Glow Winter Festival

Glow Downtown Winter Light Festival
Glow Downtown Winter Light Festival
Downtown Calgary Sparkles In February

Glow Winter Festival

An illumination celebration takes over the city centre with a free festival over the Family Day long weekend.

Calgary’s downtown core will shine even brighter this family day weekend. Running February 14-15 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and February 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., GLOW Winter Festival celebrates light, music, and creativity through a stunning series of sparkling art installations and winter activities. Downtown Calgary's free, family-friendly event brings a bright and cheery way to warm up those crisp February nights.


From larger-than-life light installations and ice carvings to cozy drinks and family friendly activities, here's everything you need to know about Calgary’s brightest winter festival. 
 

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The GLOW Winter Festival is the perfect addition to a night out in the city.

Make a Night of It

Whether you’re indulging in a concert, comedy show or one of the city’s top restaurants, the GLOW Winter Festival is the perfect addition to a night out downtown. Enjoy the bright lights and art installations along with delicious food and cozy drinks, live music, and a festival style atmosphere in downtown Calgary. 


Hungry? Four of Calgary’s favourite restaurants will be opening outdoor dining spaces on Stephen Ave for the festival. The Metropolitan, Local on 8th, and The Guild will be serving food and drinks on outdoor patios and Milestones is creating an outdoor beer garden for this weekend only! Plus, the Sugar Shack will be on-site with snow-rolled maple syrup treats for you to enjoy while you take in the festival. 


Want to make date night extra special? Find great downtown accommodation packages with special rates and shopping deals for a winter wonderland getaway in Calgary under the bright lights of the GLOW Winter Festival.
 

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15 mesmerizing art installations await your discovery. 

What to See and Do

The GLOW Winter Festival is located along four blocks of Stephen Avenue, between 1st Street SE and 3rd Street SW. Each block will have art, entertainment, winter activities, and of course stunning light installations illuminating the night. 

Check out the complete GLOW Winter Festival map to play your route.

Embrace the season with fun winter-themed activities like sliding down the hand-carved ice slide, axe throwing, live ice sculpture competitions, and cozy bonfires. The light installations create a festive, artistic atmosphere and the Live Drawing Project will give you an opportunity to show of your artistic skills by projecting guest drawings on the historic buildings of Stephen Ave. 

Finish the night with dinner at one of the ice patios and enjoy a free show. Three stages will host 35 musical artists through the weekend, with headliner Earth Harp putting on a once-in-a-lifetime show. 

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Tag your selfies: #glowfestyyc #iamdowntown @glowfestyyc 

Need To Know Information

GLOW Winter Festival is 100% free to the public. 

You'll also find that getting downtown is easy on the C-Train; simply hop out at the 3rd Street Station if you’re coming from the west, or 1st Street Station if you’re coming from the east. Prefer to drive? Check out Downtown Calgary’s handy parking map

So, bundle up, grab your friends and loved ones, and head downtown this Family Day weekend to see what all of the buzz is about. Oh, and be sure to tag those selfies: #glowfestyyc #iamdowntown @glowfestyyc

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GLOW Winter Festival is a free event and takes place in downtown Calgary February 14-15, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and February 16, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Check the GLOW Winter Festival website for more information.

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