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What’s Happening in Edmonton This Heritage Day?

Welcome to Edmonton’s annual celebration of cultural diversity – Heritage Day! Held over the Civic Holiday weekend at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, this three-day festival is a vibrant showcase of Alberta’s rich cultural heritage. 

Organized by the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association since 1976, Heritage Day brings together over 85 different cultures in more than 60 pavilions, offering visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of traditions, cuisine, entertainment, and crafts. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the fascinating history, attractions, and experiences that make Heritage Day a must-visit event in Edmonton.

A Brief History of Heritage Day

The roots of Heritage Day can be traced back to 1976, when eleven communities in Edmonton joined forces to celebrate their diverse cultures. Their aim was to offer a platform for cultural exchange and understanding, showcasing their traditions, cuisine, and crafts to the broader community. 

Over the years, the festival has grown in size and popularity, attracting thousands of visitors from near and far. In 2015, Heritage Day celebrated its 40th anniversary with more than 85 cultures represented in over 60 pavilions, making it one of the largest multicultural events in Canada. Today, Heritage Day continues to be a cherished tradition that brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate Alberta’s cultural diversity.

The Festival Experience

Cultural Pavilions: A Journey Around the World
At Heritage Day, the heart of the festival lies in the colourful and vibrant cultural pavilions. With over 60 pavilions representing various countries and communities, visitors can embark on a journey around the world without leaving Edmonton. Each pavilion offers a unique experience, immersing visitors in the sights, sounds, and tastes of different cultures. From traditional costumes and artifacts to interactive displays and informative exhibits, these pavilions provide a fascinating glimpse into the heritage and traditions of diverse communities. 

Culinary Delights: A Gastronomic Exploration
One of the highlights of Heritage Day is the opportunity to indulge in a culinary adventure. The festival boasts a wide array of culinary delights from around the world, allowing visitors to savour flavours from every corner of the globe. Whether you’re craving Indian curry, Italian pasta, or Mexican tacos, you’ll find an abundance of food stalls offering authentic dishes prepared by skilled chefs. From street food favourites to traditional delicacies, there’s something to satisfy every palate at Heritage Day.

Entertainment and Performances: Celebrating Diversity on Stage
Experience the vibrant energy of cultural performances at Heritage Day. Throughout the festival, multiple stages come alive with music, dance, and folklore from around the world. From traditional dances to live music performances, these captivating shows celebrate the talent, artistry, and diversity of Edmonton’s multicultural community. Be prepared to be dazzled by the colourful costumes, rhythmic beats, and infectious enthusiasm that fill the air at 2023’s Heritage Day Festival.

Arts, Crafts, and Shopping: Treasures from Around the Globe
Heritage Day offers a unique shopping experience where visitors can explore a bustling marketplace filled with arts, crafts, and cultural treasures. From intricate handmade jewelry to beautifully crafted artwork, the festival provides an opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind pieces from different cultures. Whether you’re looking for a souvenir to commemorate your Heritage Day experience or searching for a special gift, the marketplace is a treasure trove of unique finds.

Family-Friendly Activities: Engaging the Young Ones
Heritage Day is a family-friendly event, offering a wide range of activities to engage the young ones. Kids of all ages can participate in interactive workshops, storytelling sessions, and hands-on crafts, allowing them to learn about different cultures in a fun and engaging way. With designated play areas and entertainment tailored for children, Heritage Day ensures that the whole family can create lasting memories together.

Planning Your Visit to Heritage Day

Dates and Location 
Heritage Day takes place over the Civic Holiday weekend, August 5th to 7th, at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. The festival spans three days, offering ample time to explore the cultural pavilions, indulge in culinary delights, and enjoy vibrant entertainment. Mark your calendars for this year’s Heritage Day celebration and join us for a weekend of cultural immersion and celebration.

Getting There and Parking
To ensure a seamless visit to this year’s Heritage Day Festival, it’s important to plan your transportation in advance. While no public parking is available at the festival site, several transportation options are available. Consider utilizing the ETS Park n’ Ride service, which provides convenient shuttle buses to and from the festival. Alternatively, you can opt for Alberta Co-op Taxi services or choose to cycle or walk to the venue if you’re located nearby.

Admission and Donations
Admission to Heritage Day is free for all visitors. However, as a non-profit event, donations to support Edmonton’s Food Bank are greatly appreciated. Your contribution will help make a difference in the lives of those in need while ensuring the continued success of Heritage Day.

Additional Information
For more detailed information on specific pavilions, performance schedules, and other festival updates, be sure to visit the official Heritage Day website. Stay connected with the latest news and updates by following Heritage Day on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Accommodations: Make the Most of Your Heritage Day Experience

To make the most of your Heritage Day experience, why not consider staying at one of booking your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels? Edmonton’s Best Hotels offers a range of comfortable and conveniently located accommodations to suit every traveller’s needs and wants. 

Take advantage of our 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal and enjoy up to $225 in rewards, including prepaid Mastercards, Ultimate Dining cards, and gas cards. Book your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels and ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience at Heritage Day.

Heritage Day in Edmonton is a celebration of cultural diversity, bringing together communities from around the world to showcase their traditions, cuisine, and arts. With over 85 cultures represented in more than 60 pavilions, the festival offers a unique opportunity to experience the vibrancy and richness of Alberta’s multicultural heritage. Immerse yourself in a world of culinary delights, captivating performances, and cultural treasures at this year’s Heritage Day Festival. Plan your visit today and join us in celebrating the beauty of diversity in Edmonton.

Book your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels and take advantage of our 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal to enjoy up to $225 in rewards. Prepaid Mastercards, Ultimate Dining cards, and gas cards are just a few of the perks awaiting you.

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

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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.

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Blackout dates

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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:

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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.  

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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.

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