July is for the Outdoors

If June was for festivals, July in Edmonton should be spent outdoors.

  • Help Edmonton Transit System celebrate their 100 years of service by hopping aboard their Historical Bus Tour. Begins July 8.
  • The Works Festival vacated Churchill Square on Wednesday to make way for the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, which starts tomorrow and lasts until July 13.
  • Why not take the High Level Streetcar to the Whyte Avenue Art Walk, taking place July 11-13? Over 200 artists will be creating and exhibiting pieces in the Old Strathcona area.
  • Outdoor theatre doesn’t get any better than the annual Freewill Shakespeare Festival, which runs until July 20. Pay-what-you-Will on Tuesday nights.
  • In anticipation of the Edmonton Fringe Festival, head indoors between July 10 – 26 to the Varscona Theatre for Stewart Lemoine’s first full-length premiere of the year –  A Rocky Night for His Nibs. I’ll be there!
  • Summer in Edmonton can never escape Capital Ex, which may or may not have lost its relevance to the city, depending on who you talk to. “Edmonton’s Biggest Summer Celebration” (or so they claim on their website) spans July 17 – 26.
  • Nearly concurrent to Capital Ex, between July 18-27, is the Taste of Edmonton. 7 new restaurants have joined the fray. Always expensive, but early birds score 10% off tickets until July 17 at TIX on the Square.
  • History buffs can look forward to the 12th annual Edmonton & Athabaska District Historical Festival, which just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Tons of free events and learning opportunities July 25 – August 3.
  • Need a reason to check out the Edmonton Cracker Cats? How about the fact that Game Day tickets are just $10? 16 home games scheduled for July.
  • Also great for the family, the John Janzen Nature Centre offers free Thursday Night Bonfire programs every week until the end of August.
  • Along those lines, the John Walter Museum is always free and family-friendly on Sunday afternoons, with activities like ice cream making (by hand!).
  • And though on until October 13, it might provide a much-needed break from midways, greasy food and general mayhem – the controversial Body Worlds exhibit at the Telus World of Science.

What will you be doing in Edmonton this summer?

EDIT: one more, because I love the concept – City Farm is holding an Open Gate Day, with buses transporting participants to and from the site. It’s a great way to show your kids how their food is grown!

2 thoughts on “July is for the Outdoors

  1. I suspect the reason that Cracker Cats tickets are so inexpensive is because the caliber of play is exceptionally poor. I enjoyed watching the Trappers play back in the day, but the Cracker Cats (and, really, most of the other teams in the league) are not particularly good ball players, and not very entertaining to watch.

    Personally, I’d save my $10 for something else.

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