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8 Must-Visit Events in Banff and Lake Louise

Published Date
Nov 4, 2018
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From stunning ice sculptures to the start of natural wonders, each month in Banff National Park plays hosts to incredible events.

Get out your calendar and block off some time to enjoy these great events in the mountains with friends.

1. Discover SnowDays and Ice Magic

SnowDays promises to be bigger and better this year with the new international snow sculpting competition and the TRIBUTE TO CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ice Magic Festival, a unique way to see one of Canada’s most iconic destinations. Watch as artists from around the world turn blocks of ice into magnificent sculptures before your eyes. Come out to cheer on your favourite teams, sample craft cocktails, and celebrate the start of winter in Banff National Park. Check out 6 Reasons to Visit Banff SnowDays for all the details.

When: January

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2. Watch Top Chefs at Cochon555

Don’t miss one of North America’s most talked about culinary events - Cochon555 - a nose-to-tail feast where several chefs compete for the honour of representing Banff and Lake Louise at the Grand Cochon international competition. Enjoy an elaborate 40-course, stand-up dinner featuring beverage pairings from some of the best small producers in Alberta and British Columbia.

When: April

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3. Run The Banff Marathon

The Banff Marathon is one of the planet’s most incredible and beautiful running experiences. This incredible event winds through some of the most iconic landscapes in Banff National Park. Registration is now open, so lock in your spot to run through the mountains today. If you're looking for extra inspiration, check out 8 Reasons To Try The Banff Marathon.

When: June

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4. It’s Canada Day!

Celebrate Canada Day (July 1, 2019) in the nation’s most iconic national park. Start the day with a parade down Banff Ave. and finish by hiking a trail through Canada’s first national park.

When: July


5. Enjoy The Summer Concert Series

World-renowned art and cultural hub Banff Centre For Arts And Creativity hosts an incredible summer performance and outdoor concerts series. Banff Centre also hosts other great events throughout the year, so visit their event calendar for more information.

When: July to September

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6. Discover Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival started in 1976 when local climbers and skiers were looking for something to celebrate between seasons. Since then it has grown into one of the biggest mountain film festivals in the world. Join filmmakers, artists, authors, athletes, and enthusiastic fans for the nine-day celebration of adventure at Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. Here are 5 Reasons To Attend The Film Festival.

When: October

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7. The Start of Christmas in Banff National Park

In Banff and Lake Louise, the holidays bring a diverse array of shows, events and gatherings for all. The festive season kicks off with the Santa Claus Parade of Lights and the Banff Christmas Market in mid-November, and a variety of events run straight through to New Year’s. Visit Christmas in Banff and Lake Louise for more information, including a complete event listing.

When: November

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Real Banff is an inside look at the events and activities around the park, brought to you by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism. Our mission is to have a post on pretty much everything that is available for you to do in Banff, Lake Louise and beyond.