Ahhhh, August! It’s the month we all want to last at least twice as long as it really does. Hang on to every last moment of summer by enjoying plenty of family fun! We’ve picked a mere sampling of the family fun events in Edmonton in August – to see everything this month has to offer, head over to the Family Fun Edmonton calendar!
Still not enough ideas? Be sure to check out our Summer Fun Bucket List for even more great ideas to enjoy with the family in August.
Edmonton Heritage Festival
July 30 – August 1 | Celebrate the many cultures that make Edmonton so special! Enjoy 50 pavilions representing 60 countries and cultures and enjoy music, dance, entertainment, and of course, FOOD!
Fairy Berry Festival
July 30 – August 1 | The fairy berries are said to be the sweetest of the strawberry season. Celebrate them, along with all the great things we grow, at this weekend-long fun-fest at Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm!
Old Fashioned Family Picnics
August 2, 9, 16, 23 | Join Alberta Parenting for the Future Association at various parks in Spruce Grove, Carvel and Stony Plain to play games and enjoy picnic snacks in the park.
ESO Outdoors Summer Concerts
August 4 – 21 | Join members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for 12 special ESO Outdoors Summer Concerts in local parks. Song selections will vary by date and concerts are pay-what-you-can.
Cariwest Fest & Parade
August 5 – 7 | Let the rhythm get you at this vibrant and colourful festival in which Caribbean Canadians share their music, cuisine and carnival culture!
August 5 – 7 | Come meet fans and make friends in the community as you celebrate your love of all things anime, gaming, cosplay, and Japanese pop culture.
Fire Station Open House
August 6, 13 & 27 | Edmonton’s friendly fire fighters invite you to check out the station, trucks, equipment and more during a Fire Station Open House. Participating fire city stations in August include Rainbow Valley, Meadowlark and Capilano.
4th Annual Classic Car Show N’ Shine
August 7 | Come spend the day in the sun admiring beautiful classic cars and meeting the car enthusiasts behind the wheel at Londonderry Mall.
Family Nature Nights
August 10, 17 & 24 | Free programming through Nature Alberta aimed at kids aged 4 to 12 and their families. Explore some of Edmonton and areas most beautiful natural spaces and learn about critters that call them home!
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
August 11 – 21 | Enjoy all the fun of this internationally-acclaimed theatre festival featuring more then 160 shows featuring artists from all around the world!
American Crown Circus & Circo Osorio
August 11 – 15 | Escape under their Big Top with one of 21 spectacular performances coming to Red Deer and Edmonton! Talented human performers (no animals) will WOW you with aerial artistry, motorcycle madness and gravity-defying acrobatics. It is affordable fun with TWO children’s tickets (10 and under) FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Green Shack Shows by Alberta Arts Council
Monday – Friday | Experience live drumming, puppet shows, circus acts performances that run twice daily, 5 days a week at the Green Shacks in parks across the city.
Youth Day Edmonton
August 13 | This FREE fun packed afternoon in Castle Downs park includes games, bouncy castles, free food & drink, face painting, a live DJ and prizes, followed by an outdoor movie and fireworks in the evening!
Rock the Rails Festival in Leduc
August 13 | Come show off your skateboard, BMX or scooter moves, compete in a competition, and have some fun enjoying the activities, food trucks and live music.
Edmonton Dragon Boat Racing Club Open House & BBQ
August 13 | Learn about the sport of dragon boat and go for a paddle down the North Saskatchewan River at this family-friendly event!
August 13 | Londonderry Mall is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a mini festival featuring local band Scenic Route to Alaska alongside Lucette, Lucas Chaisson and Aladean Kheroufi.
Edmonton International Airshow
August 13 & 14 | Prepare to be wowed by the feats of aeronautics as these talented performer-pilots take to the sky above the Villeneuve Airport!
Alberta Open Farm Days
August 13 & 14 | Meet your rural neighbours, learn about farming operations, and enjoy some of the freshest food you can find in our province!
Tour Stony Plain by Horse and Wagon
August 13 & 27 | Tour the town while learning about local history and discovering the inspiration behind the community’s murals. There are 40 unique works of wall art to be discovered and a rich town history to delve into.
Monster Truck Throwdown at RAD Torque Raceway
August 19 – 21 | Be in the stands to cheer on the drivers of these 10,000 pound, 10 foot tall mammoth machines as they race around the track to smash huge obstacles and pull off some astounding feats!
Local Farmers, Local Food AG Tours in Leduc County
August 20 | Come meet local farmers and learn about their day-to-day activities on the farm with fun activities like milking cows and petting zoos for the kids!
Edmonton Wildlife Festival
August 21 | This annual family festival will feature live education animals, games and crafts for the kids, vendors, speakers, live music, information booths, food, and much more!
Rural Roots Fair
August 27 & 28 | The two-day fair is hosted by the Beaumont & District Agricultural Society and features pony rides, a petting zoo, a wide variety of crafts, a horseshoe competition, wagon rides, and the popular Meet the Maker Marketplace.
Come From Away with Broadway Across Canada
August 30 – September 4 | See the remarkable true story of the small town that welcomed the world.
Weekend Brunch with FREE Fort Edmonton Admission
Weekends | Start your day off right with a hearty buffet brunch in the historic Hotel Selkirk and then spend the day exploring everything Fort Edmonton Park has to offer. If you are planning a family visit to Fort Edmonton Park, there’s no better deal!
RiverWatch Eco Float Guided Raft Adventures
All Month | View the city skyline, historic bridges and beautiful North Saskatchewan River valley from a whole new vantage point during a 4 hour scenic Eco Float Guided Raft Adventure route from Laurier Park to Gold Bar/Capilano Boat Launch.
Go Berry Picking at a Local U-Pick
All Month | When the harvest is ripe for the picking, head out on a family adventure to one of the u-pick berry farms on our list. Discover raspberries, saskatoon berries, strawberries, cherries, haskaps and more – YUM!
Al Fresco on 104
Every Saturday | Come eat, drink dance and play with this season’s extended offering of fitness classes, art lessons, dog-friendly programming, dance sessions, and more!
Edmonton Corn Maze
All Month Long | Explore the maze, enjoy the other family friendly activities (jumpy pillows, anyone?) and shop the garden market at the Edmonton Corn Maze!
Summer Fun Bucket List
All Month | STILL need ideas for Summer family fun? Check our Summer Fun Bucket List to discover ideas for things to do in and around Edmonton before the kids go back to school!
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