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Edmonton Cat Festival

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The Edmonton International Cat Festival is the only festival of its kind in Canada, bringing together cat lovers to celebrate cats and cat culture, while raising money and awareness for important cat rescue organizations!
#YEGCatFest donates 100% of proceeds back to local rescue organizations.
Since 2014, we’ve raised $60,000 for local rescues helping cats in need.
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, organizations like the Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost, Safe Team Rescue, and Zoe’s Animal Rescue!

2018 Festival Details

2018 Festival Schedule + Programming

Cat Festival Schedule

Date + Time + Location + Parking

  • Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • MacEwan University
  • Robbins Health Learning Centre (“The Heart” and “The Atrium”)
  • 10910 104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB (Downtown Edmonton)
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 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)
  • Pre-purr-chase your tickets online before the May 26 festival!

Full Schedule

There’s lots happening at the festival and many activities overlap.

Be sure to plan your day to make the most of your Cat Fest experience!

Check out the schedule below or download a printable schedule.

MAIN STAGE
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs)

10:30 – 10:45: Festival Kick-off
(emceed by Virgin Radio’s Chelsea Bird & CTV Edmonton’s Jordan Hertner)
10:45 – 11:00: Cat Videos
11:00 – 11:40: How To Be The Best Cat Owner (Edmonton Humane Society)
11:40 – 12:00: Cat Videos
12:00 – 12:40: Catios & Outdoor Cat Safety (Hellas Pet Enclosures)
12:40 – 1:00: Cat Videos
1:00 – 1:30: Q&A with Celebrity Cats Nala & Luna
1:30 – 2:00: Q&A with Celebrity Travis Deslauriers
2:00 – 2:30: Cat Videos
2:30 – 3:15: Best Places to Travel for Cat Lovers (AMA Travel)
3:15 – 3:30: Cat Videos
3:30 – 4:30: Mr. & Mrs. Purr-Fect Photo Contest / Prizes
4:30 – 4:45: Closing Remarks
5:00: Festival ends

MEET & GREET WITH NALA AND LUNA
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs)

Times: 11:30 – 12:30 + 2:30 – 3:30
Description: Come meet Nala, the world’s most popular Instagram act with over 3 million followers, and her also-super-cute and popular sister Luna! Take a photo with Nala and Coffee, and don’t forget to visit the Cats of Instagram and Nala/Luna Merchandise Booth after!

Expect line-ups!

You can also learn more about Nala and Luna during their Q&A on the Main Stage at 1:00-1:30.

Learn more about Nala, Coffee, and our other celebrity guest

MEET & GREET WITH TRAVIS DESLAURIER
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs)

Times: 12:30 – 1:30
Description: Come meet Travis Deslaurier, a popular actor, model, and fitness star who rose to fame on Instagram with his ginger cat Jacob! Take a photo with Travis and don’t forget to visit the Travis & Jacob Merchandise Booth. Expect line-ups!

You can also learn more about Travis during his Q&A on the Main Stage at 1:30-2:00.

Don’t miss Travis’ “Workout with your cat” fitness demo from 3:30-4:30 in Room 9-208 (upstairs)

Learn more about Travis Deslaurier and our other celebrity guests 

“LITTER-ARY CAT-ASTROPHE” – An Experience by Escape City
Location: Room 9-207 (upstairs)

Times: All Day (book your time online in advance)
Description: Edmonton’s leading escape room experts Escape City have put together a custom pop-up, cat-themed escape room “Litter-ary Cat-astrophe!” Gather a group of friends and give it a try.  

Room Description:

Rex Ruffigan is up to his old tricks, the evil master-mutt has found a way to jump into the pages of the most famous cat-tales and rewrite the characters as canines! It’s your job to trace his tracks, erase his edits, and return the fabled felines to their rightful roles in hiss-tory.

Click to book your time online in advance. There will also be some times held for drop-ins.

Cats On Your Mat Yoga Presented by the Edmonton Humane Society
Location: Room 9-208 (upstairs)

Times: 11:30-12:30 + 1:30 – 2:30 (book your space online in advance
Description: Relax, stretch and hang out with cats–on your mat! The Edmonton Humane Society will be leading this unique yoga experience throughout the festival. Reserve your spot online in advance. Activity is free with a festival admission ticket. Additional donations are encouraged. Drop-ins welcome (depending on space/availability).

