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There's lots to do and fun to be had

Witnessing live theatre, watching a movie or the game, taking in the latest art opening or trying a fitness class—you can find your kind of fun in Walkable Edmonton.

Explore Fun in Edmonton

Ritchie

Two-storeys of artists’ studios and art classrooms, created by The Paint Spot.

Queen Alexandra

A laid back bar with a rooftop (aka Wooftop) patio and lower level lounge, The Underdog, for a more relaxed mood. Meet friends for a pint, catch a band once in awhile or play a game of darts.

Strathcona Junction

A gym equipped with personal trainers and gear, tailoring workouts for each individuals' goals.

Strathcona Junction

A legendary seedy bar with blues bands holding court and VLTs and pool tables in high demand. Meanwhile the upstairs hotel offers 63 humble suites.

Queen Alexandra

Road cyclists’ one-stop-shop with bikes, gear and repairs in store. They have a bike club and spin classes to build and maintain skills and the bike community, year-round.

A whimsical Instagram account making Edmonton appear like a magical toy land.

Queen Alexandra

A non-profit helping the city’s 157 community leagues to promote participation in affordable recreation, sports and social activities locally and foster a sense of belonging.

Old Strathcona | Oliver

Take a trip across the High Level bridge and back in time, on the Edmonton Street Car. Operated by the Edmonton Radial Railway Society, the Street Car runs during the warmer months, between the Alberta Arts Barn (Gateway Boulevard and 84 Ave) over top of the North Saskatchewan River to Jasper Plaza (109 Street and 100 Ave).

Ritchie

Well-engineered float tanks providing quiet and secluded environment to relax in the heated waters and dissolved Epsom salts.

Strathcona Junction

A gym devoted to cross fit workouts and community.

Downtown

An performing arts centre with exceptional acoustics, hosting rock bands, TED Talks, comedians, school concerts and choirs. The 1700 seat auditorium houses the Davis Concert Organ and is home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Pro Coro Canada.

Downtown

Take a 48-second ride up (or down) the river valley on the Funicular.

It's free and open to pedestrians, mobility aids, wheelchairs, bikes and strollers.

The self-operated elevator is open between 7 am and 9 pm, everyday.

Queen Alexandra

A large single ice surface with seating for more than 1000 spectators behind safety netting. Hockey players, figure skaters and recreational skaters can get ready in one of four accessible dressing rooms.

Strathcona Junction

Some familiar, some out-there sweet and treats in this charming candy shop.

Old Strathcona

A family-friendly festival celebrating all things winter. Held at the end of January every year, it features a giant ice slide, an Ice Carving Competition, an ice castle, a live entertainment tent and a kid’s play area.

Ritchie

A modest little playground with open space for kids to run off some steam.

Old Strathcona

A hidden paradise of greenery overlooking Whyte Avenue. Run by a wife and husband duo, the airy loft shop offers house plants, terrariums, custom arrangements and supplies. If you want to cultivate your own green thumb, they run workshops too.

Downtown

/// This lovely little landmark is no more /// The LIVINGbridge was an urban garden located atop the abandoned 97 Street rail bridge in downtown Edmonton where volunteers tend the garden plots.

Strathcona Junction

An arthouse cinema with two theatres, screening indie films hard to come by at the big multiplexes. It opened in 1915 and still has much of its original charm.

Queen Alexandra

A building for community functions including yoga, children's programs, ping pong pub nights and skating plus rentals events.

Queen Alexandra

A dance studio committed to teaching the art, technique and choreography of belly dancing.

Downtown

A private, live music venue hosting local, national and international acts. To get around city bylaws, all attendees must be members (a yearly membership costs $5). The lower level of the establishment is an eatery, the River City Revival House open 11am-2am every day of the week.

Queen Alexandra

A Ukrainian Catholic Parish with doubles as a very lively events centre. The large hall plays host to a variety of independent concerts year-round.

Ritchie

Locally owned and run, the boutique shop uses locally farmed and foraged ingredients to craft vodka and gin. Once the site of an underground music venue, The Baby Seal Club, the building is now home to the smallest distillery in North America. It's Edmonton's very first distillery, not since prohibition, but ever.

