Known to locals and visitors alike, as “the Festival City,” there are more than 30 annual events that occur in the city of Edmonton, AB each year. The causes for these festivals encompass a variety of themes, such as commerce, arts and crafts, food, religious, folk, and holiday events. With so many events occurring in the city every year, here at EdmontonLimo.net we’ve compiled a chronological list of some of our favorites:
International Jazz Festival, June 23-July 2
This festival occurs in various locations each year, bringing in local and international performers to provide entertainment to all. The city has a long history in the jazz genre, and created a festival to celebrate its dedication in 2005. Each year, the festival features live performances, as well as musical workshops and competitions for local emerging talents.
K-Days, Near the End of July
K-Days, previously known as Klondike Days, is a10-day summer fair that occurs annually near the end of July. As of recent years, this festival has been one of the more popular, attracting between 700,000-800,000 guests each year. The fair has gained traction since it was first introduced in 1879. Where it initially was a market, then evolved to celebrate the Klondike Gold Rush, it now celebrates the pride of the Alberta province. This event is held in Northlands, just south of Northlands Coliseum.
Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival, September 23
A relatively new festival to Edmonton, AB, this is the fourth ever celebration in the city of the Chinese harvest festival, following the lunar calendar. This celebration incorporates lit lanterns, moon cakes, stories, and encourages the attendance of families to celebrate good health and family prosperity. This harvest event is a wholesome way to transition into autumn, enjoy good food, drinks, and emphasize the cultural importance observing different seasonal periods.
Edmonton Corn Maze and Farm of Fear, August-October
Between August and October each year, the city opens its 15-acre corn maze to the public, where you can get lost, look for clues, and follow your map until you make it out through the other side. A fun-family pastime, this is an exciting annual event to bring your friends, family, or children and put your skills to the test. Come October, once the year nears Halloween, the maze opens another attraction called the Farm of Fear, which is made up of a neighboring farmhouse, barn, and some parts of the corn maze. Designed for kids 12+, the Farm of Fear allows you to walk through spooky twists and turns, features actors and props, and a few surprises along the way. This event attracts many people each year, so come out if you dare!
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival, January 13-14
Another festival that’s newer to the game is the 10 year young Deep Freeze Winter Festival, held every January in Alberta. This is an arts and culture event that features winter games and crafting, and celebrates Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, Indigenous, and Acadian and East Coast communities. Some aspects of the event include troll visits, tourtière baking challenges, horse and wagon rides, Enoch Cree Nation round dances, and various crafts and winter games.