Edmonton hosts more than 30 festivals each year, including the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, which is the second largest fringe theatre festival in the world.
- A Place to Call Home - Amy Carter
The very first day of school I missed the bus, waited for 40 minutes, and was 20 minutes late for class. But it got better.
- Coming Home - Kristi Tencarre
I admit there are times when I miss the ocean and green of the rainforest, but the constant sunshine is a bright reminder of why I love this area of Canada.
- Crossing One Bridge - Ann Henry
As I crossed the High Level Bridge today, it reminded me why Edmonton is a great place to call home. My attention was drawn first by the bright blue sky and then the valley which stretches for miles in either direction.
- Discovering Two Sides of Edmonton - Tiffany Kemp
I’ve discovered if you get involved, there's a lot to keep you busy in Edmonton. When I first got here I volunteered, met some really great people and made some fabulous friends. It's how my social network started.
- Field Trip - Adrianne Thomson
We were trying to figure out where in Canada we should live. And then I remember being somewhere in the McKernan area and seeing all these little kids from a daycare out on a field trip.
- I Love Edmonton's North Central Communities - Chris Hayduk
There aren't many places where you can get some of the best Ethiopian cuisine, excellent Thai food, then some of the best Mexican/Salvadorean fare and everything else you might want, all within a few blocks.
- McGrew Meets City Hall - Alice Major
At the Edmonton Poetry Festival, we’re always doing our best to get poetry out and around. So we had this bright idea to stage a flash mob during a City Council meeting. Of course, it had to be something of an inside job.
- Mini Donut Madness - Matthew Dringenberg
I was very excited when I found out there was a chance for me to go out with my video camera and film all the aspects of Edmonton and then share it with other people.
- Peaceful City of Nations - Bob Coe
Edmonton’s Heritage Festival is a long midsummer weekend of cascading sounds, smells and colourful sights as nationalities from around the world display their foods, dances, traditions and histories.
- People Can Live In Ice? - Joseph Florent Feulefack
When I saw the snow, I remembered how we used to learn about the Inuit in my geography textbooks back in Cameroon. And I thought to myself, “So it’s really true. People can live in ice.”
- Rediscovering Edmonton - Sarah Beasley
I decided to approach living in Edmonton like I was in a new and exciting city I had never lived in before. I soon discovered I had more things to do than I had the time or money for.
- Sense of Wonder - Amber Williams
I do not come from what anyone would call a well off family, and so the move was a little difficult.
- Something for Every Taste - Kane Lambert
This event shows the true character of hockey fans in Edmonton. Minus 27 with an extreme wind chill and we still put 57,167 cold but excited butts in the seats.
- Winter Light - Winter Light Festival
The Winter Light festival is a winter celebration featuring events that showcase our beautiful winter city. The festival was created to encourage Edmontonians to get outdoors and enjoy winter events.
- All the Stories Stay Together - Lisa Thang
One of Lisa's favourite memories involves chopstick day, and she was really excited to find out that it still existed when she returned to Kildare to teach.
- An Edmonton Theatrician - Ken Brown
Edmonton is a great town in which to produce theatre, and it’s a mysteriously active and supportive theatre community. Nationally recognized writers have come from here, and Edmonton has had a profound effect on English-Canadian theatre. It’s interesting that this prairie city produces a lot of theatre.
- Art Walk - Kim Fjorbotten
The Art Walk is an event where over 300 artists paint and draw on Whyte Avenue for 3 days.
- Converting a Calgarian - Ryan Jespersen
The number 99 haunted me growing up. Unlike most present-day Edmontonians, I grew up wearing red and yellow hockey sweaters - not orange and blue. Wayne Gretzky didn't make my childhood hockey dreams come true...he killed them. To this day, it frustrates me to no end, knowing there's no rebuttal for "Five Cups."
- Creative Writing - Marty Chan
At the time I was trying to break in as a writer, I was fortunate enough to get into the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. I decided to put on my own play.
- Exit to Edmonton - Chris Tse
Meet an entrepreneur who found success in Edmonton with a holistic fitness studio.
