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 festival
Blue Quill Party in the Park Music Festival[3] September free, family-focused, and community-minded 12-hour-long non-stop live performance music festival
Canada Day July Celebrated with a pancake breakfast and other morning events at the Alberta Legislature grounds, and fireworks.
Cariwest[4] mid-August Caribbean carnival
Chinese New Year January/February Celebrated in many locations including Bonnie Doon Mall, West Edmonton Mall, Kingsway Mall, and Chinatown, Edmonton.
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival[5] January Arts and winter games celebrating Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, Indigenous, and Acadian/East Coast communities.
Dreamspeakers International 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 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.
TD 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 Music & Speech Arts Festival[17] mid-April – early May Started in 1908 - First Festival, of its kind, in North America - Classical Music (Piano, Strings, Voice, Guitar, Band, Choir, Brass, Woodwinds, Harp, Orchestra), Musical Theatre, Speech Arts - for Ages 5–85+
Edmonton Poetry Festival[18] April Poetry
Edmonton Pride[19] June LGBTQ+ and Gay pride
Edmonton Rock Music Festival[20] August Rock music
Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival[21] October Wine, beer, spirits, food
Edmonton Short Film Festival[22] 3rd week of October Independent film
Found Festival[23] June Edmonton's only multidisciplinary found space arts festival. Find art in unexpected places!
Free Will Shakespeare Festival (formerly called River City Shakespeare Festival)[24] late June – early July Shakespeare plays
Great Outdoors Comedy Festival July Outdoor comedy festival produced by Trixstar LIVE
Hip Hop in the Park festival[25] May Musicians', performers' festival to celebrate a hiphop declaration of peace
Ice on Whyte Festival[26] January Winter festival, skating, ice sculpture
Improvaganza[27] June Improv festival hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre
International Festival of Winter Cinema February Films about winter, polar, or alpine topics; projected outdoors on a snow-screen.
Kaleido Family Arts Festival[28] September Arts festival of free performances on Alberta Avenue
K-Days[29] 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[30] August Blues music
Latino Heritage Month September 15 to October 15[31] September – October Cultural roots and education
LitFest: Edmonton's Nonfiction Festival[32] late October Non-fiction writing
Mid-Autumn Festival September Chinese cultural performances, activities, and a lantern parade including floating water lanterns on the pool in front of Edmonton City Hall.
Nextfest[33] June Celebrate the work of emerging artists: musicians, actors, poets, visual artists, dancers
Northwestfest May Documentary film festival at the Garneau Theatre
Pets in the Park[34] June Fun for animals and humans in Hawrelak Park
Play the Fool Festival late September Theatre festival focusing on clown and physical comedy
Pure Speculation[35] November Geek and fan culture
Rainbow Visions Film Festival November LGBT film festival at the Garneau Theatre
Servus Heritage Festival[36] August This ethnocultural food and heritage festival takes place in Hawrelak Park on the Heritage Day long weekend.
Silver Skate Festival[37] February Winter
Edmonton International BeerFest March Celebrating the appreciation of Beer from around the world. Held annually at the Edmonton Convention Centre. Western Canadas biggest Beer Festival
SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival[38] March Edmonton's only multidisciplinary arts festival celebrating and elevating the work of women. Includes musicians, dance, spoken word, theatre, film, cabaret and more.
Sourdough River Festival[39] August Raft race
Strathearn Art Walk[40] September Free, family friendly art and music festival
Symphony Under the Sky Festival[41] Labour Day weekend Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's annual outdoor concert
Taste of Edmonton[42] July Food and restaurants
Vocal Arts Festival[43] late May – June Opera NUOVA's Opera / art song festival, performances, workshops, and elite study opportunities.
Water For Life Festival[44] early June 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). Held week of World Environment Day, June 5; and World Oceans Day, June 8.
The Works Art & Design Festival[45] late June – early August Showcases Canadian and international art and design from well-known, award-winning artists, as well as emerging and student artists

Former festivals[edit]

See also[edit]


[46] [47]

  1. ^ Animethon
  2. ^ Bikeology Festival
  3. ^ Blue Quill Party in the Park Music Festival
  4. ^ Cariwest
  5. ^ "DEEP FREEZE: A BYZANTINE WINTER FESTIVAL". Deep Freeze. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  6. ^ Dreamspeakers Film Festival
  7. ^ Edmonton Accordion Festival
  8. ^ "Edmonton Chante". Archived from the original on 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  9. ^ Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival
  10. ^ Edmonton Folk Music Festival
  11. ^
  12. ^ Edmonton International Film Festival
  13. ^ Edmonton International Fringe Festival
  14. ^ Edmonton International Jazz Festival
  15. ^ Edmonton International Street Performer's Festival
  16. ^ Edmonton Latin Festival
  17. ^ Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival
  18. ^ Edmonton Poetry Festival
  19. ^ Edmonton Pride Festival
  20. ^ Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton
  21. ^ Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
  22. ^ Edmonton Short Film Festival
  23. ^ "Found Festival". Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  24. ^ Free Will Shakespeare Festival (formerly called River City Shakespeare Festival)
  25. ^ Hip hop in the Park Festival
  26. ^ Ice on Whyte Festival
  27. ^ Improvaganza
  28. ^ "Kaleido Festival". Kaleido Festival. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  29. ^ Capital EX
  30. ^ Labatt Blues Festival
  31. ^ Latino Heritage Month - Facebook page
  32. ^ Edmonton International Literary Festival
  33. ^ Nextfest
  34. ^ "Pets in the Park 2017". Edmonton Humane Society. 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  35. ^ Pure Speculation
  36. ^ Servus Heritage Festival Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
  37. ^ Silver Skate Festival
  38. ^ SkirtsAfire Festival
  39. ^ Sourdough River Festival
  40. ^ Strathearn Art Walk
  41. ^ Symphony Under the Sky Festival
  42. ^ A Taste of Edmonton
  43. ^ Vocal Arts Festival
  44. ^ Water For Life Festival
  45. ^ The Works Art & Design Festival
  46. ^ "Expatriates in Canada for upholding Bangladesh heritage". Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  47. ^ Expatriates in Canada for upholding Bangladesh heritage

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