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Lots to do this summer in Airdrie

Get your fun-to-do list right here as we list off all the summer activities around town

May 30 – Oct. 3

AIRDRIE FARMERS MARKET

Plainsmen Arena

Open Wednesdays from 3:30-7 p.m., rain or shine.

June – September

2ND ANNUAL RANDOM ARTS OF KINDNESS

Airdrie Regional Arts Society

Be on the lookout for artwork created by Society members and randomly placed throughout Airdrie. Yours to keep and enjoy if found. Details at airdrieartssociety.ca

June 10

1ST ANNUAL PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION OF AIRDRIE

Nose Creek Park

Presented by the Filipino Airdrie Association. Araw ng Kalayaan festivities include a cultural parade, song/dance presentations, free family games with prizes, door prizes, exhibits, Filipino street food,  inflatable bounce house for kids and other free activities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

June 16

SICK GUITAR CLINIC

Cornerstone Church

Presented by SLAM.  Learn what it takes to rock out with your guitar out! With Gilby Clarke, Ron Thal and Sean Kelly. $100, six-hour clinic. All ages welcome. Doors open 10 a.m. Visit slaminairdrie.com for details.

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 online.

July 1

CANADA DAY PARADE

Main Street

Enjoy great floats and entertainment. Parade 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Note: roads closed 9 a.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 airdrieparades.com

July 1

CANADA DAY FIREWORKS

Chinook Winds Park

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

July 13

FRIDAY THE 13TH

Human Kanvas

Helping Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. raise money to build Airdrie’s first women’s shelter, Human Kanvas is pleased to donate all proceeds from sales made July 13 in support of this great cause. 11 a.m-6 p.m.

July 21

AIRDRIE AG SOCIETY RANCH HAND COMPETITION

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. 12-4:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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. Details online.

September

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 Sept. 28-30 and watch for a variety of arts-themed happenings around the city.

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.

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. Details online.

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.- 2 p.m. Weather dependent – check website before event.

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.

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. Details online.

October

AIRDRIE’S GHOST WALK

Location TBD

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