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What not to miss while in Airdrie!

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 regular exhibits changing every few months. Check online for an exhibit schedule. www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca

May 30-Oct. 3

AIRDRIE FARMERS MARKET

Plainsmen Arena

Open Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m., rain or shine. Enjoy the adjacent park space, which includes amenities for children.

June – September

CROSSFIELD FARMERS MARKET

Crossfield Community Centre Parking Lot

Celebrating its 43rd year in 2018, the market runs every Thursday, June through September. Find the best in local produce, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more, plus assorted weekly entertainment and demos. An AB Approved Farmers Market with make it, bake it or grow it vendors. Watch Facebook for other market events. www.crossfiledagsociety.com

June 21

CLAYS FOR THE COTTAGE

Silver Willow Sporting Club

Second annual sporting event in support of the Children’s Cottage. An all-day, outdoor experience in Carstairs that tests the skills of avid clay shooters and aspiring shooters alike. Door prizes, raffles, auctions, other fun outdoor activities, and delicious food and drink.

June 23-24

JOHNSON MS BIKE RIDE

Airdrie to Olds

Join the fight to end MS. Register as a rider or cheer on participants! A two-day, 180 kilometre road ride with 800+ cyclists through scenic rural Alberta. Weekend celebrations include beer gardens, a live band and more! Dollars raised go to fund MS research. 8 a.m. June 23 to 4:30 p.m. June 24.

June 28

CANADA DAY FARMERS MARKET

Crossfield Community Centre

Hosted by the Crossfield Farmers Market, offering the best in local produce, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more. Check Facebook for details.

June 28 – July 2

51st ANNUAL AIRDRIE PRO RODEO

Airdrie Rodeo Grounds

With exciting highlights such as bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, steer riding, team roping and barrel racing, 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: Bull Riding Bonanza 7 p.m.; June 29-30: junior rodeo 6 p.m., pro rodeo 7 p.m.; July 1-2: junior rodeo 2 p.m., pro rodeo 3 p.m.  New this year:  enjoy mini broncs June 30-July 2, giving youth the chance to compete in the saddle and bareback bronc events. Live entertainment June 29-July 1. More details and tickets www.airdrieprorodeo.com

July 1

CANADA DAY PARADE

Main Street

Enjoy great floats and entertainment. Parade 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Note: roads closed 9 p.m. till 30 minute after parade ends. City Hall open for use of washrooms.

July 1

CANADA DAY STREET FESTIVAL

City Hall

Begins following the Canada Day parade. Enjoy food, drink and family-friendly fun. Approx. 11-4 p.m. Visit www.airdrieparades.com

July 1

CANADA DAY FIREWORKS

Chinook Winds Park

Fireworks start at approximately 10:45 p.m. Visit www.airdrieparades.com

AIRDRIE AG SOCIETY RANCH HAND COMPETITION

July 21

Airdrie Rodeo Grounds 

See how a working ranch operates. Spectators 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. The rodeo grounds are 6.5 kilometres west of Airdrie on Hwy 567. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 12 to 4:30 p.m. www.airdrieagsociety.com

July 29

MIGHTY MACHINES DAY

Main Street Square/Airdrie Public Library

A celebration of trucks, vehicles, machines, and all things that go, held in the Main Street Square parking lot. Airdrie Public Library will host story times and other literacy programming. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca

July 27-29

BIKES & BULLS CHARITY EVENT

Airdrie Air Park

This 8th annual community fundraiser is hosted by the Airdrie Oilmen’s Association, featuring pro bull riding, a show and shine, bike rally and live music.

Aug. 10-12

49th ANNUAL SHOW AND REUNION

Pioneer Acres (Irricana)

The museum’s main event of the year features virtually every piece of equipment running, as well as demos, displays, equipment, crafts and more. The 2018 show feature is Allis Chalmers and Rumely tractors and equipment. www.pioneeracres.ab.ca

Aug. 11

AIRDRIE SUMMER CLASSIC CHARITY CAR SHOW & SHINE

Nose Creek Park

Presented by the Time Traveller’s Car Club of Airdrie. A family event offering a little bit for everyone.  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 $15; registration 8 a.m. to noon.) New for 2018: a poker run and cruise Aug. 10, 6-8:30 p.m.

Aug. 18-19

ALBERTA OPEN FARM DAYS

Assorted Farms

A collaborative, province-wide event that gives Albertans and visitors an opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from. Great family fun with more than 100 farms participating, and a choice of 16 culinary events.

Sept. 7-8

AIRDRIE FEST

City Hall

Celebrating all that’s Airdrie. Help kick off airdrieFEST Sept. 7, 6-10 p.m. and enjoy beer gardens and live music at ‘Music on Main’ (new in 2018). Street festival takes place Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.airdrie.ca

Sept. 8-9

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. www.pioneeracres.ab.ca

September

SLAM ON AIR

Bert Church Theatre

Don’t miss the live concert that wraps up this great original songwriting/performing competition. Prior to the concert, contest entries are reviewed by a judging panel of music industry professionals. The judges then select their top picks to perform live on stage and compete to win a prize package. www.slaminairdrie.com

Sept. 22 

ART OF THE HARVEST

Airdrie Ag Park

The Airdrie and District Agricultural Society (ADAS) is proud to host this annual event showcasing horse teams and vintage equipment used to harvest grain planted in the 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. Free admission, free parking, free beef on a bun or hot dog for the first 300 people. There will also be a Farm Safety demonstration with interactive displays and lots more! Located three kilometres west of Airdrie on Big Hill Springs Road. 11 a.m.-to 2 p.m. Weather dependent – check website before event.  www.airdrieagsociety.com

Sept. 22

12th 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.  Features local music, art, kid’s activities and free soup lunch! Handmade pottery bowls are available for purchase for a suggested $20 donation. All proceeds support Airdrie Food Bank programs. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  www.airdriefoodbank.com

October

AIRscares HAUNTED ATTRACTION

Location TBA

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. www.airdire.bgcan.com

October

AIRDRIE’S GHOST WALK

Location TBD

A haunted guide to Airdrie’s past, bringing history to life. Details on Facebook.

Nov. 3

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Crossfield Community Hall

Hosted by the Crossfield Farmers Market with a focus on fresh, local and handmade ingredients and products, this market features seasonal vendors and product as well as regulars from the summer season. Free admission, food bank donations accepted. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.crossfieldagsociety.com

Nov. 2-3

AIRDRIE CHRISTMAS SHOW

Town and Country Centre

Regular farmers market vendors as well as baked goods and holiday-themed crafts and gifts.

Nov. 24-25

HOLIDAY MARKET & FESTIVAL OF TREES

200 East Lake Cres

An annual fundraiser in support of Airdrie Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie. The market features everything from homemade items to delicious treats. Entry is free with a donation to Airdrie Food Bank. Visit Facebook for details.

Dec. 1-31

AIRDRIE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Nose Creek Park

Western Canada’s largest outdoor walk-thru light show, the Airdrie Festival of Lights has been dazzling visitors for 23 years. Enjoy train rides, hot chocolate, Santa’s gift shop, and some good old-fashioned family fun and holiday cheer 6 to 9 p.m. every night in December, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission by cash donation; parking is free. www.airdriefestivaloflights.com

Dec. 1

SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Main Street

Welcome Santa and a parade of floats as they  light up downtown! A fun, festive way to get ready for the holidays. Details at www.airdrieparades.com

Dec. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS

Ed Eggerer Athletic Park

A fun 15-minute fireworks display to start off the new year. Behind Genesis Place. Details at www.airdrieparades.com


Coming in 2019

Jan. 26

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 www.creativeairdrie.ca 

March 16

SHAMROCK SHIMMY

Town and Country Centre

An adult-only event celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and raising funds for the Airdrie Food Bank. Event includes dinner, dance, cash bar, entertainment, raffles, silent and live auctions. Tickets available through the Airdrie Food Bank and online. 6 p.m. to midnight www.airdriefoodbank.com

April

SPRING FARMERS MARKET

Crossfield Community Centre

Hosted by the Crossfield Farmers Market, offering the best in local produce, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more. Check Facebook for details. Enjoy a variety of home and lifestyle solutions at this popular annual event.

April 27-28

AIRDRIE HOME & LIFESTYLE SHOW

Genesis Place

Enjoy a variety of home and lifestyle solutions at this popular annual event. Visit www.airdriehomeshow.ca  for details.

AIRDRIE ARTS MARKET

April 27-28

Genesis Place

A large art show and sale hosted by the Airdrie Regional Arts Society. Free admission. www.airdrieartssociety.ca

May

OLD TYME SPRING SEEDING EVENT

Airdrie Ag Park

Ever driven by a field in the summer and wondered how our ancestors managed to grow anything without the use of modern technology? The Airdrie and District Agricultural Society (ADAS) is pleased to host this 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 details before event. www.airdrieagsociety.com