A studio to learn and practice Capoeira, the traditional martial art of Brazil.

Queen Alexandra

A rarity nowadays - a movie rental spot. It stocks cult, rare horror, indie and sci-fi films plus merchandise.

CLOSED INDEFINITELY A sports bar meets live music venue. Committed to supporting the local and national music scene, the venue hosts music nearly every night of the week. Patrons can enjoy the music, a pint and classic tavern fare while keeping tabs on the score of the big game.

Ritchie

A creative space for locals to gain access to an affordable venue for rehearsals, workshops, classes and other events. It's a collaborative venture between Alberta Opera Touring Association and Concrete Theatre.

Strathcona Junction

Classes for all ages and skill levels, the Korean martial art of Taekwondo offers a total fitness program integrating body, mind and spirit.

Queen Alexandra

Skating and hockey programs, drop-in shinny and public skating are all available at the Tipton Arena. Run by the City of Edmonton, the facility has four dressing rooms, automated skate sharpening machine, vending machines, large lobby and seating for 350 spectators.

Oliver

A 126-person live music and event venue just below The Common. Depending on the night, there'll be a gig of local and touring bands, DJs playing house music, a round of Hip Hop Karaoke or a Comedy showcase.

Old Strathcona

Close to three decades worth of local experience in instrument sales, repair and musical instruction.

Downtown

Parkland in the heart of the city, complete with public art and an enclosed off-leash dog park.

The park named in honour of Alex Decoteau - the first Aboriginal Police Officer in Canada when he joined the Edmonton Police Service in 1909.

Ritchie

Offering horticultural products, services and advice year-round to experienced and novice gardeners for almost 20 years.

Garneau

Get lost in this quirky curio shop with vintage furniture, kitchen ware, clothing and endless odds n' sods.

Queen Alexandra

When they say anytime, they mean it. Gym members can get their workout on the machines or free weights day or night, no matter the hour. There are classes and consultations also available.

Downtown

The AGA presents an ongoing series of contemporary and historical exhibitions from across Canada and the world, in five gallery spaces. Attend the AGA free-of-charge on the last Thursday of every month, courtesy of Servus Credit Union. Classes and public programming related to the exhibitions are available for children, school groups, families and adults.

Garneau

A cozy treasure trove of vintage, one-of-a-kind garments, furniture, art and jewellery.

Ritchie

An eatery doubles as a live music venue showcasing local and touring folk and jazz acts.

Downtown

Go head-to-head with pals over a board game and a cup of coffee (or pint of beer). Pay the $5 entry fee, grab a table and take your pick of more than 250 games at the downtown gaming space.

Ritchie

Injecting virtual reality into the gaming experience - the arcade has solo and multiplayer games, ranging from first-person shooters, puzzles and horror. Bookings and walk-ins are both welcome.

Westmount

An Edmonton favourite! The family-run candy shop has been offering sweet treats and fine chocolates to Edmontonians for more than two decades.

Old Strathcona

A collection of railway artifacts help tell the story of the small southside railway station which operated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Visitors can tour the replica of the original building complete with period furnishings, clothing and photographs.

Downtown

The Citadel Theatre complex boosts five performance spaces for a wide-range of entertainment experiences. Beyond the stage, the Citadel fosters the love of performance through their Academy which includes The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, the Young Companies, The Eldon and Anne Foote Theatre School and the Play Development program.

Garneau

Arts and craft classes are available for all ages and skill levels. If you want to try your hand at painting, drawing, pottery, dance, stained glass, cooking or silversmithing, the City Arts Centre has friendly instructors to teach how.

Ritchie

A pottery workshop and studio with classes for all ages and skill levels.

Garneau

Unlimited studio time and paints welcome customers to the open pottery studio. Both reservations and walk-ins can partake in creative sessions personalizing a ceramic piece.

Downtown

Located in the Enbridge Centre just around the corner from Rice Howard Way downtown, it's the third location in the city for the locally-owned and operated coffee shop. From harvesting the beans to roasting and brewing a cuppa, Credo is committed to sustainable social practices (and great taste).

