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K-DAYS AND TASTE OF EDMONTON FESTIVALS

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For 10 days every July, Alberta's capital city hosts two festivals, A Taste of Edmonton and K-Days (formerly Capital EX). They are two of Edmonton's largest summer celebrations.

Clown on bicycle in K-Days parade
Clown on bicycle in K-Days parade
Photo © Barb & Ron Kroll

K-Days 2018 dates are July 21 to 30. Dates for 2018 Taste of Edmonton are July 20 to 29. (Taste of Edmonton was previously held after the annual Klondike Days Festival.)

The huge food festival takes place in the Federal Building Plaza, located north of the Alberta Legislative Building, and along Capitol Boulevard. The location for Edmonton's K-Days is Northlands, in the northeast section of the city.

Taste of Edmonton menu items

Visitors can sample nearly 100 dishes from more than four dozen Edmonton restaurants. Menu items for Taste of Edmonton have ranged from Fairmont Hotel Macdonald's wild mushroom bisque and Korean Village's vegetable tempura to Roma Bistro's chicken enchiladas and Zen Sushi & Grill's teriyaki salmon. Desserts include Bailey's mocha pie from Globe Tap Bar & Grill, coconut ice cream with fresh fruit from The Gas Pump and deep fried Mars Bars from The Hat restaurant.

Sample-sized menu items cost two to four tickets. If you buy tickets in advance from TIX on the Square, they cost $1 in sheets of 40.

Culinary workshops

There is something for everyone at Taste of Edmonton, from seafood and vegetarian dishes to gluten-free and local ingredients.

At culinary workshops, you can learn how to barbeque pork. Culinary adventures range from Taste of Beer to Sip 'n Savour and Taste of Spirits. While you eat and drink, enjoy free entertainment on the main stage in Churchill Square.

Pancake breakfast
Pancake breakfast
Photo © Barb & Ron Kroll

Food trucks

A dozen food truck vendors sell street food such as shrimp tostadas, pork belly sandwiches and chewy, salted caramel chocolate chip cookies. Evening pop-ups feature themed food and drinks including Alberta beef.

Every day, entertainers perform on the main stage. Music ranges from pop artists to country music singers and popular bands.

Children can attend all shows as well as the free Taste4Kids programs.

Things to do in the Greater Edmonton Region

On July 20, the Premier hosts a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 am at the Alberta Legislative Building. Musicians entertain the crowds, as visitors and locals fill their plates with pancakes, maple syrup, sizzling bacon and sausages, accompanied by coffee and juice.

Festival contests offer prizes, ranging from trips and groceries to gift certificates for restaurants and gas.

Sourdough Raft Race
Sourdough Raft Race
Photo © Barb & Ron Kroll

Sourdough River Race

Other events are held just prior to the Taste of Edmonton. Spectators can watch decorated rafts, sponsored by Edmonton businesses, float along the North Saskatchewan River between Terwillegar Park and Rafter's Landing.

K-Days entertainment

Rollercoaster
Rollercoaster
Photo © Barb & Ron Kroll

You'll find Edmonton's K-Days entertainment and midway rides at Northlands. The K-Days parade, downtown, is an extravaganza of marching bands and RCMP officers, floats, acrobats and flag-bearers on horseback.

The K-Days pub crawl includes tickets for Sip! The Wine and Food Experience, tickets for a Telus Stage concert, transportation and gate admission to K-Days.

Sip! The Wine and Food Experience is located in Hall A in Edmonton Expo Center.

You can relax on the lawn and watch free entertainment on Center Stage, opposite the east entrance to Expo Center. Telus Stage showcases family entertainment during the day and popular singers and bands during the evening.

Family fun

At Candy Nation, located in Family Fun Town at Expo Center, kids can learn about Mars Bars, Tootsie Rolls and other sweet treats.

You won't be bored. Expo Center houses a food court, shopping and family entertainment, including the Super Dogs Show in Hall D. Fireworks are held every night at 11 pm. The best place to see the K-Days fireworks is from the Central Plaza.

Deals and passes

For midway ride bargains, check out the Ride All Day Passes. Early Bird discounts are available. You can also buy hotel, K-Days ride and attraction packages.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

Edmonton's K-Days

Taste of Edmonton

Where to stay and eat in Edmonton:

Edmonton's Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Welcomes Celebrities

Other things to see and do in Alberta:

Calgary Stampede - Parade, Rodeo and Chuckwagon Races