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Festivals in Alberta

The following is a list of annual festivals in the province of Alberta, Canada.

List of festivals

Calgary Region

Festivals in Calgary Region
Festival Place Time Remarks
Airdrie Festival Of Lights Airdrie December Rides, Christmas Lights, Refreshments[1]
Afrikadey! Calgary Early August Africa themed festival[2]
Calgary Arab Film Festival Calgary October Film Festival
Calgary Jazz Festival Calgary Late June Jazz music
Calgary C-Jazz CARNIVALE Calgary Late August Jazz music
Calgary Folk Music Festival Calgary Late July Folk music festival[3]
Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Calgary Mid July Rodeo, exhibition
Calgary Fringe Festival Calgary August Fringe festival
Calgary International Children's Festival Calgary Late May
Calgary International Film Festival Calgary September/October Film festival
Calgary International Spoken Word Festival Calgary Late March / April Spoken word festival
Calgary Underground Film Festival Calgary September/October Film festival
Calgary Winterfest Calgary February
Carifest Calgary June Caribbean festival on Stephen Avenue and Prince's Island Park
ENMAX Zoolights Calgary December/January at the Calgary Zoo
Expo Latino Calgary Late August Latino festival in Prince's Island Park
"Fiestaval" Latin Festival Calgary July 19, 20 /2008 Latin, music, outdoors, beer gardens
GlobalFest Calgary August 21–29, 2009 Multi-ethnic festival and fireworks
High Performance Rodeo Calgary January Theatre, music, dance, visual arts[4]
International Festival of Animated Objects Calgary January Puppeteering festival
Calgary International Blues Festival Calgary
Calgary Midwinter Blues Festival Calgary
Labour Day Rodeo and Parade Cochrane Labour Day weekend Rodeo
Lilac Festival Calgary Late May Street festival[5]
Mountain View Music Fest Calgary August 8–10 Music Festival[6]
North American Championship Chuckwagon Races and Guy Weadick Pro Rodeo High River
Reggae Festival Calgary Mid August Reggae Music
Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival Nanton Third weekend of August Music Festival[7][8]
Shakespeare in the Park Calgary July Theater[9]
Sled Island Calgary July Music Festival[10]
Spruce Meadows International show-jumping tournament Calgary
Sun and Salsa Festival Calgary Mid July
Taste of Calgary Calgary
Wordfest Calgary
FozzyFest Calgary (South Kananaskis) Canada Day Long Weekend [11] Electronic Music

Edmonton Region

Main article: Festivals in Edmonton
Festivals in the Edmonton Capital Region
Ice on Whyte Edmonton Late January Ice sculpture
Winter Light[12] Edmonton January - March Celebration of winter spirit
Silver Skate Festival and Edmonton Winter Triathlon[13] Edmonton Early February Winter Festival
Edmonton Poetry Festival[14] Edmonton April Poetry
Opera NUOVA's Vocal Arts Festival[15] Edmonton May/June Opera / Art song
International Children's Festival St. Albert May/June
Improvaganza[16] Edmonton June Improv
Dreamspeakers Film Festival[17] Edmonton June Aboriginal filmmakers, performers and artists
Free Will Shakespeare Festival[18] Edmonton June/July Shakespeare plays
The Works Art & Design Festival[19] Edmonton June/July Design and art exhibitions
Dragonfly Music Festival[20] Wabamun June-July Canada Day weekend; Canadian music
K-Days (formerly Klondike Days)[21] Edmonton Late July Exhibition and fair
Edmonton Heritage Festival[22] Edmonton Early August Traditional dance, foods, and crafts
Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival[23] Edmonton Mid August Caribbean Carnival
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival[24] Edmonton Mid August Dragon Boat
Edmonton Folk Music Festival[25] Edmonton Mid August Folk music festival
Edmonton International Film Festival[26] Edmonton Late September/Early October Independent film
Edmonton International Literary Festival[27] Edmonton Late October Nonfiction Writing
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival[28] Edmonton August Fringe festival
Edmonton International Jazz Festival[29] Edmonton July Jazz
Edmonton International Street Performer's Festival[30] Edmonton Early July Busking
A Taste of Edmonton[31] Edmonton Late July Food and Restaurants
Labatt Blues Festival[32] Edmonton Mid August Blues
Rock'n August St. Albert Mid August Car show, live music
Expo Latino Edmonton Late August Latino culture
Symphony Under the Sky[33] Edmonton Early September Symphony
Roar Spoken Word Festival Edmonton Mid September Poetry/spoken word festival[34]
Pure Speculation[35] Edmonton November Geek and fan culture festival
Canadian Finals Rodeo[36] Edmonton Mid November Rodeo
Festival of Trees Edmonton December Christmas Trees
Bright Lights Festival Edmonton Late December/Early January Large Christmas lights display
Boonstock Music & Arts Festival[37] Gibbons June 27-30, 2013 Live Loud
New Year's Eve Downtown Edmonton New Year's Eve


Festivals in the Alberta Rockies
Festival Place Time Remarks
Banff Culture Walk Banff
Banff Mountain Film Festival Banff Late October Mountain film festival
Banff Mountain Book Festival Banff Late October
Banff Summer Arts Festival Banff
Banff World Television Festival Banff Mid June Television programming event
Canadian Death Race Grande Cache August Hiking and running
Canmore artsPeak Arts Festival Canmore
Canmore Folk Music Festival Canmore
Canmore Highland Games Canmore
Ice Magic Weekend - International Ice Sculpting Competition Lake Louise
Jasper Heritage Rodeo Jasper
Jasper in January[38] Jasper January Winter festival most weekends in January.
Mary Reimer Memorial Rodeo Hinton
Mozart on the Mountain Canmore Symphonic concert
Wild Mountain Music Fest[39] Hinton July 19, 20, 21 Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, Rockabilly, Latin, Funk, & Salsa
WinterStart Weekend in Banff Banff

