10 Calgary festivals that will shake up your spring and summer plans

May 2 2019, 5:02 am

As summer approaches, more and more festivals are on the horizon.

This list has got a festival for everyone! Are you an anime lover? We got you. Are you a beer drinker? We got you too.

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Calgary International Beerfest

What: Beer, bites, and everything in between. This beer lover’s paradise celebrates the beer and culinary culture in Alberta. Looking to broaden your beer palette? Sample over 500 different stouts, ales, sours, and pales, and find your new favourite.

When: Friday, May 3 to Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: Friday: 4 to 10 pm
Saturday: 2 to 10 pm
Where: BMO Centre Hall E – 20 Round Up Way, Calgary
Cost: General Admission: $19.99, Beer Geek VIP: $29.99, General Admission Weekend: $34.99, VIP Beer Geek Weekend: $49.99

Jane’s Walk Calgary

What: Jane’s Walk is a festival that celebrates in a different way. Rather than music and food stalls, Jane’s Walk offers a variety of different walking tours of Calgary, giving people a chance to connect, share stories about their community, and recall memories of the city.

When: Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: Each walk starts at a different time, you can book a walk here
Where: Each walk starts at a different location, you can book a walk here
Cost: Free


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OtaFest 2019

What: OtaFest is Calgary’s premier anime festival. Grab an autograph from your favourite star or shop the massive art collection on display. Over 100 hours of programming will be facilitated by fans, most of whom are dressed in cosplay!

When: Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Telus Convention Centre — 120 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: Day pass: $25 to $35, Child pass: $10, Weekend pass: $55

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Calgary Serbian Festival

What: Food. Entertainment. Culture. What else does a festival need? The Serbian Festival offers a range of cuisine, dance performances, athletic and sporting displays, and so much more. Take a peek inside Serbian Culture with food, fun, and the family this May long weekend.

When: Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: 16025 — 243 Avenue E, Calgary
Cost: $5, cash at the door

YYC Vegan Week Festival

What: Celebrate sustainable eating with Calgary’s Vegan Week! Various participating restaurants will offer a delicious vegan menu with $1 dollar from each meal going towards VegFest Calgary, an annual non-profit food and lifestyle festival. It’s a festival within a festival!

When: Sunday, May 19 to Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Various costs depending on location


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YYC Comedy Festival

What: This stellar comedic line-up will have you in stitches before you can say “another Ceaser please?” The likes of Steve Patterson and Danish Anwar, as well as Calgary’s very own Jann Arden. Get the tissues ready, you’ll definitely be in tears.

When: Monday, May 20 to Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: $25

DogFest Spring Fling

What: Doggie moms and doggie dads, rejoice in the celebration of… well, your dogs! There are two indoor and outdoor play areas for small and large dogs. Dress up your pooch in the latest fashions with merchandise and food vendors from around the city or get your pooch professionally photographed for just $15.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: VIVO West Arena — 11950 Country Village Link NE, Calgary
Cost: Admission by donation

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Water Lantern Festival

What: Remember that scene in Tangled where they release a lantern into the sky? Yeah, so it’s not that. BUT, you release lanterns into the water and it’s just as cute, we promise. The Water Lantern Festival celebrates everyone from all walks of life. You’re encouraged to decorate your lantern with drawings and sweet messages and release them into the water. Gather your family and friends and watch in awe as the lanterns glow against the water.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 10 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza — 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: $33.99 to $50


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Cannonball! A Youth Festival of Theatre

What: Calling all youth, this is your time to shine, and watch your peers shine too! With a theatrical season made up of four productions, the Calgary Youth People’s Theatre (CYPT) allows youth between the ages of 9 to 17 to audition and experience the creative theatre process and production.

When: Wednesday, May 29 to Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Showtimes vary: check out the full list of performances
Where: West Village Theatre — 10th Avenue SW, Calgary
Cost: $5


What: FUNNYFEST is exactly what it sounds like. A great lineup of comedians doing what they do best, and boy do they do it well. The event is 18+ as a number out of the 11 different themes deal with high and low brow topics. With 11 nights of comedy, 70 performers, and 11,000 punchlines, this is one festival you’re not going to want to miss!

When: Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Showtimes vary: check out the full list of performers
Where: Venues vary: check out the full list of performers
Cost: $20

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