Edmonton at night is packed full of fun you can enjoy whether you're looking to spend a night dancing or take in stunning sights only available after dark. With electrifying attractions, you'll have plenty to do after dark in this city no matter what your interests are.

    The Edmonton nightlife is defined by variety with enough to do to satisfy just about everyone's taste, from nightclubs to theatre performances, museums, and an observatory. Take a look at some of the best things to do after dinner in Edmonton once the sun goes down.


    Old Strathcona

    Walk through the heritage district

    Old Strathcona is an iconic area that also functions as the local heritage district where you'll find stunning sights after dark. The historic buildings are impressive in their own right, with many over 100 years old.

    One of the major features of this district is the array of shops that are open late. You'll find mostly independent- and locally-owned establishments, some dating back decades. Additionally, quaint cafes let you enjoy a drink while you take in the night's ambiance on an outdoor patio. It's located south of city centre across the river.

    Location: Canada


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    Sir Winston Churchill Square

    Explore the arts district

    Sir Winston Churchill Square is the centre of the city centre arts district, where you can explore theatres, malls, and special events available after dark. Visiting this square will have you met with the crystal pyramid that's a part of city hall, and seeing it illuminated by the nighttime lights rather than the sun is a sight all on its own.

    When you visit this square, you'll find several popular spots you may not want to miss out on, including the Citadel Theatre and Art Gallery of Alberta. Additionally, you'll find a free outdoor paddling pool here and chess games. You'll find it in the core of city centre.

    Location: Canada


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    Jasper Avenue

    Relax among high-end bars and clubs

    Jasper Avenue is one of the busiest streets in the city for nightlife, thanks to the abundance of bars and clubs you won't want to miss out on. Local bars tend to be fairly high end offering quality drinks and pristine comforts you can enjoy throughout the night, though more affordable and laid back options are available as well.

    The local nightclubs here are state of the art and some of the most popular in town. Live music is common throughout both the bars and the nightclubs, with DJs mainly playing electronic music, though you'll find some variety in the genre. You'll find this street running right through city centre.

    Location: Canada


    Victoria IceWay Skating Trail

    Go skating

    The Victoria IceWay Skating Trail is an incredible experience where you can skate through a trial illuminated by a rainbow of vibrant colours. The experience is delightful for couples, as there's something inherently romantic about being able to ice skate through the colours and serene parkland surrounding the trail.

    The trail is open for everyone to enjoy as long as it's frozen over, so you can enjoy wintry fun without consulting your budget. It's open during the day too, but the rainbow lights at night add a unique ambiance you don't want to miss out on. You'll find it all in Victoria Park.

    Location: 12030 River Valley Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1L4, Canada

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 780-442-5311


    Neon Sign Museum

    Bathe in neon lights

    The Neon Sign Museum is one of the more unique museums in Edmonton, where you can see a collection of historic neon signs on display. Visiting at night after the sunsets is the only way to let the colours of the signs be emphasised and shown off properly.

    When you visit this outdoor museum, you'll find a large collection of signs, some of which are massive in size, shining in a spectrum of colours. Each sign also has a plaque accompanying it telling its unique storey. Check it all out for yourself on the 4th Street Promenade on the north side of city centre.

    Location: 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0K7, Canada

    Phone: +1 780-496-5281


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    Citadel Theatre

    See a show

    The Citadel Theatre is a legendary theatre in town that lets you enjoy a wide range of programming with performances the whole family can enjoy. Inside, you'll find 5 different performance spaces that all manage to facilitate brilliant sight and sound despite their vastly different sizes.

    Performances are held regularly at the theatre, though the core programming is 9 unique plays every year. Be sure to check their calendar before you visit to see what's on when you find yourself in Edmonton. It's all located city centre along Churchill Square.

    Location: 9828 101A Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6, Canada

    Phone: +1 780-425-1820


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    Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

    Immerse yourself in a state-of-the-art theatre experience

    Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is a stunning high-end facility where you can see lots of performances with advanced technology and design. The programme here includes orchestral performances as well as plays and speciality shows.

    One of the most impressive aspects of this theatre is how advanced it is. Not only will you find premier acoustics and climate control, but the seating is specifically designed to be comfortable whether you're in for a long performance or not, despite making room for 2,678 people in total. You'll find the theatre adjacent to the University of Alberta southwest of city centre across the river.

    Location: 11455 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2T2, Canada

    Phone: +1 780-427-2760


    University of Alberta Observatory

    Look to the stars

    The University of Alberta Observatory lets you take in stunning views of the night sky with an incredible glimpse into the stars of the cosmos. The powerful telescopes here are state of the art and are actually used for real cosmological research when it's not open to the public.

    This experience is particularly suitable for families looking for something to do after dark, especially if your kids are older and already interested in space. Access is entirely free, and you'll want to bundle up since the dome with the telescope in it is unheated. You'll find it at the university around South Central Edmonton.

    Location: Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E9, Canada


    The Starlite Room

    Counterculture concerts

    The Starlite Room is a local music venue with a decades-long history of hosting a wide variety of artists from numerous genres in a concert bar setting. Quite a few iconic artists have played here, including Against Me!, Run the Jewels, and Propagandhi, covering punk, hip hop, and every other genre, with artists known to speak truth to power.

    When you visit this venue, you'll find yourself met with an incredible concert experience and access to a long drink list at the bar. Whether you want craft brews or cocktails, you'll find it all at the bar here. It's located right city centre.

    Location: 10030 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0V6, Canada

    Open: Friday from 9 pm to 2.30 am (closed Saturday–Thursday)

    Phone: +1 780-428-1099


    Edmonton Nightclubs

    Dance the night away

    Edmonton nightclubs have much to offer no matter what you're interested in, with high-end clubs offering pristine dance floors, various musical genres, and top-tier drinks. There are quite a few clubs to choose from when you visit. 99ten, for example, offers a hip and cool vibe with live bands and DJs quite frequently.

    Variety is one of the best features of local nightclubs. You'll find more adult-oriented gentlemen's clubs and LGBTQ+ clubs like Evolution Wonderlounge. Blues on Whyte is particularly unique thanks to its live Blues performances. You can check them all out throughout the city, though they're mostly centred around city centre.

    Location: Canada

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