Summer Events In Banff
The beautiful blue green lakes are gleaming, the birds are chirping and Banff really comes alive in the summer months. Here are a selection of fun events and activities you might want to check out while you are here.
Banff Centre Summer Performances
We are so lucky to have such a global organization that leads in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines in Banff. If you love the arts and appreciate live performances, visit their website to see what’s happening during your stay. Some notable performances happening this summer are: Susan Aglukark and Leela Gilday (Jun 30); Blue Rodeo (July 7); Alvvays (July 13); Jens Lindemann (July 21 & 24), Frazy & Hawksley Workman (July 27); John Prine (Aug 8), Bahamas (Aug 11); Jazz and creative ensemble lead by Vijay Iyer (Aug 10, 17, 23).
Banff Mountain Market – Wednesdays May 22 – Oct 2, 2019
Every Wednesday, go to Central Park in Banff and explore a variety of local food vendors, unique hand crafted gifts, and specialty items. Make an afternoon of it and bring a picnic blanket, some sunscreen, and shades while you soak up some live entertainment and lounge in the park.
Banff Yoga Festival – May 24-26, 2019
The Banff Yoga Festival returns this year bringing together exceptional teachers of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness from Banff and beyond. Create your intentions in a goal-setting workshop, learn the basics of eating well in a cooking class, and connect with friends at a variety of yoga workshops. From yoga classes to hiking adventures, to cultural and social gatherings, this conscious celebration will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed fully in mind, body, and soul.
Banff Marathon – June 16, 2019
Every summer, hundreds of runners and spectators converge on Banff for one of the most memorable running experiences in the world, the Banff Marathon. For most, running through Canada’s first National Park and one of the most pristine and rugged landscapes in North America is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Starting in downtown Banff, runners follow the rolling hills of the scenic Bow Valley Parkway alongside the picturesqure Vermillion Lakes and Bow River. If you are unsure about taking on the full marathon distance, consider registering for the half marathon or 10K.
Banff Gallery Hop
Scattered throughout town, the Banff Gallery Hop takes place one Saturday each month from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm. Offering a gateway into Banff National Park’s unique arts, culture and heritage experiences, there is something new to discover every month. Jump on the Gallery Hop bus to get around the event with ease – it departs from the Whyte Museum every 30 minutes during event times.
Canada Day – July 1, 2019
The natural beauty, heritage, and culture of Banff and Lake Louise make for a fantastic setting to experience Canada Day on July 1. There is no better way to celebrate than being amongst the mountains and lakes that have defined images of Canada around the world.
Wild Bill’s Live Entertainment
Wild Bills Legendary Saloon is just around the corner from the hotel and they hold regular live entertainment options. Everything from country to punk rock, Wild Bills caters to the cowboy in us all.
Live Music at the Rose and Crown
No matter when you’re visiting Banff, if you want a place to dust off those dancing shoes, The Rose and Crown will not disappoint. Every night from 10pm until late, you can count on the Rose to have live entertainment.
Family Fun Zone – June 3 – August 22, 2019
The Family Fun Zone at The Fenlands has something for everyone. Parents and kids ages 2-12 can drop-in and play on the bouncy castles, basketball, table tennis, and much more. Parent supervision required.
Whyte Museum Events
The Whyte Museum acquires, preserves, interprets and makes accessible the history and culture of the Rocky Mountains of Canada by inspiring and cultivating the exchange of knowledge and ideas through their collections, programs and exhibitions. They offer a wide variety of public events throughout the year, including artist talks, book launches, film screenings and live performances.
Drop in DJ Roller Skate Night – Fridays May 24 to Aug 23, 2019
From 7-9 pm each Friday, come to The Fendlands to slip on some roller skates and enjoy a live DJ playing hit music.
Lantern Tours – Saturdays June – Sept, 2019
Visit the Cave and Basin in Banff National Park after dark with only a lantern for light! Join a small group of visitors to learn more history and tales of the discovery and days of old. Lights, sounds and a little magic from the fog machine conjures up the past including your host, the ghost of David Galletly, the first caretaker of the Cave and Basin.
Plate Smashing & Belly Dancing – Tuesdays & Fridays
A dinner extravaganza at the Balkan featuring belly dancing, plate smashing and Greek dancing. Every Tuesday & Friday night.
Melissa’s Road Race – September 28, 2019
Melissa’s Road Race is one of Canada’s most historic and popular running events. Heading in to it’s 40th year, Melissa’s features sensationally scenic routes in and around Banff National Park and routinely sells out. The event features a 5k, 10k and Half Marathon and has been described as a colourful display of sport and fun in Banff National Park. Melissa’s is also famous for it’s entertainment along the course, contagious spirit, post-run party and long-sleeved commemorative running shirt featuring local art. Melissa’s has received multiple awards as Alberta’s Best Road Race and is a longstanding tradition in Banff.
Banff Ghost Walks – May – October, 2019
Spend a spooktacular evening unearthing ghastly ghosts, ghouls and mysterious events lurking in the shadows of Banff’s historic streets.