June Parker

Calgary Festivals

There are many Calgary Festivals where people come together to have fun and enjoy themselves. Below is a listing of some that are happening in Calgary. Please visit each festivals site for confirmation of dates and other info.


Otafest began in 1999. What began as a one day event has become a three day festival with some 4000 visitors.

For anime fans it is an opportunity to show  appreciation for their passion. They can show off their art, music videos and costumes.

It is also a chance for vendors from all over western Canada to showcase and sell their products.

Website: http://otafest.com/


Every year towards the end of May, thousands head to Olympic Plaza for the largest celebration of theatre for young audiences in our city. 

Calgary’s International Children’s Festival has something for everyone, including, a free outdoor stage, a host of interactive activities as well as the award-winning theatre presented in Arts Commons.

The Calgary International Children’s Festival is a joint project between the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts and the city of Calgary.

The Festival has grown to become one of the most prominent arts festivals of its kind in Canada and the largest presenter of theatre for young people in Calgary. 

Website:  www.calgarykidsfest.ca


Funnyfest is an original comedy celebration with every show and theme pushing the envelope.  

Funnyfest believes that it's time for some serious fun.  Comic acts and comedians come from around the world to entertain the audience. It will leave you with a memorable impression.

Website:  www.funnyfest.com


This is a refreshing, free outdoor event that is generally the start up to the active festival season in Calgary.

The 4th Street Lilac Festival is a one day event held each year towards the end of May.

Each spring, thousands of people come out to enjoy the unique pedestrian friendly 4th Street.  (4th Street is closed to traffic during the festival)  The Festival offers an array of musical talent, artisan vendors and great entertainment.

There is something for everyone at the Lilac Festival, young and old alike.  Head over to enjoy the sounds of local musicians and more. 

Website:  www.lilacfestival.net


This exciting festival is held to celebrate Calgary’s vibrant Ukrainian heritage. 

There are booths set up with many traditional meals, arts and crafts for everyone of all ages to enjoy.  Entertainment including singers and dancers are on hand.

The Saturday night of the event there is a “Zabava” with a live Polka Band that is enjoyed by many.

(A Zabava is a high energy party where the drinks flow as passionately as the music and dance.)

Website:  www.calgaryukrainianfestival.ca


Festivals have been a religious and cultural tradition of Greek society since Ancient times. Some say that the festival  was an excuse for an entire community to join and celebrate the ideals of family, friendship, and philoxenia (generosity towards strangers)

The Annual Greek Festival is an opportunity to share the Hellenic culture with all Calgarians.  The festival is about music, dance, wine and of course excellent food.

It is held in early June at the Hellenic Community Centre.

Website:  www.calgaryhellenic.com/greek-festival


Sled Island is an annual music and arts festival held in June. 

There are over 250 bands to enjoy plus film, art, comedy and more taking place in more than 30 venues across the city.

The goal of Sled Island is to inspire their audience.

Website:  www.sledisland.com


Fiestaval is a free family-oriented, multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting the Latin American Culture. It is held each July at Olympic Plaza.

The festival showcases the culture of Calgary’s Latin community.

Website:  www.fiestaval.ca/calgary/


 This is a four-day family-friendly, cultural and musical jamboree held each year at Prince’s Island Park. 

The festival showcases over 70 artists from Calgary, all throughout Albert, Canada and from around the world.  There are 6 daytime stages and 2 evening ones.

The event boasts a family area with interactive activities and live entertainment, a talk tent and tree shaded beer garden area.

Website:  www.calgaryfolkfest.com


This is a great chance for Blues lovers to come together. The lineup of talent never disappoints. Besides the excellent music, there are food and drink concessions, an arts market to stroll through and much more. 

The festival is held between July and August each year at Shaw Millennium Park.

Website:  www.calgarybluesfest.com


 At this festival you can expect to be entertained by many different art forms.  These art forms are uncensored; some may even say unexpected but definitely unforgettable theatre. 

It is not your average everyday theatre entertainment. Performances are a unique blend of creative scripts and more edgy than usual.

The festival hosts a combination of local, national and international productions over a 9 day period.

