Springtime in Calgary means that it’s almost festival season! Get your walking shoes, bright sunglasses and fun hats out of storage, because it’s time for you to hit the streets and explore all that this city has to offer you. Musical talent, tasty bites, locally-made goods, world-class beer – there’s no limit to the fun activities that Calgary has in store for you this summer!
April 27-28 @ 11am-7pm daily
Save your appetite and put on your stretchy pants, because this is one event that will surely test the limits on your jeans. From tasty perogies and homemade tacos to local beer and crispy French fries, there’s no telling what new creation these food truck fanatics will come up with this time. Enjoy an afternoon or evening of live music in a family- and dog-friendly environment with 16+ food trucks and a live DJ spinning beats.
May 3 @ 3-10pm & May 4 @ 2-10pm
Eat a hearty meal before attending this year’s Calgary International Beerfest, because the number of tasty brews you’re going to want to try will make your head spin. With over 700 beers from more than 200 breweries, you’ll be walking around for hours, sampling this and tasting that. From lagers and pale ales to crafts spirits and tasty eats, there’s no telling how you’re going to choose what to try next. Come with a good attitude and lots of time to spend learning and drinking the night away.
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June 2 @ 10am-6pm
Between 13th avenue and Elbow Drive southwest, you’ll find blocks and blocks of locally-made artisanal goods, yummy treats, live entertainment and thousands of Calgarians roaming the streets. Make sure to arrive early so that you can snag a good parking spot, avoid the inevitable sunburn and stop to smell the lilacs. All ages are welcome at this event; view the performers’ line-up online so you can plan your visit accordingly.
Indie, bluegrass, acoustic, folk, soft rock – Folk Fest has got it all! Enjoy four days of sunshine as you sprawl out on Prince’s Island Park, taking in the sights, smells and sounds of local creators. From The Strumbellas and Valerie June to Half Moon Run and Tal Nation, you’ll hear a wide variety of music from newbies to old classics at this event.
August 3 @ 11am-6pm
Arrive on Main Street in Inglewood this August and you’ll find a stylish summer festival covering the streets with handmade trinkets, locally-made goods, delicious eats and live performers ready to entertain you all-day-long. With over 200 vendors selling jewellery, food, home decor, plants and so much more, you’re bound to go home with some new sweet finds.
Get your dancing shoes on, because this year’s Chasing Summer line-up is smokin’ hot! The Chainsmokers, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, Vanic Alesso – the list goes on. Join hundreds of Calgarians as they party two days straight with some of North America’s top DJs as well as budding new artists bringing you their top hits.
August 16 @ 4-10pm & August 17-18 @ 1-10pm
Three days of world-class country music right here in Calgary – yes, dreams do come true! Bring your own blanket or lawn chair to spread out on the grass and listen to some of your favourite country artists. Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Terri Clark, Leaving Thomas – whatever your jam, this show is guaranteed to get your boots stompin’!
Happy festival-ing Calgary!
Kelsey is a content writer, contributor and editor for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can find her hanging out in coffee shops, trying the newest fitness studio or hittin’ the road to explore the Rockies. And ice cream, always, always seeking out the best ice cream.