Canada Day events downtown

From a pancake breakfast to twilight fireworks, downtown is packed with Canada Day events all within walking distance.

Canada Day is a day jam-packed with activities, concerts and, of course, fireworks. Since it is the anniversary of Confederation, it is also a time for reflection and learning (or unlearning).  If you would like to commit to understanding the truth and move toward reconciliation, read the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (PDF) or visit CBC’s interactive page about Indigenous History on Treaty 6.

Alberta Legislature Grounds

10800 97 Avenue | 7 am – 5 pm

  • 7-10 am Canada Day Pancake Breakfast – Free pancake breakfast hosted by the Ismaili Council for Edmonton
  • 7 am Canada Day Road Race 2.5 km, 5km and 15km runs
  • 10:30 Canadian Citizenship Ceremony
  • 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm Family Fun Zone – Fun and interactive programming throughout the day, including roving performers, a magician, balloon-twisting demonstrations and a crafts tent.
  • 1 pm – 5 pm Alberta Diversity Stage – Performances by Cheremosh, Edmonton Metis Cultural Dancers, Pinoy Roots Rondalla Society, Kehewin Native Dance Theatre
  • 1 pm -5 pm Alberta Discovered Stage – Performances by Alyla Brook & the Sound Me, Celeigh Cardinal, The Dungarees

Edmonton China Town  Multi-Cultural Centre

9540 102 Avenue | 12-7 pm

This year July 1 holds tremendous significance for Canada’s Chinese communities with the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Immigration Act. Head to the Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre to celebrate the rich heritage and contribution of Chinese Canadians. Learn about Chinatown’s history, explore your creative side with crafts and activities and enjoy a barbecue.

City Hall Plaza

Winston Churchill Square | 10 am – 4 pm

Cool off in the City Hall fountain and enjoy games, pool toys and a roving entertainer.

ICE District Plaza

10360 102 Street | 2 pm to 10 pm

It’s a FREE all-ages party at the ICE District Plaza with lawn games, inflatables, photo booths, face painting, food trucks, non-alcoholic refreshments and adult beverages.

Performances by Tim Hicks, Nice Horse, Taylor-Rae.

Fan Park @ ICE District

10104 104 Ave | 2 pm to 10 pm

Free drop-in basketball, pickleball and street hockey

Art Gallery of Alberta

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square | 11 am-5 pm

Free admission all day. Reflect on Canada’s truth and history through Kisikayastew ᑭᓯᑲᔭᐢᑌᐤ…when the night shines like the day, featuring the art of Lana Whiskeyjack.


Edmonton River Valley | 11 pm

The big show! End the night with a stellar display. Here are some great places to watch:

  • Queen Elizabeth Park and Hill
  • River Valley Road Trail
  • Victoria Park
  • Ezio Faraone Park (west entrance to High Level Bridge on 109 Street north)

Here are some good places to watch:

  • Alberta Legislature Grounds
  • Walterdale Hill Road sidewalks and east Promenade
  • Government House Park
  • 109 Street (between Saskatchewan Drive and the High Level Bridge)

African Fashion Week

10004 103A Ave | 12 pm to 10 pm

Celebrate fashion, art, culture and history

Edmonton Jazz Festival

Chateau Lacombe | 8pm -late

Late-night catch cool jazz artists at the JazzClub at Chateau Lacombe

  • Piotr Lemańczyk Electric Band at 8pm
  • Audrey Ochoa Quintete featuring Nathan Cedeno at 10pm
  • Jazzfest Jam hosted by Jacob Do at 11:30pm

Double Dragon

10524 Jasper Ave | 10 pm – late

NICE2CYOU’s throwing a crazy party. Join them as they shine some light on the incredible talents of Canadian artists, highlighting local ones.

Edmonton Queer History Project Walking Tour

107025 Jasper Ave | 11 am – 12:30pm
Learn about some of the unique spaces and moments in our city’s lesbian herstory. The tour meets at Audrey’s Books.

The Starlite Room

107025 Jasper Ave | 11 am – 12:30pm
PLAGUEBRINGER ‘Sola Pravitas’ album release w/ The Art Of Attrition & Eternal Prophecy.

Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market

10305 97 St NW Jasper Ave | Saturday 9 – 3pm | Sunday 11 – 3pm
Celebrate Canada Day with an exciting lineup of events and fun activities. Movie magic with @moviesnacks, offering mini bags of popcorn for just $1 at their popcorn tent! Make your own Canada Day button. Outdoors chalk and crafts tent and a Canada Day scavenger hunt. OPEN Saturday 9-3 and Sunday 11-3, FREE parking at the back of the building!