Magnificent River Rats Festival

A diverse lineup of country, rock and folk rocks Athabasca through Canada Day Weekend, featuring regional performers down by the banks of the Athabasca River

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Location: Athabasca, Alberta

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.

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.

Festival Lineup 2024 - TBA 

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Purchase your tickets to the River Rats Festival here.

When you go

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.

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.  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. 

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