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#31 Days of Edmonton 2016 – Rhonda Jessen.com

#31 Days of Edmonton 2016

Here is how I celebrated 31 Days of Yeg (Edmonton) this year.

#31DaysofYEG 2016

July 1 Go for a bike ride and stop for a picnic — bonus points if you try out a tandem bike! (You can rent one from the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society).

July 2 Volunteer for a local organization — try a festival, a community garden or one of the many non-profits that would love your help.

July 1 & 2July 3 Learn about Edmonton’s history and heritage, and tweet your favourite new fact.

July 3

July 4  People watch on a patio and make new friends. Use Explore Edmonton’s guide or start with Latitude 53’s ever-popular Summer Patio Series.

July 4
July 4

July 5 Edmonton was built around a river, so check out the many bridges around the city on foot or by bike — they offer unique views of the city.

July 5

July 5

July  6 Discover urban beekeepers in Edmonton and learn about the importance of pollination for local food security. To get started, check out: Manasc Isaac, Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Shaw Conference Centre and MacEwan University.

July 6

July 7 You don’t have to go to an art gallery or a museum to see art in Edmonton. Get outdoorsand find public art displays all around the city. Need some pointers? The City of Edmonton has a digital version of their collection, and the University of Alberta offers aself-guided public art tour of campus.

July 7

July 8 Check out a festival you’ve never been to before. There are so many festivals to choose from this summer that you are bound to find one you have never attended! Bonus if you find an outdoor festival that allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy our beautiful summer weather

July 8

July 9 Eat some fruit or vegetables that you picked yourself — from your own garden or a community garden, or go pick berries at a nearby U-pick.

July 9

July 10 Edmonton is built on Treaty 6 territory. Visit an indigenous site, museum or event and share if you learned something you didn’t already know about Edmonton’s history.

July 10


July 11 Explore a neighbourhood you’ve never been to before and post about your favourite new discovery.

July 11

July 12 Visit Churchill Square over your lunch break – there is always something going on, from festivals to lightsaber training to giant games of chess.

July 12

July 12

July 13 Have an evening out in one of the many 104th Street restauratns and then see the (new and improved!) Neon Sign Museum lit up at night.

July 13

July 14 Take a day trip from Edmonton. Try Elk Island, Pembina, Sylvan Lake, Jurassic Forest, or anywhere else to explore a totally different Alberta just a short distance away from the city.

July 14

July 15 Share a photo from your favourite summer date night in Edmonton, whether it’s a specific event or just somewhere you like to go out in the city.

July 15

July 16 Listen to some local Edmonton tunes. Tip: Edmonton’s newest music venue, The Needle, has an after work “happy hour” featuring local musicians.

July 16


July 17 Move one of your typically indoor activities outside. For example, do yoga or have a picnic in a nearby park.

July 17

July 18 Travel back in time with a visit to Fort Edmonton Park, John Walter Museum or the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.

July 18

July 19 Clean out your closet and donate some items you no longer need, give books to a Little Free Library or have a clothing swap!

July 19

July 20 We have the benefit of an open, prairie sky that boasts colorful sunsets, clear starry nights (both the Telus World of Science and the U of A observatory can facilitate views) and epic thunder and lightning storms. Spend some time looking up this summer, and share a photo of your view.

July 20

July 21 Pick up ingredients from a farmers’ market and make your own locally sourced dinner. Maybe Gastropost can give you an idea of what to make this week.

July 21

July 21

July 22 Edmonton is an innovative city. Try out a new activity this summer! For example, you can try axe throwing or check out one of the many escape rooms around town.

July 22

July 23 Rainy day activity: visit one of Edmonton’s many museums (Have you ever been to the Alberta Aviation Museum? How about the Telephone Historical Centre or the Alberta Railway Museum?)

July 23

July 23b

July 24 Explore nature — Edmonton Area Land Trust provides Nature Guides, or you can purchase a Wild Rose Ramblers Walking Guide from John Janzen Nature Centre (or borrow one from EPL).

July 24

July 25 Shop local – you can find beautiful locally made goodies at Tix on the Square and Habitat etc. or check out the Made Local Society for shopping or workshops.

July 25

July 26 Cool off by playing in the fountains outside the Legislature building or the pool outside City Hall.

July 26

July 27 Eat some local food you’ve been meaning to try – So many new restaurants and food trucks have opened recently, plus we have great pizza in this city and it is definitely the season for a good gelato.

July 27

July 28 Explore Edmonton as if you are a tourist in a new city — try going with someone who is visiting or new to Edmonton, or write your own travel-style review of the city.

July 28

July 29 Forget about pub crawls, go for an art walk! 124 Street has art galleries all within walking distance to one another.

July 29

July 30 Have an adventure in the River Valley! Here are just a few suggestions to get you started: go on a Segway tour, take a plant walk or kayak/canoe down the river.

July 30

July 30

July 31 Visit a local brewery, take a tour and taste a variety of beers. Try: Yellowhead, Alley Kat or Situation Brewing. Alternatively, local restaurants often have cask nights in partnership with local breweries.

July 31


Here’s Deb Merriam‘s Storify of how Edmonton celebrated #31 Days of Yeg.

How did you celebrate summer this year?

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