It’s a summer event guide and you’re invited!
by Gregory Beatty
We haven’t done a listing of fun summer events in Regina, Saskatoon and the rest of the province for a couple of years now. We totally suck! But we’re making up for it this year. Hooray! And just in time, too, because Saskatchewan’ being invaded by newcomers drawn to our volatile resource-based economy and skyrocketing house prices. Why, it’s a veritable influx of newcomers! What better time to bring people up to speed on some fun, educational, creative and outright loony things do during our all too brief summer?
For more information on these events, and to find about even more summer activities, visit the Tourism Regina. Tourism Saskatoon and Tourism Saskatchewan websites. /Gregory Beatty
Regina International Fringe Festival
Includes a mix of local, national and international fringe theatre artists.
Craven Country Jamboree
Four day orgy of country music, drinking and fun pastimes. Headline acts include Tim McGraw (Friday), Dixie Chicks (Saturday) and Kenney Chesney (Sunday).
Secret Gardens Tour
Mix of self-directed garden tours and dance performances, this year on the theme “Birds, Bees & Butterflies”.
Hosted by Regina Windy Flyers, includes radio-controlled airplanes and helicopters.
The Trial of Louis Riel
July 17-Aug. 2.
Re-enactment of the 1885 trial where Metis leader Louis Riel was tried in Regina for treason for his part in the Northwest Rebellion/Resistance against Canadian government forces.
Two day family friendly festival in Wascana Centre celebrating Caribbean music, food and dance.
Family friendly festival set in Wascana Centre which celebrates Latin music, food and dance.
Queen City Ex
July 31-Aug. 4
Feature attractions include Shrek Live, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and Giant Flea Circus, along with the midway, grandstand performers and an evening parade to kick-off the fair on July 30.
Besant Campground (West on #1 Hwy.)
Annual electronic music-fest, with feature acts Florian Meindl, Luis Flores and Kytami.
Regina Folk Festival
Takes place in Victoria Park, making it Canada’s coziest folk festival, with free daytime stages and ticketed main stage concerts at night. Feature acts include Feist, Neko Case, Charles Bradley and Loreena McKennitt.
Symphony Under The Sky
Annual outdoor kick-off to the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s fall season, features a range of musical acts topped off by a performance by the RSO.
SaskTel Summer Invasion
The dates may have changed from early July to late August, but everything else remains the same, with daytime Xtreme sports events followed by concerts at night.
Regina Dragon Boat Festival
Teams of rowers compete for supremacy on the waters of the mighty Wascana Lake.
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
July 10-Aug. 25
Plays being performed this year are Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors, also features medieval feats on July 14 and 21.
Hosted by the Western Development Museum, includes displays of fashion, vintage cars and costumed interpreters churning butter and doing other pioneer activities.
A Taste of Saskatchewan
Whet your appetite for food and music at this popular festival, featuring gourmet food from local restaurants and food producers along with quality acts in a range of musical genres.
Saskatoon Dragon Boat Festival
Teams of amateur rowers race on the river with proceeds to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Reggae & World Music Festival
Feature acts include hoop dancer Terrance Littletent, Mikey Dangerous and Bank Preeyapong.
PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival
Includes a host of fringe theatre shows along with buskers and street vendors.
Hosted by the Saskatoon Nutana Rotary Club, includes BBQ competitions, music and, of course, the consumption of delectable ribs.
Includes music, midway rides, and other fair attractions.
John Arcand Fiddle Fest
Includes workshops, concerts and Metis dance and craft activities with special children’s programming.
Annual celebration of Saskatoon’s multi-cultural character, includes music food and entertainment.
PotashCorp Fireworks Festival
Features live entertainment during the day and choreographed fireworks displays at night.
Claybank Brick Plant
50 min. SW of Regina
Tour this national historic site and learn about the process of making bricks from clay.
Celebrate Canada Day at this national historic site and learn more about pioneer life.
Spirits of the Trail
July 1-Sept. 25
Presented by Burning Sky Theatre, this travelling theatre production recounts an historic encounter between Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull and NWMP inspector James Walsh. See website for dates on the trail from Fort Qu’Appelle to Fort Walsh.
La Fete Fransaskoise
Family friendly festival with children’s events, food, dancing and music. Featured performers include Indigo Joseph and Pile O Bones Brass Band.
All Folk’d Up
Three day family friendly music festival featuring English and Francophone acts including Library Voices, La Raquette a Claquettes and Alex Runions.
Carleton Trail Jamboree
Country music festival featuring Carroll Baker, Kira Isabella and Brad Johner & the Johner Boys.
Station Arts Centre
If you’re interested in live theatre, David French’s Newfoundland-based love story Salt-Water Moon is on throughout July.
