The Community Services Department organizes many activities and events in town, for a complete list of events happening in Carstairs checkout our online calendar (link to calendar) or for more information contact our Director of Community Services.
2013 Photo Contest: All Year
Send us your photos that show us you agree - Carstairs is an amazing place to live! The contest closing date is December 31st, 2013.
Announcement of 2012 Contest Winners:
1st Place 2012 Photo Contest Winner
Photographer: Allan Morrison
Title: "A Bridge to What"
Location: Carstairs, Memorial Park
Date: June 12, 2011
Prize: $100 Chamber Gift Certificate
2nd Place 2012 Photo Contest Winner
Photographer: Eleanor Braun
Title: "Cedar Waxwing Trio"
Location: Carstairs, Backyard on Fence
Date: July 5, 2012
Prize: $75 Chamber Gift Certificate
3rd Place 2012 Photo Contest Winner
Photographer: Eleanor Braun
Title: "Carstairs Welcomes You"
Location: Carstairs, North Entrance to Carstairs
Date: July 17, 2012
Prize: $50 Chamber Gift Certificate
Pictures are available to view on our Website under Visiting Carstairs/Video & Photo Gallery.
There will now be prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd submissions. The three winners will be highlighted on the Town website. All photos submitted must be taken within the Town of Carstairs town limits.
To enter please complete the Entry/Release form and provide your name, email address, phone number and information about the photo/photos, like the date, the area where the photo was taken, and any other important information.
Note: Please be aware that by entering your photos in this contest, that you have given your consent to the Town of Carstairs and its marketing partners permission to use for marketing and advertising purposes. We welcome photos of people in them as long as consent has been given by those individuals that are recognizable.
Photos and Entry/Release forms may be emailed, or dropped off at the Town Office. For more information about the Photo Contest, please see the Official Photo Contest Rules and Photo Contest Entry/Release Form.
Family Day: 3rd Monday in February
Family Day is on Monday, February 18, 2013. Watch the website and newspaper for upcoming information.
Disconnect to Reconnect!
Elks Garage Sale: 1st Weekend in May
Contacts for table rentals are as follows:
- Dan Mckay H: 403.337.3008 W: 403.337.0009
- Jim Walroth H: 403-337-3582, W: 403-337-3452
Neighbourhood Party: May 10th 4:30 - 8:00 pm @ Arena
Please join us for an evening of food, fun, and friends!Visit with the community's service clubs, sports organizations,community organizations,& health groups. Watch the website for upcoming date!
Carstairs Neighbourhood Party
Carstairs Clean Up Day:
May 25th 8:00 am - Noon @ the Administration Office
We will accept the following: Wood, plastic, electronics, house hold garbage, paint and metal. No fridges or freezers with freon , no recycables and no composte. If everything is sorted it would make drop off alot quicker. Carstairs Residents Only Please.
Saturday, May 26, 2013 from 8 am to Noon Spring Clean Up Day
Town Clean Up
Summer Solstice 1K, 5K, 10K Walk/Run: June 21, 2013
The Town of Carstairs, Carstairs Connections, and Alberta Health encourage the community to celebrate the first day of summer!
You can enter as a family or an individual participant. All funds raised will go to support CRASH (Carstairs Youth Centre)
Package Pickup at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Gazebo and the Walk/Run begins at 6:30 p.m.
Family 1K - $20
5K - $30
10K - $40
Register online now!
Why not get involved with Couch to 5K - In preparation for Summer Solstice!
Summer Fun Experience: July & August
Coming Summer 2013!
Canada Celebrations: July 1st
Watch the Town Website, Twitter, and Courier Ad for upcoming info!
Beef & Barley Days: 3rd Week in July
Festivities include a rodeo, fireworks display, pancake breakfast and one of the best parades in rural Alberta. There's a trade & craft show, kids games & activities, pet show ball games and food venders as well as a roast beef supper followed by a cabaret!
Mountain View Music Fest: 2nd weekend in August
This grass roots music festival showcases Alberta's talent as well as a variety of Canadian acts, more than 30 performances, returning to 3 day event in 2013, includes an artisan's market, art gallery, artist merchandise, kids zone. Features Chamber car show, breakfast, night venues & beer gardens.
