Alberta & BC Rockies Festivals & Events Listing

There are lots of festivals and celebrations in the Canadian Rockies, almost one in every month, but the summer is definitely Festival Time! Here is a rundown of the best festivals around the year. Take part and have fun!

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Canmore's Winter Festivallate JanuaryCross-country ski marathon races and cross-cultural concerts help you keep warm! The festival opens with the Three Sisters Resorts Rocky Mountain Ski Marathon and end with one of the largest sled dog sprint races in North America. Festival includes concerts, art exhibitions, ice sculptures, slide shows, hockey games, literary contests, curling bonspiels, figure skating shows.
Toshiba/Ken Read Ski Invitational mid April13th year of the Toshiba Ski Invitational at Lake Louise, hosted by Crazy Canuck Ken Read and former Canadian ski team members, who will race head-to-head in an exciting elimination parallel slalom in support of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Skiers at Skiing Louise can spectate and support this worthy cause.
Western Heritage Jubileelate April4th Annual Banff/Lake Louise Cowboy Jubilee is a "tribute to Canada's western heritage". Western artisansdisplay their humorous stories of the West, and kick up your heels at the Saturday Night Cowboy Concert.
Banff-Calgary Road Race early MayThis race covers approximately 142km, with up to 120 teams, as a fundraiser for Theatre Calgary. Contact Brenda Barootes at Theatre Calgary (403)294-7440.
Sunshine Village Slush Cupmid MaySkiers, snowboarders entertain and seek fame by attempting to jump over a precipitous pool of ice water. A Sunshine tradition for several years and not-to-miss spectacle. Marks the last ski event of the season (403)762-6500.
Canmore Children's FestivalLate MayVariety of children's entertainers and performers at Canmore Collegiate High School 1800 8th Ave. 403-678-1878.
Kananaskis Whitewater FestivalLate MayWatch (or participate in) events like hole-riding, ball racing, and throwbag toss. Admission free. Camping fee per person per night. Join everyone for the Saturday night meal & Sunday breakfast. Canoe Meadows on Kanaksis River, 6 km S on Hwy #30. 403-863-7177.
Bragg Creek Festivalend MayMusic Festival with daily artist workshops, held at the Braff Creek Centre on White Avenue, Bragg Creek,. 409-949-4114 or 949-4277
Banff Arts FestivalJune though AugustHeld at the Banff Centre, for the 67th anniversary of presenting some of the most progressive, exciting art being made in the world. From epic Canadian theatre to new opera, visual arts using new technology, Jazz music and dance, film screenings and symposia. Banff Centre room packages for festival events are available. Call 1-800-413-8368 (North America) or 403-762-6301.
Canadian Rockies Cowboy FestivalEarly JuneCountry music and cowboy poetry festival at the David Thompson Resort, 45 km west of Nordegg on Hwy 11. Daily or weekend passes. Accomodation includes hotel,. Motel, camping, trailers. 888-810-2103.
ArtsPeak Canmore Arts FestivalEarly JuneEnjoy a weekend of art exhibits, musical performances and tours of artists' studios. Throughout Canmore. 403-996-0220.
Canmore International Jazz FestivalEarly JuneAt Stan Rogers Stage in Centennial Park (7th Street and 6 Ave) 403-678-1295
Jasper - Banff RelayEarly JuneThis 300km race involving 120 pre-registered teams is an annual event is sponsored by Canadian Airlines International. Contact Eve Campbell at (403)497-4680 or write to 10700 104 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2.
Cammore artsPeak Arts Festivalmid JuneA weekend long multi-venue festival celbrating local and visiting artists. Downtown Canmore
Banff National Park Bike Festmid JuneA road race featuring 7 races through the streets of Banff. 403-762-8421
Cowboy Poetry Gatheringmid JuneCelebrate Western heritage with cobwoy music and poetry, with artisans, ranch horsemanship, evening dances, and cowboy church. Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Firgrounds. 403-627-4702
Banff World Television Festivalmid JuneAt the Banff Springs Hotel and The Banff Centre, the 20th annual conference hosts hundreds of producers, directors, writers and actors from around the world. Films are screened continuously throughout the week and are open to the public. Admission fee (over $100 per day) separates the pros from the wannabes at this schmoozefest. 403-678-1216.
Touring Tin, Show and Shinemid JuneParticipating members from Western Canada and United States show their antique vehicles with gleaming chrome and souped up engines at the Banff Recreational Centre (762-1235) or .
Banff Daylate JuneAn open house at the Whyte Museum celebrating the history of Banff. Telephone: (403)762-2291.
Canadian Rockies Bluegrass Festivallate JuneBluegrass music, workshops and band scrampbles (with random pairings of musicians) at the David Thompson Resort, 45 km west of Nordegg on Hwy 11. Daily or weekend passes. Accomodation includes hotel,. Motel, camping, trailers. 888-810-2103.
One Hot Summerlate JuneA free event for all Banff/Lake Louise staff that provides a comprehensive introduction to our community including the services and opportunities avaible to them. Free food, fantastic prizes, lots of give-aways and live entertainment!At the YWCA Community Resource Centre (403)760-3200.
