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.
RCMP Musical Ride
RCMP Musical Ride is touring Alberta this year! Take advantage of a truly Canadian experience to watch the RCMP on beautiful black horses present choreographed cavalry drills to music!
Events in August:
August 2 to 5 @ Strathmore
August 13 @ Bold Center, Lac La Biche
August 16 @ Lacombe Ag Grounds
August 17 & 18 @ Rocky Mountain House Historic Site (Western Festival)
August 20 @ Valleyview
August 23 @ High Level rodeo grounds, High Level
August 27 @ Peace River
August 29 @ Whitecourt
September 1 @ Heritage Park , Stony Plain
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, also features local food and retail vendors, beer gardens, and kids activities.
August 17 & 18, 2019 @ Canalta Centre, Medicine Hat
Dance of the Dark Sky
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a designated dark-sky preserve.Bundle up and head up to the plateau for stargazing that’s out of this world. Join Rod DeVries, owner of Eagle Butte Observatory as he takes you on a tour of the night sky. Discover stars, planets, and other astrological wonders at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
Saturdays @ Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Elkwater
Explorer’s Bus Tour
Venture into the rugged badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park on the Explorer’s Bus Tour to experience the stunning views of the park from the comfort and safety of the tour bus. You will be getting off the bus at various stops to see the unique geology and fossils up close and personal. One stop includes an articulated skeleton of a hadrosaur!
Various Dates @ Dinosaur Provincial Park, Iddesleigh
Go on a Historic Carriage Ride
Enjoy a ride through the Lee Creek Valley in a Park Touring Carriage at Remington Carriage Museum.
Daily during Summer @ Remington Carriage Museum, 623 Main Street, Cardston
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. These players are ready to impress you — just check the calendar to see what show is taking place on your chosen night.
Summer Season @ 353 Main Street Cardston
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, where you can partake in events like the Annual Show n’ Shine Car Show in Blairmore or the Crowsnest Country Market.
August 1 to 5 @ Various regions, Crowsnest Pass.
Get lost in Corn Mazes
August is the best time to visit corn mazes. Enjoy being lost!
Explore Waterton Lakes National Park
Explore Waterton Lakes National Park’s roadways, hike Red Rock Parkway or bike Akamina Parkway, enjoy spotting bighorn sheep, deer and black bears and take-in the spectacular view of the Blakiston valley and more at Waterton Lakes National Park.
Enjoy Caribbean vibes at Caribridge
Bring your family and friends and join CariBridge at Galt Gardens for a whole day filled with delicious Caribbean dishes, vibrant music and colourful dances!
August 3 @ Galt Gardens — 601 – 3 Ave S, Lethbridge
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. 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.
August 20 to 24 @ Exhibition Park, 3401 Parkside Dr S, Lethbridge
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 six years of success, the 2019 festival returns this August and features 24 DJs and two stages, a beer garden, artisan drinks, and air jumps.
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11 AM – 11 PM @ Galt Gardens, 601 – 3rd Avenue South, Lethbridge
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. 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.
August 22-24, 2019 @ Confederation Park at 50 Ave/50 Street, Taber
Explore Castle Mountain Resort during Huckleberry Festival
The popular weekend features live music, vendors, games, hiking, berry picking, activities for young and old, BBQ’s, a down home community supper and more. The Huckleberry Chairlift is open on both the Saturday and Sunday for scenic tours, as well as to give easy access to the Huckleberries.
August 23 to 25 @ Castle Mountain Resort, Pincher Creek No. 9
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.
August 2 to 4 @ Drumheller
Join for an intimate, boutique music festival at Last Chance Saloon
WayneStock brings you 4 days of music featuring over 40 artists! Enjoy musical styles such as rock, bluegrass, country, hillbilly, blues, and more!
August 30 to September 2 @ Last Chance Saloon, 555 Jewell St, Rosedale
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 11th, 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.