Workout With Your Cat Demo with Travis DesLaurier
Location: Room 9-208 (upstairs)

Times: 3:30 – 4:30 (book your space online in advance)
Description: Actor and fitness/model Travis DesLaurier walks you through a ‘Workout with your Cat’ fitness demo!

This is essentially a workout class with Travis. Please do not bring your cat. 

Cat Board Games Lounge with the Table Top Cafe
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs)

Times: All Day
Description: Relax and play some cat-themed board games provided by the Table Top Cafe! Like what you play? Buy the games to play at home!

CAT-ivities Centre: Crafts & Face Painting
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs)

Times: All Day
Description: Stop by for some kid-friendly cat crafts including cat colouring, paper bag cats, get cat face painting done and more! 

CAT-ivities Centre: Cat LEGO with A.I.M.B.O.T.
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs)

Times: 11:00 + 2:00 + 3:00 + 4:00
Description: Check out some impressive cat LEGO art pieces, and learn how to create your own! Lego workshops run throughout the day from our LEGO experts and enthusiasts at A.I.M.B.O.T.

CAT-ivities Centre: EPL Cat Storytime
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs)

Times: 11:30 + 1:30 + 3:30
Description: Browse cat-themed books and sit in as librarians with the Edmonton Public Library read cat-themed Storytime! You can also get a free library card!

Giant Cat Puzzle Challenge presented by Burke Group
Location: “The Atrium” (upstairs) 

Times: All Day
Description: How fast can you solve our giant cat puzzle? Quickest time under 5 minutes wins a prize! All participants will also be entered into a draw for a prize as well. 

Edmonton Humane Society + Bingo’s Pet Shop
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs) 

Times: All Day
Description: Come check out and find out why Bingo’s Pet Shop is the perfect place to buy all the essentials for your new furry friend. Remember, when you shop at Bingo’s, you’re not just helping your pet, your helping thousands of animals receive food, shelter, enrichment, and medical care as they wait to find their forever home. The EHS will also be offering cat “counselling.” EHS Behaviour Specialist will be on-site available to listen to your cat behaviour concerns and offer constructive and educated feedback on how to remedy some of the challenges you may be experiencing.

The Edmonton Humane Society is one of this year’s Cat Festival proceeds recipients! 

Kitten TV + Little Cats Lost
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs) 

Times: All Day
Description: Open Sky Pictures, the team behind TELUS Optik’s Kitten TV channel, presents Kitten Town: live! No actors – no dialogue – JUST KITTENS. ENDLESS KITTENS! Drop by throughout the day as the production crew film kittens from Little Cats Lost playing on Kitten TV’s impressive TV set.

While you’re at it, look into adopting these kittens through Little Cats Lost!

Little Cats Lost is one of this year’s Cat Festival proceeds recipients! 

Kitten Maze + Zoe’s Animal Rescue
Location: “The Atrium” (upstairs) 

Times: All Day
Description: Use a laser pointer to help guide an adorable kitten through Zoe’s Animal Rescue’s Cat Fest Kitten Maze! Also consider adopting Zoe’s cats and kittens! They need furr-ever homes.

Zoe’s Animal Rescue is one of this year’s Cat Festival proceeds recipients! 

Kitten Play Pen + SAFE Team Rescue
Location: “The Atrium” (upstairs) 

Times: All Day
Description: Hop in the box (a pet play fence) and spend some quality time cuddling with SAFE Team Rescue’s kittens! You can also look into adopting these cutie cats. Optional donations are encouraged. 

Show Cats with the Edmonton Cat Fancier’s Club
Location: “The Atrium” (upstairs) 

Times: All Day
Description: The exotic breed / show cats community in Edmonton is bigger than you might think. See some of the most unique cats in Edmonton and learn about the world of show cats with the Edmonton Cat Fancier’s Club.

