Four Favourite Festivals


Photo: Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Alberta’s dynamic and diverse festival circuit is one of the coolest in Canada. Lively celebrations of arts, culture, sports and heritage let visitors and locals party ‘til the sun goes down – and in summer that’s a long time. Here are four favourites that visitors can check out this summer.

Unjuried, Uncensored, Unbiased
Theatre junkies find everything from slapstick comedy to cutting edge drama at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, North America’s oldest and largest fringe theatre festival. Hundreds of hopefuls apply and organizers still draw acts from a hat. We can promise you’ll see shows that can’t be seen anywhere else.

Celebrating Art in the Rockies
Since 1933, The Banff Centre has celebrated a festival of the arts in the heart of the Canadian Rockies that features performances of dance, opera, theatre, folk, world and classical music. The Banff Summer Arts Festival also showcases visual arts, indigenous arts, literary readings, films and speakers. All summer long.

News on the Street
Hundreds of jugglers, magicians, acrobats, stilt walkers and unicyclists entertain visitors in a colourful celebration of music and street performing at the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival. The acts are often comical, sometimes thrilling and occasionally mystifying.

Fireworks, Food and Friendship
Music echoes through Elliston Park as the sky explodes with colourful choreographed fireworks in a global fireworks competition and festival that showcases the heritage of more than 60 different cultures. Globalfest also features a night market, colourful multi-cultural pavilions, lively dance shows and plenty of great ethnic cuisine. 

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