Arts & Performing Arts Events & Festivals

Performing arts festivals run year-round in Alberta. One of Canada's best-known is the Banff Summer Arts Festival, a 10-week feast of performing, visual and literary arts. Our capital city hosts the annual Edmonton Fringe Festival, the oldest and largest non-juried fringe theater festival in North America. In summer, find a Shakespeare festival in a riverside park. Outdoor and indoor music festivals abound. Virtually every genre is celebrated from folk, jazz, blues and electronic to salsa, rock and country. Take in a new play festival. Catch an outdoor performance of the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, set in a stunning natural amphitheatre of stone and sand.

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What Can I Say?

Banff, Alberta
2019-11-12 to 2019-12-12 MST

Willock & Sax Gallery (Banff) presents "What Can I Say?" A poetry book launch by Charles Noble and an exhibition of paintings by Allan Harding MacKay RCA. Allan Harding MacKay's work Boreal Smouldering is the front cover image for Charles Noble's new collection of poems. Therefore, it is fitting to coordinate an exhibition of Harding MacKay's evocative pieces with the launch of Noble's book. Join them for poetry readings surrounded by the Boreal Forest. Denying the literal depiction of landscape in his paintings does not mean that Allan Harding MacKay engages any less with the place. It is clear that he is caught up with its drama, its light, and its inevitable evolution. Utilizing a long list of media, including wax and inkjet, the artist manipulates and compresses visual information into a pre-determined squared format that quietly references the sublime intent of 19th C. Romantic landscape technique

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Transition to Winter Photography Tour

Nordegg, Alberta
2019-11-13 to 2019-11-17 MST

Join Edmonton photographers Leslie and Mark Degner and your host Alan Ernst at Aurum Lodge to discover the other Rockies, at a time of year when few people visit, but sights are as amazing as in any other season... The timing is ideal for dawn and dusk skies, the combination of open water and ice, and early winter scenery. Small groups (max 6 participants); suitable for all experience levels; basic fitness required to walk into some locations (up to 1 hour or so) but most.

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The Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Banff, Alberta
2019-11-15 to 2019-11-15 MST

Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s live shows are truly an immersive experience - ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic, and all points in between!

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Homegrown Art Show

Banff, Alberta
2020-03-06 to 2020-03-06 MST

Each spring, the Town of Banff hosts an exhibition of artwork at Town Hall created by residents of the Bow Valley. A wide variety of art is featured, including original paintings, photographs and sculpture, as well as live music and fashion design. All Bow Valley residents are invited to apply, regardless of age or skill level, and the opening reception is open to the public.

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Rosebud, Alberta
2020-04-16 to 2020-05-24 MST

The hilarious true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the most eccentric singer in the world. Known as“the first lady of the sliding scale,” she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to audiences who mostly fell about with laughter. But what motivated her was the love of singing, music, and an audience! This is the spirited, comedic story of Florence and her bewildered but talented pianist—and how they packed Carnegie Hall to deliver the spirit of the music, if not the actual notes! Matinees start at 1:30 pm with Sunday shows starting at 2:00 pm.‍ The evening shows start at 8:00 pm.

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Straw Ornament Weaving

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-12-14 to 2019-12-14 MST

Join this workshop to learn how to use different plaits such as cats paw and arrow to make five different straw Christmas ornaments! Learn how to make an angel, swan, heart, Star of David, and tear drop ornament. Perfect for hanging on the Christmas tree or decorating your home! Please contact the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts for more information or to register.

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