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Regina Saskatchewan's Festivals Information, listings and links



Regina people love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 40 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups. There's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival.

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Festival

Date

Description

The Mid-Winter Celtic Festival

early February

The Festival follows a format established in previous years, which includes a Celtic Pub Night, a Craft Fair and a Ceilidh. For further information, please call Tourism Regina at 800-661-5099.

KonaFest

mid February

KONA is pronounced “koona” and is one of the Cree words for snow. The 24-day event combines 26 events and activities throughout the city in the areas of sport, culture and recreational activities. Despite the freezing temperatures, KONA-FEST is proof that there are many great things to do in Regina in the winter!

Downtown Ice & Fire Carnival

Mid-February

See Victoria Park as it transforms into a majestic winter wonderland. Featuring spectacular snow and ice sculptures, games and activities in the snow, live music and dance performances, lantern processions, and much, much more! Visit www.reginadowntown.ca or call 306.359.7541 for more information.

Luther Invitational Basketball Tournament (LIT)

mid February

The leading basketball tournament in western Canada featured on TSN. 306-791-9150.

Mid-Winter Blues Festival

mid February

4th annual festival promotes blues music in Saskatchewan. Local and national performances, concessions, souvenir and CD sales. 306-52BLUES.

Saskatchewan Science Centre Indoor Air Show

mid March

Discover Saskatchewan's diverse interests in aviation from homebuilt aircraft to remote control flyers and rocket enthusiasts! Displays, talks, and a variety of door prizes. 4th annual. Toll Free: 1-800-667-6300 or 306-522-4629.

Saskatchewan Country Music Assoc Awards

late March

Musicians' workshop and evening showcase cabaret on Sat. Sun events include a morning brunch and evening awards ceremony. 306-978-7262.

Saskatchewan Music Festival Concerto Competition

mid March

21st annual competition open to solo instrumentalists and vocalists who perform works written for soloists and orchestra. First place winner awarded $1000, and opportunity to appear as a guest artist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. 306-757-1722.

Sask Power Amateur Photo Competition

end March

18th annual photo competition open to all amateur Saskatchewan photographers. Public viewing of 300 plus entrants. Award presentation. 306-757-3388.

Saskatchewan Indian Federated College Powwow

early April
Agridome

One of Canada's major indoor powwows, featuring dancers from Canada and the United States. Traditional foods and native crafts for sale. Native and business trade show. Everyone welcome. 306-779-6267.

Orchids as House Plants, Show & Sale

mid April

Sponsored by the Regina Orchid Society, this annual event draws orchid growers from western Canada. Public welcome. 306-543-0560.

CBC's Galleria Recital Series

mid April - end May

The fourth season of CBC Radio's popular "Galleria" series gets underway Friday, April 30th. Scattered over five weeks will be recitals given by the University of Regina Chamber Singers, Audrey Andrist, Nick Eugelmi, Erika Raum and Gary Gable. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are recorded for future broadcast on the CBC Saskatchewan's Radio Performance program "Gallery". In past years, hundreds of people have taken in the free concert series. This year should prove no exception. (306) 347-9589

Rhythmic Gymnastics Challenge Cup

early May

An event for non-competitive performing groups that allows entrants an opportunity to develop their Rhythmic Gymnastic skills. Groups adjudicated on team unity, composition, theme, originality and maturity. Public welcome. 306-757-8395.

Bandstand Entertainment Annual event.

late May - Labour Day (Sept)

Entertainment scheduled in the Wascana Centre bandstand every Sun throughout summer. Contact Wascana Centre for performance schedule or information regarding other performances. 306-522-3661.

Regina Highland Games

late May

Features the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Championships; competitors from all prairie provinces; Highland Dance competition, athletic events, caber toss, weaponry, jousting in ancient garb, vendors, food, evening celidh. Fiddling contest and soccer tournament Sat, May 22. Full wheelchair access. 306-789-7142.

Cathedral Village Arts Festival

late May

A carnival atmosphere takes over the Cathedral area as local artists, musicians, dancers and actors display their talents. Evening music and theatre performances throughout the week. Giant art and craft sale. 306-569-8755.