- Happy to be an Edmontonian - Dr. Gary Lopaschuk
I moved to Edmonton with a five year plan--I expected to move away in five years. Twenty-six years later, I'm still here and happy to be an Edmontonian.
- Immense Mode - Brian McArthur
Yeah, there’re a lot of bricks involved. They came to us wet in Red Deer. On 16 pallets. And each pallet weighed about 2 tons. We had to store them inside so they didn’t freeze.
- Johnny Rains - John Ullyatt
Edmonton allowed me to do all kinds of crazy things like being a dung beetle and hanging off the side of the National Bank Building downtown. And then I had this idea of turning myself into The Human Fountain.
- Living My Dreams - Jacob Jerson T. Jala
The excitement of coming here was tremendous, but the sadness of leaving my country, my home and especially my family filled my heart until I set foot in this city.
- Ms. Edmonton 2005 - Leila Houle
I'd never jigged before, and I don't think Mayor Mandel had ever jigged before, and here we are, jigging across the stage. It was quite an experience. And it was totally unplanned.
- Why I Chose Edmonton - Ada Tai
I came to Edmonton as an international student and was always asked the same question, Why did you choose to come to Edmonton?
- A Place for Movies - Guy Lavallee
Lights. Camera. Action! At the Edmonton International Film Festival, it’s is all about the people behind the scenes – directors, writers, producers – who bring stories to life.
- dEdmonton: City of Halloween Horrors - Derek Clayton
DEDFest is actually Canada’s only true horror film festival. There’re other festivals that go on, but they’re all genre.
- Discovering Live Theatre - Mack D. Male
You can do that here, and it’s awesome. I’m glad I had a friend who was keen to introduce me to the local scene, but don’t let that hold you back.
- Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival - Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival
If you’re a street performer or a fan of street performers, coming to Edmonton is a must. This festival celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2009, and has entertained 4 million visitors in that time.
- Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival - Blues International
Edmontonians love their blues music. Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival is Western Canada’s premier blues event. The festival takes place for 3 days every August in Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre.
- Feats Festival of Dance - Alberta Dance Alliance
There are endless opportunities to learn all types of dance in Edmonton. There are province- and city-wide competitions, festivals, and workshops as well as many studios to help perfect your technique. And if you like to watch dance from around Canada and the world, the annual Feats Festival of Dance is a must-attend festival.
- Festival for Kids - Lucien Levesque
St. Albert in the greater Edmonton area recently hosted the International Children's Festival. I had such an amazing time and enjoyed so much being a part of a great festival for kids.
- Highland Gathering - Fort Edmonton Highland Gathering
If you’ve a yen to listen to bagpipers and drummers, see Highland dancing, or watch guys muscle up for the caber toss, this is the festival for you.
- Magical Volunteer Army - The Magical Volunteer Army
What does it take to become one of the world's best folk festivals? Blood, sweat, toil, and tears? Definitely. Volunteers? Absolutely. Watch 2 short videos to find out what keeps everyone coming back each year.
- Perfect Edmonton Summer Experience -
Bang! A flash in the air and colours are flying all over the place. I was standing watching it all happen.
- Red Light, Green Light - Shelley Switzer
Shelley grew up in Calgary, and remembers coming to Edmonton for the weekend as a child. In the video below, she recalls a funny story about being a kid and preparing for the Edmonton traffic light experience.
- The Chengdu Visit - Ashley Chung
When the Chengdu youths arrived in Edmonton, there was a welcoming dinner. It was nerve wracking as I reluctantly made my way to sit amongst them. I was thinking of so many different things at once! Would they like me? Was my Chinese good enough?
- This Art Thing - Dawn Detarando
I'm from Boston originally, so when I came to Red Deer years ago, they said, “Oh yeah, there's this thing, this art thing, you might want to go to.”
- We're Not Gonna Do Shakespeare... - Nextfest
Nextfest runs for approximately 10 days every year. The festival provides professional development opportunities for artists, and has over 80 performances in several venues in Edmonton’s downtown area.
- Where My Heart Is - Teresa Fisher
What can I say about Edmonton? I was born and bred here. I used to think that I wanted nothing more than to leave and explore the world. Well, I still do - the exploring part that is.