Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel
Attractions near our Coast Edmonton Hotel
We don’t just work here; we live and play here, too. These are some of our favourite spots you won’t want to miss while you’re staying at our downtown Edmonton Hotel. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions as well as a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.
The Citadel Theatre is recognized and respected as a national center of excellence in production, creative development, and audience engagement – the artistic and cultural heart of our community.
4th Street Promenade
This vibrant neighbourhood has a sophisticated feel and is teeming with fantastic boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment.
Art Gallery of Alberta
The oldest cultural institution in Canada, this wonderful museum features over 6,000 objects in addition to its feature exhibitions. Dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of visual art.
City Market Downtown
This year-round farmers market has been an integral part of downtown Edmonton for over a century! A wonderful way to get fresh local produce, foods, and crafts directly from the producers!
Edmonton River Valley
At 7,400 hectares, this is one of the longest urban stretches of river valley parkland in North America. Enjoy 22 parks and over 150 kilometers of trails!
Housed in a spectacular pyramid conservatory, this horticultural attraction features over 700 species of plants of arid, temperate, and tropical climates. A great place to visit year round!
Royal Alberta Museum
This is one of Canada’s most popular museums, filled with a spectacular array of natural and human history. Be sure to check back often—feature exhibitions rotate.
Tim McGrawJul 22, 2014 7:30 pm — Jul 22, 2014 11:00 pm
Country music superstar Tim McGraw is coming to Edmonton in July.
As part of his Sundown Heaven Town tour, he’ll make a stop at Rexall Place on July 22.
Tickets are available Friday, June 6th at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and include a complimentary gate admission to K-Days from July 18-27, 2014.
McGraw’s show will include tracks off his upcoming album, Sundown Heaven Town.
Blake SheltonJul 23, 2014 7:30 pm — Jul 23, 2014 11:00 pm
Blake Shelton, Live at Rexall Place during Edmonton’s largest summer festival—K-Days.
Concert and K-Days admission tickets on sale Thursday, February 13 at 10 a.m. through ticketmaster.ca
Each concert ticket purchased includes an Adult Gate Admission ticket to K-Days, 2014.
GRAMMY nominee, Blake Shelton, is CMA Awards’ reigning “Male Vocalist of the Year” for the 4th consecutive year, the 2013 recipient of “Album of the Year” for his current platinum-selling release, Based On a True Story…. and is a coach on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical-competition series “The Voice.” Blake is one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers” (The New York Times). Just off the heels of his multi-week No. 1 smash hit, “Boys ‘Round Here,” the follow-up single “Mine Would Be You” raced to the top of the charts to mark his 15th No. 1 (10th consecutive) single. “Mine Would Be You” topped the charts for three weeks, making it one of the longest-charting country singles of 2013. His current single, “Doin’ What She Likes,” is currently Top 40 on the charts and climbing rapidly.
Blake has earned a host of other awards and nominations, including three GRAMMY nominations this year for Country Album of the Year and Country Solo Performance and Country Song of the Year nods for “Mine Would Be You.” His infectious multi-week No.1, “Honey Bee” still holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist, “To A Purist Mr. Shelton is a savvy student of tradition. To A Would-be outlaw he’s forever adding a wink. He’s a star who is only as explicit as you want him to be,” Jon Caramanica, The New York Times. Blake Shelton’s passion for country music and his commitment to mentoring his teammates from The Voice make him an incredible ambassador for country music.
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Calgary StampedersJul 24, 2014 7:00 pm — Jul 24, 2014 10:00 pm
Watch the Edmonton Eskimos take on our provincial rival Calgary Stampeders for the first time this season.
Interstellar RodeoJul 25, 2014 — Jul 27, 2014
Building on its successful first year, the Interstellar Rodeo comes back with a “star-studded lineup” of some of the finest musicians and songwriters that are on this planet. From local favourites Shout Out Out Out Out, to some of the hottest artists out there like Serena Ryder and Alabama Shakes, there’s something on stage for everyone to enjoy.
Servus Heritage FestivalAug 2, 2014 10:00 am — Aug 4, 2014 9:00 pm
The Servus Heritage Festival 2014 marks the 39th annual of this premier three-day showcase of Canada’s vibrant multicultural heritage. It will feature 60 pavilions representing more than 85 cultures from around the world.
Sample culinary delicacies, see creative performances, shop for crafts, artwork, and clothing, or chat with people eager to tell you a little about their cultural roots and their present-day communities in Canada.
Various pavilions will also be showcasing cultural displays with photos, paraphernalia, and stories about their culture or ethnic background in Edmonton.
Admission is free, but a donation for Edmonton’s Food Bank would be greatly appreciated.
There is no public parking in Hawrelak Park during the Festival. Please note that this is a city park and NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED.
Rod Stewart and Carlos SantanaAug 5, 2014 7:00 pm — Aug 5, 2014 11:00 pm
The Voice. The Guitar. The Songs.
