Canada Day Events and Activities brought to you by:
All the events at ME GLOBAL ATHLETIC PARK are FREE! Family fun all day long with concessions, free gifts and prizes, and a massive 50/50 draw by Lacombe & District Minor Football (win up to $12,500).
Public parking will be available at
– City Hall
– West LCHS parking lot
HANDICAP PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE THROUGH A CONTROLLED BARRICADE WITH PROPER IDENTIFICATION.
NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE FIELD WITH THE EXCEPTION OF INFANT FOOD. ALL PATRONS MAY BE SUBJECT TO A BAG SEARCH. NO DOGS OR PETS ALLOWED.
With support from the City of Lacombe, Lacombe County, and Red Deer & District Community Foundation, the L.A.P.A. is working with numerous local not-for-profit organizations who will receive funds to support their causes. These groups include Big Brothers & Sisters, Lacombe Scouts, local 4H groups (and a visiting group from Nova Scotia), LCHS Athletic Department, Minor Football, and other groups volunteering to ensure that the community enjoys a special Birthday Celebration for Canada that will not be forgotten.
8:00am-11:00am – Pancake Breakfast
Location: MEGlobal Athletic Park
Join us for the Annual Free Canada Day Pancake Breakfast this year featuring live music by Wild Case from 9:00am to 11:00am.
For the past 9 years, the Wolf Creek Business Group has sponsored this FREE Pancake breakfast for the community of Lacombe. The Wolf Creek Business Group is made up of mostly Industrial and Commercial business with a compliment of Retail and Professional businesses also.
Together these businesses are happy to donate money and resources to provide a free breakfast for our community on Canada Day, they also pay for all the entertainment and kids activities.
It is their way of saying thanks and to be able to have a way to give something back to the community that they do business in. The usual location for the breakfast is in the parking lot of English Estates Centre. We are happy to be able to move to ME Global Athletic Park this year in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday.
Wolf Creek Business Group Thanks you for your support for the past 9 years, and look forward to seeing you back at the English Estates Centre next year!
An additional thank you to the members who make up the Wolf Creek Business Group:
Central Storage Xtra Works Lahrmann Construction
LA Carpet and Tile Janitorial Supply Svcs Fisher’s Healthcare
Parkland Fertilizers Rai-Lynn Trucking Big Splash
Canadian Pile Driving Pala Auto Pro D & M Concrete Products
Grayson Excavating Wolf Creek Building Supplies Pinnacle Machining
Corner-Stone Excavating Comet Welding Ltd DB Bobcat Services
Fountain Tire Central AB 4H Club Weidner Motors
Eastside Eatery Central AB Co-op Rysco
8:00am-11:30pm – Community Market
South of MEGlobal Athletic Park
A great assortment of local vendors, products, and services including a variety of food trucks can be found at the Lacombe Community Market. ATMs will be available on site. Check out our Canada Day specials!
10:00am-3:00pm – Kids Zone
MEGlobal Athletic Park
A variety of games and activities for youth including inflatables and more have been organized by the Central Alberta Youth Foundation (YU-Turn).
During the Kids Zone, Sunny 94 will be Live on site!
10:00am-4:00pm – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
MEGlobal Athletic Park
Join or watch the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament sponsored by Dow Chemical on Lacombe’s new basketball courts – a great place to practice your skills on the court! A Grand Opening Ceremony for the new basketball courts will take place at 2:00 pm.
10:00am-4:00pm – Imaging Minds – Art Exhibit
See the newest Art Exhibition at the LMC called Imaging Minds – Portraits of Canada’s Prime Ministers from June 15 to July 31st in conjunction with the Canada 150 celebrations. This exhibition has been created by local artist Tennyson Samraj, who is a professor at Burman University in Lacombe. His works are amazing, particularly since they’re created on a computer with a mouse!
