The audience at the Calgary International Blues Festival
Calgary Bluesfest at Shaw Millennium Park | Photo: Calgary Blues Music Association

Calgary Bluesfest

Celebrate the best of the blues at the 14th annual festival staple

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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We’ve got the blues and you should too. The 14th annual Calgary International Bluesfest features a full week jam-packed with the best of the genre including workshops, special events, nightly dance parties, and a rocking mainstage.

The 2018 lineup includes BB King’s Blues Band, Chicago Blues Reunion, Dawn Tyler Watson, Jim Byrnes, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Popa Chubby, Sue Foley, and many more.

And don’t forget to check out some great, free events during the front half of the week! These include a blues guitar workshop with Tim Williams on July 31, as well as Blues at Noon with ProArts and A Walk Through Blues History with musician and historian John Rutherford on August 1.

Calgary Bluesfest runs July 30 to August 5, 2018 with mainstage acts kicking off on Thursday at Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9th Ave. SW). The full schedule can be found at