KickstART Your Senses with springstART in Banff National Park!

March 30, 2015
by Banff Lake Louise Tourism

As the days get longer and springtime breathes new life into the mountain landscape, Banff National Park is preparing to leap into the new season with springstART, an annual festival that celebrates the vibrant cultural, historic and artistic scenes of Banff and Lake Louise.
Brand new for this year’s festival is the not-to-be-missed ‘Concert at the Cave’ – a one-off evening of Canadian music filling the atmospheric Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the very birthplace of Banff National Park.  Featured artists include Steven Page, former Barenaked Ladies lead singer, and Craig Northey, singer for the Odds. This unique event will be held on April 25, 2015, including family-friendly festivities, a delicious BBQ and beverages* at the Cave & Basin Café. The concert is free of charge to the first 400 participants, but space is limited so guests should be sure to arrive early!
Banff National Park has a rich history of inspiring artists of every kind, who since the Park’s inception in 1885 to the present day have been drawn to the spectacular landscapes of the Canadian Rockies. Continuing that tradition, springstART will offer a unique range of artistic workshops, from acrylic painting with contemporary Calgary artist Sheila Kernan to bringing bears to life on canvas with Alice Helwig, soapstone carving with stone artist Allan Waidman to Banff sunrise photography with Mark Unrau.
Amongst the series of events that are as diverse as they are educational and inspiring, highlights include a performance from Ballet Kelowna on April 11, 2015, heritage home tours to introduce visitors to characters from the past, pop-up art shows and live music performances. Film screenings will bring the area’s unique mountain culture to life, while behind the scenes tours will demonstrate why the legendary Banff Centre is a hub for world-class creativity.
To find out more about the programming taking place during springstART in Banff National Park, please visit, follow @Banff_Squirrel on Twitter, Banff Lake Louise Tourism on Facebook, and @Banff_LakeLouise on Instagram. #MyBanff. For tickets to Banff Centre events please visit

The springstART festival is a celebration between Banff Heritage Tourism, Parks Canada, The Town of Banff, The Banff Centre, Banff Lake Louise Tourism and many local partners, and is made possible in part due to contributions from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
To plan your visit to Banff National Park, including tips and suggestions on what to see, do and experience, and to book your trip with our lodging ‘Best Rate Guarantee’, visit
*Please note: the ‘Concert at the Cave’ on-site BBQ snacks and beverages are available for purchase and not included as part of the free admission.
Media Contacts:
Banff Lake Louise Tourism Media Team
Kymberley Hill or Helena Cox    403-762-0290   403-762-0276
About Banff Lake Louise Tourism - Banff Lake Louise Tourism is a destination marketing organization for the Town of Banff, Community of Lake Louise and Banff National Park. Supporting over 800 businesses, our mission is to engage visitors in unrivalled, remarkable experiences with our membership.
About Parks Canada - Parks Canada manages a Canada-wide family of 44 national parks, 4 national marine conservation areas and 167 national historic sites on behalf of Canadians. Parks Canada offers Canadians a myriad of opportunities to discover, enjoy and learn about Canada’s natural wonders and about the places, persons and events that left their mark on our country’s landscape, architecture, culture, economy, population and lifestyle.
About Banff Heritage Tourism - The purpose of the Heritage Tourism Strategy is to preserve and celebrate Banff’s unique mountain culture and environment. By connecting with tourists, businesses and locals, BHT can continue to advance important heritage tourism elements and make a tangible difference to the visitor experience in BNP.
About Town of Banff - The Town of Banff is located in the heart of Banff National Park and part of the Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. Incorporated in 1990, the Town of Banff one of only two municipalities within a national park and provides infrastructure, community and visitor services to more than 8,200 permanent residents and to more than 3.3 million visitors from around the world.

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