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May – October

CAN YOU DIG IT?

Nose Creek Valley Museum 

This all-new exhibit at the Nose Creek Valley Museum provides visitors with a snapshot of world archaeology – from treasure hunting to scientific pursuit, to Hollywood. Find out what modern archaeologists really do in this fascinating multicultural exhibit featuring museum-quality replicas of artwork from around the globe.

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.

May 19- October 27

IRON HORSE PARK

Every Sunday from May to October, join the volunteers at Iron Horse Park for an interpretive journey on miniature trains on 1.6 km of track. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 1-2

AIRDRIE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

Nose Creek Park

Two fun-filled days of enriching experiences for children, with live performances and hands-on activities, all for free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. airdriechildrensfest.com

June – September

CROSSFIELD FARMERS MARKET

Crossfield Community Centre Parking Lot

Find the best in local produce, baked goods, handmade arts and crafts and more, plus assorted weekly entertainment and demos every Thursday, June through September.

June – September

AIRDRIE HISTORY TOURS

Come for a walk and learn more about Airdrie’s 110- year history with your tour guide. Friendly dogs welcome to join! Walks will take approximately 30-45 minutes; tickets $15. Dates and tickets at kcheel.wixsite.com and facebook.com/AirdrieHistoryTours

June 5 – October 9 

AIRDRIE FARMERS MARKET

320 Centre Ave E

Open Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m., rain or shine, the AFM delivers everything from pies, bread, local farming meat/produce/honey to unique crafts, hand-cut flowers, food trucks and so much more. airdriefarmersmarket.com

June 8

BLUES, BREWS, AND BITES

Fitzsimmons Brewing Co.

A fundraiser for Airdrie and Area Victim Services, this is a great afternoon/evening of live blues music, food trucks and locally crafted beer. Admission is by donation at the door. 2  to 8 p.m.

June 9

FILIPINO HERITAGE DAY

Nose Creek Park 

Join the Filipino community for a day of cultural presentations and traditional sports. Free meal for the first 250 visitors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 22

AIRDRIE’S FIRST PRIDE FESTIVAL

City Hall/ Main Street

Presented by Airdrie Pride Society, with the theme “Putting Down Roots.” Gather in Airdrie’s City Hall parking lot at 10:30 a.m., then at 11 a.m. join the Solidarity Walk south along Main Street to the Nose Creek Park entrance south of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Followed by an afternoon of activities, entertainment, and food trucks. Events will run rain or shine. airdriepride.wordpress.com

June 26

AIRDRIE FARMERS MARKET FOOD TRUCK FRENZY

320 Center Ave. E

It is a Food Truck Frenzy! From 3:30 to 9 p.m., this event has 14+ food trucks from all over the Calgary region. The market hours are also extended, creating a fun night market.

June 28- July 1 

52nd ANNUAL AIRDRIE PRO RODEO

With exciting highlights such as bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, 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 28-30: junior rodeo 6 p.m., pro rodeo 7 p.m.; June 29, 20 and July 1: Mini Broncs and Wild Pony races; July 1: junior rodeo 1:30 p.m., bull riding bonanza 2:30 p.m.

July 1

CANADA DAY PARADE

Main Street   

Celebrate our incredible nation with a free, family-friendly Airdrie tradition: the Canada Day parade! Check out amazing floats, classic cars, and see some of what our community has to offer. Parade 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. airdrieparades.com

July  1 

CANADA DAY FIREWORKS

Chinook Winds Park

Fireworks start at approximately 10:45 p.m. Celebrate Canada Day with a beautiful sky spectacular. airdrieparades.com

July 1

CANADA DAY BBQ

Airdrie Public Library 

Immediately following the parade, stay for the fundraising BBQ. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

July 1

CANADA DAY ACTIVITIES

Iron Horse Park 

Special Canada Day celebration and interpretive journeys on miniature trains. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ironhorsepark.net

July 4, 18

MUSIC IN THE PARK

Nose Creek Amphitheatre 

Bring your lawn chair or a blanket, sit back and enjoy live music at the beautiful Nose Creek Park amphitheatre.  7 to 9 p.m.  airdrie.ca

July 13

NEIGHBOURS DAY

Pioneer Acres (Irricana)  

A special day for all the neighbours of Pioneer Acres, with activities happening throughout the event. pioneeracres.ab.ca

July 20

AIRDRIE AG SOCIETY RANCHHAND COMPETITION

Airdrie Rodeo Grounds

See how a working ranch operates at this free event. Spectators see firsthand the cattle handling skills used by local area ranchers and farmers. It involves 8 events in 2 classes: Open Classes – Simulated branding, team sorting, team penning, simulated doctoring and trailer loading; Ladies Classes – team penning, team sorting and trailer loading. And for the kids, a calf scramble. The rodeo grounds are 6.5 km west of Airdrie on Hwy 567. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. airdrieagsociety.com

July 26-28

BIKES AND BULLS CHARITY EVENT

Airdrie Air Park

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

July 28

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. to 2 p.m.