“I teach at Burman University College in the Philosophy department. Among the many classes I teach, the class Philosophy of Mind is my favorite. In this class we try to understand two fundamental questions; 1—what are mental states and 2 – what does it mean to be a person. My interest in art is strictly to capture both what great minds have defined for us and to capture the essence of these individuals using art so that students have the privilege to see them as they understand the contributions each of these great minds has made.” – Tennyson Samraj
10:00am-4:00pm – Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Take a ride on the free Horse Drawn Wagon from 10am to 4pm. The ride will be doing a loop up 52nd street and down 51st, with muster points at the TD Bank across from the Michener House Museum and at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex.
This wagon ride will be a fun way to make your way across the City of Lacombe to experience the exciting events on Canada Day. Along the way, meet a historic character who will offer information about the route, their life, and Lacombe’s fascinating history.
Heritage performers from the ZAP theatre troupe will be out and about in our historic downtown from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. portraying some notable and great citizens from Lacombe’s past. Be sure to talk to them to find out more about our community’s history and hear stories from the past.
Zap theatre is a local theatre troupe located in Central Alberta that provides comedy for the whole family. The Troupe creates their own original plays and performances and helps raise funds for the Christian Life Orphanage in Mwanza, Tanzania.
10:00am-4:00pm- Connex Shuttle Bus Service on Canada Day
Hop on the Special Canada Day Shuttle provided by Connex on Canada Day. Free transportation is provided from 10 am to 4pm between event Venues with muster points at Lacombe Composite High School, Gary Moe Autogroup Sportsplex, and the Lacombe Memorial Centre.
10:00am – 4:00pm Family Fun Day at Michener House
Join us at the Michener House Museum from 10 a.m-4 p.m. for an all-day family party that will feature activities for all ages; a guided historic walking tour, family photo booth, crafts, games, art in the garden, a community chalk mural, heritage performers from Zap Theatre, and a petting zoo from the Flying Cross Ranch.
Walk through history on our guided walking tour of Lacombe’s historic downtown and murals. The tour departs at 10am from the Michener House Museum and last around 45 minutes.
We will have historic costumes on display outside the Michener House Museum to allow old-fashioned family portraits. There will be a professional photographer present to take family portraits from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., however, the costumes will be available all day. There is no cost for this photo opportunity, only the signing of a photo release form.
In our historic downtown there will be heritage performers from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. portraying some notable and great citizens from Lacombe’s past. Be sure to talk to them to find out more about our fascinating history.
Flying Cross Ranch will have a petting zoo set up on the lawn outside the Michener House Museum from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Come say hi to our furry friends while learning more about our local history.
12:00pm – 4:00pm Live Blacksmith Demonstrations
On Canada Day, watch live demonstrations and learn about the art of blacksmithing and Canadian made tools from the Lacombe Blacksmiths. Stop by and get your own souvenir branded cedar shingle with a maple leaf for $2/ per shingle.
The Lacombe Blacksmiths are a dedicated group of volunteers that meet year round to improve their skills and keep the “Oldest Operational Blacksmith Shop in Alberta” open to the public in the summer season. From dinner triangles to complicated scroll work and park benches, the blacksmiths are able to make almost anything they can imagine. The Blacksmith Shop is open all summer Wednesday to Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and hosts special events for Lacombe Days (July 27-30) Open Farm Days (August 19-20, 2017) and the Lacombe Culture & Harvest Festival (Sept 30-Oct 1).
10:00am – 4:00pm Flatiron Museum
The Lacombe Community Memory Project
In celebration of Canada 150, the Lacombe & District Historical Society has a new display at the Flatiron Museum called the Lacombe Community Memory Project Exhibit. The Lacombe Community Memory Project aims to capture our vibrant and diverse community and document the built & natural environment of the City of Lacombe in the year 2017. In addition to helping document our community as it is in 2017, local residents and visitors are encouraged to share their history, pictures, and memories of Lacombe. Learn about the project through this exhibit and help us create lasting snapshots of the community from 2017 to be preserved in the community archives for the next generations of Canadians. Enjoy Cake and refreshments during our open house on Canada Day and help us capture 150 reasons why we love Canada. Members of the public can participate in the Lacombe Community Memory Project in the following ways:
-Contribute to the Online Story Map: Lacombe in Pictures (starts July 1 – ends December 31, 2017)
– Participate in Art in the Garden: Portraits of Lacombe (starts June 1 – ends August 26, 2017)
– Come to our Open House on July 1 and share why you love Canada!
