Celebrating people, community and connections
On Saturday, Oct. 1, join us at the Airdrie Homecoming Festival in celebration of the resilience of our community and in thanks to the health care workers and first responders who helped us get here. Throughout the pandemic we leaned on each other from afar, and now it’s time to come together.
Express your appreciation by thanking the health care professionals and businesses who have made a difference in our community, show your spirit at the pep rally and tailgate party, attend a concert or drive-in movie, play and create in the kids and youth zones, or pause for a moment of mindfulness at one of the mental health education booths.
From food trucks to fireworks — there’s something for everyone. Join us and connect with your community at Homecoming.
Plan your day using the full list of activities below.
Kick-off Pep Rally
Ed Eggerer Athletic Park Football Field
Kick-off the Homecoming Festival at the community pep rally featuring a cheer squad and the Bert Church High School Senior Band!
12 p.m. Welcome and opening speeches
12:20 – 12:30 p.m. Hear from motivational speaker, Karen Judge on A Dose of Happiness
Homecoming Tailgate Party
Ed Eggerer Athletic Park Parking Lots
12 – 4 p.m. Wellness Fair
Take a moment for your mental health and visit booths by the Thumbs Up Foundation, Community Links, Puppy Pals, the Airdrie Food Bank and more to learn about wellness services available in our community.
12 – 8 p.m. Tailgate Activities
- Food Trucks: Extra Yummy, Vasili's Greek Food, Ribo Chicko, Fresh Choice Mini Donuts, Daytona Beach Seafood Tacos, Family Fry Guy, Lemay's Kettle Korn, Beaver Tails
- Family-friendly games
Local businesses played a vital role in our community throughout the pandemic. If you're a business owner, visit the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce website for more information on a special Homecoming Business Appreciation Networking Lunch. Registration is required for this event.
Bert Church Theatre, 1 – 2 p.m.
Join motivational speaker Karen Judge to explore the concept of happiness. Founder of A Dose of Happiness, and author of the book Drive Your Happiness, Judge guides people on a journey towards a happy life.
Ed Eggerer Athletic Park, 12 – 6 p.m.
Find an afternoon of fun and games with friends at the Homecoming Kids Zone! Suitable for all ages, the kids zone features inflatables, face painting, train rides, crafts, a petting zoo, music and more
East Lake Park, 12 – 7 p.m.
Race your friends in an inflatable obstacle course, challenge them to a game of bubble ball, or lock yourselves in to a mobile escape room at Homecoming. If being knocked over in an inflatable ball doesn’t sound fun, you can take part in collaborative art installation led by artist Kevin Johnson or summon your inner actor through creation crate activities with the Nose Creek Players. After the curtain has dropped try sharpening your stickhandling at the hockey rink while taking in music from the live DJ (on site from 12 – 4 p.m.).
Music on the Main Stage
Ed Eggerer Athletic Park Football Field, 2 - 8:15 p.m.
Don’t pack away your music festival gear just yet. An incredible line-up of musical talent is hitting the Homecoming main stage starting at 2 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and of course your dancing shoes! Bleacher seating is also available.
2 p.m. – DJ Set
2:30 p.m. – Scarlett Butler
3:30 p.m. – Brandon Lorenzo
4:30 p.m. – Blake Reid Band
5:30 p.m. – Lisa Brokop
6:30 p.m. – Julian Austin
7:30 p.m. – Kyle McKearney
8:30 p.m. – Fireworks Show
Drive-in Movie Double Header
Canadian Tire Parking Lot, 7:30 – Midnight
Experience the fun and nostalgia of a good ol’ fashioned drive-in movie. Bring your snacks and settle in to view one of the nights feature films. Ready, set, action!
8 p.m. – Hook
10:45 p.m. – Ghost Ship
Food trucks on site: Mini Donuts Canada and Perogy Boyz
The drive-in movies are hosted by the BGC Airdrie with generous support from Qualico Communities, Sterling Homes and NuVista Homes. Optional donations to the Boys and Girls Club will be accepted at the event.
Ed Eggerer Athletic Park, 8:30 p.m.
The fireworks can be viewed from Ed Eggerer Athletic park and the south side of East Lake. There will be no access to the pathways or parks on the north side of East Lake on Oct. 1, to allow for firework set-up.
Public parking will be available at the Grace Baptist Church and the Super 8 on East Lake Blvd, and at Super Pufft, on East Lake Rd.
Getting to the event
E-scooters will still be in operation on Oct. 1, including an expanded active zone in East Airdrie for the Bird e-scooters. Learn more more using an e-scooter in Airdrie.
The event is funded by the Government of Canada through the Commemorate Canada Grant, Reopening Fund Component.
On July 7, 2022, the City received the confirmation that Airdrie was awarded $75,000 to host an event in alignment with Grant initiatives to:
- Increase opportunities for Canadians to participate in various commemorative activities and celebrations to mark Canada’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic,
- Build a sense of pride and belonging to Canada by holding celebratory and commemorative activities that recognize people and achievements in the response to COVID-19, and/or
- Support the revival of local economies through safe, in-person events.
Funded by the Government of Canada