Circle Carnival

Circle Carnival
Circle Carnival
4 Reasons Circle Carnival is Calgary’s Best Kept Secret

Circle Carnival

Experience the magical carnival experience that is the Circle Carnival in the heart of downtown Calgary

4 Reasons Circle Carnival is Calgary’s Best Kept Secret

Step right up for a magical carnival experience in Calgary that brings together the best in food, beer, music, art, and live performances. Taking place on Saturday, September 8th, Circle Carnival features a range of craft beer (with a site wide liquor license, meaning that you can enjoy a bevvie while taking in a performance anywhere on the grounds), along with unique live performances across multiple different stages. There’s also a circus school for kids, which makes this the perfect family weekend activity.

This annual family friendly festival is a hidden gem you don’t want to miss and pops up at a different location in Calgary every year (just like the best travelling circuses do). This year the festival will be held at Shaw Millennium Park, and also marks Circle Carnival’s 5th anniversary (which means this year will be bigger and better! It’s the perfect year to put Circle Carnival on your summer hit list). Check out 4 reasons to attend Carnival this year.

Header image by BEEDEE

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: Shaw Millennium Park
Ticket Info: $35 for Adults / Free for Kids 14 & under
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Stilt walkers at Circle Carnival (photo by Masa Higucho)

Run into the stilt walkers at Circle Carnival (photo by Masa Higucho)

1. Roaming performing artists

Walk the grounds of Circle Carnival and you might cross paths with magicians, jugglers, contortionists, circus performers and stilt walkers. These incredible side show performers take the stage and roam the grounds, entertaining festival goers throughout the day.

The Big Top at Circle Carnival

The "Big Top" is the main stage at Circle Carnival (photo by Concert Socks)

2. Three stages of live music

Listen to the music as BassBus brings together a wide variety of musicians across multiple stages. Performers from around the world will take the stage from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. It’s a full day packed with music which will inspire you to get your dance on. Learn more about the full lineup of performers on the Circle Carnival website.

Food vendors at Circle Carnival

Try some of the delicious food from over 14+ vendors. 

3. Food truck frenzy

Craft beer and food trucks are festival staples and Circle Carnival has the best of both worlds. Quench your thirst at one of three bars by Village Brewery and grab some grub from more than 14+ YYCFoodTrucks favourites.

Kids at Circle Carnival

Circle Carnival is a great place to bring the whole family (photo by Britt Rose)

4. Family friendly festival fun

Circle Carnival is fun for the entire family, with a full lineup of activities for kids of all ages. Let your kids run away with the circus at the Kids Playland and try stilts, juggling, and tightrope walking at circus school. There is also a dedicated stage just for kids. Explore the Carnival Market which will feature over 20 vendors. Kids will love the Fast “n” Furriest Weiner Dog Race – Presented by VCA. Brand new to 2018, race participants (and non-race contenders for that matter) can also dress up their distinguished Dachshund to compete in the Best Costume contest. Participants have until September 5th to register. Create your own whimsical invention with thousands of LEGO bricks at Lego Land, or tackle the 30 foot inflatable climbing wall, or jump into the new giant 30,000 ball pit for kids and adults to make for a day everyone in the family will be cheering for.

Circle Carnival travelling food, beer, and music carnival takes place Saturday, September 8 from 11:00am – 11:00pm in Calgary – click here to buy tickets.


Coming in from out of town to experience Circle Carnival? Be extra comfy after the festival with a great deal at the Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown – look for the “Festival Rate” starting at $89 from September 7th – September 10th.