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Music Festivals & Concerts Events & Festivals

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. 

Dancing at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Females at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Edmonton Folk Festival


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Calgary International Blues Festival

Calgary, Alberta
2018-07-30 to 2018-08-05 MST

The 14th annual Calgary International Blues Festival features a full week of Blues events culminating in 4 days & nights of non-stop music on Mainstage at Shaw Millennium Park followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Dance Party series. Starring local, regional and international Blues artists in a family friendly setting. YYC Trucks featuring local cuisine, festival souvenirs, artisans market, beer tent and more! Join a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and world class music in the heart of the city. Festival headliners: BB King Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson, Boogie Patrol, Dawn Tyler Watson, Duffy Bishop, Jim Byrnes, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Sue Foley, Southern Hospitality, Chicago Blues Reunion, Popa Chubby and More!

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Come By the Hills Music Festival

Wainwright, Alberta
2018-08-17 to 2018-08-18 MST

The Come By the Hills Music Festival is a unique, family friendly festival that features a wide variety of talented and award-winning artists under an amazing prairie sky. Located at the picturesque Mistahiya Retreat Centre between Vermilion and Wainwright, this former ski hill is the perfect venue to experience live music in a relaxed and friendly environment. This festival offers all the amenities of larger folk festivals, such as on-site camping, food vendors, beer/beverage tent, and top quality talent, but without the high ticket prices or long lines. The event organizers are committed to creating an intimate, laid back environment that showcases folk and country performers that shine under the open skies. The festival features a covered seating area, so attendees are comfortable no matter what the weather might bring. Day and weekend passes go on sale annually on May 15th and are available online.

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Blueberry Bluegrass Festival

Stony Plain, Alberta
2018-08-03 to 2018-08-05 MST

Blueberry Bluegrass Festival is more than a 3-day music festival - it's an event. Bring your family, meet up with your friends. Check out the great lineup of international and regional bands presented on the outdoor stage and two indoor stages. Set up your RV, camper or tent right on the festival site where you are no more than 3 minutes from a stage. Bring your guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass cause you are sure to find a jam in one of the tents set up for jamming. If you don't jam, pull up a chair and listen. Make something and take it home from the craft area or pick up a fun prize after trying your hand at one of the lawn games. Take a break and meet up with friends in the hospitality tent or catch a wagon ride over to the Pioneer Museum where there's home cooking, films, a scavenger hunt, workshops and a stage. Food vendors are on hand to keep you fed and you will have a chance to shop and visit with the retails vendors. The Country Dances, with live bands, start up each night, the perfect way to end an exciting day. Check out Blueberry, there is something for everyone.

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Canmore Folk Music Festival

Canmore, Alberta
2018-08-04 to 2018-08-06 MST

The Canmore Folk Music Festival is the longest running folk music festival in Alberta. Adhering to a philosophy and legacy of folk, world, blues and roots music, the festival since 1978 has attracted up to 21,000 music fans annually. Taking place over three days of the Heritage Day long weekend in August, the festival features 30+ individual acts or performers, family-friendly site, a free downtown concert on festival Friday evening, a kids’ area jammed with crafts, puppets, music, storytelling and a climbing wall. Its venue is the downtown Centennial Park in the heart of Canmore’s valley bottom. Surrounded on all sides by the majestic Rocky Mountains, the backdrop of breathtaking scenery merely enhances the incredible music pouring forth from four stages all weekend long. The workshop stages partner up eclectic mixtures of musicians from disparate and diverse backgrounds, often resulting in that ephemeral “lightning in a bottle” sound that will never be recreated.

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Medicine Hat JazzFest

Medicine Hat, Alberta
2018-06-17 to 2018-06-24 MST

The Medicine Hat JazzFest has grown to a widely recognized world-class festival that has taken its place alongside the other great jazz festivals in Canada. It features an eclectic mix of venues, running the gamut from our signature concert at the downtown Bus Terminal parkade to the intimate and quaint atmosphere of late night clubs. It features both free and ticketed events as well as a number of educational opportunities including workshops, jams, and a concert for elementary school children.

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Edmonton, Alberta
2018-07-20 to 2018-07-29 MST

K-Days is the experience you’re looking for—there for the taking, just a ticket away. It’s the wonder of the midway, the glow of the past, the promise of the future, the joy of the present. K-Days is Edmonton’s annual summer fair with hundreds of thousands of guests passing through the K-Days gates each year. K-Days is so much more than a fair experience —it’s a midway and over 522,000 square feet of indoor entertainment space including eight halls of excitement. Produced and hosted by Northlands, K-Days is held on nearly 160 acres of fun!

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