Events Edmonton was founded from a need to support the Edmonton Exhibition's launch of Klondike Days in the 1960s.
A board was formed that included business leaders within the Edmonton region, and it was funded by Edmonton Exhibition, the City of Edmonton along with hundreds of volunteer supporters. The Klondike theme was embraced during the 60s, 70s and 80s, and events were created to support the Klondike theme that was embraced all over the city.
As the years went on, however, Klondike Days would undergo several changes, and we rebranded and became Events Edmonton in 2005.
As the Klondike Day association formed in the mid-60s, so, too, did many activities in and around the city. The Klondike Kate tea party, Sunday in the promenade, bath tub races, sourdough raft race, strong man competitions, parades, Canada Day celebrations, New Year's Eve celebrations were staple events undertaken by Events Edmonton.
Pip Martin (Philip Gosford Martin) was instrumental in bringing the concept of Taste of Edmonton to life after visiting the Taste of Chicago. At the time, when the first Taste of Edmonton was held, Pip Martin was the executive director of the Edmonton Klondike Days Association. The team that helped to produce the first Taste of Edmonton Event included Gregory S. Martin, Shelley J. Martin, Don Clarke, and Beth McIntyre.