Website:  www.calgaryfringe.ca


Fun in the sun at this one day festival in historical Inglewood.  This is a free family oriented fun event which includes many activities for the whole family including a pie eating contest.

Street performers and bouncy tents are just some of the summertime fun that can be had at the Inglewood Sunfest.

 Website:  www.festivalseekers.com/calgary/inglewoodsunfest


This festival is a week-long celebration of the music, food, dance, theatre, film, literature and visual arts of Africa. 

The event takes place at different venues all over the city with a final day of celebration at Prince’s Island Park.

 Website:  www.afrikadey.com/


Lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family at Shaw Millennium Park at the Reggae Festival. 

  • live performances from Canadian and International Reggae artists. 
  • a beer garden for the adults, but lots of fun things for families including arts and crafts.  
  • Excellent food to try and some shopping to be enjoyed.

 Website:  www.reggaefest.ca


Without a doubt this is the city’s most appetizing festival.  Here you will discover Calgary’s global cuisines from mix of unique restaurants and beverage companies. 

Visitors to this festival enjoy sampling various foods and international wines and such.

Many great Calgary musicians will be on hand to make the event even tastier. 

There are also plenty of interesting vendors that certainly will catch your eye.

The event is held in August at the Eau Claire Market downtown.

 Website:  www.tasteofcalgary.com


Canada’s only outdoor summer Opera Festival is held each year in Calgary’s East Village RiverWalk.  The Festival of music and mirth can be enjoyed by all, there are some family friendly matinee performances. 

This is a ten day festival filled with beautiful music and a host of other fun filled activities.

 Website:  www.calgaryopera.com/festival


Globalfest mandate is to produce an inclusive, world class, multi-faceted arts and culture festival that celebrate sand showcases cultural diversity and artistic excellence around the world.

There are magnificent fireworks with international competitors trying to outdo each other every night.

There are cultural pavilions and food kiosks everyone to enjoy.

This festival is held in late August at Elliston Park in the city’s South East.

 Website:   www.globalfest.ca/


This is an annual parade and festival promoting diversity and inclusiveness of all Albertans.  Entertainment and beer gardens at Shaw Millennium Park, but there is also a family fun area to be enjoyed by all.

 Website:  www.pridecalgary.ca


It is referred to as the “Hottest Outdoor Festival” and apparently they are not talking about the weather.  Usually a three day event held in the latter part of the summer.

It is the largest outdoor Latin festival in Western Canada.  The festival aims to create experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people, music, and dance.

Lots of tasty food and an excellent arts market.  Definitely a fun filled event providing a great source of entertainment including music, dance, food, arts and much more….

 Website:  www.expolatino.com


This festival is a 12 day showcase of a few hundred multi-genre films from all over the world.  The festival includes gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations. 

 Website:  www.calgaryfilm.com


ScreamFest is Canada's Largest and Scariest Halloween Event. At ScreamFest you will experience haunted houses, Halloween themed carnival games, creepy and disturbing entertainment, and FEAR.  The event is held throughout the month of October and is only recommended for 13 plus. 

This festival, is not for the faint of heart, they aim to SCARE.

 Website:  www.screamfest.ca


The YYComedy Festival takes place at many venues throughout the city and promises to deliver some of the funniest comedic talent in North America.

 Website: www.yycomedy.ca


Calgary Winefest give you a chance to sample hundreds of international wines, ports, sparkling and dessert wines from the world’s most celebrated wine regions.  Wine experts are onsite to share their knowledge with attendees. 

There is an onsite liquor store where you can buy the wines you have sampled.


Carifest is an annual festival that showcases the arts and culture of the Caribbean.

The parade is filled with colour.  All who attend the Festival enjoy the sights, sounds, food and arts and crafts Caribbean style.

 Website:  www.carifestcalgary.com


This festival is a Multi-Cultural one which has a combination of food and entertainment.  There are six areas of interest, Cultural, Sport, Merchants, Food, Performance and of course some Hidden Gems.

This is a family friendly festival organized by the Calgary Chinese Merchants Association.

 Website:  www.chinatowncalgary.com/ccma/

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