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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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Days of Yore

Didsbury, Alberta
2019-08-03 to 2019-08-04 MST

The Annual Days of Yore festival, hosted by the Mountain View Arts Society, is held in Rosebud Park. Two days, dozens of historical reenactors, sword fights, big cannons, and live combat. You'll "Stroll Through the Ages" in their reenactment village with the Sons of Fenrir Vikings, Dragons Own Medieval Combat Group, and many more. Battles throughout the day, music with pipers and fifers, sing-a-longs, and storytelling. You can shop in the Artisan Alley seeing heritage arts and traditional crafts in keeping with the character of this festival. This is the only festival of its kind - where you can see soldiers from throughout history intermingling with each other - and you. Experience life as a Viking, as one of King Arthur's Knights, as a fur trader with the Hudson's Bay Company, or a commander during one of the World Wars. Or come dressed in your finest and join Queen Victoria's friends in a rousing game of croquet. You are encouraged to come dressed up in your favorite period costume and join in on the fun. Free parking. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Food trucks on site. Service dogs only allowed.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2019-06-21 to 2019-06-21 MST

On National Indigenous People's Day, immerse yourself in the Plains Blackfoot way of life. Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' contributions to Canadian society. Experience the sound and spectacle of drumming and dancing. Listen to Blackfoot Elders tell stories about the plains buffalo culture. Try your hand at Atlatl throwing. Guided facility tours and indigenous food sampling are included.

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Banff Gallery Hop

Banff, Alberta
2019-03-23 to 2019-03-23 MST | Show All Dates

Banff Gallery Hop is a monthly initiative dedicated to bringing together galleries, museums, and arts related businesses to create an enhanced visitor experience which fosters understanding, appreciation and promotion of arts, culture and heritage in Banff. This self-guided tour is a chance to connect with the unique mountain community during the holiday season. Live music, artist demonstrations and festive refreshments are just a few things to indulge in. They are offering a free art bus to help you navigate the event with ease. It departs the front of the Whyte Museum on the hour and the half hour during event times. Maps with event details are available at all venues.

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Andre Rieu's 2019 Maastricht Concert- Shall We Dance?

Waterton Lakes, Alberta
2019-07-28 to 2019-07-28 MST

The world’s most popular symphony conductor with his Johann Strauss Orchestra and special guests will sweep you off your feet with his 2019 Maastricht concert. Releasing world-wide on this very weekend.

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Wetaskiwin Arts and Music Festival

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2019-06-22 to 2019-06-22 MST

The Wetaskiwin Arts and Music Festival has musicians performing on two stages, providing non-stop musical entertainment. Artists from all over central Alberta, including many indigenous artists, are set up throughout the Wetaskiwin Ag Grounds, showing and selling their incredibly diverse genres of art. Performance artists provide kinetic displays of their talent on the lawns and an eclectic mix of food vendors keep everyone's gastronomic appetites satisfied during this free event. There is ample on site parking for this family friendly festival.

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Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-08-15 to 2019-08-25 MST

North America’s largest and longest-running, unjuried and uncensored fringe festival, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival continues to attract artists and patrons from around the world. Come see local, national and international artists perform hundreds of shows—there truly is something for everyone. Don’t miss the outdoor entertainment with music performances, buskers, and the free and fun KidsFringe.

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