Local Guide to Downtown Edmonton!
Attractions near our Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel
We don’t just work in Edmonton; 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 our knowledgable staff! 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.
TELUS World of Science Edmonton
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE) inspires life-long learning as they create a positive science and technology culture in our region. The science centre is a non-profit organization designed to motivate people to learn about and contribute to advances in science and technology to strengthen themselves, their families, and their 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.
36th Annual Edmonton Pride FestivalJun 3, 2016 8:00 am — Jun 12, 2016 5:00 pm
Edmonton Pride Festival is a 10-day event that features pride-filled entertainment, art, fashion, sports & family-friendly activities every June! #yegpride
Colourful, educational and entertaining, Edmonton’s Pride Festival celebrates unity, diversity during one of Western Canada’s largest LGBTQ festivals.
Enjoy a colourful convoy of more than 80 fabulous floats sailing through Old Strathcona in Edmonton to kick off 10 jam packed days of fun and entertainment showcasing LGBTQ culture and pride. Join the celebration by following Saturday’s parade to the festival where delicious multi-cultural aromas are drifting from food vendors, dance to rhythms of all-Canadian live music acts or kick back in the beer garden. Mingle among the easy camaraderie of a diverse, family-friendly crowd that includes everybody from kids to seniors, activists, the business community and fun-seekers, all celebrating and respecting gay pride and culture.
The festivities don’t end there, so be sure to take in some of the 40+ other events that have dazzled, inspired and shaped Edmonton’s LGBTQ culture over the past three decades. Enjoy delicious food, tremendous company and moving stories at the Mayor’s Pride Brunch, stroll through the Rainbow Art Gallery, be inspired at the Awards Nights or take in a theatre production, LGBT film or comedy show. There are all sorts of other great events going on as well, including Edmonton Queer History Project at the Art Gallery of Alberta (from June 5-21), the first-ever YEG Women & Trans Mini Festival at the End of Steel Park (June 7), and the Pride Family Picnic at the Oliver Community League Hall (June 13). The Pride in the Park event is the main event that follows the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 6, and it will include a beverage garden, food & merchandise vendors, and live music (including Jully Black).
Justin Bieber Purpose World TourJun 14, 2016 7:00 pm — Jun 14, 2016 9:30 pm
With back-to-back worldwide smash hit singles and anticipation for his new studio album PURPOSE hitting an all-time high, global superstar Justin Bieber has announced his 50+ city PURPOSE WORLD TOUR beginning in the spring of 2016.
The 58-date tour, promoted by AEG Live, will travel through arenas across North America; fans will be able to see Bieber’s dynamic live show in U.S. cities such as Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston and Miami as well as all throughout Eastern and Western Canada. Bieber will play two-night runs at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, Chicago’s Allstate Arena and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The tour will conclude on July 18, 2016 at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.
The hype around Bieber’s new music continues with the smash successes of “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean?” which was crowned Justin’s first #1 on Billboard’s all-format airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 the week of its release, selling over 335,000 units digitally in the U.S. that week. “What Do You Mean?” also went to #1 in Justin’s native Canada, and became his first #1 UK national chart hit. The song, which hit #1 at iTunes within five minutes of its release, and reached #1 at iTunes in more than 90 countries, went on to easily break the Weekly Global Spotify streaming record with over 41 million streams, reaching 100 million Global streams in less than one month out. Bieber premiered the tracks “The Feeling” and “Love Yourself”; the former features indie breakout pop singer Halsey and the latter was co-written with Ed Sheeran.
ImprovaganzaJun 15, 2016 — Jun 25, 2016
Join us this year as we celebrate our 16th annual Improvaganza! Every year at Improvaganza, Rapid Fire Theatre hosts improvisors from across Canada, North America and beyond. For ten days in the end June, Rapid Fire Theatre hosts the best comedy acts we can find, plus Theatresports matches, specialty shows, and tons of social events too. The 16th annual Improvaganza will run from June 15-25, 2016.
9th Annual Summer Solstice Music FestivalJun 20, 2016 — Jun 28, 2016
ECMS is pleased to announce the 9th Summer Solstice Music Festival, with the legendary Fine Arts Quartet in residence for three concerts.
Freewill Shakespeare FestivalJun 21, 2016 — Jul 17, 2016
The Freewill Shakespeare Festival brings Edmonton a new kind of summer “Shakespeareience” as we move outdoors to present both Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost
“Producing Shakespeare indoors has been happening for centuries, but it will be a new and exciting challenge for us,” Artistic Director Marianne Copithorne says. “We’ll take every opportunity to simulate the outdoor experience – and that’s what’s going to make this season so unique. Our audience can depend on having just as much fun as they have in the past. Shakespeare’s plays can be enjoyed anywhere as long as they are performed with intelligence and wit – and that’s exactly what we’ll continue to do.”
