TRUE NORTH MUST SEE
From hot air balloons to Elvis...there is a festival for everyone
HOT AIR BALLONS GATINEAU
In 1988, to the amazement of 25,000 spectators near Gatineau, Quebec, 47 balloons took to the sky just across the river from Ottawa. The following year Celine Dion performed. Today Gatineau hosts the fifth largest hot air balloon festival in the world, attracting some 200,000 people over five days.
The illuminated “Night Glow” event is set to music and is not to be missed. There’s also arts and crafts, an amusement park, three stages of entertainment, fireworks, and hot air balloon rides. Overnight camping is available onsite. Up, Up, and Away! August 30 - September 3, 2018 montgolfieresgatineau.com
FREEZER BURN CALGARY
This event is radical about self-expression, sustainability, and inclusion. For four days, you’ll live outdoors, basically off the grid in a tent with no running water or electricity, alongside a thousand like-minded individuals. Together you’ll get art-focused, creative, and interactive all around the theme, “Fighter Jets vs. Laser Sharks”. This is a family-friendly private event, and you’ll need an advance ticket purchase.
If you’re interested, read the online Survival Guide to see if this is your thing.
Peace and love. June 21 - 25, 2018 freezerburn.org
ELVIS Festival COLLINGWOOD
What began in 1995 with 35 tribute artists and 1,500 attendees, now attracts upwards of 15,000 people. Cheer on hundreds of Elvis’ of all persuasions, including international participants. The theme this year is “Elvis United.” It is also the 50th anniversary of the “68 Comeback Special.” There’s free entertainment on the main outdoor stage all weekend, as well as many ticketed indoor events. New this year is the “Discover Your Inner Elvis” program which encourages fans to experience their “Elvis Moment” by singing a song. July 27 - 29, 2018 collingwoodelvisfestival.com