August 6-11 @ Rosebud Theatre, 116 Main Street, Rosebud
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 3rd. 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.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 @ Bar U Ranch National Historic Site Longview
Rock out outdoors at River City Rockfest
With more than 15 band playing, and tapping of first keg of the beers like Shark Weak “Blood In The Water” Rhubarb Hibiscus beer, it is going to be an incredible day at High River Brewing Company!
Saturday August 31, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM @ High River Brewing Company
Spice up your weekend at Okotoks Chili Fest
Western-themed activities take over downtown Okotoks, including the central event – a chili cook off. Come down to taste the chili creations or register a team and compete! Spice up your weekend with chili sampling, children’s activities, live music, and an outdoor artisan street market!
Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 04:00 PM @ Downtown Okotoks
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.
August 17 & 18, 2019 @ 306097 192 St W Millarville
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!
August 9 to 11 @ Canoe Meadows, Kananaskis
Indulge in a Taste of Calgary
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.
August 8 to 11, 2019 @ Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
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 on select nights, this is one end-of-summer festival you won’t want to miss.
August 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 2019 @ Elliston Park, 1827 68 St. S.E., Calgary
Have an Epic Weekend at Country Thunder
Enjoy three days filled with epic country music! Lineup includes Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert with Pistol Annies, Terri Clark, and many more!
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. 2019 marks the 53rd year of the Strathmore Stampede — that’s 53 years of perfecting a weekend of rodeo fun. Running during Heritage day weekend, don’t miss this celebration of the Western Spirit in the heart of the prairies.
August 2 to 5 @ Strathmore Stampede Grounds, 33 Wheatland Trail, Strathmore
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? Come and watch famous names in folk music perform. Enjoy the vendors and the Rocky Mountain terrain as the music wafts over you.
August 3 to 5 @ Centennial Park, 5 Avenue, Canmore
Mountain Hike & Paint
An adventure into the mountains to experience the open air, nature and creative inspiration. Using sketch ink and watercolor, capture iconic Mount Yamnuska in the midst of forest, open skies and serene waters.
Sunday, August 25 @ Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley Trailhead, Bighorn No. 8,
Go on Cave and Basin Lantern Tour
Lights, sounds and a little magic from the fog machine conjures up the past including your host, the ghost of David Galletly, the first caretaker of the Cave and Basin. While the Parks Canada hosts speak of the history of the site, carefully walk through the unlit tunnel to visit the shadowy cave.
Saturday Nights @ Cave and Basin. 311 Cave Avenue, Banff
Get your brew on with the Grizzly Beer Festival in Lake Louise
The Grizzly Beer Festival is taking place in Lake Louise — 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.
August 10, 2019 @ Lake Louise Summer Gondola
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. The Perseid Meteor Shower can feature 60 to 80 shooting stars an hour, so keep your eyes to the sky above the mountains.
~ August 10 to 13 @ Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 1 Old Lodge Road
Step back in Time during Days of Yore
Two days, dozens of historical reenactors, sword fights, big cannons, and live combat!
Step back in Time and visit with costumed (and sometimes armed) performers representing 9th C Scandinavia, 11th Century England, 18th Century England, 19th Century Canada, and 20th Century Germany.
August 3 & 4, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Rosebud Park, Hwy 582, East entrance to Didsbury
Get lost in Bowden SunMaze
Bowden SunMaze is a fantastic destination for families, friends or groups looking for an enjoyable day in the country. With 3 acres of U-pick Flowers, 2 acres of U-pick vegetables, 3 corn mazes, a Sunflower maze and play area for children, there is something for everyone in the family. You can expect a great selection of flowers along with potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, chard, kale, peas beans, cucumbers & zucchini during the season. Mazes Open August 7th – October 14th.
Blooms during Second week of August into September @ Bowden SunMaze & Eagle Creek Farms, 34530 Range Road #14, Bowden – Red Deer County
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. With a free pancake breakfast, face painting, and toonie hot dogs, this event has become a smash hit. Celebrate wildlife and animals in Innisfail in this appreciation event that will entertain the whole family.
August 3 @ Discovery Wildlife Park, 5400 42 Ave., Innisfail
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.
