A lot of culture with a few beers on the side.
Note, dates for 2021 and 2022 to be determined.
Get away from the kids—or the parents—for a few hours with one of these adult-oriented activities.
Travel back in time with a retro-themed festival, play with knives, or grab a drink with a few friends. While not all of these events are strictly for adults, we think they’re best appreciated by mature audiences.
The city’s premier beer, spirit, and food festival will tickle your taste buds and introduce you to some of Edmonton’s finest brewers, distillers, and artisan chefs. This sampling event is for adults only.
- Admire the classics at Rock‘n August Aug 6–10 St. Albert, AB
Rock’n August remembers the good ol’ days with St. Albert’s own classic car show. With pancake breakfasts, a street dance, and nearly 1000 cars on display, this all-ages event is a blast from the past for nostalgists and Baby Boomers alike. Proceeds from Rock’n August go to the Canadian Diabetes foundation.
- Get Cajun eats at DaDeO 10548 a Whyte Ave
DaDeO is Edmonton’s New Orleans style diner and bar—for adults only. Smack dab in the heart of Whyte Ave, this retro, 50’s style diner offers the best po’boys around. Slide into a vinyl booth and order up your favourite creole dish, take in the lively ambiance, and experience a little slice of the Pelican State.
- Take pictures at the Neon Sign Museum 104 St, south of 104 Ave
Edmonton’s history in neon signs can be seen lighting up the night every evening on 104 Street. Snap some photos at this free outdoor spectacle before heading over to a nearby eatery, bar, or Roger’s Place for some appies and drinks.
- Watch a Movie at Princess Theatre 10337 82 Ave
Whyte Ave’s arthouse cinema plays current blockbusters and indie films—so you’re unlikely to encounter many children. Stop by any summer evening and enjoy a film and popcorn from the balcony of this 1915 gem.
- Partake in Pub Trivia Various locations around the city
There are several pubs and bars around the city that host trivia nights. Some, like The Buckingham offer weekly trivia events, while others host special trivia events more sporadically often revolving around a pop culture theme.
Get ready to laugh—a lot. Improvaganza is an international improv and sketch comedy festival unleashing some of the world’s funniest people onto our city for ten days in June. While not an “adult only” event, much of the comedy is geared toward young adult audiences.
- Throw axes at the Rec Room 1725 99 St
A lively way to spend the evening with friends or a date, axe throwing is step 1 in your zombie survival training. Sharpen your throwing skills with help from the Rec Room’s coaches, and battle it out with your friends over the title of axe champion. This is an 18+ event.
- Have dinner and drinks at A Taste of Edmonton July 22–August 1
There’s no better way to find a new favourite restaurant than at Edmonton’s largest food festival. At A Taste of Edmonton, restaurants from around the city offer visitors small portions of their best menu items for a few bucks each. While this is an all-ages event, adults can escape to the kid-free beer gardens before tasting their way through the Capital City.
Whyte Avenue is a bustling centre for nightlife. Whether you’re looking to grab a couple of pints at a pub, or dance the night away, there are plenty of bars, clubs and eateries open late in to the night on this lively Ave.
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