A poster for The Bright Side Festival

The Bright Side Festival

Celebrate the grand opening of Calgary’s newest performance and art space, Theatre 1308, with eight days of music, improv, film, philosophy, poetry, and stand-up comedy. Don’t miss the inaugural Bright Side Festival.

A photo of Windigo from behind the band looking out into the concert hall at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Block Heater

This winter music extravaganza brings together a multi-faceted roots, blues, country, and indie program that injects a summer vibe into what can be a bleak month. Warm up your February with Block Heater.

The poster for 2019's Just Acts Play Festival

Just Acts Play Festival

Four local playwrights tackle the theme of humanity as Knox Theatre Collective and Urban Stories Theatre present Just Acts—a one act play festival of new work written about social justice issues.

Poster for 2019's Rhythm Body and Soul Festival

Rhythm Body and Soul Festival

Looking to cultivate a larger rhythm community in Alberta and to facilitate international connections, this annual festival features residencies for dancers as well as performances that are open to the public.

A couple is reflected in an interactive light installation in Olympic Plaza


An annual family-friendly light, art, and music festival in the heart of our city, spend your evenings exploring one-of-a-kind light installations, projections, and so much more with Downtown Calgary’s glow.

Haley Eyre’s Ladies don't Sit Like That is part of Exposure Photography Festival

Exposure Photography Festival

With more than 40 exhibitions and 60 events, February is a great time to love photography. Don’t miss this month-long, province-wide festival of ground-breaking works as Exposure takes over Alberta.

A poster for EMMEDIA's PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival

PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival

Full of innovative works and amazing examples of creativity, PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival returns for its fifth year with another stellar lineup.

A poster for the 2019 High Performance Rodeo

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. Calgary’s international festival of the arts returns.

Delhi 2 Dublin perform at 2018's Block Heater

Winter Festival Guide

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 the High Performance Rodeo, Block Heater, and more.