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It’s summer in Alberta, and that means one thing – it’s music festival season! With dozens of festivals with artists from every conceivable genre, it can be hard to keep track of it all. Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve put together the vital info for all the summer festivals in one place for you. So take a look and start planning your summer music excursions.

Featured Festivals

 Full Festival Listings

JUNE | JULY | AUGUST

JULY

Taste of Edmonton

July 20 – 29

Edmonton

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Taste of Edmonton has become a summer tradition within our city that celebrates all the culinary delights our community has to offer. Pleasing the forever-loyal downtown crowd and other food-enthusiasts who head into the heart of the city to sample these scrumptious dishes, Taste of Edmonton has been able to grow into the largest food festival in Canada.

Interstellar Rodeo

July 21-23

Edmonton

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The Interstellar Rodeo is an intimate, taste-making music festival set in Edmonton’s Heritage Amphitheatre, which boasts covered seating, a permanent stage and excellent acoustics. With its stellar line-ups, unique wine pairings and gourmet food trucks, Interstellar Rodeo has quickly become a main summer staple of entertainment in Edmonton.

South Country Fair

July 21 – 23

Fort MacLeod

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 The mission of South Country Fair has always been to expand cultural horizons in Southern Alberta by giving our citizens the opportunity to experience a diversity of music, spoken word and performance art in the context of a three-day, camping-style, old-world outdoor folk music festival.

Wide Skies

July 26 – 27

Lethbridge

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A brand new festival in downtown Lethbridge, the Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival aims to bring a diverse range of world class musicians to a unique urban environment. The festival vision is one of accessibility for everyone and encourages visitors to embrace the idea of a “small footprint” in exchange for a big “wow” factor!

Calgary Folk Music Festival

July 27–30

Calgary

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Surreal perfection: A village where indie singer-songwriters, roots and country veterans and blues masters rub sonic shoulders with global electronica divas, Latin rhythm masters, Ukrainian rock bands and Congolese hipsters. Where on-the-fly collaborations create once-in-a-lifetime magic.

Terminus Festival

July 28-30

Calgary

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Annual multi-day dark electronic/ synth/ industrial festival featuring bands from all over the world held in Calgary, Alberta.

Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival

July 29 – 30

Drumheller

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This is happening on the August Long Weekend again, so we encourage everyone to camp and probably consider booking Tuesday off to recover your ears, livers and lungs. We’ve got our best lineup yet, ready to melt your face and kick off our biggest festival to date.

Sasquatch Gathering

July 28 – 30

Rangeton Park

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The Sasquatch Gathering and Music Festival is a non-profit recreational and artistic event presented by the Sasquatch Community Arts Society, a registered Alberta not-for-profit association. Prices are kept affordable for all by combining the work of a great team of volunteers, generous corporate sponsorships from the community and funding from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Calgary International Blues Festival

July 31 – August 6

Calgary

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A full week of Blues workshops, concerts and special events culminate in 4 days & nights (August 3-6) of non-stop music on MainStage at Shaw Millennium Park, followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Dance Parties.


AUGUST

Big Valley Jamboree

August 3 – 6

Camrose

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So there is no big valley, no hills, no river, but the Big Valley Jamboree name has significance and history. It’s over 20 years later, the festival has been named CCMA Country Music Event of the Year 5 times since 2011 which would indicate that the original promoters had a valid idea; Alberta is a great place for a country music festival. And Camrose is proud to be the city of choice!

Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival

August 4 – 6

Stony Plain

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The Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival, located in Stony Plain Alberta, just west of Edmonton, is one of Western Canada’s largest festivals. Some of the biggest names in country and bluegrass have graced this festival’s stage. Blueberry is a supporter of local emerging talent.

Chasing Summer

August 5 – 6

Calgary

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Chasing Summer Music Festival is an 18+ festival experience for electronic music fans, taking place outdoors at Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds in Calgary, Alberta. A prestigious world-class festival, Chasing Summer is a two-day, three stage, outdoor experience, celebrating Calgary’s important place in the global music + arts landscape.

