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Red Arrow's guide to enjoying Edmonton this August!

Posted by Red Arrow on Aug 3, 2018 2:01:00 PM


ESOUTSSymphony Under the Sky (credit: Edmonton Tourism)

Red Arrow employs staff and drivers from all around the province, and they've all got a pretty good handle on how to enjoy Alberta in the summer…so this week, we've put together a few tips on Edmonton for you. A city rich with history hosts a bursting calendar of events, festivals and community focal points that truly make for a satisfying summer season. Luckily Red Arrow takes you there with comforts like onboard wifi, snacks, and spacious leather seats… it’s is like giving a little gift to yourself before you even arrive.

Edmonton Folk Festival

August 9th – 12th (Gallagher Park, next to 97 Ave and 94 St)

There’s something about standing in an open field, feeling the beat of the drums, the rattle of a tambourine, and dreamy harmonies floating over the crowd in an outdoor amphitheater… that makes you feel like you’re living in a midsummers night dream. Since 1980 the Edmonton Folk Festival has been that ultimate folk-music destination for fans around the province and continues to impress with their yearly line-ups featuring some of the most talented folk and contemporary musicians. This year, Neko Case, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Decemberists, and Shakey Graves are just a few of the songsmiths who will be taking to the stage, and there’s so so many more! 

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

August 16th – August 26th (10330 84 Avenue)

With more than 1,200 local, national and international artists performing some 2000 shows over 11 days… it is safe to say the Fringe Theatre Festival is the ultimate theatre-lovers experience. But even if your schedule is not jam-packed with one of the many entertaining and unbridled performances, this event has something for everyone. The surrounding bustle includes a myriad of vendors; from tantalizing food selections, to arts and crafts, beverages, live music, buskers, street performances and ‘KidsFringe’ (free fun!) for the kiddos. 

Edmonton Airshow

August 18th & 19th (Villeneuve Airport, Sturgeon County)

We often forget to just stop, look up to the clouds and appreciate the vast open skies of this province, and the technology that has revolutionized it… airplanes! The Edmonton Airshow highlights Edmonton’s own history and involvement in the aviation industry and modern evolution of the technology, through an astounding display of aerobatics. With a showcase of multi-engine aircraft, bush planes, and biplanes both on and off the ground, this show pays homage to many eras of aviation. From an American torpedo bomber to The Mig Fury Fighters (The world's only three Jet Warbird performers!) it’s definitely a spectacle of aeronautical grace that you don’t want to miss. Additional features include a Kid’s Zone, beer gardens, and a range of educational and interactive displays for browsing. 

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Symphony Under the Sky

August 30th - September 2nd (Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park.)

Though subscriptions to this series have sold out, single tickets and grass seating is available for your premiere outdoor symphony experience of the summer. As an added bonus, youth 17 and under can sit on the grass for free with their paying adult! Just imagine taking in the ethereal soundings of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and special guests, highlighted by a beautiful tented canopy and natural reverberation of the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park. The Labour Day weekend series will feature one performance per evening, so visit the website for the exciting details of each. 

This summer, take a break from mosquito bites and scratch that travel bug with the Red Arrow experience! Visit to check out our online trip-planner and make sure you catch your most convenient coach to wherever you need to go. Leave the driving to us and get to Edmonton in time for these summer-end celebrations!

Topics: General Information, Alberta, Travel Tips, Summer

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