Ah, summer in Saskatoon! Some say its pure bliss, and some say pass the bug repellant! Although it is prime mosquito season, we don’t let anything stop us from soaking up all the beautiful sunshine or dancing in the rain. This is festival city. A city that loves to celebrate music, art, culture – heck, if it’s in Saskatoon and it’s a thing, we’ll create a festival around it.
June is all about kids, jazz and pride – in the form of the city’s most popular festivals. The month traditionally starts off with the Nutrien Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan. Performers from Saskatoon and further afield entertain the young ones – just be sure to pack a poncho. It’s a well-known fact in Saskatoon that it will rain at least once during the Children’s Festival. June showers bring June flowers! Or whatever that saying is.
All that rain makes the riverbank nice and green for the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. Held at various spots in the city with the mainstage in the Delta Marriott Bessborough Gardens, this 10-day festival welcomes hundreds of world class artists. The Saskatoon Pride Festival is a diverse, colourful and inclusive event. The Pride Parade grows bigger and bigger each year and is a highlight of the two-week celebration.
In August, it’s time for classic rock and cars in the heart of downtown. The Rock 102 Show & Shine weekend comes just as you’re starting to realize summer’s end is near. Toss in some classic rock at Rock the River music festival and trust us, you’ll forget your summer’s end woes after this iconic Saskatoon weekend.
There’s a few delightful ways to end a summer’s day in Saskatoon – and, of course, you need to do it outside! Head up to Drift’s rooftop patio for stunning views of the city and river valley or to Shift’s patio at the Remai Modern on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
You’ll have a blast no matter what month you visit but just remember. We do get some darn hot weather but the general rule in Saskatoon is layer, layer, layer!