Oliver

Alberta's very first plant-based pizzeria. Siblings and chefs, Neil Royale and Karuna Goodall, grew up vegetarian and are now cooking up Neapolitan-style pizza pies with gluten-free crust and meatless, non-dairy and egg-free ingredients. A vegan and vegetarian culinary delight striving to appeal to carnivores too.

Downtown

The Edmonton Chinese Garden, located in Louise McKinney Park - just southeast of the Shaw Conference Centre. It's a 1.25-hectare landscaped garden showcasing authentic Chinese architecture and sculptures.

An Entrance Gate was added in 2017, opening officially in mid-September.

Old Strathcona

Not a typical Whyte Ave bar --- this laid back neighbourhood pub has a no-ego atmosphere paired with a great selection of beer and always active dart boards. Weekly comedy and trivia nights along with occasional free live music make it a welcoming place to gather.

Ritchie

Ever imaginative and delicious sandwiches made fresh from locally-sourced ingredients, right before your very eyes. Enjoy hot and cold brews of coffee too. It's the second sandwich shop by the Farrow folks, this time in Ritchie.

Old Strathcona

11 vibrant mid-August days featuring 1,600 live theatre performances hosted by close to 40 venues, plus buskers, outdoor performers, artisans and vendors.

Downtown

The public art, Turbulent, by Vancouver-based artist Jill Anholt, creates a viewpoint of the river valley complete with seating. It's made of thin, bright blue ribbons of metal combined with concrete benches. The seats are inspired by the waters of the North Saskatchewan River which they over look.

Garneau

Side by side in Garneau Park, sit seven clay tennis and three sandy beach volleyball courts. They're the site of one-off recreational games as well as leagues, tournaments and lessons for all ages and skill levels.

Garneau

The seven clay tennis courts host tournaments, group as well as private lessons and club events for children and adults.

Garneau

Hosting 1000+ curlers each week in regular play on 8 sheets of ice, this club promotes the sport of curling among all age groups by providing classes, tournaments and games for all community members.

Oliver

The centrally located artist run centre houses cutting edge exhibitions, artist studios, visual art education and workshops.

Old Strathcona

A locally-owned bike shop carrying mountain, road, cyclocross and commuter bicycles plus gear with an on-site repair shop.

Downtown

Get your karaoke fix downtown at this no-frills joint, with draft brews and bar fare on offer.

Queen Alexandra

An intimate, ornate Shisha lounge along Whyte Ave.

Garneau

Down in the valley, just north of the Garneau boundary, are facilities for year-round recreation. Picnic sites sprinkle the massive green space, with a network of hiking, cross-country skiing and cycling trails woven throughout. Hidden in the forest is the 18-hole Kinsmen Pitch and Putt golf course. A playground, water spray park and sports fields available for public use. Get your workout in inside the Kinsmen Sports Centre with its 200m track, extensive weight-lifting and fitness room. Swim or dive in the many indoor pools and diving tank. For a more laid back swim in the summer months, soak in the sun and water at the Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool. Or get caught up on the local history of the area at the John Walter Museum.

Downtown

An artist-run centre committed to exploring and showcasing the boundaries of contemporary art. Attend one of the many visual art exhibition openings throughout the year, artist talks, workshops and their Summer Patio party series.

Downtown

A coffee shop by day, a pub by night.

Queen Alexandra

An indoor dog park for canines of all sizes and ages to get their zoomies out, away from the elements. Perfect for heats waves and cold snaps.

Garneau

The historic movie house, Garneau Theatre is home to Metro Cinema, a community-based non-profit society devoted to screening Canadian, international and independent film and video.

Downtown

A homage to Edmonton’s past when neon signs once lined busy streets --- that's before a bylaw prohibited them. The more than a dozen neon signs have been restored and installed along 104 Street. You can see them lit up nightly.

Northern Chicken
Westmount

Southern comfort food comes North, with soul food classics given a modern twist in this casual eatery.

