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Downtown is Calgary's home for festivals! Olympic Plaza and Prince's Island Park are just a few places where you can enjoy world class entertainment!


See our festival venue directory, read about festivals on our blog and see festival related events on our calendar

Festival season kicks off in May with the Calgary International Children's Festival and goes strong throughout the year. Festivals are so popular in the city, especially downtown, you will be tempted to go everywhere in one day!

The summer months have beautiful weather and 90% of the festivals are located outdoors. The most popular downtown venues are Prince's Island Park, Olympic Plaza, Shaw Millennium Park and Eau Claire Festival Plaza.

Some highlights include:

High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts - January-February

The Big Taste, Calgary's Dining Festival - Early March

Calgary International Children's Festival - Late May

FunnyFest Calgary - Early June

Sled Island - Mid June

Calgary Stampede - Early July

WILD: Fabricating a Frontier - Early July

Cyclepalooza - Mid July

India Film Festival of Alberta - Mid July

Calgary Folk Music Festival - Late July

Calgary Turkish Festival - Late July

Fiestaval - Mid July

BridgeFest - Mid July 

Heritage Day Festival - Late July

Historic Calgary Week - Late July

Pet-a-Palooza - Late July

Calgary Arab Festival - Late July

Calgary International Blues Festival - Late July/Early August

Franco Festival - Early August

Afrikadey! - Early August

Taste of Calgary - Mid August

Peeled! - Mid August

Calgary Reggae Festival - Mid August

Expo Latino - Mid August

Rib Fest - Late August

Carifest Calgary - Late August

Calgary Pride Parade & Street Festival - Late August/Early September

Fiesta Filipino - Early September

Chinatown Street Festival - Early September

2017 Honens Festival - Early September

Beakerhead - Mid September

Calgary Improv Festival - Mid to Late September

Calgary International Film Festival - Late September

WordFest - Mid October