August 1, 15, 29

MUSIC IN THE PARK

Nose Creek Amphitheatre

Bring your lawn chair or a blanket, sit back and enjoy live music at the beautiful Nose Creek Park amphitheatre.  7 to 9 p.m.  airdrie.ca

August 9-11

50th ANNUAL SHOW

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 2019 show features horses and horse-drawn equipment. pioneeracres.ab.ca

August 10

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.  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. timetravellers.ca

September

PAINT THE TOWN

City Wide – Store-Front Businesses 

A new program, promoting Airdrie tourism, ARTember events, arts and culture and Canadian heritage. Much the same way windows are decorated during Stampede, Creative Airdrie will be co-ordinating with local artists to paint storefront windows in any of the following four themes throughout the month of September. Arts Education – e.g. Van Gough’s Starry Night; Canadian Heritage – e.g. Indigenous Art; ARTember events – e.g. Violet & Noir; Original Artwork – e.g. Artist’s Creation.

September 7

AIRDRIE FEST

Downtown 

Join us for a street festival, in front of City Hall, celebrating all that is Airdrie. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. airdriefest.ca

September 7-8

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. pioneeracres.ab.ca

September 14

VIVA MEXICO

Bert Church Theatre

A free celebration for the whole family of the colours and culture of Mexico, with music, food and crafts. 12 to 4 p.m. Facebook.com/VivaMexicoAirdrie/ for the latest news

September 21st

ART OF THE HARVEST/FARM SAFETY EVENT

Airdrie Ag Park

Art of the Harvest:  Airdrie & District Ag Society is proud to host this free annual event showcasing teams of horse and vintage farm equipment, demonstrating how harvesting grain was done in the “old days.” They also harvest the vegetables planted in the spring and for $10 you can fill a grocery bag with fresh-from-the-earth veggies; all proceeds from the Fill-A-Bag are donated to Airdrie Food Bank. Free parking and free beef on a bun or hot dog for the first 300 people.

Farm Safety Event:  Airdrie & District Ag Society is proud to again host this important event to profile the significance of Safety on the Farm. This free event consists of interactive farm safety displays manned by Ag Society volunteers, most of whom are members from our local 4-H clubs. The Agriculture for Life Rural Safety Unit, sponsored by our partner Trans Canada Turbines, will also be on site, sharing farm safety tips and strategies. And for the kids – an opportunity to win a prize!

Airdrie Ag Park is located 3 km west of Airdrie on Big Hill Springs Road, where it intersects with Range Road 14. Both events run concurrently 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. airdrieagsociety.com

September 21

13th 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. to 3 p.m.

September 21

DESONUS CONCERT

Bert Church Theatre 

“Desonus 2019 Mixtape Vol 1” supports the Airdrie Boys and Girls Club and features an incredible lineup of talented singers and musicians from Airdrie and area. Doors open at 6 p.m. desonus.ca

September 27-29

ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS

Around Airdrie 

Creativity abounds in Airdrie, with a great art and culture scene year-round. Join in the celebration of Alberta Culture Days and watch for a variety of arts-themed happenings around the city. Visit airdrielife.com for up-to-the-minute info.

September 28

VOICE AND VISION

Airdrie Public Library

A unique collaboration between 14 local writers and 14 artists who exchange work to gain inspiration and create a response piece. airdriepubliclibrary.ca

September 28

VIOLET & NOIR CONCERT

Cooper’s Town Promenade 

Creative Airdrie cordially invites you to join them for their Purple & Black themed picnic. Pack your favourite edible delights and bring a bottle of your finest wine. Creative Airdrie will provide seating and entertainment for the evening. Dress code: purple and black; strut your funkiest hat, tie, scarf and/or shoes! Part of ARTember festivities in Airdrie.

September 29

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC

Nose Creek Park 

For this family-favourite event, make sure to bring your most treasured stuffed animal, a picnic blanket, fun finger foods and drinks to enjoy some dance performances at the Cooper’s Town Promenade outdoor stage. Try your hand at some pottery, face painting and origami: Note: Guests will be responsible for bringing their own food and drinks. The event organizer (Creative Airdrie) will provide entertainment and activities. Part of ARTember festivities in Airdrie.

