 at 10:01 AM Reply
  10. Stephen
    Stephen

    This website is getting more and more thorough every time I visit it. The only things that seem to be missing are some of the more events for the more local scenes. And while it would be pretty hard to cover all of them, having a page or linking to the venues would be a great addition. Things such as open mic nights(ex. Arcadia), live local music(wunderbar), poetry nights(Ex. Tuesdays at Rouge Lounge), Story Slams (3rd wednesday of every month at The Mercury Room) or local comedy nights(Ex. Sunday at Empress) that are going on around the city in the various venues/bars. There is a lot going on and having a compilation of all of them would be very useful. Not that there isn’t already enough stuff on here to fill up every night of the week.

    February 3, 2015 at 3:03 PM Reply
    1. todocanada
      todocanada

      Thank you for taking time to comment. As you rightly said, one of the reasons for not adding local scene is that there are so many events. We are compiling an article on ‘an evening in Edmonton’ which will include links to local event scene in addition to activities from a tourism perspective.
      All suggestions are welcome.

      February 3, 2015 at 7:09 PM Reply
  11. Bev
    Bev

    Great website. Definitely will be advising my teens to visit here.

    February 26, 2015 at 12:05 PM Reply
  12. Alberto Garcia
    Alberto Garcia

    Great site and very informative!

    February 28, 2015 at 4:43 AM Reply
  13. Heather
    Heather

    I love this list very much. Missing an Art show I found at the Enjoy Centre
    http://www.nightofartists.com/#!201213_shows/cihc

    March 2, 2015 at 9:51 AM Reply
  14. Martin
    Martin

    awesome webpage! Lots of events. Only boring people can say there is nothing to do in Edmonton. There is always something going on here 😀

    March 2, 2015 at 11:02 PM Reply
    1. Gerald
      Gerald

      Only people from small towns would say Edmonton has a lot to do. Restaurants are expensive while chained restaurants and fast food dominate the market. Grocery is expensive. Anybody from big cities are used to the many free and big events (not those that only a hundred ppl show up), whereas here every even small event costs a fortune. Shopping is limited to the big box stores at South Commons and WEM which is really the same old stores you can find across Canada. Whyte Av is a joke when compared to Robson or even Main in Vancouver or Yonge or Queen in Toronto. Yes I’m gonna be told to go back if I don’t like it here (I wish), but to suggest there is a lot going on that you can just walk into like you can in a real big city is just absurd.

      March 24, 2015 at 11:54 PM Reply
  15. VL
    VL

    Just found this website. I think it’s awesome. I have lived here 15 years and now I have found even more things to explore.

    March 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM Reply
  16. Lisa
    Lisa

    This site is great! Covers every type of activity you could want to do in Edmonton! Thanks so much:) Me and my family do a much broader variety of activities since finding your website.

    March 20, 2015 at 3:51 PM Reply
  17. Nadia Najmeddine
    Nadia Najmeddine

    https://eventbrite.com/event/16368467527/ $12 galaxyland tickets! great cause, please post this on your page!

    March 29, 2015 at 9:42 AM Reply
  18. laurie
    laurie

    Ok on the main page it says FREE ON EASTER WEEKEND but when you go to each tjing it shows a price so what is it??

    March 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM Reply

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