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Edmonton Summer Festivals: A Season of Fun and Celebration

As the sun shines bright in the sky, Edmonton gears up for an exciting season of summer festivals. From music performances to art exhibits, cultural experiences to mouthwatering food vendors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re planning a first date or looking for a fun outing with friends and family, Edmonton’s summer festivals are sure to create a memorable experience. So grab your sunscreen, head down to Churchill or Kinsmen Park, and get ready to immerse yourself in the fantastic season of summer festivals in Edmonton.

Experience the Magic of Edmonton’s Summer Festivals

Edmonton is renowned for its festival scene, and this summer is no exception. There’s a reason we’re known as Canada’s Festival City, after all. 

With countless festivals happening throughout the season, you’ll find a diverse range of events that showcase the city’s rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts community. Whether you’re into music, food, theatre, or visual arts, there’s a festival that will capture your interest and leave you wanting more.

Celebrating Diversity: Cultural Festivals in Edmonton

Edmonton takes pride in its diverse community, and the city’s summer festivals reflect this rich tapestry of cultures. From Ukrainian traditions to Caribbean rhythms, these festivals provide an opportunity to celebrate and embrace the multicultural fabric of the city. 

UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival: A Celebration of Ukrainian Culture
Though it’s too late for this year’s UFest, it’s not too late to start planning your trip for next year’s! Experience the magic of Ukrainian culture at UFest, Western Canada’s largest multi-day Ukrainian festival. Taking place in Borden Park in May 2024 (dates TBA), UFest invites people of all backgrounds to indulge in Ukrainian cuisine, music, dance, and a whole lot of fun. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and celebrate the traditions and heritage of the Ukrainian community.

Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival: A Taste of the Caribbean
Get ready to groove to the rhythms of the Caribbean at the Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival. Taking over Churchill Square in August 2023, this three-day event brings the Caribbean’s vibrant culture, music, and cuisine to Edmonton. From the Friday Night Costume Extravaganza to the Saturday Cariwest Parade, immerse yourself in the energetic and colourful celebrations that will transport you to the islands.

Pride Festival: A Celebration of Love and Diversity
In August, Edmonton comes alive with Pride Month celebrations. The city hosts numerous 2SLGBTQ+ events, providing a vibrant and inclusive space for everyone to celebrate love and diversity. From the 2-Spirit Powwow to Y2K @ Churchill, featuring a 90s-themed dance party, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Wrap up the festivities at Pride @ Churchill, the biggest Pride event in Edmonton, featuring performances by renowned artists.

Get Ready for a Summer of Entertainment

Edmonton’s summer festivals offer a wide range of entertainment options, from music and theatre to visual arts and comedy. Whether you’re a fan of Shakespearean plays or stand-up comedy, there’s sure to be a festival that will cater to your interests. 

The Works Art & Design Festival: Celebrating Creativity in Edmonton
Every summer, Edmonton transforms into a celebration of creativity with The Works Art & Design Festival. As North America’s largest free outdoor art and design festival, The Works features countless performances, exhibits, and events throughout the city. From July 6th to 17th, immerse yourself in visual arts, music, food, and fun in Churchill Square and discover the vibrant arts scene that Edmonton has to offer.

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival: A Showcase of Busking Talent
Prepare to be amazed by unicyclists, puppeteers, tightrope walkers, and acrobats at the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival. From July 6th to 17th, the festival transforms the city into a busker’s paradise with zany and entertaining performances. Teaming up with The Works Art & Design Festival, this event promises variety performers, visual art, shenanigans, music, food, and fun in Churchill Square.

Taste of Edmonton: A Gastronomic Adventure
Calling all food lovers! Taste of Edmonton is Western Canada’s largest food festival, offering a tantalizing array of dishes from over 50 locally-owned restaurants and food trucks. From July 20th to 30th, venture into the heart of Edmonton’s downtown core and indulge in a culinary journey that showcases the city’s vibrancy through art, food, music, heritage, and culture.

K-Days: The Extravaganza of Rides, Games, and Adventure
Experience the wonder of the midway at K-Days, Edmonton’s premier summer extravaganza. From July 21st to 30th, immerse yourself in a world of thrilling rides, exciting games, live music, and delicious food. Watch as fireworks light up the night sky, cheer for the bands on stage, and savour the mouthwatering flavours of barbecued ribs, freshly fried donuts, and candy apples. With Edmonton’s Best Hotels as this year’s K-Days title sponsor, this will be one festival you won’t want to miss!

Edmonton Heritage Festival: A Journey Around the World
Travel the world without leaving Edmonton at the Edmonton Heritage Festival. Presented by TD, this family-friendly event showcases cultures from around the globe. From August 5th to 7th, explore pavilions representing different countries, indulge in diverse cuisines, and enjoy entertainment and activities that celebrate the multiculturalism that makes Edmonton so unique. Please note that this festival has temporarily relocated to the Edmonton EXPO Centre.

World Music Week: Celebrating Global Sounds
As part of the legendary Edmonton Heritage Festival, World Music Week invites you to experience the vibrant sounds of world-class musicians at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park. In August 2023 (dates TBA), enjoy toe-tapping tunes featuring talent from local, national, and international artists who are passionate about expressing their unique cultural music and dance. Book your tickets now and immerse yourself in a musical journey around the world.

Edmonton’s summer festivals offer an abundance of experiences that create lasting memories. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these events are an opportunity to embrace the city’s vibrant spirit and connect with the community. Immerse yourself in the culture, music, art, and culinary delights that Festival City has to offer. Plan your festival adventure today and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

And remember, book your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels and take advantage of our 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal, where you can earn up to $225 in rewards.

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The “1,2, 3 Pick Your Rewards”, Terms and Conditions and Blackout Dates 

Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2024 for rewards except for possible blackout dates. At present there are no blackout dates scheduled.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

At present there are no blackout dates scheduled. 

In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 


Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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