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Alberta’s craziest fireworks fest kicks off in Calgary this week!

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We didn’t start the fire(works), Calgary, but GlobalFest did! This year between August 15-24 at Elliston Park you can watch the US, Spain, China, and Canada show off their best in class fireworks performances! The country-centric performances include:

  • Thursday, August 15 – USA
  • Saturday, August 17 – Spain
  • Tuesday, August 20 – China
  • Thursday, August 22 – Canada
  • Saturday, August 24 – Finale


You can’t start a GlobalFest without a spark, and GlobalFest’s grand arrangement of spectacular illumination couldn’t ignite the city skyline without a fully stacked team behind the scenes. Each show during GlobalFest is put on by a team of extremely skilled pyrotechnicians. The pyrotechnicians are the ones bringing fireworks to life for our viewing amusement!


Fire up your summer and end it with a bang by celebrating with pyromusical presentations and show-stopping finale performances! There are still tickets left so you can enjoy international choreographed fireworks performances and see why GlobalFest has earned the title Alberta’s Most Explosive Festival!


Get down to Elliston Park early and eat your way through loads of food booths and trucks. Shop internationally from vendors across the globe at the local Night Market. If that isn’t enough, take part in the Cultural Pavilion Passport Pursuit and be a globetrotter by answering region-specific trivia questions for your chance to win big!


The inception of fireworks is rumored to date back to 200 BC China, a cool 2200 years ago! Initially, fireworks were packed with gunpowder, until the Chinese developed paper tubing and paper fuses for ignition. Did you know it was Marco Polo who picked up the innovation of fireworks and brought it to Italy in 1295?! From there, fireworks started exploding all over the world. As fireworks came into the 21st century, different cultures started making them their own, using fireworks for celebrations, elections, birthdays, religious purposes and other festivities.

GlobalFest is where culture and fireworks beautifully collide and light up the sky for our viewing enjoyment, so we’ll see you out there, Calgary!


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

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