Spring Events in the Rockies You Won’t Want to Miss

As the end of ski season slowly inches closer, a new round of excitement in Banff National Park is just amping up again. Partly in celebration of a fantastic winter, and partly to ring in another great season to come.

Here are our hand-picked events that you won’t want to miss throughout April and May, both on hill at the SkiBig3 resorts, and within the communities in Banff National Park.

Banff Sunshine Village

Spring Concert Series

The Spring Concert Series is back at Banff Sunshine Village. Until the end of the season, every weekend will be jammin’ with bands from all around Canada performing in the village. With a beer garden at the Mad Trapper’s Saloon and a different artist every weekend, there’s no better time to grab a seat, grab a beer, and relax while listening to live music in the heart of the Rockies.

Bacon Fest – May 5th

In grand tribute of all that is bacon, Banff Sunshine Village will have all-day Bacon Specials at all restaurants, and host the ultimate Sunshine “Pig Out” challenge: the Bacon Strip Sprint!

Bikinis and Boardshorts Fundraiser – May 12th

Open to everyone, this event will see skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities having fun in their bikinis and boardshorts while fundraising money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Bikinis and Boardshorts event at Banff Sunshine Village, 2017. Photo by Sarah Pearson.

90th Slush Cup – May 21st

Sunshine’s biggest event of the season is back for its 90th year! Held on the last day of the season, Slush Cup is a competition where participants ski or snowboard down a run into an icy pool of water, aiming to skim across the pool until you’ve reached the end.

Slush Cup 2017. Photo courtesy of Banff Sunshine Village.

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Spring Music Series

Spring skiing and riding is in full swing at the Lake Louise Ski Resort! Soft turns, sunny skies & après in the Base Area make for fun filled weekends in the Rockies.

Shake the Lake 2018 – April 28th

Time to get the sunscreen out and enjoy the classic spring skiing! This is your last chance to boogie at Lake Louise before the snow melts with an ode to the awesome 17/18 season we’ve had! Apres your ski session during the afternoon on the Kokanee Kabin deck with tunes by Buffalo Child, Rusty Meeks & Burchill, all while sipping glacier fresh beer.

Shake the Lake After Party – April 28th

As the sun starts setting on the picturesque Rocky Mountain landscape, return to the Lodge of Ten Peaks for an epic concert you won’t want to miss – Shred Kelly with the Wet Secrets – the first ever true concert experience at Lake Louise Ski Resort!

Bikinis for Breast Cancer – April 28th

This fun event is open to women of all ages. All participants can ski, snowboard or telemark down an easy course in an “S” formation in their bikini tops and snow pants, meeting in a central location at the base of the mountain. Tons of prizes for top fundraisers are up for grabs, for those who raise the most money for the cause.

Shake the Lake 2017. Photo courtesy of Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Town of Banff

Rockywood Reels, Rose Marie – The Whyte Museum – April 19th

Take a step back in time with this historical film, presented by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. This 1954 operetta stars Ann Blyth stars as Rose Marie Lemaitre, a French-Canadian tomboy who is “tamed” by cheerful Mountie Mike Malone (Howard Keel). Several scenes were filmed in Jasper, near the town site and at Lac Beauvert.

Photo courtesy of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Soar into Spring Festival – Banff Gondola – March 30th to April 29th

The Banff Gondola’s Soar into Spring Festival is a celebration of one of their favourite seasons! A number of other fun-filled activities await, including storytelling, mountaintop yoga and their signature sugar shack serving up delicious maple treats. All activities are complimentary with admission, kids go free before noon every day.

Earth Day in the Courtyard – April 22nd

The Bison Courtyard celebrates Earth Day with live music by local band, The Stumbleweeds, tile painting with Crockadoodle, and testing out the pedal-powered tower bike and button maker with Open Streets.

Bear Street Tavern will be selling delicious pizza straight from the outdoor oven. After grabbing a slice, head over to Banff Adventures for discounted bike rentals, or Nourish Bistro and Wildflour Bakery for an Earth Day treat.

Cochon555 – April 28th

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism presents Cochon555, one of North America’s most talked about culinary events. Heading to Banff on April 28, 2018 at the incredible Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, you’ll want to keep this sold-out event on your radar for next year. Imagine an elaborate 40-course, stand-up, sustainable dinner featuring wine, craft beer and spirits, where you get to help pick the best bite from five competing chefs.

Photo courtesy of Cochon555.

Rockies 3.0 – April 29th

You won’t want to miss this celebration of Canadian Rockies culture! Volume 3 of the Canadian Rockies Annual magazine kicks off at Banff Ave Brewing Co. in downtown Banff. Enjoy tunes from local folk band Elk Run & Riot, and kick back with a locally brewed pint.

Get in on the end-of-season action for yourself before the winter is over for good! Our friendly Reservations Team is always happy to share their local knowledge and experience to help you find the best vacation package for your style and budget. You can reach them via Live Chat (scroll up for the Live Chat link at the top of our website), or by calling 1-844-754-2443.

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