Summer is coming! The warm weather is kissing our skin as the shorts and tank tops are making their way back into our wardrobe. With the warm weather months comes lots of great festivals, outdoor activities, and can’t miss to-dos. While there are hundred of events, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite summer events in Alberta from Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge.
International Street Performers Festival: July 8-17
The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival was the first of its kind in North America. Now it is known worldwide for its amazing artists and generous audiences. Since 1984, almost 4.75 million people have played in the streets and shared smiles and chuckles at StreetFest.
K-Days: July 22-31
With 10 days of fun and entertainment, K-days is a blast for the whole family. At K-Days, you’ll find music and entertainment from internationally known artists, indoor shopping and attractions, outdoor fun and food, contests and promotions and so much more. When night falls, the sky transforms into the perfect stage for an amazing dance of fireworks.
Edmonton Folk Festival: August 4-7
Beginning in 1980, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has grown and matured to become one of the leading folk festivals in the world. Now boasting a volunteer force of over 2000, the festival is a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best of folk music from around the world. This year the lineup includes, but is not limited to, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Staves, The Head and the Heart, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
Tragically Hip: Dates in both Edmonton and Calgary this summer
One of the “hot-ticket” items this summer is a coveted seat at a Tragically Hip show. And if you’re a fan of this Canadian rock band, act fast as this may be their last tour as band frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last December.
In a statement on their website, the band said “...after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…We’ve decided to do another one.This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us…”
Calgary Stampede: July 8-17
The Calgary Stampede has one purpose — to preserve and celebrate western heritage, culture, and community spirit while contributing to the quality of life by promoting volunteerism, presenting a year-round slate of events, investing in youth and agricultural programs, and developing a unique western experience for the world to enjoy. All revenue is invested back into Stampede programs and facilities.
Calgary International Blues Festival: July 25-31
The 12th annual Calgary Bluesfest is slated to feature a full week of the best in blues. With workshops, public performances, and special events, 4 days & nights of non-stop music is sure to be a great way to spend a summer weekend. Be sure to check out the nightly Twilight Blues Series dance parties.
GlobalFest: August 18-27
GlobalFest is a not-for-profit society dedicated to celebrating and showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence within the community, locally and across the globe. The festival is committed to producing an inclusive, world-class, multi-faceted arts and cultural festival that will enhance Alberta’s reputation as a truly international destination.
Lethbridge Jazz Festival: June 10-18
This festival coordinates with neighboring venues, restaurants, and lounges to bring attendees a full week of jazz. From jam sessions to gospel jazz and everything in between, Lethbridge Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving and recognizing significant and lasting contributions to the art of jazz in Southern Alberta.
2016 Southern Alberta Summer Games: July 6-9
This year, Lethbridge is hosting the 2016 Southern Alberta Summer Games. 2016 will mark the 47th anniversary of the SASG and the sport competitions are bigger and better than ever. This is your chance to test out a sport you've never tried, watch an event you've never seen, or meet someone new in Southern Alberta. Everyone is welcome to participate - young or old.
We know that Canadians will travel for fun, so some of these events might be a couple hundred kilometers away. Let the fun start early, and continue long after these events as Red Arrow luxury coaches transport you to and from these events. Want to travel to more than one event? Take advantage of the Red Arrow Express Packs, giving you more trips for less money. They’re fully transferable and you can share them with your friends and travel as a group. With complimentary WiFi, extra legroom, free onboard movies, and so much more, riding via Red Arrow will ensure your summer trip is a safe, relaxing, and reliable one! Book your summer trip now!