THE WORKS, Edmonton's Art Festival Returns with Decode!

decode as you see fit

The Works Festival, is my personal reminder that our city is alive with festivals and feels like summer is here!!! This years festival theme is “Decode - As you see fit” inviting you to decode the art you see and experience! For 13 days starting June 20th and running through to July 2nd at Capital Plaza (at the Legislature Grounds), families can take in art workshops, playing in the large scale Tangible sculpture designed by Jose Luis Torres, walking through the plethora of doors to see the city and your surroundings from a different viewpoint! There will be live painting along with live music everyday from noon to 9:30pm at the Works Street Stage.

the works art and design festival

Families are invited to take part at THE WORKS-SHOP an all ages art program, taking place daily during the festival. This year’s fun activity is creating, designing and styling your own glasses or masks, plus a photo booth to document your extravagant creations! Daily from Noon till 8PM

The list of activities for families is endless, live painting, tours, music, workshops, lunch time Jazz, Indigenous Performers and an all women’s drumming group! Plus big fète on June 23rd with francophone performances, and the Walking Stitch on July 1 & 2 that invites you to take a walking tour while creating art as you embroider along the way. Please note, registration is required for the Walking Stitch event on Eventbrite . All activities and performances are free!

Live Art Painting

1. It’s North America’s largest free art festival!
2. With 40 Exhibits at 30 different venues in Edmonton, the majority in the downtown core
3. There's over 130+ hours of free live music Every day from noon- 9:30
4. There’s an all age licensed patio sponsored by Alley Kat Brewing
5. Art workshops for all ages!!
6. FREE to the Public

If you’re using social : #theworksfest tag on FB @theworksartanddesignfestival or on Twitter & Instagram : @theworksfest

For more information on this years events, dates and activities visit :

or visit for information on Maps, Street Food, Stage Schedule, Special Events and The Works-Shop.