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Canadian Festivals and Events

January –June



Carnaval de Québec
Quebec City, Quebec
January – February
www.carnaval.qc.ca

This winter festival lasts 10 days and has parades, themed parties, ice sculptures and winter sports of every description in the city.

 



Banff Winter Festival
Banff, Alberta
January

This festival has lots of winter events in the mountains.

 



Festival Bleue Blanc Blues
Montreal, Quebec
January
www.ski-stoneham.com

 



Annual Snowmobile Rally
Cut Knife, Saskatchewan
January

 



Annual Snowmobile Rally
Two Hills, Alberta
January

 

 

Ice Magic – Annual Ice Sculpture Competition and Exhibition
Banff, Alberta
January

 



Annual Winter Carnival
Rockies
January

 


Ice Wine Festival
Okanogan, British Columbia
January

 



Polar Bear Swim
Vancouver, British Columbia
January

This is an annual swim in the icy winter waters of English Bay in Vancouver

 


La Fete des Neiges (Snow Festival)
Montreal, Quebec
January – February
www.fetedesneiges.com

This festival has snow castles, ice sculpting, and dog sledding.

 


Prince Albert Winter Festival
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
February

 



Le Rallye de la Capitale
Montreal, Quebec
February
www.rallyedequbec.com

 



Festiglace- The North Face of Quebec
Montreal, Quebec
February
www.festiglace.com

This is an annual ice-climbing festival competition that attracts thousands to the city.

 



Toronto Winterfest
Toronto, Ontario
February
www.toronto.ca/winterfest

 



Vancouver International Boat Show
Vancouver, British Columbia
February

 



Victoria Festival of Wine
Victoria, British Columbia
February

 



Winterlude Festival
Ottawa, Ontario
February
www.canadascapital.gc.ca/winterlude

This festival has parades, dances, snow races, ice sculptures, sleigh rides and ice skating on the 7km Rideau Canal.

 



Hinton Winter Magic Festival
Hinton, Alberta
February

 



Saskatchewan International Film Festival
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
March

 



Canmore International Ice Climbing Festival
Canmore, Alberta
March

 



Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
March

 



Canadian Music Week
Toronto, Ontario
March
www.cmw.net

 


Salon International du livre de Quebec
Montreal, Quebec
April
www.silq.org

This is annual French – language book fair that draws a huge crowd.

 



World Stage Festival
Toronto, Ontario
April
www.harbourfront.on.ca

 



TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival
Whistler, British Columbia
Mid April
www.whistler2007.com

The largest music and snow sport celebration in North America brings world-class ski and snowboard comps and has more than 20 top bands playing in the Canadian Rockies.

 


Yorkton Film and Video Festival
Yorkton, Saskatchewan
May

 



Shorebirds and Friends Festival
Wadena, Saskatchewan
May

 



Highland Games
Regina, Saskatchewan
May

 



Photography Festival
Toronto, Ontario
May
www.contactphoto.com

 


Inside Out
Toronto, Ontario
May
www.insideout.on.ca

This is an annual lesbian and gay film and video festival.

 


Distillery Jazz Festival
Toronto, Ontario
May
www.distilleryjazz.com

 


Tulip Festival
Ottawa, Ontario
May
www.tulipfestival.ca

This is a five day festival that attracts over 100,000 people.

 


Okanagan Spring Wine Festival
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
May

 


Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
May

 


Okanagan Spring Wine Festival
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
May

 



Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
May

 



Festival of Cultures
Regina, Saskatchewan
June

 


Summer Solstice d'ete Festival
Gravelbourge, Saskatchewan
June



NXNE – North by Northeast Music and Industry Conference
Toronto, Ontario
June
www.nxne.com

 



Le Grand Rire Bleue
Montreal, Québec
June
www.grandrirebleue.com

This is annual French comedy show attracts thousands of people from all over the province.

 



Fête Nationale du Québec
Montreal, Québec
June
www.cfn.org

 


Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival
Toronto, Ontario
June
www.torontodragonboat.com

 



Queen’s Plate Horse Racing
Toronto, Ontario
June
www.woodbineentertainment.com

 



Toronto Jazz Festival
Toronto, Ontario
June
www.tojazz.com

 



Pride Week
Toronto, Ontario
June
www.torontopride.com

 



Dragon Boat Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
June

 



Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
June

 



Bard on the Beach
Vancouver, British Columbia
June

 



Jazz City International Music Festival
Edmonton, Alberta
June

 



Calgary International Jazz Festival
Calgary, Alberta
June

 



International Jazz Festival
Montreal, Quebec
June – July
www.montrealjazzfest.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July – December

 


Canada Day
Throughout the Country
July 1st

 


SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
July
www.saskjazz.com

For 10 days in summer musicians from around the world come to Saskatoon and play exciting jazz, and blues music. Some of the events are ticketed but most are free. 

 



Saskatchewan Air Show
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
July

 

 



International Jazz Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
July

 

 


Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
July

 


Molson Indy Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
July

 



Montreal Pride
Montreal, Quebec
July – August

This massive gay festival has loads of concerts, shows, and parties.

 


Quebec Summer Festival
Montreal, Québec
July
www.infofestival.com

This very popular music festival has everything from opera to techno being played at it.

 



Les Grands Feux Loto-Quebec
Montreal, Québec
July
www.lesgrandsfeux.com

This is an annual firework festival.

