List of festivals in Edmonton

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This is a list of festivals in Edmonton. Edmonton plays host to several large festivals each year, hence its local nickname as 'the Festival City.'

2001 Sourdough Raft Race, passing beneath the High Level Bridge's Great Divide waterfall during Klondike Days.

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Festival Month Description
Animethon [1] August Western Canada's longest-running Japanese animation festival is held in downtown Edmonton in Grant MacEwan College. Animethon has been running since 1993 with attendance at over 4000 people.
A Taste of Edmonton [2] July Food and restaurants
Bikeology Festival [3] June Cycling Culture
Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival Late July/Early August bluegrass and country music
Canadian Finals Rodeo [4] November National championship Rodeo
Cariwest [5] Mid August Caribbean Carnival
Dreamspeakers Film Festival [6] June Aboriginal filmmakers, performers and artists
Edmonton Accordion Festival [7] September Accordion
Edmonton Chante [8] September Francophone Music Festival
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival [9] August Dragon boat
Edmonton Folk Music Festival [10] August Folk music
Edmonton Heritage Festival [11] August An ethnocultural food and heritage festival that takes place in Hawrelak Park on the Heritage Day long weekend.
Edmonton International Film Festival [12] late September/ early October Independent Film
Edmonton International Fringe Festival [13] August In Old Strathcona, is an exhibition of alternative theatre and is largest Fringe Theatre Festival in North America, and second only to the Edinburgh Fringe festival in the world.
Edmonton International Jazz Festival [14] June jazz music
Edmonton International Street Performer's Festival [15] July Busking
Edmonton Poetry Festival [16] April Poetry
Edmonton Pride Festival [17] June Gay pride
Edmonton Rock Music Festival [18] August Rock music
Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival [19] October Wine, Beer, Spirits, Food
Free Will Shakespeare Festival (formerly called River City Shakespeare Festival) [20] late June/early July Shakespeare plays
Hip Hop in the Park festival [21] May Musicians, Performers festival to celebrate hiphop declaration of peace
Ice on Whyte Festival [22] January Winter festival, skating, ice sculpture
Improvaganza [23] June Improv festival hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre
Interstellar Rodeo[24] July Folk and rock music festival
K-Days[25] July Provides rides, music and other entertainment. Originally, Klondike Days was an annual fair and exhibition which eventually adopted a gold rush theme. Activities include chuckwagon races, carnival rides and fairways, music, trade shows and daily fireworks.
Labatt Blues Festival [26] August Blues music
LitFest: Edmonton's Nonfiction Festival [27] Late October Non-fiction writing
Nextfest [28] June Musicians, actors, poets, visual artists, dancers
Pure Speculation [29] November Geek and fan culture
Silver Skate Festival [30] February Winter
Sonic Boom Festival [31] September Rock music
Sourdough River Festival [32] August Raft Race
Symphony Under the Sky Festival [33] Labour Day Weekend Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's annual outdoor concert.
Vocal Arts Festival [34] May/June Opera / Art song
Water For Life Festival[35] early June - week of World Environment Day June 5 and World Oceans Day June 8 All volunteers directed Sunshine Treeshade Humanitarian Charity presents water for life themed multi arts, science, and recreation in support of clean healthy water commons and saving the estimated daily global average over 4000 children and others currently projected to be killed by contaminated water related conditions (World Health Organization, UNICEF data).
The Works Art & Design Festival [36] late June/early August Showcases Canadian and international art & design from well-known, award-winning artists, as well as emerging and student artists.

Canada Day is celebrated with a pancake breakfast and other morning events at the Alberta Legislature grounds, the Silly Summer Parade in Old Strathcona, fireworks, and the Great Divide waterfall over the High Level Bridge (Edmonton).

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