Authors on stage at last year's Imaginairium festival

The Imaginairium

Calling all book nerds, literary lovers, and fans of all things wordy. Here’s your chance to dive into Calgary’s liveliest celebration of authors and ideas. Featuring 71 authors, The Imaginairium by Wordfest is sure to be a breath of fresh air.

Literary Death Match participants on stage

Fall Festivals

Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean that Calgary’s festival season is. With the cooler weather comes a warm and cozy lineup from perennial favourites Wordfest, Fluid Fest, CUFF.Docs, the Canadian Jazz Festival, and many more.

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Doors Open Calgary

Ready to get a peek behind the doors of local institutions? Doors Open Calgary invites buildings in all quadrants to let Calgarians in for free. This year sees 40 sites offering behind-the-scenes experiences at some of the city’s coolest places.

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Alberta Culture Days

With hundreds of free, family-friendly events and activities taking place across the province, Alberta Culture Days returns to celebrate the unique and interesting aspects of our culture. Find out what we are most looking forward to!

The audience at the Calgary International Film Festival

Calgary International Film Festival

The year was 2000 and the first Calgary International Film Festival was attended by 8,000 people over six days. Now, 20 years later, it showcases over 200 of the most compelling films of the year.

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Full of surprise and delight, this smash-up of art, science, and engineering has tons of events that you can explore. Look for eclectic workshops, spectator-pleasing shows, and unique school field trips. It all wraps with a signature finale.

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Calgary Clown Festival

A rare opportunity to explore the not-so-serious art of clowning and challenge the perception of what it is, this new festival is sure to have you laughing and questioning everything you know about clowns.

An aerial performer at the Circle Carnival

Circle Carnival

Gleaming with glittering gold alongside wondrous performing artists, delicious food and drinks, fun for the entire family, and spellbinding music, Circle: The Traveling Food, Beer and Music Carnival returns with an expanded lineup.


Honens Festival

The world’s best come to Calgary as the award-winning Honens Festival returns with four days of extraordinary piano and chamber music. Mark your calendars and check out our must-hear events for this year’s festival.