Doukhobor Dugout House
A National Historic Site, with costumed interpreters recounting the settlement history of Russian Doukhobors.
The motto of this festival devoted to the delectable prairie fruit is “over 3000 people with purple teeth can’t be wrong.”
Annual festival devoted to recreating the atmosphere of travelling shows from the 1920s.
Should be extra special this year as the town is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Motif Multicultural Festival
Hosted by the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council in Happy Valley Park, includes music, food and more.
Qu’Appelle Valley Artists Show & Sale
Includes a host of original paintings, drawings and sketches.
Tobin Lake Walleye Classic
Hosted by the SJHL’s Nipawin Hawks, this fishing derby should ideally be held in winter so people could ice fish (ha-ha, get it?). But the team’s probably too busy playing hockey then I suppose.
Canora in Bloom
Join town residents in celebrating the floral glory of their area.
In addition to traditional rodeo events, also includes Miss Rodeo and Miss Indian Princess competitions.
Ness Creek Music Festival
Saskatchewan’s original eco-friendly music festival held in a remote forested area. Feature acts include Said the Whale, Amelia Curran, the Wooden Sky and Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg 5.
Saskatchewan Festival of Words
Annual celebration of the written and spoken word. Presenters this year include Candace Savage, Dave Bidini and Carmen Aguirre.
Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree
Get your gospel groove on with acts like the Amunruds, the Trudel Family and Ken Overcast.
Music is provided by the Country Squires and Schuler Family.
If you’re in the neighbourhood, offers a perfect chance to check out the T-Rex Centre.
Saskatchewan Handcraft festival
Organized by the Saskatchewan Craft Council, this market celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013.
Canada’s Parks Day
Annual celebration of our national provincial and regional park network.
Action-packed day of child-friendly activities.
Vintage Power Machines
Includes demonstrations of threshing, logging, heavy horses and more.
Annual festival recalling the importance of the railway to Melville.
The Gateway Festival
Located near the Big Muddy badlands this festival features a stellar line-up this year including Yukon Blonde, Rah Rah, Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans and Steve Earle & the Dukes.
In addition to special centennial celebrations, also includes the annual Wheat Festival, heritage Village Days and a performance by Crocus 80 Theatre of Ed Willett’s comedy Circle the Crops.
Frenchman River Gospel Jam
Offers a blend of gospel and country music. Feature acts include George Canyon, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
World Bunnock Championship
If you’ve never heard of bunnock before, it’s a traditional German-Russian game played with horse ankle bones.
Features music, a slo-pitch tournament and beer garden.
Mid-Summer Arts Festival
Includes visual and performing arts, along with children’s activities.
Living Skies Come Alive
Fireworks competition in conjunction with Family Day activities.
Threshermen’s Show & Seniors’ Festival
Includes threshing and stoking demonstrations, along with an antique car show.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Summer musical presented by Prairie Skies Theatre.
Saskatchewan Premiere’s Walleye Cup
Not sure if Premier Wall will be in attendance, but plenty of avid fisherfolk will be.
Summer Star Party
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Hosted by the Regina and Saskatoon branches of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Features two bands and air-conditioned dance facility.
North West Territorial Days
Includes a parade and fair along with a host of agricultural activities.
Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music and Festival
Includes a music camp Aug. 12-16, followed by a three day festival featuring the Whitetop Mountain Band, the get Down Boys, Buffalo Narrows and Binder Twine & the Balers.
Western Canadian Championships
Teams of handlers and border collies compete for western Canadian bragging rights.
Includes arts and crafts, live music and buskers
Light Horse Show
All breed horse show and gymkhana.
Special day devoted to all things cherry — except for CBC hockey analyst Don Cherry.
Taste of Waskesiu
Prince Albert National Park
Includes a fundraising dinner, silent auction and live entertainment.
Features four bands and 17 hours of dancing over three days.
Special day devoted to all things blueberry.
Wood Mountain Folk Festival
Feature performers include Poco, Jeans Boots and Anderson/Burko, along with an on-site farmers’ market.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend
Groove to the music of the ’50s and ’60s at Danceland.
Family friendly day of activities capped off by a rubber duck race.
POWWOW & RELATED EVENTS
Canada Day Celebration
Batoche National Historic Site
Selected by Louis Riel as the site of a provisional government in the 1885 Northwest Rebellion/Resistance, Batoche was also the location of the last battle in that conflict.
Kahkewistahaw First Nation Powwow
Peepeekisis First Nation Powwow
Back to Batoche
Annual celebration of Metis culture held at a site of historic significance for Metis and First Nations people.
Carry the Kettle First Nation Powwow
Onion Lake Powwow
Standing Buffalo Powwow
Cowessess Traditional Powwow
Piapot Traditional Powwow
Ochapowace First Nations Powwow