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 Kananaskis Whitewater Festival promises a rollicking good time. The festival attracts pros, intermediates and beginners, male and female and all ages. Watch the pros navigate the rapids, sign up for a beginner whitewater clinic or standup paddle boarding lesson. 

    Community
    Kananaskis Country
    Region
    Alberta Rockies
    Province
    Alberta
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    What started as a memorial for a local youth in 2014 on a five-acre property has now blossomed into a major musical event for Port Alberni. The call for more space shifted the festival to the beautiful McLean Mill Historic Park. Now, people staying for the weekend can camp on-site to stroll over to the stages, to the games, to the food vendors and to the locally brewed craft beer! There will be Artisan vendors offering massages, henna tattoos, face-painting for the kids historically this has only been a 19+ event, we are allowing/implementing Family friendly on the Sunday only. It will allow us to see how well it works, it will be a soft introduction to help ensure it is done well and goes without incident – with this it sounds like the whole event is kid friendly and we don’t want to market it with that image (this was expressed in the interview), acro yoga/hula, guided meditation, and shared reiki workshops.

    Region
    Vancouver Island
    Province
    British Columbia
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    Take a seat by the seaside on Aug. 4 in Nanaimo and be serenaded by the Vancouver Island Symphony and guest artists at Maffeo Sutton Park.

    Community
    Nanaimo
    Region
    Vancouver Island
    Province
    British Columbia
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    The Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival has attracted festival-goers of all ages for its soulful lineup of music by some exceptional artists. Set in beautiful Deer Lake Park, the festival is in its 14th year and just keeps getting better.

    Community
    Burnaby
    Region
    Vancouver & Sea to Sky / Sunshine Coast
    Province
    British Columbia
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    Knights in shining armour. Court jesters. Ladies in waiting. WHAAAT? Did you just fall through time? If you are in Brooks, Alberta on August 11th and 12th, you have walked into the largest gathering of medieval and historical re-enactments in Western Canada. And you will be amazed at the demonstrations! Come as you are or as you would in the year 1450.

    Community
    Brooks
    Region
    Southern Alberta
    Province
    Alberta
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    Each year on the second Sunday in August, the streets of Marda Loop come alive with the New Orleans-themed Marda Gras Street Festival. This one-day free public event includes the sights and sounds of New Orleans, with its purple, green and gold pageantry and featuring Jazz, Rhythm, Blues and Zydeco music, street level acts, a variety of cultural performers.

    Community
    Calgary
    Region
    Calgary & Area
    Province
    Alberta
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    Within GlobalFest is the OneWorld Festival, the Firework's Festival, the Night Market and hundreds of thousands of people, local and tourists of different cultures coming together to celebrate the cultural diversity within Calgary's communities. GlobalFest's mandate as a not-for-profit society is to produce an inclusive, world class, multi-faceted arts and culture festival that celebrates and showcases cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities and across the globe.

    Community
    Calgary
    Region
    Calgary & Area
    Province
    Alberta
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    Salmon Arm is the centre of the action in B.C's Interior, hosting the ROOTSandBLUES Festival in mid-August, attracting thousands of music lovers to the quiet little town on the shores of Shushwap Lake.

    Community
    Salmon Arm
    Region
    Calgary & Area
    Province
    British Columbia
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    Calgary ReggaeFest's Main Stage event isn’t just for Reggae fans. It’s a full day family event that transcends racial, cultural and musical boundaries. With live performances from Canadian and international Reggae artistes, ReggaeFest features a beer garden, separate youth area, and plenty of arts & crafts. Or get a taste of Reggae culture from the many food vendors.

    Community
    Calgary
    Region
    Calgary & Area
    Province
    Alberta
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    Just a quick ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, the Sunshine Coast offers stunning views of the Strait of Georgia and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. As one of the staples in the community, the festival’s 2016 edition happens Aug. 11-14 an d promises to take attendees on a literary journey during the entire weekend and beyond. 

    Community
    Sechelt
    Region
    Vancouver & Sea to Sky / Sunshine Coast
    Province
    British Columbia
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    The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival August 17-27, 2017. Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA) has donned their bell-bottoms, pulled up their tube socks and wistfully gone back to the era of record stores and jumpsuits. Get swept up in what it means to be fringed and confused with a ‘throwback’ to our early years. 

    Community
    Edmonton
    Region
    Edmonton & Area
    Province
    Alberta
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    The Cochrane Agricultural Society Grounds will be the place to be from Aug 18-20 for the annual Cochrane Fair. The weekend will be full of events from lumberjack shows, midway rides, bull riding, mutton busting, music, dog shows and the popular extreme cowboy challenge.

     

    Community
    Cochrane
    Region
    Calgary & Area
    Province
    Alberta