Local Events & Festivals

A vivid display of northern Alberta pride.

A region that’s well-known for playing just as hard as it works, Lesser Slave River’s seasonal festivals, tournaments and cultural events never disappoint. They're well-known to most locals, and some events even warrant an annual pilgrimage for thrill-seekers across the nation. From a world-renowned fishing derby to fairs, rodeos and a wide variety of native cultural activities, the reasons to celebrate our uniquely beautiful boreal home know no bounds.

Here’s where you’ll find an ever-growing inventory of must-see festivals and events happening across Lesser Slave River. Notice something missing from the list? Please contact Alanis Marleau, Communications Coordinator for the MD.


The Slave Lake Region Tourism Strategy is our plan to showcase the thousands of unique outdoor pursuits of our rugged-and-real boreal region to Alberta, Canada and the world at large. Give it a read and discover how we plan to spread the word.

Don't miss out on these special events

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Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Smith-Hondo Fall Fair and Rodeo is held on Labour Day weekend and showcases the rodeo, chariot racing and calf roping, with a large dance and open festival. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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 info (@) mdlsr.ca

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