Central Alberta

Festivals in Central Alberta
Festival Place Time Remarks
Athabasca Fringe Festival Athabasca July Fringe festival[40]
Band Ranch Evansburg, Alberta July 31-August 3
Blueberry Bluegrass Country Music Festival Stony Plain August Country music[41]
Big Valley Jamboree Camrose August Country music[42]
Centre Fest: International Street Performers Festival Red Deer August Street theatre[43]
David Thompson Days Country Fair Rocky Mountain House August Fair
Kikino Celebration Days & Silver Birch Rodeo Kikino 3rd Weekend in August Parade, rodeo, bingo, steak supper, trade show, fireworks[44]
East Coulee SpringFest Drumheller May 11 - 13, 2012 38 bands, 4 venues, 100 musicians, all rock out in the badlands for one weekend[45]
Lac La Biche Pow Wow and Fish Derby Lac La Biche
Maple Flag Cold Lake May-June aerial combat exercise
Medicine Lodge Rodeo Edson May Rodeo[46]
Motion Notion Drayton Valley July Outdoor Electronic Music Festival[47]
Ponoka Stampede Ponoka June/July Rodeo[48]
Rocky Air Show Rocky Mountain House August Air Show[49]
Sidewalk Jamboree Edson August Fair
Shake The Lake SylvanLake August Action Sports and Music Festival[50]
Spin Out Festival Camp Maskepetoon June Circus and Fire Spinning Festival[51]
Texas Connection Innisfail Mid August Music Festival[52]
Thunder in the Valley Drag Races Drayton Valley Late August
Vermilion Fair Vermilion Last Weekend of July Fair[53]
Mistahia Vermilion August 13 Music Festival[54]
Wainwright Stampede Wainwright Third Week of June Thur-Sun[55]
Westerner Days Fair and Exhibition Red Deer July Fair[56]

Northern Alberta

Festivals in Northern Alberta
Festival Place Time Remarks
Reel Shorts Film Festival Grande Prairie May International Festival of Short Films
North Country Fair Slave Lake June
Astral Harvest Music Festival Slave Lake July Electronic + Live Music[57]
Falher Honey Festival Falher July Beekeeping festival[58]
Alberta Open Sand Sculpture Championship Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park July Sand castle and sculptures on the beaches of Lesser Slave Lake[59]
Gold Cup Jet Boat Race Peace River July
Magnificent River Rats Festival Athabasca July Parade, Music, Marketplace, Children's Activities[60]
North Country Fair Driftpile June Music, Marketplace, Camping, Children's Activities[61]
Peace Fest Peace River July Live Music, Marketplace[62]
Summerslam Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray July
Telus Country Fever Music Festival Grande Prairie July
InterPLAY Festival Fort McMurray August
Peace Country Gospel Jamboree Beaverlodge August
Blueberry Festival Fort McMurray Early September Parade, midway, fireworks[63]
Canadian Championship of Custom Bike Building Beaverlodge, Wembley Early September Motorcycle Trade Show[64]
Golden Walleye Classic High Prairie September

Southern Alberta

Festivals in Southern Alberta
Festival Place Time Remarks
Lethbridge International Film Festival Lethbridge April Film festival
Stirling Community Garage sale Stirling Victoria Day community garage sale.
Beethoven in the Badlands Drumheller Late May Symphonic concert[65]
The Gathering – Cowboy Poetry Pincher Creek Mid June Cowboy Poetry, Music, Crafts & Art[66]
Waterton Wildflower Festival Waterton Lakes National Park Mid-Late June Workshops and guided flower hikes[67]
Medicine Hat Jazz Fest Medicine Hat Late June Jazz festival[68]
Raymond Stampede Raymond Early July Rodeo
The Canadian Badlands Passion Play Drumheller Early-Mid July Outdoor theater[69]
Stirling Settler Days Stirling Mid July Pancake breakfast, firefighter games, parade, community dance, a rodeo, and Fireworks.
Bluegrass Country Music Festival Hill Spring Late July Country music[70]
Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Medicine Hat Late July Rodeo, exhibition[71]
Rum Runners Days Crowsnest Pass Late July Heritage festival[72]
South Country Fair Fort Macleod Late July Camping, music and arts festival[73]
Whoop-Up Days Summer Fair & Rodeo Lethbridge August Rodeo and fair
Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival Lethbridge August Local and Regional Electronic Music Acts[74]
Southern Alberta Music Festival Aspen Crossing, Mossleigh, Alberta August 24 Live Music, 11 am to Midnight, 8 to 10 artists,
Stirling Fall Festival Stirling September 13 Wagon rides, horseshoe tournament, supper, cup stacking, and a movie in the park.
Love and Records Lethbridge, Alberta September 15 Live Music, Record Fair [vinyl], BBQ, Raffles, Scavenger Hunt!
The Word on the Street Lethbridge September 22 Outdoor festival celebrating literacy and the written word.
Pincher Creek Parade of Lights Pincher Creek November
Cowboy Christmas Show Hill Spring November and December Barn dance[75]
Victorian Prairie Christmas Stirling December Old-fashioned Christmas held at the Galt Historic Railway Park.

See also



  • Travel Alberta - Events and Festivals
  • Events along Cowboy Trail
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