7 Summer Festivals & Events in Swift Current You Won’t Want to Miss: June to August
If you’re planning your summer vacation, Swift Current, Saskatchewan offers seven summer festivals and events you won’t want to miss. Why Saskatchewan you might ask? There’s a reason the province calls itself the “Land of the Living Skies.” Saskatchewan’s giant sky is alive with constantly moving and changing puffy white clouds that create breathtaking vistas to inspire awe and wonder. Combine this unexpected beauty with some seriously cool art and cultural events, and Saskatchewan becomes a destination you need to visit this summer!
When: June 22, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m. to June 23, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
What better way to take advantage of the vast blue skies above than to attend the Windscape Kite Festival? You will never see a sight quite as spectacular as the kite-filled skies above Swift Current. Unbelievable colours and unique designs cover the wild blue yonder with never-before-seen kite art for the most impressive display in North America.
You will be blown away by the soaring art from giant creatures to roaring stunt kites and from battling fighter kites to trains and buggies. The internationally acclaimed and award-winning event attracts celebrity kite flyers from around the world.
There is plenty to see and do at this family-friendly, free event, including live stage entertainment, children’s activities, a candy catapult, stunt kite flying lessons, a straw bale maze, kite talks, and more. You can participate in a kite building workshop, stroll around the wind sculpture garden, and participate in the photo and colouring contest.
When: June 20, 2019 to June 23, 2019
The summer solstice brings us the longest days of the year. Celebrate the lasting daylight with great music and lots of fun under a big-top tent at Marston Street and 11th Avenue SW. The music is varied and attracts some of the best toe-tapping bands and performers ever to take the stage under one “roof.” Check the Long Day’s Night Music Festival website to find out who’s on the playbill this year.
When: June 26, 2019 to June 29, 2019
This four-day event is a true rodeo experience, where you’ll get caught up in the skills and spills during horse riding, bull riding, and barrel racing shows. This is an authentic wild west event presenting a glimpse at Canada’s cowboy roots. Activities include midway rides, grandstand concerts, a trade show, a cattle show, 4-H competitions, a parade and fireworks. And of course, who can resist the tempting aroma of carnival foods?
This is a family event guaranteed to entertain, with pancake breakfasts, a “Get Your Prairie On” parade, and a grand finale fireworks display that will light up the vast prairie skies.
When: July 1, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dress in red and white from head to toe before heading out to Memorial Park in Swift Current to celebrate this great country. Activities begin at noon with a Flag Raising Ceremony followed by cake and hot dogs. Family fun is guaranteed along with some good old-fashioned Canadian pride.
When: July 21, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the 25th Annual Watermelon Festival at Mennonite Heritage Village. This charming site depicts the life and times of early settlers in Swift Current. It also showcases the contributions Mennonite immigrants made to the area. This living museum features restored artifacts, buildings, and costumes from the 1880s to the 1920s. The festival itself celebrates the flavours of the sweet, bright pink melon, which features prominently in events and foods.
People flock to the event just to get a taste of roll kuchen, a mouth-watering, deep-fried pastry served with cold watermelon. You can also enjoy Faspa, an authentic German lunch that Mennonite families eat at large gatherings to celebrate fellowship. The light meal consists of zwieback, bread, jelly, coffee, cheese, and assorted cakes and cookies.
When: July 26, 2019 to August 16, 2019
This festival is designed to make cultural events more accessible to the community and surrounding areas with a focus on youth. The inaugural production, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is perfectly suited for the warm evenings at this time of year. Performances will be held at Riverside Park with six shows a week. If you want to take in the final performances, you can also plan to attend the Summer Games.
When: August 9, 2019 to August 18, 2019
This is a great coup for the town that will host its first Western Canada Summer Games. It is the largest event of its kind to take place in the area. Sports enthusiasts will have the opportunity to take in 16 sports at over 20 venues in Swift Current. There will also be a variety of cultural performances and programs happening in the area. The competitions will include:
● Beach Volleyball
Where to Stay
The perfect headquarters for your Saskatchewan visit is Coast Swift Current Hotel. Located on Trans-Canada Highway 1, it is an easy drive to all of the must-see events in Swift Current this summer. It is also close to shopping, Elmwood Golf Club, Living Sky Casino, Elmwood Park, and the iPlex Centre.
Take advantage of the Nearly Neil Deal for a June 7th stay, which includes:
● Two tickets to “Nearly Neil: Bobby Bruce’s Tribute to Neil Diamond,” a tribute to the exciting music and performances of this acclaimed singer
● One-night stay in a spacious Comfort Room
● Flat rate of only $149
Or, if you’re doing a road trip, book for a weekend stay and receive a $25 Petro-Canada gift card. Learn more here.
Your hotel stay at Coast Swift Current Hotel includes top amenities such as:
● Free Wi-Fi
● Complimentary continental breakfast
● Complimentary outdoor parking plus bus/truck parking
● Pet-friendly and accessible rooms
● Smiley’s Lounge
● Beer and wine store
With 65 well-appointed rooms, you can choose the accommodations to suit your needs, including Grand Suites, One Bedroom Suites, and Kitchenette Rooms. Book your Swift Current, Saskatchewan trip today.
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