Weekend Activities and Events in Edmonton
Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27, 2017
A digest of What’s On in and around Edmonton during this weekend including free fun family activities, weekend events & activities for kids, live music, performing arts & theatre and sports events. Few weekday events are also listed.
Check road conditions, before you go- Here
City of Edmonton Road Closures (if any) – Here
I. Family Events & Activities
1. Kids Fringe
KidsFringe is a FREE, fun and a family-friendly mini-Fringe site organized by Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA), providing ten days of arts-based opportunities and entertainment for children and youth, their families and caregivers.KidsFringe will also feature a fairy garden and an activity centre where kids (and adults who are kids at heart) can try making their own magic. Details.
August 17 to 27, 2017
Old Strathcona, Edmonton
More To Do
2. Rural Roots Fair
Come out to the Beaumont & District Agricultural Society Fairgrounds with the whole family to enjoy activities such as pony rides, a petting zoo, games, crafts for all ages, face painting, a “Meet the Maker” Marketplace and the opportunity to experience many exciting sports and activities that our region has to offer. Details.
Saturday August 26, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday August 27, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Beaumont Ag Society Fairgrounds, Beaumont
24358 Township Rd 505, Rolly View
3. Viva Italia, Viva Edmonton
Several businesses and communities come together to celebrate the Italian culture with live music, dance performances, cooking demos, kids entertainment, lots of food, games, sporting events and a fireworks show. It’s fun for the whole family. Come, be Italian for a day! Details.
Sunday, August 27, 2017 | 12 PM – 9:30 PM
Fireworks: at close
Giovanni Caboto Park
Little Italy 9425 109a Ave NW
4. Children’s Talent & Fashion Show
2nd Annual Multi-Cultural Children’s Talent & Fashion Show. Details.
Sunday, August 27 | 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
14835 137 Ave NW, Edmonton
5. Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing
Visit RASC Observatory for a safe and fun viewing experience! In Edmonton, at mid-eclipse the Sun will be about 70% covered by the Moon. Details.
Monday, August 21, 2017 | 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
RASC Observatory at TELUS World of Science
6. Other Family Activities
1. Muttart Conservatory: Feature Pyramid
Canada’s 150th Anniversary: July 1 – September 17 – Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the Muttart Conservatory with this commemorative exhibit! The Feature Pyramid will be filled with a display of beautiful summer annuals, a diorama, Canadian native plants, a topiary of Canada’s flag, and a giant botanical birthday cake! Details.
Family friendly programs. – Details
3. Visit Edmonton Zoo this Week. – Edmonton Valley Zoo
4. City Hall – This week at City Hall
5. Tour John Walter Museum for free on Saturdays & Sundays: 1:00 PM to 04:00 PM
9. Family Movies
1. Reel Family Cinema at Metro Cinema: Details Free for kids under 12.
3. Telus World of Science
Imax theatre : Shows
4. Movies on the Square
Come to Sir Winston Churchill Square to watch a family favourite film. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the fabulous pre-movie entertainment before taking in the blockbuster hit that will be playing on a 3-storey high inflatable screen. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 7pm. Movies start at 15 minutes after sunset. Details
Beauty & the Beast (2017) – August 22 | 9 PM
August 29 TBA | 8:45 PM
7. 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
8. Drop – in Programs
1. 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. Drop – in Swim – When & Where
b. Drop-in Fitness Programs : When & Where
St Albert – Drop in Schedule
Strathcona County – Drop in Programs
Strathcona County: Spray Parks
Spruce Grove: Spray Parks
2. 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.
3. $5 Laser Tag: Only $5 per player per game. No bookings required, just drop-in and play!
Every Thursday, June 8 to August 31, 2017 | 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM @ Laser City, 10010 107a Ave
4. Paintball and Laser Tag Summer Day Camp
Edmonton Paintball and Laser City Laser Tag present an Action-Packed Summer Day Camp! Half the day is spent playing Laser Tag and the other half playing Mini Paintball. Campers get lunch and two snacks.
Select Days, July 6 to August 29, 2017 @ Edmonton Paintball. 10010 107a Ave
5. Public Mini Paintball
Mini Paintball is paintball designed for younger players! You’ll use smaller pump-action guns that shoot smaller paintballs and are half the speed of full-sized paintball.
Sundays, July 9 to August 27 @ Edmonton Paintball Centre
II. Live Music & Theatre
1. Edmonton Blues Festival
2017 Line up: Debra Power, Albert Cummings, Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots, 3 generations of blues with Billy Boy Arnold & Henry Gray; Bob Corritore & Billy Flynn; Big Jon Atkinson, Charlie Jacobson, The Perpetrators, EG Kight Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne with Sherman Doucette and Charlie
Jacobson, The 24th Street Wailers, James Harman’s Bamboo Porch Revue, Jenie Thai, Boogie Patrol, Nathan and the Rhythm Scratchers, Colin Linden Trio, Anthony Geraci’s Boston Blues All Stars featuring Toni Lynn Washington, Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson with Mike Ledbetter and Monster Mike Welch, The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson. Details.
