My sister researched and gathered the websites for many annual festivities in Edmonton, Alberta. Check them out below, and thanks sis!
Jan. Winterlights in Mill Creek "art festivals that celebrate the winter experience"
Jan. Ice on Whyte Ice carving competition
Feb. - Illuminations - same people as the Winterlight Festival in Louise McKinney Park
Feb. - Silver Skate Festival Edmonton's longest running winter festival. There's a triatholon, skate 10km, ski 10km, run 5km. Evening light shows.
May long weekend to Labour Day - High Level Trolley Car
June 20 - July 1 Canada Day Celebrations
June 22 - July 1 Edmonton International Jazz Festival
June 26-July 22 Freewill Shakespeare Festival at Hawrelak Ampitheatre (Tuesday and Sat. matinees are pay-what-you-will). Children <12 free. Playing Julius Caesar and The Tempest
July 2 - August 30 Ghost Walk in Old Strathcona Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Nights ONLY
July 3-8 Historic Edmonton Week
July 6-15 Street Performers' Festival Sir Winston Churchill Square
July 13-15 Whyte Avenue Art Walk
July 19-28 Taste of Edmonton in Churchill Square
July 20-29 Capital Ex
July 28-Oct 14 Edmonton Corn Maze
Aug 4-6 Edmonton Heritage Festival at Hawrelak Park
Aug 9-12 Edmonton Folk Festival - sold out
Aug 10-12 Cariwest Festival downtown with a parade
Aug 17-19 - Dragon Boat Festival
Aug. 18-19 Edmonton Latin Festival downtown
Aug 24-26 Fringe Festival in old Strathcona
Aug 31-Sept 3 Symphony Under the Sky at hawrelak ampitheatre
October - Haunted Hike in Sherwood Park
Oct. 17-28 LitFest
Nov. 29-Dec 3 - Festival of Trees
http://www.festivalseekers.com site for all the festivals in Alberta
On going - What the Truck? Check their twitter feed #WhatTheTruck. It's a celebration of food trucks and food truck culture in Edmonton with
creative chefs, tasty food, vibrant, accessible and pedestrian-friendly
Art Gallery Walk
Fort Edmonton Park
Huge Snowball Fight http://www.snowbattle.ca no snowball fight in 2012 but back for 2013
Walk in the River Valley
Alberta Art Gallery
cross country ski in river valley
Every Wed night from Apr - Sept, Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Meets "smart people running"
We hope that this list helps you and your family enjoy our fine city year round.