Sunny Summer Fair – Explore Rutherford House


The chance to experience history first-hand is tucked away in our own backyards. This summer, explore some of the places built by the people that shaped the early days of our province. On July 24, come visit and try your hand at a variety of classic carnival games and activities at the 7th annual Sunny Summer Fair hosted at Rutherford House.

From noon to 4 p.m., you can play croquet, relax and listen to stories for all ages, try a scavenger hunt, or take a photo in our photo booth all the while enjoying an afternoon of musical entertainment. Support Edmonton’s local artisans and vendors at the outdoor market, while sipping on a cool glass of lemonade and enjoying a bag of fresh popcorn!

Along with the refreshments and activities, the following vendors will offer their wares for sale:

The Rutherford House Gift Shop will also be open for unique merchandise including specialty tea, old-fashioned candy and toys, kitchenware and unique gifts for all ages.

The Details

When: Sunday, July 24 from noon to 4 p.m. (the site is open until 5 p.m.)

Where: Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive (University of Alberta campus)

Admission: to the museum is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for youth aged 7-17, and $20 for a family. Children six and under are free.

Learn more about Rutherford House

Can’t make it to the Sunny Summer Fair? Come back another day to experience the history and charm of Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site. Located on the University of Alberta campus – just across the North Saskatchewan River from the Alberta Legislative Grounds – it’s a lovely place to stop on a warm summer day.

In 1911 Alberta’s first Premier, Alexander Rutherford, moved into this lovely brick home near the newly established University of Alberta. Today the Post-Edwardian style home and the beautiful surrounding gardens have been restored to their former glory.  Costumed interpreters will usher you through the doors and back to a time renowned for its gracious charm.

Also keep in mind that Rutherford House hosts many special events throughout the year like the annual Robert Burns celebration (mid-January), the Easter Eggstravaganza (Easter weekend), Alberta Culture Days (end of September) and A Christmas Past (December).

Keep up with events and activities by following Rutherford House on Facebook.

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