{July in Edmonton} Family Friendly Activities + Events

July is here and with it comes a variety of exciting activities happening for the family! Take a look and get the ball rolling on your summer plans!

Canada Day!

There are so many Canada 150 events taking place on Canada Day and you can find a full list of them here!

Boardwalk Sand on Whyte

Sand on Whyte is back again this year and they invite you to “Be amazed by the work of Canadian sand carving artists as they create sand carving magic that tells our Canada 150 story!”

When: June 30 to July 9
Where:  on the CP Rail land in the northeast corner of Whyte Avenue and Gateway Blvd
Cost: Admission is by donation

Summer Carnival

The Operation Friendship Seniors Society invites you to enjoy food, live music, activities, carnival games, rummage sale, and more!

When: July 6 | 11 am to 2 pm
Where: 9526-106 Avenue
Cost: FREE

Green Shack Programs

From now through August you can join in games, sports, crafts, music, drama, and special events. You’ll find a list of upcoming activities and special events posted on the side of the Green Shack each week. Find the details here.

When: July 7 through August
Where: Various locations
Cost: FREE

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival

The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is back again this year and as exciting as ever! There is a variety of outdoor entertainment as well as a children’s area; find all the details here!

When: July 7 to 16
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: By donation

Callingwood Cars & Coffee

Callingwood Cars and Coffee is back for Summer ’17! Bring your wheels to the Marketplace at Callingwood parking lot and meet up with fellow fans, enjoy refreshments and admire a variety of vehicles.

When: July 7 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Marketplace at Callingwood
Cost: FREE

Build a Bug House

Home Depot invites you to join their hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a bug house. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their bug house with paint. All kids get to keep their project and receive a FREE certificate of achievement.

When: July 8 | 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Various Locations
Cost: FREE

Reuse Centre Anniversary Party

The City of Edmonton’s Reuse Centre is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with site tours, activities, refreshments and more! Find the details here.

When: July 8 | 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: 6835 83 ST NW
Cost: FREE

Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival

This traditional Japanese Summer Festival offers an experience for people in the greater Edmonton area.There will be children’s games, decorative lanterns, bon odori dancing, festival food, beer, karaoke, demonstrations, and shops, along with much more!

When: July 8 | 2 pm to 8 pm
Where: 6750 88 St NW
Cost: FREE

Game on 150

Head to Millwoods Town Centre to celebrate Canada’s 150-years birthday with Shoot-To-Score Mini Hockey Game, Bouncy Castle, and so much more fun.

When: July 8 | 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: Millwoods Town Centre
Cost: FREE

Greek Community Summer Picnic

The Hellenic-Canadian Community of Edmonton and Region invite you to enjoy a Greek community picnic in the park! There will be a BBQ and activities but families are encouraged to bring extra food and toys as well.

When: July 9 | 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Kinsmen Park
Cost: FREE

Celebrate 150 at Larch Sanctuary

You are invited to experience a Guided Nature Walk in the Sanctuary to introduce environmental stewardship, and understand how nature has shaped our community. While Edmonton and Area Land Trust gratefully acknowledges that Canada’s Aboriginal peoples were the original stewards of the land, this project celebrates 150 acres of the over 2,000 acres of land that EALT stewards.

When: July 11
Where: Larch Sanctuary (23 Ave Between 119 St & Rabbit Hill Road)
Cost: FREE (reserve your spot in advance)

Twins & Triplets Plus Festival and Parade

In addition to the Twin & Triplets Plus Parade, there will be an outdoor celebration with world-class performers, various foods, music, glitter tattoos, crafts, photo booth, hair braiding, storytelling, dance workshops and more!!

When: July 15
Where: Whyte Ave
Cost: FREE

Parks Day Celebration

Celebrate Canada’s anniversary by learning new ways to explore and create memories at Elk Island National Park. Exploring by canoe, camping under star-filled skies and outdoor living are all traditions that have been part of Canada’s 150 year legacy. Come embrace these timeless traditions by learning how to navigate a canoe or gain outdoor adventure skills at a “Learn to Camp” workshop.

When: July 15
Where: Elk Island National Park
Cost: FREE

Family Picnic in the Park

Edmonton’s Child Magazine hosts their annual “It takes a village” picnic in the park; with activities for the whole family, it is full of fun.

When: July 16 | 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Grizzly Bear Lodge Park
Cost: FREE

Arctic Sea Ice Day

“Did you know that the Edmonton Valley Zoo is an ambassador for Polar Bears International? Together, we are fighting against climate change, helping to keep our arctic friends from losing their homes! Arctic crafts, science experiments, and other activities are sure to keep you busy. Learn how you, too, can be an ambassador for saving our Arctic Sea Ice!”

When: July 16 | 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Cost: Regular Admission Applies

Taste of Edmonton

The Taste of Edmonton has been putting picnics to shame for 33 years!

When: July 20 to 29
Where: Churchill Square
Cost: $60 for 40 tickets | $30 for 20 tickets | $15 for 10 tickets | $7.50 for 5 tickets

Interstellar Rodeo

The Interstellar Rodeo is an intimate, taste-making music festival set in Edmonton’s Heritage Amphitheatre, which boasts covered seating, a permanent stage, and excellent acoustics.

When: July 21 to 23
Where: Hawerlak Park
Cost: $99 to $215 for Adults | $75 to $125 for Youth | Children under 12 are FREE

Callingwood Cars & Coffee

Callingwood Cars and Coffee is back for Summer ’17! Bring your wheels to the Marketplace at Callingwood parking lot and meet up with fellow fans, enjoy refreshments and admire a variety of vehicles.

When: July 21
Where: Marketplace at Callingwood
Cost: FREE

Multicultural Latin Carnival

Edmonton Carnaval invites you to enjoy a weekend filled with delicious food, live music, and cultural performances; there will also be a carnival full of fun for the whole family!

When: July 22 + 23
Where: 8303 104 St NW
Cost: FREE

Edmonton Corn Maze

The Edmonton Corn Maze opens for the season!

When: July 24
Where: 26171 Garden Valley Road
Cost: Adults $12 | Children $9

Tiger Tails!

Tiger Tails is an event where you can play some Tiger games, watch the tigers’ tails swish, and learn all about these wonderful cats! Make a tiger craft, get your face painted like a tiger, and learn about what you can do to help save tigers as well as other endangered animals!

When: July 30 | 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
Cost: regular Admission Applies

CP Canada 150 Train

The CP Canada 150 Train is rolling through Edmonton to connect people from all generations; the activities include: viewing the Heritage Train, live entertainment, family friendly activities, treats and more!

When: July 31 | 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: 7935 Gateway Blvd NW
Cost: FREE

Crafts at Micheals Canada

For the month of July, your children can attend a craft making workshop at Micheals Canada – each week features a different craft. Find the details here.

When: Saturdays
Where: Various Locations
Cost: $2