Festivals (2016)

Tour of Alberta – Festivals

Tour of Alberta Stage One Prologue, Svk Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro CyclingMore than just a sporting event, the Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial is a spectacular travelling festival. Free to the public, it is one of Canada’s largest annual events.

The festivals occur in every start and finish community and provide educational, community outreach, and healthy living programs in a festive environment with entertainment, family fun and kids’ activities.

2016 Festivals Occur in every host community, including:

Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial 2016 Festival Schedule:

Sept 1 | Stage 1 | Lethbridge

Race: 4:50 PM – 7:23 PM

Lethbridge Festival: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Galt Gardens (601 3rd Ave. S)

Pre-Race Festivities:

  • “Bike-In” Outdoor Film Night In the Park (Monday, August 29 @ Galt Gardens)
  • Crossings Shopping Centre Family Cycling Day (Tuesday, August 30)
  • Noon-Hour Bike Concert Series (Monday, August 29 – Wednesday, August 31)

Festival Highlights:

  • Kids’ Zone with bounce castles, balloon artists and YMCA BBQ
  • Art Area with interactive, family art activities
  • Bike Valet
  • Exciting vendors
  • A full entertainment lineup from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM on-stage

Sept 2 | Pomeroy Inn & Suites Stage 2 | Kananaskis to Olds in partnership with Mountain View County

Race: 12:30 PM – 4:56 PM

Olds Festival: 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: 5116 54 St., Olds

Festival Highlights:

  • Interactive Zones: Arts area, Gate to Plate area, Active area
  • Christmas Village
  • On-stage entertainment including a spin class, performers Alvin & Simon and singer Hannah Jade and an art battle
  • Mascot race
  • Bike parade

 

Sept 3 | Stage 3 | Rocky Mountain House in partnership with Clearwater County to Drayton Valley in partnership with the Drayton Valley Hospitality and Tourism Authority

Race: 12:20 PM – 4:53 PM

Rocky Mountain House in partnership with Clearwater County Festival: 8:30 AM – 12: 45 PM
Location: 5332 50 St., Rocky Mountain House

Festival Highlights:

  • Pancake breakfast at 9:00 AM
  • Concessions and food
  • On-stage entertainment
  • Unicycle Fire Juggling
  • Bouncy castles
  • Face painters
  • Children’s arts & crafts

 

Drayton Valley in partnership with the Drayton Valley Hospitality and Tourism Authority Festival: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 5105 51 St., Drayton Valley Pre-Race Festivities:

  • September 2 Family Fun Night (Rotary BBQ, Family Ride, Drive-In Movie – Sandlot)

 

Festival Highlights:

  • Pancake breakfast (9:00 – 11:30 AM)
  • Kids’ Zone with bounce castles, balloon artists, magic shows, face painting
  • On-stage entertainment with local talent, emceed by Danny Hooper
  • Vendor booths and food trucks

Sept 4 | Stage 4 | Edmonton ITT (Hawrelak Park)

Race: 5:00 PM – 7: 26 PM

Edmonton Festival: 12:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Location: Hawrelak Park

Sept 5 | Delta Air Lines Stage 5 | Edmonton circuit (Churchill Square)

Race: 1:50 -4:47 PM

Edmonton Festival: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Churchill Square

Festival Highlights:

  • Official Tour of Alberta cookie created by local bakery, Milk & Cookies
  • Greentree (a trailer that folds out with a patio that has trees, an outdoor kitchen, and a sectional seating area. An outdoor pizza oven will also be cooking up fresh pizza samples)
  • Demonstration by the Edmonton Police Pipe and Drum Band
  • On-stage entertainment, including performances by: Hailey Benedict, Asim Chin, Terrell Edwards, Julia Nicholson, Uptown Girls and Paul Woida)
  • Food trucks

Week-long Highlights:

CANADIAN BREWHOUSE BEER GARDENS

“Our House is Your House”…and there is nothing better than drinking at The Champ’s house in your cycling spandex. Grab your friends and head to the Canadian Brewhouse Beer Gardens at each TOA Festival location for a cold one from Budweiser.  Cheers to the 2016 Tour! Must be 18+ with valid ID.

ELLISDON AUTOGRAPH ALLEY Calling all super fans! This is your chance to get up close and personal with your favorite riders at the sign-in entrance and exit at the EllisDon Autograph Alley. Pick up the official 2016 autograph poster, or bring along your own items for the cyclists to sign.

AMA BIKE ASSIST

Did you know AMA has road assistance for your bike? Included in the value of your membership they’ll get you and your ride back on the road safely should you need assistance.  Visit ama.ab.ca/bikeassist for details and be sure to visit the AMA tent in Lethbridge and Edmonton should you need help at the festival. You could even enter to win a new bike!

AMA SAFETY CROSSINGS

While at Tour of Alberta, be sure to use the AMA Safety Crossings at every finish line. Just as the AMA School Safety Patrol helps advocate for road and pedestrian safety, AMA also wants you to have a safe place to cross while at the Tour.

ATB FINANCIAL PRIZES

Stop by the ATB Financial tent at each Tour of Alberta festival location and take a spin on our prize wheel. It’s free to play and there are four different prizes to be won. Plus, on Monday, August 5 stop by the ATB Financial tent and enter to win a free children’s bicycle (estimated value $300).