Special Events

Special Events

Canmore and Banff are such special mountain communities! If there is one thing Bow Valley locals love, it’s a fun community event. Take a look at all the fun things that happen in our mountain towns throughout the year. 

January

Banff Lake Louise SnowDays

Unleash your inner child to relish the pure joy of winter at the Banff and Lake Louise SnowDays celebration. In January, the streets of downtown Banff are transformed into larger-than-life winter galleries by our SnowDays Snow Sculptures. 

Ice Magic in Lake Louise
Ice Magic is a world-class ice carving event. Watch talented ice artists from around the world create ice carvings for a competition, or marvel at the finished sculptures over nine days.

February

Canmore Winter Carnival

Canmore winters are fun and full of magic. Every February we come together as a community to celebrate the best parts of our unique winter lifestyle. A weekend of indoor and outdoor events and experiences. Every year is a little different! Activities have included: ice carving competitions, kids’ ice carving, beaver tails eating competitions, the always entertaining pooch parade, log sawing and the amazing Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours Kid N’ Mutt races.

May

Canmore Uncorked Festival
Canmore Uncorked is an annual 12-day food and drink festival that celebrates the remarkable dining experiences in Canmore, Alberta. The Festival consists of daily set-price menus and other culinary experiences at over 40 locations, as well as a series of signature events including the Long Table Dinner.

June

TransRockies
Rundle’s Revenge is a two-day fun-fest that includes mountain biking and trail running. No, it’s not a duathlon.  Rundle’s Revenge is so much more than that! Where duathlons combine the two events into one day, Rundle’s Revenge gives you a full day for each event.

July

Canmore Canada Day
Canmore’s Canada Day is one of the most popular events of the year! Festivities often include a parade, live music, a pancake breakfast and fireworks. 

Calgary Stampede
Much more than a ten-day long celebration with midway rides and bucking broncos, the Calgary Stampede is a gathering place that hosts, educates, and entertains visitors from around the world. Their purpose is to preserve and celebrate western heritage, culture, and community spirit.

August

Canmore Folk Festival
This 3-day music festival takes place Heritage Day long weekend in August. The festival features 30+ individual acts or performers, a family-friendly site, a free downtown concert on festival Friday evening, a kids’ area jammed with crafts, puppets, music, storytelling and a climbing wall. The venue is Centennial Park in downtown Canmore. Surrounded on all sides by the majestic Rocky Mountains, the backdrop of breathtaking scenery merely enhances the incredible music pouring forth from four stages all weekend long.

September

Canmore Highland Festival 
Canmore Highland Games celebrates Celtic culture every Labour Day Weekend! One of Canmore’s signature summer events, sample over 90 local and international wines and scotches from some of the world’s most celebrated producers including micro-breweries! Craft vendors from across the country offer a wide array of specialized Celtic products. Join in for a full slate of events comprising the Highland Games – pancake breakfast, highland dancing, piping and drumming, heavy sports, tug of war, sheepdogs, clan tents, Celtic vendors, Scotch tasting, traditional food and beverages, food trucks, beer garden, massed bands and more.

October

Banff Film Festival 
The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival takes place each fall in Banff, Alberta. Don’t miss nine epic days filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.