What to do in Edmonton This Weekend (With Kids) | August 18-20

With plenty of activities to entertain the kids this weekend, you’ve got lots to choose from. Whether you want to get outside and enjoy a festival, watch a movie under the stars or you want to spend a morning at a local store crafting up something to take home, we’re sharing some of our top picks for things to do in Edmonton this weekend, with kids.

Catch the Fringe | All weekend
From a show where you can entertain the kids (and let’s face it, entertain yourself) to grabbing food from the vendors and checking out what’s going on as part of Kids Fringe, it’s one of our must-do festivals of the summer months – and it’s finally here. Head down after having a look through the schedule to see what’s on your must-see list as part of the celebration. Find the free things to do with the kids at Fringe, here.

Movie Under the Stars | Friday Night
Gather your family and friends and make your way to Legacy Park to watch a movie. The theme this year is “Canadian Talent”, with a Canadian actor in each movie choice. The movie starts when the sky is dark. come early to grab your spot and some popcorn and join in on the activities while you wait.

Farm and Heritage Carnival | Saturday, 12-4
Old fashioned carnival fun for the whole family. Pony rides, bouncy fun house, petting zoo, clowns and face painters, carnival games, Martin Deerline pedalcar tractors, food, and fun for the whole family. Carnival and ride tickets $1 each, most rides and attractions are 3-4 tickets each. Also musical performances courtesy of Cooper Studios on the ATCO stage.

Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival | All weekend
The Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival is held every third weekend in August at the beautiful Louise McKinney Riverfront Park. The park is adjacent to downtown Edmonton, immediately south of the Shaw Conference Centre, located along Grierson Hill Road NW. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend!

 The Bison Festival | Saturday
Elk Island is the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation story; without this place and the dedication of its people, herds of plains and woods bison would not thrive in Canada today. Help us commemorate this success story through the themes of conservation, culture and cuisine. Discover the importance of bison to the heart of Canada.

Make and Take | Saturday, 10-2
There’s a fun (and free) make and take event coming up at Mastermind Toys where kids can take part in a putty lab event. Get there early, supplies are limited.

Fire Station Open House | Saturday
It’s been 50 years since Station 8 first opened, and we want to celebrate with you! We’ll have a BBQ, station tours, truck walk-throughs and fun for the kids. We’ll also have retired and current members to relive the history of this station. Come by with the family for some history, snacks and a lot of fun!

Michaels $2 Kids Workshop | Saturday, 10 am
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy making embellished art using pom poms and gems. Sign up in store and take part in a fun, and quick, morning out while you browse the store.

South Cooking Lake Trail Days | Sunday, 9-4
Mark your calendar for South Cooking Lake’s biggest event of the year – TRAIL DAYS – on Saturday, August 19th! You won’t want to miss all of the free family fun, including a pancake breakfast, parade, car show, pony rides, kids’ games and races, bouncy house and waterslide, facepainting, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), horseshoe tournament, Country Market and much more. Everyone is welcome! Floats for the parade needed. Contact us if you have questions or would like to lend a hand. Volunteers greatly needed and appreciated!

Are you searching for more kid friendly things to do in Edmonton on the weekend? You’ll find even more things to do with kids in Edmonton on our events calendar.

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