August 25 – 27, 2017
Hawrelak Park – 9930 Groat Road, Edmonton
$55 & up
2. Ukrainian MusicFest
Experience a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian musicians in live concert as the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society. Bring a lawn chair and spend the afternoon with Steven Chwok of 840 CFCW Zabava Program and Alberta’s most popular bands and musicians. Details.
Sunday, August 27 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Tofield
3. Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
Join Fringe Theatre Adventures at the 36th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. The Edmonton Fringe takes place in Old Strathcona, for a vibrant 11 days and features Buskers, Outdoor Performers, Artisans and Vendors and over 1,600 live theatre performances are hosted by close to 50 venues. Details.
August 17 to 27, 2017
Free and ticketed events.
4. The Exquisite Hour
A seemingly well-adjusted bachelor finds his life forever altered on a summer evening when an alluring stranger materializes in his backyard to ask the question “Are you satisfied with what you know?” In his final traversal of the role of Zachary Teale, Jeff Haslam makes his only Teatro appearance of the season, joined by Belinda Cornish as Helen Darimont, which she first played in 2013. Details.
August 18 – September 2, 2017
The Varscona Theatre, 10329 – 83 Avenue, Edmonton
$13 to $25
III. Sports & Related Events
1. Edmonton Eskimos
vs Saskatchewan Roughriders
Friday, August 25, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Commonwealth Stadium – 11000 Stadium Rd., Edmonton
2. Wayne Gretzky Whiskey and Woods
Learn to drive the ball like a pro while sipping on the newly released Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Whiskey. Enjoy some appetizers with friends while getting expert tips on the big stick in your bag! Details
Saturday August 26 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (1 hour time slots)
Victoria Golf Course Driving Range, Edmonton
$60 per person and it includes a 60 minute PGA professional power golf lesson, appetizers, and Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Whiskey sampling.
3. Thoroughbred Racing
Fridays | 06:30 PM & Saturdays | 01:00 PM
Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino, 7410 Borden Park Road NW Edmonton
4. Street Legal
Join us at Castrol Raceway and race your vehicle during the weekly JB’s Power Centre Street Legal. As long as your vehicle is register-able and insurable… you’re good to go! Streel Legal is presented in conjunction with Edmonton Police Service’s Blue Line Racing Association, and the RCMP’s Y.I.E.L.D. program. Details
Friday nights through September 22 | 05:00 PM
Castrol Raceway, Highway 19 & Highway 2 (2 kms West)
Drivers – $40; Spectators: $5 to $10
IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
1. Public Art Picnic
Experience art al fresco in one of Edmonton’s loveliest parks. The Edmonton Arts Council is serving up art, artists & summertime treats. This event offers an opportunity to meet the women artists behind the new sculptures now adorning the footpaths and formal gardens within the park. Details
Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Borden Park – 7703 Borden Park Road, Edmonton
Manjit Minhas & Edward Snowden LIVE Get Motivated! Edmonton on August 22
2. Le français en tête
An Evening in French! Join us on Thursday, August 24, as our very own staff scientist performs dazzling, live science demonstrations in French, followed by French-language screenings of a couple of beloved IMAX® films. Details
Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 6:00 PM
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton
$9.50 & up
3. Canada 150 Yoga-&-Dance-A-Thon
150+ people will fill Victoria Park in the beautiful River Valley coming together to create a wave of energy and amazing vibrations through Yoga and Dance! There will be a casual outdoor reception afterwards featuring food trucks, live music and dance entertainment. Details
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 09:30 AM to 01:30 PM
Victoria Park, Edmonton
4. BackToSchool Celebration
he BackToSchool Celebration is a free public event bringing the surrounding communities together to enjoy the last carefree days of summer. Festivities include face painting for the kids, a live DJ, fitness demonstrations and so much more. Bring your running shoes and your dancing shoes and see you there! Details
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 11:00 AM-04:00 PM
Corner of 118th Avenue and 127th Street, Edmonton
5. Edmonton Pagan Pride Day
A Pagan festival celebrating the diversity of pagans and educating the public. A fun day of song, lectures, dancing, food, vendors, rituals, entertainers and more. Details
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Ritchie Hall, 7727-98 St NW
6. The Food Trucks are Coming
Close out your summer with a food truck event at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park. Join us for great food, beer gardens, live music and tours of the historic grain elevators. Details
Friday, August 25 | 5:00 PM to 09:00 PM
St. Albert Grain Elevator Park, 4 Meadowview Drive
7. Great Trail Opening.
Trans Canada Trail is thrilled to announce a celebration of the country-wide connection of The Great Trail. This year, building on the momentum of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and to thank our generous, devoted and fun-loving volunteers, partners and donors for all their hard work in helping connect the Trail across the country there are many events taking place across the country (main event at Ottawa). Join for one of three events happening in Edmonton area that includes BBQ, Canada cake and refreshments. Details
August 26, 2017 | Various Times
Echo Glen Park in Gibbons; Lamoureux Church – 56- 55000 Lamoureux Drive, Sturgeon County; Riverside Nature Trail, Fort Sask.
