Be a part of the celebrations in Airdrie
Airdrie Festival of Lights
Lighting up Airdrie for more than 20 years, the festival turns Nose Creek Park in the heart of Airdrie into a winter wonderland – the largest outdoor walk-through light display in Canada. Open nightly Dec. 1-31 from 6-9 p.m., Airdrie Festival of Lights welcomes more than 60,000 people annually as they stroll through the light display, sip hot chocolate and enjoy two beautifully handcrafted bonfire pits (feel free to bring your own marshmallows). Admission to the festival is by cash donation, parking is free, and the cost of a hot chocolate and miniature train ride – each only $2 cash – has remained the same since 1996. (Children under 2 ride the train free with an adult ticket.)
Airdrie Parades & Fireworks
This committee hosts a variety of festivities in Airdrie each year. Enjoy the Canada Day Parade and fireworks July 1 in celebration of Canada’s birthday. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street. In 2016, enjoy the Mardi Gras Party theme, with live bands and 100 floats anticipated. Starting at Chinook Winds Park at 2 p.m., enjoy food vendors, a monster truck show, and plenty of music and family entertainment. A 15-minute fireworks display takes begins at 10:45, bringing the day’s fun to a close with a bang. In December, don’t miss the Santa Claus Parade Dec. 3, starting at 5 p.m. on Main Street. This lighted parade is expected to include 50 floats, and the star of the day will arrive in Airdrie in his sleigh! On Dec. 31, take in the New Year’s Eve fireworks fun at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park (behind Genesis Place). Bring the whole family to enjoy the 15-minute display starting at 6:30 p.m.
Now in its sixth year, Airdrie’s art and culture celebration will take place Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. The festival includes the culmination of the annual AIRdirondack Project, where Adirondack chairs are transformed into one-of-a-kind masterpieces by local artists. The celebration includes Culture at the Creek, a free, hands-on, activity-filled experience at East Lake Park for all ages to explore all forms of art, participate in public art projects, enjoy live music and dance performances, as well as food trucks and beer gardens. Many Airdrie artisans display and demonstrate their work, from wood carvers to potters, to jewelry and canvas. The celebration is a perfect opportunity at which to meet artists and take home a creative souvenir from Airdrie. Culture at the Creek gets underway at East Lake Park with the Schooled in the Arts Teen Tent from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 30. followed by the first performance in a concert series that continues through the weekend. More information available online closer to the festival.
EMPTY BOWLS ARTS FESTIVAL
This 10th annual family friendly event takes place Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in celebration of community in the Airdrie area while raising awareness of local hunger issues. All funds raised support Airdrie Food Bank operations. Enjoy demonstrations and hands-on activities by potters; children’s activities; and local musicians and artists. Purchase or bid on bowls made by local VIPs. Pottery bowls are available for a suggested $20 donation. Don’t miss the free soup lunch! The event is free, made possible through funding provided by the City of Airdrie