The Edmonton Heritage Festival’s roots date to 1974, when the Government of Alberta, through then-Minister of Culture, Dr. Horst A. Schmid, declared the first Monday in August an annual holiday for recognizing and celebrating the ethnic heritage of Alberta’s citizens.
Our popular mascot Buddy the Beaver was born in 1991. At the time, Festival organizers had difficulty choosing his name. As a note in that year’s Souvenir Guide reported, “Bucky, Beno, Beulah . . . we’ve even tried ELVIS, but our beaver has refused them all!” In the end, Buddy’s name was chosen by the public in a contest.
Over the years, more than ninety groups have presented cultural pavilions at the Heritage Festival at one time or another.
A proud moment: in 1999 the Festival was designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA), the trade organization of the motor coach tour industry.
The Festival’s attendance record of over 350,000 was achieved in 2012, although more than 290,000 people came out in both 1991 and 1992.
From 1984 to 2013 the Edmonton’s Food Bank has raised an impressive 1,444,012.5 kilograms (3,183,470 pounds) of food thanks to the generosity of Servus Heritage Festival guests.
This summer you don’t need to travel far to learn about what makes each and every culture unique and special. Get a taste for exotic foods and enjoy the incredible performances.
More than 85 cultures from all over the world take part.
Countries near and far will be there to share their history and traditions.
Help us set a record for attendance this year, bring your whole family.
Bring your non perishable items to help support the Food Bank.