It’s happening here

Discover the very best festivals, events and and family activities in Cochrane this year.

Doors Open Cochrane

Studio West

Humane Society

Studio West Bronze Foundry and the Cochrane Humane Society opening their doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes look.



For two days only, the public is granted access—free of charge—to municipal government and local business sites for exclusive tours, events and insider information sessions that allow them to get to know Cochrane in a way that has never been possible before.

Doors Open organizer Laurie Drukier said the event is a great way for the community to interact with local businesses.

Get a glimpse of how Cochrane’s water supply is drawn from Bow River and how state of the art technology is used to treat it. Get your picture taken in Council Chambers. Find out what happens inside the Eco Centre after you drop off your recyclables.

Businesses, cultural and faith groups and tourist attractions can also show off what they do: host a behind the scenes look at your building or operation!

Doors Open Cochrane takes place in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days when Cochrane streets are filled with locals and visitors enjoying art displays, festivals and other outdoor activities.


Cochrane Outhouse Races

Town Council

Heavenly Outhouse

Teams compete in the 14th annual Cochrane Outhouse Races.

Get ready for fast paced hilarity! It’s a race, it involves decorated outhouses on wheels, it’s completely absurd!

With proceeds going to support the Cochrane Activettes Food Bank, the annual event occurs the last Saturday in September. Each year, between 14-18 teams sign up for the event, which celebrated its 14th year in 2014. Cash prizes are awarded to the funniest team and the fastest team.

It’s a great community, great fun and in support of a great cause.

Join the excitement at this rare race of thrones to show off your one-of-a-kind racing commode or come to enjoy the unforgettable food and watch this comic event. There’s fun for the whole family, so come out and support a good cause.

Cochrane Ranche Days


Cochrane Ranche Days is a step back into the slower and more traditional way of life (Ryan McLeod – Cochrane Eagle)

Ranche Days is an annual event in honour of the Ranche that was established in 1881 by Senator Matthew Henry Cochrane.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Cochrane Ranche Historic Site and the unveiling of the Men of Vision statue, which sits on the site.

Celebrating Cochrane’s rich Western Heritage, the event features the Cochrane Farmers’ Market longest market day of the year, free entertainment, wagon rides, art displays, family games, and heritage activities.

Recreation Manager Tracy Smyth says the celebration honours the values of the pioneering and ranching community and their commitment to preserve the Ranche Historic Site for future generations.

Read the full story by Allison Drinnan at the Cochrane Eagle.