Things to do in Alberta this August

Things to do in Alberta this August

Shaw Amphitheatre, Banff – Summer Concerts

Between music festivals, historical celebratory events, and rodeos, August is the perfect month to explore the diverse regions of Alberta. Enjoy the feeling of the big sky above and let the dry, warm heat soak into your bones as the days grow long and the fun carries on. Whether you’re in the mountains or across the prairies, give summer a last hurrah by making the most out of your August days.

Embrace nostalgia at Rock’n’ Red Deer

Rock’N’Red Deer is presented by The Alberta SuperRun Association, which is a not-for-profit organization that preserves and celebrates cars, music, and culture from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. If you share this passion for the culture of the past, this is the event for you! Running through the first five days of August, this Red Deer event will throw you right back into the past. Details

Experience the Big Valley Jamboree Country Music Festival in Camrose

The Big Valley Jamboree is exactly as exciting as it sounds. Come to Camrose to experience a country music festival that brings country fans together in the Alberta prairies for three days of absolute fun. Running from August 2nd to 5th, the 2018 festival features headliners Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, and Billy Ray Cyrus. Details

Have a teddy bear picnic at the Dickson Store Museum

The Dickson Store Museum hosts a Teddy Bear Picnic on August 2nd that will enchant both children and their teddy bears. Bring everyone along for the games, crafts, and music that the day entails. There is also a good old fashioned bear hunt! You have to register in advance to participate: the fee is $2.00 a person, but teddy bears get in for free.  Details

Celebrate the Crowsnest Pass Region at the Crowsnest Pass Open Doors and Heritage Festival

The Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival celebrates everything Crowsnest Pass. Come and get a concentrated taste of this delightful mountain region between August 2nd and 6th, where you can partake in events like the Annual Show n’ Shine Car Show in Blairmore or the Crowsnest Country Market. This year’s theme is Ghosts, Myths, and Legends, so be prepared for some festival celebrations.  Details

Relax with Bluegrass music at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival in Stony Plain

The Blueberry Bluegrass Festival is Stony Plain’s tribute to bluegrass and roots music. With three stages and music wafting across the plain from August 3rd to 5th, the 2018 festival features Ricky Skaggs, Travelin’ McCourys, the Po Ramblin’ Boys, and Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. Bluegrass fans won’t want to miss this festival and the generous atmosphere of Stony Plain. Details

Come to Banff for the world premiere of work by Sofia Jernberg and Imani Uzuri

The Banff Centre for the arts has long been a cherished space for artists to create, and this is no less true of the space as a performance area. Come to the Rolston Recital Hall to experience the world premiere of work done by Swedish singer and composer Sofia Jernberg and the vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri. This event takes place on August 3rd and begins at 7:30pm. Details

Enjoy a Backyard Festival

Enjoy this growing festival that has become a new summer tradition for local residents and visiting neighbours. The event features an impressive lineup of both professional and amateur musicians and opportunities for open-stage performances as well.   Details
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Visit the Carmangay Fair & Sports Day

Carmangay’s annual Fair & Sports Day is back for its 48th year. This event runs through August 3rd and 4th. Kick off the festival with the Firemen’s Steak BBQ and a baseball tournament, then fill your Saturday with a Lions Breakfast, a parade, plus shows and concessions all day long. There is a campground nearby for those wanting to further explore the village of Carmangay and the delights of Southern Alberta.  Details

Catch an authentic rodeo at the Strathmore Stampede

Rodeo events, chuckwagon races, and running with the bulls. The whole Stampede package can be found in August in Strathmore. 2018 marks the 52nd year of the Strathmore Stampede — that’s 52 years of perfecting a weekend of rodeo fun. Running from August 3rd to 6th, don’t miss this celebration of the Western Spirit in the heart of the prairies.  Details

Toughen up for the Canadian Death Race in Grand Cache

Do you have what it takes to cheat death? Or are you interested in watching people who are brave enough to try? The Canadian Death Race takes place between August 3rd and 5th and is pure drive and spirit in the Canadian Rockies. Come and watch runners take on this difficult ultra-marathon that features high elevation, team races, solo races, and even a race for kids.  Details

