Summer of events & festivals
Summer in Wood Buffalo is a time rich with events and festivals – a time of music, art, and culture that gives Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region a vibrant dimension of identity that’s as distinct as its natural superlatives and economic strengths.
June Bug Children’s Festival
Consider a summer morning spent at the June Bug Children’s Festival. Your kids sit restlessly, anticipating the mirror’s reflection, where they see themselves transformed by an artist’s face paint. Afterwards, they stand stoically as a balloon artist crown them king and queen for the day. Watch as they laugh and play with other children, bouncing in the belly of an inflatable castle, overjoyed by the spectacle of it all.
Or visit the interPLAY visual and performing arts festival that takes hold of downtown Fort McMurray. Your family and 20,000 other people walk the streets with artists, performers, and musicians who turn the town into an urban stage. Hear the sounds of a folk tune plucked on a guitar. Enjoy the searing wit of a comedian inspiring laughter in the crowd. And watch a host of jester-like street performers entertain in the public square.
Wood Buffalo Country Fair
Art imitates life in this region, a sentiment you experience when bringing brush to canvas in one of the many community art projects held here or by browsing the artistic wares for sale at the Wood Buffalo Country Fair. You see carvings, paintings, and sculpture that interpret the land and the people around you.
Music & midways
Summer is a time for music and midways. Coloured lights blur with the whirl of rides they illuminate. Delighted screams rise and fall with the movement. Follow the smell of incredible food and have a meal, as the sounds of the Country Music Jubilee or the Nexen CanadaROCKS music festival ring out in the summer air. Summer here is indeed a time rich with events and festivals, a time for experiencing the cultural richness of Wood Buffalo.