Performers wrestle with an unwieldy creation.

Winter Festival Guide 2017

It might be winter but that doesn’t mean we need to resign ourselves to the snow and the dark. Calgary’s festivals move indoors this season with these amazing offerings.

Poster for GLOW – Downtown Winter Light Festival


Calgary is ready to shine this Family Day weekend as the inaugural Downtown Winter Light Festival kicks off with 12 different light art installations set up around the downtown core.

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Just Acts Play Fest

Four local playwrights tackle mental illness as Knox Theatre Collective and Urban Stories Theatre presents Just Acts—a one act play festival of new work written about social justice issues.

The view from above of a concert stage and packed audience

Block Heater

Returning to the heart of Calgary’s Music Mile, the second annual Block Heater is ready to heat up four Inglewood venues this February. Don’t miss Calgary Folk Music Festival’s winter roots extravaganza.

Poster for PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival

PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival

Full of innovative works and amazing examples of creativity, EMMEDIA presents this stellar festival celebrating Calgary’s media arts community.

A circular photo of a sea and horizon surrounded by a white box.

Exposure Photography Festival

With 40 participating galleries across Alberta and a whole month of programming, the 13th annual Exposure Photography Festival should be on your to-do list this February.

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Forms of Sound

Focused on sonic exploration, new approaches to creation and performance, and premieres of new works, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind festival at the University of Calgary.

The cast of One Yellow Rabbit's All The Little Animals I Have Eaten | Photo: Andy Curtis

High Performance Rodeo

A new year can only mean one thing in Calgary’s art circles—it’s Rodeo time! The High Performance Rodeo is ready to take you on one wild ride and there’s something for everyone on the schedule.

Ring in the new year with A Luminous New Year’s Eve | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Music Events

New Year’s Eve

With new traditions and low key offerings being paired with a blowout celebration launching Canada’s 150th, there really is something for everyone this New Year’s Eve!