Best time to visit Edmonton

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Edmonton

Best time of year to visit Edmonton

The high season in the city lasts from June to August, and this is the best time to visit Edmonton. Summer shows hot and sunny weather with longer days and milder nights, attracting loads of tourists to Edmonton Heritage Festival, Animethon, or K-Days. Hotels might be packed so you'd better book well in advance. September through November brings cooler winds and even occasional snowfall later in the season. Tourism slows down and the leaves start to change colors. Choose fall if you are in search of deals on accommodation and if you are a movie-addict; Edmonton International Film Festival is here for you. Winter off-season is all about skiing and snowboarding, with January being the coldest and snowiest month. Temperatures gradually rise going into March but still can be moderately cold. The greenery sets in and the flowers start blooming, turning spring into another busy period.

2 THINGS TO DO IN EDMONTON (DECEMBER 06 - DECEMBER 15)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–April • nature

Edmonton boasts regular aurora borealis sightings

Zoominescence Festival of Light

Zoominescence Festival of Light

November 26, 2020–January 3, 2021 (on selected days)  • event

A magnificent exhibition of light installations at Edmonton Valley Zoo

13 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Edmonton Airshow

Edmonton Airshow

August 17–18, 2019 • event

Entertainment spectacle showcasing rich history and the evolution of Canadian aviation

K-Days

K-Days

July 17–26, 2020 • event

The best ten days of the summer in Edmonton

Boardwalk Ice On Whyte

Boardwalk Ice On Whyte

January 27–February 06, 2022 • event

One of the world's best ice festivals with a giant slide and an international carving competition

Downtown Dining Week

Downtown Dining Week

March 11–22, 2020 • event

A chance to dine at the finest restaurants for a bargain

Edmonton Heritage Festival

Edmonton Heritage Festival

August 01–03, 2020 (virtual event) • event

See the whole world in one weekend without going outside of Edmonton

Animethon

Animethon

August 06–08, 2021 • event

Visit Canada's longest-running anime convention, held since 1994

Big Valley Jamboree

Big Valley Jamboree

July 29–August 01, 2021 • event

One of the largest country music festivals in North America

Edmonton Blues Festival

Edmonton Blues Festival

August 20–22, 2021 • event

The event that brings you the best of blues: Grammy, Juno, and Maple Blues Award winners

Edmonton Motorcycle Show

Edmonton Motorcycle Show

January 15–17, 2021 • event

The favorite get-together for riders and future riders

Edmonton Marathon

Edmonton Marathon

August 15–16, 2020 • event

A popular race with easy flat-type course

Make It

Make It

November 26–29, 2020 • event

Craftsmen fair features thousands of amazing handmade items

City Market Downtown

City Market Downtown

May–October (Saturdays and Sundays) • event

A large choice of local fresh-farm produce, and ready to eat meals

Edmonton International Film Festival

Edmonton International Film Festival

October 01–10, 2020 • event

A celebration for all cinema enthusiasts in Alberta

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