Plenty of festivals running in Airdrie this summer
Friday, May 17, 2013 03:53 pm
Families looking for excitement in Airdrie this summer are sure to enjoy the wide variety of festivals and farmers markets happening locally over the next few months.
The biggest is the popular Airdrie Farmer’s Market, opening June 5. It has moved from its former home at the Legion to the recently renovated Jensen Park, located next to the Plainsman Arena. More than 60 vendors are expected to set up at the weekly market, which runs from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the new location offers a kid-friendly feature of the Jensen playground just steps from the market stalls.
In addition to the weekly market, there’s an influx of festivals coming to town. The KARE Festival, presented by The Kite Guys and Aurora Creative Solutions Ltd. will be at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo grounds on July 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will offer families the opportunity to make or bring their own kites to fly, or watch professional kite flyers move their unique kites through the air. A number of activities are planned for kids, and there’s a trade show element for parents too.
Of course, the Airdrie Regional Air Show is one event you don’t want to miss. Running this year at the Airdrie Airport July 13 and 14, the show will feature the Canadian Snowbirds as well as Team Oracle’s Sean Tucker, a civilian aerobatics performer. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth. Tickets can be pre-purchased online at www.airdrieairshow.com
Another great event to visit, is the 13th annual Airdrie Summer Classic “Doin It On The Grass” show and shine. The show, hosted by the Time Travellers Car Club attracts hundreds of classic automobiles each year and has become an annual stop for car enthusiasts in Southern Alberta, as Airdrie’s show is the only one in Alberta held on the grass in a large public park. This summer the event will be held at Nose Creek on Aug. 10.
The Empty Bowls Arts Festival, happening June 22 at Nose Creek Park, is an oldie but a goodie.
“This will be our seventh year of providing a festival that will bring the community of Airdrie together, will highlight local artists and performers, will raise awareness of hunger issues in our community and raise funds for the Airdrie Food Bank,” said Lori McRitchie, executive director of the Airdrie Food Bank.
“This event is our way of saying thanks to our community for all the support they provide to those in need through our programs.
“All who attend are given a free lunch. Empty Bowls 2012 was the most successful event to date with 3,000 people attending and over $17,000 raised to support our programs.
“We expect this year’s festival to be even bigger and better with the support of our community,” she added.
At the event, the Airdrie Rotary Club sponsors a number of activities for kids of all ages, including a fish pond, face painting, clowns and other children›s entertainment.
And of course, the playground equipment is nearby for burning off some steam.