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Events & Festivals

Plant an Albertan outside long enough and a festival is guaranteed to pop up. • Winter: SnowDays, a month-long festival in Banff and Lake Louise, celebrates the depths of winter. The mountain towns host ice carving and snow sculpting, special exhibitions and even competitive cardboard sled racing. • Offbeat: In Calgary, Beakerhead is an unpredictable mash-up of science, technology, art and engineering. Prepare for fire, controlled explosions and accidentally learning things. • Music: Pick a genre, and there’s a festival for that. Edmonton’s folk festival is legendary while Calgary goes fully indie for a week every summer. And country music? Oh, yes.

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Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2018-08-16 to 2018-08-26 MST

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival continues to be North America’s largest and longest-running, unjuried and uncensored Fringe Theatre Festival, attracting artists and patrons from across Canada and around the world. The Festival continually features more than 1,200 local, national and international artists performing almost 2,000 shows over 11 days. Along with the Festival’s diverse theatre offerings, the Fringe features an abundance of outdoor fun and entertainment including music performances, buskers, food and arts and crafts vendors, beverage gardens, community programs and gatherings, and KidsFringe - a free, fun, mini-Fringe site for children and youth.

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Whoop-Up Days

Lethbridge, Alberta
2018-08-21 to 2018-08-25 MST

Whoop-Up Days is an annual festival with midway, music, tradeshow and rodeo held in Lethbridge, Alberta, for five days in the last full week of August.

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Oldstoberfest

Olds, Alberta
2018-09-14 to 2018-09-15 MST

Oldstoberfest takes place in Olds, Alberta, Canada. The event is held annually on the third weekend in September. Oldstoberfest is the world’s first and only Bavarian Rodeo! Merging Bavarian culture with western prairie heritage it is an atmosphere one must truly experience! Be prepared for a variety of Rodeo action, Grandstand concerts, and authentic bavarian biergarten's where you can enjoy a taste of some of Alberta's best locally brewed beer!

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