In March, Edmonton had the honour of being the host city one of the most exciting winter events around – Red Bull Crashed Ice. A daredevil downhill skating spectacle, it drew massive crowds and heaps of media coverage, and for good reason: Downhill skating is far from an orthodox event! Previously held in a variety of winter cities worldwide, Crashed Ice found an enthusiastic host in Edmonton. It’s far from the only event to do so – a wide variety of excitement is coming to Edmonton in 2015, eager to make use of the city’s great facilities and scenic beauty.
One event you won’t want to miss is the FIFA Women’s World Cup, running from June 6 all the way until July 5. Over 20 countries from around the world are coming to Edmonton, ready to compete for the title of world champion. From Nigeria to Sweden to Ecuador, the level of competition will be fierce, and the stakes will be high. The best female soccer players in the world will duke it out right here in the capital city, and as a bonus, Canada automatically qualifies a team as the host country – be sure to come cheer them on!
If soccer’s not your thing, you might want to check out the Canadian Track and Field Championships, coming to Edmonton July 2 – 5. It’s sure to be an impressive event, with Canada’s top runners converging on the capital city to show off their top form. It’s all here – from long jump to the 10 000m run, so there’s no shortage of diverse entertainment. Nationals isn’t the only athletics event coming to Edmonton this summer – the Pan American Junior Athletics Championship is also due to be hosted some time in July. Edmontonians will be lucky enough to watch the best young athletes North and South America have to offer. Don’t miss the opportunity to see potential future Olympians in action!
Edmontonians love to support sports, but there’s a strong cultural side to this city as well. Fashion enthusiasts might be interested in checking out Western Canada Fashion Week, which ran from March 26 – April 6. With tickets at an affordable $25 per evening show, and $10 for matinee shows, almost any fashionista can get in the door and find some inspiration. WCFW is the second-largest Fashion Week in Canada, so you’re sure to see some of the countries top models and designers making an appearance. Whether you’re a designer yourself, or just have a casual interest, WCFW was definitely a great show.
These are just a few of the events Edmonton will be hosting in 2015, alongside its many established annual festivals. With an engaged and supportive populace, Edmonton really does make a great host city – Edmontonians are always eager to volunteer, spread the word on social media, and cheer on whatever event finds a home here. Be sure to check out these and other great world class events coming to Edmonton this year!