Southern Alberta Summer Games

The Southern Alberta Summer Games were established with the purpose to give all Southern Alberta communities, whatever their size, the opportunity to become involved in a meaningful sports program that encourages people of all ages and abilities to come out and participate in an enjoyable grassroots festival.

With a focus on mass participation, physical and social involvement, and fair play, the games encourage anyone and everyone to participate, no matter what their age, gender, or ability.


The 2024 games will take place July 3-6 in Coaldale. Registration is now open! Team Cypress County's captain is Jonah Carlsson. Give him a call at the county office or email summergames@cypress.ab.ca.


REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE 2024 GAMES


2024 events
 3/5/10 km run Equestrian Pickleball
 3-on-3 basketball
 eSports Soccer/mini soccer
 Badminton Flag football Softball
 Baseball Golf  Swimming
 Beach volleyball Lacrosse Track & field
 Cribbage Mountain biking Weightlifting
 Darts Photography 

History of the Southern Alberta Summer Games

What began as an informal get-together once or twice a year to further recreational opportunities in southern Alberta, has led to the formation of what is now the largest annual sporting event run consecutively for more than 25 years in Western Canada. The Southern Alberta Recreation Association (SARA) organized the first Southern Alberta Summer Games in Pincher Creek in 1970 with approximately 1,200 competitors participating, ranging in age from 6 to 100 years old.

The games were created to provide a vehicle by which all communities, whatever their size, have the opportunity to become involved in a meaningful sports program and for the greatest number of people possible to participate in an enjoyable grass roots festival. With a focus on getting as many people participants involved as possible, promoting physical and social involvement, and fair play, the games encourage anyone and everyone to participate, no matter what their age, gender, or ability. Each year, 13 teams or "regions” from across southern Alberta compete:

  • Cypress County/Redcliff
  • MD of Cardston
  • Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
  • County of Forty Mile
  • City of Lethbridge
  • County of Lethbridge
  • City of Medicine Hat
  • County of Newell
  • MD of Pincher Creek
  • MD of Taber
  • County of Vulcan
  • County of Warner
  • MD of Willow Creek
Over the years, the games have evolved. In 1979, a cultural component was added and is now a key part of the Games. In recent years the cultural component has been represented in the photography event. Other activities such as arts and craft displays or competitions, music concerts, and social events are integral components to the four fun-filled days.