In Alberta, the soundtrack of summer is always provided by amazing music festivals – well, that and the hum of bike-lane debates. Want to ID the shows worth your time and sunscreen? We think the ones on this list hit all the right notes.
- Big Valley Jamboree
The Big Valley Jamboree is as much an Alberta tradition as lifted pick-up trucks and snowfall in May. The popular country music festival is taking place August 2 to 5 in Camrose.
- Country Thunder
Held August 17 to 19 in Calgary, Country Thunder will feature some of the hottest country artists on stage, such as Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Eric Church, and many more!
AMA is a proud sponsor for this event and members SAVE $10 when you order your Country Thunder weekend pass online. Each pass is for all three days of the festival and is not transferable.
Member-exclusive price: $169 with promo code AMACT2018 | Regular price: $179
The countdown is on so get your tickets here!
Folk and Blues
- Edmonton Folk Festival
There’s something about Folk Fest—August 9 to 12 in Edmonton—that makes you want to put flowers in your hair, slap on a fringed shirt and dance like no one is watching (except 11,000 of your closest new friends). It’s a joyful, almost dream-like event that commands more repeat visits than Meryl Streep at the Oscars.
- Edmonton Blues Festival
If you’re seeking an outdoor festival that’s more hep-cat than hippie, look no further than the Edmonton Blues Festival. From August 24 to 26 at Edmonton’s Heritage Amphitheatre, Blues Fest is an intimate, world-class celebration of sizzling licks and rootsy soul, with performances that span the blues, rock n’ roll, zydeco and more.
- Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
Few would dispute Sled Island’s reputation as Alberta’s premiere festival for indie music. For Millennials, the multi-venue event, held in Calgary from June 20 to 24, has become as essential as Snapchat and gluten-free pizza. And rightly so. Sled Island’s unflagging support of regional music, artist-curated lineups, and its unique hybrid of art, music, comedy and film make it a true original in a sea of sonic copycats.
- Seven Music Fest
Music lovers chasing a similar atmosphere will want to give St. Albert’s Seven Music Fest a whirl on July 7. This grassroots event has the same plucky spirit—not to mention an edge that sets it apart from the folksier feel of similar outdoor shows. Bonus points for the cool location (as Sam Roberts once put it, “It doesn’t get more Canadian than a music festival on a toboggan hill”).
photo: Eric Kozakiewicz/Edmonton Folk Music Festival.