10 Most Iconic Festivals in Canada

Festivals in Canada

There are many festivals in Canada which are celebrated with full joy, excitement and happiness. 

People will enjoy music, dance, colours, comedy shows, and outdoor sports at these festivals. This festival brings joy, happiness and brotherhood to our lives.

Many workshops, concerts, and discussions take place during these festivals in Canada so that the people who want to learn new things and explore things can get a chance to learn such things.

The celebrated Canadian festivals are the Quebec city summer festival, film festivals, Canada Day, awards season, Calgary stampede festival, Celtic colours festival, and many more.

These festivals are celebrated in different cities of Canada like Vancouver, Canadian Rockies, near lake Ontario, and Alberta. These festivals help us retrieve information about the culture of the country, folk music and dance, art, and sculptures.

Most Celebrated Festivals In Canada

Here we will discuss the list of the most celebrated festivals in Canada. Along with the month they are celebrated and the main highlighted events of the festivals.

The list of the most celebrated festival in Canada is as follows:

1. Toronto International Film Festival

This festival is an award function for many films releasing their premiere in Toronto. There are many films which have released their premiere during this auspicious moment. Those films are Hotel Rwanda, The Big Chill and American Beauty.

In this Toronto international film festival, those films got nominated for the Oscar and the Golden Globe Awards. There are numerous outdoor stages located, and people enjoy the festival very much.

This festival provides a chance for the young generation and sensations to meet the filmmakers and join the screening, workshops and discussions related to the films. Many industry professionals join this festival.

It is celebrated in downtown Toronto. It starts in early September from the night after the labour day and lasts eleven days. People enjoy this festival a lot, and they learn a lot of things here.

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2. Edmonton Folk Music Festival

 This festival is celebrated in Alberta. It was first celebrated in 1980 with the help of 300 volunteers and only one staff member, and now it is a leading music festival leading the world, and now more than 2700 volunteers work hard to celebrate this festival.

It is a huge celebration dedicated to folk music artists from all over Canada and the world. The emerging national talent offers stage shows here. They show Gaelic singing.

North America’s singers and music groups also participate in this music festival. The performers from Mongolia, Brazil, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Cuba, India, Mexico, and the United Kingdom also participate in this festival.

The Edmonton Folk Festival is celebrated for fun and to teach the new generation about folk music. So, there is no profit from the tickets. So the ticket prices are reasonable.

There are many food stalls on the festival ground, and the people visit here with the entire family to see this unique celebration.

3. Celebration Of Light

The Celebration of Light festival is celebrated in Vancouver. It is celebrated every summer season. It is one of the most popular light festivals, or we can say it is the most popular light festival in the world.

This is also a part of food festivals celebrated in the country in which many food trucks and stalls are prepared to get great food. It is one of the most famous Canadian festivals, a part of their culture.

The busiest and the most popular point is English Bay Beach because English Bay Beach is the best place to watch the fireworks and the lights of the festival.

You can also see various cruises on this site. You have to reach early to get a good spot from where you can enjoy the festival. The music is also played alongside. You can also enjoy the visual arts, different designs, and synchronicity of music at this festival.

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4. Celtic Colours International Festival

It longs for nine days, and it is celebrated in October. Many visitors from all over the world come here to be a part of this festival. Artist from the countries like England, Spain, Britain, Denmark, Cuba, Sweden, and United States reaches here.

There are various concerts and programmes which go on during these nine days. These programmes include Gaelic singing, traditional dance performances, Cape Breton fiddling, and world-class bagpiping.

During the nighttime, many workshops, exhibitions, and club parties are done to make the festival more memorable. 

At the end of the festival, the vibrant colours make the backdrop a beautiful and scenic view. It is done with the help of various colours like yellow, orange, and red.

5. Quebec Winter Carnival

The Quebec Winter Carnival is the biggest winter carnival celebrated in Canada and worldwide. This festival was first celebrated by New France’s inhabitants (now Quebec City).

This festival was first celebrated in 1894, and since that year, it has been celebrated every year in Canada in the month of late January or early February. This festival is the rowdy tradition that all people will gather before Lent to drink, eat or be merry.

At the start and closing of the festival, opening and closing ceremonies are held at Ice Palace. The major of Quebec City will be present there for the ceremonies.

