Signature Events in the Mighty Peace

The Mighty Peace offers an exciting blend of culture, adventure, and community spirit, which is showcased through a variety of signature events that are known to captivate locals and visitors from near and far.

From the rhythmic beating of drums and the vibrant display of traditional regalia at Pow Wows to the adrenaline-pumping excitement of rodeos and jet boat racing, there’s no shortage of thrilling experiences to be had. 

Join us as we explore the diverse and exhilarating signature events that make the Mighty Peace a destination like no other.

Peace River Pow Wow, June 1-2, 2024

Presented by the Peace River Aboriginal Interagency Committee, this two-day cultural extravaganza unfolds at the picturesque Peace River Agricultural Grounds, serving as the perfect summer kickoff. Prepare to delve into a world of traditional dances, melodious songs, spirited fiddling and jigging contests, and adrenaline inducing hand game competition.

You’ll be able to keep hunger at bay by indulging in bannock, as well as other traditional and neo-traditional treats. In between taking in the activities and enjoying delicious food, you will be able to browse through the Indigenous Artist Vendors, who offer unique and authentic goods for you to commemorate your day with.

If you’re interested in immersing yourself in excitement, entertainment, and the Indigenous culture, then you must add the Peace River Pow Wow to your summer itinerary! 

Wanham Plowing Match, June 21-23, 2024

Grab your hat and boots and add the Wanham Plowing Match to your calendar this year! Starting in 1971, this iconic event in the Mighty Peace puts a spotlight on historical agricultural activities and is the perfect attraction for people of all ages to enjoy. Organized by the COCO Wanham Plowing Match and Ag Society, you’ll be able to experience everything from a pancake breakfast, baseball tournament and bouncy castles to tractor pulls, horse plowing, a car show, and more. 

Rich in history, this well attended occasion is the perfect way to learn more about the rural heritage and traditions of the area and spend a weekend outdoors with family and friends. 

Wanham Plowing Match

Peace River Gold Cup, July 5-7, 2024

Get ready to feel the thrill of the roaring engines and the splash of adrenaline as jet boats race along the majestic Peace and Smoky River during the Peace River Gold Cup! As one of the most action-packed sporting events in the area, you’ll be able to watch boats reach up to 160mph and cheer on teams from all over Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. 

Spectators can choose from plenty of amazing vantage points along the riverbanks to watch the boats fly by and can take part in the many activities being held at Riverfront Park. Fun for the whole family, you will be able to browse the local Farmers’ Market, activities for the family, enjoy a cold brew in the beer garden, and grab a great bite to eat from one of the food trucks on site.  

Don’t miss out on this one of a kind experience this summer!

Bonanza Agricultural Fair & Mud Bogs, July 19 and 20, 2024 

If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned time, then the Bonanza Agricultural Fair and Mud Bogs are for you.  This annual event has been in motion for the past 43 years and every year it gets bigger and better. Watch the mud fly as vehicles of all shapes and sizes race through the water logged track, cheer on your favourite riders and fast horses at the gymkhana event, indulge in the pancake breakfast and on site concession, take in the thrilling demolition derby, have fun at the children’s games, or kick up your boots at the evening dance – either way, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable weekend in Bonanza. 

With so many sights and activities to experience, camping is suggested for those who don’t want to miss out on a single thing. This family friendly event is highly recommended! 

Waterhole Rodeo, July 19 – 21, 2024

Get ready to experience the heart-pounding thrill and wild-west excitement of a rodeo like never before! Waterhole Rodeo is known as one of the best local and Amateur rodeos in the Mighty Peace and provides a fun weekend that the whole family can enjoy. Between watching bucking bulls, fast ropers, incredible trick riders, and gritty barrel racers, you will be able to indulge in delicious barbecue and smoked meats from the many food booths, browse the vendor market, and dance the night away with live, local entertainment. 

Whether you’re a seasoned cowboy, or a first-time spectator, this rodeo is sure to have you on the edge of your seat and loving every single second of the adrenaline-fueled action. Add it to your summer to do list today! 

Fairview Amateur Rodeo bronking


Woodland Cree First Nation Treaty Days, August 5-7, 2024

Prepare for an unforgettable weekend of cultural festivities, delicious cuisine, and exciting activities at the Woodland Cree First Nation Treaty Days! This complimentary family event will allow you to immerse yourself in the rich and vibrant Indigenous culture of the region and experience land games such as axe throwing, archery, canoe racing, and more. 

Engage in cultural workshops guided by experienced Elders and discover the art of crafting ribbon skirts and other traditional items. Children can enjoy face painting and bouncy castles, while everyone can look forward to a talent show highlighting local performers, including jigging and air band performances.

This is bound to be a weekend you’ll remember for many years to come! 

Summers End Festival, August 26, 2024

Get ready for a festival like no other! The Summers End Festival in the “Heart of the Peace,” has an incredible lineup of performances by Kikbak, Snow Circus, Burnt River Band, Spandy Andy, Hula Hoop Circus, a street dance with TJ Ruckus, and the Peace Classic Wheels car show. But that’s just the beginning – immerse yourself in a world of fun with castle & moonwalk bouncers, axe throwing, a western shoot out, a 56-foot obstacle course, a portable rock wall climber, and engaging tug-of-war activities. Kids will love the interactive hula hoop station and Trinity Body Art’s face painting, glitter tattoos, and sparkle painting.

Don’t forget to explore the street vendors selling unique items and enjoy delicious bites from food trucks like the Dutch Wharf Concessions, SnoBiz Treats, Hawaiian Treats, and Bulldogs Gourmet Dogs. Kids and adults alike will have the time of their lives during one of Fairview’s biggest festivals!

Miserable Miles, September 7, 2024

Are you ready to push your limits and conquer Misery Mountain? Experience the ultimate thrill at Miserable Miles, a 5.5km obstacle race, where every step is a test of your strength and determination. Ascend 212 meters through breathtaking landscapes, overcoming challenging obstacles along the way. Located in the heart of Peace River, this event brings people to the area from far and wide. With a supportive cheering squad and beer gardens at the base of the hill, the fun doesn’t end when you cross the finish line. 

Test your strength, spend a day outdoors, and cheers to your accomplishments with friends and family – this highly anticipated occasion is good for the mind, body, and soul. 

Miserable Miles view

Harvest Moon Festival, September 14, 2024

Picture this: Grimshaw’s Main Street is filled with bouncy castles, games, food booths, an open-air market, endless music, and beautiful string lights overhead. With daytime activities perfect for all ages, you will be able to browse the high-performance car show, local vendors, the pie and jam competition, local performers, and so much more. This amazing gathering brings locals and visitors together to celebrate the upcoming harvest season and spend an evening beneath the bright moon and twinkling stars. 

This entire day of events has something for everyone and is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and welcome in the next season ahead. Mark your calendars for this show stopping occasion and make incredible memories while you’re there! 

Oktoberfest, October 19, 2024

Get ready to raise your steins and celebrate at the Town of McLennan’s Oktoberfest! This wildly entertaining event boasts a traditional Bavarian experience filled with lively music, authentic German cuisine, and of course, plenty of delicious beer. Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or just looking for a good time, this Oktoberfest promises to be a fun-filled event for all. 

With a lively atmosphere, McLennan’s Oktoberfest is the perfect way to celebrate fall with friends and family. Join in for a day of fun, laughter, and unforgettable memories. Prost!

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a foodie, or a lover of arts and culture, the Mighty Peace’s signature events offer something for everyone, making it a must-visit destination year-round. Experience the magic of the region and create unforgettable memories in this hidden gem of Alberta.