 



Festival of Lights
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
July
www.visitcharlottetown.com

Held by the waterfront in Charlottetown around Canada Day each year, brings nightly concerts, international buskers, and fireworks.

 



Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival
Toronto, Ontario
July
www.fringetoronto.com

 



Molson Indy
Toronto, Ontario
July
www.molsonindy.com

 


Outdoor Art Exhibition
Toronto, Ontario
July
www.torontooutdoorart.org

 

 


Beaches International Jazz Festival
Toronto, Ontario
July
www.beachesjazz.com

 


Calgary Folk Music Festival
Calgary, Alberta
July

 



Edmonton Heritage Festival
Edmonton, Alberta
July

 


Calgary Stampede
Calgary, Alberta
July
www.calgarystampede.com

This event goes for over 10 days and it’s the biggest rodeo on earth. The city attracts thousands of people for the rodeo, chuck wagon racing, and a great parade.

 


Klondike Days
Edmonton, Alberta
July
www.klondikedays.com

This 10 day festival attracts thousands of people to the city for the concerts, rides, and loads of other things to do and see.

 


New Brunswick Highland Games and Scottish Festival
Fredricton, New Brunswick
July
www.nbhighlandgames.com

This event held in Fredericton in late July every year, is an event that celebrates Celtic culture with highland dancing, music, and of course great food. 

 



Winnipeg Fringe Festival
Winnipeg, Manitoba
July
www.winnipegfringe.com

This is one of the biggest fringe festivals in Canada and it is held in downtown Winnipeg. It attracts a lot of performers from all over the world.

 



Folkfest
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
August
www.saskatoon.com/folkfest

For three days every year in August, Saskatoon comes alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of Saskatchewan's nationally recognized cultural heritage! With a passport that you buy you have a chance to visit each pavilion and discover the unique traditions of other countries.

 



Saskatoon International Fringe Festival
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
August
www.saskatoonfringe.org

 



Taste of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
August
www.tasteofsaskatchewan.ca

A Taste of Saskatchewan” is 30 of Saskatoon’s finest restaurants. Each restaurant is limited to serving 3 items. These 3 items are three of the restaurant’s house favorites. “A Taste of Saskatchewan” sells food tokens to the public for $2.00 each. These food tokens are then exchanged at the restaurant for their desired food items. The maximum cost per item is 2 tokens and you will notice from the “A Taste of Saskatchewan” menu that many of the items are priced at 1 token, making “A Taste of Saskatchewan” very affordable for all hungry customers. Another thing that makes it so inviting is that it’s location as its located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River and it usually turns out to be very warm when it is on.

 



Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
August
www.shakeapeareonthesaskatchewan.com

Held in July and August in Saskatoon is the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival. Shakespeare plays are held in big tents along the river and they draw some pretty big crowds.

 


International Carnival
Toronto, Ontario
August
www.torontointernationalcarnival.info

 


Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists
Toronto, Ontario
August
www.ffida.org

 



International Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
August

 



Taste of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
August
www.foodmanitoba.ca

This festival has been going on for over 20 years and its some of the cities top restaurants selling a couple of the restaurants favorites for cheap. It’s a great day out for the whole family and it’s very affordable.

 



Summerfest
Cariboo Chilcotin, British Columbia
August

 


Abbotsford International Airshow
Abbotsford, British Columbia
August

 



Vancouver Gay Pride Week
Vancouver, British Columbia
August

 



Celebration of Light
Vancouver, British Columbia
August

This annual event has fireworks over English Bay that attracts over 500,000 people.

 



Festival Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia
August

 



Out on Screen
Vancouver, British Columbia
August

This is an annual gay and lesbian film festival.

 


   
Edmonton Fringe Festival
Edmonton, Alberta
August
www.fringetheatreadventures.ca

 


Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
Edmonton, Alberta
August
www.edmontonstreetfest.com

 


Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands
Quebec City, Québec
August
www.fimmq.com

 



Quebec International Film Festival
Quebec City, Québec
September

 



Fête Arc-en-ciel
Montreal, Québec
September

This is an annual gay pride festival.

   


Vancouver International Comedy Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
September
www.comedyfest.com

 


Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
September
www.tiffg.ca

Held in September, it’s the world’s 3rd largest of its kind.  It’s a fan favorite that brings some of the top entertainers and celebrities to the city. 

 



Niagara Wine Festival

Niagara, Ontario
September
www.grapeandwine.com

 


Edmonton International Film Festival
Edmonton, Alberta
September
www.edmontonfilmfest.com

 



Whistler Comedy Festival
Whistler, British Columbia
September

 


Vancouver Fringe Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
September

 



Vancouver International Film Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
September

 



Vancouver International Writers Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
October

 



International Festival of Authors
Toronto, Ontario
October
www.readings.org

 



Festival of Eagles
Canmore, Alberta
October

 



Canadian Western Agribition
Regina, Saskatchewan
November

 


FarmFair International
Edmonton, Alberta
November

 



Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Toronto, Ontario
November
www.royalfair.org

 



Santa Claus Parade
Toronto, Ontario
November
www.thesantaclausparade.org

 


Canadian Aboriginal Festival
Toronto, Ontario
November
www.canab.com

 


Toronto Christmas Market
Toronto, Ontario
December
www.torontochristmasmarket.com

 


Cavalcade of Lights
Toronto, Ontario
December

This annual event has skating and ice-carving, which attracts thousands of people.

 

 

 

 



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