The crowd at a BIG Winter Classic show

BIG Winter Classic

Born out of an idea to celebrate Calgary year-round, not just in the warm summer months, the BIG Winter Classic pairs a killer musical lineup with local beer and local visual arts. You won’t want to miss this winter wonderland weekend.

Mark Tewksbury on stage in Belong

High Performance Rodeo

Full of surprising shows and audience favourites, a new year can only mean one thing—the High Performance Rodeo is back and ready to take you on one wild ride. There’s something for everyone so be sure to check out our not-to-be-missed picks.

People laughing outside of the Big Secret Theatre at Arts Commons

Winter Festivals

It might be winter but that doesn’t mean we have to resign ourselves to the snow and the cold. Many of Calgary’s festivals move indoors this season with amazing offerings from the High Performance Rodeo, Block Heater, and so much more.

Fireworks in Olympic Plaza

New Year’s Eve

Get ready to ring in 2020 with these awesome New Year’s Eve celebrations—it’s the start of a new decade! With family-friendly offerings to live music and a comic murder mystery, there’s something for everyone to check out.

An audience at CUFF.Docs


Featuring the best of non-fiction films yet to be screened in Calgary, join the Calgary Underground Film Festival for the seventh annual edition of CUFF.Docs. Each year, the lineup celebrates real life that’s worth watching. Don’t miss it!

A still from Jasper Kuipers’ Finity Calling

GIRAF Animation Festival

Back for its 15th year with a special pay-what-you-can model, join Quickdraw Animation Society for its annual festival showcasing the best of independent animation from around the globe. GIRAF always shares films that push boundaries.

Pyramid Schema on stage at the King Eddy

Femme Wave

With the goal of creating an integrated, encouraging arts scene with opportunities for women and non-binary artists, Femme Wave returns with more than 40 musical acts and a stellar selection of visual arts, comedy, and film programming.

Jazz musicians perform in a music shop

Canadian Jazz Festival

Back with its Canadian focused fall festival, join JazzYYC for a lineup of exciting collaborations, workshops, and all-ages events including a free jazz walk featuring local musicians. Find out our top picks and start planning.

Timepoint Ensemble perform at the 2017 Calgary New Music Festival

Calgary New Music Festival

With a diverse selection of new music, check out the vision of today’s new music composers and performers! It’s sure to be a weekend of engaging concerts full of improvisation, guitars, and more.