List of festivals in Alberta

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

List of festivals[edit]

Calgary Region[edit]

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
Canmore Highland Games Canmore Annually on the Sunday of Labour Day Weekend Celtic sports, music and dance
Carifest Calgary June Caribbean festival on Stephen Avenue and Prince's Island Park
ENMAX Zoolights Calgary December/January at the Calgary Zoo
Chasing Summer Electronic Music Festival Calgary August Electronic Music Festival in Fort Calgary[4]
Cochrane Winterfest Cochrane January 25 & 26 at the Cochrane Lions Rodeo Park
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[5]
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[6]
Mountain View Music Fest Calgary August 8–10 Music Festival[7]
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[8][9]
Shakespeare in the Park Calgary July Theater[10]
Sled Island Calgary July Music Festival[11]
Spruce Meadows International show-jumping tournament Calgary
Sun and Salsa Festival Calgary Mid July
Taste of Calgary Calgary
Wordfest Calgary
X-Fest Calgary August Alternative Music Festival in Fort Calgary[12] Labour Day weekend
FozzyFest Calgary (South Kananaskis) Canada Day Long Weekend [13] Electronic Music
Inshala Calgary (South Fort Macleod) Mid-June [14] Electronic Music & Conference

Edmonton Region[edit]

Main article: Festivals in Edmonton
Festivals in the Edmonton Capital Region
Ice on Whyte Edmonton Late January Ice sculpture
Winter Light[15] Edmonton January - March Celebration of winter spirit
Silver Skate Festival and Edmonton Winter Triathlon[16] Edmonton Early February Winter Festival
Edmonton Poetry Festival[17] Edmonton April Poetry
Opera NUOVA's Vocal Arts Festival[18] Edmonton May/June Opera / Art song
International Children's Festival St. Albert May/June
Improvaganza[19] Edmonton June Improv
Dreamspeakers Film Festival[20] Edmonton June Aboriginal filmmakers, performers and artists
Free Will Shakespeare Festival[21] Edmonton June/July Shakespeare plays
The Works Art & Design Festival[22] Edmonton June/July Design and art exhibitions
Dragonfly Music Festival[23] Wabamun June–July Canada Day weekend; Canadian music
K-Days (formerly Klondike Days)[24] Edmonton Late July Exhibition and fair
Edmonton Heritage Festival[25] Edmonton Early August Traditional dance, foods, and crafts
Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival[26] Edmonton Mid August Caribbean Carnival
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival[27] Edmonton Mid August Dragon Boat
Edmonton Folk Music Festival[28] Edmonton Mid August Folk music festival
Edmonton International Film Festival[29] Edmonton Late September/Early October Independent film
Edmonton International Literary Festival[30] Edmonton Late October Nonfiction Writing
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival[31] Edmonton August Fringe festival
Edmonton International Jazz Festival[32] Edmonton July Jazz
Edmonton International Street Performer's Festival[33] Edmonton Early July Busking
A Taste of Edmonton[34] Edmonton Late July Food and Restaurants
Labatt Blues Festival[35] 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[36] Edmonton Early September Symphony
What the Truck?![37] Edmonton Mid September Food Truck Festival
Roar Spoken Word Festival Edmonton Mid September Poetry/spoken word festival[38]
Pure Speculation[39] Edmonton November Geek and fan culture festival
Canadian Finals Rodeo[40] Edmonton Mid November Rodeo
Festival of Trees Edmonton December Christmas Trees
Bright Lights Festival Edmonton Late December/Early January Large Christmas lights display
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[41] Jasper January Winter festival most weekends in January.
Mary Reimer Memorial Rodeo Hinton
Mozart on the Mountain Canmore Symphonic concert
Wild Mountain Music Fest[42] Hinton July 19, 20, 21 Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, Rockabilly, Latin, Funk, & Salsa
WinterStart Weekend in Banff Banff

Central Alberta[edit]

Festivals in Central Alberta
Festival Place Time Remarks
"Bring in Spring" Beef Supper, Silent Auction Anthony Henday Museum, Delburne, Alberta April Fundraising[43]
Athabasca Fringe Festival Athabasca July Fringe festival[44]
Band Ranch Evansburg, Alberta July 31-August 3
Boom Town Music Festival Ol'Macdonalds Resort, Buffalo Lake, Erskine, Alberta September 5 - September 6 Alternative Country, Bluegrass, Folk [45]
Blueberry Bluegrass Country Music Festival Stony Plain August Country music[46]
Big Valley Jamboree Camrose August Country music[47]
Centre Fest: International Street Performers Festival Red Deer August Street theatre[48]
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[49]
East Coulee SpringFest Drumheller May 11–13, 2012 38 bands, 4 venues, 100 musicians, all rock out in the badlands for one weekend[50]
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[51]
Ponoka Stampede Ponoka June/July Rodeo[52]
Rocky Air Show Rocky Mountain House August Air Show[53]
Sidewalk Jamboree Edson August Fair
Shake The Lake SylvanLake August Action Sports and Music Festival[54]
Spin Out Festival Camp Maskepetoon June Circus and Fire Spinning Festival[55]
Texas Connection Innisfail Mid August Music Festival[56]
Thunder in the Valley Drag Races Drayton Valley Late August
Vermilion Fair Vermilion Last Weekend of July Fair[57]
Mistahia Vermilion August 13 Music Festival[58]
Wainwright Stampede Wainwright Third Week of June Thur-Sun[59]
Westerner Days Fair and Exhibition Red Deer July Fair[60]

Northern Alberta[edit]

