Magnificent River Rats Festival

Headliners Finger Eleven and Dirt Road Angels lead a diverse lineup of country, rock and folk, featuring regional performers down by the banks of the Athabasca River.

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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 July 1 and continues until the sun goes down on July 2.

In addition to live music, there's a Canada Day parade, car show and pancake breakfast! Wondering what the experience is like? Read this story to get a sense of all the festive fun.

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.

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 trip now!


Featured Artists for 2022

Finger Eleven

Canadian rock sensation Finger Eleven will be headlining the 2022 Magnificent River Rats Music Festival on July 1st.

This band from Burlington, Ontario is most known for their album Greyest of Blue Skies, but has been performing together since 1990.


Dirt Road Angels

This all female country music band will take the main spot for the second day of the Magnificent River Rats Festival.

The Dirt Road Angels have created a stir with their country, harmonious musical style and are sure to put on a good show!

Full Schedule

Friday, July 1

10:00am - 10:45am: Parade/Gates open

11:00am - 11:20am: O Canada

11:20am - 11:50am: Athabasca Dance Society

12:00pm - 12:45pm: Ramshackle Fancy

1:00pm - 1:45pm: Hawkey Studios Puppet Show

2:00pm - 2:45pm: Battle of the Bands Winner

3:00pm - 4:00pm: The Spaniard

4:30pm - 5:30pm: Fall into Pieces

6:00pm - 7:00pm: 25 Cigarettes

7:00pm - 8:30pm: Delirium

9:00pm - 10:30pm: Finger Eleven

10:30pm: Fireworks




Saturday, July 2

10:30am: Gates Open

11:00am - 11:15am: Danny Hooper

11:15am - 11:45am: Ukrainian Dancers

12:00pm - 12:30pm: Dallas Arcand

12:45pm - 1:30pm: Moose Mountain Boys

1:45pm - 2:45pm: Rustic Living

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Lazy Saviours

4:30pm - 5:30pm: Midlife Crisis

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Richard Woodman Band

7:30pm - 8:45pm: Nice Horse

9:00pm - 10:30pm Dirt Road Angels

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.

Purchase your tickets to the River Rats Festival here.

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