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What's On in Calgary

Stay up to date with arts and culture events throughout the year

Participants at the Calgary Pride Parade hold a giant rainbow flag

Calgary Pride Festival

An annual celebration striving to create a city free from discrimination against gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation, the Calgary Pride Festival returns with screenings, parties, concerts, and so much more. Don’t miss the 29th annual festival.

The audience at a Calgary Underground Film Festival Field Trip screening

Free This Week

As August winds down, there’s no shortage of free and awesome events to check out. From fantastic concerts to a chance to go on a Field Trip with the Calgary Underground Film Festival, there’s plenty on the go! Don’t miss out and start planning.

Performers embody the spirit of Adagio in Cirque du Soleil's Luzia


Go on an adventure to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces, and sounds of this stunning culture.

Fireworks over the lake at Elliston Park


Showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence, GlobalFest brings together a lineup of stunning pyrotechnics alongside multi-faceted arts and cultural programming. This inclusive festival is always a summer-must.

Three kids explore the Calgary Public Library

Free This Week

Need something fun to do as the dog days of summer wear on? Why not hit up these free events? This week brings more concerts, festivals, and pop-ups to take in making it easy to get the most out of the season. We can’t wait to get exploring.

Visitors enjoy delicious food at the Taste of Calgary

Taste of Calgary

Get ready to get your nom on as the summer’s most delicious festival returns! Calgary’s festival of food and drink offers sensational samples from the city’s most interesting restaurants and beverage companies alongside fantastic live music.

A photo of a concert in Celebration Square

Free This Week

Mid-month brings a bunch of fresh options to check out and this week you can even see a spectacular concert of Chinese traditional music at Saturdays in C-Square. Add in a bunch of festivals to hit up and you have a full calendar.

Zach Running Coyote and Justin Lanouette on stage in Kohkum & me

Calgary Fringe Festival

Unexpected, uncensored, and unashamed, it’s time to get weird, wild, and wacky as the Calgary Fringe Festival brings a lineup of performances from around the globe to town for its 14th annual affair.

Eveline Kolijn's The Ocean Inside

August Exhibitions

Get to know Calgary’s awesome visual arts community this summer as August brings the heat. With a mix of ongoing exhibitions, pop-up gatherings, and special events, there’s plenty to see and do. We can’t wait to get out there!



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

Calgary Engagement Survey 2018

Calgary Engagement Survey

How a community connects with the arts can be a clear indicator of vibrancy. Overall, 93% of Calgarians are connected to the arts and culture sector in one way or another.

Arts Professionals Survey

Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2017, Calgary Arts Development conducted an Arts Professionals Survey to better understand the arts ecosystem and all of its complexities.


New Report

Calgary Economic Development


Spaces Workshops

Are you new to renting out your space? Experienced but want to up your marketing skills? Have a board that is concerned about liability? Participate in an upcoming free workshop. Space is limited.


Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on August 5, 2019 for Heritage Day. We hope you have a full and fun long weekend with your friends and family. Our office reopens on August 6.


Calgary’s Creative Industries

A 2019 report by the Conference Board of Canada confirms Calgary’s creative industries contribute substantial economic and social impacts to the city and the province. Read the keyfindings here.


New Board Members

With five new board members including a new chair, Calgary Arts Development would like to welcome Brian Frank, Sophia Lebessis, Kathleen McNally-Leitch, Chima Nkemdirim, and Caitlyn Ducasse.


First Flip Stampede Breakfast

It’s time to holster a hotcake, Calgary! Help us kick off the 2019 Calgary Stampede at the First Flip Stampede Breakfast on July 4. Join us from 7:30 to 10:30am outside the TELUS Convention Centre.


Summer Hours

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on Fridays throughout July and August, as well as July 1 for Canada Day and August 5 for Heritage Day. Be sure to enjoy some of Calgary’s summer festivals!


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

A painting of pink flowers created by Sania Dsilva

#yycLCL July 2019

Lucky enough to have an artistic outlet to practice mindfulness, Sania Dsilva shared a photo of this piece created during her 100-day project.

Lanre Ajayi at Olympic Plaza

Canada Day

Canada Day has come and gone but Lanre Ajayi has some beautiful moments to share with you. Enjoy this special edition of My City Speaks To Me.

Crescent Heights Community Association shows off a mural on the the corner of 8th Avenue and 1st Street NE

#yycLCL June 2019

One of five intersection murals soon to be completed in the community, the Crescent Heights Community Association shared this awesome shot.

Youth pose for a photo at the WordsWorth summer camp


A summer camp for language lovers, WordsWorth participants use the Kananaskis woods to fuel imaginations as they write the stories of their lives.

A photo of Wunmi Idowu

Wunmi Idowu

The founder and director of Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre, Wunmi Idowu began performing traditional African dance styles at the age of three.

Lanre Ajayi at Heritage Park

Heritage Park

Heritage Park is a gem hidden from plain sight. Go behind-the-scenes of this historical treasure trove in this special four-part series of My City Speaks To Me.

A promotional photo of Suza Singh

Suza Singh

Suza Singh, a Calgary-based action film director and screenwriter, was preparing to make her third film when she had an epiphany.

Lanre Ajayi stands among the shoes at John Fluevog's Calgary store

John Fluevog

Lanre Ajayi visits John Fluevog’s Calgary store to talk about the brand’s history and eclectic designs in this edition of My City Speaks To Me.

Tom Marten's It's Nobody | Image: Courtesy of Indefinite Arts Centre

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How to choose?? These gorgeous pieces by Theresa Williams and Jean Geddes are just a few of the many, MANY outstanding works in our current plein air exhibition 'In the Open Air'.⁣ Come see this exhibition and 'Adagio' - upstairs in our Tower Gallery over the weekend! Open 10 am - 4 pm, closed Mondays.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #leightonartcentre #coollittletowns #explorealberta #canadianart #arteducation #localartists #destinationgallery #museum #originalart #alberta #foothills #artgallery #artexhibition #nonprofit #madeincanada #yycarts #yyclcl #abarts #instaart #originalart #pleinair #explorefoothills #mostbeautifulAB #arttour AB ...

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