Strathcona Junction

A treasure trove of vintage furniture, clothing, vinyl and more. A little pricer than other spots but still a great place to get lost in yesteryear. It’s the biggest antique mall in all of Western Canada.

Old Strathcona

Honouring the tradition of previous pubs in the locale, Old Town Pub is a meeting place to watch footie and hockey paired with UK favourites, Bangers and Mash and Fried Pickles.

Westmount

A little shop full of witty, thoughtful and creative greeting cards, stationery and gifts.

Oliver

Mature trees encircle the pond with wetland plants along the water's edge, creating a naturalized bank. Various wooden decks accompanied by benches create spots for rest, reflection or a chat. A water feature on the southend of the park flows to the pond, creating sound and a chance to engage with the water.

Oliver

A neighbourhood garden inviting locals to participate in organic gardening. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used in the 87 garden plots tended to by community members.

Old Strathcona

A cute 28-seat wine bar by night and brunch spot by day.

The small meeting place joins neighbours and sister establishments, The Next Act and MEAT along 104 Street on the corner of 83 Avenue.

Queen Alexandra

Once home to the much-loved Bee Bell Bakery, the brick building is buzzing once again. This time with a brewery, restaurant and live music venue. Currently, only the upstairs' performance space is open for business, with the other sections opening in the coming year.

Downtown

A stylish pub with lots of beers on tap and solid djs picking the music.

Ritchie

A well-loved park visited by residents throughout the year. The rink is the place for ball hockey and bicycle polo during the warmer months and skating and shinny in the winter. Ritchie Park also has two paved tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground, spray park and open field with heaps of room to run and play.

Downtown

A 20,000+ seat indoor arena opened in Fall 2016. Home to the NHL hockey team, The Edmonton Oilers, a practice arena for community teams and a venue for large-scale concerts and productions.

Queen Alexandra

Named in honour of former Edmonton Eskimo football great Rollie Miles, the grounds offer space to practice and compete in athletics. There are two soccer fields, an outdoor 400m 8-lane track, long and triple jump sand pits, a javelin, shot put and discus throwing area plus stands for 1000 spectators complete with bathrooms.

Queen Alexandra

A dive-bar with cheap eats, and karaoke every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ritchie

An Edmonton yoga studio teaching its own kind of practice, Sattva. The studio sits in the top floor of the Roots on Whyte building - flooding it with natural light while the classes focus on physical postures, breathing and meditation.

Queen Alexandra

Edmonton’s longest-running swimming pool. It hosts swimming lessons, aquasize, parent and tot classes plus more, with its sundeck, dry sauna, slide, climbing and swinging ropes.

Garneau

A no-ego, all-are-welcome pub for the university crowd and locals.

Oliver

The place to learn printmaking in a collaborative setting. The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists' space is home to seasoned print-makers, public classes, studio space and an art gallery.

Downtown

An innovative place for the learners of all ages. Patrons can borrow books, music, movies from the massive collection as well as access many services and programs. The Makerspace provides technology and guidance to make books, films, record podcasts, make animations and more. The Outreach Program, staffed by registered social workers, helps clients find social support and much needed assistance.

*It's in a temporary location at Enterprise Square while the original location is renovated

Old Strathcona

The very first library in the City of Edmonton, the Strathcona branch continues to welcome learners of all ages to check out books and various other materials. The historic building houses programs, computers for public use, Wi-Fi, a meeting room, tech help as well as printing and scanning services.

Old Strathcona

73 families from the Garneau, Strathcona and Queen Alexandra communities are tilling the soil of the Strathcona Rail Community Garden in 2016. They're part of a 50+ year tradition. Around since the 1960s, the garden is meant for all ages to share in the great contentment of gardening.

Old Strathcona

The Strathcona Streetcar Barn and Museum showcases artifacts, pictures and stories of Edmonton's streetcar history.

Queen Alexandra

The four green asphalt tennis courts are open to the public, with three available for reservations through the City of Edmonton.

Ritchie

Sugar Foot Ballroom gets people dancing with classes and parties. Through their workshops and social dances, participants can learn new moves while meeting friends and having fun.

