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About the Festival

The Edmonton International Cat Festival was the first festival of its kind in Canada when it began in 2014, bringing together cat lovers to celebrate cats and cat culture, while raising money and awareness for important cat rescues helping cats in need!

#YEGCatFest donates 100% of proceeds back to local rescue organizations.

Since 2014, the festival has raised $81,000 for local rescues.
Our mission is to put on an a-meowzing event that brings together cat lovers from all over, to celebrate cats, cat culture, and raise money and awareness to support organizations that help cats in need. Over the years, we’ve supported organizations like the Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost, SAFE Team Rescue, and Zoe’s Animal Rescue!

2019 Festival Details

2019 Festival Schedule + Programming

Cat Festival Schedule

Date + Time + Location + Parking

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • MacEwan University
  • Robbins Health Learning Centre (“The Heart” and “The Atrium”)
  • 10910 104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB (Downtown Edmonton)
  • There is ample underground and parkade parking at the venue, along with nearby surface lots. You can also access the venue via LRT or bus.
  • View MacEwan’s Parking Map and Rates (The Festival takes place in “Building 9” on the Map, Main Entrance from 109 Street + 104 Avenue)
  • Tickets are available online in advance ($15 per person) or at the door ($20 per person). Kids 12 and under are free.

Click to Buy Tickets Online!

The Edmonton International Cat Festival will feature:

  • Adoptable cats
  • Show cats
  • Presentations about cats
  • A bunch of a-meowizng cat vendors (shop products for your cat, shop cat-themed products for you!)
  • Cat videos
  • Kitty Play Pens (hop in and play with kittens! It’s your dream come true)
  • Much more kitty and cat-related play opportunities
  • Giant Cat Puzzle Competition
  • Cat yoga (presented by the Edmonton Humane Society)
  • MEOWN-Y MORE CAT-ivities (family friendly cat activities)
  • Meet and greets with a celebrity cat guest (stay tuned to find out who!)

Check back for the full festival schedule + all programming & activities closer to Caturday, June 1, 2019!

Learn about our past events


Frequently Asked Questions

Where does money raised go? 

100% of proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations go to support cat rescue organizations. This is a completely not-for-profit event. Since 2014, $80,000 has been raised for the Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost, Zoe’s Animal Rescue, and SAFE Team Rescue.

What happens at the festival?

The cat festival features adoptable cats, show cats, cat-themed presentations from cat experts, cat videos, cat-themed vendors selling everything from cat jewelry to cat clothes, cat art to cat furniture.
It’s an all ages, family-friendly event that has something for all cat lovers! There are cat-ivities (cat activities and crafts), mock cat show judging demonstrations, “Kitten TV,” cat LEGO, cat photos, Cats of Edmonton book/display, kitten in a box interactive activities, and much more!
Each year we also fly in a famous – celebrity cat!
In 2016 and 2018, we flew in the most famous cat on Instagram, Nala Cat, who did meet and greets with hundreds of festival attendees! In 2015, we flew in celebrity cat Pudge!
See photos from past festivals here!

Can I adopt a cat at the festival?

There are adoptable cats at the Edmonton International Cat Festival. It just depends on which rescue you’re visiting. If you’re planning on adding a new member to your family, finding a cat/kitten, or learning more about cat/kittens that need homes, the Cat Festival is a great place to learn more about local cat rescue organizations and the adoptable cats in their care that need homes.

Why should I go to the festival?

Because it’s so meow-ch fun! What other opportunity do you get to come together with more than a thousand like-minded people, who are just as passionate about cats as you are! More importantly, your attendance means you are supporting a great cause. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales, additional donations and sponsorships go to support cat rescues and the important work they do helping cats in need.

What makes this cat festival different than other cat events?

The Edmonton International Cat Festival was the first cat festival of its kind in Canada. It combines elements from cat-themed events that currently exist: cat adoption events, cat video/film festivals and cat or pet trade shows, even educational conferences for example, but our event brings it all together!

Who organizes the festival?

The Edmonton International Cat Festival began in 2014 as an extremely grassroots initiative led by one crazy cat lady (Linda Hoang) and her friends (primarily Brittany Le Blanc and Diane Lee), and is still put together by a very small group of people (and a big group of volunteers!)
Next to no money is spent in paid advertisements or marketing, and there are very little overhead costs. This is done intentionally, so the most money as possible can be donated back to cat rescues. Promotions are earned (through traditional media) or put out, with awareness raised and shared through social media and we also rely heavily on sponsorships and donations to help ensure we’re able to give the most money back to these important organizations!

What do you mean by “international” cat festival?

The Edmonton International Cat Festival started in 2014 as the only event of its kind in Canada. It takes in late May/early June, kicking off the summer festival season in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. Our goal is to celebrate cats with cat lovers, and raise money to help cats in need. Each year, the event gets bigger and better.
We aspire to have the Edmonton International Cat Festival become a destination – a must-attend event – for cat lovers every where – attracting international attendance, as well as international vendors.

How do I become a vendor? A sponsor? 

The festival would not be possible without vendors or sponsors! If you are interested in being a vendor or a sponsor for the Edmonton International Cat Festival OR you run a local non-profit organization for cats and would like to have a booth at the festival, please contact edmontoncatfest@gmail.com.
Note: You do not need to based in Edmonton to be a Cat Festival vendor or sponsor! We are an ~international~ event! * However, please note space is limited and we do give priority to local vendors *
See all of our sponsors here

Media Inquiries

If you are interested in covering the Edmonton International Cat Festival for your news organization, please do not hesitate to contact Linda, Founder and Cats Meow, at edmontoncatfest@gmail.com to arrange for interviews! Check out festival media coverage here.
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Who designed your cute logo?

The adorable Edmonton International Cat Festival logo was designed by Jeff & Chithra.

Any other questions?

Please email your questions to edmontoncatfest@gmail.com