The Queen City is ripe for exploration this summer—here are seven things to do in Saskatchewan’s capital city.
Enjoy a week of parades, rides and quirky fair treats at Queen City Ex
The annual Queen City Ex is one of the biggest summer events in Regina. Start the celebrations off on August 1 at the Strawberry Social lunch before watching the downtown Queen City Ex Parade, followed by fireworks at Wascana Park. Then, from August 2 to 6, fill your days at Evraz Place with midway games, rides and nightly musical performances by musicians such as Gord Bamford, July Talk and Brett Kissel. Be sure to try some of the quirky fair food while you’re there—this year’s new dishes include Canadian bacon pickle balls, deep fried maple leaf cookies and cookies n’ cream mini donuts.
Watch an outdoor movie in downtown Regina
Cinema Under the Stars, Regina’s outdoor summer movie series, is back for another season. Held in City Square Plaza on Wednesday nights throughout July and on August 16 and 23, the event starts with music and activities for children at 8 p.m., followed by a screening of a family-friendly film when the sun goes down. This year’s titles include Beauty and the Beast and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Feel mystified at the first magic festival in Regina
This summer, Regina will host its first magic festival. During ReginaCadabra (July 26 to 30), renowned magicians such as Shawn Farquhar, Chester McBain and David Merry will defy sensibilities with live magic performances at several venues around the city. Even kids can get in on the action thanks to a family-friendly magic show and workshop with local magician Richy Roy on July 30.
Experience fine dining at the new Luna Kitchen and Bar
If you’ve visited Regina before, you may have stopped in at the popular Breakfast Bistro for a tasty, Mediterranean-influenced brunch. The bistro now serves dinner, transforming into a fine dining restaurant called Luna Kitchen and Bar in the evenings. Order a delicious starter such as the Greek calamari before moving on to entrees like lobster ravioli, chicken roulade or Lake Diefenbaker trout. Finish the night off with the vegan ice cream.
Spend a musical weekend at the Regina Folk Festival
This August, head to downtown Regina’s Victoria Park to watch a performance at the oldest folk music festival in Western Canada. Running from August 10 to 13, this year’s festival will feature musical performances from more than 30 artists, including headliners like Tegan and Sara, Lights and Buffy Sainte-Marie. There will also be an arts market, a food court, beer garden and a special area and stage for children.
Cheer on dragon boat races at Wascana Park
Turn your eyes to the water at Wascana Park during the 26th annual Regina Dragon Boat Festival. The colourful boats, which stretch 48 feet and feature a dragon head at the front, are one of the coolest sights of the summer. Spectators won’t want to miss the Awakening of the Dragons opening ceremony on September 1, followed by a full day of dragon boat races on September 2. The event will also feature a beer tent, a cabaret, family-friendly activities and local food vendors.
Throw an axe at Regina’s first axe throwing centre
Think you have good aim? Now you can test that theory out at Lumberjax Axe Throwing, Regina’s first axe throwing centre. The indoor facility, which opened in late 2016, teaches you how to throw axes safely and properly before letting you try to hit the bulls-eye.
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