August events and attractions worth visiting in Alberta’s southwest
Lethbridge is hub to unique entertainment, vacation and travel experiences in Southwestern Alberta
Lethbridge, Alberta (August 04, 2011) – Southwestern Alberta has a number of must attend events and must see attractions this August. Let Lethbridge be your hub to enjoy same-day vacation, travel and entertainment experiences in southwestern Alberta. In terms of events, we chose five that we think will knock your socks off. A bit of something for every taste – Experience everything Japanese at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Summer Celebration. For car buffs, we have the Southern Alberta Antique and Classic Car Club Show and Shine (Lethbridge). If you like live theatre we have two outstanding plays at the Empress theatre for both young and old theatregoers. For country music fans, the Canadian Country Weekend – Outdoor Music Festival in Fort Macleod is a must attend event. For cowpokes, there’s also an old time rodeo at the Bar U Ranch. For the romantics – there’s a moonlight cruise in Waterton with great music & fabulous food. And, let’s not forget the big party in Lethbridge during Whoop-Up Days that features a midway, rodeo, concerts and fun for the entire family from August 24-27.
As far as must see attractions – when was the last time you visited Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump to see an authentic drum ceremony and some of the best pow-wow dancers in Alberta? For those seeking history and nostalgia, we selected the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston and the Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum in Picture Butte. And we’ve also added two little know “gems” for you to explore.
The Gem of the West Museum features Coaldale’s rich history while The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village will introduce you to the legendary George “Kootenai” Brown, the man credited as being the driving force to have Waterton established as an International Park.
Lethbridge & area events worth attending this August
Lethbridge, Alberta – Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Summer Celebration (August 06) – Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Everything Japanese. Activities include:
Origami Pinwheel making, Bonsai demonstration, and Taiko drumming. www.nikkayuko.com/events_and_activities_specialevents.asp
Lethbridge, Alberta – Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Summer Celebration (August 07) – Koi Fish Kites for kids. Watch as their imagination takes flight as they are able to create their own Koi Fish Kites! www.nikkayuko.com/events_and_activities_specialevents.asp
Lethbridge, Alberta – Southern Alberta Antique and Classic Car Club Show and Shine (August 7) – Centre Village Mall/ Canadian Tire North Parking Lot – Bring out your antique and classic cars and motorcycles or just come to view some of Southern Alberta’s specialty vehicles. Purchase a burger and help buy toys for children staying at Harbour House. 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lethbridge, Alberta – Modified Tractor/Truck Pull – Exhibition Park Grandstand (August 05 & 06) – Pioneer Park, Friday 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday 2:00 PM www.exhibitionpark.ca/files/4113/0764/7317/Scan001%2034.PDF
George Canyon & Terri Clark
Fort Macleod, Alberta – Canadian Country Weekend – Outdoor Music Festival (August 12-14) – Two days of great country music including Terri Clark, George Canyon & Ian Tyson www.canadiancountryweekend.com
Waterton Park, Alberta – Waterton Natural History Association Moonlight Cruise (August 13) – Cruise the Upper Waterton Lake to Goat Haunt and back while enjoying live music and great food. www.mywaterton.ca/calendar.cfm?popID=62
Longview, Alberta – Bar U Ranch, National Historic Site of Canada – Old Time Ranch Rodeo (August 14) 1:00 PM – Rodeo competition demonstrating traditional ranching skills when cattle ranged by the thousands and men on horseback rode herd. Join us for an exciting afternoon of Broke Horse Racing, Team Sorting, Branding and Doctoring, and Wild Cow Milking, as teams of working cowboys from southern Alberta ranches compete for silver Bar U belt buckles, and bragging rights! www.friendsofthebaru.com/special_events.htm
Fort Macleod, Alberta – Empress Theatre – Vaudeville! (Friday August 19) – It wouldn’t be summer without The Empress Theatre’s famous Vaudeville! variety show. Join us for a sampling of talent from all across southern Alberta, from belly dancing to bag piping and poetry to piano Vaudeville! has got it all. Friday August 19 at 8:00 PM Cost Adult- $15. Everyone Else- $10. www.empresstheatre.ab.ca
Cardston, Alberta – World Mini-Chuckwagon Championships, Remington Carriage Museum (August 19-20) – These chuckwagons are approximately half the size of those on the professional chuckwagon circuit and are pulled by a team of four miniature horses. A must see event and every bit as exciting as the big boys. www.history.alberta.ca/remington/default.aspx
