The City of Edmonton is a vibrant and exciting place in Alberta! With over 30 different festivals throughout the year, it has certainly earned its name of Festival City. Residents of and visitors to Edmonton can explore the beautiful river valley, where the green and gold of the fall trees inspired the University of Alberta’s own colours. Edmonton is home to over 20 theatre companies and the new, visually inspiring Art Gallery of Alberta.
Old Strathcona is a bustling area, with a thriving Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and a lively bar scene at night. Visitors to Edmonton should take a moment out of their visit to explore the local shops and restaurants in the district. A plethora of parks appeal to the outdoor-lovers of any group and in the beautiful prairie summer months, they are the perfect place to sit down and relax. The Alberta Legislature, the capital of the province, impresses with its manicured gardens and wading pool for cooling off in the summertime.
The Heritage Amphitheatre is the largest of its kind in Western Canada. The landmark’s distinctive white canopy offers excellent acoustics and an open view of William Hawrelak Park. It has fixed-seating for 1,100 patrons in the safety of a permanent structure with additional festival seating for 2,900 on attractively landscaped grassy slopes, for a comfortable capacity of 4,000 patrons.
Many of Edmonton’s Festivals make the Heritage Amphitheatre home, including The Free Will Shakespeare Festival, The Labatt Blues Festival, and the Symphony under the Sky Festival. Each year, over 50,000 visitors enjoy the unique natural and cultural setting this facility offers.
There are numerous other festivals that do not call the Heritage Amphitheatre home, but are strongholds in the Edmonton festival scene.
The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, July 5-14, 2013, is Canada’s oldest celebration of street theatre. Streetfest is home to over 1,500 exciting and entertaining outdoor performances by musicians, jugglers, acrobats, and unicyclists.
The Heritage Festival, August 3-5, 2013, is Canada’s longest-established multicultural celebration. Savour the tastes from around the planet, all in the great green river valley.
The acclaimed Edmonton Folk Music Festival, August 8-11, 2013, is the biggest in North America. International performers and composers rate it one of the world’s top 3.
The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, August 15-25, 2013, is North America’s largest live theatre event. It attracts 500,000 visitors to over 1,000 live theatre experiences each year.
Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, Edmonton offers countless unique festivals and special events that celebrate the performing arts, cultural diversity, music, sports, and international cuisine. Fear not. There is always something to do.