Canmore International Improv Festival
About an hour and 20 minutes west of Airdrie by car, the beautiful mountain town of Canmore is home to the Canmore Improv Festival. This third annual event features an international cast of A-list performers competing for your laughs Oct. 10-12, 2019. canmoreimprov.com
Small-town charm awaits in Crossfield, just a 15-minute drive north of Airdrie. In honour of legendary 20th century bronc rider Pete Knight, who first rode in the Crossfield Rodeo in 1918, the town proudly hosts the annual Pete Knight Days each June. The celebration features a rodeo, dances, demolition derby, parade, fireworks and more.
While in Crossfield, be sure to stop in at the Crossfield Farmers Market, celebrating its 43rd year in 2018. The market runs every Thursday, June through September, outdoors at the Crossfield Community Centre parking lot (900 Mountain Ave.) from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Find the best in local produce, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more, plus assorted weekly entertainment and demos. Crossfield Farmers Market is an Alberta Approved Farmers Market with make it, bake it or grow it vendors. Check Facebook for more information and other events happening at the market.
Looking for a unique shopping experience? Be sure to stop by Canada’s largest western store, Irvine Tack & Trailers. This family-owned-and-operated shopping destination located near Crossfield, east of Highway 2, offers an 85,000-square-foot warehouse with western clothing, jewelry, decor, tack, rodeo gear, ranch supplies and more.
Pioneer Acres (Irricana)
Discover what life was like 100+ years ago at this family-friendly museum located just 20 minutes east of Airdrie, where volunteers work hard to collect, restore, maintain and demonstrate the artifacts once used by the pioneers of early Alberta. With 50 acres of land and more than a dozen buildings to explore with unique exhibits and artifacts from our pioneering era, there is always much to do at Pioneer Acres. Discover how many of the conveniences we take for granted today simply didn’t exist in the early 1900s. Learn about the tractors, tools and machinery used during the early days of farming in the area, and explore the displays of antique trucks, furniture and gas pumps, as well as the working grain cleaner, 1905 schoolhouse, blacksmith and wheelwrights shop. Enjoy dioramas on the family life of early settlers, including a fully equipped kitchen, a music room and a well-stocked General Store.