While they’re built by infrastructure and economy - it’s actually the cultures within a city that help it continue to grow. Here in Regina, these cultures are celebrated in many different ways with the most notable being our annual summer festivals. Showcasing our diversity, these annual events are highly anticipated and warmly received due to their ever growing popularity and passionate approach to traditions. Through unforgettable music, dance, sport and cuisine, the festivals in and around the Queen City help define the fabric of who we are. Here are a few you just simply can’t miss, along with a few essentials you will need to truly get the most out of them!

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Photo courtesy: saskhighland.ca

Saskatchewan Highland Gathering & Celtic Festival - May 21st-22nd, 2016 The park, the park is calling!” Taking place May 21st-22nd in beautiful Victoria Park (located in downtown Regina), the Saskatchewan Highland Gathering & Celtic Festival is filled with Celtic traditions and family friendly events. Starting off with solo piping, drumming and morning Highland dancing, this event has also become renowned for its dedication to sport.

Take in the Western Canadian Scottish Athletics Championship Invitational or support local talent in the Saskatchewan Pipe Band and Queen City Highland Dance Championships. Kids can also get involved with the children’s Caber Toss and/or the bouncy castles and face painting found onsite.  Who knows? Merida - the plucky Scos lassie from the hit movie, BRAVE may just make an appearance! Essentials: Dancing shoes, love for bagpipes, cool weather attire with pants optional #GetYourKiltOn

Fun fact: Watch the City of Regina Pipe Band perform in Regina with Sir Paul McCartney (they’ll be competing and performing at the Knotted Thistle Pub Festival tent all weekend)

Also don’t miss: The Prairie Piping Invitational on Friday, May 21st at the Travelodge. Six invited pipers compete in a musical free-for-all with the audience voting on the winner.

More info: click here.

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MOSAIC - June 2nd-4th, 2016 A Festival of Cultures” Presented by the Regina Multicultural Council, MOSAIC is easily one of Regina’s most well-known and largest festivals. Celebrating cultures from around the World, 2016 will feature seventeen pavilions spread across the entire city. In just one weekend, you can dance the night away in the Philippines, dine on some of Italy’s finest cuisine, enjoy a pint in Ireland, hear the pipes and drums of Scotland, all while enjoying Ukrainian dancing, and even a fire breather on stilts in the Caribbean. Essentials: Purchase an official passport (for entry into every pavilion) and tour the World with transportation provided by Mosaic buses.

Fun fact: 2016 marks MOSAIC’s 49th year!

Also don’t miss: See photos and watch videos from MOSAIC via their official Instagram account - launched in 2015. Hash tag #MosaicYQR

More info: click here.

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Photo credit: Regina Afrofest Facebook

Regina AfroFest - July 9th, 2016 Kimeru igua-wamukiri!” A relatively new festival in our city (launching in 2014), the Regina AfroFest celebrates Africa’s diverse culture through live music, drum and dance, arts and crafts, African wood and workshops.  With the very first event (also held in Victoria Park) seeing an attendance of over 850 people, be certain this year’s event on July 9th will be even bigger and better. Featuring both local and international artists with roots in Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Belize Cuba and Canada, Regina Afrofest is a world music lovers dream. The addition of performances with choreographies from Zambia, Liberia, Kenya, South Sudan and the Caribbean, have helped this all ages event become one of the most talked about events in the city.   

Aiming to promote African cultures in the Queen City through diverse music styles including Afrobeats, soukous, highlife, reggae, traditional drumming and African hip hop, the Regina AfroFest also serves to educate about the diversity of Africa and to present a positive image of the continent. Essentials: Go hungry! (There will be lots of amazing food to try.)

Fun fact: Founder, Awelana Akeriwe, was also one of the judges for the 2016 Stay in Regina “Event of Events” competition.

Also don’t miss: Follow the Regina AfroFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be one of the first to find out about the performances and events planned for 2016! Official hash tag #RAF2016

More info: click here.