Winter in Edmonton is far from the dreary season some believe it to be – skating rinks open, lights intertwine the branches on the Legislature grounds, and fresh snows transform the River Valley into a wonderland. Nonetheless, all seasons must come to a close, and Edmontonians are certainly eager to see the sun again. As spring springs forward, the Capital Region will be doing what it does best – putting on a show! Break out the shorts and sandals, and we’ll take a look at some great upcoming spring and early summer festivals.
One spring festival families won’t want to miss is the International Children’s Festival, held May 26th – 30th at the St. Albert Place Promenade. There’s a ton of fun to be had here for kids and grownups alike. Professional artists, street musicians, and theatre provide an exciting vibe and plenty of entertainment. There’s strong culture here as well – kids have the opportunity to take part in Aboriginal traditions, or learn about Francophone culture. The whole event is a great showcase of Edmonton diversity, and of Northern Alberta in general – come celebrate the return of summer!
Those over the age of 18 might want to bring in summer a different way – the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival. Due to be the largest in Edmonton’s history, it’s sure to be a great attraction with craft beer and food samples from Edmonton’s many local restaurants. Held June 5th - 6th at the Northlands Expo Center, there’s more than just beer sampling here – seminars on brewing, two live music stages, and voting for your favourite beers and restaurants are all part of the fun.
June is a great month for festivals, with two great celebrations starting on June 19th and running until the end of the month. Music lovers might want to check out the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, being hosted at a variety of venues around the city. Churchill Square will host some free evening performances, and musicians will perform everywhere from the Winspear to local cafés. Those looking for something a little different might be interested in The Works Art and Design Festival. Held in Churchill Square, the event is a great showcase for emerging and established artists. The Square and surrounding area will be rich in a wide variety of art, from sculpture to paintings to everything in between. The heart of the festival is the Works Street Stage, which features live music and performances. Art enthusiasts won’t want to miss it!
There’s a rich calendar of things to do in Edmonton, especially as the snow melts away. While festivals like A Taste of Edmonton or the Fringe might be highlights later in the summer, May and June provide plenty of opportunities to discover art, culture, music, and yes, even beer. Usher in summer season with some of these great Edmonton festivals!