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In Alberta, things get festive fast. The reasons why, well, there’s a lot of them. Maybe it’s the 17 hours of daylight in the summer. Maybe it’s the longing to be around people who aren’t made of snow. Either way, you’ll see: the party goes year-round. • Fun city: With more than 60 festivals a year, Edmonton is Alberta’s festival capital. That means there’s a good chance you’ll be here just in time to celebrate something awesome. • Limitless: If you can eat it, dance to it or bask in it, Alberta’s got a festival for it.

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Boardwalk Ice on Whyte

Edmonton, Alberta
2020-01-23 to 2020-01-24 MST | Show All Dates

The Boardwalk Ice on Whyte celebrates the best international ice carving artists from around the world. Enjoy the intricate details of breathtaking ice carvings and vote for your favourite. Step into the ice bar and savour a locally distilled spirit or enjoy a locally crafted beer.

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Tour de Bowness

Calgary, Alberta
2020-08-03 to 2020-08-05 MST

The Tour de Bowness is a multi-day race that takes place in Calgary around the long weekend in August.The TdB started out as a criterium back in 2001 and has grown year after year into Alberta's biggest amateur race.The mission of the Tour de Bowness is to introduce people to the beauty of bicycle racing and encourage people of all ages to take up cycling. The local community embraces the event and has created a street festival to coincide with the event to allow families to stay long and enjoy the entire day.

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Calgary International Film Festival

Calgary, Alberta
2019-09-18 to 2019-09-29 MST

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre films from Canada and more than 40 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations. We welcome a large number of local and international filmmakers and connect them with the audience through post-screening question and answer periods, events, as well as panels and film talks that are open to the general public.

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Waterton Wildflower Festival

Waterton Lakes, Alberta
2020-06-18 to 2020-06-23 MST

Step into a wildflower wonderland, a bouquet of wildflowers in the wildflower capital of Canada. The spectacular setting of Waterton Lakes National Park is home to more than 1,000 vascular plant species. Of those, 175 species are listed as rare in Alberta and 20 are only found in Waterton. Identify the different species, see wildflowers from horseback, indulge in an afternoon tea, or learn about wildflower photography and painting. The possibilities are endless when learning about Waterton wildflowers during the 17th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival.

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Winter Carnival

Banff, Alberta
2020-02-26 to 2020-03-01 MST | Show All Dates

Immerse yourself in the magic of winter and let the snow fly! The Banff Winter Carnival returns to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site this year with fun activities for all ages. Try your hand at curling, craft an ice sculpture and play in a snow fort. Challenge family and friends to wild and wacky outdoor games like curl-plunk and box hockey, and check out vintage films and media from the Banff Winter Carnival’s glory days in the Roaring Twenties. Just over a century ago (1917), the first Banff Winter Carnival kicked off with great fanfare and enthusiasm, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike. There were competitions in curling, hockey and ski jumping, along with more unusual spectacles like snow-shoe obstacle races, broom-ball tournaments, swim races and fancy diving in the Cave and Basin hot pool. The Winter Carnival quickly became a must-see annual festival that helped to establish Banff as one of the world's premier winter sports destinations. The original Winter Carnival faded into memory long ago, but in Banff the spirit of winter fun lives on!

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Grand Prairie Street Performer's Festival

Grande Prairie, Alberta
2020-07-17 to 2020-07-19 MST

Over three days, you will be treated to exceptional talent from around the world during the Grande Prairie Street Performers Festival. You will find our new location downtown transformed into an ideal festival atmosphere where family and friends will be entertained for hours on end.

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