A complete guide to Banff

Events and Celebrations in Banff

Banff indulges in hosting a wide array of festivals throughout the year. These vary from private bashes thrown in the local pubs, to national celebrations. Though not all events in Banff are perennial, here is a list of popular events (and their respective dates), that recur annually:

Art Shows & Exhibitions

Event: Art from the Permanent Collection
Venue: Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Date: June 5 – October 9
Address: Address: 111 Bear Street,
Contact: 1 403 762-2291 

  • Home to the world’s largest accumulation of Canadian Rockies photography, literature, and art.
  • Ongoing stories of Peter and Catherine Whyte.
  • Kids Services provided through “Museo Funatic Packs” to aid them in exploring the museum.
  • Archives and library (1pm to 5 pm, Mon-Sat). Museum shops opened daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Entry fees are $6/student, $3.50/senior, and $15/family of 4.

Event: Comic Craze
Venue: Walter Phillips Gallery
Date: June 5 – September 3
Address: Glyde Hall, The Banff Centre, St Julien Rd, Banff AB
Contact: 1 403 762-6281

  • Event focuses on the comic culture of Canada, posing hundreds of historic and contemporary comics, zines and graphic novels.
  • Opened Tues-Sun Noon to 5 pm (opened till 9 pm on Thur).

Event: Deryk Houston
Venue: Canada House Gallery
Date: June 17
Address: 201 Bear St Banff AB T1L 1B5
Contact: 1 403 762-3757 

  • British Columbian artist, Deryk Houston returns to Canada House Gallery, for his annual solo exhibition, portraying his personal visions of the world on his canvasses.

Event: Dynamic Demo Day
Venue: Canada House Gallery
Date: August 12
Address: 201 Bear St Banff AB T1L 1B5
Contact: 1 800 419-1298 

  • Centres around 9 artists; Doug Frey, Ted Griffiths, Donna Jo Massie, Terry McCue, Sylvia Naylor, Wendy Powell, Leslie Rowe-Israelson, K. Neil Swanson and Peter Wyse, demonstrating their amusing talents.
  • Purpose of event is to celebrate Canada’s diversified cultural offerings.
  • Opened from 10am to 4pm.

    Sporting Events

Event: Terry Fox National School Day Run
Date: September 17

  • A national, simultaneous participation amongst schools all over Canada to commemorate the anniversary of Terry Fox’s Run of Hope.
  • It is thus one of Canada’s largest single-day event in Canadian history where youths show that they have the power to help others.

Event: New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade 
Venue: Ski Banff Norquay
Date: TBA for the 2006/2007 season
Address: Mt Norquay Rd, N of Hwy 1, Banff AB T1L 1B4
Contact: 1 403 762-4421

  • From Downtown Banff enjoy the beauty of a torchlight parade down Lonepine (conditions permitting).
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Movies & Film Screenings

Event: Banff Mountain Film Festival
Venue: The Banff Centre Climbing Gym
Date: TBA
Address: Sally Borden Bldg, St Julien Rd
Contact: 1 403 762-6100

  • Yearly Gathering of individuals from all over the world to engage themselves in captivating mountain stories.
  • Presented by National Geographic and Dunham Bootmakers, brings you the world’s best mountain films, videos and speakers.
  • Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places — all brought to life on the big screen.

Readings & Lectures

Event: Wordfest: International Writers Festival
Venue: EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts
Date: October 11 - 15
Address: 2nd Floor, Calgary Public Building, 205 8th Ave SW Calgary
Contact: 1 403 294-7462 

  • Wordfest was started by Mount Royal College, the Banff Centre, the Calgary Public Library, and the Writers' Guild of Alberta.
  • It is an event that aims to bring readers and writers together, in celebration of their written and spoken words.