Alberta’s best summer festivals

Spend your summer hopping between some of the province’s best festivals

cinemaunderstarsCinema Under the Stars, Banff
June 7, July 5 and August 2, 2014
Back for its second year by popular demand, stars twinkle on the screen and off during this summer event. At dusk, sitting on the grass with a mountain view behind the screen, there’s no more perfect way to catch a movie.
dinofestDinoFest, Drumheller
June 13-15, 2014
Take part in this Prehistoric weekend in Drumheller, Alberta’s dinosaur capital. The weekend celebrates paleontology and includes outdoor movies and a triathlon event.
medhatPrairie Appreciation Festival, Medicine Hat
June 14, 2014
The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Alberta Prairie Conservation Forum host this day of ranchland fun and heritage. This is the second-annual event, which includes a group barbecue and a “bug safari.”
flyingbuffaloFlying Buffalo Festival, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
June 25, 2014
Take advantage of Alberta’s whipping winds and watch this hand-painted kite festival soar high above Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump this June. The kites reflect a buffalo theme, and are all designed by local artists.’
highlandgamesFort Edmonton Highland Games, Edmonton
July 12-13, 2014
Celebrate Scottish culture in Edmonton at these annual Celtic games. The event includes Highland games and bagpipe performances, as well as traditional dancing and drumming.
calgaryfolkCalgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary
July 24-27, 2014

The CFMF has something for everyone – and certainly brings way more to the city than acoustic folk music singers, though there’s some of that too. Last year, volunteers teamed up to bring back Prince’s Island Park, which the fest takes over for the weekend, after it was damaged under flood waters. In its 35th year, its bringing acts like Bruce Cockburn, Jill Barber and Patty Griffin to town.
zombieZombie Survivor, Calgary
July 26, 2014
Zombie Survivor is a five-kilometre race that will have you running for your life – literally. Well, maybe not literally, but you’ll join a pack of the undead as they compete in the race and try to make it out “alive.” Not everyone does, so you better start training!
sheepparadeSheep Leaving Parade, Fort Saskatchewan
September 1, 2014
A sure sign that summer is leaving in Fort Saskatchewan is its annual sheep migration. Watch as the parade weaves through town and welcome autumn with a picnic lunch and town celebration.

Source: Travel Alberta

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