Summer in Edmonton: A Comprehensive Resident Guide


Welcome to Edmonton!

As the school year wraps up and the summer sun beckons, you might wonder how to make the most of your time in this vibrant city. Fear not, as we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you dive into the vibes of summer in Edmonton.

Summer in Edmonton

Get ready for a sizzling summer in Edmonton! There’s something for everyone, from bustling parks and festivals to romantic strolls and thrilling sporting events. Edmonton summers are like a cool breeze on a hot day – refreshing and full of possibilities!

Top Picks from Avana

Explore the best of Edmonton with Avana’s top picks for local events and activities. Check out these links for exciting happenings in Creekwood Chappelle and The Orchards neighbourhoods.

    1.  Creekwood Chappelle Local Events
    2.  The Orchards Local Events

Activities and Events

Public Pools in Edmonton:

Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool 

Check out the Pool schedules in Edmonton here!

Local Eateries & Ice Cream Parlours in Edmonton

Sugarbowl: The Sugarbowl has provided a unique atmosphere and delicious food to the Garneau and University communities and Edmonton since 1943. In this time, it has taken many different shapes, from a burger joint in the 40s and 50s to a coffee house through the 60s and 70s, finally evolving into the full-service bistro and neighbourhood pub you know today.

Kind Ice Cream (Vegan): At Kind Ice Cream, their mission is to make and serve exceptional ice cream and to create a culture of creativity, inclusion and engagement. As a women, queer and Indigenous-owned business, they believe that our differences should be celebrated, and they are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion both within their business and in the wider community.

DaDeO (Cajun Style Restaurant):

DaDeO New Orleans Diner & Bar offers a genuine taste of Cajun cooking in a nostalgic 50s-style setting, featuring vinyl booths and tableside jukeboxes. Enjoy a vibrant atmosphere filled with great music and a menu that includes Po’boys, Jambalaya, and Key Lime pie, capturing the essence of Louisiana’s country-style cuisine.

Julio’s Barrio (Mexican Restaurant):

Julio’s Barrio is a vibrant Mexican restaurant known for its generous portions of authentic dishes, especially the must-try fajitas. The lively atmosphere is perfect for enjoying boozy beverages. Don’t miss Taco Tuesdays and Happy Hour!

The Best Sports and Outdoor Recreation in Alberta:

River Valley 

Elk Island Provincial ParkWabumum Lake 

Rogers Centre 

Commonwealth Stadium 

Edmonton Elks vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (June 8th)

Explore more sports and recreation such as Wabumum Lake, Rogers Centre, and the Commonwealth Stadium 

Must-See Attractions in Edmonton:

  • Muttart Conservatory—Nestled in Canada’s river valley, the Muttart Conservatory houses one of the country’s largest indoor botanical collections. Explore over 700 plant species across three climate-regulated biomes and the feature pyramid’s unique themed displays and seasonal events. 

Whyte AveOld Strathcona, anchored by the vibrant Whyte Avenue, blends historic architecture with youthful energy, making it one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods. It has a thriving arts scene, unique boutiques, distinctive art galleries, music shops, and trendy eateries and cafés.

And explore much more, such as the Edmonton Valley Zoo and West Edmonton Mall/World Water Park!

Cultural and Festive Events this Summer:

Edmonton Drag Festival  (May 31-June 2)

Edmonton Pride Month (June 1-30)

Alberta Circus Arts Festival – In Edmonton’s French Quarter (June 20-23) 

TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival (June 25-30) 

The Works Art & Design Festival (June 27-July 1)

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival (July 5-14)

Whyte Ave Art Walk (July 12-14)

Taste of Edmonton (July 18-July 28) 

KDays  (July 19-28)

Edmonton Heritage Festival (August 5-7)

Edmonton Folk Music Festival:  (August 8-11)

Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival Western Canada’s Largest Caribbean Arts Festival! (August 9-11)

43rd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival: (August 15-25)

Edmonton Indigenous People’s Festival

Edmonton PrideFest (August 17–24, with events in Sir Winston Churchill Square happening August 22-24).


As you embark on your Edmonton summer adventure, embrace the city’s vibrant spirit and make the most of every moment. Whether exploring the outdoors, savouring delicious cuisine, or immersing yourself in cultural festivities, Edmonton has something special in store for you. We hope this guide inspires you to discover the best of Edmonton this summer and create unforgettable memories. If you are in search for your next home in Edmonton, visit our listings here!

Share your experiences and summer fun with us on Instagram by tagging @avanabuilds. We can’t wait to see how you embrace summers in Edmonton!

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