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Not only just in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta offers a wide range of popular events and festivals all over the province.

20 of these events in Alberta that are not based in Calgary or Edmonton include the Innisfail Professional Rodeo in mid June, one of Canada’s highest paid rodeos, and Woody's Half Marathon in late May in Red Deer, voted Alberta’s top road race.

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Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Winter Events and winter festivalsCelebrate the winter season with SnowDays, a month-long festival from January 9 to February 8, jam-packed with mid-week events and weekend festivals that celebrate Banff’s historic love for winter. Festival highlights include Ice Magic, an international ice carving competition in Lake Louise, an ice climbing festival on Banff Avenue, The Travelers All-Star Curling Skins, The Big Bear, a ski/snowboard street party an ice playground. Enjoy endless opportunities during SnowDays and embrace winter while snowshoeing, dog sledding, skiing, snowboarding, skating, curling, geocaching, sleigh rides and more.

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Kite Day in Okotoks
mid April
Okotoks, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Kite FestivalsA popular day of family fun for over four years highlighted with kite flying, the Kite Day in Okotoks attracts those wanting to enter their home-made kites in the Kite Flying Competition, or even just bring their own kites or flying remote control toys down to participate in the fun up in the air. Those taking part can learn to to build their own kites at the free OAG kite making workshop and compete in the competitions highlighting different categories and age groups that are judged by members of Council.

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Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
mid May
Banff, Alberta (AB)

Food and Wine Events in CanadaThe Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of food and wine in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Guests and “foodies” sample from a wide assortment of national and international wines, spirits, liqueurs and beer along with gourmet food samples prepared by top Banff & Lake Louise area restaurants and hotels.

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Woody's Half Marathon
late May
Red Deer, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Marathons One of the top 20 events in the rest of Alberta, taking place on the Victoria Day long weekend, Woody’s RV World Half-Marathon has been a popular event for over 15 years, the marathon and half-marathon of which have been voted Alberta’s top road races by Athletics Alberta in 2010.  Awards presented each year include those for top finishers.

For more information about Woody’s RV World Marathon - Half Marathon visit:

Banff Summer Arts Festival
May - August
Banff, Alberta

Top Events Canada The Banff Centre’s annual showcase of fine and performing arts, the Banff Summer Arts Festival runs from May through August, with performances and exhibitions in music, opera, theatre, dance, visual and literary arts, new media, and film, much of it original work created at the Centre.

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Handhills Stampede
end May - early June
between Drumheller and Hanna, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada RodeosAn annual Pro Rodeo for almost a hundred years, the 3-day Handhills Stampede, one of Canada’s oldest stampedes, set in the heart of the badlands of southern Alberta, is considered one of the oldest consecutive rodeos in Alberta and features everything from nightly chuck wagon and chariot races, cowboy cabaret including celebrity-studded entertainment attracting record-breaking crowds, to plates of steak and eggs at Western breakfasts  – and a lot more!

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Innisfail Professional Rodeo
mid June
Innisfail, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada RodeosA successful event for more than half a century, the five-day Innisfail Professional Rodeo, one of Canada’s highest paid rodeos, attracts leaders in the rodeo circuit in both Canada and the USA. This popular event, a favorite on the rodeo circuit, attracts top riders, ropers and wrestlers from all over Canada and the USA.

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Waterton Wildflower Festival
mid June
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta (AB)

Flower Festivals CanadaA popular event for more than ten years, the 9 day Waterton Wildflower Festival in Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park features 80 educational courses and events on wildflowers, plants and ecosystems, workshops on photography and art, and evening slide shows and local entertainment as well as a host of highly qualified professionals including talented wildflower photographers,  botanical artists, and naturalists and scientists

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Bud Country Fever
late June
Grand Prairie, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Country MusicAttracting thousands of visitors every year, the Bud Country Fever was in fact started by the Milner brothers of Fairview in 1995 when they decided to put together the largest collection of country music talent the Peace Country had ever seen and call it Bud Country Jamboree. Now simply referred to as a weekend of camping, music, and fun, the Bud Country Fever continues to showcase the best of established country artists and lots of new talent as well.

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Medicine Hat Jazz Fest
late June
Medicine Hat, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsA popular event for almost 2 decades, the Medicine Hat JazzFest is now a widely recognized world-class festival that matches many of the other great jazz festivals in Canada. From the signature concert at the Downtown Bus Terminal Parkade to hundreds of events at various night clubs and other venues, the Medicine Hat Jazz Fest also features a wide variety of educational events for those who want to learn more about jazz, and their own possible skills in jazz, and even enjoy a concert for elementary school children.

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Ponoka Stampede

late June
Ponoka, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada RodeosCanada's largest Pro Rodeo, and one of the top 20 events in the rest of Alberta apart from Edmonton and Calgary, featuring world class athletes, riding, barrel racing, professional chuck wagon races and kids’ wild pony race, the Ponoka Stampede also features art shows, casinos, concerts and stage shows as well as the ever popular parade and fireworks display.