August 1-4 @ Camrose Regional Exhibition, Exhibition Drive, Camrose
Have a teddy bear picnic at the Dickson Store Museum
The Dickson Store Museum hosts a Teddy Bear Picnic 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!
August 8 @ The Dickson Store Museum, Spruceview
Have a Cream Day!
Join for Cream Day & Show ‘n Shine at Markerville Creamery Museum.Cream Day festivities celebrates the historic cream cheque day where farmer’s were paid & the family went to town to shop! Join for demonstrations, games & food. Enjoy the sparkle of vintage cars & trucks that line the streets surrounding the museum. There’s something for everyone!
August 11 @ Historic Markerville, 114 Creamery Way, Markerville
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. 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!
August 17 & 18 @ The Danish Canadian Museum, Spruce View
Join for Concerts or Cheer the athletes at Alberta Masters Games
Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Russell deCarle and Sass Jordan are coming to Rocky Mountain House. Canadian Music Hall-of-Famer Tom Cochrane and his Juno Award-winning band will wrap up a great weekend of entertainment as the 2019 Alberta Masters Games welcomes concert-goers to North Saskatchewan River Park for three nights of outdoor concerts and beer gardens.
August 22 to 24 @ Concerts: North Saskatchewan River Park, Range Road 73A, Rocky Mountain House
Jazz at the Lake
Experience the best of jazz at Alberta’s summer destination!
August 16-18, 2019 @ Sylvan Lake
Bower Ponds Food Truck Frenzy
Join for Food Truck Frenzy event at Bower Ponds! Inflatables & Craft Beer Garden by Funhaus! Live DJ. This event is All Ages! Eat delicious food from various food trucks like Chedda’ Heads – Gourmet Grilled Cheese, The Stache, Queen Bees Food Truck and Pop-a-Lot Kettle Corn & Lemon Shakers and more!
August 18, 2019 @ 4715 Fountain Drive, Red Deer
Join for Central Alberta Pride Festivities
Join in the festivities and celebrate Pride week through a variety of festivities, from Drag Show and Dance featuring the hilarious and unforgettable star of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Eureka O’Hara, Fruit Float down the river, Pride in the Park, Comedy night featuring Bullskit Comedy and much more.
August 10 to 18 @ Various Venues, Red Deer
Head to the historic Bentley Fair and Rodeo
With 53 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.
August 6- 11, 2019 @ Various Venues, Bentley
Rock The Rails
It’s time to ROCK THE RAILS! Visit for the largest youth extreme sporting event in the region! A day of Skateboard/Scooter/BMX comps, x-treme activities, freestyle market, and MORE!
August 10 @ Leduc Skateboard Park, 4116 50 St, Leduc
Pigeon Lake Music Festival
The event features incredible musical performances, outstanding entertainment, fantastic food and drink, and amazing people – all in an unforgettable outdoor setting. Daily, weekend, and camping passes are available, so gather up friends and family near and far, and get ready to shake your tail feather!
August 3 – 4, 2019 @ Hilah Ayers Wilderness RV Park, 473008 Range Road 10, Mulhurst Bay
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. Featuring great artists — 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.
August 16 & 17 @ Mistahiya Retreat Centre, Wainwright
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, bluegrass fans won’t want to miss this festival and the generous atmosphere of Stony Plain.
August 2 to 4, 2019 @ Heritage Park, 4204 50 Street, Stony Plain
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.
August 23 to 24 @ John Dudar Park, Township Rd 534, Myrnam
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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.
August 3 to 5 @ Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm – 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
Pump up your rock’n’roll spirit at St. Albert’s Rock’n’August
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. Rock’n August 2019 will celebrate its 23rd year of operation as the finest festival of Cars and Music in Western Canada and the City of St. Albert’s third largest annual event. Funds raised support the Alberta Diabetes Foundation.
August 6 to 10, 2019 @ Various Venues, St. Albert
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. 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.
August 15 to 25 @ Various Venues, Edmonton
Claim you patch of grass on the hill at Gallagher Park during Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Set in the lush river valley with the city skyline as its backdrop, the festival is an annual gathering that has come to epitomize Edmonton as a “festival city.”
