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Best of Edmonton: Summer Festivals

Updated: May 19

Edmonton, Alberta is home to a wide variety of summer festivals that are sure to make your vacation or staycation extra special! From music and art festivals to food and drink events, there's something for everyone to enjoy in the capital city during the summer months. Here's a list of the top 5 best festivals to attend in Edmonton this summer:

1. K-Days: This nine-day festival takes place in July each year at Edmonton's Northlands Park. It features exciting carnival rides, daily parades, live entertainment, agricultural shows, and delicious fair food. It is one of Edmonton’s most popular annual events and is sure to be a hit with families and adults alike.

2. Edmonton Folk Music Festival: This four-day event takes place in Gallagher Park every August and features performances from local and international folk musicians as well as workshops taught by professionals. There are also plenty of activities for kids such as storytelling sessions and crafts tables.

3. The Works Art & Design Festival: This 11-day event celebrates art in all its forms from sculptures to paintings to performances by local artists. Held annually during the first two weeks of June at Sir Winston Churchill Square downtown, The Works Art & Design Festival is an amazing opportunity for locals and tourists alike to view some incredible pieces from emerging artists from around the world.

4. Taste of Edmonton: If you're looking for an event that celebrates the diverse culinary scene in Edmonton then look no further than Taste of Edmonton! Taking place at Churchill Square every July, this 10-day festival highlights some of the best eats in the city with sample size dishes ranging from traditional Canadian fare to unique global cuisines like Indian, Ethiopian and more - be sure not to miss it!

5. Cariwest Festival: Fabulously decorated floats take over Whyte Avenue every August when this Caribbean Arts & Culture festival arrives with three days of steel pan music, masquerade costumes, delicious jerk chicken vendors and much more! Join thousands of locals who come together each year to celebrate diversity while being entertained by some truly talented performers from across Canada and beyond!

These five festivals are just a few among many great ones throughout the summer in Edmonton that offer something interesting for everyone - so come experience Alberta's capital city at its best this season!


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