Front Yards in Bloom
Spring has finally arrived and brought with it the chance to once again make Kensington one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Edmonton. We are lucky to have such caring and talented gardeners in our midst and it's time to celebrate their skill again.
What will you do differently in your garden for 2017? Time to play with all different types of grasses and sedges? Celebrate Canada 150 with a stunning array of red and white? How about devote your beds to wildflowers - help the bees? Use containers to move your garden focal points around? Use rocks and boulders to create interesting shapes and vignettes? Have fun!
Once again Kensington will be participating in Front Yards in Bloom - we've had a number of city finalists from our neighbourhood - keep up the good work and thanks for making our community beautiful.
Free Fun Spring/Summer 2017
There's loads of FREE family friendly events and activities you can participate in this spring and summer. Check the City of Edmonton Priceless Fun Guide for all events and activities available.
Arts & Culture
Art Gallery of Alberta
Free admission night on the last Thursday of every month from 6–9 p.m. and low-cost senior/student admission.
2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture Centre
Free admission (donations accepted)
Alberta Craft Council Gallery
U of A Paleontology Museum
Free admission from Mon–Fri. Public and school groups can call to book tours of 5–30 people.
1–26 Earth Sciences Building
University of Alberta North Campus
Guided Walking Tours of Downtown Edmonton
Free tours from June - August.
Free tours and an interpretive centre
Observatory - Telus Word of Science
Free admission to view the sun, moon, stars and planets.
Coronation Park (142 Street and 111 Avenue)
Call to confirm hours.
University of Alberta Observatory
Free admission. Check website for hours.
5-240 Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science,
University of Alberta North Campus
Neon Sign Museum
Free outdoor display shows historic neon business signs.
Best experienced after dark.
104 Street, between 103 and 104 Avenues
From September–May, the first Sunday evening of each show is Servus Pay-What-You-Can night.
Tickets go on sale that day at 3 p.m. at the box office.
City of Edmonton Archives
Year round, Mon–Fri.
Free access to the city’s archives.
Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre
Sports & Recreations
Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area
Free recreational, social and educational programs. Their nine clubs are located throughout the city.
The Edmonton Sport Council
Helping to find sport programs and clubs, register for a team and learn about local sport events, special programs and promotions.
Family Nature Nights
Nature Alberta Events Calendar
Find information about Nature Alberta events in Edmonton and across Alberta. Many are FREE to participants.
Nature in the City
Are you interested in learning about our local natural area parks? Check out the FREE Urban BioKit, a colourful workbook full of activities to explore the wonders of nature in Edmonton.
Explore the cultural riches of the Powwow in communities across Edmonton and in surrounding areas. FREE to attend.
Get Ready in the Park
Find out how you and your family can prepare for an emergency at this FREE, fun, family oriented event.
Hawrelak Park, 9930 Groat Road
Hip Hop In the Park
Enjoy this FREE hip hop festival and celebrate hip hop music and culture.
Boyle Street Community League
Tales Storytelling Festival
Storytellers gather to share their stories at various events. Free events as part of festival. Throughout Old Strathcona.
Young Canadian artists in theatre, dance, cyber-art, music, painting, photography, filmmaking and poetry. Many FREE events.
National Aboriginal Day
A day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Many FREE events.
The Works Art & Design Festival
Numerous FREE outdoor exhibits including live artists’ demonstrations, outdoor street market, music and lectures.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Many Canada Day events are FREE, including events at the Legislature grounds and Sir Winston Churchill Square.
National Fishing Week
Anyone can fish for FREE for one day at end of National Fishing week, no licence required. Call 311 for date.
Hermitage Park or North Saskatchewan River
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
FREE admission. Viewing of performances by magicians, clowns, jugglers, mime artists, musicians and comics is by donation.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Whyte Avenue Art Walk
FREE 4 km walk where you can view art and meet artists on the streets of Old Strathcona.
Summer Market in Chinatown
This FREE event is to showcase Edmonton’s finest multicultural shows, arts and crafts in vibrant Chinatown.
97 St from 106–107 Avenue
Sourdough Raft Race
FREE admission. Children’s mini-carnival, kite flying and a chance to watch the raft race. Launch is at Terwillegar Park at noon, finish is at Rafter’s Landing. Watch from the banks of the river valley.
Parade is FREE
Servus Heritage Festival
Admission is FREE, but please bring a non-perishable food item for a donation to the Food Bank. Watch
FREE performances. You can buy food, crafts, artwork and clothing from all over the world.
9930 Groat Road
The festival includes a colourful costume extravaganza and calypso competition.
FREE parade on Saturday, Aug 6. The Cariwest Caribbean Village is open on Saturday and Sunday with FREE live entertainment.
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
More than 200 indoor and outdoor acts.
Admission to the grounds and street performances is FREE (donations accepted).
KidsFringe is FREE entertainment aimed at ages 0–12.
Dragon Boat Festival
This FREE family-friendly festival features dragon boat races on the river.
Louise McKinney Park
9999 Grierson Hill Road
Open Farm Day
Come see an urban farm and a honey harvest at this FREE family-friendly event.
Viva Italia Day
Check out live entertainment, cooking demos, kid’s corner and more at this FREE family-friendly event.
Giovanni Caboto Park
95 Street and 109 Avenue
Tour of Alberta
Check out the FREE events as the Tour rolls into Edmonton. Check website for dates of events in Edmonton.
Kaleido Family Arts Festival
Arts festival featuring music, dance, theatre, film, literary and visual arts.
118 Avenue between 91–94 Street
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) - Community League Day
Check out your local community league for events, many of which are FREE.
311 – Phone, Online or Try Our New App
311 Agents are Available 24/7
- Bus schedules and information
- Program registration and bookings
- Facility and program information
- Commendations and comments
- Residential and business inspections and permits
- Bylaw complaints
- Information on City programs and services
Have a question, concern, need information...or a Tee Time? Call 311. City of Edmonton program registration and service information? Call 311. Callers using TTY call 780-944-5555 to be connected with a 311 agent.
Help yourself with 311 online anytime!
Where you can:
- Find information on all City programs and services
- Search for bus schedules or plan a bus trip
- Register for a City program
- Renew a pet license
- And so much more!
For example, you can book a child's birthday party at a city attraction, reserve picnic sites, book a tee time at the City golf courses, create a customized recreation program, find out information about your property assessment, check on bylaws, pay your pet licence fees, etc.