List of festivals in Edmonton

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Festivals of Edmonton
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This is an incomplete list of festivals in Edmonton, a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. Edmonton plays host to several large festivals each year, hence its local nickname as 'the Festival City.' This list includes festivals of diverse types, including regional festivals, commerce festivals, fairs, food festivals, arts festivals, religious festivals, folk festivals, and recurring festivals on holidays.

List of festivals[edit]

Festival Month Description
Animethon[1] August Western Canada's longest-running Japanese animation festival is held in downtown Edmonton in MacEwan University. Animethon has been running since 1993 with attendance at over 9000 people.
Bikeology Festival[2] June Cycling culture
Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival Late July/early August Bluegrass and country music
Canada Day July Celebrated with a pancake breakfast and other morning events at the Alberta Legislature grounds, and fireworks.
Cariwest[3] Mid-August Caribbean carnival
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival[4] January Arts and winter games celebrating Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, Indigenous, and Acadian/East Coast communities.
Dreamspeakers Film Festival[5] June Aboriginal filmmakers, performers and artists
Edmonton Accordion Festival[6] September Accordion
Edmonton Chante[7] September Francophone music festival
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival[8] August Dragon boat
Edmonton Folk Music Festival[9] August Folk music
Servus Heritage Festival[10] August This ethnocultural food and heritage festival takes place in Hawrelak Park on the Heritage Day long weekend.
Edmonton International Beerfest[11] Late March / early April Craft beer and food festival
Edmonton International Film Festival[12] Late September/ early October Independent film
Edmonton International Fringe Festival[13] August Held in Old Strathcona, this 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 Latin Festival[16] Mid-August Latin culture and music
Edmonton Poetry Festival[17] April Poetry
Edmonton Pride Festival[18] June LGBTQ+ and Gay pride
Edmonton Rock Music Festival[19] August Rock music
Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival[20] October Wine, beer, spirits, food
Found Festival[21] June Edmonton's only multidisciplinary found space arts festival. Find art in unexpected places!
Free Will Shakespeare Festival (formerly called River City Shakespeare Festival)[22] Late June/early July Shakespeare plays
HarvestMoon Music and Arts Festival September local artists and different music genres
Hip Hop in the Park festival[23] May Musicians', performers' festival to celebrate a hiphop declaration of peace
Ice on Whyte Festival[24] January Winter festival, skating, ice sculpture
Improvaganza[25] June Improv festival hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre
Interstellar Rodeo[26] July Folk and rock music festival
Kaleido Family Arts Festival[27] September Arts festival of free performances on Alberta Avenue
K-Days[28] 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[29] August Blues music
Latino Heritage Month September 15 to October 15[30] September/ October Cultural roots and education
LitFest: Edmonton's Nonfiction Festival[31] Late October Non-fiction writing
Nextfest[32] June Celebrate the work of emerging artists: musicians, actors, poets, visual artists, dancers
Pets in the Park[33] June Fun for animals and humans in Hawrelak Park
Pure Speculation[34] November Geek and fan culture
Silver Skate Festival[35] February Winter
SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival[36] March Edmonton's only multidisciplinary arts festival celebrating and elevating the work of women. Includes musicians, dance, spoken word, theatre, film, cabaret and more.
Sonic Boom Festival[37] September Rock music
Sourdough River Festival[38] August Raft race
Symphony Under the Sky Festival[39] Labour Day Weekend Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's annual outdoor concert
A Taste of Edmonton[40] July Food and restaurants
Vocal Arts Festival[41] May/June Opera NUOVA's Opera / art song festival, performances, workshops, and elite study opportunities.
Water For Life Festival[42] Early June: week of World Environment Day, June 5; and World Oceans Day, June 8 The all volunteers-directed Sunshine Treeshade Humanitarian Charity presents "water for life"-themed multi arts, science, and recreation events in support of clean healthy water commons and saving the estimated daily global average of 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[43] late June/early August Showcases Canadian and international art and design from well-known, award-winning artists, as well as emerging and student artists

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