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Headbanger Festival

Have you ever wondered what it is like to see our Bighorn Sheep in Full Rutting Action? Join us for the 2019 Headbanger Festival in Radium Hot Springs. 

The Headbanger Festival is set to be a hands-on event, full of interactive and educational workshops, unique presentations, and a whole lot of fun! 

The Bighorn Sheep have been a focal attraction in the Village of Radium Hot Springs for decades and their daily presence and beauty is something we in Radium are proud to celebrate. At the Radium Hot Springs Headbanger Festival, we do just that!

This event will not only give you the opportunity to witness the Bighorn Sheep in their annual rut; you will also get a chance to learn all about them from our lineup of talented presenters.


2019 Headbanger Festival Presenters:

Headbanger Festival Keynote Speaker Brian Keating 

Brian Keating

Alpine Highlife ~ Brian uses the mountains as a metaphor to creatively illustrate some of life’s exciting options and possibilities. It’s a story that passionately illustrates the pure joy of life in high places, illustrating with a buoyant pace, the importance of taking time out for number one…!

Head Naturalist of, Honorary Conservation Advisor, Calgary Zoological Society Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Calgary

Brian’s previous job at the Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world.  Presently, he’s the Zoo’s Honorary Conservation Advisor to their outreach efforts, a part-time Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C, and the owner of

He’s been leading groups on nature-based travel for over 3 decades, exploring some of the best wildlife areas on the Planet.  He’s a weekly guest on Calgary’s CBC Radio and frequently appears on other media outlets.  He’s in high demand as an international speaker, presenting at some 40 events a year. 

Paint with Light - Rick LedgerPaint with Light photography workshop with Rick Leger

Learn, explore, experiment and most importantly enjoy your photography.  This workshop is designed to spark your inner creativity and help you make the most of the light you have.  

Rick Leger is a professional photographer and has been telling stories, having fun and making people smile with his photos since his father gave him his first film camera back in the mid-’80s.  He always brings at least one camera everywhere he goes to capture and document his adventures.  One of his favourite toys is light and is always learning and experimenting with new ways to use light, shadow and other tools to make images that stand out from the crowd. 

His work is focused on the joy of photography and its ability to get us all out of the house and have some fun.  He has been to the Arctic wandering the tundra, spent countless hours in our great boreal forests, wandered through our national parks and stumbled through the dark with flashlights painting the night.

Bring any camera you have, Cell phone, Mirrorless Camera, DSLR or anything in between and have a great time.

Eat Like a Sheep - Andrea SalzbrennerEat Like A Sheep with Andrea Salzbrernner 

Please join us for a morning of foodie fun, as we prepare and cook a vegetarian feast together! With an emphasis on local ingredients, fit for headbanging sheep but created for us, we will cook several dishes in groups of 2,  including Indian spiced Kale Burgers with cheese, freshly baked buns and more. Participants should be prepared to work with a partner, completing hands-on cooking and eating of course. Each group will contribute to the feast which we will enjoy as a group. All participants will receive copies of all recipes, including helpful tips, tricks, and suggestions. Be sure to bring some containers for leftovers!

*NOTE: Any allergies, etc. should be disclosed in advance to allow for accommodations and/or substitutions.



Bighorn Experience with Kent Kebe

Kent is passionate about sharing his knowledge and teaching others about our Bighorn Sheep and other local ungulates and safety when out enjoying our beautiful part of the world.

Come, meet our Bighorn Sheep! Learn about Ram 528, Broomer, and Ralph the One Horn Bighorn!

This interactive educational experience will help you understand the habits and what makes the Bighorn Herd so unique to Radium and why the Village of Radium Hot Springs find these majestic animals so important to the community.

Knowledgeable staff will provide hands-on experience with props and tools and storytelling. The Bighorn Experience also includes video, take-home printed material, and a small token to say thank you for joining us.

Join us and spend a couple of hours at the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre and learn about what makes Radium tick!  … The Radium Bighorns!


Paint it Wild with Black Star Studios! 

Black Star is a unique and inspiring art space located in the heart of downtown Invermere, BC.  Featuring the handmade creations of over 70 talented Canadian artists, the diverse gallery space is complemented by three working artist studios and a fun workshop space offering art classes daily.  Come get inspired and make your own masterpiece to take home! We love art and we love getting Creative! Come have some fun with us!



Follow the links for Media Coverage for the 2018 Headbanger Festival:

Toque & Canoe

Vancouver Sun 

Bighorn Sheep Showdown

Hello BC’s 10 Don’t Miss Festivals in BC  

Experience Mountain Parks – Headbanging in Radium Hot Springs 

Hello BC’s Wildlife Watching in BC 

Eknow – East Kootenay Online Weekly
Columbia Valley Pioneer 

Bighorn Sheep are the Stars of the Weekend in Radium Hot Springs 

Follow the links for Media Coverage for the 2017 Headbanger Festival: 

Calgary Herald – Travel Notes 

Times Colonist 

EKnow East Kootenay Online Weekly

Follow the links for Media Coverage from the 2016 Headbanger Festival:

Festival Seekers 

CBC Calgary 

My Itchy Travel Feet – Story by Carol Patterson

Calgary Herald 

Travel Columbia Valley 

Eknow – East Kootenay Online Weekly


Registration for the Headbanger Festival is now open!

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