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.

Francis Winspear Centre for Music

Alberta Ballet Performance

Alberta Ballet Company


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Create to Meditate: Paint Night

Banff, Alberta
2020-01-24 to 2020-01-24 MST

Create to Meditate PAINT NIGHT with Rocky Mountain Yoga's owner, Mindy Johnstone session on Friday, January 24th session is held at Wild Flour Bakery ( below RMY studio in the courtyard) $40 includes art material, warm beverage + light snack. This evening takes you beyond the mat into your community to celebrate Snow Days in Banff. Enjoy a meditative, guided paint class surrounded by the soft glow of winter lights. Painting can be a wonderful technique to develop a mindful practice and study the easy flow of breathing and fluid motions. Working with a meditative pattern of gradient colours, students will fill their canvas with beautiful colour tones. This evening introduces black canvases which make for a mindful approach of working with contrast.No previous painting experience is necessary to join. Perfect for beginners

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Boardwalk Sand on Whyte

Edmonton, Alberta
2020-06-26 to 2020-07-05 MST

Imagine a pile of ordinary sand transformed into an intentional beach! Professional sand carving artists add water, compact the sand and then carve this ordinary sand into incredible works of art. Enjoy these breathtaking masterpieces and take time to complete your Old Strathcona experience with shopping, dining, entertainment and more. 

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Calgary, Alberta
2020-05-09 to 2020-05-13 MST

CLUE. Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn. Additional material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin and Eric Price. Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. Who did it, with what and where? A madcap comedy that will keep you guessing! On a dark and stormy night, six mysterious guests assemble for a very unusual dinner party at the home of Mr. Boddy. When their host turns up dead, it is clear that no one is safe! Join the iconic oddballs Ms. Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard as they race to find the murderer among them before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, CLUE is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

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In Golden Light: Orthodox Icons from the Annunciation to Ascension

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-12-07 to 2020-03-15 MST

This special exhibition, In Golden Light, features a selection of painted religious icons that date from the 15th to the 19th centuries, with origins in Greece, Italy and Russia. Often seen as windows to Heaven or pathways to the sacred, these icons served as objects for private worship and devotion.Tracing events in the lives of Jesus and Mary, the selection of works in this exhibition provide religious instruction and are physical manifestations of Biblical teachings. On loan to the AGA from the University of Toronto, this rich exhibition marks the debut of the Malcove Collection in Edmonton.

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Stony Plain, Alberta
2020-08-14 to 2020-08-16 MST

The 28th Annual Gathering is ready to go! Keeping the traditional Cowboy lifestyle alive in Alberta! They have already signed some great talent The Gordie West Band, Jim Beaudoin, Bryn Thiessen and Allen Christie just to name a few.

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Magic on the Mountain with Richard the Magician

Banff, Alberta
2020-02-15 to 2020-02-15 MST

Join Mt. Norquay for a day of magic at the mountain! They're letting Richard the Magician loose to explore all Mt Norquay has to offer – and he’s got more than a few tricks up his sleeve! Richard the Magician will be performing magic tricks all around the mountain, so be sure to keep an eye out! Whether you’re standing in line at the lift, enjoying lunch at the Lone Pine, or spending the day at the tube park, you never know where he might pop up next to surprise and delight those of all ages.

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