List of festivals in Calgary

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Festivals of Calgary
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The following is an incomplete list of annual festivals and cultural events in Calgary, a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. This list includes festivals of diverse types, such as regional festivals, commerce festivals, fairs, food festivals, arts festivals, religious festivals, folk festivals, and recurring festivals on holidays. This list also includes festivals in the surrounding area.

Festivals by season[edit]


Whirling dervishes at Calgary Turkish Festival




Carifest 2007 opening day parade

Most attended festivals[edit]

Calgary Stampede[edit]

Rider at the Stampede Rodeo

The city is famous for the Calgary Stampede, a large agricultural fair and rodeo held every July. The Stampede officially bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth". It features an internationally recognized rodeo competition, a midway, stage shows, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon races, First Nations exhibitions, and pancake breakfasts around the city. It is among the largest and most well known festivals in Canada. The event has a 105 year history. In 2005, attendance at the 10-day rodeo and exhibition totalled 1,242,928, which set a new record. Attendance at the Stampede Parade (North America's second longest parade), which takes place downtown on opening day, is usually somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000.[citation needed] During Stampede Week, many of the city's residents dress in country attire, and many businesses decorate their stores and offices in western style.[citation needed]

Lilac Festival[edit]

The Lilac Festival is an annual street festival held in Calgary, Alberta. In 2005 it had an estimated 120,000 attendance.[38] The festival takes place along the 13 blocks of 4th Street (between 13th Avenue South and Elbow Drive) in the Beltline and Mission neighborhoods.[38]

Sun and Salsa Festival[edit]

The Sun and Salsa Festival is an annual festival put on in the Kensington Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) of Calgary.[39][40][41][42][43] Attendance of the festival has grown to around 100,000 in 2010.[44]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fiestaval
  2. ^ Calgary Turkish Festival
  3. ^ Sun and Salsa Festival[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Inglewood Sunfest
  5. ^ Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^
  10. ^ Taste of Calgary
  11. ^ Tabestoon Festival
  12. ^ Information on Marda Gras Street Festival Archived 2011-04-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Classical GuitarFestWest
  14. ^ Calgary Fringe Festival
  15. ^ "Bow River Flow". 
  16. ^ "Mountain View Festival". 
  17. ^ "Calgary Blues Festival". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  18. ^ Haultain and First Street Festival
  19. ^ FozzyFest (2011). "FozzyFest". 
  20. ^ Badlands Music Festival (2013). "Badlands Music Festival". 
  21. ^]
  22. ^ Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
  23. ^ Treemendus
  24. ^ Picture festival
  25. ^ SUYS
  26. ^ Gluten Free Expo
  27. ^ "MTT Fest". 
  28. ^ "The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo". 
  29. ^ Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres
  30. ^ Calgary International Children's Festival
  31. ^ "Otafest - May". 
  32. ^ "Puppet Power - May". 
  33. ^ Commuter Challenge
  34. ^ "Light and Motion - June 11th and 12th". 
  35. ^ "Sled Island Music Festival". Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  36. ^ "MEC Calgary Bikefest". 
  37. ^ "MEC Calgary Paddlefest". 
  38. ^ a b "Lilac Festival". 4th Street BRZ. Archived from the original on 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  39. ^ White, Tarina (2008-07-21). "Smokin' salsa social". Calgary Sun. Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  40. ^ White, Tarina (2008-07-20). "Sun and Salsa suits Calgarians just fine". Calgary Sun. Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  41. ^ Sylvester, Krista (2008-07-21). "Sun and Salsa serves up spicy Sunday". Metro News (Calgary). Archived from the original on 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  42. ^ Dormer, Dave (2008-07-20). "Sun-sational salsa adds spice to city". Calgary Sun. Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  43. ^ "Kensington Heats Up With Sun and Salsa". Kensington BRZ. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  44. ^ Dormer, Dave (2010-07-25). "Street fest hot, hot, hot". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 

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