August 8 to 11 @ Gallagher Park, 9411 – 97 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Rotary River Valley Festival featuring the RCMP Musical Ride
Enjoy the RCMP Musical Ride in Fort Saskatchewan and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club.
Thursday, August 8, 2019 @ Rotary Amphitheatre 100St and 100 Avenue, Fort Saskatchewan
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? Join for difficult ultra-marathon that features high elevation, team races, solo races, and even a race for kids.
August 3-4, 2019 @ Grande Cache Recreation Centre, Grande Cache
Head to Grande Prairie for the Bear Creek Folk Festival
Grande Prairie’s Bear Creek Folk Festival features an excellent lineup including Feist, Blue Rodeo, Alan Doyle, Crash Test Dummies, Dan Mangan, Ruthie Foster, and many more. 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
August 16 to 18 @ Borstad Hill in Muskoseepi Park, Grande Prairie
Paddle The Peace
Experience the beautiful Peace River through this 28 km journey! Halfway through your adventure, you will be treated to a complimentary lunch at the Strong Creek Campground.
Saturday, August 17th @ Shaftesbury Ferry Launch Site to the Lower West Peace Boat Launch, Peace River
Don’t miss Canada’s Largest Mud & Music Festival!
Come rock out to concerts by Default & Tim Hicks, enjoy racing categories such as rockcrawlers, quads, moto-cross, demolition and more, and if you’re feeling athletic, join our Mudrun! 4-days of Mud & Music all under $100.
August 15 to 18 @ Bonnyville Rodeo Grounds, 4201 55 St, Bonnyville
Vilna Boomtown Days Fair
Enjoy a good ole’ small town country fair with parade, Farmers’ Market, bench show, food and games for every age!
August 16 & 17 @ Vilna
Metis Crossing Voyageur Days
Join for a fun filled weekend of Music, Dance, Art and Culture. Experience the vibrant Métis community at this annual celebration. Partake in the life of the Voyageur on a scheduled voyageur canoe ride.
August 23 & 24 @ Metis Crossing
Glendon’s Annual Pyrogy Festival
Visit the site world’s largest Pyrogy and enjoy the annual community festival celebrating heritage and history.
Saturday, August 31 @ Pyrogy Park Glendon, Alberta
Race on a Cardboard Boat during Cold Lake Aqua Days
Spend your days in the sun during Aqua Days this August long weekend! Cardboard Boat Races, vendors, family activities, sparkle tattoos, bouncy castles, BBQ, water inflatables, free non-motorized watersport rentals, and fireworks (at dusk).
August 4 @ Cold Lake Kinosoo Beach Cold Lake
Celebrate Wildwood at the 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.
Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ Wildwood Fairgrounds
Fort Assiniboine Hamlet Hoedown and Wildrose Rodeo
From the Friday night fireworks, to the rodeo events and real rural community feel, you’ll have an up close and personal experience all weekend. The event is hosted in Walsh Park in Fort Assiniboine and includes farmers’ markets, concessions, a rodeo dance, a fantastic fireworks display, cowboy church services and much more. It’s an action-packed weekend of family fun!
August 16-18, 2019 @ Fort Assiniboine Ag Grounds Fort Assiniboine
Fort McKay First Nation Traditional Pow Wow
Experience the culture of Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN), located along the banks of the Athabasca River in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo north of Fort McMurray.
August 23 to 25 @ Fort McKay
Empty Bowls Festival
Purchase a hand-crafted bowl made by the Fort McMurray Potter’s Guild or Color Me Mine Fort McMurray and make your way around the festival sampling creations from several different stations hosted by local eateries. Local artisans will be present showcasing and selling their arts and fine crafts, a portion of sales will be donated back to the WBFB, as well as displays and demonstrations of live arts and fine crafts.
Sunday, August 11, 2019 @ Jubilee Plaza, 9915 Franklin Ave Fort McMurray
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.
August 17 & 18 @ Province Wide.