Airdrie offers an active western and agricultural lifestyle. Boasting a rich farming and ranching heritage, the city celebrates rural life with a variety of popular annual events.
Airdrie and District Agricultural Society
Founded in 1909, the Airdrie and District Agricultural Society (ADAS) is a family friendly organization dedicated to promoting agriculture as well as a healthy relationship between rural and urban communities.
A dynamic non-profit organization with a diverse membership base, ADAS has a history of successful community contributions, promoting education, business, sport and family fun in Airdrie and area.
In addition to spearheading and supporting a variety of community projects, ADAS organizes and hosts a number of popular events that connect Airdrie’s strong rural roots with the thriving urban centre it has now become. Highlights include a ranch-hand competition in July that showcases life on a working ranch; a fall fair in August; as well as a spring seeding demo in May and an old-time harvest event in September.
Airdrie Pro Rodeo
Offering family friendly fun with seats up close to the action, the Airdrie Pro Rodeo draws world and Canadian champions plus more than 10,000 spectators to the city over five days. One of the top-10 largest professional rodeos in the country, events include bareback and saddlebronc riding, steer wrestling, steer riding, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Junior rodeo events for participants 15 and under include mutton busting, calf scrambles, barrel racing and wild pony races. A short drive away from Airdrie at the rodeo grounds 6.5 kilometres west on Highway 567, the rodeo takes place June 28 to July 2. Enjoy music on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as free children’s activities and a trade fair for all five days of the event.
Art of the Harvest
The Airdrie and District Agricultural Society is proud to host this event Sept. 17 welcoming visitors to discover the Art of the Harvest. Horse teams and vintage equipment are used to harvest the grain planted during the organization’s old-time spring seeding event in May. This informational demo, located at Airdrie Ag Park on Big Hill Springs Road (Highway 567) just 3 km west of Airdrie, offers something for the very small to the very tall, and for the city dweller to those with rural roots. Note: this event is weather dependent; be sure to check for updates online.
Bikes & Bulls Charity Event
The Airdrie Oilmen’s Association hosts this fun annual fundraiser in support of the Airdrie community. The unique event, featuring a bike rally, concerts, pro bull riding and more, takes place Aug. 26-27 and is sure to entertain. Held at the Airdrie rodeo grounds west on Highway 567.