Get loud in Drumheller at the Loud as Hell Heavy Metal Music Festival

A roaring dinosaur skull over pointed red letters is the logo for the Loud as Hell Heavy Metal Festival — is there anything that better represents this Drumheller music event? Come out into the Alberta badlands and experience this music as it is meant to be experienced: LOUD. Fit For an Autopsy, Archspire, and Into Eternity are headlining this festival which runs from August 3rd to 5th.  Details

Have some sports fuelled fun at Lac La Biche’s Mid-Summer Sports Days

From August 3rd to August 6th, head to Lac La Biche for a sporty weekend. With free admission, concession stands open all weekend, and baseball, volleyball, water events and more to watch and — if you register early enough — participate in, you’ll never be bored at Mid-Summer Sports Days. There are cash prizes and 50/50 raffles daily. Get your best cheering voice and head to Lac La Biche this August.  Details

Get your brew on with the Grizzly Beer Festival in Lake Louise

The Grizzly Beer Festival is taking place in Lake Louise on August 4th — come and enjoy craft beers in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Just head to the Lake Louise Summer Gondola, kick back, and enjoy. This event is taking place at the Bear’s Den Smokehouse & Patio and features no cover, just $2.00 drink tickets. There is also a free shuttle and live music by Daniel Poloni for a perfect and carefree afternoon of beer tasting. Details

Celebrate Innisfail’s Discovery Wildlife Park with ZooFest

ZooFest is Discovery Wildlife Park’s annual customer appreciation event and always takes place on the Saturday of the August long weekend — August 4th, 2018. With a free pancake breakfast, face painting, and toonie hot dogs, this event has become a smash hit. This year there will also be a public market! Celebrate wildlife and animals in Innisfail in this appreciation event that will entertain the whole family.  Details

Go on a trail ride at Bar U Historic Ranch

What’s a summer in Alberta without a trail ride? Explore the parts of Bar U rangeland in Longview that are usually off-limits to the public with this Trail Ride that supports the volunteers at the ranch on August 4th. Reservations are required, so make sure to call ahead to book your horse or your place on a Percheron drawn wagon. However you experience the trail, you’ll love to see this rugged side of Albertan culture.  Details

Experience magic at the Fairy Berry Festival in Bon Accord

As magical as it sounds, the Fairy Berry Festival in Bon Accord is an experience for the whole family. Featuring berry shortcake, folk music, fairies, pirates, and a corn maze — you’re sure to be delighted at this tasty summertime event. Don’t forget the fairy berry strawberries themselves! Small and delicate, these berries deserve the spotlight. The Fairy Berry Festival runs on August 4th, 5th, and 6th from 10am to 5pm in Bon Accord.  Details

Enjoy folk music in the mountains at the Canmore Folk Music Festival

The Canmore Folk Music Festival is the longest running folk festival in Alberta and has a reputation for drawing outstanding folk musicians to the mountain town. Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend in Canmore? From August 4th to 6th, come and watch legends such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Carlos Del Junco and The Blues Mongrels, and Cassie and Maggie perform. Enjoy the vendors and the Rocky Mountain terrain as the music wafts over you. Details

Experience Opera in the Badlands

Love, obsession, betrayal. All the big themes are present in George Bizet’s classic opera Carmen. Presented by Mercury Opera, Opera Classica Europa, and the Badlands Amphitheatre, this production is all the magic of opera with all the space of the badlands. Take in the view before you become immersed in the drama. Carmen runs on August 4th from 7:00-10:00pm. Details

Watch Jaws from Sylvan Lake

Referred to, in Sylvan Lake, as “the movie event of the year”, the practice of watching Jaws from the Sylvan Lake waters has become a tradition after a successful run last year. Come down to the water and watch this frightening flick while floating around. The movie will begin at 9pm on August 5th as part of long-weekend celebrations in the city. Food trucks will be on site in the case of shark-fuelled hunger.  Details