Horticulture & Craft Show: 3rd Weekend in August
Presented by the Green Thumbs & Friends & Carstairs Agricultural Society.
Show books and entry tags are available at Co-op, Henry Foods, Dollar Store, Carstairs Pharmasave & Carmens Foods at Crossfield. Show book also available at the Carstairs 2020 website. For more information call 403-337-2186 or 403-337-2265
- Carstairs Curling Club
- Doors open to the public from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
- Admission: Adult $2 and children 12 & under $1.
- Light refreshments served.
Drive in Movie: August 27th
The Carstairs Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Carstairs proudly present this fun event for the whole family. The parking lot at Memorial Arena will become the stage for our annual drive in movie. This event has become one of the most anticipated and appreciated evenings of the year in our Community.
Watch for posters to find out what the movie will be this year! There is no charge for this event; we just ask that you bring along an item for our youth food bank. Of course, the concession will be open with fresh popcorn!
Walk for the Health of It: November to April
Walk for the Health of it is a joint initiative between the Town of Carstairs and Carstairs Connections. It begins each November and finishes up in April. Participants can register online and log in their weekly steps or kilometers.
We are able to track the group's progress as well as each individual walker. Walkers can choose where they'd like to exercise whether it is on a treadmill, the streets or the walking track at the Carstairs Memorial Arena. Everyone is encouragedto join!
Pumpkin Festival: September 28, 2013 @ the Carstairs Curling Rink
The Pumpkin Festival began in 1984 as a way to put Carstairs on the map! There is a little something for everyone.Come view our pumpkin contests, taste our delicious pies, and shop our local vendors' tables for home made baking, crafts, and preserves.
There are table rentals, a pumpkin and scarecrow competition, the Pumpkin King and Queen, entertainment, baking competition and a mini trade show.
Friday, September 27th, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, September 28th, 2013 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Judging: Saturday, September 28, 2013 10am - 12:00 Noon
Doors Open to Public: Saturday, September 28, 2013 Noon - 4 pm
Enquiries: Bev Smith: 587.887.1604
Vendor Tables: Kim Fischer 403.337.3989
Christmas Craft Fair: Friday, Nov 22, 2013 2pm-8pm & Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 10am-4pm
The Christmas Craft Fair is held at the Carstairs Community Hall each November. Local artists sell jewelry, crafts, specialty items, baked goods, and a variety of other unique items. Vendors Needed!!! For table rentals please contact Louise Beaver at 403-337-3596. Tables $15 per day or Two tables $25 per day.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Royal Canadian Legion: November 11th
Ceremonies are held at the Community Hall and at the Cenotaph at Memorial Park (TBA)
Remembrance Day Service: Monday, November 11, 2013.
Location: Carstairs Community Hall (1100 Lackner Way)
Time: Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and Ceremonies starts at 10:20 a.m.
Crazy Carstairs Christmas: December 6th, 2013
A magical night in Carstairs when the town transforms into a winter wonderland for both children and parents. The Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Carstairs Crazy Christmas.
This night offers a chance to scoop up late night shopping with excellent deals from local merchants and is also a time for families to enjoy exciting festivities downtown. There are free hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee. Kids will also be able to play with Puffy and Pudgy, the penguins, who are always a hit. And the best part of all? The fireworks!
Santa's Gone Looney: Saturday December 7th, 2013 - 10am - 2pm
Kids: join us upstairs at the arena and our team of Christmas Experts will help you pick out that perfect gift for mom and dad. Bring one loony per gift and shop away! We'll wrap it up tight so no parents can peek!!!
Parents: Please send gift bags with your kids to speed up the wrapping line!
If you have some items that you would like to donate, they can be dropped off at either the Town Office or the Arena Concession. (Deliveries are only accepted in November and December).
Christmas Farmers Market 2013:
December 6th 1-7pm and December 7th 10am-3pm at the Hugh Sutherland School
Admission is a food bank donation under our Christmas Tree. Monetary donations accepted at the Market Managers Table.
Santa is going to be there to take photos on Saturday only 12-3 pm with candy canes for the kids. There will also be glitter tattoo artist joining us. Inquiries please contact Kim Fischer at 403-337-3989 or http://carstairsfarmersmarket.weebly.com/