Nanton, Alberta – Bomber Command Museum of Canada – Twenty-fifth Anniversary Celebrations – “A SALUTE to 408 SQUADRON” (August 20) – Activities include a pancake breakfast, Lancaster engine start-ups, Fleet Fawn start-ups, Tours of the Lancaster Bomber, a Luncheon, various presentations during the day, an afternoon program celebrating the museum’s anniversary and honouring 408 squadron’s contributions over the past seventy years, and flypasts of vintage and modern military aircraft. www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/event2011nls25anniv.html#2011event_overview
Pincher Creek, Alberta – Huckleberry Festival (August 26 & 27) – Held every August at Castle Mountain Resort, the Huckleberry Festival has been taking place for over a dozen years and features more than just picking the yummy and unique wild huckleberries. The family-friendly festival also includes live music, a pancake breakfast, BBQ, Chair rides & berry picking, Bake & Craft s Sale, Kids Zone and evening lodge party. www.skicastle.ca/whatsNew.cfm?wnID=101
Taber, Alberta – Taber Corn Fest (August 26 & 27) – Fun for all ages. Activities include: Chili Cook-off , 2nd Annual Rebel’s Cornfest Classic Football Game, Cornbread Contest, Cornfest Chinook Rodeo, Midway, Beer Gardens, West Coast Lumberjack Show , Live entertainment, Pancake Breakfast, Arts & Crafts Sale, Town of Taber Fun Run 5 km & 10 km, Corn Country Cruisers Show and Shine,
Western Tractor Corn Eating Competition, 1st Annual Boarderline Skateboard Contest, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, CPR Puffer Belly Express – Take a train ride around the park for free and fireworks. www.aroundtaber.com/Default.aspx?alias=www.aroundtaber.com/tabcf
Fort Macleod, Alberta – Empress Theatre – Bird Brain (Saturdays until August 27) –Suitable for ages 5+ From one of Canada’s most produced playwrights, Vern Theissen, Bird Brain promises laughter for all ages. When our hero reluctantly shelters a freezing nest of baby birds under his hat, he finds himself torn between saving himself or protecting his helpless stowaways. Will he follow the rules or his heart? This courageous comedy about being a little different has something for the whole family. Saturdays at 11:00 AM until August 27 Special Matinees August 3 & 24. Cost: Everyone $10. www.empresstheatre.ab.ca
Lethbridge, Alberta Whoop-Up Days Family Festival (August 24-27) – Whoop-Up Days is Lethbridge’s annual non-profit festival, exhibition and rodeo held in the last full week in August. The event includes a four-km parade through downtown, daily concerts (Trooper & Lighthouse), roving performers, RV show, Monster Ride Truck, acrobats of Hebei China, a rodeo, midway + much more. www.exhibitionpark.ca/index.php/general-events/2011-events/whoop-up-days
Lethbridge & area attractions worth visiting this summer
Fort Macleod, Alberta – Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Located 18 km north & west of Fort Macleod at a place where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the great plains, one of the world’s oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jump’s known to exist. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Every Wednesday during August on the Plaza at Head-Smashed-In Interpretive Centre, you can hear authentic drummers and see some of Alberta’s best pow-wow dancers. www.head-smashed-in.com/home.html
Cardston, Alberta – Remington Carriage Museum – Located in the rolling foothills of southern Alberta, the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston, provides visitors with an authentic experience with 19th and early 20th century horse-drawn transportation. Using state-of-the-art techniques, the Remington Carriage Museum brings this bygone era to life. www.history.alberta.ca/remington/default.aspx
Photo Courtesy of David Rossiter, Lethbridge Herald
Coaldale, Alberta – Gem of the West Museum – The “Gem of the West” is a name borrowed from Coaldale’s early days. The Coaldale area was so named by a visitor when its richness was observed soon after irrigation came to the region. The museum is located in the old Mennonite Brethren Congregation church on Hwy #845, two blocks north of Birds of Prey Centre. The mandate of the Society is to preserve and portray the history of Coaldale and District from its earliest time to present day. The Gem of the West Museum is a 15,000 square foot rural museum that showcases various ethnic and cultural groups. www.gemofthewest.ca
George “Kootenai” Brown
Pincher Creek, Alberta – The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village – Established in 1966, The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village has expanded to include 19 buildings and 18,000+ artifacts. Our namesake, the legendary George “Kootenai” Brown, lived the life of a wild and woolly frontiersman in South Western Alberta and Montana. He is buried with the remains of his two wives in Waterton National Park. Kootenai Brown is credited as being the main driving force to have Waterton established as an International Park. His cabin and some of his possessions form part of the village. www.kootenaibrown.org
Picture Butte, Alberta – Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum – Located approximately one mile south of the Town of Picture Butte on Highway 843, the museum more than 100 machines on display consisting of antique tractors, combines, binders, threshers and numerous kinds of beet and cultivating equipment. www.picturebutte.ca/visitors/prairie_tractor.php
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