If the Calgary Stampede’s centennial celebration sounds too crazy for you this year, or you can’t get enough of those deliciously evil mini donuts, why not head up north and catch the Capital EX.
Running from July 20 to the 29th, the Capital EX is Edmonton’s version of the Stampede, minus the rodeo – and it’s a lot of fun.
For the first time ever, the Capital Ex exhibition is going with a specific theme: music.
"We want the community to know that we’ve listened. People told us they wanted a theme for Capital EX and because music has always been such an integral part of Capital EX I think this is a perfect fit for our first themed year," president and CEO of Capital EX Richard L. Andersen said.
Musical acts Awolnation, Theory of a Deadman, Mother Mother and The Same Roberts band just to name a few, take to the stage and are sure to bring in the crowds. Tributes to Elvis and the Beatles will provide a blast from the past and there is much more in country and family acts.
"People seem to be really excited about the great acts we’re bringing to the stage this year," spokesperson Lauren Andrews said. "The musical acts are already getting a lot of attention."
But that’s not all; there is new food, new rides, new attractions and of course old favourites too.
"We’re cranking it up this year. We’re cranking up the music, we’re cranking up the heat and we’re pumped up for a really good time," Andrews added. "We’ve got a little bit of something for everyone. People will not leave disappointed."
If you’re a thrill seeker, and really who isn’t, you’re going to want to check out the Nitro; a 335-metre rollercoaster that will take you on mind-bending twists, hairpin turns and steep drops as you dip and dive through the 2-minute ride.
But being in Edmonton for Capital Ex is about more than just good music, thrilling rides and delicious food. Whether you live in the city or you’re just visiting, there is a plethora of awesome things to do to make a weekend, including the Taste of Edmonton. With Northlands Park being next to the exhibition grounds, there is thoroughbred racing and other entertainment including After Dark in the Park, featuring live DJ’s and music all Friday night.
The new Fusion 53 Lounge & Casino for adults only will give visitors a taste of Vegas in Alberta with Vegas style gaming, live piano duelling and other entertainment that you can’t get just anywhere.
"The whole city is just electric and there is so much to do once you’re here. The days will be hot and the nights will be filled with fun things to check out," Andrews added.
If you haven’t visited Edmonton in a while, later this July might be the ideal time to do it.