Airdrie Events: May – December 2016

May – December

ART IN THE LIBRARY

Airdrie Public Library

Throughout the year, Airdrie Public Library (APL) plays host to local, regional and travelling art, with six exhibitions a year of approximately 70 pieces each. With nearly 175,000 visitors coming through the library’s doors each year, the APL art gallery is an important cultural stop in the community. The 2016 exhibit schedule includes:

  • May-June: Rabbit in the Rockery by Heather Plimmer + Stacey McIntyre
  • July-August: Odysseus, ASA Travelling Exhibit
  • September-October: Reclaimed, Becky Kundert + Ken Vickets
  • November-December: Pebble Creations, Cher Nicholson + Delree Dumont

June 1 – Oct. 5

page 6 Airdrie Farmers MarketAIRDRIE FARMERS MARKET

Plainsmen Arena

Open Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m., rain or shine. Offering something for everyone, including fresh produce; homemade perogies, sausage, bread and pies; handcrafted art and original quilts; natural soaps and lotions and much more. Enjoy the adjacent park space, which includes amenities for children.

June 2 – Sept. 29

CROSSFIELD FARMERS MARKET

Banta Park (Crossfield)

Open Thursdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., this outdoor market focuses on fresh, local and handmade ingredients and products. Enjoy weekly entertainment and demos as well.

June 3

AIRDRIE AG SOCIETY FUNDRAISER

Woodside Golf Course

An evening of musical entertainment, featuring the Keister Family Fiddlers, hors d’oeuvres and a live auction. Tickets $50 per person; $350 per table of eight. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Details online.

June 18

AIRDRIE RELAY FOR LIFE

Genesis Place

Fun and inspiring for people of all ages and fitness levels, this six-hour relay event challenges teams to fundraise and take turns walking or running around the track to show their support for people living with cancer. Food, music and tons of activities. 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

June 28 – July 2

ANNUAL AIRDRIE PRO RODEO

Airdrie Rodeo Grounds

With exciting highlights such as bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, steer riding, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding, the Airdrie Pro Rodeo always draws a great crowd. Only a short drive away, the Airdrie Rodeo Ranch is located west of Airdrie on Highway 567. June 28-30: junior rodeo events at 6 p.m., pro rodeo at 7 p.m. July 1: junior rodeo at 2:30 p.m., pro rodeo at 3:30 p.m. July 2: junior rodeo at 5 p.m., pro rodeo at 6 p.m. Enjoy music Thursday through Saturday; free children’s activities and trade fair all five days.

June 29

FOOD TRUCK FRENZY

Plainsmen Arena

Hosted by Airdrie Farmers Market, open for extended hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS

July 1

Airdrie offers a great variety of ways to celebrate the country’s birthday in style! Enjoy the Canada Day Parade down Main Street starting at 10 a.m. Take in the action at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo, stop by the Airdrie Public Library Canada Day barbecue, or visit Iron Horse Park. Canada Day fireworks festivities run from 2 to 11 p.m. at Chinook Winds Park, with food vendors, a monster truck show, live bands and family entertainment, magicians, henna, face painting and a small market. The evening wraps up with a 15-minute fireworks display at 10:45 p.m. Details at airdrie.ca

July 23

AIRDRIE AG SOCIETY RANCH HAND COMPETITION

Airdrie Rodeo Grounds

See firsthand the cattle-handling skills used by local area ranchers and farmers. Events include simulated branding; team sorting; team penning; simulated doctoring and trailer loading of cattle; and for the kids, a calf scramble. Food and beverages available from noon to 4:30 p.m. The rodeo grounds are 6.5 kilometres west of Airdrie on Hwy 567. 12 to 4:30 p.m.

July 27

Food Truck Frenzy

Plainsmen Arena

Hosted by Airdrie Farmers Market, open for extended hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Aug. 5-7

47th ANNUAL SHOW AND REUNION

Pioneer Acres (Irricana)

The museum’s main event of the year will feature virtually every piece of equipment running. Many outside exhibitors also bring displays, equipment, crafts, and much more. The 2016 feature is Ford tractors and equipment. 

Aug. 6

page 8 Airdrie Summer Classic Charity Car Show & ShineAIRDRIE SUMMER CLASSIC CHARITY CAR SHOW & SHINE

East Lake Park

Presented by the Time Traveller’s Car Club of Airdrie. A family event offering a little bit for everyone. Features include a portable dyno, live retro band Ronnie and the Fixations, food vendors, 50/50 draws and a silent auction. All proceeds donated to local charities. No admission fee for spectators but a food bank donation is requested. For spectators the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Entry fee for show vehicles is $10; registration 8 a.m. to noon.) Rain date is Aug. 20. 

Aug. 20-21

53rd ANNUAL AG SOCIETY FALL FAIR

Plainsmen Arena

Celebrating the best Airdrie has to offer, with a number of different classes that span all ages. Categories include vegetable and fruit growing, children’s crafts, baking, fine art and photography, fairy gardens and much more. Public open house Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Awards at 3 p.m. Details online. 

Aug. 26-27

6TH ANNUAL BIKES & BULLS CHARITY EVENT

Airdrie Rodeo Grounds

This community fundraiser is hosted by the Airdrie Oilmen’s Association, featuring a bike rally, concerts, pro bull riding and more.

