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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.

Studio Bell, National Music Centre | Calgary

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Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival

Calgary, Alberta
2019-05-24 to 2019-06-02 MST

As one of the largest LGBTQ2A+ film festivals in Canada, Fairy Tales, Calgary’s queer film festival, features dozens of entertaining and thought-provoking films every year. Programming includes local, national and international work with opportunities for filmmakers and audiences to engage. The festival provides a platform for queer artists and builds community by bringing together diverse voices for education and connection.

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Michael Sydoryk & Rachelle Brady: Artist Demos

Canmore, Alberta
2019-05-25 to 2019-05-25 MST

Join Avens Gallery for live demos with artists Rachelle Brady and Michael Sydoryk and connect with the artists in this dynamic environment. The delicious texture of thick oil paint applied with palette knife by Rachelle Brady will keep you intrigued. Michael Sydoryk's equally powerful wildlife, particularly bison, move us to a sense of strength and resilience. Both artists work to masterfully create awareness for their beautiful landscapes and wildlife, donating to conservation and wildlife itself. Come celebrate with them. They look forward to seeing you soon.

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With Glowing Hearts - A Canadian Burlesque Revue

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-06-21 to 2019-06-21 MST

Send in the Girls Burlesque, Edmonton’s award winning smart, sexy, storytellers brings their show. With Glowing Hearts: A Canadian Burlesque Revue back to Fort Edmonton Park this June. Celebrating the local history and the untold story of Canadian feminists, heroines, and trail blazers, With Glowing Hearts is a Burlesque revue extravaganza celebrating Canadian women throughout history. With a rocking CANCON (that’s all Canadian songs) soundtrack, and performances from Delia Barnett, Sarah Jackson, Madelaine Knight, Kiki Quinn and Sydney Parcey, choreography by Leah Paterson and hosted by the incomparable Albertan feminist Nellie McClung (Ellen Chorley)- you won’t want to miss this patriotic party. This 5 Star Sold-Out Smash hit has brought audiences to their feet at Jasper Pride, Edmonton Fringe and right here at Fort Edmonton Park.

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Parkland County Art Show

Devon, Alberta
2019-07-26 to 2019-07-28 MST

An annual show and sale by members of the Parkland County Art Club. Meet the artists. Drop-in event. Advance registration is not required. Regular admission applies. Season Pass holders and Friends of the Garden members get free admission.

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50th Anniversary Gala

Red Deer, Alberta
2019-06-01 to 2019-06-01 MST

Come and help the Red Deer Community Band Society celebrate 50 years in Central Alberta! Doors open at 5:30 pm. The dinner buffet starts at 6:00 pm. They will have musical entertainment from Jazz Explosion, The Red Deer Royals, and other bands. There will also be fantastic silent auction items available to bid on, along with a dinner and dance at the Harvest Centre, Marquis Room – Westerner Park. Tickets are $50 + tax.

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Cree Crafts at Elk Island National Park: Seven Sacred Teachings

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2019-06-20 to 2019-06-20 MST

Join Marge and Cassandra Johnson, two Cree artists from Alberta, to make an authentic Cree craft. While crafting under the starry sky at Elk Island National Park, they will share information about Cree culture and the significance of the chosen craft. Come learn about the significance of the 7 Sacred Teachings. After crafting, roast bannock over a fire, slather it with some homemade jam, and share stories with new friends. A park pass is required.

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