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Festivals Events & Festivals

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.
ammusment ride during K-Days festival

Amusment ride during K-Days festival in Edmonton

Live music Sled Island Festival Calgary

Sled Island Festival

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Calgary International Beerfest

Calgary, Alberta
2019-05-03 to 2019-05-04 MST

Beer lovers unite! The Calgary International Beerfest brings 700+ beers from 200+ breweries together at one of the world’s best beer festivals. Savour new pairings and explore a range of beers, spirits, ciders, meads and more. Also home to the Canadian International Beer Awards, Beerfest lets you taste alongside the judges as they name the year’s best brews.

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Ukrainian Day

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-08-18 to 2019-08-18 MST

Witness history come alive as Alberta’s Ukrainian community celebrates its pioneer roots as well as all things Ukrainian in the province today. An afternoon concert featuring the best in Ukrainian dance and music takes place at this annual event co-hosted with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council. Other family fun includes a visit to the historical village, children’s activities, village market and the Ukrainian Village Food Festival. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating at the concert.

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Celebration of Spring

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-05-20 to 2019-05-20 MST

Welcome the start of a new season at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village with Celebration of Spring. Take in one of Alberta’s largest Ukrainian dance extravaganzas featuring numerous dance groups of all ages from across Alberta, including headliner group, Cheremshyna.Meanwhile, in the historical village, families can visit with costumed role players and enjoy traditional authentic spring time activities on the farm. This event also opens the second and final season of the Peter Shostak: Painting to Remember art exhibit in the Visitor Centre. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating at the band shell stage.

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Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-08-08 to 2019-08-11 MST

Set in the lush river valley with the city skyline as its backdrop, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is an annual gathering that has come to epitomize Edmonton as a "festival city." Whether you come to listen to music or reconnect with old friends, this family-friendly event has become world renowned since it was started in 1980.

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Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-06-21 to 2019-06-30 MST

The Edmonton International Jazz Festival brings together jazz lovers in both big-name venues and intimate spaces. Connecting people from all over the world, the festival supports the jazz community, both near and far. Edmonton’s long history with jazz makes the festival the perfect place to come hear talented jazz musicians perform.

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Kodomo no hi (Japanese Children’s Day)

Devon, Alberta
2019-05-05 to 2019-05-05 MST

In Japan, children have their own national holiday – Kodomo no hi or Children’s Day – celebrated on the fifth of May. Families raise carp-shaped streamers, display traditional dolls, and celebrate the happiness of children. At this family event, kids can make their own origami and crafts to take home. See dolls and other Children’s Day displays. Listen to a traditional folk tale and enjoy authentic giant carp streamers flying in the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. Free craft activities are available while supplies last. Regular admission applies. Drop-in event; advance registration is not required.

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