Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

What’s Happening In Alberta in July

Credit: Travel Alberta / Youn Park

We can’t possibly list every event, festival, exhibition, rodeo, fair, show and sports events happening in Alberta in July.  But we’ve tried to capture the highlights across the province for the upcoming month.

Canada Day Celebrations (July 1)

Every city, town, village and hamlet will hold events marking our national day.  Check with your local council or tourist bureau for events local to you.  Or pick an interesting spot on the provincial map and check out what is happening nearby. 

Heritage Park’s 60th Birthday Celebration (Calgary): Enjoy parades, concerts, family activities, and birthday cake.

Canada Day Artisan Fair (Jasper): Features Western Canadian artists and artisans.

Indigenous Heritage Celebration 2024 (Crowsnest Pass): Arts & Crafts Market with local and regional artists.

Canada Day at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site: Cultural performances, live music, and food vendors.

Canada Day Festivities (Wainwright): Free family activities, concerts, beer gardens, and fireworks.

Canada Day at Edmonton International Raceway (Wetaskiwin): Car show, stock car racing, outdoor karaoke, kids’ games, and fireworks.

Music Festivals

Wild Mountain Music Festival (Hinton) (July 14-16): Three days of music, art, and culture. (Also check our story about the festival.)

Calgary Folk Music Festival (Calgary) (July 25-28): A diverse lineup of 70 acts from around the world.

Sounds from the Valley: Music, Words & Art (Edmonton) (Various dates): Free performances supported by Edmonton Public Library.

Cowboys Music Festival (Calgary) (July 4-14): Features artists like Kip Moore, Brett Kissel, Tate McRae, and Riley Green.

RavenWood Music Festival (Sherwood Park) (July 12-13): Family-oriented outdoor music festival.

Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival (Sundre) (July 12-14): Bluegrass music, camping, and food trucks.

Beaver Fever Music Festival (Beaver Mines) (July 12-13): Folk music festival with camping available.


Edmonton International Street Performers Festival (Edmonton) (July 5-14): Acrobatics, comedy, and magic performances.

Whyte Avenue Art Walk (Edmonton) (July 12-14): Art-making and sales by over 400 artists.

Taste of Wainwright (Wainwright) (July 12): Culinary delights in downtown Wainwright.

Inglewood Sunfest (Calgary) (July 27): Free entertainment, shopping, and food trucks.

Pet-A-Palooza (Calgary) (July 27-28): Pet-friendly festival with treats, accessories, and toys.

Rodeos and Sports Events

Calgary Stampede Rodeo (Calgary) (July 5-14): World-class rodeo events and performances. (Also check our story about the Stampede)

Hairy Hill Rodeo (Hairy Hill) (July 5-6): Family-friendly rodeo with various events.

The Bruce Stampede (Bruce) (July 26-28): Professional rodeo with a beer garden and live entertainment.

Sinister 7 Ultra (Crowsnest Pass) (July 13-14): Challenging ultra-marathon through rugged terrain.

Apex Optics Rocky Mountain Challenge (Calgary) (July 13-14): Precision rifle shooting competition.

Biking Like a Viking (Sherwood Park) (July 14): Recreational road cycle ride through Beaver Hills Biosphere.

Fairs and Expositions

Westerner Days Fair & Exposition (Red Deer) (July 17-21): Central Alberta’s largest summer celebration.

South Country Fair (Fort Macleod) (July 19-21): Rural music and arts festival.

K-Days (Edmonton) (July 19-28): Annual summer fair with a midway, concerts, and more.

Cochrane Fair (Cochrane) (July 27): Family entertainment with jugglers, face painting, and pony rides.

Special Events

Badlands Passion Play (Drumheller) (Weekends in July): Epic story of faith and love on Canada’s largest outdoor stage.

Cold Lake Air Show (Cold Lake) (July 20-21): Air show featuring the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

These are just a few of the many exciting events happening in Alberta this July. Whether you’re into music, culture, sports, or family fun, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Start making your plans now.