Rod Stewart and Santana, two of music’s most influential hit makers and dynamic live performers, will join forces and embark on an 18-concert North American tour this summer. Kicking-off May 23 in Albany, NY, the tour unites two musical trailblazers who have helped redefine the sound of popular music for the last five decades through their combined love of rock, soul, world rhythms, funk, jazz and blues. Both Stewart and Santana are known for their high-energy, hit-packed live concerts — making the combination an incomparable experience for all music fans.
Edmonton Folk Music FestivalAug 7, 2014 — Aug 10, 2014
Edmonton Folk Music Festival, staged in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in beautiful downtown Gallagher Park, happens each year in the second weekend in August. Beginning in 1980 with one staff and 300 volunteers, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has grown and matured to become one of the leading folk festivals in the world. Now boasting a volunteer force of over 2000, the festival in a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best of folk music from around the world.
30th Annual Cariwest FestivalAug 8, 2014 — Aug 10, 2014
Cariwest is a lively three-day Caribbean Arts Festival that takes place annually in the heart of downtown Edmonton. It began in 1984 as part of the Klondike Days Parade (now K-Days) and was a way for Caribbean immigrants in Edmonton to celebrate and share their culture.
Cariwest festival events attract more than 60,000 people over three days. The festival is a show of pride for Caribbean culture. It employs the talents of musicians and dancers from all over the world to bring the sweet melodies of Soca, Steel Pan, Reggae, Hip Hop, Calypso and Brass Bands to Canada’s festival city.
The multicultural nature of the city of Edmonton is captured in the annual Cariwest celebrations. It provides an opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with Caribbean culture to experience a taste of our tradition. Cariwest is open to everyone. Anyone interested in participating is welcome, whether they are of Caribbean heritage or not. The carnival is free and open to all who choose to attend. There is an entrance fee for some special events.
While the official Cariwest 2014 festival takes place from August 8th – 10th, Cariwest is proud to host a variety of other exciting events to celebrate the rich culture of the Caribbean. Our Miss Cariwest Pageant takes place on July 5th . See our events page for details.
Arcade Fire – Reflecktor TourAug 11, 2014 7:30 pm — Aug 11, 2014 11:00 pm
Reflektor Tour with guests
Grammy Award-winning band Arcade Fire announced the REFLEKTOR TOUR in support of their international #1 album, Reflektor (Merge). The REFLEKTOR TOUR will kick off on March 6, 2014 in Louisville, KY. The Live Nation produced tour will take the band to 27 cities throughout North America.
33rd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre FestivalAug 14, 2014 — Aug 24, 2014
The 33rd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is time tripping to the ’70s with ‘Fringed and Confused!’, August 14-24, 2014. Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA) has donned their bell-bottoms, pulled up their tube socks and wistfully gone back to the era of record stores and jumpsuits. Get swept up in what it means to be fringed and confused with a ‘throwback’ to our early years.
18th Annual Edmonton Dragon Boat FestivalAug 15, 2014 — Aug 17, 2014
The Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival Association (EDBFA) hosts a dragon boat festival each year on the third week in August – rain or shine.
The race course is approximately 400 m long with races generally lasting between 2 to 3.5 intense minutes. The 3-day event features challenge races, placement races, spirit awards and medal races.
The festival is based on the traditional dragon boat races, originally taking place in southern China over 2,000 years ago. Originally, boats adorned with dragonheads were part of a fertility rite as a way to encourage plentiful rains and a good harvest. The dragon boat races, and the serving of rice dumplings or rice cakes, became an annual event on the fifth day of the fifth month.
Throughout the weekend on the festival grounds there are exhibitors, vendors, stage entertainment, and a beer gardens right by the river for optimal views of the boats crossing the finish line.
Edmonton Blues FestivalAug 15, 2014 — Aug 17, 2014
Western Canada’s Premier Blues Event, every August in Edmonton’s scenic River Valley in Hawrelak Park at The Heritage Amphitheatre.
The 2014 line up is complete. We’ve got a stellar line up, with Grammy, Blues Music, Juno, Maple Blues and IBC award winners. As usual,we’ve scoured the blues world for the best there are…the best guitarists, harmonica players, pianists, songwriters and singers the blues world has to offer. There are 11 acts never before at the festival, and 5 that have never been to Edmonton! 13 acts over 3 days…August 15 to 17 at the sonically superior and party friendly Heritage Amphitheatre. Weekend Passes are available now through the web site.
Single day tickets and weekend passes are available at Permanent Records, The Chateau Louis Hotel and Ticketmaster. This is a blues celebration you don’t want to miss. Check out who’s coming, and get your weekend pass
Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersAug 17, 2014 7:30 pm — Aug 17, 2014 11:00 pm
The iconic Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers return to Northlands August 17 with very special guest Steve Winwood.
