Festival Alexisonfire performs at the Coca-Cola Stage | Photo: Ben Dartnell, courtesy of the Calgary Stampede July 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019 Summer Festivals From favourites to traditions, Calgary’s festival scene is always smoking hot Amy Jo Espetveidt Location Various Venues Each summer, Calgary’s festival scene explodes with hundreds of local and international artists, lively outdoor events, and tons of family-friendly fun. With over 40 festivals taking place between now and the end of September, there’s something new to check out every weekend—it’s a festival paradise. Grab your calendar and start planning, it’s going to be an amazing season! Shakespeare by the Bow Until August 18, 2019 Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW) Pay-What-You-Can Theatre Calgary works with emerging actors and theatre talent for this annual outdoor show. In 2019, see A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Shakespeare’s exploration of love, identity, and confusion. Starring a company of Alberta’s up-and-coming actors, every performance is pay-what-you-will (no ticket required). theatrecalgary.com Canada Day July 1, 2019 Various venues Free admission The City of Calgary has once again partnered with dozens of local cultural organizations to program a day filled with free, family-friendly events. Bursting with music, dance, art, and culture, the day includes an Indigenous Showcase on Prince’s Island Park and live music on the Tim Hortons Canada Day stage. calgary.ca Badlands Stampede Music Festival July 4 – 14, 2019 Knoxville’s Stampede Tent (840 9th Ave. SE) Prices Vary A 10-day celebration with a diverse line-up of international headliners including EDM superstars Tiesto and Kaskade, country music talents Gord Bamford and Tim Hicks, the reality television star DJ Pauly D, and trap phenomenon RL Grime, join Knoxville’s for this festival within a festival. badlandsmusicfest.com Mexifest July 5 – 7, 2018 Eau Claire Festival Plaza (139 Barclay Parade SW) $15 – $30 A family-oriented, multicultural arts, and entertainment festival celebrating Mexican culture, these two days feature authentic food, liquor vendors, artisan market, live music, and a wrestling ring with luchadores from Mexico. mexifest.ca Calgary Stampede July 5 – 14, 2019 Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way SE) Ticket prices vary The biggest festival of the summer, the Calgary Stampede returns with 10 days of music, western events, youth activities, agriculture programs, and so much more. There are so many cool things to check out including Coca-Cola IgNITES the Night. Returning for 2019 on July 8, this one-night-only event is back again to light up the midway with exciting music, bright lights, and shareable moments that you won’t be able to experience anywhere else. calgarystampede.com Stampede at the Eddy July 5 – 14, 2019 King Eddy, National Music Centre (438 9th Ave. SE) Prices Vary With 10 days of sizzling tunes, Stampede week brings an epic lineup of live music to this historic stage. Just 600 metres from Stampede Park, you can see rising country-pop star Kalsey Kulyk, alt-country four-piece Johnson Crook, roots-raconteur Mariel Buckley, award-winning country singer-songwriter Drew Gregory, and more. The week also includes late-night sets from Hot Little Rocket, Sinzere, A Day As Wolves, The 427’s, and much, much more. kingeddy.ca Roundup Music Fest July 10, 2019, 3:00 – 11:00pm Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9th Ave. SW) $99 – $249 This year’s Roundup Music Fest features two 80s rock icons—Billy Idol and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members Blondie. The lineup is rounded out by Canadian punk-influenced rock band the Headstones as well as Doug and the Slugs. roundupmusicfest.com Oxford Stomp July 12, 2019, 3:00 – 11:00pm Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9th Ave. SW) $99 – $249 Featuring Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee and top-selling Canadian artist of all time, Bryan Adams, this year’s Oxford Stomp is sure to be a hit. The lineup is rounded out by Amanda Marshall, Odds, and a still-to-be-announced guest. oxfordstomp.com Electrodeo July 12 & 13, 2019 Downtown Barn (1627 10th Ave. SW) $25 – $40 An electronic music festival that’s a guaranteed Stampede rager, the lineup includes Average Gypsy, Wes Please, Case of the Mondays, Rumpus, and many more. electrodeo.com Calgary Turkish Festival July 12 – 14, 2019 Eau Claire Festival Plaza (139 Barclay Parade SW) Free admission Get a taste of Turkish culture with art, folk dance, music, and gourmet food. Visitors are invited to celebrate, learn, and savour the hospitality, culture, heritage, and cuisine. calgaryturkishfestival.com Cyclepalooza July 12 – 21, 2019 Various venues Prices vary A community-driven, do-it-yourself bicycle festival, Cyclepalooza is held every summer in Calgary. Bringing people together through cycling, the festival features commuter challenges, photo contests, and ride tours that highlight art, food, local history, and more. Anyone can lead a ride during Cyclepalooza! cyclepalooza.ca Fiestaval Latin Festival July 19 – 21, 2019 Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE) Free admission A free multicultural celebration of Latin American culture, Fiestaval features live music, dance lessons, authentic Latin food and Latin handicrafts, beer gardens, a kid’s area, and much more! fiestaval.ca Calgary Folk Music Festival July 25 – 28, 2019 Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW) $35 – $263 A summer favourite, Calgary Folk Fest celebrates some of the globe’s