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Jasper Canada Day
July 1
Jasper, Alberta

Top Events Canada A popular event for over 20 years, Jasper Canada Day, also referred to as the "I Love My Canada" event, attracts thousands of celebrators to enjoy everything from the popular pancake breakfast to the flag raising ceremony and the main street parade with bands, mascots, min-Mounties, floats, dancers and clowns. Other activities include museum displays, rock bands, children’s games, historic walks, beer gardens, and the ever popular fireworks when dusk falls.

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Westerner Days Fair & Exposition
Red Deer, Central Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada This annual exposition takes place in mid-July and features a parade, midway rides, live entertainment, chuck wagon races, and agricultural shows. Around the city, there are pancake breakfasts, chili cook-offs, barbecues, dances and other events.

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Rocky Mountain House Airshow
late July
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Air ShowsAttracting such acts as the Snowbirds, the Skyhawks, the CF-18 Demo Team, as well as local and international Air Show celebrities, the one day twilight Rocky Mountain House Airshow has grown to such an extent that it now attracts a patronage that is in excess of the population of Rocky Mountain House itself. Popular features include the autograph tent offering a chance to meet the snowbirds, and other air show performers, take a ride on a helicopter and to purchase snowbird keepsakes, hats and more, and to enjoy everything from mini-donuts to hamburgers and hotdogs.

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Whitecourt Hometown Heroes Air Show
late July
Whitecourt, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Air ShowsWinner of an award from the Northwest Council of Airshows, the Whitecourt Hometown Heroes Air Show event begins with a Heroes March and Act of Remembrance that pays tribute to the men and women of the Canadian Forces, RCMP. and First Responders who play such an important part in preserving the Canadian way of life. The event continues with displays by the ever popular Snowbirds, Team Rocket, the only two-ship aerobatic team of it's kind and much more!

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Tsuu T’ina Annual Rodeo and Powwow
late July
Tsuu T'ina Nation, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – vals Powwowr or Pow Wow Events A popular Powwow event for more than 39 years, the increasingly popular Tsuu T’ina First Nation Powwow features good natured First Nations dancing and singing competitions with contestants of all ages backed by friendly ceremonial hand drummers. The displays of powwow dances include the fancy feather events, traditional buckskin, war bonnet, slow style and round bustle chicken dance. An integral part of the weekend celebration is the Tsuu T’ina Rodeo that is the largest Open First Nation Rodeo in Canada.

For more information about the Tsuu T’ina Annual Rodeo & Pow Wow visit:

Piikani Nation Annual Celebration
early August
Crowlodge Park, Brocket, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – vals Powwowr or Pow Wow EventsWith celebrations for more than half a century attracting hundreds of enthusiasts, the Piikani Nation Annual Celebration, Canada’s oldest powwow event, features everything from a parade to dance competitions, drum and hand drum contests, IFCA rodeo horse racing, softball, a golf tournament, and even a princess pageant.

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Big Valley Jamboree
early August
Camrose, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Country MusicVoted by the Canadian Country Music Association as the country event of the year in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2010, the large Big Valley Jamboree 4-day event is one of the largest music festivals in North America attracting more than 100,000 fans as well as a host of reputable and favorite country music stars.

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Canmore Folk Music Festival
early August
Canmore, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsThe longest running folk music festival in Alberta, the 3-day Canmore Folk Music Festival attracts more than 15,000 folk music lovers every year from all over the world. Events during this festival in this picturesque town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains include everything from folk music performances, a free downtown street dance on the Friday evening, a free children’s concert on the next afternoon, as well as a special area catering specifically to children.

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Siksika Nation Annual Pow Wow
mid August
Siksika Nation, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Pow Wow EventsThe three-day, annual Siksika Pow Wow Celebration that has been an increasingly popular event for over half a century, is highlighted with drumming and dancing contests at the Arbor on Siksika Nation for teens and adults of all ages with lots of prizes. Lots more activities and features of this pow wow include hand games and even a golf tournament as well as a chance to promote the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park/Museum.

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Brooks Medieval Faire
mid August
Brooks, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Renaissance Festivals and Renaissance EventsAttracting over 5,000 enthusiasts each year, the Brooks Medieval Faire in Alberta features a host of events including the Medieval jousting tournament of international fame, the Highland Dance Competition, contests in which Medieval fighters sidestep, dodge, and deflect the blows of their armored contestants, along with the artisan marketplace selling jewelry and more.

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Canmore Highland Games
first Monday of September (Labor Day)
Canmore, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesFor over twenty years, the Canmore Highland Games has showcased everything to be expected of an Highland games event including heavy sports contests like those typically to be anticipated at Highland games anywhere in the world as well as sheep dog demonstrations, and the equally popular highland dance competition, piping and drumming competitions, massed bands, as well as an offering of a wide variety of Celtic wares and traditional food and beverages.

For more information about the Canmore Highland Games in Alberta visit:

Agri-trade Expo
early November
Westerner Grounds, Red Deer, Central Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada Canada’s largest farming and agriculture trade show is held annually in Red Deer. For 30 years, it has been the gathering place for the prairie farming community with the latest equipment and innovations and much more.

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