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Events & Festivals

Albertans' love of the outdoors is equalled only by their love of a good gathering – indoors or out. Edmonton is often referred to as Canada’s Festival City – and no wonder, with more than 60 festivals annually including the second largest fringe festival in the world. The Calgary Stampede is a 10-day celebration of western culture known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Winter is celebrated all over the province, from the ice sculptures of Banff Snow Days, to the snow-sports adventures of Jasper in January, to the urban parties throughout the season in Edmonton. Find a small town rodeo. Catch a multi-cultural festival with a global fireworks competition. Get the music going at local folk, blues, jazz and classical festivals as well as the largest country music festival on the continent.

Two women Edmonton Folk Music Festival

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Beakerhead

Calgary, Alberta
2017-09-13 To 2017-09-17 MST

Five-days of engineered entertainment creates a hands-on spectacle at the crossroads of art, science and technology. Beakerhead activities and events are hosted at various venues around the city.

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Canadian Finals Rodeo

Edmonton, Alberta
2017-11-08 To 2017-11-12 MST

The Canadian Finals Rodeo at Northlands brings together the rural and urban world for six performances of rodeo action . For 44 years, for five days at the beginning of November, Edmonton’s tradition of western heritage comes alive to celebrate the thrilling sport of rodeo. The Canadian Finals Rodeo isn’t just any rodeo; it’s the Canadian championships where the best of the best invade Northlands to be crowned Canada’s elite rodeo athletes. Northlands is proud to welcome rodeo’s toughest competitors to the ring from November 8th - 12th, 2017.

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Come By the Hills Music Festival

Wainwright, Alberta
2017-08-18 To 2017-08-19 MST

The Come By the Hills Music Festival is a unique, family friendly festival that features a wide variety of talented and award-winning artists under an amazing prairie sky. Located at the picturesque Mistahiya Retreat Centre between Vermilion and Wainwright, this former ski hill is the perfect venue to experience live music in a relaxed and friendly environment. This festival offers all the amenities of larger folk festivals, such as on-site camping, food vendors, beer/beverage tent, and top quality talent, but without the high ticket prices or long lines. The event organizers are committed to creating an intimate, laid back environment that showcases folk and country performers that shine under the open skies. The festival features a covered seating area, so attendees are comfortable no matter what the weather might bring. Day and weekend passes go on sale annually on May 15th and are available online.

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