Ponoka Events and Activities

There are numerous events and activities that will be happening in Ponoka over the coming weeks and months . Please click on the links below for more details:

Scavenger Hunt - Weekly Clue - June 10 - 16

Scavenger Hunt - Weekly Clue - June 3 - 9

June is Recreation and Parks Month across Canada, and the Town of Ponoka has an exciting lineup of activities planned, which include the opportunity to win great prizes! 

Throughout the month of June, the Town is inviting everyone in Ponoka to participate in our Recreation and Parks Scavenger Hunt, which will take you on an adventure to a different park each week. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Weekly Clue: Each Monday, we will release a clue on our social media platforms and our website that provides hints at which ‘Park of the Week’ you need to find.
  • Find the Park: Solve the clue, visit the park, and take a photo of yourself enjoying the location.
  • Submit Your Photo: Share your photo by direct messaging us on social media or emailing your photo to recreation@ponoka.ca.
  • Win Prizes: Each submitted photo enters you into a draw for our weekly prize-pack filled with goodies for all to enjoy!

Recreation and Parks Month is a nationwide initiative aimed at encouraging Canadians to get out, get active and enjoy the natural beauty of our parks. In Alberta, the Alberta Parks and Recreation Association (ARPA) has various programs and events designed to promote physical activity, environmental stewardship and community engagement. For more information on what ARPA is doing this year, visit their website at https://arpaonline.ca/program/jrpm/

 "June is the perfect time to get outdoors, get active, and celebrate the beauty of our parks in Ponoka,” said Ponoka Mayor Kevin Ferguson. “We hope everyone in Ponoka will join us in this month-long celebration."

 All residents are encouraged to take part in the Recreation and Parks Month activities and rediscover the beauty of Ponoka's parks. For more information on the scavenger hunt and other events happening in June, please visit the Town website at www.ponoka.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @TownofPonoka

 Let’s make June a month of outdoor activity, adventure and fun in Ponoka!

The Town of Ponoka invites citizens to join in the annual celebration of Seniors’ Week which will run from June 3 to 9 this year. 

The Town is honoured to start the week with coffee and treats on Monday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Ponoka Aquaplex (5315 46 Avenue) for all to enjoy. 

“Seniors’ Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the seniors in our lives, and all of the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that they bring to our community,” said Ponoka Mayor Kevin Ferguson.

For more Seniors’ Week local events and activities, please visit https://www.ponoka.ca/p/upcoming-events 

For more information about Seniors’ Week, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/seniors-week#jumplinks-0.

Ponoka residents are being invited to give their input and ideas on the 2025 Town of Ponoka Budget. 

The Town is hosting two Coffee with Council events over the coming months where citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their ideas on the Town’s annual budget with members of Council. The first Coffee with Council event will be held on:

  • Wednesday, June 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the new Off-Leash Dog Park Grand Opening Celebration at 5609 49 Street (on the east side of 49 Street, south of 57 Avenue)

The second Coffee with Council event will be held later in the summer (date to be announced).

Join us for the grand opening celebration of the new Ponoka Off-Leash Dog Park on June 5 from 4 - 7 p.m. Get ready for an evening packed with fun for you and your pets. 

The off-leash dog park features: 

  • Agility equipment for dogs; 
  • Sheltered seating areas with benches;
  • Waste receptacles; 
  • Double-gated entrances; 
  • Waste bag stations to pick up after your pet;
  • Fencing around the perimeter of the park with access to the Battle River;
  • A gravel walking trail that makes a loop around the park;
  • Fenced small dog area;
  • A paved parking lot with overflow parking available at the north trailhead of the Battle River Valley walking trail system located just north of the new park on 49 Street; and 
  • A walking trail extension that connects the new dog park with the north trailhead of the Battle River Valley trail system.

Join us for:

  • Pet-friendly vendors;
  • Giveaways; and
  • Treats for your pet friends

The Ponoka Off Leash Dog Park is located at 5609 49 Street (on the east side of 49 Street, south of 57 Avenue and across from the Town of Ponoka's Operations Department).

For more information, please visit the Town of Ponoka website at www.ponoka.ca/p/off-leash-dog-park 

As part of National Indigenous History Month and in the spirit of reconciliation, the Town of Ponoka is excited to help facilitate the return of the Third Annual Tipi Village to Ponoka during Stampede Week from June 25 to 28 (Tuesday to Friday).

The four-day event is being hosted by Louis Bull Tribe with participation by members of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation and Montana First Nation. Each day, the Tipi Village will feature the following:

  • A Grand Entry;
  • Greetings and speeches from elders and neighbouring First Nations;
  • A powwow showcase;
  • Indigenous storytelling;
  • Indigenous artwork and culture; and
  • Tipi Village visitors can stroll through the tipis and talk with elders.

The Tipi Village will be set up in the ball diamonds area (Diamond 2) located behind the Ponoka Arena Complex (4410 54 Street), directly across from the Stampede grounds, and will be open to the public (weather permitting) from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. **Note: Times have been updated.

There is no entry fee to attend the event and free parking will be available at the Ponoka Arena Complex.

The Ponoka Stampede is an annual event on the Canada Day long weekend at the Ponoka Stampede grounds. The event offers jaw-dropping rodeo action and amazing chuckwagon races, concerts, parades, and midway. The Stampede is Canada’s largest seven-day pro rodeo event featuring professional cowboys and cowgirls at their best.

If you have any questions about the Ponoka Stampede, please phone the rodeo office at (403) 783-3120 or visit their website. To contact the ticket office, please call (403) 783-0100. 

On Friday, June 28th at 10 a.m. the Ponoka Stampede Downtown Parade will fill the streets of Ponoka with marching bands and hoof beats. Every year 1000s of spectators enjoy the three-mile-long parade. The creativity of the community is put on full display. There are sure to be plenty of colourful floats, mascots, classic cars, marching bands, clowns and more.

Join Ponoka in celebrating National Drowning Prevention Week from July 21 – 27 with a free BBQ and public swim at the Ponoka Aquaplex!

More details coming soon!