The best part about summer in Calgary are all of the fun and exciting festivals that happen all over the city!
It’s a great way to experience Calgary’s deeply rooted culture and heritage while also supporting the organizations that make our city so amazing. From markets, to cultural experiences, to homegrown music festivals, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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 “Rastagarian’s,” Calgarian’s 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: 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: Kick it Filipino style! A fiesta is meant to be a special time with friends with delicious food, fellowship and various activities.
Where: Olympic Plaza – 288 8 Avenue SE
When: September 1
Cost: Free admission
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