Calgary food festivals and events: The ultimate running list

Jun 2 2023, 6:30 pm

Spring is finally here, patios are opening up, and all of the Calgary summer food festivals and events are really shaping up.

The calendar is filling up with food festivals, BBQ cookouts, outdoor markets, and of course, all of the Calgary Stampede events.

Here is an ultimate and running guide to finding the best upcoming Calgary food festivals and events.

Clos de la Oyster Barre

The dates have been revealed for the spring pop-up, which will go back and forth between Teatro and Cucina: April 22, May 12, May 26, June 9, and June 30.

The concept for the oyster bar is on small plates of delicious seafood, a broad selection of sparkling and white wine, and all in a room featuring a fun hip-hop playlist from all eras.

When:  June 9 and June 30
Where: Opera Room at Teatro — 200 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Where: Cucina at 515 8th Avenue SW, Calgary


District Night Markets

Hosted by Marketspot at the District at Beltline, there will be five different night markets throughout spring and summer. Offering delicious food, live music, and a curated artisan market, the first of these events will be held on May 25.

When: June 22, July 20, August 17, and September 14 from 4 to 8 pm
Where: The District at Beltline — 227 11th Avenue SW, Calgary


University District Night Markets

Hosted by Marketspot at Central Commons Park, there will be five different night markets throughout spring and summer. Offering delicious food, live music, and a curated artisan market, the first of these events will be held on Wednesday, May 31.

There will be more than 30 local vendors, live music, and unique entertainment at this family-friendly and free event.

When: The last Wednesday of each month, from 5 to 9 pm
Where: Central Commons Park in University District


Inglewood Night Market

The market happens in the streets of Inglewood with no specific address; however, shoppers will find vendors and food trucks primarily along 10th and 11th Streets SE and 10th Avenue SE.

When: June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, and September 15
Where: 10th Avenue and 10th Street SE, Calgary


Marda Loop Night Market

Marda Loop Night Market is giving inner-city residents three great night markets to check out this summer. There will be plenty of live entertainment and food options plus all the great shopping options you are used to at a great night market.

When: June 23, July 21, and September 1, 2023
Where: 34th Avenue between 18th & 19th Street SW


RosĂŠ and Croquet Garden Party

The popular summer soiree was a huge hit last time, and there are big things in store for this year’s event.

The season’s party will be held on June 22, and early-bird tickets are on sale now.

With live music, performances, food, and drinks, this fashionable experience is one-of-a-kind for Calgary.

When: Thursday, June 22, 2023
Deane House – 806 9th Avenue SE, Calgary


Lilac Festival

Lilac Festival kicks off the summer with its 32nd festival. The free, one-day party takes place on Sunday, June 4 from 10 am to 6 pm along trendy 4th Street SW. Not only that, it’s now expanded onto 17th Avenue between 2nd and 5th Street SW.

Expect a TON of excellent food trucks at this one.

When: Sunday, June 4 from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 4th Street SW and 17th Avenue SW, Calgary


Currie Market

The Currie Market will see vendors all over Parade Square with everything you want from a market, including local food trucks, a craft area, some great drinks, and live entertainment.

Where: Parade Square — 4040 Breskens Drive SW
When: Saturdays in July and August


A Summer’s Night

Happening on Canada Day and starting at 10 am, this will be an all-day and all-night event packed with live music and DJs, as well as local vendors selling handmade goods, drinks, and food stalls.

When: Saturday, July 1 at 10 am
Where: 311 8th Street SW, Calgary

Calgary Stampede Breakfasts

Every year, there are so many pancake breakfasts all over the city. There’s every different kind of pancake breakfast, from free family-friendly ones to ticketed ones that have a wild party atmosphere.

It’s never too early to get excited about griddle cakes and flapjacks.

When: July 6 to July 17, 2023
Where: Various locations

Calgary Stampede BBQs

Every Calgary Stampede, there are so many barbecues all over the city, and it’s never too early to get excited about grilled meats and vegetables.

When: July 6 to July 17, 2023
Where: Various locations

Calgary Stampede Tents

It seems like there will be more Stampede tents than ever, with returning favourites and a few new ones as well. From National Saloon to Cowboys, these are the hotspots of the Stampede for food, concerts, and fun.

When: July 6 to July 17, 2023
Where: Various locations

Calgary Stampede Midway

It’s fair to say the Stampede brings food we’ve never seen, tasted, or even heard of before. In 2022, the food you could find included tongue pizza, squid ink corndogs, habanero ice pops, and Kraft Dinner soft serve ice cream. The 2023 list was just released and you can check it out here.

When: July 6 to July 17, 2023
Where: Stampede grounds


Kicking off on Friday, July 7, and running the entire weekend, this Mexican celebration is a family-oriented, multicultural arts and entertainment festival.

Mexifest in Calgary looks to showcase the diversity in Mexican gastronomy, arts, music, and culture.

Presented by The Latino Folkloric Society and Casa Mexico Foundation, visitors that weekend can expect to find authentic and delicious Mexican food and beverages, an artisan market, and two stages for dancers and live bands.

When: July 7, 8, and 9, 2023
Where: Calgary Tower Parkade – Parking Lot 6 — 125 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Price: $12.50; buy tickets here


4th Street Night Market

It’s not just Lilac Fest on 4th Street this year. The 4th Street Night Market is back for its third year along the river in Mission. This free market will give you three chances to enjoy live entertainment, great shopping, and some fantastic food options.

When: July 22, August 12, and September 16
Where: 10th Avenue and 10th Street SE


Taste of Calgary

This event that keeps growing in popularity was a blast last year. There is free admission, beer gardens, and some of the best grub YYC has to offer all in one place. Dates are yet to be announced, but last year it happened in early August.

When: August 3 to 7 from 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Calgary Parking Authority Lot #6 – 311 8th Street SW, Calgary


Brewery and the Beast

Brewery and The Beast is set to return to Calgary on Sunday, August 27, at a venue that will be announced soon.

This one-of-a-kind, ultra-meaty outdoor culinary experience features chefs cooking up locally sourced products and ingredients and aims to educate guests about becoming conscientious consumers and buying local – all while filling their stomachs with a ton of high-quality grub.

When: August 27, from noon to 4 pm
Where: TBD


Terroir Symposium 2023

This is a massive hospitality event where industry professionals can connect, share ideas, create opportunities, and make some seriously delicious food.

When: September 19 and 20, 2022
Where: SAIT and the Jack Singer Concert Hall
Price: Starting at $131.25; buy tickets here


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