Summer is always a season of spending time with friends and family, soaking up the sun, and taking a break from the stresses of the school year. As we move into August, though, the initial excitement from the start of the season starts to wear off. We’ve settled into the routine of it all and boredom has taken hold to a point where many of us can’t wait for school to start again just so we have something to do!
Don’t let monotony get the best of you this summer. Here are 6 incredible festivals happening right here in Saskatoon to keep you and your family entertained right up until Labour Day:
The 2023 Saskatoon EX
August 8 – 13, 2023
Arguably the event of the season, the Saskatoon EX is the largest summer festival in Saskatchewan. Taking place at Prairieland Park, there is something for everyone to enjoy, including tasty treats, thrilling rides and games, and an awesome setlist of performers. Some of the highlights this year include the classic Demolition Derby on August 13th and concerts from the Arkells on August 8th, Marianas Trench on August 9th, and Dallas Smith on August 13th. Plus, many fan favourites return—including the Pig Races, Superdogs show, magicians, hypnotists, and more!
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Closes August 20th, 2023
A favourite of theatre-lovers, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan puts on annual summer performances of Shakespeare’s works and tributes to them right on the waterfront of the North Saskatchewan River. This year’s productions include The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo + Juliet and As You Like It. The weeks are counting down on these incredible shows, so don’t miss your chance to take them in before they are gone!
Rock the River
August 18 – 20, 2023
Rock the River is one of Saskatoon’s most underrated summer festivals, taking place right outside the iconic Bessborough. It offers 3 days of awesome outdoor performances from Canadian classic rock bands. This year’s performances include Tom Cochrane on August 18th, the Crash Test Dummies on August 19th, and A Flock of Seagulls on August 20th—plus so many more!
August 3 – 12, 2023
The Saskatoon Fringe is a 10-day festival celebrating the vibrant arts community with incredible busking performances, artisan alley, carnival games, theatre activities for kids, and more. This year, you can find the festival in W.E. Graham Park and on 11th Street E, with performances taking place at The Refinery, Broadway Theatre, and Cosmopolitan Senior’s Centre. Fringe is always one of our favourite summer events in Saskatoon, and we continue to be blown away each year by all the amazing talent found right in our city.
Ukrainian Day in the Park
August 26th, 2023
Saskatoon is home to a large Ukrainian population and has been hosting its Ukrainian Day in the Park for over 18 years! Head out to Kiwanis Memorial Park on August 26th for a full lineup of stage performances, tasty food, activities for kids, and more. One of my personal favourites are the Ukrainian dancers—seriously…how do they jump so high?!
Nutrien Fireworks Festival
September 1 – 2, 2023
The Nutrien Fireworks Festival is easily the best way to bid farewell to the summer before the school year starts again. Each year it brings together close to 65,000 people to celebrate in River Landing and Rotary Park with entertainers, vendors, activities, and, of course, fireworks! Their carefully curated fireworks displays synchronized to music are breathtaking and will stick with you for months to come.
Saskatoon is renowned for its community and culture, so why not use that to your advantage in staving off summer boredom? Discover all the fun and celebration to be found at one of these incredible summer festivals and make the most of these last few weeks!