20 Awesome Alberta music festivals for summer 2023


Big skies complement big sounds on the Alberta music landscape. From two-step to dub-step, and everything in between, Alberta’s music festival scene is diverse and rich, featuring international and homegrown talent. 

Here are some big name fests, as well as a few lesser known but equally alluring experiences, to fill your Alberta music calendar for summer 2023.

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May music fests in Alberta

May 5 - 6  East Coulee SpringFest / Drumheller, Alberta
Folk party in the badlands turns this tiny town into a music venue

May 26 - Jun 25  Opera NUOVA's Opera & Music Theatre Festival / Beaumont, Edmonton, Alberta 
Opera, musical theatre, choral concerts and masterclasses fill the whole month

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June music fests in Alberta

Jun 16 - 17  Soundtrack Music Fest / Edmonton, Alberta
Featuring Nelly, Third Eye Blind, Mother Mother and more

Jun 16 - 17  The Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival / Beaumont, Alberta
Headliners include Finger Eleven, Rural Alberta Advantage and Begonia

Jun 21 - 25  Sled Island Music & Arts Festival / Calgary, Alberta
Epic indie, comedy, film and arts party in Calgary, with big names!

Jun 23 - 25  North Country Fair / Driftpile, Alberta
This mid-sized folk fest punches well above its rural weight

Jun 28 - Jul 2  Edmonton International Jazz Festival / Edmonton, Alberta
Everything from trad to electronic all rolled into one big, boppin’ jazz fest

Jun 30 - Jul 2  Magnificent River Rats Festival / Athabasca, Alberta
Athabasca puts on one of Alberta’s biggest Canada Day weekend parties, 30+ years running

Jazz in the Badlands, at the Medicine Hat Jazz Fest.

July music fests in Alberta

Jul 14 - 16  Wild Mountain Music Festival / Hinton, Alberta
WMMF rocks the mountains with big tunes, featuring the Strumbellas, Altameda and more

Jul 21 - 23  South Country Fair / Fort Macleod, Alberta
Chill with friendly vibes, tunes and artists in southern Alberta  

Jul 21 - 30  Edmonton's K-Days / Edmonton, Alberta
Midway rides, live entertainment and big musical acts hit Edmonton’s Northlands Exhibition grounds

Jul 27 - 30  Calgary Folk Music Fest / Calgary, Alberta
Party on Prince’s Island, surrounded by music and the Bow River

August music fests in Alberta

Aug 3 - 6  Big Valley Jamboree / Camrose, Alberta
Alberta is serious about country music, and BVJ is the big one!

Aug 4 - 6  Pigeon Lake Music Fest / Mulhurst Bay, Alberta
Rock out on the beach at Pigeon Lake with classic rock, blues 

Aug 5 - 6  Chasing Summer Festival / Calgary, Alberta
Big Calgary rave party featuring Tiesto, ZEDD, Gryffin, Seven Lions

Aug 5 - 7  Canmore Folk Fest / Canmore, Alberta 
Kick back to folk, roots and indie surrounded by Canmore’s mountain vistas

Aug 10 - 13  Edmonton Folk Fest / Edmonton, Alberta
One of Alberta’s longest running music fests, set in the river valley

Aug 17 - 20  Extreme Mudfest / Bonnyville, Alberta
Monster trucks, monster tunes and muddy fun in Bonnyville

Aug 25 - 27  Edmonton Blues Festival / Edmonton, Alberta
Get rhythm when you get the blues in Edmonton

September music fests in Alberta

Sept 1 - 4  WayneStock / Wayne, Alberta
Send off summer at the Last Chance Saloon, always a good time

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