Canadian 5-Pin Championships

late May

National Open 5-Pin Bowling Championship includes competitors from all provinces and territories. Men's, women's, mixed and single categories. 306-525-2776.

Regina Lyric Light Opera Society

late May

22nd year of presenting musical theatre Musical brunch each Feb;major 1999 production, "A Little Nite Music.". 306-586-2954.

Springfest Canada

late May

May 28 Jazz Competition at various venues; May 29 Concert Band Competition featuring 60 high school bands and a downtown parade; May 30th 20th annual Field Show (SIMBA) at Taylor Field. 306-585-1882.

Collectors Car Club Charity Car Show 15th anniversary.

late May

Sponsored by Collectors Car Club of Saskatchewan Inc. All vehicles from 1905 to 1999 welcome. Over 120 vehicles in 1998. A great family event. 306-525-5117.

Old Fashioned Family Picnic

late May

Government House open house. Free entertainment, children's races, food concessions at old-fashioned prices. 306-787-5363.

Juventus Spring Concert

late May

Spring concert featuring the Juventus Junior Choir, Intermediate and Concert Choir. Reception to follow. 306-584-8605.

Mosaic

early June

Get your passport to this diverse and well established festival of cultures

Saskatchewan Music Festival

early June

90th Anniversary Final District winners from 49 Saskatchewan music festivals will compete in piano, organ, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion and voice categories for prize money and awards. Sponsored by Sask Power. 306-757-1722.

Collectors Car Club Charity Cruise Night

mid June

12th annual. Sponsored by Collectors Car Club of Saskatchewan Inc. All vehicles since 1905 welcome. A great family event. 306-525-5117.

Bazaart

mid June
MacKenzie Art Gallery

Juried outdoor art show and sale with 125 booths. Stage entertainment, pottery, stained glass, oil and watercolor paintings, jewelry, wood work and more. Food concessions. Limited wheelchair access. 306-522-4242.

Western Canada Farm Progress Show

late June

Newest innovations in agriculture and technology for farmers, manufacturers and distributors. Value of machinery and related products: $100 million. Commercial displays, lectures and demonstrations, seminars, fashion shows. 306-781-9200.

SaskTel-Ericsson CanAm Police-Fire Games

late June

A multi-faceted, international sporting event for law enforcement and firefighter personnel. 47 sports, 3000 participants. Spectators welcome. Held in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 125th anniversary celebrations. Toll Free: 1-888-226-2698 or 306-777-6659.

The Mounted Police Tattoo 125

end June

Celebrate 125 years of Mounted Police History. Three part, 3 hour pageant depicts the history of the North West Mounted Police/First Nations people, recreates mounted arms competitions, and culminates in a grand finale featuring the world famous RCMP Musical ride. 306-731-2211. For tickets phone 1-888-734-3975.

SK Science Centre Canada Day Celebration

July 1

The Science Centre celebrates the birthday of our country with free outdoor evening activities and music. The best seat in Regina for the fireworks. Toll Free: 1-800-667-6300 or 306-522-4629.

Flatland Music Festival

early July

Outdoor music festival featuring all genres of Saskatchewan recording artists. Food court, beer gardens and visual arts and crafts. 306-347-0676.

Interprovincial Canoe and Kayak Regatta

early July

Interprovinicial regatta featuring western Canadian clubs, plus invited clubs from eastern Canada and USA. Spectators welcome. 306-584-2737.

98 Canadian Interprovincial Highland Dancing Championship

mid July

Highland dancing at its finest! Watch Canada's best highland dancers and competitors from places such as Scotland, England, United States and New Zealand. Approximately 900 in total compete. All events open to the public. 306-777-7379.

5th Annual Ed Schreyer Work Project

late July

Habitat for Humanity Canada, in conjunction with Regina Habitat for Humanity, sponsors a week-long building blitz of 5-7 homes for families in need. All work is done with volunteers along with homeowners. Toll Free: 1-800-667-5137 or 306-569-3949.

Pile O' Bones

late July

Sunday Canada's largest outdoor picnic. Activities include Buffalo Days costume contest, entertainment stages featuring Pemmican Pearl, children's and seniors' activities, fireworks. Held in Wascana Centre. 306-781-9200.

Sask Power Challenge

late July

Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association 1998 Provincial Finals. Open, youth and peewee events. 306-885-4418.