Spend time in Rosebud appreciating chamber music the Chamber Music Festival

For lovers of chamber music, this festival in the Badlands brings you washes of gorgeous compositions by world class musicians. From August 6th to 12th, Rosebud becomes home to performances, workshops, and even a Reading Party. For musicians and listeners alike, this festival is sure to transport you into the textured world that only chamber music can take you to. Details

Pump up your rock’n’roll spirit in St. Albert’s Rock’n’August

St. Albert is happy to present a rock and roll weekend through August 7th to 11th. With a host of daily events such as pancake breakfasts, BBQs, a Roadeo, a street dance, and cruises — this event celebrates the town, the people, and classic cars. This is the kind of occasion that thrives on the energy that the town puts into it. If you’re looking for a truly warming experience this August, come to St. Albert and get as much Rock’n’Roll spirit in as you can. Details

Indulge in a Taste of Calgary

Running from August 9th to 12th, The Taste of Calgary Festival celebrates the diverse and delicious culinary treasures of Calgary — and all with free admission! Sampling tickets are $1.00 each and will have you enjoying a variety of flavours in no time. The festival also features delectable drinks and live music, as well as a marketplace. Let your inner foodie out at this Calgary event.  Details

Celebrate Kananaskis River

Join for Kanfest,  a gathering of whitewater kayaking enthusiasts for a weekend of total FUN. Enjoy the events, clinics and friendly competition.   Then it’s time to party! Live Music, BBQ, demos, auctions…  and more! Details

Experience the Perseid Meteor Shower in the Mountains

If you’re spending time in and around the magical mountain town of Jasper, then why not step up the magic and spend a night watching the Perseid Meteor Shower from The Jasper Planetarium. This annual meteor shower has become an event in Jasper, and begins on August 10th, but reaches its peak on August 11th and 12th. The Perseid Meteor Shower can feature 60 to 80 shooting stars an hour, so keep your eyes to the sky above the mountains.  Details

Head to the historic Bentley Fair and Rodeo

With 52 years of history, the Bentley Fair and Rodeo began as a group of three events: a parade, a rodeo, and a country fair. Now, these events blend into each other for a weekend of prairie fun. With a 50/50 draw, evening rodeo performances, a beer gardens, and a celebration of the arts in the community, this event not only celebrates the community, it invites people from out of town to come and have a great time on August 10th and 11th. Details

Go Medieval at the Brooks Medieval Faire

On August 11th and 12th, come out to Brooks to experience the Brooks Medieval Faire! This is the largest medieval and historical-reenactment fair in Western Canada, so you’re sure to have the Medieval experience of your dreams. Admission at the gate is cash only, as are many of the vendors (rare and unusual items as well as Medieval delicacies can be found) so make sure you come prepared for the activities and treats that await you. Details

Crush those obstacles at Mud Hero Alberta in Red Deer

Located in Red Deer, the Mud Hero Alberta festival is a giant obstacle course adventure that runs from August 11th to 12th. You can pre-register to partake in this event until August 8th and registration is open until the 12th — so long as all the spots aren’t taken! If getting down and dirty isn’t your ideal summer day, stay and watch these fearless athletes take on the course for a great time. Details

Enjoy theatre from around the world at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is one of the best loved Fringe Festivals in the country and features performers from all over the globe bringing their fine work to Edmonton’s stages. Running from August 16th to 26th, see how many shows you can catch at the variety of venues throughout town. You may just end up seeing a part of Edmonton you’ve never seen before.  Details

Celebrate diversity with a side of fireworks at Calgary’s Globalfest

Come and watch the biggest firework show in Alberta at Globalfest in Calgary. This cultural celebration is one of the most beloved festivals in the city. Featuring performances, a variety of food and arts vendors, and — of course — the fireworks competition that has a different country taking the reins every night between August 16th and 25th, this is one end-of-summer festival you won’t want to miss.  Details 

Watch a movie under the stars in Fort Saskatchewan

On August 17th, Co-Op is presenting a Movie Under the Stars night in the town of Fort Saskatchewan. If the weather permits, come down to Legacy Park. Activities start at 7:30, and the film starts at 9:15. This nighttime activity has become a popular community event, so arrive early to snag your spot for the yet to be determined film of the night. Details

