Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Special Events 2016

Special Events 2016 (PDF - 951 KB)

Dancer at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre

FAMILY DAY

February 15, Monday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In the “Moon of the Longest Day”, we celebrate First Nations’ contribution to Canadian society. Experience the sound and spectacle of drumming and dancing. Interact with our performers. Listen to Blackfoot elders tell stories about the plains buffalo culture. Guided facility tours, a live display of Alberta Birds of Prey, traditional hand game demonstrations, and indigenous food sampling are all included. Try your hand at Atl Atl throwing, an ancient hunting technique.

HIKE TO THE DRIVE LANES

May through October, first Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Four hour hike)

Hike to the ancient drive lanes with our Blackfoot guides. Hear stories of how the plains people hunted the mighty buffalo. Be prepared for an off-trail hike and dress appropriately for inclement weather. Bring lunch and water bottle. Register in advance as space is limited.
This program is not recommended for small children.

Regular admission plus $5 program fee / person.

  • May 7 - Moon of the Flower/Crocus
  • June 4 - Moon of the Longest Day
  • July 2 - Moon of the Berry
  • August 6 - Moon of the Buffalo Rut
  • September 3 - Moon of the Leaves Falling
  • October 1 - Moon of the People Going to Winter Camp

GEOCACHING BENEATH THE CLIFF

June 4, Saturday. World wide flash mob event 10 a.m., introduction to geocaching 11 a.m.

This event will be fun for all ages and we will even give away a limited edition Head-Smashed-In trackable geocoin. New to geocaching or just want to know more? We will host a one hour introduction to geocaching at 11am., following the flash mob.

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

June 21, Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In the “Moon of the Longest Day”, we celebrate First Nations’ contribution to Canadian society. Experience the sound and spectacle of drumming and dancing. Interact with our performers. Listen to Blackfoot elders tell stories about the plains buffalo culture. Guided facility tours, a live display of Alberta Birds of Prey, traditional hand game demonstrations, and indigenous food sampling are all included. Try your hand at Atl Atl throwing, an ancient hunting technique.

FLYING BUFFALO KITE FESTIVAL

June 29, Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Winds Permitting).

Photographers will love this day! Watch the beautiful hand painted kites soar above the cliffs at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. These unique buffalo themed designs are created by native artists. Large kites are flown by professional kite flyers with amazing skills and impressive gear.

DRUMMING AND DANCING ON THE PLAZA

July and August Every Wednesday

Two performances daily: 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Experience authentic First Nations culture in the open air. Our best native dancers perform to the beat of Blackfoot drumming and singing. Hear stories of how drumming and dancing connect us with the ancient buffalo hunting culture. Sit with a Blackfoot elder, interact with the performers, and take some photos.

RUN AMONGST THE BUFFALO

July and August Every Monday and Friday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This three hour immersive experience will take you back in time to learn the basics of buffalo hunting. Take part in a traditional Blackfoot blessing, taste dried buffalo meat and re-enact the buffalo jump. Hit your mark with an ancient spear thrower and take home your own arrow head. Register in advance as space is limited. Regular admission plus $20 program fee / person.

BUFFALO HARVEST DAYS

September 30 to October 2, Friday to Sunday

The ancient buffalo harvest is a very important story told at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Celebrate Alberta Culture Days, Saturday, October 1: Join our Blackfoot guides on a guided tour through the building. Participate in our “Living off the Land” artifact demonstrations. Taste buffalo themed cuisine from our cafeteria. Watch First Nations artists demonstrate their skills and display their artworks. Sale discounts in our gift shop for all three days! Free Admission all three days. Shuttle bus service and cafeteria open.

 

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016