This post has been updated for Summer 2018!

Summers in Alberta are full of amazing things to do!  From June, right until the end of August, we can keep busy and still not see everything!  There are rodeos, music festivals, food festivals, fairs, midways…endless activities for the whole family!

We’re sharing 17 different festivals that would be so fun to attend!  I think we need to add some of these to our Alberta Bucket List!

17 Alberta Festivals To Experience This Summer | 2018

Peace River Annual Pow Wow

  • 23nd Annual Aboriginal Gathering and 15th Annual Pow Wow.  Activities include entertainment, fiddling, displays, crafts, children’s activities, dancers, hand drum groups, concession.
  • Dates: June 2 and 3
  • Peace River, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

  • This summer, the mountains will come alive with the best in dance, music and opera at the The Banff Arts Centre!
  • Dates:  All summer long.  Check the website for details.
  • Banff National Park, AB
  • For more information visit the website for all scheduled events here.

Sustainival

  • The World’s First Green Carnival.  Featuring games, attractions and rides powered by renewable energy.
  • Dates: Edmonton:  June 7-10
  • Dates: Fort McMurray:  June 14-17
  • For more information visit the website here.

Vikings in the Streets Festival

  • A family friendly celebration of the community and Scandinavian heritage.  Come see how the vikings lived long ago.  Activities include a pancake breakfast, parade, chili cook-off, beer gardens, live music, food vendors and more.
  • June 15 and 16
  • Located in Viking, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

North Country Fair

  • A summer solstice celebration with music, camping, food, craft vendors, workshops, and children’s activities.
  • June 22 – 24
  • Lesser Slave Lake, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Festival

  • A three day festival of fun activities. The event is a large-scale demo and expo that offers different ways to celebrate riding the Rockies. Event includes an expo/festival, bike demos for Demo-licious Days wristband holders, group rides, coaching and shuttles, a craft beer hub, kms on end of great Canadian singletrack.
  • June 22 – 24
  • Canmore, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

Calgary Stampede

  •  Includes the Stampede Rodeo and chuckwagon races, the Midway and a variety of musical concerts and venues featuring some of the world’s most popular performers.
  • Buy the Stampede Superpass with unlimited entry for $39!
  • Dates July 6 – 15
  • For more information visit the website here.

Folk Music Festivals

Wild Mountain Music Festival

  • Family friendly music festival.  Activities include live music, art and food vendors.
  • Dates: July 13 – 15
  • Hinton, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

Taste of Edmonton

  • The best food and drink parings Edmonton has to offer!  Activities include food and drink sampling, and live music.
  • Dates: July 18 – 29
  • Edmonton, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

Interstellar Rodeo

  • A multi-genre music festival.  Take in live music, food trucks and an open license venue.
  • Dates:  July 20 – 22
  • Edmonton, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

K-Days

  • 10 days of fun with a midway, rodeo, music, shopping, fireworks, and more!
  • Dates: July 20 – 29
  • For more information visit the website here.

Vul-Con 2018

  • A family friendly convention for Star Trek fans!  Activities include food, kids zone, vendors, costume contest, autograph and Q&A sessions, photo ops, and a parade!
  • Dates:  July 27 – 29
  • Vulcan, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival

  • A family friendly weekend of Bluegrass and country music.  Activities include a country dance Friday & Saturday night, an arts market and food trucks.
  • Dates:  August 3 – 5
  • Stony Plain, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

Calgary Dragonboat Festival

  • A weekend of Dragonboat racing, as well as a cultural festival.  Includes cultural entertainment, beer gardens, food trucks, and a farmers’ market.
  • Dates: August 11 – 12
  • Calgary, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

GlobalFest

  • 5 nights of fireworks representing Ukraine, Spain, Philippines, China and Canada! The event also has food concessions, a night market, beer garden, and a children’s village.
  • Dates:  August 16 – 25
  • Calgary, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

Taber Cornfest

  • Celebrate the corn harvest at the annual, FREE festival!  Activities include a pancake breakfast, chili cook off, midway, beer gardens, fireworks, face painting, petting zoo, arts & crafts, corn eating contest and more!
  • Dates:  August 23 – 25
  • Taber, AB
  • For more information visit the website here.

17 Alberta Summer Festivals | 2018

 

What are you favourite summer festivals in Alberta?  Let us know in the comments!