A woman sits on the shoulders of a man in a busy festival crowd.

Summer Festival Guide 2016

Each summer, Calgary’s festival scene explodes with hundreds of local and international artists, lively outdoor events and tons of family-friendly fun.

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Calgary’s own Alice Nelson is bringing Ms. Sugarcoat to the Fringe | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Fringe Festival

Calgary Fringe Festival

Alright Calgary, who’s ready to get weird? The Calgary Fringe Festival kicks off this weekend and with it comes a whole line up of great, and sometimes unexpected, performances.

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Swing by Heritage Park each Wednesday this summer for a free concert | Photo: Courtesy of Heritage Park

Free This Week

The long weekend is here and we can’t believe July is almost over. Luckily, there are tons of free events to help squeeze every drop of fun out of summer! Here are our picks for the week.

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Calgary Bluesfest is set to once again rock Shaw Millennium Park | Photo: Calgary Blues Music Association

Calgary Bluesfest

We’ve got the blues and you should too. Calgary Bluesfest features a full week jam-packed with the best of the genre including workshops, special events, and a rocking mainstage.

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Chinook Country Historical Society presents the 26th annual Historic Calgary Week | Image: Courtesy of Chinook Country Historical Society

Historic Calgary Week

Calling all history buffs, community lovers and curiosity seekers. There’s another festival in town and it’s all about our past—the 26th annual Historic Calgary Week.

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Catch 2016 Dance Action Lab: Fear, July 21 to 23, 2016 | Photo: Courtesy of Dancers' Studio West

Dance Action Lab: Fear

As part of its 2016 Dance Action Lab, Dancers Studio West presents this exploration of fear, featuring four new choreographic works inspired by the raw emotion and its various manifestations.

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Kid Koala performs at the 2015 Calgary Folk Fest | Photo: David Kenney

Calgary Folk Festival

Straight on the heels of Stampede, another gem in Calgary’s summer festival season is about to get rocking. The 37th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival kicks off this week with a great lineup.

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ProArts Presents Jesse Plessis’ rendition of the Beatles classic, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band | Photo: Courtesy of ProArts

Free This Week

It doesn’t matter if you’re short on dough our just looking for something great to do, there’s always something you can check out for free in Calgary. Here are our not-to-be-missed picks for the week.

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The third annual Common Ground Festival runs July 13 to 23, 2016 | Photo: Courtesy of Common Ground Festival

Common Ground Festival

If this edgy, emerging arts festival isn’t on your radar yet, make this the year you get to know Calgary’s own Common Ground Festival. It features eight new and local theatrical productions!

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