In this winter carnival, the main highlights which gain the people’s attention are snow sculptures, a crazy canoe race in which the racers have to cross the Saint Lawrence River, night parades, ice sculptures, and ice skating. The music is also played alongside.

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6. Montreal International Jazz Festival

The Montreal International Jazz Festival is the world’s largest jazz festival and is mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records. The biggest international artists from many countries reach here to be a part of this music festival.

At this event, musicians come from 20 countries to be part of this festival. Every year 3000 musicians are accompanied by more than two million music lovers.

There are more than 500 concerts which are going live during this festival. There are many of the greatest outdoor stages for live music concerts and many indoor concert halls.

It is one of the most popular festivals, and there is no entry fee for the people. Music lovers can enjoy this festival without any charges. Some former artists of this festival are Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin, and Diana Krall.

7. The Calgary Stampede

It was first celebrated in the year 1886 in July. It is a ten days festival, and in these ten days, many events take place like midway stage shows, chuckwagon racing, rodeo racing, parade, agriculture competitions, and concerts.

During the Calgary Stampede festival, more than one million people join this festival as a competitor along with their cowboy hats. All the people wear the same type of attire: blue jeans and belt buckles.

Thousands of volunteers organize these events, and civic leaders support these volunteers. This festival’s main centre of attraction is the Rodeo race and the Chuckwagon race.

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8. Winterlude Festival

Ottawa is the capital of Canada, and this festival is celebrated as the first Ottawa and is celebrated by all Canadians. During the first three weeks of February month, this festival is celebrated. For almost the past 40 years, this festival has been celebrated in the first three weeks of February.

There is a live music festival or programme at outdoor and indoor venues. But the highlight of this festival is the Rideau Canal Skateway. This festival is celebrated all over the city with great joy and pleasure.

Every winter, the Rideau Canal Skateway becomes the center of attraction due to the largest skating rink, which is around 5 miles long. In other words, it has the world’s largest skating rink.

The frozen road is used for transportation and recreation. The American Express snowball pathway is used as an outdoor concert venue hosting and for other entertainment. 

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9. Canada Day

Canada Day is the biggest and most famous festival celebrated and reserved for July. Canada Day is celebrated every year on the 1st of July. Canada Day is celebrated as the birth of the country.

People all over the country on Canada day are dressed in red and white attire. And on this day, they proudly wave the leaf flags and enjoy fireworks. 

On Canada Day, people all over the country celebrate this day with great pleasure and joy. They eat delicious food and try different cuisines along with Canadian beer. The vast and great function Of Canada Day is celebrated in the country’s capital, Ottawa.

The best time to visit the country of Canada is in July. If you visit Canada on this day, you will find Canada in different colours, filling your heart with joy. Trust Me.

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10. Montreal Comedy Festival

The Montreal Comedy Festival is also known as the Just For Laughs Festival. This festival is celebrated once a year. This event is among the most popular event in Canada and has been celebrated for the last 1983 years. 

This festival also comes under the most famous and best comedy programmes. Different programmes are conducted at this festival, including famous ice carving competitions and other competitions.

Mr. Bean, the most famous silent comedian, was tested on the Montreal crowds in 1989. There are so many acts also included in this festival like Kevin Hart and Jimmy Carry.

Final Note

The festivals celebrated in Canada are worldwide famous. These festivals in Canada are related to their traditions and culture and people will come closer to their folk music, dance, sculpture and many more.

Artists from all over the world come to attend these festivals and show their talents to people through concerts and exhibitions. The different festivals are celebrated in different cities in Canada.

These festivals last long for a week or more than that in which people enjoy the light, music, film festivals, award shows and more.

You can collect information about the correct timings and dates of these festivals through a valid email to the websites of these festival coordinators and the volunteers.

During these festivals in Canada, many competition of outdoor games takes place. People enjoy these festivals with their families. The festivals will bring us closer to our family and friends as we get some time to spend with them and enjoy them.

Priyanshi Sharma
I am an avid traveller. I have visited many tourist places and many beautiful spots across the world. I have done my Bachelor's in Biotechnology. I love to read J. R. R. Tolkiens and Charles Dickens books. I like to write my thoughts and travel experience so that people can know about the place. I like to do research about new places.