Stampede may be Cowtown’s most famous festival but it’s not our only festival. In fact, now that we’ve packed away our celebrated cowboy image (until next July anyway), we can safely re-reveal the folksier, artsier and multicultural side of the city (yes, it does exist).
While it would be impossible for us to list all of Calgary’s summer festivals here, we have handpicked a few that we think your family will love.
What: Focused on Latin American culture in Calgary, Fiestaval! promises hot, hip, swinging tunes (free dance lessons included), delicious Latin cuisine and live on-stage performances. Kid-centric activities (including face painting) help kids get into the festival mood.
Cost: Free (unless you decide to buy something from one of the over eighty vendors)
You Might also Like: We also love the flavours of the charity-driven Kensington Sun and Salsa Festival.
Calgary Folk Music Festival
What: The Folk Fest has matured into one of Calgary’s premier summer events. We love mainstage performances by feature artists like Sarah Harmer, sidestage concerts by locals like Jay Crocker, the family-friendly (i.e. no course language) concerts and the volunteer-run children’s area (right beside one of the best playgrounds in the city). Oh, and we also love their green recycling and composting program.
Cost: Children (under 13) are free with a paid adult.
You Might also Like: The International Reggae Festival delivers a fresh, funky beat at Shaw Millenium Park.
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