August is the heart is heart of festival season here in Calgary! From music festivals to cultural celebrations to festivities that reflect Calgary’s delicious and growing culinary scene, there is no shortage of fun events happening around the city this month.
What: 12 makers, 12 shipping containers, and 1 parking lot makes the best retail shopping Calgary has ever seen. There are also various performances, a pop-up library, Junction jams and group runs hosted by Lululemon happening at different times throughout each week, so you just have to go more than once!
What: Going on a date or just looking for something fun to do with friends? Sample some of Calgary’s best global food and beverage cuisine, while you enjoy the great summer weather and listen to live outdoor music for 4 days in a row.
What: Everyone’s favourite street party is back and happening on the first Friday of every month this summer. Be sure to come with an empty stomach and the desire to shop till the sun goes down. The event goes on rain or shine, so come prepared!
What: Join BassBus and In-Houze Productions for the first ever Peeled Cocktail Festival. You will receive a Peeled Passport, which will be your guide to all of the must-try cocktails at various establishments around the city. Each participating venue has come up with an exclusive cocktail only available to those who possess a passport. Cheers!
What: At this “Omatsuri” (traditional festival) you will experience everything from a Sake tasting to traditional Japanese arts and crafts, as you celebrate everything this diverse and wonderful culture has to offer!
What: Compete in this traditional Chinese cultural event with a team of max 26 people. After the race enjoy the all day festival that includes a kid’s play zone, food trucks, beer gardens, live performances and more!
*Bicycle parking available onsite
Where: North Glenmore Park – 5R7, 7305 Crowchild Trail SW
What: August 11 marks the 6 year anniversary of the Food Truck Pilot Project in Calgary, so they’re throwing a party! Enjoy delicious eats from over 20 of Calgary’s best food trucks, listen to live music from 10 at 10 and ice cold beer from Village Brewery. Happy Birthday!
What: Celebrate Calgary’s vibrant and growing food scene with this new dining event happening this August. You will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious Prix fix summer menus for lunch and dinner, from 13 of Calgary’s best and most diverse restaurants. Bon Appetite!
What: Calling all meat and beer lovers! At the 3rd annual Brewery and the Beast festival, you will have the opportunity to sample a range of premium, local and ethically raised meats while sipping on a cold delicious beverage.
What: Alberta’s longest running folk music festival is back! Kick the weekend off with a pancake breakfast and forward to headliners, such as Bruce Cockburn, Foy Vance, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and much more talent throughout the weekend.
What: Callin’ all Hip Hop junkies! This is Western Canada’s largest Hip Hop Music Festival so don’t miss out. And if you weren’t already excited enough, Lauryn Hill and Migos will be headlining this year’s festival.
Where: Max Bell Centre Festival Ground – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
What: Calling all “Rastafarians,” Calgarians who share the same love for Caribbean culture and Reggae music. Described as more of an experience than merely a performance, this year’s Reggae Fest is focused on celebrating 150 years of the uniting cultures in Canada AKA the ‘Golden era of Canadian Reggae.’
What: Get your toes tapping and brush up on your two-stepping at this 3-day Country Music Festival headlined by Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett and Blake Shelton. Country fans rejoice!
Where: Prairie Winds Park – 223 Castleridge Boulevard NE
When: August 18-20
Cost: $130 3-day General Admission
Kristy is a creative Communications and PR strategist, freelance writer, coffee enthusiast and wine connoisseur who has a strong passion for travelling, art, style and fashion. Check out her blog (FloralandBows.com) for a taste of YYC through the lens of a refined, sassy, PR girl working on being a successful #girlboss.