most independent, original, and innovative songwriters and instrumentalists. This year’s lineup includes performances from Sharon Van Etten, Belle & Sebastian, Sheila E., Lucius, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and many more. calgaryfolkfest.com The audience at the Calgary Folk Fest | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Folk Fest Terminus July 26 – 28, 2019 Dickens Pub (1000 9th Ave. SW) $25 – $220 Founded in 2012, Terminus is Western Canada’s only multi-day industrial/ebm/dark electro festival featuring international artists. The 2019 lineup includes performances from Covenant, Health, Neuroticfish, TBD, and many more. terminus-festival.com Historic Calgary Week July 26 – August 5, 2019 Various venues By donation Chinook Country Historical Society highlights our cultural, institutional, industrial, architectural, sporting, and military heritage with over 100 events. Most are free and there are talks, walks, concerts, museum visits, and more to check out. chinookcountry.ca Calgary Arab Festival July 27 & 28, 2019 Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE) Free admission This is a free, family-friendly event presented as a platform to share Arabian traditions including folk dance, traditional music, food, customs, arts, and much more, to the general public in Calgary. facebook.com Pet-a-Palooza July 27 & 28, 2019 Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) Free admission, pet-friendly Just Love Animals Society is returning to Calgary once again with the West Coast’s largest outdoor pet festival. Bring your pet to sample treats, food, accessories, toys, and more. petapaloozawest.com Calgary International Blues Festival July 29 – August 4, 2019 Various venues Free – $129 Don’t miss this full week of the best in blues! Featuring an exciting program of workshops and special events, it all culminates on the Mainstage at Shaw Millennium Park. The 2019 lineup includes Cash Box Kings, John Primer & Bob Corritore’s All Star Chicago Band, the Russell Jackson Band with Kenny Neal, Terrie Odabi, Keeshea Pratt Band, and many more. calgarybluesfest.com Calgary International Fringe Festival August 2 – 10, 2019 Various venues Prices vary The Calgary Fringe Festival is an uncensored, non-juried performance festival that presents over 30 productions and 150 performances over the course of just nine days. Tickets go on sale July 1. calgaryfringe.ca Inglewood Sunfest August 3, 2019, 11:00am – 6:00pm Mainstreet Inglewood (9th Ave. SE) Free admission Inglewood Sunfest is all about having fun in the sun! This feisty summer festival in the heart of this historic neighbourhood is here to celebrate, engage, entertain, and delight with activities for all ages. inglewoodsunfest.ca Chasing Summer Festival August 3 & 4, 2019 Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds (1001 Barlow Tr. SE) $109.95 – $299.95 Western Canada’s largest outdoor electronic music festival brings two days of electronic music to Calgary with a lineup that includes The Chainsmokers, Above & Beyond, and many more. chasingsummerfestival.com Tour de Bowness Street Festival August 5, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm Mainstreet Bowness (Along Bowness Rd. NW) Free admission A festival of competitive bike racing, artisans, food trucks, music, children’s activities, and more, the event celebrates the vibrant and historical community. mainstreetbowness.com Taste of Calgary August 8 – 11, 2019 Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) Free admission Calgary’s festival of food and drink offers sensational samples from Calgary’s most interesting restaurants and beverage companies. There’s even live music so be sure to make a day of it. tasteofcalgary.com Slam Festival August 9 & 10, 2019 Municipal Lot 6 (311 8th St. SW) Prices vary Evolving from The Big Slam event, this festival is back for its third year with live music, craft beer, a market pop-up, and food trucks to check out. Slam Festival embodies the soul of Calgary’s inland surf culture and takes place right by the 10th St. Wave—a constant wave on the Bow River, right beside the 10th St. Bridge. slamthefestival.com When Words Collide August 9 – 11, 2019 Delta Calgary South Hotel (135 Southland Dr. SE) $20 – $100 A festival for readers, writers, artists, and publishers of commercial and literary fiction right here in Calgary. Speaking panels, merchants, and parties celebrate all genres including young adult, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, film scripts, and kid’s books. whenwordscollide.org Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival August 9 – 11, 2019 North Glenmore Park (7305 Crowchild Tr. SW) Free admission On the water, teams participate in the 2,000-year-old traditional rowing sport. On land, spectators get to cheer them on while experiencing the music, dance, and food of China. The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival draws over 1,850 competitors, 4,000 spectators, and an abundance of excitement and cultural experiences. calgarydragonboatsociety.com Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri August 10, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm Max Bell Centre (1001 Barlow Tr. SE) Free – $7 Visitors to the Calgary Japanese Festival are treated to authentic Japanese food and snacks as well as presentations of traditional music, dance, and song. calgaryjapanesefestival.com Marda Gras August 11, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm Marda Loop (33rd & 34th Ave. SW) Free admission The Marda Gras Street Festival attracts some 35,000 people to Marda Loop for a fun-filled