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From covert toe-tappers to head bangers and flower children – see everyone come together as one big, lip-synching family during Alberta’s music festival season. • Outdoors: Summer music festivals are so full of warm vibes, it almost doesn’t matter who’s playing. Pull up some lawn or throw down a tarp and meet your new favourite band. • Big Names: If big acts are your thing, Edmonton and Calgary’s stadium shows are the place to look year-round. • July fun: During the Calgary Stampede, country’s biggest stars fill arena shows at the Saddledome. Looking for rock, pop, alternative or kids bands? See them light up an outdoor side stage, free with Stampede admission. 

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Airdrie Festival of Lights

Airdrie, Alberta
2019-12-01 to 2019-12-31 MST

Located in Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is a beautiful, outdoor walk-through lights experience, with about a million dollars worth of displays and other special features. It offers a miniature trains rides to carry the whole family around preset paths, open bonfires to savour that cup of hot chocolate, treats and and even do some Christmas shopping in Santa’s Workshop.

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The Marriage of Figaro Opera Brunch

Edmonton, Alberta
2020-01-26 to 2020-01-26 MST

Treat yourself to a feast for the senses at Opera Brunch, featuring delectable brunch fare and an intimate recital by the artists starring in each upcoming opera.

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Freewill Shakespeare Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-06-18 to 2019-07-14 MST

Get thee to a festival that brings the works of the Bard into the realm for everyone from kids to scholars during the Freewill Shakespeare Festival.

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ZOOLIGHTS

Calgary, Alberta
2019-11-22 to 2020-01-04 MST

Calgary’s favourite magical tradition is back with ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company. All the magic of the season is here for the 23rd year! You’ll enjoy music, an interactive light display, skating, warming fire pits, a visit with Santa, and more family-friendly activities than ever before – including the all new Wizarding Wonderland, the Wishing Tree and Sensory Sundays. Play games on animal habitats that teach you about conservation all while having a festive good time. Knowing your visit contributes to animal conservation is the greatest gift of all. Whether you are creating a new holiday tradition or continuing a cherished one, your whole family will love the magic of ZOOLIGHTS at the Calgary Zoo!

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Banff Santa Claus Parade

Banff, Alberta
2019-11-16 to 2019-11-16 MST

As fall retreats and winter emerges, so does the wonder and joy of Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. At dusk, the streets come alive with the magic glow of the Santa Claus Parade of Lights as a procession of floats, performers, and Santa himself traverse Banff Avenue. The parade begins at the Banff Avenue and Elk St intersection and continues down Banff Avenue until the Buffalo Street Intersection.

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Light up Okotoks

Okotoks, Alberta
2019-11-15 to 2019-11-15 MST

Be a part of the largest holiday celebration in Okotoks as downtown is transformed into a winter wonderland! Celebrate the start of the holiday season with a visit from Santa, lighting of the Christmas tree, downtown shopping and festive activities all through downtown! Craft sales, choirs at the Municipal Centre, horse-drawn wagon rides, arts & crafts, cookie decorating, free hot chocolate, food trucks, book sale at the library, and much more.

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