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

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A Thousand Thoughts – A Live Documentary with Kronos Quartet

Banff, Alberta
2019-08-30 to 2019-08-30 MST

Don't miss this Special Event, A Thousand Thoughts - A Live Documentary with Kronos Quartet. Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini have teamed up with Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet for a wildly creative multimedia performance piece that blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with prominent artists.This special event is held during Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019, and is listed as Concert# 11 during BISQC.

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Rigoletto Opera Brunch

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-10-06 to 2019-10-06 MST

Treat yourself to a feast for the senses at Opera Brunch, featuring delectable brunch fare and an intimate recital by the artists starring in each upcoming opera.

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Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship July 19-21

Radway, Alberta
2019-07-19 to 2019-07-21 MST

Come enjoy the 35th Annual Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship weekend. Categories include Traditional Fiddle, Junior Youth, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate, Twin Harmony, Senior and Senior Twin and Golden. Also featured will be an open mic & dance night on Friday, and a Saturday Night Dance. Camping and concession on site. Venue is Agricentre in Radway (northeast of Edmonton).

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A Country Star is Born

Calgary, Alberta
2019-08-03 to 2019-10-12 MST

Ellie works at the Wildcat Saloon. She is a young and talented country singer with a gift for writing amazing country music. After years of trying though, Ellie is almost ready to give up on her dreams. That is when fate steps in. Actually… that is when Garth steps in. Garth Jackson is a country legend with the most hit records of any recording artist in history. He has everything a person could ever want, fame fortune and legions of fans. Fortunately, for Ellie, he also has a tour bus that broke down right outside the bar! Jubilations Dinner Theatre presents the rootin’ tootin’, down home country music parody… A Country Star is Born! Your ticket includes a 4-course meal, tea and coffee and, of course, their 3-act musical comedy. .

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