Queen Alexandra

Brews and bingo are the staples of this pint-sized pub, with live music now and again.

Strathcona Junction

Batter up! The indoor baseball facility offers cages for pitching and batting practice.

Queen Alexandra

A sports bar with all the trappings - lots of pool tables, beers and widescreen tvs to watch the game.

Queen Alexandra

A scruffy vegan eatery and pub with live music, overlooking the popular Whyte Avenue. Order up burgers, wings and fries and get all the flavour without the meat. You’ll see lots of beards here!

Queen Alexandra

A welcoming nook to browse more than 80,000 rare, out-of-print and secondhand books, since 1978.

Ritchie

An intimate 75-seat theatre with 14+ shows per week, every night Tuesday through Sunday. The performance schedule features plays, musicals, sketch comedy, improv jam and even a karaoke night. The theatre company, Grindstone Theatre, operating the venue also runs public classes and camps plus a restaurant in-house.

Garneau

Play one of more than 400 available board games while sipping on an espresso or beer and snacking on some light eats, at this modernly designed cafe.

Old Strathcona

A highly stylized joint in the historic Crawford Block, with an eclectic, wide ranging menu coupled with murals, unusual antiques and a wall of herbs.

This restaurant and cafe are the newest sibling in the Merchant Hospitality family which includes their neighbours El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar and Have Mercy Southern Table & Bar.

Ritchie

The independent art supply shop helping artists, from beginners to professionals, to realize their artistic vision. Since 1985, the artist-run centre has been a great place to buy art supplies, browse the gallery or attend one of the many art classes.

Westmount

For all your printed matter needs, The Prints & The Paper offers stationery, artwork and framing services.

Old Strathcona

A 150-seat live theatre venue—home to the local company, Theatre Network.

Downtown

A studio dedicated to the practice of traditional yoga and continual study of the Ashtanga Yoga System.

Ritchie

An adult toy boutique promoting happy, healthy sex lives. The sex-positive shop encourages learning and openness about sexuality with literature, supplies, informative workshops and educational presentations.

Queen Alexandra

The park opened in 1924 and continues to serve the community as a place to meet, play and relax. A water feature, playground and sports fields make enables the green space to have something for everyone.

Ritchie

Buy or rent quality outdoor gear and sporting goods for every season and terrain.

Old Strathcona

Kitting out outdoor enthusiasts since 1984, this family-run shop carries cross country and backcountry skiing, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, camping, trail running, ice and rock climbing gear.

Old Strathcona

The newly-renovated Varscona Theatre is home to eight professional theatre companies as well as many independent productions and Fringe shows.

Old Strathcona

An amateur live performance venue presenting theatre for 50+ years, starring members of the community.

Ritchie

A comics and games store great for browsing the latest in comic books, seeking out pop culture swag or joining in on a role-playing game.

Strathcona Junction

Low-impact full-body workouts focused around the dance barre.

Old Strathcona

The Edmonton Jazz Society's volunteer-run lounge devoted to presenting local, national and international jazz in an intimate setting.

Old Strathcona

50-minute spin classes with high-energy music motivate participants to boost their cardiovascular health and strengthen their muscles.

Downtown

A downtown craft brewery with a tasting room and gathering space.

Garneau

A yoga, meditation and movement studio with sessions in Hatha, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Akhanda Flow, Yin, Restorative, Partner and Acro Yoga. Located on the lower level, below the Noorish Restaurant, the studio builds upon the health-focused lifestyle promoted by eatery.

Ritchie

A second-hand book store stocking all kinds of reads for all interests and ages.

Ritchie

A rock music school offering private lessons, band opportunities and camps for students to develop skill and confidence with guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals.

Ritchie

A community centre for bike enthusiasts with second-hand bikes for sale, bicycle rentals and workshops.

Strathcona Junction

A long-time favourite study spot with heaps of comfy spots to hunker down in. The menu offers coffee (and specialty drinks) plus desserts to fuel your study session or conversation.

