Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Top Five Don’t-Miss Festivals in Festival City

Street Performers Festival. Credit: Explore Edmonton

Edmonton, known as “Festival City,” is a vibrant hub of cultural celebrations, boasting over 60 festivals each year. From arts and music to food and heritage, there’s always something happening that brings the community together. Here are five family-oriented festivals you shouldn’t miss when visiting Edmonton.

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

Date: July

Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square

Website: Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

A dazzling display of talent, featuring acrobats, jugglers, magicians, and musicians from around the world. Families can enjoy an array of street performances, workshops, and interactive activities, all in the heart of downtown Edmonton.

Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Credit: Explore Edmonton

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Date: August

Location: Gallagher Park

Website: Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Set against the stunning backdrop of the river valley, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is a must-visit for music lovers of all ages. A rich lineup of folk, roots, and world music artists, along with dedicated kids’ areas, craft workshops, and delicious food vendors.

K-days. Credit: Explore Edmonton


Date: July

Location: Edmonton Expo Centre & Grounds

Website: K-Days

K-Days is one of Edmonton’s most iconic summer festivals, featuring thrilling rides, games, concerts, and parades. Kids will love the midway, while parents can explore the trade show exhibits and enjoy live entertainment. Don’t miss the nightly fireworks that light up the Edmonton sky.

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Date: August

Location: Old Strathcona

Website: Edmonton Fringe Festival

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is North America’s largest and longest-running fringe festival, offering a diverse array of performances ranging from comedy to drama to magic. The festival includes a special KidsFringe area with shows and activities designed specifically for younger audiences, making it a hit with families.

Taste of Edmonton

Date: July

Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square

Website: Taste of Edmonton

Taste of Edmonton is a beloved summer tradition that showcases the city’s diverse culinary scene. Families can sample dishes from a wide variety of local restaurants and food trucks, all in the vibrant setting of Sir Winston Churchill Square. The festival also features live music, cooking demonstrations, and interactive activities, making it a delightful experience for all ages.

Edmonton’s moniker as the “Festival City” is well-deserved, with an impressive array of festivals that cater to all interests and ages. These five family-oriented festivals highlight the diversity and creativity that make Edmonton a vibrant place to visit.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these festivals provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate culture, music, and community with your family. Plan your visit to Edmonton and experience the magic of these unforgettable events!


For even more ideas for what to do, see and where to go when you’re in Edmonton, see our sister site, Info Edmonton.