Saskatoon & Regina Summer Festivals

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Top featured photo Saskatoon Folkfest, courtesy Josh Schaefer from GetMyPhoto.ca

Summer has arrived, and with it comes plenty to see and do in both Saskatoon and Regina! From music and performances to shopping, carnival rides and theatre, the options are endless for summer festivals and events. Whether you’re looking for fun for the whole family, options for a romantic date night or you just want to grab your girls for an evening out, Saskatoon and Regina have you covered with tons to see and do all summer long.

Saskatoon Abounds with Summer Festivals

2nd Ave Sidewalk Sale: From July 4-6, Saskatoon’s downtown is the place to be as 2nd Avenue is blocked off, making a pedestrian walkway surrounded by local vendors, food trucks, and, of course, lots of shopping deals! The Thursday will also feature an evening market, with prizes, music, contests and the opportunity to shop until 9 p.m.

Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival: From August 1-10, the Fringe is the place to be on Broadway Avenue, which plays host to local vendors, art, food trucks, street performers and more. Around the city, you can catch theatre at various locations, including improv and comedy. There are tons to see and do all week, and it’s a great opportunity to check out locally made goods and the local arts scene.

Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival. Photo courtesy 25th Street Theatre Centre Inc.

 

A Taste of Saskatchewan: Taste runs from July 16-21 in Kiwanis Park downtown, and it’s the best opportunity to experience all the flavours of the city in one spot. This year will feature 31 different food vendors, plus free musical entertainment every day in a variety of genres. Restaurants at the festival will include local favourites like Spicy Bite, Homestead Ice Cream and Novelties, The Berry Barn and Road Coffee Co.

Saskatoon Folkfest: Make sure to get your passport to Saskatoon’s Folkfest from August 15-17. With more than 20 pavilions, there’s plenty of delicious food, handmade goods, music and dance performances to experience. This celebration of culture and heritage is fun for the whole family and is a great way to connect and meet new people.

Folkfest Gala 2018. Photo courtesy Josh Schaefer/ GetMyPhoto.ca

 

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan: Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is the city’s annual theatre festival, featuring two Shakespeare shows that run from July 3 until August 18. This year, the plays are As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors. Make it a night out with dinner downtown, followed by the show. The unique set-up of the tents on the river allows for a circular stage in the centre, meaning any seat in the house is a great one.

Summer Festivals in Regina

Regina International Fringe Theatre Festival: This annual YQR favourite runs from July 10-14 and features live performances at five local venues, including spoken word, musicals, dance, comedy, theatre, drama and magic performances. There are even kid-specific shows, meaning this is a perfect opportunity for all ages to experience the best of this international festival.

Regina Folk Festival: Regina’s Folk Festival is being held from August 9-11 in Victoria Park, and this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the annual event. There will be some special projects and shows to mark the occasion. The lineup also looks incredible, featuring headliners like Blue Rodeo, A Tribe Called Red, Bahamas, Ruth B and Jason Isbell. You can pick up tickets for an individual night or a weekend pass, and kids 12 and under are free.

Regina Folk Fest. Photo courtesy Rae Graham

 

Regina International Film Festival & Awards: From August 13-17, the International Film Festival offers an opportunity for the city to come together to celebrate film and diversity. The festival will feature a variety of events including film screenings, master classes, and a red carpet and award event.  

Festivals in Saskatoon & Regina this Summer

Be sure to check out the Exhibition in both Saskatoon and Regina this year for amusement, rides, music, local food, vendors and more! The Saskatoon Ex takes place at Prairieland Park from August 6-11 and is open from noon to midnight every day. This year’s Queen City Ex runs from July 31 to August 4 at Evraz Place and is open from noon to 11 p.m. daily with a special early opening on the last day at 10:30 a.m. Get ready to enjoy an incredible experience, complete with delicious food, great entertainment and tons of fun for everyone!

Photo courtesy Queen City Ex