Oliver

A restaurant meets coffee shop and pub.

Ritchie

A cafe offering ACE Coffee and comfortable nooks to snuggle with adoptable cats.

Ritchie

A gym where adults and kids get active with obstacle courses, kickboxing, yoga, high intensity interval training and more.

Old Strathcona

A casual eatery with southern comfort on the menu, from fried chicken, burgers and grits to whiskies and craft cocktails.

Garneau

Kent of Inglewood supplies the tools and classes to embrace the old way of doing things—from a clean shave, to chopping wood and cleaning a fish.

Garneau

Knowledgable staff assist customers in search of a new or used instruments and equipment, to buy or rent.

Old Strathcona

More than 130 vendors bring their artistry, produce, breads and meats to market every Saturday. The year-round indoor bazaar is a weekly tradition for many to support local and buy fresh.

Ritchie

A bike shop devoted to Road, Cyclocross and Track disciplines for more than 15 years. They sell bikes, helmets and apparel, provide bike servicing and have a biking club, sponsored by Da Capo Caffe.

Garneau

A full service bike shop with expertise in all kinds of bikes, from mountain to single speed. The shop hosts group rides and heads up a race team too.

Ritchie

Every year, Ritchie residents and other Edmontonians gather to sample chili cooked up by near-by businesses and families. Awards for the best traditional and vegetarian chili recipe are voted on and handed out at the end of the night.

Old Strathcona

A tattoo shop staffed by skilled artists with diverse styles.

Queen Alexandra

A relaxed boho style cafe offering fresh coffee, teas and baked goodies.

Ritchie

Finely crafted coffee and eats at the community hub, Ritchie Market. One of the two cafes run by and offering up coffee from the Edmonton-based micro coffee roaster - roasted onsite.

Old Strathcona

A mom and pop (of five kids) ice cream shop serving up Filipino and Asian-inspired flavours plus baked goodies. The waffle cones are like no other in town, infused with dark charcoal to give them an ultra-black colour. ​

Ritchie

A delightful little tea and gift shop full of pretty sights, smells and tastes.

Strathcona Junction

Cakes and cupcakes with generous icing for any occasion - get an assortment of flavours of just one. Cake decorating classes are also available.

Old Strathcona

A boutique hair salon and barber shop offering styling and cuts for men and women.

Downtown

The town square of Edmonton. The massive, paved, tree-lined gathering place hosts events year-round including the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, the New Year's Celebration, The Works Art & Design Festival, Taste of Edmonton plus more. The City of Edmonton is committed to enlivening the site with fitness classes, light saber training, break dancing and other programs for all ages.

Oliver Arena
Oliver

The single sheet indoor ice offers skating all year round. From public sessions, all-ages ice skating lessons, youth and adult pick-up hockey games to hockey camps and clinics, the inside rink keeps people skating and active regardless of the weather outside.

Bearclaw Gallery
Oliver

A visual art gallery exhibiting Canadian First Nations art including traditional Native and Inuit arts and crafts, original paintings and sculpture.

Scott Gallery
Oliver

A commercial gallery showcasing contemporary Canadian fine art by emerging, mid-career and established Canadian artists, for more than 30 years.

bē HOT YOGA
Westmount

A yoga studio offering a consistent hatha yoga series practiced in a hot and humid environment. Accessible to all ages and fitness levels the studio also offers Yin Yoga classes.

Little Free Libraries
Oliver

10 old newspaper boxes have been re-purposed to house Little Free Libraries. The Oliver Community League created the miniature libraries for passersby to take a book or leave a book.

Front Gallery
Oliver

An airy street-level visual art gallery promoting more than thirty emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian artists.

Gamers’ Lodge
Westmount

A game café for those who want to enjoy a drink and snack while playing board games. There are more than 500 board games to choose from as well as nerdy collectibles to browse in the retail shop.

Oliver Outdoor Pool
Oliver

The outdoor pool provides a downtown spot to cool off during the hot summer months. Urban residents can swim in the 30 metre swimming pool, sun themselves on the sundeck or get playful on the deep water slide.

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