When is the event?

The 5th Annual Alberta Métis Fest will take place from June 23rd-24th, 2023.

Where is the event taking place?

Métis Crossing: 17339 Victoria Trail, Smoky Lake, AB T0A 3C0

What is happening on Friday June 23rd?

Starting at 5:00pm please join us on Friday for a Meet & Greet, listen to incredible music by the band Métis Stew and join our Open Mic Night!

What is happening on Saturday June 24th?

Starting at 10:00am, guests will be entertained by Regional Performers from across the province. Guests can also participate in cultural activities, children’s activities, door prizes and visit the Artisan Market. This year’s Alberta Métis Fest will host a homeland hour, where we have invited performers from across the homeland to perform! Enter the jigging competition to win some cash prizes!

Can I come for one day?

Absolutely, please join us whenever works for you!

When is the jigging competition and what are the age groups?

The jigging competition will take place on Saturday June 24th from 4:00pm-5:30pm. The age groups for the jigging competition are as follows: 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18-59, 60+

When can I register for the jigging competition?

Registration for the jigging competition will take place the day of the event on June 24th, 2023. There will be a jigging registration table set up near the main stage.

Will there be children’s activities available?

Yes! Family activities include face painting, petting zoo, facilitated cultural activities and so much more! Children must always be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Are washrooms on site?

Yes, washrooms will be available on site.

Is this a pet friendly event?

As we look to protect the permaculture at Métis Crossing, please adhere to the
following rules related to pets:
▪ No animals are permitted in the Metis Crossing Cultural Interpretive Centre,
Deck, or all lands east of the Campsite entry access road.
▪ Pets are welcome and permitted only within the Campsite of Metis Crossing.
▪ Pets are not permitted near or within the Comfort Camping Trapper tent sites.
▪ Pets are not permitted at Metis Crossing canoe launch beach.
▪ Pets must always be kept on a leash no more than 2M in length.

I have additional questions, who can I contact?

Please email us at youth@metis.org or reach out on social media.

Are there ATMs available?

There will be an ATM on site. It is recommended that guests bring cash or other
payment options.

Will the 5th Annual Alberta Métis Fest go ahead if it is raining?

Yes, rain or shine the 5th Annual Alberta Métis Fest will take place.

Where can I Park?

Parking will be available in the overflow field across from Métis Crossing. Parking is free
for all guests.

Is the event outdoors? Weather permitting, the 5th Annual Alberta Métis Fest will take place entirely outdoors.

If the weather does not allow the event to go ahead outdoors, everything will be moved
inside the Gathering Centre at Métis Crossing.

What should I bring?

Please dress for the weather. Feel free to bring a lawn chair, water bottle, sunscreen,
hat, and any additional apparel you require.

Where can I stay?

There will be camping available at Métis Crossing, please contact Métis Crossing directly
to book a spot. Overflow camping is also available for those unable to book at the
campground. Accommodations within Smoky Lake are limited; therefore, it is
recommended to reach out to hotels within Lamont, Fort Saskatchewan, Edmonton, and
surrounding areas to book accommodations.

Do I need to be a citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta to attend Alberta Métis Fest?

No! Everyone is welcome to attend Alberta Métis Fest. You are not required to be a
citizen to attend. This year’s Alberta Métis Fest will allow for both Métis and non-Métis
alike to gather, share stories, and experience all that Métis Crossing has to offer. We
would love for you to attend and experience this amazing event with us.

Will citizens receive mileage if they attend the 5th Annual Alberta Métis Fest?

Unfortunately, citizens will not receive mileage for attending this event.

What are my food options?

Food Trucks and food services will be on site for guests to purchase their own
refreshments. Please join us on Saturday June 24th at 5:00pm for a FREE bison dinner. It
is recommended to bring your own snacks and refreshments as well.