The Town’s arts and culture department has a full schedule of events and tours lined up to keep residents and visitors engaged in Okotoks rich history and vibrant arts community.
Starting in May, the annual Picnic at the Piano event runs on the fourth Wednesday of each month until August. People of all ages are invited to bring their lunch and a blanket to enjoy a free outdoor concert at the Olde Towne Plaza.
Each picnic features a different guest musician: May 24 – Sheldon Zandboer, June 28 – Ellen Doty, July 26 – Andrea Petrity, and Aug. 23 – Bruce Petherick. In the event of rain, the concerts are moved indoors to the Rotary Performing Arts Centre at 3 Elma Street E.
Another outdoor event invites families to celebrate local talent at Pop Up in the Park on Aug. 19 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The location is to be determined.
From July 6 to August 24, downtown Okotoks will be bustling on Thursday evenings with Art on the Lawn at the Okotoks Art Gallery and Downtown Thursdays through the Okotoks corridor. The events include crafts and live music, as well as arts and shopping from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Those interested in historical Okotoks can take their pick of several heritage-based walks and tours during the summer months, including a Full Moon Ghost Tour on July 8.
The tour takes an eeries look at Okotoks’ ghostly past as tour guides lead groups through downtown. Tickets are required for the annual event and can be purchased for $5 +GST by calling the Okotoks Art Gallery at 403-938-3204. Okotoks and District Historical Society member Karen Peters offers a non-spooky version of the Okotoks Downtown Walking Tour on Aug. 5, beginning at the corner of McRae Street and Clark Avenue at 2 p.m.
Peters also leads free cemetery tours on July 1 and Aug. 26 at 2 p.m., telling stories of the characters who made up the town’s past.
On July 29, musueum specialist Kathy Coutts will take a group for a River Walk, providing a guided tour of the Sheep River that includes history of the river and the role it’s played in Okotoks’ history. For more information and a full schedule of events visit www.okotoksculture.ca.