Magnificent River Rats Festival

A music festival headlined in the past by Susan Aglukark and Helix. There's food concessions, a beer garden, classic car show, art show and a kids' zone.  

* 2021 dates pending
Festival Dates: -
Community: Athabasca
Province: Alberta
Festival Type: Music

Nestled on the banks of the scenic Athabasca River, enjoy the Magnificent River Rats Festival. Bring the whole family and enjoy the many activities that are part of this activity-filled event. The fun starts on June 30 and continues until the sun goes down on July 1.

June 30 the festivities kick off for 4pm and then July 1catch the Canada Day parade on the main streets of Athabasca, the Classic Cruisers Car show and the music kicks off again at 1pm.
There’s a kids' zone with all kinds of fun including:

  • Bob’s Flying Circus
  • Circus Arts
  • Heritage workshops

When you start feeling a little thirsty or hungry, head over to the food concessions run by the Athabasca Marketplace. The Athabasca Royal Canadian Legion #103 is hosting the beer gardens with food on the festival grounds.

Read Jeremy Derksen's story about the festival here.

Once the Canada Day celebrations are over, extend your holiday to take in the beautiful hiking trails in the area, fishing in the glacier-fed river or playing a round of golf at the Athabasca Golf and Country Club, also known for its great food. This storied early frontier town is also a must for history enthusiasts, with many intact buildings. The 1912 train station, located on the riverfront, houses the visitor centre where you can find out about all the things to do and see in the region. 

Discover rich history as you explore Athabasca at the River Rats Festival. Plan your cultural adventure today...

Featured Artists for 2021 are TBA

In the past however, the crowds have enjoyed acts including:


Helix was formed in 1974 in Kitchener, Ont., Canada. The band has four gold and platinum albums and has toured the world with over 200 bands.

Trevor Panczak

There’s just something honest, compelling and immediately likable about Trevor Panczak and his music. With a refreshing authenticity that is increasingly rare to find, the Alberta-based country recording artist writes, interprets and records songs that speak to the heart in a way that is simple, soulful and with an appeal to a broad array of music fans.

When 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.

Read Jeremy Derksen's preview of the festival here.

Purchase your tickets to the River Rats Festival here.

For more on how to #TakeItToTheLake this summer, either search the tag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or read more here.


* 2021 dates pending