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K-Days goes full-throttle this July

New K-Days partners and programming announced, as event returns for the first time since 2019
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K-Days is back this July, with new features and a full slate of entertainment. Photo: K-Days

Edmonton’s largest summer fair is making a return after a two-year pause due to the pandemic, taking to the fair grounds and Edmonton Expo Centre July 22-31, 2022.

“K-Days is an iconic Edmonton event, bringing with it an annual economic impact of $70 million to the city,” said Traci Bednard, President and CEO of Explore Edmonton. “We know K-Days evokes so many memories for Edmontonians; it is something our community can rally around and look forward to. We are thrilled to be able to bring that back.”

Explore Edmonton is in the process of reimagining K-Days, starting with a new partnership with Indigenous Edmonton Entertainment Group Association.

“Our goal is to see the Indigenous Experience at K-Days play a role in reconciliation, education, and celebration of Indigenous cultures and history in Edmonton, Alberta, and Canada,” said Arlindo Gomes, Vice President, Business Development and Venues at Explore Edmonton. “The Indigenous Experience is an integral part of K-Days 2022, and will continue to be in the future, thanks to this outstanding partnership.”

The #IndigenousExperience will run the entire length of K-Days in Hall C of the Edmonton EXPO Centre. It will showcase Indigenous culture through art, food, education and performance, including an Indigenous Art Walk and ‘From Seed to Heart – medicines from long ago’ display.

The North Stage on the exhibition grounds will be active every day of the event and includes a free concert all 10 nights. The almost entirely Canadian lineup includes:

• Grammy nominated artist Steven Lee Olsen, July 22.

• Canadian rapper Classified, July 23.

• Country music star Jade Eagleson, July 24.

• Indigenous rap duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids, July 25.

• Longstanding rock band, Streetheart, July 26. 

• Canadian electronic pop star, Kiesza, July 27.

• Elvis impersonator, Steve Michaels and Johnny Cash impersonator David James and Big River, July 28

• Celebrating Pride Day, American artist Crystal Waters, July 29

• Vancouver rock band, Marianas Trench, July 30

North American Midway Entertainment introduces two new rides, a double decker merry-go-round and the ‘dizzy dragon.’ K-Days will also offer some of the familiar favourites like the Kids Zone, Explore Agriculture, the Maker Faire, and SuperDogs. Other new offerings include: Baconfest, the Vintage and Outdoor Market, as well as a celebration of French culture.

The Edmonton EXPO Centre will also be buzzing. The Imagine Monet exhibit runs through all of K-Days. Also, the Edmonton Stingers, two-time defending champion of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, will wrap up the regular season with games on July 23 and 27, 2022.