Calgary’s Summer Festival Scene

Posted by Kevin Leung on Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 1:44pm.

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Calgary’s Summer Festival Scene rivals any other, with performers and artists embarking on our city each year to put on a great time.  It wouldn’t be summer without checking out at least a couple of the events, and the sites, sounds and culinary adventures they have to offer.


Calgary Folk Music Festival July 23rd-26th
Revel in one of the ‘7 musical wonders of the world’ (Globe and Mail) at Prince’s Island Park. 76 artists from 16 countries on 8 stages in concerts and magical collaborative sessions.  This year’s newcomers and mainstays include Jr. Gone Wild, Father John Misty, Esperanza Spalding, Buffy Sainte-Marie , Lucinda Willams and the Mavericks.

Afrikadey!  2015 World Music Festival Aug 5th – Aug 8th
A week-long celebration of the music, food, dance, theatre, film, literature and visual arts of Africa and her descendant cultures.  These events take place at different venues all over the city with a final day of music on Prince's Island.

Marda Gras Street Festival Aug 9th
Thousands of locals embark on a decorated Marda Loop to experience the culture and cuisine of New Orleans in a free, outdoor festival.  With a kid’s zone, an entertainment stage with an eclectic line-up and local food vendors, this street party does not disappoint.

GlobalFest August 20th to 29th
Within GlobalFest is the OneWorld Festival, the Firework's Festival, the Night Market and hundreds of thousands of people of different cultures coming together to celebrate the cultural diversity within Calgary's communities. Cultural pavilions and countries present pyromusicals nightly in Elliston Park.

Carifest Aug 22nd
Calgary's Carifest is a celebration of Caribbean culture. Immerse yourself in the culture by attending events such as gospel concerts, movie nights, cultural showcases, and parades. Plus the Sunshine Fest, which kicks off Carifest with music, food, and entertainment at Shaw Millennium Park.

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