8. Lebanese Festival
Join us where you will get to experience authentic Mediterranean food, Mediterranean Live Music and Dance, Fold Dance Performances, a Kids Zone and much much more Details
August 24 to 27, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
Come to the Edmonton Valley Zoo for an evening full of live performances, craft beer, games and no kids! The Valley Zoo transforms into a peaceful escape on a summer night, perfect for photographers, a girls’ night out, or a romantic date. Details
Friday, August 25 2017 | 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Edmonton Valley Zoo, Edmonton
$20 – $75
10. Culinary Labs
We have invited five Canadian chefs to come together on one of downtown Edmonton’s roof-top terraces, to cook never-before-seen or tasted dishes. Sitting with 150 friends, new and familiar, you’ll commemorate this momentous year in an unforgettable way — with incredible chefs, delectable food, and live music that’ll make your foot tap. Details
August 26, 2017 | 2 Seatings 5:00PM / 8:30PM
27th floor, Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 ave., Edmonton
$150 per person
11. Babas and Borshch Festival
Celebrate all things Ukrainian with a borshch cook off, dancers, demos, music, food, tours, bazaar, workshops, beer garden and kids activities and Zabava 2017 – a delicious Ukrainian feast, talented performers, and great dance music! Details
August 26 & 27, 2017
Town of Lamont
Free and ticketed events
12. Laser Shows
We’re turning it up a knotch and hosting laser shows every Friday and Saturday night, through to September long-weekend! We’ll show some beloved favourites, and even a few we’ve never played before. Details
Friday and Saturdays Through Sunday, September 3 | 7:00 PM. and 8:15 PM
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton
$12 for 1 Laser Show
$18 for 2 Laser Show, same night.
13. Other Events
Cinema Series at Fort Edmonton Park: Enjoy a variety of hand picked classic movies each month in Fort Edmonton Park’s Cinema Series. Played in the historic Capitol Theatre, each film in the Cinema Series is selected by Artistic Director Dana Anderson, who introduces a new film each week. Details
Every Thursday – May to September 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Capitol Theatre 7000 143 Street, Edmonton
$10 in advance online, $11.43 at the door
The Dream We Form By Being Together
The Dream We Form By Being Together centres on the theme of reconciliation and emerges from the awareness that art can play a central role in the process. Drawing from indigenous practices and understandings, the show seeks to rebalance colonial narratives within the much larger story of this place we now call Canada. Details
June 29 to October 1, 2017 – Gallery Hours | Daily
The Borealis Gallery, 9820 – 107 Street, Edmonton
Exhibitions at Alberta Craft Gallery:
Relocations – July 22 – September 2
Painted with Fire – July 22 – September 2
Comedy On the Rocks: Every Sunday 7 pm to 8:45 pm – On the Rocks and Connie’s Comedy present COMEDY ON THE ROCKS – a weekly Sunday comedy show with an MC, some open mic spots, and a headliner to close the show. Live band follows on Sunday nights.
14. City Market
Renowned for our unparalleled selection of farm-fresh produce, dairy, meat, eggs and cheese, we also offer an eclectic mix of handcrafted jewellery, delectable baking, unique fashions & accessories, original artwork and stylish home décor. Details
Every Saturday, through October 7, 2017 | 9:00AM – 3:00PM
4th Street Promenade
15. YEG Market
Come visit the unique “YEG Market” and discover everything it has to offer. If you are looking for fresh and locally grown fruit and vegetables, authentic homemade food from around the world, arts and crafts and family entertainment, then this is the Market for you! Details
Every Wednesday starting May 31 to September 13 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
152 Street & Stony Plain Road
16. Spruce Grove Public Market
A community initiated event within the heart of Spruce Grove’s City Centre! This event features: Vendor Booths, Fresh Produce & Fruit, Food Trucks and Live Entertainment. Most Public Markets feature a free Bouncy Fun House and face painting/sparkle tattoos for a small fee. Details
August 27 & Sept 10, 2017
City Hall, 315 Jespersen Ave., Spruce Grove
Please verify all details before travelling.