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Dinofest 2013/ Fri, Jun 7 – Sun, Jun 9
Celebrate all things prehistoric with family friendly activities centred around Drumheller's dinosaur history. The festivities kick off with music, entertainment and a movie projected on a three-story outdoor screen. The rest of the fest includes a packed calendar of special programming at the museum and pre-historic theme events around town. Visit www.drumhellerdinofest.com for more information.

River Day/ Sat, Jun 8 (10 am – 3 pm)
A celebration suitable for all ages which encourages Edmontonians to get outside and enjoy what the North Saskatchewan River has to offer. Activities include learning about safe and responsible river recreation, environmental protection, fishing, paddling, kayaking and canoeing. Visit edmonton.ca for more information
(Rundle Park, Free)

Bikeology: Festival Day / Sat, Jun 15 (12 pm – 6 pm)
The cornerstone event of Edmonton's annual bike month is back with all kinds of velo-love activities as well as providing cycling skills to the city's youth. Visit bikeology.ca for more information. (Churchill Square)

Spartan Sprint / Sat, Jun 29 and Sun, Jun 30
Three miles and 15 muddy and tricky obstacles separate you from the finish line in the Spartan Sprint, the “easiest” of the Spartan obstacle races. The top three males and top three females qualify for a free entry in the next step, the Super Spartan. Visit spartanrace.com to sign up. If you miss Edmonton, or just want to go for round two, there are also races in Calgary at Wild Rose MX park on Sat, Aug 17 and Sun, Aug 18. (Rabbit Hill, $65 – $70)

Canada's Parks Day/ Sat, July 20
The national event has been celebrated since 1990 as a way to show off parks and historic sites in every province across the country. Events will be happening at various locations throughout Alberta, including Banff, Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan. Visit Parks Canada (pc.gc.ca) for more information.

Fat Tire Festival/ Fri, Aug 2 – Mon, Aug 5
This annual mountain biking festival features events for beginner to advanced riders, with thousands of dollars in prizes. Events include downhill, cross country, slalom and guided trails. Meals and accommodations are available. Spectators get free admission. Visit frontierlodge.ca/FatTireFestival for more information. (Nordegg)

Deathfest / Fri, Aug 2 – Sun, Aug 4
The surprisingly family friendly festival including entertainment and carnival rides, coincides with the Northface Canadian Death Race, which begins the previous day at 8 am. The race is heralded as one of Canada's toughest adventure races. The 125 km course begins and ends of a 4200 ft plateau, passes through three mountain summits and includes 17 000 feet of elevation change. There are no big prizes awaiting at the end besides bragging rights. Finishing is tough enough. Visit canadiandeathrace.com or grandecache.ca for more information. (Grande Cache)

Mud Hero / Sat, Aug 10 and Sun, Aug 11
A little mud never hurt anyone. Get down and dirty through a six-kilometre course filled with 16 different obstacles to test your physical and mental willpower. Plus, there's a party waiting for you at the finish line. Visit mudhero.com to register. (Canyon Ski Resort, Red Deer)

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Anniversary / Sun, Sep 2
Celebrate the night sky with activities and presentations. (Elk Island National Park)

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