Colourful Sights and Sounds Spark Festival City this August
Upcoming entertainment in Edmonton includes the Caribbean Carnival, Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival, Sobeys Symphony Under the Sky and more
Launching at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival (August 21 – 23) is Alberta's largest festival and competition event. The colourful dragon boats, sporting fun-loving volunteer crews, have been creating a huge splash on the Edmonton festival scene for thirteen years. This year's Go Green theme showcases environmentally friendly products and ideas. The Festival promotes multiculturalism, sporting and fun all in three days of competitive river racing. Dragon boat racing traces back 2,000 years to Southern China when dragon head boats encouraged rains and harvest.
Late summer heralds Sobeys Symphony Under the Sky (September 4 – 7). The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra takes over Hawrelak Park filling the air with five amazing concerts. Kicking off Friday night at 7:00 p.m. is "Sparkling Classics" featuring fabulous piano solos. Extraordinary soprano Kathleen Brett performs favourites in "Operamania" on Saturday, 2:00 p.m., and on Saturday, 7:00 p.m., in "Hollywood Adventures and Romances." Sunday it's "Family Concert" time at 2:00 p.m. when kids get in free. Sunday night "Simply Sinatra" serenades at 7:00 p.m. The Festival concludes with the 20th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery in "Trumpets and Tchaikovsky", Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Don't miss the crowd favourite finale: the 1812 Overture with live cannons!
August 7 – 9, 2009
Various venues in Edmonton
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival
August 21 – 23, 2009
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park
Sobeys Symphony Under the Sky
September 4 – 7, 2009
For more information about Edmonton festivals and events, visit www.festivalcity.ca.
Executive Director, External Relations