– Get a family portrait taken at the Michener House on July 1 from 1-3 pm
The Lacombe Community Memory Project has been made possible with funding from
11:45am – Honor Guard March to Legion
Lacombe Memorial Centre
Come to the Lacombe Legion’s annual Canada Flag Dedication and Flag Raising Ceremony on July 1st. At 11:45 a.m. sharp the Lacombe Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will start the celebration off with a Parade of the Colours. As they proudly march, the members will carry the Canada Flag, the Union Jack, the Province of Alberta Flag, the NATO Flag, the United Nations Flag, their Legion Branch Flag and the Ladies Auxiliary Flag from the Legion Cenotaph at the Lacombe Memorial Centre to their building on 51st Ave and 49 St. With the local police leading the way and the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band musically setting the pace, the Legion, the Ladies Auxiliary, Police, EMS and Fire Services and Scouts Canada members will all march to the outdoor podium at the Legion where provincial, municipal and county dignitaries and the public have gathered. While the spectators are waiting for the marchers to arrive they will be entertained by the Lions Club Community Band.
12:00pm – Flag Raising
After the Legion’s Colour Party have received orders from the Sargeant of Arms to deposit their flags, the Flag Dedication Ceremony will commence. Watching our Country’s flag rise to the top of the pole while everyone present sings O Canada is very moving and makes one so proud to be Canadian especially on this 150th birthday.
12:00pm – 3:00pm – Children’s Crafts
Ellis Bird Farm
The Ellis Bird Farm will be celebrating Canada 150 with events titled Canada Day/Canada Jay. We plan to celebrate Gray Jays this year at Ellis Bird Farm and invite everyone to attend. We are planning to have world Gray Jay authority, Mr. Dan Strickland, give a presentation about these fascinating birds. He will describe some of the fascinating facts about Gray Jays and will tell us why we should join in the effort to have this, our new national bird, renamed Canada Jay.
12:00-3:00pm- Children’s crafts
12:30pm – Barbecue & Cake
After the Ceremony, everyone will have the opportunity to purchase their lunch in the parking lot and enjoy free birthday cake. Thanks to the generosity of CEDA, No Frills, Sobeys, Co-op, Old Dutch and Coke, the barbeque will offer a selection of either a bear paw burger or hotdog plus a drink and a bag of chips for $5.00.
Al Cameron from Veterans’ Voices of Canada will have various military objects on display. He will also be available to answer any questions the public might have about the Flags of Remembrance and Veterans Voices commitment to record Canada’ s War Veterans stories. The names of three winners for the Canada Day raffle baskets will be drawn and the Legion will host a membership drive.
1:00pm – 10:30pm – Blindman Brewery Beer Gardens
MEGlobal Athletic Park
1:00pm-5:00pm – Live Bands
MEGlobal Athletic Park.
The Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation (LPACF) is a non-profit organization committed to the development of the arts and devoted to educating, entertaining and inspiring participants of all ages and abilities through the written, visual and performing arts. In recent years the Foundation has been instrumental in the development of a number of community projects and programs. In 2014 the LPACF established Music in the Park, a vision of Lann Lieurance, one of its founding members. Music in the Park is a performance series presented once a week, June to August, in Less we Forget Park at the Lacombe Memorial Arena. These free performances feature a wide variety of music and are a wonderful opportunity to promote the talents of local and regional musicians, bands and performers as well as expose the audience to a wide range of musical genre. It is also a vehicle to bring together and encourage young aspiring performers to become part a larger community of musicians, songwriters and singers.
This year, Music in the Park will be front and centre on the new Echo Energy Stage, designed by PJB Designs and built on the performance site by the LPACF with funding assistance from Echo Energy. General Contractor, worked with Top Peg Timber Frame Construction to create an amazing post and beam structure that will be enjoyed by our community for years to come.
Don’t miss Music in the Park programming on the main stage for Canada Day. The Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation will be presenting bands between 1- 5pm at the MEGlobal Athletic Park. We guarantee a high energy rock’n good time!
Funhouse is a high octane party band, ready to take our event to the next level! With a groovin’, danceable mix of hits from today and yesterday, along with a couple of surprises, Funhouse will keep you on your feet and moving from the first to the last note. Featuring the vocal stylings of Central Alberta’s own Haeley Ginter, and backed by Pete Greaves – Guitar, Peter Vruwink – Drums, Morgan McKee – Keyboards, and Dave Mouss– Bass. Funhouse has been lighting up the music scene since 2015!
“The Blueseros” are a premier Calgary-based five-piece band specializing in blues, Latino, jazz, funk and rock. The band has been a fixture in the Calgary music scene for the past 15 years jamming in local clubs and performing at special events and parties. This great band includes Mike Sullivan – Bass/Lead Vocal, Gord Davies – Guitar/Vocals, Mark Lamontagne – Keyboards/Harmonica, Wayne Moser – Drums / Vocals. Don’t miss this one, and the “Blueseros” are a high energy band and loads of fun to listen to.
The Shining Eagle Singers
Music in the Park is pleased to include The Shining Eagle Singers in our Canada Day program. The Shining Eagle Singers were formed in the summer of 2014, focused on teaching youth about traditional culture and the ways of the drum. Shining Eagle (Wasihko Kihew) continues to sing at powwows concentrating on educating youth about their history and singing for healing. The group strives to pass along the teaching from generation to generation.
The Nova Scotiables
The Nova Scotiables have built a deserving reputation across western Canada as a high energy maritime revue unmatched by their peers. Bringing an unconventional approach to traditional, original and contemporary maritime music, this collection of individuals has become a hit – not just on the maritime circuit but with entertainment fans of all ages. In such a short time the group has built a resume that rivals veteran acts. Blending a tireless work ethic, unbelievable energy and professional composure, these Scotiables are just as comfortable at festivals in front of 1400 people as they are in your house hosting an impromptu kitchen party.
1:00pm – Smudge Ceremony
A ceremonial smudge will open Ellis Bird Farm’s new round deck to recognize and celebrate Aboriginal history and Indigenous culture in Alberta.
1:00-5:00pm Free Public Swim at Kinsmen Aquatic Centre
On Canada Day this year, the City is sponsoring a public swim from 1pm-5pm that is free to the public to celebrate Canada Day!
2:00pm – Grey Jay Presentation
Ellis Bird Farm
We plan to celebrate Gray Jays this year at Ellis Bird Farm and invite everyone to attend. We are planning to have world Gray Jay authority, Mr. Dan Strickland, give a presentation about these fascinating birds. He will describe some of the fascinating facts about Gray Jays and will tell us why we should join in the effort to have this, our new national bird, renamed Canada Jay.
