Festivals & Events in Calgary
Feel the energy of live events and fill your calendar full of festivals and events in Calgary.
Alberta Beer Festivals (various events)
Details: Bringing the beer world together with hundreds of breweries and hundred of beers to taste.
Details: Beakerhead is a smash-up of art, science and engineering with artists, performers, engineers, designers, makers, scientists and inventors.
Block Heater (February)
Details: The Calgary Folk Music Festival's annual winter music extravaganza.
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (April)
Details: Celebration of all things pop culture including comics, sci-fi, gaming, fantasy, horror and more for fans of all ages.
Calgary Dragon Boat Festival (August)
Details: Calgary’s premier water sport festival brings together over 1000 competitors, 4000 spectators for an exciting cultural experience.
Calgary Folk Music Festival (July)
Details: Annually featuring 70 artists from over 16 countries on nine stages on Prince's Island Park.
Calgary International Blues Festival (July/August)
Details: A week of Calgary’s best bass-slapping blues rhythm from around the world covering multiple genres.
Calgary International Film Festival (September)
Details: Showcase of the year's must-see movies from around the world in-cinema.
Calgary International Salsa Congress (April)
Details: World class salsa dancing featuring some of the best salsa dancers in the world, local professionals, and troupes from all over North America.
Calgary Marathon (May)
Details: A challenging, competitive, and fun event with a race designed for everyone at any level.
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest (February/March)
Details: Full week of blues workshops, concerts & dance parties featuring some of the best blues musicians in the world.
Calgary Pride (August/September)
Details: Celebrating Calgary's diverse and inclusive community with a variety of events throughout the week.
Calgary Stampede (July)
Details: The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth features world’s top rodeo, chuckwagon races, First Nation culture, Agriculture showcase, live music and much more.
Details: Calgary's celebration of Caribbean music, costumes, tradition and culture.
Chinook Blast (January/February)
Details: Calgary's midwinter festival showcasing the best of Calgary’s art, music, theatre, sport and recreation.
Funnyfest Calgary Comedy Festival (May/June)
Details: Memorable shows and amazing laughs for 11 days & nights of pure comedy from multiple venues, from theatres, hotels, and pubs.
Details: Celebrate Calgary’s diversity through song, dance, food and five nights of mind blowing firework displays.
High Performance Rodeo (January)
Details: Theatre, music, dance and comedy come together at Calgary's International Festival of the Arts.
Honens International Piano Competition & Festival (August/September)
Details: Listen to one-of-a-kind collaborations or inspiring solos from the world’s top piano talent.
Inglewood Sunfest (August)
Details: Free family festival with over 200 vendors, artisans, community organizations, live music, entertainment, and kid's activities.
Lilac Festival (June)
Details: Shake off the winter blues and jump into festival season with a pedestrian-friendly zone of patios, bands, free kids’ activities and more.
Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park (November – December)
Details: Family friendly holiday fun with wagon rides, food, shopping, and a visit from Santa.
Details: All ages Japanese anime and pop culture festival with meet and greets, video game tournaments, and merchandise.
Details: The social event of the year for pets and their people.
Rocky Mountain DanceSport Grand Prix (October)
Details: Featuring dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, top ballet and contemporary companies, and concluding with an exciting after party each night.
Roundup MusicFest (July)
Details: Internationally acclaimed artists take the stage in a first class outdoor music festival format.
Sled Island Music & Arts Festival (June)
Details: Dozen unique venues around the city featuring amazing performers from around the world.
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market (November)
Details: Traditional European style holiday market with food, beverage, artisan, craft, and local vendors.
Taste of Calgary (August)
Details: Calgary's best outdoor food and beverage festival with live music and entertainment.
The Imaginairium by Wordfest (October)
Details: Calgary's top destination for connecting audiences with the world's best writers.
ZOOLIGHTS at Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo (November – January)
Details: Calgary's award winning, magical holiday tradition glows for six weeks of festive family-friendly fun.