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Alberta’s long summer days lead to hot summer nights where visitors groove to tunes from top bands at some of the world’s best music festivals. There’s an awesome Alberta summer festival for almost every musical genre.
Fab Folk Fests
Folk music’s roots run deep in Alberta and when music lovers gather with a parade of lanterns and a moving chorus of Four Strong Winds
, they can sense how deeply rooted in our culture is this unique form of music. Whether it’s the Edmonton Folk Music Festival
, Calgary Folk Music Festival
, or the Canmore Folk Festival
, roots music fans agree these are the best of the best.
Grass Roots Jazz
Jazz aficionados can’t miss Medicine Hat Jazz Fest
, a festival that has grown over the past 18 years from a grass roots community event into a world class festival featuring international artists performing in an eclectic mix of venues.
An Urban Experiment
is an annual independent music and arts festival that opens up Calgary’s downtown core and fills it with people and music instead of cars. More than 250 artists and bands perform from 30 venues throughout the city.
Iconic Country Music Festival
There’s something fun and exciting happening round the clock at the three-day Big Valley Jamboree
, one of the biggest country music festivals in North America. Along with an incredible concert lineup from the biggest international artists in the industry, fans enjoy the songwriter’s workshop, a western stunt show, parties, saloons and food venues.
More Fun Festivals
Banff Summer Arts Festival
Symphony Under the Sky
Calgary International Blues Festival
Edmonton International Jazz Festival
Opera in the Village
Performance in the Park
Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival
Opera Nuova’s Vocal Arts Festival
Mountain View Music Fest
Shady Grove Blue Grass Festival
Alberta’s Own Independent Music Festival
Wild Mountain Music Festival
Blueberry Blue Grass Country Music Festival
Come By the Hills