One of the things that makes the Mighty Peace Region special is our community spirit. So, naturally, having fun together is one of our favourite ways to celebrate summer. Whether it’s a rodeo, a fair, or a sporting event, you’re sure to find plenty to entertain the whole family at one of these eight don’t-miss summer spectacles.
Small Town, Gigantic Fun at the Wanham Plowing Match
This diverse community fair has been going strong since 1971, with new events being added every year. Camp for the weekend and enjoy equine events, tractor pulls, a Slo-Pitch tournament, lawn tractor races, and, of course, a plowing competition. There are bouncy castles and face painting for the kids and lawn bowling and a silent auction for the adults—plus so much more. Down-home family fun doesn’t get better than this.
A Roaring Good Time at the Harmon Valley Amateur Rodeo
Harmon Valley Agricultural Grounds
Watch friends, neighbours, and local rodeo stars compete in all your favourite rodeo events at this weekend-long rodeo. Outside the arena, enjoy live entertainment, a steak dinner, a mechanical bull, and a product market by local artisans. They’ve even got mini-chariot races!
Blood-pumping Fun at the Peace River Gold Cup Jet Boat Races
Town of Peace River
Every year, teams from around the world converge on the Town of Peace River to compete in the World Championships for jet boat racing. Pack your cooler, grab your lawn chairs, and watch from the banks of the Peace River as adrenaline junkies navigate their sleek speed machines along the challenging watercourses of the Peace and Smoky Rivers. Bring your earplugs—speed like this lets its presence be known!
Look to the Skies at the Peace Regional Airshow
Peace River Airport
Every odd-numbered year, folks from around the region come out to enjoy northern Alberta’s premier aviation festival. Enjoy daring feats of aerobatic skill by some of the most iconic performers in the industry, not least of which are the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Ground entertainers such as jet car performer Ryan McQueen and monster truck and helicopter rides keep the fun on full throttle between aviation events. Don’t miss the show!
Rock and Roll at the Fairview Amateur Rodeo
Waterhole Rodeo Grounds
Live entertainment from local bands, bouncy castles, laser tag, beer gardens, a concession, and, of course, all your favourite rodeo events! This amateur rodeo weekend is fun for everyone. Come see rodeo’s rising stars!
The Fun Never Stops at the Battle River Rodeo
Battle River Agricultural Grounds, Manning
This amateur rodeo is not only the oldest and largest in Northern Alberta, but also one of the longest. After the weekend kicks off on Thursday morning with a BBQ lunch, you can enjoy everything from mutton busting to steer wrestling at this family-friendly rodeo. Eat pancakes until you burst, then wear them off by playing softball in the tournament and dancing all night to live entertainment. Don’t miss Sunday’s Demolition Derby!
Thrills and Spills at the North Peace Stampede
Lac Cardinal Sports Grounds, Grimshaw
This professional rodeo is three jam-packed days of events by industry stars as well as local amateurs. Chuck wagon races, concession stands, beer gardens, and a midway ensure that everyone will find something fun to do!
Say Farewell to Summer at the Summer’s End Festival
At the end of August, Fairview gets its party on when Main Street transforms into an open-air festival extraordinaire. Start the Saturday with a pancake breakfast and a parade. Fill the afternoon with face painting, entertainers, street vendors, bouncy castles, and a vintage car show, to name a few of the attractions. Dance the night away to live local entertainment under the stars. Say goodbye to summer by wringing out every last moment of enjoyment at this fantastic street fair.