Canmore Folk Music Festival

August 5 – 7

Canmore

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The Canmore Folk Music Festival is the longest running folk music festival in Alberta and one of its finest. Adhering to a philosophy and legacy of folk, world, blues and roots music, the festival since 1978 has attracted up to 15,000 music fans annually from across southern Alberta, western Canada, the northwestern USA and indeed the world.

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

August 10 – 13

Edmonton

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Beginning in 1980 with one staff and 300 volunteers, 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 in a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best of folk music from around the world.

Southern Alberta Music Festival

August 11 – 12

Mossleigh

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Kick back and relax while you listen to a variety of country, blues, folk and good old fashioned rock n’ roll.

Calgary International Reggae Festival

August 17 – 19

Calgary

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As one of Calgary’s longest running festivals, ReggaeFest ’17 will unite some of reggae’s most exciting talent, both locally and around the world on one amazing stage this August 17th-19th at Shaw Millennium Park.

Bear Creek Folk Music Festival

August 18 – 20

Grande Prairie

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The fest features 4 stages with over 30 provincial, national, and international touring artists performing from a wide range of genres, including country, Celtic, blues, gospel, Americana, bluegrass, world music, contemporary and traditional folk, rock , and many things in between. With its diverse and high-calibre lineup, there is something for everyone to enjoy! 

Come By the Hills Music Festival

August 18 – 19

Wainwright

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Now, here we are six years later and going strong. Our performers are terrific – they fill our stage with incredible talent. Campfires burn late into the nights – and new friends are made all around the province! We can’t wait to show you who we have coming this year! 

Jazz At The Lake

August 17 – 20

Sylvan Lake

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This is a festival that commemorates a tradition of live music, family fun and cultural awareness that has been ongoing in this community since World War II. 

Edmonton Rock Music Festival

August 18 – 19

Edmonton

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What started out as a close circle of passionate music lovers putting on small benefit shows has over the years grown into what we have today: The Edmonton Rock Music Festival. Join us for the two-day outdoor festival put on by Edmonton’s very own Rock and Roll Society, with the express purpose of showcasing the best that rock and roll has to offer. 

Edmonton Blues Festival

August 25 – 27

Edmonton

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The 19th annual Edmonton Blues Festival continues to bring you the best in blues. Grammy winners, Juno winners, Maple Blues Award Winners, Blues Music Award winners, IBC winners, the best up and coming acts in the blues and bona fide legends all make their way to Edmonton each summer to create “Blues Heaven” in the sonically superior and party friendly Heritage Amphitheatre.

vEGGfest

August 25 – 26

Vegreville

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The World’s Largest Easter Egg, Vegreville’s Pysanka was created to commemorate the Centennial Celebrations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1974. Jump ahead 40 years later, vEGGfest was born. vEGGfest is proud to be back for another year, to celebrate the Egg and raise funds for its preservation and maintenance.

Symphony Under the Sky

August 31 – September 3

Edmonton

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Join us under the stars for four irresistible nights of music ranging from classical gems to Hollywood hits, led by conductor Bob Bernhardt. And Symphony Under the Sky couldn’t possibly conclude with anything other than Tchaikovsky’s majestic 1812 Overture.

PAST FESTIVALS

JUNE

Heart of the City

June 3 – 4

Edmonton

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Today the hundreds of partners and volunteers for Heart of the City still work hard for the mission: to provide a free, family-friendly music and arts festival in the heart of Edmonton that promotes and supports original, local and emerging artists.

Performance in the Park

June 9 -10

Banff

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Celebrate Canada 150 and the arrival of summer with highly-anticipated performances from two of Canada’s top contemporary music acts at Performance in the Park in Banff National Park. 

Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival

June 9 -17

Lethbridge

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The goal of the Lethbridge Jazz Society is to promote live jazz music by presenting an annual Jazz Festival and a variety of jazz performances throughout the year. 

Jazz YYC Summer Festival

June 15 – 18

Calgary

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JazzYYC is Calgary’s jazz collaborative. There’s strength when we work together. JazzYYC represents, supports and promotes jazz in Calgary year around. 

Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival

June 16 – 18

Beaumont

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With a simple goal of providing high quality live music for all ages, the BBRF has continued to grow and expand from our grassroots beginnings into a world class festival. Beaumont is located just 15 minutes south of the city of Edmonton.

Medicine Hat Jazz Festival

June 18 – 25

Medicine Hat

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The Medicine Hat JazzFest has grown from a grassroots community-based event, to a widely recognized world-class festival that has taken its place alongside the other great jazz festivals in Western Canada. We feature an eclectic mix of venues, running the gamut from our signature concert at the Downtown Bus Terminal Parkade to the intimate and quaint atmosphere of our late night clubs.

Shakespeare by the Bow

June 20 – August 27

Calgary

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Calgary’s beloved summer tradition is back! Shakespeare by the Bow presents AS YOU LIKE IT – This summer, follow our brave heroine Rosalind, and her cousin Celia, as they escape the rigid rules of court life for the wilds and freedom of the Forest of Arden.

Make Music Edmonton

June 21

Edmonton

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This free and popular event promotes live music, both amateur and professional, of all styles and genres.

Sled Island

June 21 – 25

Calgary

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Since 2007, Sled Island’s thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit have fused with Calgary’s youthful energy to produce a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of over 250 bands, comedians, filmmakers and artists as well as over 30,000 attendees.

Summer Solstice Festival

June 21–25

Edmonton

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The absence of a summer chamber music festival in Edmonton was a question raised by Dr. Patricia Tao when she joined the ECMS executive in 2004. A pianist and dedicated chamber musician, she had participated in many such festivals in Europe and North America and thought Edmonton would welcome a new entry onto the cultural scene.

Edmonton International Jazz Festival

June 23 – July 2

Edmonton

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The TD Edmonton Jazz Festival Society instills in audiences the appreciation of jazz music as a diverse art form, connecting regional audiences with provincial, national and international jazz artists.

North Country Fair

June 23-25

Driftpile

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Come, check out our Solstice Celebration. Great music, rustic camping, a beautiful Boreal Forest venue, delicious food, craft vendors, interesting workshops, children’s activities. The Solstice Sun barely sets and the music plays on til dawn. Bring a friend or find one here.

PeaceFest

July 7 – 8

Peace River

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Peacefest is held annually on the second weekend of July. Outdoor concert event is held on Fri/Sat evenings with a FREE Family Day Event held on Sat.

Pembina River Nights

July 7 & 8

Rangeton Park

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A great music festival on the Pembina River in Central Alberta, 2 days in July

Seven Music Fest

July 8

St. Albert

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Seven Music Fest is ready for another great year! Saturday, July 8th, 2017. We’re really excited for our 3rd year and hope you and your friends can join us for an amazing day. The Seven Music Fest takes place in the heart of St. Albert on the beautiful setting of Seven Hills (Mission Park). 

Weyaya Solar-Powered Music Festival

July 8 – 9

Rimbey

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Weayaya is Sioux for “setting sun” and symbolizes the end of an era and the dawn of a new. To demonstrate the role of solar energy in fueling this new reality, we have established a festival to promote Alberta talent, and prove that solar technology is a viable alternative to petroleum, coal, and nuclear energy.

Astral Harvest

July 14 – 17

Driftpile

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Home is not a place, it’s a feeling. Astral Harvest is a celebration of music, art, knowledge, community and the human experience.

Wild Mountain Music Festival

July 14 – 16

Hinton

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The Wild Mountain Music Festival brings music, art and culture to the most beautiful festival site on earth for three days each year.