Fireworks over the lake at Elliston Park
The Philippines put on a show at last year’s Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival | Photo: Jason Lawrence


Alberta’s most explosive festival returns with pyrotechnics and cultural programming

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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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 a summer-must.

Celebrating the heritage of more than 60 cultures with a variety of events and activities that highlight Calgary’s diversity and support cross-cultural respect, this year’s festival is sure to be a hit. After all, it’s the largest of its kind in Canada.

Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival

Partnering once again with Trico Homes for the International Fireworks Festival, look to the sky for a symphony of pyrotechnics and music.

Always a highlight, for 2019 you can see presentations produced by world-class pyro musical artists from the United States of America, Spain, China, Canada, and a show-stopping final performance from GlobalFest itself.

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OneWorld Festival

And there’s so much more to be had than pyrotechnics. Make sure you head to the park early as the OneWorld Festival brings the park to life with live performances, ethnic food booths, and a night market.

This is your chance to explore pavilions from some of Calgary’s cultural communities, each showcasing their heritage dress, cultural music, incredible performances, and interactive activities for all.

There’s even a citizenship ceremony at 7:00pm on August 20. For the past 12 years GlobalFest, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, has held this moving ceremony onsite at Elliston Park. This year, you can cheer on and welcome 100 individuals as new Canadians.

Explore the schedule and peruse vendors at

GlobalFest runs August 15 to 24, 2019 at Elliston Park (1827 68 St. SE) and is open from 6:00 to 11:30pm on competition days. Please note, there is no entry after 9:15pm. Head to for the full schedule.