Banff Festivals
From Film To Food To Art!!!!

Festivals Banff
Banff Festivals

This world class destination nestled in the beautiful Canadian Rockies is home to many world class events each year.

Because of it's mountainous backdrop this quaint little town has attracted some incredible international exposure.

Celebrate nature, the environment, arts and culture all in Beautiful Banff.

Come celebrate.....participate in any or all of the Banff events this year.

Festivals Banff - Banff Centre

Banff Centre

Many of the Banff festivals take place at the Banff Centre.

It's one of Canada’s creative leaders in arts and culture. Their goal is to "inspiring creativity".

In this majestic mountain setting in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, exceptional artists and leaders from around the world create and perform new works of art.

They share skills and knowledge, explore ideas in the arts, leadership, and the environment.

The Banff Centre have a long and distinguished history. For over 75 years, the Banff Centre has provided lifelong learning for artists and cultural leaders in performing, literary, new media, and visual arts.

The Arts Program is the core of The Banff Centre. They offer training and professional development at the post-graduate level in more than a dozen art forms.

They include Aboriginal arts, music, theatre, dance, opera, literature, ceramics, print-making, painting, papermaking, photography, sculpture, audio engineering, digital film and video, and new media. Work is showcased throughout the year, culminating in one of the biggest Banff Festivals, the annual Banff Summer Arts Festival.

The Banff Centre has a longstanding connection with Alberta artists. Founded in 1933 by the University of Alberta’s Department of Extension, The Banff Centre has welcomed tens of thousands of Albertans to its programs over the past 70 years.

Today, over 1,000 Alberta artists come to the Centre every year to pursue their creative and professional development.

Banff Film Festival

This Banff festival has been renamed the Banff Mountain Film Festival. This international film competition presents short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and the environment.

The film festival originated in 1976 and is held in the fall of every year in the Banff Centre. Approximately 300 films enter this festival annually and the top 60 films are selected to be shown.

Banff Mountain Book Festival

The Banff Mountain Book Festival is held at the same time as the Banff Film Festival every year showcasing mountain literature with featured guest speakers, readings, seminars and an international book competition.

Banff World Television Festival

This Banff festival is held in June each year. This year the Banff World Television Festival has collaborated with NextMedia. So the merging of television with the digital world should bring some very unique and interesting presentations attracting a new array of crowds.

Festivals Banff - Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival

This annual Banff Festival is hosted at the beautiful Banff Springs Hotel each year in May.

There are almost 100 wines showcased including 15 excellent Canadian Wineries during this Banff Festival weekend.

Some 15 restaurants participate from Banff and area offering samples of their cuisine...imagine Elk Carpaccio, Pastry Puff with Venison or a Canadian Maple Ice Cream!!!! Sound good???

Word Fest

Wordfest is one of Canada’s largest international literary festivals, taking place at the Banff Centre each October. Wordfest stimulates literacy and brings readers of all ages together with local, national and international writers.

For six days WordFest showcases 70 writers, both big-name stars and new talents, in a mix of 65 events and performances throughout Banff, the Bow Valley and Calgary. This Banff Festival offers a wide variety of public events: readings, panel discussions, interviews, multimedia performances, cabarets, book signings, informal public receptions and more.

WordFest is further committed to an extensive youth engagement program called Book Rapport. This is where children and young adult authors do a variety of readings and perform to the appropriate age groups. Each event includes a question and answer session and book signing.

Some of the Festival Alumni include some great authors: Margaret Atwood, E. Annie Proulx, the late Mordecai Richler, Jane Urquhart and Guy Vanderhaeghe.

Banff Summer Arts Festival - May thru August

One of Banff's most popular yearly events, the Summer Arts Festival takes place throughout the summer at the Banff Centre. Over 160 events featuring visual arts, dance, music, opera, readings, film screenings, art walks and more take place over the course of the festival.

The Banff Summer Arts Festival runs May through August each year. Experience events of every sort, both intimate and spectacular - concerts, performances, art walks, exhibitions, readings, lectures, and new media events.

The Banff Summer Arts Festival includes close to 200 events featuring over 1,000 international artists participating in Banff Centre programs.

The Banff Summer Arts Festival also includes dozens of free or donation-at-the-door events throughout the summer months, as well as events staged in downtown Banff.

For 75 years, the impact of the inspiring mountain location, the creative atmosphere, and the diverse group of artists from many backgrounds and disciplines, has made being in the audience at the Banff Summer Arts Festival a special treat for local Bow Valley residents, as well as Calgarians, and many of the 2 million tourists who visit Banff National Park every summer.

Festivals Banff - WinterStart

WinterStart Festival

Every year, Banff and Lake Louise celebrate the start of winter with two weekends of events that are fun for both residents and visitors alike.

Christmas holiday celebrating starts early with the WinterStart Banff Festival, where unique events create so much excitement it might blow your skis off. WinterStart beckons you to get outside, hit the ski hill and stroll down the streets of Banff under the soft twinkle of festive lights.

Carve some early season turns at any of the three local ski hills. Catch a glimpse of world-class ski racers as they reach record speeds at the Lake Louise World Cup.

Enjoy the thrills of Christmas activities in the Rockies with a variety of events catered to the young and young at heart. Decorate cookies, join a wagon ride or sip a glass of mulled wine at a street front restaurant and watch Banff Avenue brighten with the Santa Claus Parade of Lights.

The first snowfall in Banff National Park is a green light to high-speed activities jam-packed with Christmas Cheer!

Festivals Banff - Ice Magic Festival
Ice Magic Festival - Lake Louise

Beautiful Lake Louise gets just a little more beautiful each January with the annual Ice Magic Festival. It happens every January at the spectacular Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

Artists from around the world are invited to participate. With 34 hours of carving time, twelve teams of two are invited to transform 15 three hundred-pound blocks of ice into themed masterpieces. They must create seven feet tall sculptures in just three days.

Come and see their creations and take photographs with the stunning background of glacier-clad Mt. Victoria behind.

In addition to the team event, the Ice Magic Festival hosts the One Carver One Hour One Block event, which is a speed chainsaw event for individual carvers.

The Little Chippers Festival takes place at the same weekend as the Ice Magic Festival. This children’s festival takes place in the Samson Mall in the Lake Louise Village. Take your kids to learn the art and science of ice carving and have fun at the other events happening in the mall!

While it’s very impressive to see the ice carvers in action during the festival weekend, the magical sculptures can be viewed for several weeks after the event, as long as the temperatures stay low!

Lots of Banff Festivals to choose from. Banff has a great international reputation and they celebrate with flair. Check it out...

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