August in Edmonton is for Celebrating the Outdoors!

  • Latitude 53’s annual 12-hour Drawing Marathon runs from noon to midnight on August 1, and will offer family-friendly activities during the day, and music and bar service in the evening on their rooftop patio.
  • It’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair), as always, to the latest Movies on the Square instalment on August 1. They will be showing Kung Fu Panda.
  • An Edmonton mainstay, Heritage Days, runs August 1-3 at Hawrelak Park. Remember to bring a donation for the Food Bank! I wrote about our visit last year here.
  • It really shouldn’t be on this list, but I know many people are looking forward to the grand opening of Southgate Shopping Centre, August 5-9.
  • Another city favourite, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is on from August 6-9, but the only tickets still available are for the special Sarah McLachlan and Tracy Chapman on August 5 – I’ll be there!
  • Cariwest, which bills itself as “the hottest fest in de west” runs August 7-9 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Join the party to sample some food, dance to lively music, and of course, catch a sensational parade.
  • Animethon is in its 16th year, and boasts the distinction of being the longest running anime festival in Western Canada. It all goes down at the MacEwan City Centre Campus, August 7-9.
  • Who doesn’t love free? The Winspear Centre is hosting a free noon hour concert on August 12.
  • My absolute favourite of the city’s festivals kicks off mid August – the Edmonton International Fringe Festival brings 10 days of theatre madness into Old Strathcona from August 13-23. Check out a play or two this year if you can.
  • The Rutherford House is hosting its annual penny carnival on August 16.
  • Louise McKinney Park is always a nice place to visit, but all the more so when there’s a race on the North Saskatchewan – catch the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival on August 21-23.
  • Also August 21-23, the Heritage Amphitheatre is hosting the Labatt Blues Festival.
  • Edmonton will see the dawn of a new festival on August 22 – the East Meets West Festival will be closing down 107A Avenue from 95 to 97 Street to accommodate fashion shows, a street sale and market and a talent contest. It sounds like it will be a good time!
  • Under the Big Top, a festival “for the whole community to gather, learn, and experience magic, puppetry, and physical theatre” continues in its second year in Sherwood Park, and includes theatre shows and a free puppet picnic on August 23.

5 thoughts on “August in Edmonton is for Celebrating the Outdoors!

  1. You seem to consistently have a more thorough and varied list of events and things to watch for in the city than even those who are paid to present this stuff do (Tourism boards, newspapers, etc.).
    I’ve started watching your site not just for the food stuff but for your event wrap-ups.
    The “pros” should be embarassed.
    Keep it up!

  2. “The Food Substitutions Bible” by David Joachim. I swear by it. It is *so* handy to have on hand that I would probably now be lost without it. I picked it up on a couple of years ago for $25 – probably the best $25 I’ve spent in the kitchen.

    I’m *so* looking forward to Wednesday night – I am a nutso/crazy Sarah McLachlan fan. Maybe I’ll see you there!! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the compliment, Dave!

    Grace – I’ve never heard of the book, thanks for the recommendation! Though to be honest, I’m not even sure I have a full enough pantry to even have the recommended substitute on hand! In time, right?

  4. Sharon – you’d be surprised what substitutions come up. That book has saved my bacon more than once (so to speak … :)).

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