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Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

Every July, on the same day that the United States celebrates its independence, the city of Calgary comes alive with the thundering of hooves as hundreds of cowboys and horses fill the downtown streets in a huge parade that goes on for hours. At its heart, the Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo but it's so much more than that. The 10-day event, which bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", attracts over one million annual visitors and features one of the world's largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions. During the Stampede, the whole city gets in on the party — owners of office buildings and storefronts paint them in cowboy themes, residents don western gear and there's more pancake breakfasts and barbecues than you can shake a branding iron at.

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North America Canada Calgary Rodeos Sporting Events July
Center of Gravity Festival

Center of Gravity Festival

Each July the tanned and toned get their butts down to Kelowna's City Park (smack, bang on beautiful Okanagan Lake) for the Center of Gravity Festival. On offer there'll be beach volleyball, FMX, basketball, wakeboarding, jet ski racing, and freestyle mountain biking and that's just the sports menu. Each evening on the main stage, DJs do their thing, whilst bikini contests and fashion shows provide ample ocular distraction.

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North America Canada Kelowna Summer Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals July
CONTACT Photography Festival

CONTACT Photography Festival

Fan of the photographic art? For the month of May, Toronto goes tropo for photos during the annual, CONTACT Photography Festival. Join more than 1,500 established and emerging artists whose work is displayed in some 175 venues across the city centre, including galleries, museums, public and private institutions and agencies. As well as the exhibitions and installations CONTACT features a series of lectures, symposiums, film screenings (in partnership with Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival), portfolio reviews and workshops. With an estimated audience of 1.8 million, CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world.

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North America Canada Toronto Photography Festivals Art Festivals May
FallCon

FallCon

If you find yourself at a loose end near the Samara region of Russia come June, why not join a quarter of a million revellers for Rock nad Volgoi, the country's largest annual rock festival. For one day only, the cream of Russian rock and a choice selection from countries further afield, come to play on a 40 hectare site on the banks of the Volga. The result, one hell of a big blast in the Oblast. And best of all, it's free!

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North America Canada Calgary June
Festival du Voyageur

Festival du Voyageur

Founded in 1969 by a group of Saint-Boniface entrepreneurs, this once three-day event, held in Winnipeg's French Quarter, has evolved into a 10-day province-wide celebration of sights, sounds, snow and spirit. Dubbed "The World's Largest Kitchen Party", Festival du Voyageur celebrates the joie de vivre of the fur traders, who established the Red River Colony and the ever-growing French-Canadian community in Western Canada. In honor of the Voyageur spirit, the Festival du Voyageur's emphasis is on the beauty of winter, with numerous historical, educational and entertaining activities there's something for every age and every taste.

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North America Canada Winnipeg Historical Festivals Cultural Festivals February
Halifax Pop Explosion

Halifax Pop Explosion

Each October the Nova Scotian capital pulls out all the stops during the Halifax Pop Explosion. Founded way back in 1993, today the Explosion's power pop roots have spread to take in a potpourri of musical acts, spanning genres from hip hop and electronica to folk rock and alt-country to punk and hardcore and everything in between. There's even a little comedy in the mix. Stock up on sleep, gather a gaggle of mates and get set for 200 bands across 20 venues in five days.

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North America Canada Halifax Indie Rock Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals October
Montreal Comedy Festival (Just For Laughs)

Montreal Comedy Festival (Just For Laughs)

There's something funny going on in Montreal in July. Join nigh on two million comedy lovers as they descend en masse on French Canada's largest city, for the Montreal Comedy Festival, aka, Just for Laughs. What began life in 1983 as Juste pour rire — a French only affair — has grown to include English acts and become the world's largest Comedy Festival. Past line-ups read like a Who's Who of comedy, from Denis Leary, Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart through to Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, John Cleese and Eddie Izzard. Even Rowan Atkinson's Mr Bean character had is first outing at Just For Laughs before being picked up by the BBC. On top of hundreds of stand-up acts, there's a free street arts programme in the Quartier des Spectacles and the Montreal Just For Laughs Film Festival which takes place in the captivating Imperial Theatre.

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North America Canada Montreal Comedy Festivals Performing Arts Festivals July
Montreal International Jazz Festival

Montreal International Jazz Festival

The Montreal International Jazz Festival has been synonymous with a passion for great music for more than three decades. For ten days in late June and early July, North America's French-speaking metropolis transforms itself into the world headquarters of jazz, welcoming some two million aficionados of the genre to enjoy over 1,000 concerts and events, performed by more than 3,000 musicians from all corners of the globe. From midday to midnight on 15 indoor and eight outdoor stages, from downstairs jazz dives, to premier concert halls to huge outdoor spaces, Montreal does it's thing. And for that, all jazz fans can be thankful.

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North America Canada Montreal Jazz Festivals June
Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

From late November through to the shank of January, Niagara Falls sparkles as the city flicks the switch on more than three million lights. The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights has been tempting visitors to brave the Canadian cold since 1983. Take in the five kilometre route where the facades of city landmarks transform into giant light canvasses. Check in with the festival website for their calendar of Festival of Lights events which includes the Spirit of Niagara Sound and Light Show, the Laser Light Show at the Victoria Centre and Friday night fireworks spectacular.

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North America Canada Niagara Falls Fireworks Festivals Family Festivals Light Festivals November
Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ottawa International Animation Festival

For five days each September, Canada's capital becomes the centre of the animation universe. The Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world. A draw for film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans, the festival's programme includes screenings, seminars, talks, industry panels and networking opportunities.

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North America Canada Ottawa Animation Film Festivals Film Festivals September
Quebec Winter Carnival

Quebec Winter Carnival

February is Carnival time the world over but no place on earth celebrates quite like the French Canadian city of Quebec. Forget your sandy shores and samba schools, Quebec Winter Carnival is all about snow sculpting, street curling, canoe and dog-sled racing, spa-bath parties and the odd snowman building competition. Whet your party appetite by joining the night parades with their coulourful carnival floats, marching bands and dance troupes before hitting the bars and clubs of one of North America's most cosmopolitan cities.

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North America Canada Quebec Carnival and Mardi Gras February
Toronto's Festival of Beer

Toronto's Festival of Beer

Canada's rich brewing history takes centre stage for three days each July, during Toronto's Festival of Beer. Join more than 30,000 beer-hounds as they chug, neck, slurp and sip the amber offerings from more than 120 brewers, including many of Ontario's finest craft breweries. Hungry? Never fear, there's all sorts of fare — from pizza and barbecue to burgers and Mexican. Take in the Brewmaster Sessions and learn the tricks of the trade from those in the know. Sort out your mates and get in quick, tickets for Beerfest sell out fast.

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North America Canada Toronto Beer Festivals July
Victoria's Ska and Reggae Festival

Victoria's Ska and Reggae Festival

Each year Victoria's Ska Festival comes barreling down the tracks to wake up Victoria with up to five days of top notch ska, reggae, dancehall, dub, rock, jazz and latin music. The festival showcases the best the genre has to offer, bringing in headliner acts and hidden gems from across the globe to create one of the most international dance parties in Canada. On top of the music there is the setting. The festival takes place in downtown Victoria, overlooking the inner harbour, parliament, and each night an electric sunset set alight by thousands of dancing fans. The festival also features night club shows, a bunch of free shows and the skankiest festival experience you are going to find this side of Kingston.

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North America Canada Victoria Reggae Festivals July

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