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Guide: 8 unreal cultural festivals to hit up this summer

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From GlobalFest and Expo Latino Festival to many more festivals flooding Calgary parks and streets, there’s unforgettable music to be heard and international cuisines to be tasted! We’ve teamed up with GlobalFest Calgary to bring you 8 cultural festivals to check out. There are loads of festival fun left to be had this summer, so get out there, Calgary!


Fireworks will shoot across the sky-y-y-y from August 15-24 at Elliston Park. The fireworks will make you go “oh, oh, oh!” (Sorry, we’re done with the cringe Katy Perry references now.) It’s time to sit pond-side, Calgary, and enjoy the amazing experience of GlobalFest!

When: August 15-24, 2019
Where: Elliston Park– 1827 68 St SE
Cost: $21+


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This fest is bringing the best of uncensored, unexpected, and unforgettable theatre from people of all walks of life. Get your Fringe on with this year’s Fringe Festival! It’s the anything-goes theatre, get ready for some PG-13 fun!

When: August 2-10
Where: Alexandra Centre Society– 922 9 Avenue SE
Cost: $50+


Revel in this two-day Caribbean spectacle featuring music, cuisine and visual and performing arts! Carifest is here for one weekend, and though Rihanna might not be there, the party definitely will be. Come listen and dance to the tantalizing sound of the steel drums– don’t miss out Calgary!

When: Friday, August 16 & Saturday, August 17
Where: Shaw Millenium Park– 1220 9 Ave SW
Cost: Free!


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As Western Canada’s largest Latin Festival, the Expo Latino Festival spans over 3 days celebrating the diverse latino culture! Dance, sing and limbo your way through Expo Latino Festival and explore mouth-watering cuisines, traditional arts, and crafts and hands-on family-friendly activities.

When: August 16, 17 & 18
Where: Prince’s Island Park
Cost: $29.00+


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We’re taking you down to Chinatown! Experience the Silk Road at the 18th anniversary of Chinatown’s Street Festival. Join in on the action and eat, drink and dance your way through this one day only festival!

When: Saturday, August 17 from 11am–7pm
Where: 3rd Ave SE
Cost: Free!


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Come celebrate Calgary’s French-speaking culture! Through music, dance, food, crafts and more, celebrate Francophone cultures from Africa to Europe, through to Asia and South America!

When: Saturday, August 17
Where: 228 8 Ave SE
Cost: Free!


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This dynamic festival has something for the whole family! From tasting many Korean cuisines to performances and martial arts demonstrations, Korean Day Festival is open to anyone looking to broaden their understanding of the unique Korean culture!

When: Saturday, August 10
Where: West Hillhurst Community Association– 1940 6th Ave NW
Cost: Free!


Sunflowers are a culture, right? Enjoy the beautiful blooms at Cobb’s Corn Maze while you hang with baby kangaroos and sample from beer and wine tastings! Is there anything better? Nope, pretty sure there’s not.

When: August 24, 25, 31 & September 1 & 2 from 11am–5pm
Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze, 84 Street NE
Cost: $18.00+

So there you have it, Calgary, 8 unique cultural events you need to check out this while we’re still basking in the summer sun! We’ll see you out and about.

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