Celebrate Wildwood at the Wildwood Fair

August 17th, 2018 marks the 79th annual Wildwood Fair! Located in Wildwood on the Fairgrounds, this fair starts with a parade and continues into both community and children’s events and bench shows. For a special Wildwood tradition, see if you can catch the famous Greased Pig. The hilarity that ensues is exactly what you’re imagining, and is not to be missed. Details

Embrace Classic Rock at the Cars and Guitars Classic Rock Festival

There are many great music festivals happening in Alberta in August, but Medicine Hat offers a different kind of outdoor musical experience — one with classic cars! Come to “The Hat” for a celebration of classic rock music and top it off with a car show. This festival, which runs from August 17th to 18th, also features local food and retail vendors, beer gardens, and kids activities.  Details

Experience the Come by the Hills Music Festival in Wainwright

Wainwright’s Come by the Hills Music Festival is a family-friendly festival that takes over the Mistahiya Retreat Centre on August 17th and 18th. Featuring headlining artists such as Souljah Fyah, Justine Vandergrift and the Katie Laine Trio — as well as camping, hiking trails, and activities for children, this is one festival that goes above and beyond, all under the big prairie skies.  Details

Head to Grande Prairie for the Bear Creek Folk Festival

Grande Prairie’s Bear Creek Folk Festival takes place between August 17th and 19th this year, and features an excellent lineup of 31 artists, including City and Colour, Sharon and Bram, and Birds of Chicago. There are also 20 food and arts vendors on the grounds, so you’ll have plenty to take in alongside the music. Check out the website for a full list of details for the 3rd year of this stellar music festival.  Details

Enjoy a fair that is more than a century old

The Priddis & Millarville Fair is one of the last great Country Fairs in Canada. Founded in 1907, the Fair today attracts more than 4000 bench entries contributed by over 500 exhibitors, contests, competitions and displays. Details

Meet your rural neighbours at Open Farm Days

Visit a participating farm during Open farm days! More  than 110 host sites and culinary events across Alberta are ready to showcase the province’s fast-growing rural tourism sector and everything farm life has to offer.  Details

Celebrate Western Culture at the Cochrane Fair

The Cochrane Fair has everything you could want from the western-spirited town at the heart of Alberta. Bull riding, bucking horses, circus performers, a marketplace of local goods and — of course — a midway are among the activities featured at this fair, which takes place August 17th to August 19th. Get close to this friendly community by coming out and supporting this annual fair. Details

Dance your heart out at the Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival

The Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival (or LEMF) is Alberta’s only free, all ages electronic music festival. Following five years of success, the 2018 festival returns this August and features 24 DJs and two stages, a beer garden, artisan drinks, and air jumps. You’ll have a great time dancing and embracing the group energy of Lethbridge this August 18th.  Details

Embrace viking culture in Spruce View

Spruce View’s biggest event of the year is back! Get your viking spirit up and running with Viking Days: a living history presentation featuring reenactments, crafts, and viking cooking on August 18th. Watch the warriors compete and bring the kids along for face painting and costume fun. There are also plenty of vendors to keep you satisfied as you move through this exciting event. Try a danish hot dog for a real treat! Details

Celebrate Whoop-Up Days in Lethbridge

The Whoop-Up Days are Lethbridge’s annual family festival, bringing the best in local goods, events, and artists together for a city-wide party that runs from August 21st to 25th. Catch the parade that opens the festival and then celebrate agricultural activities such as the Bucking and Barrels event, or try one of the music trivia nights. Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the whole city during Whoop-Up Days. Details

Come on down to the Taber Cornfest

Taber is famous for its corn so if you’re lucky enough to be in the area in late August, you won’t want to miss Taber’s Cornfest. Running from August 23rd to the 25th, this free festival is a pure celebration of corn. Enjoy the parade, the fun run, corn stands (yum!) and the stage that features dance and musical performances — as well as the Corn Eating Contest! End the festival with fireworks and a good old fashioned corn on the cob. Details

Experience “Cowboy Songs and Stories” with Ian Tyson and Corb Lund in the Badlands

