Explore Edmonton: Your Guide to Summer Events in the City (2023)

Hello Summer in Edmonton! You are so glorious. 

The city sure shines during these summer months, with the endless hours of daylight, patios and so many events and festivals happening each week it’s so hard to decide what to do (a great problem to have!) It also gets hot—so staying hydrated is a pretty big part of summer too. 

Did you know: Edmonton is home to some of the best tap water in North America? That’s my preferred hot summer day, thirst quenching drink of choice and I’ve partnered with EPCOR to share how you can easily enjoy a “Glass of the Sask” this summer—in particular, at a number of big city festivals and community events taking place over the next few months (2023). 

The Glass of the Sask is meant to be a celebration of all things local (including our local, award-winning tap water). That’s why you’ll find EPCOR out supporting a lot of different community events with their water tanks and hydration stations!! 

Bring a reusable bottle and fill up with EPCOR's water tanks / hydration stations at community events throughout the summer!
Below, I’ve highlighted a bunch of summer events in the city including noting ones where you can find EPCOR water tanks + hydration stations!

Bring your own water bottle to fill up during these hot summer days. It’s not only better for the environment, but it also saves you money and you get a real thirst-quencher out of it—for free!

Note: for the purpose of this event guide, “summer” is July, August and September. 

I included some July events that have passed as of this blog publication just in case you’re looking at later years, the events are likely still recurring then so the guide will hopefully still be of use to you just check for updated dates for the current year lol.

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Here’s an Edmonton Summer Event Listing at a glance…

* + bold denotes the presence of an EPCOR water tank or hydration station!
Events ordered by date and includes link to website for more details. 
I’ve also included more details about events where EPCOR will be at below.
EPCOR is celebrating local—water, restaurants, events!
Find an EPCOR hydration station across the city!

July 7-9, 2023 – Enoch Pow Wow * with EPCOR Water Tank

Location: Pow Wow Grounds at the River Cree / Enoch Cree Nation

Website | Facebook

From Explore Edmonton: “Pow Wow time is the Indigenous people’s way of meeting together to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, making new ones, and most importantly, celebrating and honouring traditions. Quintessential to this celebration are the dancers and singers.”

Photo credit: Explore Edmonton

July 21-30, 2023 – K-Days * with EPCOR Hydration Station

Location: Edmonton Expo Centre / Grounds

Website | Facebook | Instagram

The best days are K-Days! Get ready for 10 days of the best rides, games, shows, and food.

Love these EPCOR Glass of the Sask stations at K-Days!
Enjoying summer festivals with my reusable water bottle!

July 22, 2023 – Celiac Canada Pancake Breakfast
* with EPCOR Water Tank

Location: 10940 120 St.

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Celebrate Celiac Canada’s 50th birthday! The annual street-party fundraiser for Celiac Canada’s Edmonton Chapter sponsored by Kinnkinnick Foods will be extra special with pancake breakfast, samples, family fun and entertainment, live music, giveaways and more.

July 29, 2023 – Kello Loop
* with EPCOR Water Tank

Location: Foote Field: 11601 68 Ave 

Website | Instagram

The Kello Loop, organized by Kello Inclusive, a disability-focused media company, is the most accessible running event prioritizing collective achievement over individual accomplishment—hundreds of participants meet at an athletic track to contribute to community mileage goals challenging the definition of what a ‘running event is.

Aug 5-7, 2023 – Edmonton Heritage Festival
* with EPCOR Hydration Station

Location: Edmonton Expo Centre / Grounds / Borden Park

Website | Facebook | Instagram

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest three-day celebration of multiculturalism. Heritage Festival showcases a diversity of cuisine, entertainment, interpretive materials, and crafts worldwide with more than 50 pavilions. 

Photo credit: Edmonton Heritage Festival
Edmonton Heritage Festival - World in a Weekend - Summer
My mom enjoying Heritage Festival!
Love the Poffertjes Dutch mini pancakes!

Aug 12, 2023 – Youth Day in Edmonton
* with EPCOR Water Tank

Location: Castle Downs Park Pavilion 11524 153 Ave.


Youth Day Edmonton is FREE, all-ages, and includes bouncy castles, free food, face painting, a live DJ, special guest appearances, lots of big prizes, and MORE! Bring the whole family for a day of FREE FUN and help us celebrate our 12th Anniversary!

* Free food is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.

Aug 17-27, 2023 – Edmonton International Fringe Festival 

* with EPCOR Hydration Station

Location: Old Strathcona

Website | Facebook | Instagram

North America’s largest, longest-running Fringe Theatre Festival invites you to enjoy live theatre featuring artists from around the world, outdoor performances, ice cold beer, green onion cakes, and so much more, all in the heart of Old Strathcona!

Aug 19-20, 2023 – Alley Hoop Classic

* with EPCOR Water Tank

Location: Blue Quill Community League Park 11304 25 Ave.

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Since 2016, Alley Hoop has been dedicated to strengthening the basketball community in Edmonton, creating a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere where people of all ages can play basketball competitively.

An aerial shot of Alley Hoop Classic (Photo Credit: Alley Hoop)

Aug 24-26, 2023 – Edmonton Pride Festival

* with EPCOR Water Tank

Location: Churchill Square

Website | Facebook | Instagram

The Edmonton Pride Festival—Edmonton’s biggest Pride celebration—features a 2-Spirit Powwow, Y2K 90s dance party feat. PROZZAK and LOVE INC party and Pride Festival Aug 24-26.

Edmonton Pride Festival 2022 (Photo Credit: Edmonton Pride)

Sept 1-2, 2023 – Symphony in the Square

* with EPCOR Water Tank

Location: Churchill Square

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for an end-of-summer party at Churchill Square featuring family-friendly music and a few surprises! It’s FREE to attend.

Photos from ESO Outdoors (Photo Credit: Winspear Centre)

Sept 9-10, 2023 – Strathearn Art Walk

* with EPCOR Water Tank

Location: 8728 97 Ave NW #1C (along Strathearn Drive)

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Strathearn Art Walk & Music Festival is a free, family-friendly event that pops up along the river each year to celebrate all the unique voices in our city!

Photo credit: Strathearn Art Walk

Sept 9-10, 2023 – Edmonton Mountain Bike Festival

* with EPCOR Water Tank

Location: Queen Elizabeth Park

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Three Days Celebrating Mountain Biking in Edmonton! See all that Edmonton’s Mountain Biking Community has to offer including group rides, races, arts/live entertainment, fun bike events, demos, shopping, and more! Come experience Edmonton’s amazing trails and community in this action-packed weekend.

Photo credit: EMBFest
Photo credit: EMBFest

So that’s your Summer Event Guide to the City (2023)! 

I hope it helps you plan your summer—and reminds you to bring your reusable water bottles out to these events to save on plastic, save on money, and enjoy our damn good tap water!! 

If you want reminders on what’s happening weekly (including smaller events not listed here, and recommendations on food to eat in the city), sign up to my email newsletter for free!

I hope you celebrate local events, food + tap water this summer!

Note: this blog post was developed in partnership with EPCOR, as a way to highlight local community events as well as local tap water! This does not impact opinions or views stated in this post—I seriously think Edmonton’s water AND our summer festivals are the BEST!!

Click to learn more about EPCOR’s Glass of the Sask campaign
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