Festivals Calendar

Alberta and British Columbia are packed with festivals and events year round.

If you are looking for top music, art, food and cultural experiences, you’ve come to the right spot. We hope what you discover here will lead you to some unexpected adventures and new, learning experiences. Be sure and tell us where you end up #FestivalSeekers.

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    The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a 12-day celebration of visual arts and cinema, screening more than 200 multi-genre films from more than 100 countries and highlighted by a series of gala events, awards ceremonies, and special presentations. 

    Community: Calgary
    Region: Calgary & Area
    Province: Alberta
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    Participate in one of 30 hikes, talks or workshops to learn about the wildlife in the park. Learn about the bears in Waterton on a hike, such as this one, “Poop, Paw and Pathways.” Or, learn to take stunning wildlife photos. 

    Community: Waterton Lakes National Park
    Region: Alberta Rockies
    Province: Alberta
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    A premium tasting event that began in Vancouver years ago, the Hopscotch Festival is now rooted in Kelowna's event calendar.

    Community: Kelowna
    Region: Interior BC
    Province: British Columbia
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    The Edmonton International Film Festival... international, independent and eye-opening. This Festival is about 'discovery'. They strive to uncover cinematic gems and celebrate unique new voices in independent filmmaking. EIFF is about films and the people who make them.

    Community: Edmonton
    Region: Edmonton & Area
    Province: Alberta
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    The Government of Alberta designated Vermilion a host for celebrating Alberta Culture Days.  Plans are in full force for an awesome three days, including an incredible day of Art in the Park.

    Community: Vermilion
    Region: Central Alberta
    Province: Alberta
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    An all-women event as surfers hit the waves and show their best in the annual surf competition. A lead-up event, awards banquet, and movie premier happen around the competition days.

    Community: Tofino
    Region: Vancouver Island
    Province: British Columbia
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    Lethbridge brings a brimming stein of German culture to Western Canada during its Munich-styled Oktoberfest. Yes, there will be beer and schnitzel and sausages, but also the rousing European sounds of the lederhosen-clad band, Alpen Shatz.

    Community: Lethbridge
    Region: Southern Alberta
    Province: Alberta
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    The Baldy Marathon is a scenic run through wine country. Soothing sounds of water, mature trees and calling birds will keep you inn zen state of mind as you head south to the Festival of the Grape.

    Community: Baldy Mountain Resort
    Region: Interior BC
    Province: British Columbia
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    This festival is proud to have been called one of Canada's best small festivals. The Spring Wine Festival has wine, food & entertainment for all during grape budbreak in the Okanagan. Stay for a day, two days, or a whole week and get a taste for the Okanagan wine.

    Community: Kelowna
    Region: Interior BC
    Province: British Columbia
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    The Sunshine Coast's leading edge arts festival will be presented this year from October 11 to 21, 2018 with a special event being planned October 5&6. The multi-disciplinary Festival features visual art, music, heritage, drama, dance and a variety of workshops hosted at various indoor venues around the District of Sechelt, including Raven’s Cry Theatre, the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre and the Seaside Centre.

    Community: Sechelt
    Region: Vancouver & Sea to Sky / Sunshine Coast
    Province: British Columbia
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    There’s no better place to raise a glass of delectable B.C. wine and celebrate the fall grape harvest than in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, B.C.

    Community: Oliver
    Region: Thompson Okanagan
    Province: British Columbia
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    Once that crisp air creeps into October, the city of Vernon warms up to autumn in a big way. The month-long celebration fills up the calendar with a pumpkin festival, corn mazes, spooky Halloween fun and a chance to watch the salmon spawn from the seat of a canoe.

    Community: Vernon
    Region: Thompson Okanagan
    Province: British Columbia