Catch a sunset while you listen to live music at this mountaintop festival

Jul 22 2021, 10:54 pm

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Enjoy some Canadian-inspired eats and adult beverages while you take in live music and an epic Banff sunset from the top of Sulphur Mountain.

The Sunset Festival at the top of the Banff Gondola runs through the summer until September 6 and gives visitors the chance to enjoy one of Banff’s best views during golden hour.

Toast summer in the mountains, snack on a Canadian-inspired BBQ menu, sip local craft beverages, and catch live music and entertainment daily from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

Every evening, Sulphur Mountain’sĀ Peak Patio acts as your sunset viewing platform and live entertainment hotspot. Admission to the festival is included with your gondola ticket, but food and beverages will cost you extra.

The event features music, rhythmic dancers, and fun activities for all ages, at an elevation of 7,400 feet.

Performers include local talent such as Joal Kamps, Jon Frolic, Mari Hill, Gareth Bruce (Mr. Bird), Ireland Summit, Mike Petroff, Jamie Allanach, and Ken Stea.


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The Sunset Festival is typically held annually, however it was unable to run in 2020 due to the pandemic.

If this event is something you’ve always wanted to check out, this might be your year, as it won’t be as busy as usual.

Shelby Pedersen, Media Relations Specialist for Pursuit, says that attendance numbers have been good considering there’s no international visitation at the moment. However, she noted that the festival is “definitely quieter than normal because it’s only open to Canadians.”

Depending on the day of the week, gondola tickets are available from $44, and Alberta residents even get a discount on admission. Summer always passes so quickly, so act on this one now and catch a stunning mountain sunset accompanied by live entertainment before the season is over.

Banff Gondola Sunset Festival

When: July 9 to September 6
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: At the top of Sulphur Mountain (accessible by gondola at 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff)
Cost: Gondola tickets available from $44

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