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[61]
Falher Honey Festival Falher July Beekeeping festival[62]
Alberta Open Sand Sculpture Championship Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park July Sand castle and sculptures on the beaches of Lesser Slave Lake[63]
Gold Cup Jet Boat Race Peace River July
Magnificent River Rats Festival Athabasca July Parade, Music, Marketplace, Children's Activities[64]
North Country Fair Driftpile June Music, Marketplace, Camping, Children's Activities[65]
Peace Fest Peace River July Live Music, Marketplace[66]
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[67]
Canadian Championship of Custom Bike Building Beaverlodge, Wembley Early September Motorcycle Trade Show[68]
Golden Walleye Classic High Prairie September

Southern Alberta[edit]

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[69]
Spectrum Festival Medicine Hat Each year the first weekend of June Medicine Hat's family fun-filled festival! A kick-off to Summer
The Gathering – Cowboy Poetry Pincher Creek Mid June Cowboy Poetry, Music, Crafts & Art[70]
Waterton Wildflower Festival Waterton Lakes National Park Mid-Late June Workshops and guided flower hikes[71]
Medicine Hat Jazz Fest Medicine Hat Late June Jazz festival[72]
Raymond Stampede Raymond Early July Rodeo
The Canadian Badlands Passion Play Drumheller Early-Mid July Outdoor theater[73]
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[74]
Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Medicine Hat Late July Rodeo, exhibition[75]
Rum Runners Days Crowsnest Pass Late July Heritage festival[76]
South Country Fair Fort Macleod Late July Camping, music and arts festival[77]
Whoop-Up Days Summer Fair & Rodeo Lethbridge August Rodeo and fair
Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival Lethbridge August Local and Regional Electronic Music Acts[78]
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 & Records Lethbridge, Alberta September 13 Live Music, Record Fair [vinyl], BBQ, Raffles, Parkour, Art Gallery, Family Zone, Beer Gardens, and more!
The Word on the Street Lethbridge September 21 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[79]
Victorian Prairie Christmas Stirling December Old-fashioned Christmas held at the Galt Historic Railway Park.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome to the Airdrie Festival Of Lights". 
  2. ^ African Festival and Presentation Society (2007). "Afrikadey!". Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Calgary Folk Music Festival". Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Chasing Summer". 
  5. ^ "The High Performance Rodeo". 
  6. ^ 4th Street BRZ. "Lilac Festival". Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  7. ^ Mountain View Music Fest Society (2008). "Mountain View Music Fest". Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  8. ^ Foothills Bluegrass Music Society. "Shady Grove". 
  9. ^ Foothills Bluegrass Music Society. "Foothills Bluegrass Music Society". 
  10. ^ Mount Royal College (2007). "Shakespeare in the Park". Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  11. ^ "Sled Island". 2007. 
  12. ^ "X-Fest". 
  13. ^ FozzyFest (2011). "FozzyFest". Retrieved 1011-05-01.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ Inshala (2014). "Inshala". Retrieved 1011-05-01.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ Winter Light - Silver Skate, Ice on Whyte and Deep Freeze
  16. ^ Winter Light - Silver Skate, Ice on Whyte and Deep Freeze
  17. ^ Edmonton Poetry Festival
  18. ^ Vocal Arts Festival
  19. ^ Improvaganza
  20. ^ Dreamspeakers Film Festival
  21. ^ Free Will Shakespeare Festival (formerly called River City Shakespeare Festival)
  22. ^ The Works Art & Design Festival
  23. ^
  24. ^ Capital EX
  25. ^ Edmonton Heritage Festival
  26. ^ Cariwest
  27. ^ Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival
  28. ^ Edmonton Folk Music Festival
  29. ^ Edmonton International Film Festival
  30. ^ Edmonton International Literary Festival
  31. ^ Edmonton International Fringe Festival
  32. ^ Edmonton International Jazz Festival
  33. ^ Edmonton International Street Performer's Festival
  34. ^ A Taste of Edmonton
  35. ^ Labatt Blues Festival
  36. ^ Symphony Under the Sky Festival
  37. ^ [1]
  38. ^ Thomas Trofimuk (2007). "The Roar Spoken Word Festival". Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  39. ^ Pure Speculation
  40. ^ finals Canadian Finals Rodeo
  41. ^ Jasper in January
  42. ^ [2]
  43. ^ [3]
  44. ^ Athabasca Fringe Festival
  45. ^ Boom Town Music Festival
  46. ^ Blueberry Bluegrass Country Music Festival
  47. ^ Big Valley Jamboree
  48. ^ CentreFest
  49. ^ [4] - Rodeos
  50. ^ [5] - SpringFest
  51. ^ Medicine Lodge Rodeo
  52. ^ Ponoka Stampede
  53. ^ Rocky Mountain Air Show - Air Show
  54. ^ [6]
  55. ^ [7]
  56. ^ Texas Connection
  57. ^ Vermilion Agricultural Society
  58. ^ [8]
  59. ^ Wainwright Stampede Association
  60. ^ Westerner Park - Western Days Fair and Exhibition
  61. ^ [9]
  62. ^ Town of Fahler - Honey Festival
  63. ^ Town of Slave Lake - Attractions
  64. ^ [10] - River Rats
  65. ^ [11] - North Country Fair
  66. ^ [12] - Peace Fest
  67. ^ Fort Macmurray - Festivals
  68. ^ Canadian Championship of Custom Bike Building
  69. ^ Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Beethoven in the Badlands
  70. ^ Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Society Cowboy Gathering
  71. ^ Waterton Wildlower Festival
  72. ^ Medicine Hat Jazz Festival
  73. ^ The Canadian Badlands Passion Play
  74. ^ Great Canadian Barndance Great Canadian Bluegrass & Classic Country Music Festival
  75. ^ Medicine Hat Stampede
  76. ^ Rum Runners Days
  77. ^ South Country Fair
  78. ^
  79. ^ Great Canadian Barndance The Cowboy Christmas Show