I’m making my Summer 2017 bucket list. Cow Town has a lot going on over the next few months. Which events will you be at?
Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist Reading Shelf Life Books
Learn from the masters at the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards shortlist reading hosted by Shelf Life Books in Calgary.
After Hours at Studio Bell National Music Centre
Head to Studio Bell on May 26 their 18+ night. Hint: it includes live DJs playing techno, house, and hip hop.
Credit: Leblond Studio
FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival Various Locations
Celebrate Calgary’s comedy scene for 11 days and nights. The full lineup includes over 70 comedians of varying styles.
Calgary Humane Society’s Dog Jog South Glenmore Park
Jog for a Cause (With Your Dog) on June 3. Help raise money for the Calgary Humane Society at the 2017 Dog Jog so they can keep caring for our furry friends. Afterwards, expect food trucks, Village Brewery beer garden, and a Paw Spa for your pooch.
Lilac Festival 4th Street SW
Sunday Funday is a lot more fun at Calgary’s annual Lilac Festival. Between Elbow Drive and 13th Ave, 4th Street Southwest is made pedestrian-friendly. Explore over 500 artisanal vendors, entertainment, music on six stages, and a beer garden.
Credit: Jason Lander
Sled Island Music & Arts Festival Various Locations
Sled Island combines all art forms for a five-day must-attend event each year. Comedy, film, visual art, and music come together in an art lover’s oasis.
Calgary is celebrating Canada’s 150th at locations throughout the city. Heritage Park, Downtown, and East Village, are a few spots to check out.
Calgary Stampede Stampede Grounds
As if I need to say anything about this one. I’ll see you there.
Inglewood Sunfest Inglewood
Your standard Sunfest: Inglewood Edition. Street performers, vendors, and lots of food in one of Calgary’s historic communities.
Calgary Fringe Festival Various Locatons
Experience uncensored theatre in our hometown. Choose from over 160 performances.
Credit: Winnipeg Fringe Festival
Chasing Summer Music Festival Max Bell Centre
Calgary’s own electronic experience with three outdoor stages. This year’s lineup includes Tiesto, Zedd, Whats So Not, and Infected Mushroom among others.
Marda Gras Street Festival Marda Loop
Marda Loop transforms into New Orleans for one day each august. Performers, as well as jazz and R&B musicians fill the streets.
Credit: Shiny Things
GlobalFest Various Locations
Globalfest is the umbrella festival for OneWorld, Firework’s Festival, and the Night Market. This festival celebrates the diversity of Calgary through art, food, performances, fireworks, and more.
Calgary Reggaefest Millennium Park
Everything reggae in one place: arts and crafts, food, Canadian and International performers. And our favourite place to hang out in the summer—a beer garden.
Calgary Pride Festival Various Locations
August 25-September 4
Concerts, theatre, parties, presentations and discussions, and the parade—of course. After the parade on September 3, head to Pride in the Park (Shaw Millennium Park) for music, a market, food trucks, and a beer garden.