The High Performance Rodeo’s 10-Minute Play Festival is always a great time and a highlight every January | Photo: Chantal Wall

Winter Festival Guide 2017

We might be in the full throws of 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.

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!

Calgary JCC hosts its annual Jewish Book Festival | Image: Courtesy of Calgary JCC

Jewish Book Festival

Browse hundreds of books for sale alongside an exceptional lineup of authors and influencers sharing their new books and inspiring stories at this carefully curated festival.

Shawn Belanger’s The Vineyard  | Image: Courtesy of In-Definite Arts

SPARK Disability Art Festival

Each year In-Definite Arts and Studio C team up to present the 2016 SPARK Disability Art Festival—an amazing series of visual art exhibits that ignite the mind and spark the imagination.

Nova Seed | Still: Courtesy of Gorgon Pictures

GIRAF Animation Festival

If you love animation then Quickdraw Animation Society has the festival for you! The annual Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) kicks off its 12th year with Nova Seed.

An Alberta premiere, Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson screens at CUFF.Docs | Still: Courtesy of Calgary Cinematheque


Bringing the best of non-fiction films yet to be screened in Calgary, join the Calgary Underground Film Festival for the fourth annual CUFF.Docs including 12 curated international feature films.

Femme Wave returns for 2016 | Image: Courtesy of Femme Wave

Femme Wave

With the goal of creating an integrated, encouraging arts scene with opportunities for women and non-binary artists, Femme Wave returns for 2016. Look for music, comedy, visual arts, film and workshops.

Amanda Tosoff returns to Calgary to present her fifth album, Words | Photo: Angela Fama

Canadian Jazz Festival

JazzYYC is back with its Canadian focused fall festival. From exciting contemporary jazz to hard-hitting swing, the festival is full of exciting collaborations and all-ages events including a free jazz walk.