We understand you might be feeling down right now after a crazy July- from reopening, Stampede to some of the hottest summer days the city has seen. Luckily, there’s a 5-day festival coming up to spice up the rest of summer for us. 

Alberta’s most explosive festival returns this August after pausing their 2020 edition due to Covid. GlobalFest kicks off on Thursday, August 19th, hosting a delicious selection of international food booths and not 1 but 5 world-class pyro-musical shows! 


Take a peek at this year’s lineup, it looks seriously lit! 

  • Thursday, August 19th – Team China
  • Saturday, August 2st  – Team India
  • Tuesday, August 24th – Team Japan
  • Thursday, August 26th – Team Philippines
  • Saturday, August 28th –  GlobalFest Finale
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You’ll want to get your tickets fast while they are still available. And for the first year ever, date-specific tickets are being sold exclusively online! Kids 5 and under get in for free though, when accompanied by an adult of course. 

If you purchased tickets for last year’s edition that got cancelled due to Covid restrictions, you’re in luck! You are eligible to exchange those tickets for the 2021 edition admission. Buy or exchange your tickets here.


GlobalFest is more than just fireworks! The OneWorld Festival will feature four stages with performances and a delicious selection of international food booths. We recommend getting down to Elliston Park early and eating your way through those before heading to your spot for the nighttime events. The park opens at 6 pm, so that leaves you with more than enough time to look around and make your selection! 

If you are a seasoned GlobalFest fan, you’ll notice that things will be a little different this year. There will be no Children’s Village, cultural pavilions or community activation spaces.


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Instead, the new Southview seating area will be opened up, giving pyromusical fans the closet, for-this-year-only vantage point to enjoy the show, , and allow for social distancing throughout the park. 

There will also be mandatory masked and unmasked zones in the park to allow for everyone’s comfort and enjoyment.


As a not-for-profit society, GlobalFest is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence, not only within local communities but communities across the globe! GlobalFest is committed to producing an inclusive, world-class, multi-faceted arts and cultural festival in Alberta to enhance its reputation as an international destination. 

GlobalFest is where culture and reworks beautifully collide, so look up, and get ready for the skies of Calgary to light up again! 

GlobalFest Calgary 2021

When: August 19th (China), 21st (India), 24th (Japan), 26th (Philippines), 28th (Finale), 2021
Where: Elliston Park, 827 68 St SE, Calgary, AB
Cost: $21+