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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 - Late May/Early June

Sled Island - Mid June

Cyclepalooza - June-July

Calgary International Folk Festival - Late July

Calgary Stampede - Early July

Calgary Turkish Festival - Early July

Fiestaval - Late July

Franco Festival - July

Historic Calgary Week - July-August

Calgary International Blues Festival - July-August

Heritage Day Festival - August

Taste of Calgary - Mid August

Afrikadey! - Early August

Calgary Reggae Festival - Mid August

Expo Latino - Mid August

Rib Fest - Late August

Carifest Calgary - Late August (new date)

Chinatown Street Festival - Early September

Choose Yer Own Festival - Early October

Calgary International Film Festival - Mid September

BBQ on the Bow - September

Calgary Pride Parade & Street Festival - Early September

Calgary Improv Festival - Mid to Late September

WordFest - Mid October