Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
Runs until July 15
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton is home to dozens of summer events every year, and the Street Performers Festival is always one of the most eclectic. This year marks the 28th edition of the festivities, welcoming international talents to the downtown core to entertain the masses. Prepare to get your goof on with shows by jugglers, acrobats, drag queens, musicians and more. Whether you watch the shows from afar or decide to participate, you’ll also get the chance to treat your taste buds to festival staples like elephant ears and deep-fried chocolate bars.
Taste of Edmonton
Thursday, July 19 - Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
$27 for 30 tickets at tixonthesquare.ca or $30 for 30 tickets at the festival
Edmonton’s festival season continues with the best and brightest of local food options. More than 40 local restaurants and bars are bringing their fare to Churchill Square over a 10 day span, welcoming the public to taste-test their eats for cheap. With each snack ranging in price from two to six tickets, there’s no reason why you can’t leave with a full belly. Not hungry? The same venue features Taste of Beer, Taste of Wine and Taste of Spirits where you can sample various local beers or just enjoy a glass of sangria in the sun. Either way, there’s no reason you should be leaving Taste of Edmonton without a satisfied stomach and a golden tan.
Wednesday, July 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Wunderbar (8120 101 St.)
Tickets at the door
While Edmonton funnyman Jon Mick recently relocated to Toronto, he still manages to stop by Edmonton from time to time to make the locals laugh. Here for the summer, Mick is taking over Wunderbar this month to record his latest stand-up comedy album. With several fellow comedians performing, good beer flowing and hipsters abound, the night’s sure to be a riot. Get there early to find a place to sit, as falling down from laughter can be embarrassing, and with Jon Mick it’s almost inevitable.
Edmonton’s Capital Ex
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 29 from 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Northlands (116 Ave. and 73 St.)
Admission $11, all day pass $44 at ticketmaster.ca
Still feeling bitter that Edmonton’s exposition is no longer called Klondike Days? Or maybe carnies and crowds just plain freak you out? Whatever your annual excuse is for avoiding Capital Ex, you might find yourself having a change of heart this summer. Big acts including Awolnation, Mother Mother and Sam Roberts will be playing shows on the Telus Stage, and gate admission gets you into the shows for free. If these top notch musical acts aren’t tempting you to check it out, the festival also has the usual arcade games and carnival rides that will keep you dizzy until you’re sick.
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