Regina and area comes alive this summer
Whether you’re a long-time local or new to the area, it’s easy to fill up your summer with the sights and experiences of the city or next-door good times.
There’s so much to see and do this summer in and around the Queen City, and we have rounded up a few highlights for you to check into.
Bazaart is back on June 18 after a two-year hiatus thanks to the pandemic. Stop by the Mackenzie Art Gallery on Albert Street and enjoy this amazing art extravaganza. This year marks the 47th year for the largest outdoor art and craft show & sale. For just $5, shop gorgeous local works from artisans. You can also sample delicious food made by locally-owned businesses, check out art activities in the BMO Learning Centre, and visit the Gallery. It’s fun for the whole family.
Canada’s Farm Show takes place at Evraz Place from June 21 to 23. The country’s largest agriculture trade show features more than 200 exhibitors on display. It’s a must-do show for anyone in agriculture.
Canada Day returns to Wascana Park on the grounds of the Legislature on July 1. Details can be found at reginacanadaday.ca as they become available.
The Queen City Ex returns August 3 to 7 at Evraz Place. Take in the rides on the midway, plus games, exhibits, and concerts. Bring your appetite for all the fair food too!
The Regina Folk Festival brings music and people together in Victoria Park on August 5 to 7. The lineup includes musical legend Buffy Sainte-Marie, plus The New Pornographers, Lido Pimienta, Andy Shauf, Belle Plaine and more. Find tickets and information at reginafolkfestival.com.
Government House, a National Historic Site and Provincial Heritage Property located on Dewdney Avenue, is offering tours and events all summer. Canada Day celebrations are back on July 1, featuring performances by Fiddler Karrnnel Sawatisky, Chinese Lion Dancers, Eagle Claw Dancers, Pelican Narrows Jiggers and Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet. You can also take in KAOS Dogsports shows and the kids will love to meet the Storybook Princesses and Superheroes. In August, take in the Fun and Games Day with croquet and bocce ball, crafts, colouring pages, Victorian character tours and a scavenger hunt on August 13.
Shake The Lake Outdoor Music Festival returns to the Conexus Arts Centre on August 12 and 13, featuring bands April Wine, Starship, Trooper, Doug and the Slugs and more.
Regina is hosting the 2022 Women’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship on August 17 to 21 at the Regina Minor Softball League diamonds on 9th Avenue North. Featuring the top teams from across Canada, enjoy a day at the ballpark and see some of the country’s best players.
Don’t forget to stop by the Regina Farmers’ Market held outdoors at the City Square Plaza downtown. Held Wednesdays and Saturdays, there is plenty to see, do and eat all summer long. You’ll find locally grown and made goods, including vegetables, fruit, preserves, baking, crafts and more. Be sure to enjoy lunch at a local food truck and check out the entertainment.
Just a Little Further Out
Wascana Trails are just 20 minutes from the city with the Wascana Valley Nature Recreation Site featuring 15 km of trails to enjoy the outdoors. Walk, hike, bike or run, and don’t forget to check out the wildlife.
Regina Beach might be our favourite summer spot. This beachside community has been a popular place to unwind for over a century. The main street is chock full of shops and restaurants, including the iconic Bluebird Café, known for great fish and chips since 1928. Find the beach right at the end of Main Street, complete with picnic areas, change rooms and a playground.
Over the Hill Orchards and Last Mountain Distillery are also located nearby in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley. Take tours, enjoy some samples and take in the locally made wines, spirits and feasts grown right here in Saskatchewan.
Giddy up to another edition of Country Thunder this July in Craven. The festivities return July 14 to 17 with a lineup that includes Mackenzie Porter, Morgan Wallen and Blake Shelton. Tickets are available at countrythunder.com.
Head southwest toward Avonlea and area to check out the Avonlea Creek Valley and the Dirt Hills. Don’t miss the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site, Avonlea Creek Badlands and much more. Dunnet Regional Park is a great place to camp, swim and golf.
The TransCanada Highway headed east can take you to the towns of Indian Head and Wolseley. Indian Head is the proud home of the Rural Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and the Historic Bell Barn, and nearby Wolseley has a quaint swinging bridge, old school drive-in theatre and heritage buildings.