Edmonton Summer Fun Includes a Fête for Everyone -- From the Capital EX to the Fringe Festival

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Canada's famed festival city hosts world-class events this summer.

Edmonton Festival City showcasing Canada's first fringe theatre festival, an outdoor Shakespeare festival and one of the world's finest folk music festivals are only three of the over 30 festivals put on in Edmonton each year in Edmonton, Alberta. In summertime, Edmonton attractions swell to include everything from the country music at the Big Valley Jamboree near Camrose, August 2-5, featuring Sara Evans and Carrie Underwood, to a curious gathering of entertainers at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival from August 16-26.

For an Edmonton family vacation, there's an Edmonton Heritage Festival, August 4-6, with 60 different cultures showcasing song and dance and arts and crafts; the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival, August 17-19, is a sight to behold; and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, August 9-12, offers a melodic education in blues, Celtic and bluegrass music.

A well-known Edmonton summer attraction is the city's Capital EX, July 19-28. The oldest and most vibrant of celebrated Edmonton events the Capital Ex includes thrilling midway rides, international entertainment, global foods and a parade. Also during the Capital EX is Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby, July 20-24, which brings the Old West back to life with 36 teams racing the horse-drawn carts.

Other festivals include: The River City Shakespeare Festival from June 26-July 22, Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival from August 24-26; Ookfest 2007 on September 8 and many more. A complete list of this summer's Edmonton fests and fairs is available at http://www.edmonton.com/itscoolerhere&WT.mc_id=ICHS0711.

Those planning an Edmonton vacation around the festival season are offered an array of Edmonton hotel packages. The "EX Factor Family Fun Package" for Capital EX includes accommodations at Sutton Place, EX ride passes and gate admission, train rides, zoo tickets and more, starting at just $359 for a family of four. The "Rock at Capital EX" package include two nights at the Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe, a ride pass, a ticket to Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby and a special Capital EX Souvenir, starting at $275 per person. At http://www.edmonton.com/itscoolerhere&WT.mc_id=ICHS0711 visitors may choose a hotel in a convenient region of the city and view available packages at individual properties.

About Edmonton Tourism
Edmonton Tourism, a division of Edmonton Economic Development Corp., markets Greater Edmonton as a preferred Canadian destination for leisure travel, business travel and film production. Edmonton -- named Canada's Cultural Capital for 2007 -- is Alberta's top tourism destination for in-province and other-province visitors, and Alberta's top metropolitan destination for U.S. visitors.

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Name:         Jenifer Christenson, Edmonton Tourism
E-Mail:     jchristenson @ edmonton.com
Website:     http://www.edmonton.com/itscoolerhere
Edmonton Tourism T5J 1P7 1-800-463-4667

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