Magnificent River Rats Festival

Magnificent River Rats Festival

A music festival headlined by Sharon & Bram and Doug & The Slugs, plus food concessions, a beer garden, classic car show, art show, and a kids zone.  

Festival Dates
Festival Type
Northern Alberta

Nestled on the banks of the scenic Athabasca River, the Magnificent River Rats Festival is celebrating its 21st 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.
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Featured Artists

Sharon & Bram


Since 1978, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison have been pre-eminent in all aspects of family entertainment across North America as members of the trio “Sharon, Lois & Bram”. Together, the threesome produced over twenty recordings. Get ready to re-live child hood memories as you dance and sing along with Sharon & Bram.

Doug & the Slugs


Unquestionably, Doug & the Slugs are one of the most distinctive and entertaining Canadian bands of the last 30 years. Their upbeat musical style, musicianship and offbeat stage antics have made them a staple of the Canadian music scene for decades. Even if you didn't think you knew of Doug & the Slugs, you'll be up and singing along to almost every one of their songs.

Magnificent River Rats Festival Schedule of Events

River Rats Festival

Friday June 30th

4:00 pm Mikisew Cree Drummers

5:00 pm Up the Creek

6 pm Sharon & Bram

7:30 pm Colleen Rae & Cornerstone

8:30 pm The Derina Harvey Band

9:30 pm The Johnny McCuaig Band

River Rats Festival

Saturday July 1st

1:00 pm Barefoot Bob

2:00 pm Unshakeable Kingdom

3:00 pm Final Eclipse

3:30 pm Coldwater Road

4:30 pm Our Good Wolf

5:30 pm Lazy Saviours

6:30 pm Northbank Stranglers

7:30 pm The Dungarees

9 pm Doug & The Slugs


New for 2017 - Battle of the Bands

River Rats Festival

The Battle takes place May 6, 2017 at Neighbour’s Pub in Athabasca! The winner will be featured on July 1st at the Magnificent River Rats Festival!

Ticket details:

$40 for 2-Day Advance Pass, available for purchase until June 23, 2017 

Ticket Prices at Festival Gate

  • Adults (18-64): $25 per day
  • Seniors (65+)/Students (13-17): $20 per day
  • Children 12 & under FREE with paying Adult

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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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