July 2013


Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association

July Events in Grande Prairie

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Still looking for something to do in the Grande Prairie area this month?  Here's a list of events happening from now until the end of the month.

July 18 - Habitat for Humanity BBQ  Join the good folks at Rainbow Automotive in support of our local Habitat for Humanity chapter.  11am - 1 pm fundraiser barbecue at Rainbow Automotive 10122 - 124 Ave, GP's own Motley Que will be barbequeing on site: $5 for pulled pork or hamburger & a beverage.  All proceeds to Habitat for Humanity Restore Store.

July 19-20 - 2013 East Coast Garden Party  Experience the East with fresh seafood, the kid’s zone, and beerr gardens!  With a great line-up of talented musicians, this is an event that's not to be missed!  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.eastcoastgardenparty.com/pages/grande_prairie2/

July 19-21 - Bonanza & District Annual Fair and Mud Bog  Take the family out to Bonanza and enjoy the Bonanza & District’s Agricultural Fair!  There will be horse events, kids events, fiddle competition, mud bog, bench show, a steak barbeque, a pig roast, and a dance with live music by Brad Johner.  There is no fee to enter the fair although those who pay a donation are entered into a draw to win prizes!  There will be a concession and beer gardens.  Events start Friday afternoon.  For more information, please contact:
Kulachkosky Rec Park  780-353-3771 

July 19-21 - 2013 Street Performers Festival  Professional entertainers transform the street into a wonderland of awe inspiring activity!  Be sure to come Downtown to see some of the world's best street performances and enjoy the Food Fair and Artisans Alley.  Please visit http://www.gpdowntown.com/events/ for more details including a list of performers.  PLEASE NOTE: No pets are permitted at this event.

July 20 - FREE MOVIES at all Alberta Cineplex locations in support of the Alberta Floods Fund  Doors open at 8:30 am, movies begin at 9:00 am.  Regular drinks and popcorn are $2 each.  100% of the proceeds will be going to the Red Cross – Alberta Floods Fund. Cineplex Entertainment will match the proceeds of the event.

July 20 - Alberta Open Sand Sculpture Competition  Bring your family & shovels to Devonshire Beach in Slave Lake for a fun-filled day at Alberta's finest beach.  You can participate in the competition or simply enjoy the amazing sand sculptures! Other activities include the Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament, live entertainment, great food, and an array of activities for children on the beach.  Competition runs 10am to 4pm.  Entry fees are as follows:
• Open Category - $100
• Family Category - $30
• Children's Category - $5
• Volleyball Tournament - $15/person
For more information, please contact Devonshire Beach at 780-849-8023  or

July 20 - Family Fun Day  Come celebrate the community supported ministry of Rising Above and Second Chance Furniture!  11 am - 3 pm at 9613 - 98 Street in Grande Prairie.  Petting Zoo, BBQ, Face Painting, Clowns, and more!

July 20 - XCessive Force MMA: East vs West  The best of the west are taking on top fighters from Ontario and beyond! Taking place at Evergreen Park, the main event features Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki and Tim “Shady” Smith.  Tickets are available at Maddhatter’s & Tommy Gun’s Barber Shop.  For more information, please contact Evergreen Park TEC Centre at 780-876-4652 or visit www.evergreenpark.ca

July 20-21 - Pioneer Days at South Peace Centennial Museum  During the weekend you can see the log planner, bundle threshing, plowing, blacksmithing, wheelwright, and experience horse drawn wagon rides.  Other heritage demonstrations include soap making, heritage crafts, rope making, wool carding, lard rendering, clay oven baking, and milk separating.  Pioneer Days also features musical entertainment by local musicians, log sawing and planning, shingle making, grist mill (grinding wheat to flour), morning breakfast,  a food booth, popcorn, and ice-cream cones.  The events schedule is sure to keep you busy for the weekend.  10:00 am - 5:00 pm  Daily Admission is $10 and children 6 & under are free.  The South Peace Centennial Museum is located 2 km north of Beaverlodge on Highway 43.  For more information, please contact 780-354-8869 or go to www.spcm.ca/

July 21 - Grande Prairie Derby  All the Kentucky Derby dazzle with a dash of Grande Prairie charm! Evergreen Park will be hosting Grande Prairie's first Derby on Sunday, July 21. Join us at the Gordon Badger Stadium for brunch at 11 am followed by the Derby at 12 pm. There will be fun family activities for the children, as well as entertainment for the adults. Enjoy the races and learn to bet. This is a one day only event so don’t miss out on this experience! Tickets are $40. For more information call 780-518-8711 or e-mail: terri@terrisudnik.ca

July 26-28 - Hoedown Jamboree  Located 15km west of High Prairie on Hwy 2 and presented by the Pioneer Threshermans Association.  MUSIC, DANCING, FREE CAMPING, CONCESSION  Bring Chairs ~ Breakfast Available ~ Weekend Pass:  $25.00  Day Pass:  $10.00 ~ Contact: General Info – Fred 780-523-5152     Band Info – Louise 780-776-2296

July 27 - Skate Park's 1st Anniversary  Come out and celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Grande Prairie Skate Park!  Local skate shops and event sponsors will have booths, free BBQ, and Flip DJs will be out spinning for the event.  There will also be Skateboard and BMX contests with wicked prizes!  Registration for the contests will be the day of from 10am - 12pm and there are a number of different age groups available.  For more information, please contact  The Eastlink Centre at 780-830-5000 or visit www.eastlinkcentre.ca
July 28 - 11th Annual Euphemia McNaught Festival & Strawberry Tea  Taking place from 1pm - 5pm at the McNaught Homestead, 5km south of Beaverlodge on Hwy 722, there will be fun for the whole family!  Petting zoo, craft demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, face painting, live music, and more!  The Strawberry Tea is from 2 pm - 4 pm.  Please visit www.mcnaught-homestead-heritage.com for more information or call Betty at 780-354-8118 or Lori at 780-897-2746.

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays all Summer - Dinosaur Bonebed Tour & Theatrical Performance  What was it like here 73 million years ago during the Cretaceous? What dinosaurs and plants lived here? How did hundreds of dinosaurs die in one spot?  Discover some answers and some theories to these questions during the dinosaur bonebed tour.  www.curriemuseum.ca/programs/public-programs/


  • Bonebed Tour: 5-7 pm ($2.50)
  • Dinosaur Play: 8 pm (free)


  • Bonebed Tour: 10:30 am and 3:30 pm ($2.50)
  • Dinosaur Play: 2 pm (free)

A maximum of 25 people will be taken on each tour. It is based on a first come, first serve basis. Alternatively for a flat fee of $70 you and up to 25 friends can reserve a specific date and time on weekdays.

Bring - Sturdy shoes (hiking or runners), bug spray, sunscreen, bottle of water

Recommended for ages 5 and up. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Difficulty: Most of the tour is along a constructed gravel walk-way that varies little in elevation. However the last part of the hike, prior to arriving at the dinosaur site, involves walking on a natural path and up a moderately steep incline.

Fee: $2.50/person (cash only)

Safety: All participants of the dinosaur bonebed tour are required to read and sign a safety waiver.

The hike is 2.5 kilometers in length. It take 2 hours to complete the tour. Tours may be canceled due to inclement weather. Hiking shoes and water are recommended.



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