The August long weekend is almost here. Some call it Heritage Day, some call it Civic Holiday. Whatever you call it, this confusingly named holiday is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy three fun days with the family in the height of summer.
If you are looking for a special way to celebrate this wonderful weekend, here’s a list of all the great events happening throughout the city this year. Stay tuned, because we’ll be adding more events as they’re announced..
Family-Friendly Heritage Day Events in Edmonton
Servus Heritage Festival
The Servus Heritage Festival is the place to be during the August long-weekend. Nestled in Edmonton’s scenic river valley, bordered by lush ravines and the North Saskatchewan River, the Festival draws visitors from around the Edmonton capital region and across the continent to spend some time sampling the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of a diverse array of cultures.
The event will feature 60 pavilions representing over eighty-five cultures. There will be delicious cultural food, wonderful creative performances, lots of crafts, artwork, clothing, and plenty of opportunities to chat with people eager to talk about their cultural roots and their communities in Canada.
Date & Time:
August 2- 12pm- 9pm
August 3- 10am- 9pm
August 4- 10am- 7pm
Location: William Hawrelak Park, Edmonton
Edmonton Corn Maze
The Edmonton corn maze plans to open in late July for their 14th season. They have some exciting changes and improvements planned and are looking forward another a”maze”ing year.
Visit Edmonton’s original corn maze where our huge, mind-bending corn maze will keep you guessing! Each year they unveil a new and exciting maze design and look forward to getting thousands of visitors lost. This year’s maze design promises to provide an amazing aerial view as well as a challenging maze. Though the correct pathways can be walked in under 30 minutes, most directionally-challenged visitors – adults and children alike – will require about one hour to travel through the maze of more than 5 km of twists and turns and 85 decision points.
Date: July 28–Sept. 2
Time: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Corn Maze, Parkland County
Fairy Berry Festival
Prairie Gardens will be hosting their Fairy Berry Festival for the long weekend, and it sounds like a blast! Fairies, pirates, fairy-strawberryies, shortcake, folk music, the Mindbender and Kidz Corn Mazes all open for the weekend! Help them celebrate the fairy-tale end of the Alberta strawberry season with a kids fest, and the delicious “fairy berries”.
Admission includes plenty of fun activities for the kids- on top of the mazes and music will be face painting, train rides, races, magic shows, a petting farm and more.
Date: Aug. 2-4
Time: 9am- 6pm
Location: Prairie Gardens
One Sunday, Summer Market
For only $1, head over to a fun family-friendly Summer Market at Inglewood Community Hall. There will be door prizes, amazing vendors, and family activities such as a crayon station, scavenger hunt, and mini carnival games. The market is in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Date: Aug. 3
Time: 10 am–5pm
Location: Inglewood Community Hall
Movies in the Square- Playing Rio 2
This is technically outside of the weekend, but exceptions can be made for a FREE outdoor playing of Rio 2, right? The theme song has still been stuck in my head since the first one! Every Tuesday in August will be a new movie, right in the Square at the “Fresh Air Cinema”. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and sit back and relax under the stars. The first 300 people will receive free popcorn and the first 50 Scotiabank SCENE Debit and VISA cardholders to show their cards will receive a VIP seat. Movies being at sunset, so be sure to arrive early to secure a great spot!
Date: Aug. 5
Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square
For even more family-friendly Heritage Day long weekend activities, check the events page on ChatterBlock.
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