Events in Grande Prairie: A Boost to the Local Economy and a Destination for Sports and Cultural Tourism

Events in Grande Prairie: A Boost to the Local Economy and a Destination for Sports and Cultural Tourism

Grande Prairie is a City not only rich in natural beauty but is also known for hosting a variety of exciting events throughout the year. We are in the heart of the Peace Country and are surrounded by rolling hills and lush forests. The City's natural beauty combined with its modern infrastructure, accessibility and community support makes it an ideal host city for events of all sizes.

One of the most popular events hosted in Grande Prairie is the Peace Country Invitational PBR. This world-renowned event attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and provides a significant boost to the local economy. The PBR event in Grande Prairie is held at Bonnetts Energy Centre, a state-of-the-art facility that can accommodate large crowds. The event not only generates revenue for local businesses but also creates jobs and brings positive exposure to the city.

“PBR Canada looks forward to the Peace Country Invitational PBR at Bonnetts Energy Centre each year,” said Jason Davidson, PBR Canada General Manager “The warm welcome riders and crew alike receive from PBR fans throughout the region and the exceptional service delivered by the Bonnetts Energy Centre team are what make Grande Prairie a great place to host this Canada Cup Series event. We look forward to bringing PBR Canada TSN televised Cup Series Events to the Peace Country for years to come,”


Another major event hosted in Grande Prairie was Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling, which is a world-class curling tournament that attracts the best teams from around the globe. The event was held at the Coca-Cola Centre now called the Design Works Centre, a premier sports facility that has hosted several events like this over the years. 

The Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling not only brings in visitors from outside the city but also creates excitement within the community. Local businesses benefit from the influx of visitors, and the event helps to promote Grande Prairie as a top destination for sports tourism.


Grande Prairie is also home to the Bear Creek Folk Festival, an annual music festival that attracts thousands of music lovers from across the province and beyond. The festival is held on Borstad Hill in beautiful Muskoseepi Park, a stunning outdoor venue that provides a picturesque setting for the event. The Bear Creek Folk Festival features local and international artists and has become one of the most highly anticipated events in the region. The festival not only boosts the local economy but also helps to create a sense of community and cultural pride.

Bear Creak Folk Fest

Our community is buzzing with excitement as we look forward to some incredible events coming our way. Grande Prairie has been named the host city for the 2024 Alberta Winter Games and the 2025 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games.

This is a tremendous honour for our city and a testament to our commitment to promoting sports and fitness for all. The Alberta Winter Games will bring together athletes from all over the province to compete in a range of winter sports, while the Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games will showcase the talents of athletes with disabilities. We cannot wait to welcome these amazing athletes and their supporters to our city and show them everything that Grande Prairie has to offer.

The positive economic impact of hosting events in Grande Prairie cannot be overstated. These events not only generate revenue for local businesses, but they also create jobs, attract new visitors to the city, and help to promote Grande Prairie as a top destination for tourism. The City's modern infrastructure, accessibility, and community support make it an ideal host city for events of all sizes.