and family-friendly event that embraces the culture and cuisine of New Orleans. mardagras.ca GlobalFest August 15 – 24, 2019 Elliston Park (1827 68 St. SE) $16 – $176 GlobalFest showcases the heritage of more than 60 cultures with a variety of events and activities that celebrate Calgary’s diversity and support cross-cultural respect. And don’t forget those amazing fireworks! globalfest.ca Highland dancers perform at GlobalFest | Photo: Angelito de Jesus Carifest Calgary August 16 & 17, 2019 Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9th Ave. SW) Free admission Everyone is welcome to join the celebration and enjoy Caribbean entertainment with local and international bands, dance performances, food, art, and much more this August. There’s even the not-to-be-missed parade that showcases Caribbean arts and culture. carifest.ca Expo Latino August 16 – 18, 2019 Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW) $14.99 – $40 As Calgary’s hottest outdoor festival, Expo Latino celebrates Hispanic culture through dance, music, food, and art. Chill out in the beer garden near the stage or dance the weekend away. expolatino.com Country Thunder August 16 – 18, 2019 Prairie Winds Park (223 Castleridge Blvd. NE) Prices vary Returning for 2019, this country music festival features Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Terri Clark, Tanya Tucker, Shawn Austin, and many more. You can even grab tickets for the platinum experience with an upgraded viewing area. countrythunder.com Franco Festival Calgary August 17, 2019, 11:00am – 9:00pm Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE) Free admission An initiative of Portail de l’Immigrant Association, a non-profit organization based in Calgary, join in and celebrate Francophone cultures through dance, music, food, arts, and crafts that demonstrate the magnitude and diversity of Canadian heritage. francofestcalgary.com Calgary Pride Festival August 23 – September 2, 2019 Various venues Prices vary An entire week of events celebrating Calgary’s LGBTQA2S+ community peaks with a huge parade and street festival. Join in for concerts, plays, parties, history walks, panel discussions, and more. calgarypride.ca BUMP Festival August 28 – 31, 2019 Throughout the Beltline Free admission With several new murals popping up, join the Beltline Urban Murals Project as it caps another successful year with a three-day festival. The lineup includes artist talks, walking tours, alley parties, and an outdoor cinema. yycbump.ca Calgary Highland Games August 31, 2019 Calgary Rugby Union (9025 Shepard Rd. SE) Prices vary One of the oldest gatherings in North America with competitors from across Western Canada and USA, this is your chance to see some of the world’s top pipers, drummers, dancers, and heavy event athletes compete and perform. calgaryhighlandgames.org BBQ on the Bow August 31 & September 1, 2019 Montgomery Community Association (5003 16th Ave. NW) Free admission Get ready to get your nom on while enjoying some rocking bands, BBQ on the Bow strives to spread passion for southern style BBQ while simultaneously celebrating and promoting local products, businesses, and musicians. bbqonthebow.com Honens Festival September 5 – 8, 2019 Various venues $10 – $180 A musical love letter to the city of Calgary, highlights include performances by Miró Quartet, Duo 19:21, Jon Kimura Parker, Katherine Chi, and 2018 Honens Prize Laureate Nicolas Namoradze alongside festival favourites Bison Noir and the ever-popular Open Air concert. honens.com Circle Carnival September 13 & 14, 2019 Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9th Ave. SW) $5 – $100 This annual event features a carnival market featuring local artisan vendors, circus performers, a kids stage, wiener dog race, and local food alongside two curated stages showcasing local DJs, international touring acts, and festival favourites. Now expanded to include an adults only night, check out the lineup to see what’s in store. circlecarnival.com Beakerhead September 18 – 21, 2019 Various venues Prices vary This smash up of art, science, and engineering has tons of events that you can explore. Look for engineered art, international ingenuity competitions, public performances, community challenges, and creations of your own making. beakerhead.com Calgary International Film Festival September 18 – 20, 2019 Various venues Prices vary A 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries, check out gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a behind the screen series. Now the largest film festival in Alberta, 2019 marks a huge milestone—20 years and counting—so you won’t want to miss it! calgaryfilm.com Alberta Culture Days September 27 – 29, 2018 Various venues Free admission Alberta Culture Days began in 2008 as a one-day event to recognize the value of Alberta’s arts and cultural communities. Since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, three-day, province-wide celebration that has helped inspire the creation of Culture Days—a pan-Canadian movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of all Canadians in arts and culture. With tons of activities taking place, it’s a great chance to explore the community. culturedays.ca Doors Open Calgary September 28 & 29, 2019 Throughout Calgary Free admission Ready to get a peek behind the doors of Calgary institutions? Doors Open invites buildings in all quadrants to let Calgarians in for free and many offer tours, special activities, and behind-the-scenes experiences. doorsopenyyc.org Have an upcoming festival that’s not listed? Email us at email@example.com or fill out this form.