With francophone communities established throughout Alberta, various organizations promote French language and cultures through annual events and activities. Whether you are Francophone, Francophile or franco-curious, we invite you to come celebrate with us!
The list below is by no means complete. For more information (in French only) on these and other community events in Alberta, contact your local Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) or visit:
Alberta Francophonie Month
When: All through March
Where: Everywhere in Alberta
In 2018, the Alberta government proclaimed March as the annual “Mois de la francophonie albertaine” (Alberta Francophonie Month). This is the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate the vibrancy and energy the Francophonie brings to our province and to honour one of Canada’s official languages.
The Proclamation recognizes French-speaking Albertans, whose contributions to the province began in the 1700s, and who comprise one of the fastest-growing and most culturally diverse French-speaking populations in Canada.
The month-long celebration coincides with the Canadian Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (see below). It usually kicks off with Franco-Albertan flag-raising ceremonies at the Legislature in Edmonton and at the McDougall Centre in Calgary. Francophone schools, community members and government officials usually participate in flag-raising events throughout the province.
Rendez-vous de la Francophonie
When: In March
Where: Everywhere in Canada
More info: Rendez-vous de la Francophonie
Every year in March, French-speaking communities across Canada celebrate Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), a celebration of French cultures and history.
In Alberta, events include Franco-Albertan flag-raising ceremonies at the Legislature in Edmonton, at the McDougall Centre in Calgary, and in municipalities and schools across the province. Sugar shacks, musical and theatrical performances, and other community gatherings are also part of the RVF festivities.
International Day of the Francophonie
When: March 20
Where: Alberta Legislature
More info: Legislative Assembly website
The International Day of the Francophonie is celebrated annually on March 20 in more than 80 countries around the world.
Every year, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta hosts a public celebration in the Legislature rotunda to celebrate the rich diversity of Alberta’s Francophonie and its roots all around the world.
Flying Canoë Volant
More info: Flying Canoë Volant
Inspired by the Flying Canoë legend, the Flying Canoë Volant celebrates First Nations, French Canadian and Métis cultures and traditions. The festival includes many public activities and events in Edmonton's beautiful Mill Creek Ravine and the French Quarter, as well as school programming and The Flying Canoe Races.
Carnaval de St-Isidore
When: In February
More info: Carnaval de St-Isidore
Each year during the February long weekend, the Carnaval de St-Isidore highlights the vibrant Francophone culture of Northern Alberta. With plenty of entertainment and winter fun options to choose from, the carnival attracts Francophones and Francophiles from across Alberta and many Canadian provinces.
When: In July
More info: Fête franco-albertaine (in French only)
The Fête franco-albertaine is an annual, family-friendly festival that brings together Francophones and Francophiles of all ages from across the province.
Congrès annuel de la francophonie albertaine
When: In October
More info: ACFA website (in French only)
Every year, the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) organises the Congrès annuel de la francophonie albertaine, the largest annual convention for Alberta’s francophone organizations. Activities for participants include networking, guided tours, workshops, trainings, plenaries and more.
CDÉA’s Rendez-vous d’affaires
When: In the Fall
Where: Edmonton or Calgary
More info: CDÉA website
Organized every year by the Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta (CDÉA), les Rendez-vous d'affaires is a two-day business networking event that brings together entrepreneurs, Francophone business owners and community leaders.
Colloque annuel de la FPFA
When: In the Fall
Where: Edmonton or Calgary
More info: FPFA website
The Fédération des parents francophones de l’Alberta (FPFA) organizes an annual conference for parents and educators across the province, with workshops, lectures and training sessions on a wide variety of subjects.