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Banff Special Events & Festivals

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Not only is Banff the perfect destination to experience the great outdoors at its best, it also plays host to a number of world class, family fun and 'uniquely Banff' events and festivals.

Below is a calendar of popular events within the town of Banff and Banff National Park.

November 2015

• 7th: Winterstart 5 Miler Night Run.

The Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa is home to the Banff Winterstart 5 Mile Night Run. The very popular event is sure to be another sell out and always a great time to be had by all. (More info and Packages coming soon.)

• 12th - 22nd: Bon Appetit Banff.

Over this ten-day festival, participating restaurants will offer unique three-course menus, including three options per course, at a prix fixe of either $25 or $35. Our Meatball Pizza & Pasta Restaurant is featured in this great event.

• 27th - 28th: Banff Craft Beer Festival

This is the first year for the Banff Craft Beer Festival to take place in Banff. The Cave and Basin is the perfect setting for such a great event. Find out more about tickets and hotel packages here.

• 28th - 29th: Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup.

The Canadian Alpine Ski Team athletes take on the fastest World Cup skiers from across the globe at Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Men's Super-G race.

December 2015

Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup.

The Canadian Alpine Ski Team athletes take on the fastest World Cup skiers from across the globe at Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Women's Downhill race.

• 5th: WinterStart- Christmas in the Rockies with Santa.

Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with Christmas in the Rockies! Led by Santa Claus, creative and festive floats will parade down Banff Ave, highlighting the Christmas spirit of the Banff National Park. (More info and Packages available.)

Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup.

The Canadian Alpine Ski Team athletes take on the fastest World Cup skiers from across the globe at Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Women's Super-G race.

• 25th: Christmas in Banff.

Coming to Banff for Christmas and New Year's Eve? Here is some great information on where to dine and some great festive menus for 2014.

• 31st: New Year's Eve- Fireworks.

Fireworks, December 31 at midnight join the festival atmosphere throughout downtown Banff on December 31 for fireworks starting at midnight. The fireworks are launched from the Parks Canada Administration grounds at the south end of Banff Avenue.

January 2015

Mountain Adventure Weekend.

Banff SnowDays is featuring a 40 foot ice climbing wall downtown Banff with climbing instruction and gear supplied. Also take part in the downtown skating rink, and slide and ride.

• 14th - 17th: Banff SaSquash Open.

The Banff Rocky Mountain Resort hosts this unique Squash Tournament set in the heart of Banff National Park. (More info and Packages available.)

Ice Magic Festival.

Two Weekends, twice the magic! Join us for this Banff National Park classic event. International Ice Carving competition weekend is January 16-18, Little Chippers Weekend is January 24-25. Come out for this amazing international event in Lake Louise.

MEC Ice Climbing Festival.

Join MEC, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures, Climbers Access Society of Alberta and the Town of Banff for the MEC Ice Climbing Festival. The festival weekend is dedicated to celebrating the sport of ice climbing with everything from demos to clinics to friendly competitions.
Check the MEC website for more details.

February 2016

• 14th: Valentines Day

Nothing says romance like a winter wonderland getaway in Banff National Park.

• 15th: Family Day.

This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities. This is one of the busiest weekends of the year for the town of Banff.

March 2016

• 17th: St. Patrick's Day in Banff

Looking for a traditional St. Patricks party, enjoy the festivities at the St. Jame's Gate.

April 2016

Bozo Cup

This annual event is an annual Head to Head dual slalom Pro-AM race appropriatly called the Bozocup in honour of Rob Bosinger and his love of skiing. (More info and Packages available.)

May 2016

• 8th: Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother's Day in Banff, spend the night in one of our family friendly accommodations and join us for brunch Sunday morning.

June 2016

• 19th:Banff Marathon

The Banff Marathon will be an incredible point to point race down the Bow Valley Parkway through a series of natural, wildlife, and historical stages finishing in downtown Banff. (More info and Packages available.)

July 2015

• 1st: Canada Day Celebrations.

A fun day of pancake breakfast, sidewalk art, Central Park fun full of performances. Enjoy the parade down Banff Ave before heading to Central Park for the spectacular fireworks display.

• 8th - 17th: Calgary Stampede

"The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!" Started in 1912, The Calgary Stampede is a popular 10-day event held every summer in Calgary, Alberta. The Stampede hosts world-class rodeo, parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions. (More info and accommodations available.)

August 2015

• 20th: RBC GranFondo Banff

The RBC GranFondo Banff is the only GranFondo (mass participation cycling events) in North America that is fully contained within the boundaries of a national park. Starting and finishing in the beautiful mountain town of Banff, the 142 km route will take you into the heart of the Rockies to experience the awe-inspiring nature of Banff National Park, and discover its tradition of mountain culture. (More info and accommodations available.)

September 2015

Subaru Banff Triathlon.

Spectate or compete in what many consider one of the most spectacular triathlon events in the world. (More info and Packages available.)

• 24th: Melissa's Road Race.

The ever popular Melissa's 10Km & 22Km Road race. This road race takes runners through the streets and paths of Banff. Is a very popular event in Banff and sells out every year.

October 2016

• 10th: Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving, a national holiday celebrated in Canada as a day of giving thanks at the close of the harvest season.

• 31st: Halloween in Banff.

Fireworks, Bonfire, and fun in Banff. Come to Banff there is something for every age group!

• 31st: Halloween at Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon

Join us for the best Halloween party in Banff.

• 29st - November 6th: Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

40th Anniversary of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. Check out the Flashback series at the Lux Cinema too!

Can't find the event you are looking for? Find more events on Banff Lake Louise Tourism event calendar.

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