Cola at Block Party. Sled Island 2023. Photo by Michaela Neuman.

4th Street Lilac Fest

Kick off the springtime season with a free all-day party in the sun, full of local vendors, artisan entertainment, and local performers. June 2, 12 Ave. and Elbow Dr. S.W., lilacfestival.net

SUNNY Soul Jam 

Calgary ReggaeFest returns, reimagined as a single-day outdoor music festival in Sunnyside, packed with reggae and hip-hop music and local vendors. June 15, Containr Art Park, 1020 2 Ave. N.W., reggaefest.ca 

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival

An annual five-day party between spring and summer, Sled Island ignites downtown Calgary with a vast array of live music, art, and comedy programming. June 19 to 23, various venues, sledisland.com 

Jazz YYC TD Summer Festival

With an array of local and international headliners, this year’s Jazz YYC Summer Festival spans genres and venues to light up summertime. June 25 to 30, various venues, jazzyyc.com 

Sound Atlas Festival 

This experimental music festival returns for its second year, featuring classical compositions, experimental soundscapes and improvisation. June 27 to 29, Contemporary Calgary. 900 to 105, 12 Ave. S.E., soundatlasfest.com 

Badlands Music Festival

Get your hips moving at Badlands, a week-long EDM, hip-hop, and pop music party in downtown Calgary. July 4 to 14, 725 9 Ave. S.W., badlandsmusicfest.com

Cowboys Music Festival

The legendary Cowboys Music Festival offers 11 days of pop music from some of the world’s top artists under the blue skies of Cowtown.  July 4 to 14, Cowboys Dance Hall Party Tent, 421 12 Ave. S.E., cowboysnightclub.com 

Calgary Folk Music Festival 

The 45th annual Folk Fest is your chance to catch 72 artists spanning many genres across four days on Prince’s Island. July 25 to 28, Prince’s Island Park, 200 Barclay Parade SW, calgaryfolkfest.com

Inglewood Sunfest

Circus acts, comedy street shows, bouncy castles, and artisan vendors fill the historic streets of Inglewood during Sunfest. July 27, 9 Ave. S.E., inglewoodsunfest.ca

Terminus Festival

One of Calgary’s best-kept secrets is Terminus, a vibrant weekend of gothic fashion and dark synth music held yearly at Dickens Pub. July 25 to 28, Dickens Pub, 1000 9 Ave. S.W., dickensyyc.com

Calgary International Blues Festival

The Calgary International Blues Festival is a week-long celebration of blues music featuring
a fusion of local talent, world-renowned musicians, and interactive workshops. July 29 to August 4, Shaw Millenium Park, 1220 9 Ave. S.W., calgarybluesfest.com

Calgary Fringe Theatre Festival 

Calgary’s version of the Fringe is a nine-day celebration of theatre, performance, and spectacle across various venues. August 2 to 10, various venues, calgaryfringe.ca 

Bump festival

The Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP) is Calgary’s street art festival where murals are created in real time. You can also attend panel discussions and street parties. August 3 to 13, various venues, yycbump.ca 

Chasing Summer

Chasing Summer transforms Calgary into a beating heart of electronic dance music from sunrise to sundown for two days in August.  August 3 to 4, Max Bell Center, 1001 Barlow Trail S.E., chasingsummerfestival.com

Marda Gras Street Festival

Enjoy one of Calgary’s longest-running street festivals in the heart of Marda Loop, filled with live performances, artisan vendors, and family-friendly fun.  August 11, 33 Ave. S.W. between 19 and 22 St. S.W., visitmardaloop.com

GlobalFest

This exuberant multicultural festival spans five nights and is filled with vibrant dancing, diverse musical performances, delicious food, and spectacular fireworks displays. August 15 to 24, Elliston Park, 1827 68 St. S.E., globalfest.ca

Expo Latino Festival

The grandest Latino festival in Western Canada returns for a lively weekend filled with delectable cuisine, artisanal crafts, energetic dancing, and ear-worm music. August 16 to 18, Prince’s Island Park, 200 Barclay Parade SW, expolatino.com

Great Outdoors Comedy Festival

Great laughs and good times await you at this festival of gut-busting comedy and performance art. August 23 to 25, Prince’s Island Park, 200 Barclay Parade SW, greatoutdoorscomedyfestival.com

Calgary Pride Parade & Festival

Celebrate the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ community with a vibrant parade through downtown Calgary and an outdoor celebration and electrifying live entertainment. August 31 to September 1, Prince’s Island Park, 200 Barclay Parade SW, calgarypride.ca