The Works Art and Design FestivalJun 23, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 5, 2016 5:00 pm
For 13 days every summer, The Works unleashes art & design throughout 1 square kilometer of Edmonton’s downtown core . Completely free to the public, the Festival is an extravaganza of visual art, design and entertainment that attracts artists and patrons from around the globe. Greater than the sum of its many parts, The Works is a time and place for everyone to discover, discuss and develop an appreciation for art & design!
As North America’s largest, free outdoor art & design festival, The Works has something for everyone!
- 63 exhibits at 33 venues throughout Edmonton’s downtown and around the city
- live performances on The Works Street Stage from 12 – 9:30 every day
- over 200 special events including tours, receptions, and demonstrations
Edmonton International Jazz FestJun 24, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 3, 2016 5:00 pm
The Edmonton Jazz Festival Society instills in audiences the appreciation of jazz music as a diverse art form, connecting regional audiences with provincial, national and international jazz artists. The Edmonton Jazz Festival Society is dedicated to providing a professional and supportive environment for jazz artists to perform, collaborate, and celebrate with the people of Edmonton, jazz music from across the globe. Formed in 2005, the Edmonton Jazz Festival Society produces an annual International Jazz Festival, supports and presents the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra, and supports and presents the Jazzworks education outreach programs to support the jazz tradition in Edmonton.
32nd Annual Edmonton International Street Performers FestivalJul 8, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 17, 2016 5:00 pm
The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival invites you to see this summer’s finest acts in Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton. From musicians to jugglers, acrobats to unicyclists, the festival features more than 1,500 outdoor performances by an international cast of amazing street artists.
Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas “Future Now: The Tour”Aug 26, 2016 7:00 pm — Aug 26, 2016 10:00 pm
Multi-platinum selling music artists, Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas, invite you to experience FUTURE NOW: THE TOUR. The North American tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off on June 24, 2016 as the two influential entertainers join forces for what will be one of the year’s most anticipated summer music events. FUTURE NOW: THE TOUR will visit over 40 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Demi Lovato’s newest album, CONFIDENT, is out now on Hollywood Records/Island Records/Safehouse Records and features the #1 iTunes smash single “Cool For The Summer.” Lovato kicked off the release of CONFIDENT with powerful and poignant performances on “Saturday Night Live,” which generated the #1 worldwide trending topic on Twitter and massive coverage by the media. Following the performance, the Village Voice declared, “Issue a warrant for Demi Lovato ‘cause girl murdered ‘Saturday Night Live,’” adding, “Lovato’s full-throttle vocal assault on the Studio 8H stage with (“Confident”) could service as a career standout for her.”
Demi will perform songs from the critically acclaimed new album on “Good Morning America” (Oct. 29) as well as “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” (Oct. 30). Critical praise for Lovato’s CONFIDENT has been equally stellar. Billboard Magazine asserted, “Demi Lovato has become one of pop’s leading motivational figures,” while People Magazine lauded, “It’s Lovato’s dynamite vocals and striking vulnerability on aching ballads and gospel anthems that make CONFIDENT such a triumph,” and USA Today avowed, “She inarguably has one of the strongest instruments in pop right now.”
Island Records Artist, Nick Jonas introduced himself as a fully formed solo artist on his hit self-titled debut, released in November 2014. The critically-acclaimed album includes double-platinum smash single and #1 U.S. radio hit, “Jealous” and his sultry second chart-climbing radio single, “Chains.” Jonas attributes his album’s darker overtones partially to the fact that while he was recording, he was also shooting the gritty television show ‘Kingdom’ — a mixed martial arts drama that premiered on DirecTV’s Audience Network last fall and was recently picked up for two additional seasons. Jonas recently earned two more high-profile roles, a guest starring role in Fox’s horror-comedy series, ‘Scream Queens’ and a lead in the James Franco produced film, ‘Goat’. Showing no signs of slowing down this year, the breakout solo powerhouse joined forces with west coast rapper-producer Sage the Gemini to release their summer collaboration, “Good Thing.” Jonas’ latest single, “Levels,” has already amassed over 12 million views on YouTube and is rapidly climbing the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He also recently wrapped up his sold-out North American “LIVE IN CONCERT” tour and has been nominated for a 2015 American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock.