More summer festivals east of Edmonton!

With the summer heat starting to cool down and the fall on the horizon, it’s becoming more important to check out a festival in Alberta while you still can. Fortunately, it’s a long while before the snow hits and there’s plenty of time to take a trip out in the late August sun. So we gathered up the latest round of upcoming festivals.

Redwater Discovery Days


WHEN: August 19 - 21
Redwater’s annual summer fair returns. Celebrate the town’s heritage with a two day bonaza! What we're expecting this year includes a parade, a laser tag show, a bench show, a ball tournament, an outdoor movie screening and more. You’re even covered in case you get hungry; food options include both a pancake breakfast, a pyrogy lunch and a steak supper.


WHEN: August 26 - August 27
Back again after a successful first outing, this music and arts festival is bringing out some major acts for this year’s lineup. Tom Cochrane, Charlie Major and Corb Lund are headlining both Friday and Saturday night in Vegreville. vEGGfest started out last year as a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Pysanka and the hopes are the success of the 2016 outing may provide enough proceeds to hire an engineer to look at the condition of the Pysanka.

Sheep Leaving Parade

WHEN: September 5
Mark the end of summer by watching mass numbers of furry animals parade through town. Hordes of sheep that spend their summers helping maintain park grass in Fort Saskatchewan will head home for the winter. But before they head home to Stony Plain, expect to see them flock together and march through the town in a final blaze of glory before ending up at Fort Heritage Precinct. There will be some time to have fun with the sheep in Legacy Park before they embark upon their voyage. Crafts will be provided. Check out this video of the Sheep Parade from a few years back to prepare yourself.

Harvest of the Past & Food Festival

WHEN: September 11
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village gears up for their final event of the year - a traditional harvest. Witness the threshing bee, completely set-up with ancient farm equipment and a grain elevator ready for deliveries. Make kapusta (sour cabbage), grind wheat, learn to quilt, strip feathers and try out the region’s best fall foods.

Strathcona Wilderness Centre Fall Open House

WHEN: September 25
This wilderness centre 20 minutes east of Sherwood Park opens up for some serious R&R. Take on a trail run before finishing with a series of family activities such as disc golf, a Maker Fair, traipsing through trail walks, geocaching, knot tying and more.

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