Calgary Summer Event Guide
Calgary is a pretty amazing city to live in. Not only do we have the mountains just a quick drive away but the city has grown into a major centre with enough cultural events to keep everyone busy all summer long. We've put together a quick guide with some of the highlights to help you and your family get the most of July and August in Calgary.
Canada 150 - Jul 1
Canada Day in Calgary promises to be bigger and better than ever this year as we celebrate our country’s 150th birthday. The city has something to suit all tastes and interests so you can bring the whole family. Multicultural performances, contemporary Indigenous entertainment, Franco-Albertan celebrations, Canadian musical performances, a traditional Powwow, an amazing fireworks show are only part of what's planned to help you celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.
Shakespeare by the Bow - JuL - AUG
Shakespeare in Prince’s Island Park has a long and treasured history in our city. Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow gives all Calgarians an opportunity to enjoy theatre in this gorgeous natural setting throughout the summer. As Calgary’s largest and longest-running theatre company, we have a responsibility to nurture the up-and-coming artists who will grace our stages in future years. That’s why Theatre Calgary established this innovative program for recent graduates from post-secondary theatre training programs
Calgary Stampede - Jul 7-16
The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth , attracts over one million visitors per year and features the world's largest rodeo, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions.
Commons Pancake Breakfast - Jul 9
Last July 1700+ of our closest friends joined us for an amazing Stampede Breakfast and we can't wait to do it again this year; bigger and better. Pancakes and sausages are standard fair for the Calgary Stampede so we'll have those bases covered plus a few extra surprises.
Calgary Folk Music Festival - Jul 27-30
For four days each July, a village fifty thousand strong writes their stories on the warm summer breeze and brims with the joyous sounds of musical exploration, community and inspiration. It’s an aural adventure; sweet and edgy, evolving and unpredictable. It’s the Calgary Folk Music Festival.
Kensington DaIgon Alley - Jul 30
This year will be bigger, better and more magical. We learned a lot from the event last year, and are working with the City of Calgary to ensure we can adequately support an event of this capacity this year.
On Sunday, July 30th we will transform the Kensington community into a wizarding world full of brilliant oddities. There will even be a Quidditch match taking place in the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association park.
Blues Fest - Jul 31 - Aug 6
A full week of Blues workshops, concerts and special events culminate in 4 days & nights (August 3-6) of non-stop music on MainStage at Shaw Millennium Park, followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Dance Parties. Bring the family and c'mon down to the park for some of the finest music to be had on the planet!
Arab Festival - Jul 29 - 30
Last year marked the inaugural Calgary Arab Festival, and like last year, Calgarians can sample authentic Arabic food such as kabsa and hummus, listen to Oud performances and watch traditional belly dancing performances. Be sure to make time to attend the special Arabian Night event.
fringe festival - Aug 4-12
Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals. The first Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and has grown into one of the biggest arts festivals in the world. The second-largest Fringe Festival is in Edmonton, Alberta , and draws nearly 800,000 attendees a year!
Taste of Calgary - Aug 10 - 13
Taste of Calgary is the city's most appetizing festival, giving visitors the chance to sample the city's food, beverages, music and other cool things.Discover Calgary's global cuisines from a mix of unique restaurants and beverage companies.Plus get a taste of Calgary's great musicians.
no greater love music Festival - Aug 12-13
The No Greater Love Festival is worth checking out this summer. It is the largest faith-based music festival in Canada and a recent arrival on the Canadian festival scene that is quickly becoming a must-attend event for artists and attendees alike.
Dragon Boat Race - Aug 12 -13
The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival is geared towards creating an unforgettable experience. The dragon boat competition illustrates comradery, teamwork and inspiration. Stemmed by a 2000-year-old Chinese legend, Dragon Boat Racing is still very active and remains a tradition to this day.
marda gras street festival - Aug 13
Each year on the second Sunday in August, the streets of Marda Loop come alive with the New Orleans-themed Marda Gras Street Festival. This one-day free public event includes the sights and sounds of New Orleans, with its purple, green and gold pageantry and featuring Jazz, Rhythm, Blues and Zydeco music, street level acts, a variety of cultural performers.
Global Fest - Aug 15 - 26
GlobalFest is a not-for-profit society dedicated to celebrating and showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities locally and across the globe. We are committed to producing an inclusive, world-class, multi-faceted arts and cultural festival that will enhance Alberta’s reputation as a truly international destination.
Reggae Festival - Aug 17 - 19
Let the Main Event on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19 at Shaw Millennium Park transcend you beyond all boundaries. Experience why this Calgary family-friendly event has become the premier summer Reggae Festival in all of Canada.