Mock Cat Show Judging Demonstrations
Location: “The Atrium” (upstairs) 

Times: 11:00 + 2:00 + 4:00 
Description: The Edmonton Cat Fanciers Club presents mock cat show judging demonstrations! Ever wonder what it’s like to bring your cats to a cat show? How do they win ribbons? What do judges look for? Stop by and check out these exciting mock cat show demos.

Cat Festival Instagrammable Wall by Fresh Canvas
Location: “The Atrium” (upstairs) 

Times: All Day
Description: From the creators of the Rust Magic Street Mural Festival, stop by and watch Edmonton artists paint a Cat Festival-themed, totally Instagrammable Mural LIVE at the festival! Don’t forget to snap your photos with the freshly finished wall and post online using #IGWallsofYEG!

Photo Booth with NEAT Photo Booth
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs)

Times: 11:00 – 4:00
Description: Alberta’s most stylish photo booth rental company will be at Cat Festival helping you capture your a-meowzing festival memories!

Cat-themed Vendors
Location: “The Heart” (downstairs) + “The Atrium” (upstairs)

Times: All Day
Description: From toys, accessories and furniture for your cat, to cat-themed clothes and accessories for you – there’s something for everyone at the Edmonton International Cat Festival. Shop great cat goodies from more than 20 Edmonton cat-themed vendors including some of our great sponsors Homes Alive Pets, Petland, and the Cat Cafe on Whyte. See our full list of 2018 vendors below:

Vendors 

  • Hellas Pet Enclosures (cat patios and outdoor enclosures)
  • House Calls for House Cats (Veterinary Services)
  • HeartFelt Calgary (cat toys)
  • Hop N Flop (cat pins)
  • EHS Bingo’s Pet Store (variety of cat-themed products)
  • Homes Alive Pets (variety of cat-themed products)*
  • Petland (variety of cat-themed products)*
  • Multi Menu Edmonton w/Cat Crunch (cat food delivery service)
  • The Cat Factory (cat furniture)
  • Salgado Fenwick (cat-themed clothing)
  • Majesty Industries (variety of cat -themed products)
  • Paws the Cat Cafe (variety of cat-themed products)
  • Cat Cafe on Whyte (variety of cat-themed products)*
  • Homeward Bound (variety of cat-themed products)
  • Calm Cat Co. (cat-themed bottle openers, keychains and magnets)
  • Smartie’s Craftworks (cat-themed magnets and earrings)
  • It’s The Cat’s Meow (cat boarding and playroom)
  • Little Paws Inn (cat boarding and daycare)
  • Tinker Trading Co. (cat tents/beds)
  • Cats of Edmonton / Cat Festival (cat books and merchandise)
  • Cats of Instagram (Instagram booth)
  • Nala, Coffee & Travis DesLaurier Merchandise
  • Purrs & Waggs (variety of cat-themed products)
  • City of Edmonton (Animal Care Control Information)*

* SPONSOR

Cat Festival Rescues / Non-Profits

  • Edmonton Humane Society
  • Little Cats Lost
  • Zoe’s Animal Rescue
  • SAFE Team Rescue
  • Northern Alberta Society for Animal Protection (NASAP)
  • The Paw Project (declawing documentary/petition)

Note About Food

There will be a small concession on site at this year’s festival. As we are located right in the heart of downtown, there are also a number of fast serve and sit-down restaurants across the street or down the road from the venue. Please plan to visit one of the many nearby food establishments before, during, or after your visit to cat festival!

We think this is a pretty a-meowzing line-up of festival activities and we hope you feel the same!

Pre-purr-chase your tickets online before the May 26 festival!

Tickets Online in Advance – $15. At The Door (Cash Only) – $20 or $60 group rate for 4 people. Kids 12 and under get in free!

Download a printable schedule.

RSVP to our Facebook Event Page!

Learn about our past events

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the money 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, $60,000 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, 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. 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 is the only 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, for example, but our event brings it all together!
Is there a big corporation behind the cat festival? Who’s organizing this thing?
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, 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 do rely 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 is 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.
Any other questions? Email edmontoncatfest@gmail.com
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! * Please note space is limited *
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 logo?
The adorable Edmonton International Cat Festival logo was designed by Jeff & Chithra.