A month of fun, this winter carnival tradition features ice skating, ice sculptures, an outdoor photography exhibition and live theatre. Popular events include the Heritage Family Swim which takes place at the Upper Springs Hot Pool, a Spelling Bee held at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, a Relay ski marathon from Lake Louise to Banff through the Bow Valley and the Mountain Madness Relay, a multi-sport relay beginning at the top of Ski Norquay, down to the Bow River and Central Park. Participants run, ice skate, cross-country ski and skate ski. January’s Mountain Adventure Festival is a special weekend of ice-climbing, ice skating and snow sculpturing.
This Banff National Park fest is held during Snow Days, featuring an international Ice Carving Competition extraordinaire, held at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Watch as huge blocks of ice are precision-sculpted into dazzling works of art while your kids play mini golf and crawl through ice tunnels at the Ice Playground. There are also indoor activities planned.
Celebrate family during this public holiday at the Fenlands Recreation Centre. You can enjoy free ice skating and curling, learn Japanese origami and calligraphy, or how about taking a swim at the Sally Borden at Banff Centre?
Enjoy an exhibition of Bow Valley artists’ works, some professional and others amateurs, in Banff Town Hall.
Three weeks of culture gets spring started in Banff National Park, offering plays, storytelling, music and theatrical productions which teach First Nations peoples’ culture and heritage. You can explore art exhibits, attend photography workshops and view films about the mountain life and environment.
This music festival offers a variety of performances as well as workshops where all things music are celebrated. A number of local venues are utilized, including Rolston Hall and Margaret Greenham Theatre.
Held at the Fairmont Banff Springs, this annual fest allows you to indulge in delectable foods prepared by the best local restaurants, accompanied by wines from around the world, import and microbrewed beer, and the finest spirts. ROAM public transport allows you to indulge without worrying about driving.
Summertime in Banff – what a perfect time to have a festival! Big-name concerts are held in Shaw Amphitheatre at Banff Centre, just some of the over 150 events available. From contemporary dance and jazz music to chamber music and literary readings, summer in Banff equals culture!
Head to Banff National Park for a variety of competitive and family-friendly biking events. Get some exercise, revel in the amazing Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery and maybe win some prize money at the same time!
Celebrate Canada’s birthday in Banff by attending the annual parade along Banff Avenue, along with all kinds of family-friendly activities at Central Park. Entry into Banff National Park is free on this day!
Enjoy free guided walks, participate in a photo contest and see the works of some of the best Plein Air artists around during this special week at Sunshine Meadows. The alpine meadows will be filled with colourful springtime blooms and you can relax in the clean mountain air under the sunniest of skies.
The Banff Centre, located in Banff National Park, is the venue for this outstanding annual event. If you are a classical music lover, you will be right at home here, and there’s no more beautiful setting than Banff!
All across Canada, people join together for a few days in September to celebrate the arts and culture of its people. There are innumerable free, interactive activities and experiences for you and your family to partake in, so check the schedule to see what’s near you!
This festival has been celebrated since 1996, bringing renowned writers to Banff and Calgary for dozens of events. Check the schedule to see who’s going to be attending this year!
This annual event is held at Banff Centre and offers a variety of film screenings and exhibitions. Competitions are held in book, film, and photography categories; a Mountain Idol competition celebrates individuals who are the finest mountain sport athletes including skiers, bikers and paragliders. Workshops are available in writing, filmmaking and photography.
Celebrate the beginning of the ski season with events such as the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup, a prestigious alpine ski racing event, crafts and photos with Santa, wagon rides along Banff Avenue, the Santa Claus Parade of Lights, along with an array of concerts, performances and exhibitions.
Enjoy fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve, seen from all over the city of Banff. A number of winter activities are also offered, including ice skating, sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides.