100 Things to See and Do Around Edmonton
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100 Things to See and Do Around Edmonton
1. Get in the swing of things with the CN Canadian Women’s Open, which was lasted hosted by Edmonton in 2007, August 19 – 25.
2. Kick off the summer with the Edmonton Eskimos as they begin their Grey Cup quest on June 14.
3. Witness everything from musicians to jugglers, acrobats to unicyclists, the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival features over 1500 outdoor performances by an international cast of amazing street artists, July 5 – 14.
4. Take a free guided tour of Alberta’s premier architectural attraction, the Alberta Legislature.
5. Learn how finely tuned the human body truly is when Body Worlds returns to TELUS World of Science on May 18 with The Cycle of Life.
6. Shop till you drop at West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest shopping and entertainment centre.
7. Prepare yourself for romance, tragedy and comedy with the 25th anniversary of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival in Hawrelak Park from June 25 – July 21.
8. Immerse yourself in everything theatre with the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, one of the hottest tickets in Edmonton, August 15 – 25.
9. Take a stroll down 124th Street and take an unguided tour through the many shops and galleries on the Gallery Walk.
10. Change your perspective with the Art Gallery of Alberta, the oldest cultural institution in the province.
11. Don’t miss the Dreamspeakers Film Festival which offers a unique exploration into Aboriginal culture, May 29 – June 1.
12. Rock out at K-days, Edmonton’s largest summer festival, where you’ll find rides, concerts, fireworks and much more from July 19 – 28.
13. Experience pioneer life at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and learn about Central Alberta’s agricultural and rural history or celebrate Ukrainian Day on August 11.
14. Take aim with the essential sightseeing pass for 16 of Edmonton’s best attractions with the Edmonton Attractions Pass.
15. Volunteer your time at one of the city's many summer festivals, and experience firsthand why Edmonton is Canada’s Festival City.
16. Sit back and relax with some smooth jazz beats from June 21 – 30 at the International Jazz Festival.
17. Celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday by taking in some of the fun family events and fireworks on Canada Day, July 1.
18. Watch your favourite band perform live at Northlands. Upcoming world-class shows include Bruno Mars, Kiss and Taylor Swift.
19. Satisfy your hunger with A Taste of Edmonton, July 18 – 27.
20. Roll out the red carpet at the big screen for Movies on the Square in Churchill Square, August 2 – 3.
21. Revel in Canadian dancing talent at Feats – Festival of Dance, with a special focus on the Alberta dance community, July 1 – 14.
22. Take your dog for a walk in one of Edmonton’s 40 off-leash parks.
23. Head out to Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm for the Fairy-Berry Festival and grand opening of the corn mazes, August 3 – 5.
24. Jump out of a perfectly good airplane! Visit the Edmonton Skydive Centre and begin your adventure.
25. Check out one of the amazing packages offered by Edmonton Destination Hotels for your next stay in Edmonton.
26. Duke it out with your friends or family at one of Edmonton’s outdoor paintball fields.
27. Get ready for Everest by testing out your climbing skills at one of our rock climbing gyms.
28. Free your mind with the 18th annual Whyte Avenue Art Walk from July 12 – 14.
29. Musical mavericks, outlaws and rogues entertain at the Interstellar Rodeo set in beautiful Hawrelak Park from July 26 – 28.
30. Stop by Western Canada’s largest bluegrass festival, the Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival, August 2 – 4.
31. Grab a latte and walk down trendy Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona – voted one of Canada’s Top 10 coolest neighbourhoods.
32. Interact and engage with performance artists at Visualeyez Performance Art Festival from September 10 – 16.
33. Get ready to laugh and sing along at the Jubilations Dinner Theatre or the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.
34. Rev up your engines at Castrol Raceway.
35. Visit the 124th Street Grand Market, as it follows up on a highly successful inaugural season.
36. Watch artists collide in an environment of creative exploration and performances with the Kaleido Family Arts Festival, September 7 – 9.
37. Whet your appetite with the Servus Heritage Festival which showcases Canada’s vibrant multicultural heritage with 60 pavilions, August 3 – 5.
38. Try the fast-growing sport of disc golf, where you take aim with a Frisbee instead of a golf ball.
39. Fire up the BBQ in Hawrelak Park and roast some hot dogs or marshmallows.
40. Sing along at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival which boasts the best folk music from across the globe, August 8 – 11.
41. Explore, experience and discover one of the 22 municipalities in Edmonton’s countryside.
42. Sink into a chair and enjoy alternative film at the Garneau theatre, which is an official historic landmark.
43. Experience an IMAX® film at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton.
44. Take in Cariwest, the Caribbean Arts Festival, August 9 – 11, complete with spectacular costumes, music, street theatre and regional cuisine.
45. Enjoy the opera at Vocal Arts Festival, May 24 - June 29. Canada’s only summer opera festival.
46. Get crafty at Western Canada's largest outdoor farmers' market. The St. Albert Farmers' Market features over 250 vendors and a variety of home baked, home grown and handmade products.