41st Annual Canadian National Appaloosa Horse Show

late July

Appaloosa horses from across North America compete. 306-731-3192.

Regina Folk Festival

end July
Victoria Park

Saskatchewan's premier folk festival featuring evening concerts and afternoon workshops. Food service on-site. Fun for the whole family. Bi-weekly concert series during fall, winter, spring. (306) 757-7684 f. (306) 757-7688.

Trial of Louis Riel

late July - end August

32nd season. Play is a re-enactment of dramatic events surrounding Louis Riel, the Metis leader in the North West Resistance of 1885. One of the longest running stage shows in Canada. Performances scheduled for 8 p.m., Wed. to Fri. 306-584-8890.

Buffalo Days - The Provincial Exhibition

early August

The premiere summer event featuring: 40-float parade, Pile O' Bones Sunday, costume contests, downtown activities, agricultural shows and competitions, horse shows, creative arts, major midway and games, food, and free grandstand entertainment. Named one of the top 100 events in North America. Toll Free: 1-888-734-3975 or 306-781-9200.

Royal Red Arabian Horse Show

late August
Regina Exhibition Park

Regina's Exhibition Park comes alive with the pomp and pageantry of the Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show, which showcases the best of the breed from North America and beyond. 306-781-9216.

Celebration of Culture Festival

end August

Cultural festival focusing on artistic and multicultural components of the core neighbourhood. Music, ethnic dancing, craft sale and more. 306-359-3926.

Regina Dragon Boat Festival

early September
Wascana Park

The Dragon Boat races, based on ancient Chinese myth and tradition, run non-stop from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Be a part of the thousands of people cheering the paddlers on and enjoying a parade, kite flying, multicultural entertainment/food, children's activities and the Dragon's Lair. 306-525-2628.

SK Science Centre Invention Convention

late September

Meet Saskatchewan inventors and see some of their innovations being developed. Also plan to attend the Science Fair Showcase during Science and Technology week in October. Toll Free: 1-800-667-6300 or 306-522-4629.

mid October

The Body Soul & Spirit Expo

Canada's Largest Holistic Lifestyle Consumer Show, where you can sit in on lectures by several experts, experience and sample healing sessions, products and services and much more. 403-246-0668 or 1-877-560-6830. Regina Exhibition Park, Agribition Building

Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival

early October

See, Hear & Taste the beauty of Hungary: Fun & Interesting workshops & dance house events Fri. & Sat.; Gala Music & Dance Performance Sun. held at Regina Inn - 1975 Broad Street. (306) 924-5756.

Artastic 98

mid October

An exhibition sale of works by 12 Regina artists: 8 two-dimensional artists, 4 sculptors. Meet the artists on October 16, 7 - 10 p.m. Opening night features performance by Regina Chamber Players (Regina Symphony). 306-761-1231.

Farm Toy and Collectible Show

late October

A show that enables collectors to buy, sell and trade farm toys, dolls, bears and other collectibles. Admission fee. 306-645-4566.

SK Science Centre Planes, Trains and Automobiles Showcase

mid November

2nd annual transportation showcase. Exploring science on the go. If it revs, rolls or flies, chances are you'll find it here as we explore Saskatchewan's passion for transportation. Enjoy displays, talks and more. Toll Free: 1-800-667-6300 or 306-522-4629.

Saskatchewan Book Awards

late November

The Saskatchewan Book Awards celebrates the best in Saskatchewan writing and publishing. High profile guest speaker, awards given for ten different categories. Highlight of Saskatchewan's literary year. 306-569-1585.

SaskPower Festival of Lights

late November - early January

Visit Saskatchewan's premier light theme park, brought to you by the Regina Chamber of Commerce.

Canadian Western Agribition

late November
Exhibition Park

Canada's premiere agricultural show and marketplace with over 4,000 livestock on display including cattle, horses, bison, elk, llama, sheep, swine. Pro Rodeo, horse events, grain/forage show, agri-trade/technology exhibits, stock dog trials, Agri-Ed showcase, food fair, entertainment. 306-565-0565.

Luther College Candlelight Service

late December

A beautiful production - music, reading, candlelight and decorations. 306-791-9150.


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