Calgary’s spring festival season is officially upon us! This is a fun-filled occasion is meant for celebrating Calgary’s rich food, entertainment, film, music, arts and cultural scene, and really the very best of what our amazing city has to offer.
What: UofC’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) is excited to present the 2017 TakingFlight festival. For over a decade TakingFlight has celebrated the creativity and emerging talents of our students, undergraduate and graduate alike, by showcasing their broad range of projects across the performing arts. In addition to our regular Drama performances, this years festival has expanded to include an interdisciplinary performance, the popular [email protected]Noon and [email protected] events, as well as several Music concerts.
What: Grab the whole family and head on down to the Stampede Grounds for a bit of pre-stampede fun! Learn how to milk a cow, shear sheep, auction livestock and find your way through the corn maze, as you learn where your food comes from without even leaving the city. Also check out the Clock, Stock and Barrel event happening on April 8 and the Calgary Stampede Spring Extreme Cowboy Race on April 9, while you meet and interact with all of the farm animals.
Where: Stampede Park, Agrium Western Event Center and in the Agriculture Barn – 1410 Olympic Way SE
What: Make It Calgary is back and better than ever! Grab a friend and come stroll the 175 local makers and artists being showcased at this exhibition. From clothing, accessories, art, home decor, delectable eats, baby and kids items and more, you’ll be sure to come home with some beautiful treasures that are unique and one-of-a-kind. Support the makers of our community and help our local economy continue to boom!
What: If you’re a foodie, this is an event you will want to write down on your calendar. Join YYCFoodTrucks for their first event of the year, kicking off yet another summer full of great food, music, community and fun-filled events.
What: Everyone’s favourite food festival is BACK! How exciting ‘eh!’ For an entire week, various restaurants around Calgary will be offering their own spin on this Canadian classic. The best part is that for every poutine sold during Poutine Week, provides a free meal to someone in need, thanks to MealShare. Eat poutine for a great cause; it doesn’t get much better than that!
What: YYC Taco Fiesta is a new taco festival that runs at the end of April and into May. Participating eateries (which are to be announced) will offer either individual tacos for $4 to $6, or a larger taco platter that will be anywhere from $12 to $18. YYC Taco Fiesta aims to mobilize the taco-loving community and get people into restaurants to purchase these special dishes. Partial proceeds from the taco sales (15%) will be donated to the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Kids Up Front.
Where: Over 30 participating restaurant in Calgary and the surrounding area
What: Comic enthusiasts rejoice! Come and spend a day or the entire weekend with some of your favourite comic characters, while exploring the various vendors, meeting famous media guests and participating in interactive video games and tabletop gaming. There will also be special events taking place throughout the weekend, such as on-night-only cast reunions for iconic TV series, concerts, Meet & Greet cocktails parties with Media Guests, costume showcases and so much more!
Where: Calgary Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE
When: April 27 to 30
Cost: $375 to $25 – varies depending on ticket type
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.