Waterton Wildflower Festivalend JuneNine days of events celgrating the diversity of wildflowers, plants and ecosystem. Meet at Tamarack Oudoor Outfitters in Waterton Park townsite (2.5 hrs south of Calgary) 403-859-2663
Voices On the WildernessJuly and AugustWeekend shows in Canmore over the summer will entertain with shows exploring the wild side of the Canadian Rockies: wolves, bird-watching, bear stories every Saturday night. Every Sunday night, there's "A Little Night Music" ...chamber music and jazz.
Canada DayJuly 1Celebrating Canada's Birthday, this event includes various ethnic and cultural entertainments, food booths, parade, fireworks and a concert in Central Park.
Canada Day Parade and Celebration July 1Surrounded by majestic natural history, Canmore's celebration of our national heritage relives the spirit of "Dominion Day"… children with flags, hot dogs and cotton candy, with fireworks at dusk!
Grundig UCI Mountain Bike World Cupearly JulyCanmore is hosting the second World Cup mountain bike event in three years. Over 1,000 competitors will wheel into town beginning July 1st at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
Rum Runner Daysmid JunlyCelebrate deep rooted history, culture and heritage of the Crowsnest Pass and its people. . Various venues.
Canmore Folk Music Festivalearly AugustAlberta's oldest folk music festival (30 years), Every August on the Heritage Day long week-end thousands of visitors stake out Canmore's Centennial Park (7th Ave & 6th Street). 403-678-2524
Banff Culture Weekendmid AugustWatch artists paint, sculptors sculpt , authors read from their works. Some of the town's heritage homes are open to the public as well, Free admission to most events, as part of Doors Open Banff. 1-800-419-1298
Banff Dragonboard Festivalmid AugustChinese dragon boats race on mysical Lake Minnewanka, along with curlural activities in the Banff town.
Highland Gamesend AugustCanmore's Highland Games on the September long week-end. Thousands of musicians, dancers and visitors of every nationality who enjoy ethnic music, food, and fun in the highlands of the Canadian Rockies.
Canadian Rocky Mountain Marathonmid SeptemberOver 900 runners are expected to participate in the 1999 marathon, half-marathon and 8k races. The day is completed with other festivities under the sunny autumn sky.
Taste of Banff/LakeLouiseearly OctoberThe High School Athletic Field in Banff provides a great opportunity for the Banff/Lake Louise visitor to sample the finest mountain cuisine while enjoying the spectacular fall season.
Festival of Eaglesmid OctoberSerious professional bird-watchers and amateur bird celebrate the annual migration of the Golden Eagle along the "super flyway" of the Canadian Rockies. Interpreters explain the phenomenon, guides show you the way, and everyone shares the spirit of the eagle! (the weekend after thanksgiving).
PanCanadian WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writer's Festival mid OctoberFrom October 10-14, PanCanadian WordFest annually brings international, national and local writers to book-lovers for readings, panel discussions, youth educational programmes and special events. For information, call 403-294-7462. More Info...
Annual International Banff Springs Wine & Food Festivallate OctoberA relaxed and congenial opportunity to enjoy wine and food without pretence or competition. Novice wine tasters and serious connoisseur enjoy a perfect marriage of food and wine. This year the focus is on the wines and cuisine of California.(403)762-2211.
Banff Mountain Book Festivalearly NovemberThis 5th annual mountain book festival offers outdoor enthusiasts the best of mountain literary views from publishers and writers from all over the world. Held in conjunction with the Banff Festival of Mountain Films. (403)762-6125.
Banff Festival of Mountain Filmsearly NovemberOne of the largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind, this event previews and honors the top mountaineering/adventures films. (403) 762-6125 Nancy de Dalt.
Winterstartearly November - mid DecemberBanff and Lake Louise offer enticing attractions and value season prices from participating hotels, restaurants, and ski areas to draw people to the mountains at the start of the Winter season.
The Vic Lewis Band Festivalmid (NovemberCanmore welcomes over 800 musicians to the annual festival, honouring the musician who introduced band music to Bow Valley students in the 1940's. The festival includes workshops and clinics with international clinicians and directors and concerts, featuring some of the finest school bands in Alberta.
Banff Winterstart 5-Miler Night Runmid NovemberStart at the Banff Caribou Lodge and run on scenic, winding course along Banff Avenue and Tunnel Mountain Road. The fundraiser proceeds are to go to the Banff Mountain Ski Academy, a non-profit independent school dedicated to the development of world-class alpine ski racers who also strive for academic excellence. (403)228-3782.
Santa Claus Paradelate NovemberThe Town of Banff welcomes the arrival of Santa Claus in Saturday's noontime parade down Banff Ave. Meet Santa for a photo in Central Park. (403)762-8421.
Women's World Cup Downhill Racesearly DecemberSkiing Louise welcomes the Downhill and Super G racers for the 1999-2000 women's world cup season. Week-long festivals will take place in Banff and Lake Louise with special lift ticket prices, autograph signing parties and world cup parties.
Santa On SkisDecember 25See Santa at Banff Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise Ski area.
New Year's Eve : Sylvester NightDecember 31-January 1Join friends and family on Policeman's Creek Pond and in Centennial Park for our outdoor new year's eve celebration to end the 20th century. Skating, mask-making, entertainment, sleigh rides, hot chocolate, and…of course…fireworks at 8pm.
Banff First NightDecember 31-January 1From 7:30 to midnight. Close to 1,000 people are expected to bring in the new year in Banff with brilliant pyrotechnics, world-class music, puppets, storytelling and elk. (403)762-1144.
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