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region |alberta north Jun 2 - 3 Aboriginal Gathering & Powwow At this traditional gathering, join in Indigenous crafts, children’s activities, hand-drum groups and a jigging contest. Peace River, 780-624-6316, peaceriveraic.com Jun 2 - 3 June Bug Children’s Festival This annual festival consists of local entertainment, bouncy castles, dancing, games, milk and cookies and more! Fort McMurray, 780-791-7110, fortmcmurraytourism.com Jun 22 - 24 North Country Music Fair At this welcoming and family friendly festival, enjoy folk and country music, good food, craft vendors and healthful workshops set against a beautiful boreal forest backdrop. Slave Lake, 1-800-267-4654, lslncca.ca Jun 30 - Jul 1 Magnificent River Rats Festival Spend your Canada Day weekend with top musicians and enjoy various performances, artisanal goods, festival foods and kids’ activities. This year’s line- up includes Flyin’ Bob’s Circus and Boogie Patrol. Athabasca, riverratsfestival.com Jul 6 - 7 Rendezvous & Outdoorsmen Show At this popular event for outdoorsmen across North America, you can take in a trade show, live demonstrations, speakers, a barbecue and a dinner and dance. Westlock, albertatrappers.com Jul 12 - 15 Teepee Creek Stampede This traditional western event welcomes country stars Dean Brody and Deric Ruttan. Witness brave cowboys ride the highest-ranked horses and compete in other exciting rodeo events, Astral Harvest Music Festival Jul 12 - 15 Powwow Days & Fish Derby This signature event starts with a parade through downtown Lac La Biche, followed by a weekend of family activities, multicultural entertainment and new rides. Lac La Biche, laclabichecounty.com Jul 13 - 16 Astral Harvest Music & Arts Festival This is one of Alberta’s most eclectic festivals, with DJs, live music, workshops, performances and live art. Driftpile, astralharvest.com Jul 20 - 22 Street Performers Festival Roam this free, downtown festival to discover jugglers, acrobats, musicians, face painters, installation artists and more! Grande Prairie, 780-532-7331, gpstreetfest.com Jul 20 - 22 Boyle Rodeo This annual event features all your rodeo favourites, from bull riding and steer wrestling to bareback riding and barrel racing. Also enjoy a horseshoe tournament, beer gardens, children’s events and live music. Boyle, facebook.com/BoyleAg Powwow Dancers Jul 26 - 28 Vermilion Fair Take in a parade, grandstand shows, chuckwagon races, clowns and one-man bands at this annual agricultural fair. Vermilion, 780-853-4108, vermilionag.ca Jul 25 - 29 Fort McMurray Food Festival This festival showcases Fort McMurray’s vast culinary scene, with delicious eats from many amazing restaurants and talented chefs throughout the community. Join the Food Fight Pub Crawl for a travelling tour of epic pub fare and don’t miss the Largest Outdoor Patio Party in Marina Park. Fort McMurray, fortmcmurrayfoodfestival.ca Aug 3 - 4 Lakeland Country Fair & Roughstock Rodeo View some of the best produce and products from across the region at the horticultural show and farmers’ market and catch some heart-pounding rodeo, with bull-riding, barrel racing and more! Lac La Biche, 780-623-2662, laclabichecounty.com Aug 4 - 5 Haying in the 30s Celebrate the olden days of farming with a parade, face painting, wagon rides, daily old-fashioned 72 Street Performer farming demonstrations and an old-fashioned hoedown. Mallaig, hayinginthe30s.com Aug 17 - 19 Bear Creek Folk Festival This annual festival of national and international artists includes food, artisan crafts and collaborative workshops. Grande Prairie, bearcreekfolkfest.org Aug 23 - 26 Extreme Mudfest This one-of-a-kind festival includes mud racing from Canada’s largest four- wheel-drive vehicles, a truck demolition derby, modified- lawn-mower racing, a watermelon-eating contest and some of Canada’s top bands. Headlining this year are Terri Clark and Theory of a Deadman. Bonnyville, extrememudfest.com Sep 1 - 2 Golden Walleye Classic Over $200,000 can be won at this large fishing tournament with 100 boats, and it includes a mini-tournament for kids. West Basin in High Prairie, 780-751-3906, goldenwalleyeclassic.com Alberta North Events from trick riding to chuckwagon races! Sexsmith, 780-882- 1497, tpstampede.ca