October (TBA)

AIRDRIE’S GHOST WALK

Come along for a “chilling” walk and hear stories about Airdrie ghosts as performed by local actors. Tickets $15. Dates and tickets at kcheel.wixsite.com/airdrieghostwalk and facebook.com/AirdrieGhostWalk 

October 5

STARS WARS READS DAY

Airdrie Public Library

Drop in at the library for cosplay, crafts, activities and games inspired by Star Wars. 12:30 to 2 p.m. airdriepubliclibrary.ca

October 11-12

“HALLOWEEN LIVE” TBA

Bert Church Theatre

Nose Creek Players are letting their fans decide on which thrilling rendition of a Halloween favourite to be performed: Frankenstein or Dracula. Announcement this summer. Tickets $20. nosecreekplayers.com

October 17-20, 24-27, 29-30

AIRSCARES

805 Main Street

Presented by the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie. This twisted entity steals more than just teeth as he drags his victims out of their bedroom window and into a world of cruel dentistry. Experience hidden rooms, underground mazes, drilling sounds and an ultimate fear that will leave your teeth chattering. NOTE: not for young children. airdriebgcan.com

October 27 (weather permitting)

IRON HORSE PARK

Halloween Fundraiser for Airdrie Food Bank – come in your costumes for the interpretive journeys on miniature trains. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ironhorsepark.net

October 27

5th ANNUAL BOO AT THE CREEK

Nose Creek Park 

Boo at the Creek is a free, annual family-friendly Halloween event. Bring your little ghosts and goblins out to play games, make crafts, enjoy music, prizes and so much more. Admission is by monetary donation or non-perishable food item. Last year’s event raised more than $6,700 for Airdrie Food Bank. 1 to 4 p.m.

November- January

OUR CHRISTMAS BUCKET LIST

Nose Creek Valley Museum

Start a new Christmas tradition with this charming exhibit. Baby Jesus, spices, Krampus, presents, food, and Santa Claus are all part of this interactive Christmas extravaganza.  Jam-packed with colour, light and family-friendly holiday fun this is a Christmas event you definitely do not want to miss. nosecreekvalleymuseum.com 

November 1-2

AIRDRIE CHRISTMAS SHOW

Town and Country Centre

Airdrie Farmers Market hosts this holiday market with unique handmade one-of-a-kind treasures as well as holiday baking, food trucks, and something for everyone.  Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 2

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.

November 30 – December 1

HOLIDAY MARKET & FESTIVAL OF TREES

200 East Lake Cres. 

An annual fundraiser in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie. The market features everything from homemade items to delicious treats. Entry $2. Visit Facebook for details.

December 1 – 31

AIRDRIE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Nose Creek Park 

Western Canada’s largest outdoor walk-through light show, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is celebrating its 24th year. 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.

December 1

SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Main Street 

Light up the night and kick off the Christmas season at 5 p.m. Enjoy illuminated floats, and maybe even see Santa himself! airdrieparades.com

December 19 – 21

HOW CINDY-LOU SOLVED CHRISTMAS

Town and Country Centre

Twenty years after everyone’s favourite Christmas shenanigans, Cindy-Lou and Grinch solve crime, the Grinch is close with his family, and Cindy-Lou has started her own. Then one Christmas Eve, a copycat bandit steals every present in Whoville. All fingers point to Grinch; can he and Cindy-Lou prove he’s innocent?  Tickets $10. nosecreekplayers.com

December 31

NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS

Ed Eggerer Athletic Park

Ring in 2020 with Airdrie Parades and Fireworks at the family-friendly time of 6:30 p.m. airdrieparades.com

 


Coming in 2020

January 25

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. creativeairdrie.ca

January 27

FAMILY LITERACY DAY

Airdrie Public Library

The annual family-focused event celebrating reading. airdriepubliclibrary.ca

February 14 – 17

The 2020 Alberta Winter Games celebrate the achievements of youth in sport and culture. More than 2,800 athletes, coaches, officials, and performers will participate in the Games, competing in a variety of sports in and around Airdrie. These Games provide the opportunity for many of Canada’s future elite athletes to enjoy their first taste of competition at a provincial level. In addition to the sports component, the Games also feature a celebration of culture, which will enable visitors and residents to experience local and Alberta cultures through a variety of performing and visual arts events and activities. airdrie2020.com

April 25 – 26

AIRDRIE HOME AND LIFESTYLE SHOW

Genesis Place 

An excellent way to connect with your community, and explore home and lifestyle solutions. More than 200 exhibitors so come to shop, compare, try and buy. airdriechamber.ab.ca

April 25 – 26

AIRDRIE ARTS MARKET

Genesis Place

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

May 2

HARRY POTTER DAY

Airdrie Public Library 

The library is celebrating all things magical with crafts, games, food and activities inspired by the Harry Potter books. 12:30-2 p.m. airdriepubliclibrary.ca

May 21 – 23

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Bert Church Theatre 

This famous story has been adapted for very young audiences. Tickets $14. nosecreekplayers.com

June (TBA)

AIRDRIE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

Nose Creek Park

Presented by the Airdrie Children’s Festival Society, inspiring children to be curious and encourage them to aspire to greater things. Entertaining, fun and interactive activities. airdriechildrensfest.com

August 14-15

SUMMER 2020 DESSERT THEATRE – BOEING-BOEING

Bert Church Theatre 

A riotous farce of mile-high proportions! Fasten your seatbelts – it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Tickets $20. nosecreekplayers.com

 

Stay tuned…

Torchlight Theatre is an emerging theatre company striving to bring top quality performances to their stage. Watch for season announcements at torchlighttheatre.ca