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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Music in the Forest - Rory Taillon

Lac La Biche, Alberta
2019-09-20 to 2019-09-20 MST

Join Alberta Parks as they host a SideDoor concert at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park's Community Facility. September's guest is Ottawa-based singer/songwriter Rory Taillon who is a road warrior, touring across the country and back again. He has the soul of the East coast but the sound of the West in his songs.

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Viking Weapons and Battle Demonstration

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-09-15 to 2019-09-15 MST

Odin’s Ravens Viking Age Re-enactors are back for another epic battle on September 15. Head upstairs to the theatre for a weapon and battle demonstration from the Viking warriors, before grabbing a weapon of your own to take on the Vikings!There are two shows at 1 pm and 3 pm. The theatre doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performance, and seating is limited. Be sure to arrive early! The Weapons and Battle Demonstration is free to attend.

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No Change in the Weather - A Newfoundland Musical

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-09-25 to 2019-09-28 MST

No Change in the Weather takes some of the finest Newfoundland songs, and combines them with traditional sounds and instruments, memorable characters, and a conclusion that turns the province’s past on his head, all working together to create a once in a lifetime theatre experience. The show takes place in God’s Back Pocket, where family and friends have gathered together on a wet and foggy night for the wake of their beloved matriarch. It’s time to revisit their past, settle old scores, and try to find a way home again. The family is divided by the history of Newfoundland and the troubles which have beset the province for the past fifty years. It’s time to right the wrongs, to laugh, argue, dance, sing, cry, and maybe even fix history. To look to the east and wait for the sun to shine through the clouds again. It’s time to wake the truth.

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Kacy & Clayton

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

The music Kacy & Clayton make is inextricable from where they grew up. They sing about the kind of people you’d find in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan (population very few). The hills, barns and remoteness of the area are in these songs, with a bittersweet acknowledgement that this music has taken them far from home.

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Holly Ball

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-12-01 to 2019-12-01 MST

This sought after event always sells out so gather your friends, coworkers and colleagues and purchase your table or tickets for Holly Ball 2019. This year will feature a delicious menu by Executive Chef Doreen Prei, entertainment by Swing Time and a chance to take home 25 to 100 bottles of wine courtesy of Color de Vino! Join friends and family for this fun event which also helps support the Art Gallery of Alberta’s exhibitions, community outreach, and programming. Fun for a good cause. Can’t attend? Consider making a donation to support the AGA.

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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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