47. Check out the oversized sausages and eggs, massive mallards, UFO landing pads, and enjoy the pioneer history in Kalyna Country—Canada’s largest eco-museum.
48. Dance, sing or act your way to Nextfest with 500 artists and more than 50 events, June 7 – 17.
49. Get hooked on a fishing tour with ‘Get Hooked Fishing Adventures’.
50. Gaze up at the night sky and look for Northern Lights. Use the Aurora Watch website to increase your chances of a sighting.
51. Explore the Alberta Legislature’s 23 hectares of parkland and monuments.
52. Pedal a bike on 160 km of scenic bike trails in the Edmonton river valley.
53. Romance your sweetie at a revolving restaurant with an unmatched view of Edmonton.
54. See exhibits of vintage vehicles and agricultural equipment at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.
55. Flex your muscles with the Dragon Boat Festival, and paddle your way to victory, from August 16 – 18.
56. Visit Fort Edmonton Park, where you can go back in time and relive history in the fully restored Capitol Theatre, a historically authentic adaptation of the one from 1929.
57. Take in a concert at Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, where the Davis Concert Organ, the largest concert organ in Canada, calls home.
58. Join the celebration for Edmonton’s Pride Festival, complete with artists, performers and a parade, June 7 – 16.
59. Experience Broadway magic at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium.
60. Take an adventure into the wild at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
61. Study some art at the Stony Plain and Legal murals.
62. Satisfy your hunger with one of several food trucks roaming Edmonton streets.
63. Wing it at the Alberta Aviation Museum.
64. Witness a wide variety of emerging and professional talent from numerous genres at the Works Art and Design Festival, June 20 – July 2.
65. Hunt for treasures at local antique shops.
66. Stay at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald overlooking the beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley.
67. Be a kid at the International Children’s Festival in St. Albert, May 28 – June 1.
68. Listen to the biggest names in country music from August 1 – 4 at Big Valley Jamboree.
69. See the herds of free roaming plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer, and elk at Elk Island National Park, which has the second-highest density of hoofed mammals per square kilometre in the world.
70. Watch a great play at the beautifully appointed Citadel Theatre.
71. Swing for the fences with the Canadian National Oldtimers Baseball Federation National Championships from August 1 – 5.
72. Experience history like never before at the Royal Alberta Museum.
73. Hike the Blackfoot and Cooking Lake Recreation Areas, which includes 170 km of trails.
74. Kick off some soccer chants at a FC Edmonton match.
75. Escape to the pyramids at the Muttart Conservatory.
76. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Animethon from August 9 – 11, with gaming, costume contests, improvisation groups and much more.
77. Take your picture with Wayne Gretzky (the statue).
78. Eat at one of Maclean's magazine top 50 best restaurants in Canada, Tres Carnales and Corso 32.
79. Witness the start of the Tour of Alberta, a six-stage cycling race traveling across the province from September 3 – 8.
80. Fly high with the Space Shot in Galaxyland, the world’s largest indoor tower ride.
81. Explore the 104th Street Promenade, and stop by Mercer Tavern located in one of Edmonton's oldest buildings.
82. Plant yourself at the Devonian Botanic Garden.
83. Experience the past; see historical trains at the Alberta Railway Museum.
84. Take in the 22nd season of Die-Nasty: The Live Improvised Soap Opera at Old Strathcona’s Varscona Theatre.
85. Giddy-up with the St. Albert Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo and Exhibition, May 24 – 26.
86. Rock out with the Boonstock Music and Arts Festival with over 40 bands and 65,000 fans, June 27 – 30.
87. Get engaged with the Creative Age Festival, celebrating arts and aging from June 7 – 13.
88. Relive the days of the dinosaurs as they roar to life in Jurassic Forest, a 40-acre prehistoric preserve minutes from Edmonton.
89. Horse around at the Northlands Park racetrack.
90. Trek through the river valley on a Segway.
91. Join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for great music in the great outdoors at Symphony Under the Sky, August 30 – September 2.
92. Tee off at one of 84-plus regional golf courses.
93. Walk along the North Saskatchewan River on one of our numerous parks trails, and take in nature at its finest.
94. Work on your stand-up routine at Improvaganza, which hosts upwards of 30 improvisers, sketch comedians, stand-ups and musicians from across Canada, North America and beyond. June 19 – 29.
95. Lay back and stargaze with the Royal Astronomical Society.
96. Dubbed “Western Canada’s premiere blues event”, the Edmonton Blues Festival will have you tapping your foot from August 16 – 18.
97. Dream the dream with the musical phenomenon, Les Misérables at the Jubilee, on July 9 – 14.
98. Ride the High Level Streetcar and enjoy a trip from the top deck of the world’s highest streetcar bridge.
99. Have a Sunday brunch with your family.
100. Invite your friends and relatives to visit us in Edmonton, and maybe even win a prize!
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