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto ArgonautsAug 23, 2014 2:00 pm — Aug 23, 2014 5:00 pm
Watch the Edmonton Eskimos take on the Toronto Argonauts for their one and only trip to Commonwealth Stadium this season.
TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand FinalAug 26, 2014 — Sep 1, 2014
The ITU World Triathlon Series features world-class events all around the globe in which elite triathletes compete annually to become the ITU World Champion. Each year, the Series finishes with a Grand Final as the most important race of the season and as the event where World Championship titles for Elite, U23, Juniors, Paratriathletes and Age Groupers are awarded.
In 2014, Edmonton will once again serve as host for the TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final. The Grand Final will be the penultimate triathlon competition around the world. The event will bring together athletes of all abilities, from rising phenoms to established veterans, Olympic medallists to weekend warriors.
Edmonton has hosted the world before in 2001 and is ready to host again. Several thousand international visitors are expected to descend upon the event, consisting of over 4,000 athletes and 2,000+ support teams, officials, family and friends.
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra – Disney in ConcertAug 29, 2014 8:00 pm — Aug 29, 2014 10:00 pm
Bring the whole family to enjoy the ESO and a cast of four vocalists for a very special concert of Disney’s most famous movie scores ever – Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King and the Oscar®-winning song “Let It Go” from Disney’s latest hit movie Frozen. Explore Walt Disney’s stories and characters through their memorable melodies with clips and storyboard art displayed on-screen while the ESO performs in Churchill Square. And make sure to dress up as your favourite Disney character!
Katy Perry – The Prismatic World TourAug 31, 2014 7:00 pm — Aug 31, 2014 11:00 pm
International superstar Katy Perry brings her Prismatic World Tour to Northlands August 31, 2014.
The 11-time GRAMMY® nominated singer cemented her status as a best-selling superstar with the global success of her second studio album, Teenage Dream, which debuted at #1 in 8 countries and spent over two years on Billboard’s Top 200 album sales chart. She became the only female artist to have 5 #1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night”). The special edition, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, added “Part of Me” and “Wide Awake” to Katy’s list of nine Top 40 chart-toppers (dating back to her multi-platinum debut album, 2008’s One of the Boys, which generated four hit singles: “I Kissed A Girl,” “Hot N Cold,” “Thinking of You” and “Waking Up In Vegas”).
THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR is Katy’s first tour since 2011’s sold-out California Dreams Tour, which was the subject of 2012’s 3D feature film, Katy Perry: Part Of Me, the fifth biggest music documentary of all time.
Tour of Alberta: Canada’s Pro-Cycling Race and FestivalSep 5, 2014 — Sep 7, 2014
Alberta’s newest international sporting event – the tour of Alberta pro-Cycling race and Festival. the event is a six-day stage race,
starting in Calgary on Tuesday, September 2 and ending in Edmonton on Sunday, September 7.
September 5 / Stage 3
September 6 / Stage 4
September 7 / Stage 5 / Circuit
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Calgary StampedersSep 6, 2014 5:00 pm — Sep 6, 2014 8:00 pm
Watch the Edmonton Eskimos take on the Calgary Stampeders in the 2nd game of the home and home series as part of the annual Labour Day Classic.
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Montreal AlouettesSep 12, 2014 7:00 pm — Sep 12, 2014 10:00 pm
Watch the Edmonton Eskimos take as they take on the Montreal Alouettes for their one and only trip to Edmonton this season.
Russell PetersSep 18, 2014 7:00 pm — Sep 18, 2014 11:00 pm
Comedian Russell Peters is coming back to Edmonton!
The Toronto funnyman and actor, who was last here in 2012, will be back at Rexall Place on Thursday, Sept. 18 with his Almost Famous tour. Other Canadian stops include Regina, Calgary and Vancouver.
Peters can currently be seen as a judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, alongside Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans, and he stars in the new movie Chef.
Two DJs will also be featured in the show, Toronto’s Starting from Scratch and New York City’s Spinbad.
Tickets go on sale June 16
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Saskatchewan RoughridersSep 26, 2014 8:00 pm — Sep 26, 2014 11:00 pm
Watch the Edmonton Eskimos take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders for their one and only regular reason trip into Commonwealth Stadium.
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Winnipeg Blue BombersOct 13, 2014 2:30 pm — Oct 13, 2014 5:30 pm
Watch the Edmonton Eskimos take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Take in the game before you head home for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Edmonton Eskimos vs. BC LionsNov 1, 2014 5:00 pm — Nov 1, 2014 8:00 pm
Watch the Edmonton Eskimos take on the BC Lions in the final home game of the regular season.
Broadway Across Canada – Flashdance The MusicalNov 25, 2014 — Nov 30, 2014
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of FLASHDANCE is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.
FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth.
FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay), and Robert Cary with direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis).
*This show contains some mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences.