Festivals are a major part of Canadian culture. Canadians tend to only acknowledge highlights of the season such as Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Mardi Gras, but there is so much more to each season on the calendar. Festivals like Oktoberfest in Munich and Fête des Lumieres in Lyon are a great chance to get out and explore other festivals they might never hear about otherwise. The world is full of strange, unusual and unique festivals each with its own traditions, rules and culture.

Nowadays there are so many festivals it's hard to keep track. To help out, this article will give you a little glimpse into what some of Canada's top festivals are. Parties, music and fun are the top three things that most people associate with the craziness of festivals. But with over 500 festivals happening in Canada before you know it, it’s difficult to manage just one. Fortunately, a new generation of technology may soon make this process easier for Canada's 8.2 million festival-goers!

Festivals in Canada

There are three main festivals celebrated in Canada, as well as many smaller national holidays. The three main celebrations include St.Jean Baptiste in Quebec, the Christmas Day parade that ends in Halifax Nova Scotia and the Carifesta Renaissance festival hosted in Calgary, Alberta. Any Canadian would be happy to know that many of our provinces and territories have had a long-standing history with festivals. The first Canadian winter festival was held in New Brunswick in the late 1800s, where celebrations were based around the ice, cold temperatures, and traditional games. As Canada's railway system became powerful, it brought people closer together during festive periods like Christmas. This festivity eventually helped shape Canada into who we are today.


Every year, Kitchener-Waterloo celebrates the festival of Oktoberfest in September and October by migrating to tents that had formerly been used for church fairs. Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival organized in Kitchener-Waterloo, where you'll find oompah bands, steins of beer, and copious amounts of food. It is the biggest beer festival in the Southern Hemisphere. To buy Oktoberfest tickets, first, you’ll need to go to the website for this event. Once there, you may utilize filters on the left-hand side of the screen that allows you to search for tickets based on the type of ticket, including single-day and weekend, passes, VIP packages, and more.

What to expect at the festival

Festivals are a common topic of conversation in Canada. They make the country come alive and offer chances for people to get out of their regular routines, connect with nature, share experiences with friends and just have fun. If you're curious about Canadian festivals, it's best to read an article that goes over everything you need to know before planning your trip! Canada is a country of festivals, so there are many festivals to experience in your lifetime. Whether it be the Canadian Music Fest or Canadian Iceberg Polar Bear Mud (yes, there's a festival dedicated to that), get ready to have a blast at these vegan festivals!

Where can one find more information about festivals?

One can find all information about festivals in Canada at the National Parks Canada website. Not only does it have sector-specific information, but it also provides many useful links that one can click through to find additional information. Festivals could be found almost everywhere in Canadian cities. There are clearly marked festivals and events that are big enough to occupy people for several days. Vancouver has a large number of cultural festivals, such as the opening celebrations for the Olympics (2010), Festival de la Cultura de Vancouver, the Jewish celebration of Chanukah, and many more. Jacksonville goes through all three months of winter with mixed Christmas, Halloween, Easter and more! The end of September brings up America's favourite fall festivals including Oktoberfest in Downtown Ottawa and Montreal's huge street festival: Fête des Lumières


So, this is all about summarizing everything. I hope it helps you with everything you were going to ask me, that's not on the list. As festivals occur quite early in Canada, this can be a good way for you to bring in more money during the winter season. You might want to consider holding a fest hosted by you at your friend's house. It is true that festivals aren't easy. However, if you're easygoing and have enough patience, you'll make better friends in the long run!