September

AIRDRIE FEST

City Hall

An outdoor market-style festival that combines community group registrations with local artisans, delicious food and an afternoon of free family-friendly activities. Held in the parking lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sept. 10

10TH ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS ARTS FESTIVAL

Airdrie Food Bank

This family-friendly celebration of community in the Airdrie area brings awareness to local hunger issues and raises funds for Airdrie Food Bank. Enjoy live music, local artists, pottery demos, kids’ activities, a silent auction and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sept. 10-11

STEAM AND STATIONARY ENGINES

Pioneer Acres (Irricana)

An event that highlights several stationary and portable steam engines as well as a 65 HP Case steam tractor. Visitors can also enjoy an impressive collection of internal combustion engines. Early settlers used these stationary engines to pump water, lift grain in elevators, operate blacksmith and woodworking shops, produce electricity and perform a host of other tasks. 

Sept. 17

ART OF THE HARVEST

Airdrie Ag Park

The Airdrie and District Agricultural Society (ADAS) is proud to host this annual harvest event. Horse teams and vintage equipment will be used to harvest the grain planted in spring. This informational demo and event offers something for the very small to the very tall, from the city dweller to those with rural roots. Located 3 kilometres west of Airdrie on Big Hill Springs Road. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weather dependent – check website before event. 

Sept. 29 – Oct. 2

page 10 Empty Bowls Festival ARTember

East Lake Park

Airdrie’s arts and culture celebration includes live art challenges, live music, kid’s crafts, face painting, an artisan market, the AIRdirondack Art Project (featuring Adirondack chairs transformed into works of art) and more.

Oct. 1-2

CULTURE AT THE CREEK

East Lake ParTD Mayor's Night of the Artsk

Airdrie’s celebration of Alberta Culture Days, providing free activities for all ages. Music, food, arts, cultural performances and much more.

October

AIRscares HAUNTED ATTRACTION

Presented by the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie (with all proceeds directly supporting the club). A haunted attraction offering tricks and frights sure to scare! NOTE: not for young children. Details online.

Oct. 7

AUTHOR VISIT

Airdrie Public Library

  1. Alexia Lane, author of On Fracking. Refreshments and entertainment from Christian Hudson.

November

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Crossfield Community Centre

Hosted by the Crossfield Farmers Market with a focus on fresh, local and handmade ingredients and products, this is a 70-table market featuring seasonal vendors and product as well as regulars from the summer season. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 4-5

AIRDRIE CHRISTMAS SHOW

Town and Country Centre

Airdrie Farmers Market hosts this show featuring regular market vendors as well as baked goods and holiday-themed crafts and gifts. Open Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 11-13

MRS. CLAUS’ SHOP HOLIDAY MARKET

Town and Country Centre

See what local crafters, bakers, artisans and small-business owners have to offer over the holiday season. Santa will be present for pictures. Presented by Hat’s On Productions. Admission is free. 

Nov. 25

AUTHOR VISIT

Airdrie Public Library

Leanne Shirtliffe, author of Don’t Lick the Minivan, and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to my Kids. Refreshments and entertainment from Storm.

Dec. 3

SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Main Street

Watch up to 50 floats roll through and light up downtown – including Santa in his sleigh! A fun, festive way to get ready for the holidays. 5 p.m.

Details at airdrieparades.com 

Dec. 1-31

AIRDRIE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Nose Creek Park

One of Canada’s largest outdoor light displays, the Airdrie Festival of Lights has been dazzling visitors for 21 years. Enjoy a winter’s walk (or take the miniature trains!), grab a cup of hot chocolate, warm up by the fire and enjoy some good old-fashioned family fun and holiday cheer. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. every night in December, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission by cash donation; parking is free.

Dec. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS

Ed Eggerer Athletic Park

A fun 15-minute fireworks display to start off the new year. In East Lake Park behind Genesis Place. 6:30 p.m. approximate start time. Details at airdrieparades.com

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ARTemberComing in 2017 

January – June

ART IN THE LIBRARY

Airdrie Public Library

Events include: January-February: Voice & Vision, APL Writers Club + Airdrie artists; March-April: Making Marks, Airdrie high school students; May-June: A Lifetime of Paint, Danny Proulx 

January

FAMILY LITERACY DAY

Airdrie Public Library

Celebrate literacy with stories, songs, rhymes, games and more.

January

AIRDRIE HEALTH EXPO

Town and Country Centre

Jan. 28

AIRDRIE MAYOR’S NIGHT OF THE ARTS

Bert Church Theatre

Join Airdrie’s arts and culture community at this evening full of live entertainment on the Bert Church Theatre stage as awards are presented to the art community and its patrons. Details at

creativeairdrie.ca

Enjoy a variety of home and lifestyle solutions plus entertainment and the ARTS Show & Sale.

April 15

AIRDRIE FARMERS MARKET SPRING FLING 

May 13

OLD TYME SPRING SEEDING DEMO

Airdrie Ag Park

The Airdrie and District Agricultural Society (ADAS) is pleased to host a special seeding demonstration where visitors will see horses and antique tractors and equipment used. The field will be prepared with the turning of soil in the morning in preparation for seeding in the afternoon. An informative and exciting event for all ages. Note: weather dependent; check website before event.

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Alma Bernasconi says:

Can I still book a table for Airdrie Christmas Market Nov. 11-13
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