5:00pm – Legion Ceremony
MEGlobal Athletic Park
6:00pm-7:00pm – Teen Dance
MEGlobal Athletic Park
Teen rave featuring DJ Waldy
7:00pm – Live Bands- Tap9, Sweet Grass
MEGlobal Athletic Park
Based in Lacombe, Tap9 was formed by world class studio and touring musicians to write original music influenced by their backgrounds ranging from blues, to country, to jazz and rock. With influences like Brian Adams, Tom Petty, Van Morrison and Weazer, Tap9 has created a fresh sound with a classic Country Rock finish. With two studio albums, an original Christmas song, a new video of “Sorry for the Party” and regular live shows, Tap9 is always creating new and exciting original music. In 2010 the band came together to explore their own original style writing and performing songs of emotional and social conscience. The combination of years of playing in studio and live gigs, brings a soul filled sound of truth to their songs. Recording their first album, self-titled Tap9, The band has gone on to record and release an original Christmas song as well as songs that explore a lighter side to life
such as ‘Sorry for the Party’, and ‘Cowboy in Paradise’. In 2014 the Band created and released a picture video of ‘For You I Bleed’, a song designed to increase the awareness of the problem of abuse in our society. The song continues to be shared and viewed by thousands. In 2016 the Band released its first studio recording of ‘Sorry for the Party’. Always creating, Tap 9 looks forward to recording and performing original new music. They have been on our big stage before, performing for Canada Day and at Music in the Park. These performers really know how to get a crowd going; high energy and excitement is a hallmark of their performances. Whether it’s one of their original songs or a cover of a country or country rock classic, one never knows what to expect with these guys. So get ready to tap those toes, do a little finger snappin’ and have a whole lotta fun!
9:30pm-11:30pm- Gord Bamford Concert
MEGlobal Athletic Park
Join us for a special homecoming concert by Lacombe’s own Gord Bamford, the 2010 Canadian Country Music Association’s Male artist of the Year and Canada’s answer to pure country!
Gord Bamford’s life transcends through his music. For Gord, it’s all about remaining true to your roots—roots which are firmly entrenched in Lacombe, Alberta. His love of music started at an early age and although he spent his teenage years playing sports and entertaining a professional career in baseball, but his love of country music never waned. This independent singer/songwriter has been making country music a priority for the past 16 years. Gord performed at the 2008 Juno Awards and received his first ever Juno nomination for Country Recording of the Year, he has since won many more awards and accolades.
The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation and Gord’s annual charity golf tournament has raised just under $500,000 in three years to support central Alberta charities. As a result of his efforts, the Canadian Country Music Association named Gord as its 2010 Humanitarian of the Year. Most recently, The Gord Bamford Foundation helped support the Lacombe Big Brothers and Big Sisters with the purchase of their new home: the Bamford House.
11:30pm – Fireworks
MEGlobal & Cranna Lake
To celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, a large fireworks display will be launched over Cranna Lake in Lacombe following the homecoming concert by Gord Bamford.
Special prize draws include a trailer from Frazerway RV and a massive 50/50 draw. ME Global park will also host a beer garden and concessions. Watch for Sunny94 who will be live onsite!
Following is the schedule for Bentley’s July 1st celebrations. All activities, except for the fireworks, will take place in the Main Street Park. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. No dogs will be allowed in the vicinity of these activities due to health reasons.
8:00 – 11:00 a.m: Pancake Breakfast
by Sunset Hills Riding Club (small charge for this) – a tent with table and chairs will be available for the Saturday activities.
1:30 – 3:30 p.m: Farmers’ Market – Curling Rink
5:00 – 5:30 p.m: Small Ceremony
5:30 – 7:00 p.m: Hot Dogs and Drinks supplied by Bentley Curling Club – Free
Cupcakes supplied by the Committee – Free
5:00 – 9:00 pm: Activities
Children’s Games, Demonstration by the Kite Guys, Activity hosted by The Bike Shop, Walking Tour of Historical Buildings, Museum Open
11:00 p.m: Fireworks
All Day – Canada Day Events
Celebrate Canada Day 150
Time: All Day
Location: Various locations
Town of Blackfalds, Lacombe County, and various community organizations are teaming up to host the party of the year to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
DIDS Fundraiser Adult Ball Hockey Tournament, beer gardens & free youth activities
Free BOLT transit service
Wadey Centre Grand Opening
Bark Park Grand Opening
Optimist Club Fundraiser BBQ
Abbey Centre: $1.50 admission
Friends of Iron Ridge Elementary School playground fundraiser
Free family party with cupcakes & prizes for best costume
5:00 p.m: Music DJ- On the Mark Productions
Complimentary hot dogs, watermelon, birthday cake served by Council and Staff
5:00 – 8:00 p.m: Various Activities
Fresh Popcorn, Sand Pile/Money Search, Bouncy Castle, Dunk Tank, Face Painting
6:30/7:00 p.m: “Oh Canada”
Reaffirmation Ceremony: Mayor Posti (a formal event where participants repeat the oath of citizenship to express their commitment to Canada) “God Save the Queen”
8:00 p.m: Eckville Recreation Board Movie
(Please bring your own chair)
Dusk: Fireworks Display, south side of town.
All those in attendance are requested to bring their own lawn chairs.
Gull Lake Events
10:00am – 2:00pm Canada Day Family Fun
In Centennial Park there will be fun for the whole family. Come and enjoy horseshoes, bouncy houses, face painting, slo-pitch, tennis, pickleball, and frisbee golf. The Gull Lake Community League will be sponsoring hot dogs and cake!
7:00pm – 9:00pm Street Dance
Half Moon Bay Events
2 pm: “Party on the Beach”
Family orientated with a live band, a huge Canada Day cake, games, activities, dancing, food and refreshments will be provided to residents as they celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary on the Beach. This event will be free of charge and welcome to everyone. It will be a great chance to get to know new neighbours and celebrate Canada’s anniversary with the community.
11:00 AM – Join Chris Jensen as he portrays James Gadsby
one-time famous outlaw with Jesse James as he guides the opening and tour of St.Monica’s Church – Alberta Heritage site. As the oldest church in Lacombe County, it was built in 1895 and is an excellent example of multi-denominational cooperation.
12:00 PM – Events begin at the Museum site
including sampling of bison stew and bannock, hands on beading table, kids craft, caboose tours and Mirror Comm will be supplying the bouncy house for the kids.
12:30 PM- Breann and Kaleena Denby
Metis Fiddlers from Calgary set 1
1:00 PM – Grace, Winona & Rachel Crosina
fiddle sisters playing a few songs
1:15 PM – Metis Drum Maker/Artist Don Fraser
Drum Making/Buckskin Demonstration
2:00 PM – Breann and Kaleena Denby
Metis Fiddlers – set 2
2:30 PM – Wagon Wheel Demonstration
with Chris Jensen as James Gadsby with his demonstration
3:30 PM – Metis Drum Maker/Artist Don Fraser
Drum Making/Buckskin Demonstration
4:00 PM – Museum events wind down
4:00 – 6:30 PM – Mirror District Community Network/Lacombe County events
Carnival games, Roscoe the clown, free bbq and cake, face painting – located by the skating rink – Main Street
11:00 PM – Fireworks
sponsored by the Mirror District Community Network and Lacombe County
Sunbreaker Cove Events
5 pm: “Old Time” family evening get-together in the park
with a huge Canada Day cake, finger foods, coffee, refreshments, fireworks, a horseshoe event, games, music jams and dancing. This event will be free of charge and welcome to everyone. It will be a great chance to get to know new neighbours and celebrate Canada’s anniversary with the community.
Tail Creek Events
Tail Creek Mud Fest
Location: Tail Creek Raceway- Alix
Date: June 30th – July 2nd Tail Creek Raceways
Celebrate 150 years with Canada’s biggest off road mud & music festival!
Live entertainment nightly. Hitting the stage for Canada’s 150th birthday is David Lee Murphy, Emerson Drive, Big Sugar, Lee Aaron, Wide Mouth Mason and more! Friday night kickoff party features Charlie Major and Julian Austin and more!
Premier tickets: 1.855.720.8779
Book tickets & Campsites @ Tail Creek Raceway