Nestled on the banks of the scenic Athabasca River, the Magnificent River Rats Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Bring the whole family and enjoy the many activities that are part of this activity-filled event. The fun starts on Thursday, June 30th at 4:00 p.m. and continues until the sun goes down. The next day begins with a pancake breakfast and the Canada Day parade on the main streets of Athabasca. Be sure to check out the classic car show put on by the Athabasca Classic Cruisers on 52nd Street, and visit the art show in the historic train station. Head over to the festival grounds on the riverfront with your lawn chairs and settle in for some great entertainment. There’s a kids zone on site with all kinds of fun and entertaining events for the smaller members of your family. Share this page on Twitter.
When you start feeling a little thirsty or hungry, head over to the food concessions run by the Athabasca Lions Club. While you’re there, check out the vendors in the market place. This year for the first time, the Athabasca Legion and the Athabasca Rotary Club have teamed up to organize a beer garden on the festival grounds.
Schedule of Events
Thursday June 30th
4:00 p.m. Cree Elder Fred Campiou and Native Drummers, joined by the Athabasca Drum Group
5:00 p.m. Vohon-Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
6:00 p.m. Fred Penner
7:00 p.m. Battle of the Bands contest winners playoff
8:30 p.m. Brandid
9:30 p.m. White Lighting
10:30 p.m. Sentimental Gentlemen
Friday July 1st
7:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast (Athabasca Seniors Center)
11:00 a.m. Canada Day Parade followed by the Athabasca Lions Ball Drop
12:00 noon Royal Canadian Legion Canada Day Opening with special guest emcee Danny Hooper
1:00 p.m. Imaginarium Puppet Show
2:00 p.m. EPC Battle of Bands Winner TBA
2:30 p.m. Dylan Hansen
3:15 p.m. Punch Drunk Cabaret
4:30 p.m. Orchard
5:30 p.m. Embrace the Unknown
6:30 p.m. Sam Spades
7:30 p.m. Danny Hooper and the Honky Tonk Heroes
9:00 p.m. Captain Tractor
10:30 p.m. Fireworks
11:00 p.m. Beer Garden closes
Thursday, June 30th FREE (donations gladly accepted)
Friday, July 1st
Adult: $25 (18 plus)
Senior: $15 (65 plus)
Student: $15 (12-17)
Children: free (11 and under, with paid adult or senior ticket)
Family Pass: $60 (2 adults and 2 students)
Order your tickets at www.riverratsfestival.com
If you go
Did you know the Athabasca Train Station was built in 1912 and was a hub of activities for early settlers. Find out more about the Athabasca region here.
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