On August 25th, the legendary country musician Ian Tyson is teaming up with Corb Lund for a night of “Cowboy Songs and Stories” — and where better to share this art than in the Alberta Badlands. Come on down to the the massive Badlands Amphitheatre for an outdoor show to remember. After playing sold out shows in cities like Ottawa, Vancouver, and Edmonton, you won’t want to miss this country show in the heart of the country.  etails

Taste the delights of the Okotoks ChiliFest

The Annual Okotoks ChiliFest and Cook Off is taking place on August 25th in downtown Okotoks and features western-themed activities as well as the famous chili cook off! Register before August 11th to compete or come down for the real fun: the chili tasting! Enjoy the live music and the festive atmosphere as you indulge in some of the best chili in the province — then pick your favourite! Even if your choice doesn’t win, the satisfaction is undeniable.  Details

Experience magic at the Banff Gondola Sunset Festival

The Banff Gondola Sunset Festival is as beautiful as it sounds. Every night in the summer between 7pm and 10pm, the rooftop terrace is transformed into a place to celebrate the sunset. Use the solar telescope to safely look at the sun and enjoy craft beer and food samples. There is also live musical performances to give the night an extra kick. Enjoy the magic of Banff in the golden hours of the evening. Details

Visit Fort McMurray’s Urban Market

Back for its sixth season, the Fort McMurray Urban Market has been working to bring the community of Fort Mac together. Come to Jubilee Plaza and shop for produce, meats, bakery items, and gifts. This Alberta Approved Farmer’s Market is open on August 1st, 15th, and 29th and is a grand way to spend a Wednesday in Fort McMurray. Details

Explore Highwood with the Highwood Film Tour

Every Wednesday in August, the Museum of the Highwood goes on a walking tour of the city to showcase the town’s cinematic history. From the days of silent film to today, you’ll be surprised to learn about High River’s connections to cinema. This tour is free but the museum does accept donations. Explore the quaint town of High River with this excellent and informative August tour. Details

Go to a Ross Street Patio Party in Red Deer

For a relaxing evening this August, come to the Ross Street Patio for a celebration of summer that invites you to kick back with a brew and take in free live music. This event truly encapsulates the spirit of the summer. The city of Red Deer hosts on August 10th, and the Downtown Business Association hosts every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through August. Details

Stop by the Crowsnest Community Market

Every Thursday evening in the summer you can come to the Crowsnest Community Market and enjoy the best in local food and entertainment in this incredible mountain community. This is the third season for the market, which takes place in the Blairmore Gazebo Park in downtown Blairmore. Pulling the community together for a celebration of local foods, crafts, and other goods, this market is a great way to get in touch with beautiful Alberta. Details

Have a private tour of the Pioneer Village in Hanna

The Hanna Pioneer Village offers free tours through the summer. Request a private tour between 10am and 5pm and dip into the past among the many historical buildings and hundreds of thousands of artifacts and antiques. Learn how the town of Hanna used to function and the differences that time can make. The pioneer spirit is alive and well here in the Canadian Badlands. Details

Learn about Indigenous Culture with Drumming and Dancing in Fort Macleod

Come and experience drumming and dancing on the plaza in Fort Macleod every Wednesday in August. This event celebrates indigenous culture with performances occurring at both 11am and 1:30pm. Blackfoot drumming and singing fills the air as the dancers move and stories of buffalo hunting culture are told. This is an event that is as beautiful as it is informative. Details

Watch musical theatre at the Carriage House Theatre in Cardston

The Carriage House Theatre in Cardston has a summer lineup of musical theatre that is ready to impress any theatre fan. Come and watch the Peanuts come to life in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, or go back in time with Forever Plaid, Newsies, and Oklahoma!. These players are ready to impress you — just check the calendar to see what show is taking place on your chosen night. Details

Hit the streets of Fort McMurray at InterPLAY

InterPLAY is a celebration of performance on the streets of Fort MacMurray. With its roots as a street festival, InterPLAY is also a theatre festival as well as a film festival. Between catching a folk musician or a comedian performing on the streets, or one of the showings in a venue, try some of the food and events that keep this August festival fresh. Details

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