Bringing together cat lovers to celebrate cats and cat culture while raising money for cat rescues!

#YEGCatFest donates 100% of proceeds to local rescues.

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About Cat Fest

The Edmonton International Cat Festival is the only festival of its kind in Alberta, and was the first festival of its kind in Canada when it began in 2014. Cat Fest brings together cat lovers to celebrate cats and cat culture, while raising money and awareness for rescues helping cats in need! Since 2014, the festival has raised $81,000 for local rescues. Each year, the event draws 2,000 – 3,000 cat lovin’ attendees!

Our Mission

We want 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.

$81,000 Donated

We are proud to donate 100% of our proceeds to local rescue organizations, helping cats in need! Since 2014, the festival has donated $80,000 to Edmonton area rescues including the Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost, SAFE Team Rescue, and Zoe’s Animal Rescue.

Supported Charities

There are meown-y cat rescues in the Edmonton area doing a-meowzing work helping cats in need. In 2019, festival proceeds will support five cat rescues: SAFE Team Rescue, Little Cats Lost, Zoe’s Animal Rescue, GEARS Animal Rescue and A Pet’s Pantry.

Frequently Asked Questions

100% of net 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. In 2019, festival proceeds will support five cat rescues: SAFE Team Rescue, Little Cats Lost, Zoe’s Animal Rescue, GEARS Animal Rescue and A Pet’s Pantry.

The cat festival features adoptable cats, show cats, cat-themed presentations from cat experts and enthusiasts, 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, cat LEGO, cat photos, Cats of Edmonton book/display, kitty play pen interactive activities, and much more! Each year we also bring in a famous, celebrity cat for meet & greets! 

In 2016 and 2018, we flew in the most famous cat on Instagram, Nala Cat, and her famous sister Luna, who did meet and greets with hundreds of festival attendees! In 2015, we flew in celebrity cat Pudge!

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There are adoptable cats at the Edmonton International Cat Festival, it just depends on which rescue booth 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 meet a lot of different local rescue organizations and learn about the adoptable cats in their care that need fur-ever homes.

Because it’s so meow-ch fun! What other opportunity do you get to come together with 2,000-3,000 like-minded cat lovers, who are just as passionate about cats as you are! More importantly, your attendance means you are supporting a great cause. 100% of net proceeds from ticket sales, additional donations and sponsorships go to support cat rescues and the important work they do helping cats in need!

The Edmonton International Cat Festival was the first cat festival of its kind in Canada when it began in 2014. 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 for one unforgettable experience for cat lovers of all ages! 

The Edmonton International Cat Festival began in 2014 as an extremely grassroots initiative led by one crazy cat lady (Linda Hoang) and her friends (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 possible can be donated 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.

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. Cat lovers from across Canada descend onto the city for Cat Fest! 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 not only local attendees and vendors, but international audiences as well. 

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.

Learn more about how to get involved  

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! Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Instagram!

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The adorable Edmonton International Cat Festival logo was designed by Jeff from Sonder Creative & his wife Chithra.

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Event Details

Get full event details for Cat Fest 2019, location, special guests, cat fest activities, vendor list, contest announcements and more!

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The Edmonton International Cat Festival wouldn’t be possible without our amazing Sponsors, Vendors, & Volunteers. Learn more about how your can contribute to this amazing cause & event. 

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Cats of Edmonton

The city’s feistiest felines

Take home a hard cover, full-colour, coffee table photo book that takes you into the homes of over 100+ of the city’s a-meowzing cats! All proceeds go to support Cat Fest.

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