Calgary Folk Music Festival

Head over to Prince’s Island and prepare to be overtaken by the music! Pack a picnic and snacks, spread out your blanket and sit back and enjoy. There is a diverse group of performers who attend this festival so if you have never been you will definitely come away a fan. There is an area designated for dancing near the stage so let loose and enjoy.

Besides the excellent music there’s a children’s play area, a craft market, a record tent, and for anyone over 19 a beer garden. There are food booths with some delicious food available to purchase. Concerts take place on the main stage and they also have workshop sessions bringing a variety of musicians together to jam. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate.This is a do not miss event and well worth the price of the ticket.


Calgary Fringe Festival

Uncensored, unexpected, unforgettable theatre. Expect to be entertained and enjoy the different art forms at this festival, it’s not your run of the mill theatre entertainment. Performances are a unique blend of creative scripts and will be a little more edgy and unusual. The festival hosts a combination of local, national and international productions, 27 altogether with a total of 160 performances over 9 days.

Performances can, and do, feature every form of art and entertainment with sketches of comedy to offbeat life drama. Sets are kept simple so what is front and center is the work the participants do. This festival is definitely worth checking out! Tickets can be purchased online up until half an hour before the show and be sure to be on time because they do not admit once the performance has started.


Calgary International Blues Festival

The Blues come to life again during the summer and if you missed the Midwinter Fest this is another chance to catch some of the best at their craft. The talent is amazing and their performances legendary. There is a 4 day transferable event pass that you can purchase online in advance.

Besides the excellent music they have food & drink Concessions, an arts market to stroll through and a Blues Festival record tent where you can pick up a few CD’s. The festival also has First Aid on hand and an information/lost children tent just in case. Sit back be entertained and enjoy what this festival has to offer.


Calgary Reggae Festival

This is a full day of fun with live performances from the best Canadian and International Reggae artists. Enjoy the sounds and sights that this festival brings each year which surpasses not just musical boundaries but cultural ones as well.

The festival has a beer garden for the adults as well as a separate youth area, and plenty of arts and crafts. Get a taste of some of the best food from this region from the many food vendors and also shop for a few things to take home.


Carifest Caribbean Festival

Carifest begins with a rowdy and colourful parade and is followed by five days of steel drums, dancing and reggae. The downtown becomes a temporary escape to warm Caribbean beaches during the lunch hour. Head to Prince’s Island Park for the festival wind up to enjoy the great music, spicy food and Caribbean arts and crafts.

Most events are free however tickets have to be purchased for the celebration at Prince’s Island Park Sunshine Festival.


Funnyfest - Calgary Comedy Festival

They say that laughter is the best medicine for anything and here is the opportunity to cure whatever ails you! This festival showcases the best of the best in standup comedy and sketch comedy, sit back and let them deliver the laughs.

Performers and venues are announced in advance of the festival and tickets can be purchased online. The calibre of entertainment makes this a must see for everyone. There is nothing better than the gift of laughter and they deliver the gift.



This is a week-long celebration of Africa and its culture. There is so much to see and enjoy. All the events leading up to the festival take place at several venues in the city and it all wraps up August 14 with a festival at Prince’s Island Park. They have all their events and times listed on their website.

The showcase of talent holds your attention and awakens your spirit; this is a celebration of life! There is a variety of delicious food on the Island to tempt your taste buds, a beer garden if you are looking for a cold one and exhibitions of dance and drums. They also have a children’s craft area to create a masterpiece as well as other artists on hand with their creations on display.