Where Your Family Can Find Festival Fun This Summer in Calgary!


Family-friendly festivals and special events in Calgary AB (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary is a great city for enjoying a wide variety of festivals: food, international culture, music and more… there really is always something to celebrate!

Without further ado… here are the festivals coming up in Calgary and area the summer of 2017:

Calgary Folk Festival at Prince's Island Park offers a wonderful, relaxed musical experience. (Family Fun Calgary)Calgary Folk Festival

Every July, the Calgary Folk Music Festival comes to Prince’s Island Park, entertaining young and old alike, with a diverse blend of music. Sharing a rich sense of community, the Folk Festival offers a wonderful outdoor experience filled with a mutual enjoyment of music and other activities. Food vendors, a beer garden, a children’s play area, and a craft market will enhance the weekend. Runs July 27-30th, 2017. Read more about the Calgary Folk Festival here.

Experience a fascinating culture with Calgary's Arab Festival and celebrate the Middle East. (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Arab Festival

Bring the family to this free cultural festival on July 29 – 30 in Olympic Plaza, and learn more about the diverse Arabic cultures across the Middle East. Explore the exhibition tents and discover Middle Eastern dance, art, and fashion, while enjoying authentic Arabic cuisine and coffee! Read more about the Calgary Arab Festival here.


Enjoy a week of blues music and summertime at the Calgary Blues Fest.Calgary International Blues Festival

Running July 31-August 6th the Calgary International Blues Festival is presenting a week of concerts, workshops, and special events. There’s even a nightly dance party. Bring the family down to Shaw Millennium Park for music, markets, and great food. This is summertime fun at it’s best! Read more about the Calgary International Blues Festival here.


Calgary Fringe Festival Logo (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Fringe Festival

Come out to a unique entertainment experience with the Calgary Fringe Festival from August 4th – 12th. This festival brings artists and actors from all over to offer interesting and something quirky theatre experiences for all ages. Make a plan, or wander and enjoy the event. For more information, see here.


Experience unity and community at the No Greater Love Festival.

No Greater Love Music Festival

If your family is looking for a music festival to enjoy together, The No Greater Love Festival in Morley, AB on August 12th & 13th, is worth checking out this summer. It is the largest faith-based music festival in Canada, and what makes this festival different, is that it is non-denominational – meaning that it is open to anyone – and is a place where all ages are welcomed, from babies to teens to older adults. Besides the music, there are lots of fun things to do: food trucks, a vendor alley, a First Nations Village, a skateboard park, and a kid zone. There will be water stations and banking machines onsite. Parents won’t need to worry about their children or teens on the festival grounds because everything is geared to being safe and family-friendly. Read more about the No Greater Love Festival here.

Dragon Boat Festival (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Dragon Boat Festival

Come to North Glenmore Park on August 12th & 13th for the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival; it’s an unforgettable experience! Stemmed by a 2000-year-old Chinese legend, Dragon Boat Racing is still very active and remains a tradition to this day. The dragon boat competition illustrates comradery, teamwork and inspiration. It’s fun for the whole family! Read more about the Dragon Boat Festival here.

Taste of Calgary (Family Fun Calgary)

Taste Of Calgary

From August 10th – 13th, visit Taste of Calgary! This is the city’s most appetizing festival, giving visitors the chance to sample the city’s food, beverages, music and other cool things. Discover Calgary’s global cuisines from a mix of unique restaurants and beverage companies, plus get a taste of Calgary’s great musicians! Read more about the Taste Of Calgary here.


Marda Gras Logo (Family Fun Calgary)

Marda Gras Festival

Marda Gras is a FREE family-friendly event on the streets of Marda Loop in Calgary. On Sunday August 13th, 2017 come out to celebrate the festival’s 33rd year in the community! Enjoy live music, dance and cultural performances, a fun kids area, unique shopping, and lots of great food! There is something for each member of the family and best of all, it’s no charge to attend! See here for more information.

Calgary Reggae Fest (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Reggae Festival

Come feel the music and enjoy all things Reggae at the Calgary Reggae Fest from August 18th – 19th! Experience why this Calgary family-friendly event has become the premier summer Reggae Festival in all of Canada. Chill out with a brew in the Village, hang with the kids in the Zone, savor the flavours of island spices and see what souvenir you’d like to take home. Read more about the Calgary Reggae festival here.

Tour de Bowness Street Festival (Family Fun Calgary)

Tour de Bowness Street Festival

Join the community of Bowness as the Tour de Bowness and Street Festival brings live music, local vendors, and great food to main street, on the same day as the popular Tour de Bowness race. All happening on August 7th, from 11 am – 4pm. Find out more here.


Experience the explosive Globalfest in Calgary this summer. (Family Fun Calgary)


The skies of Calgary are going to light up during the annual Globalfest extravaganza! The annual fireworks festival kicks off at Elliston Park on August 15th with six nights of fireworks. As it is Canada’s 150th birthday this year, and Globalfest is celebrating 15 years, all the invited fireworks teams will be Canadian! Western Canada begins the festivities on August 15th, and the grand finale will wrap up this explosive event on August 26th. Read more about Globalfest here.

Circle the Wagons (Family Fun Calgary)

Circle the Wagons

Finish the summer with Circle the Wagons, a travelling carnival of local food, beer, music, art, and performers that will be proudly hosted at Currie on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Come out and enjoy all the classic Circle the Wagons features, with plenty of new surprises in store for all to enjoy. Bring the kids, Fido, friends, and loved ones for a fun, dynamic, and entertaining day. Tickets are $35 for Adults and FREE for kids 14 & under. Read more about Circle the Wagons here.

Past Events


Chestermere Water Festival

Celebrate life on the lake on July 22nd in Chestermere! Come out to the Water Festival and enjoy the wakeboard competition, kids’ activities, an artisan market, lake tours, beer gardens, and live entertainment. And then finish the day with fireworks over the lake! Read more about the Chestermere Water Festival here.


Parks Day & Creekfest At Fish Creek Provincial Park

On Saturday July 15th, join Alberta Parks and the Friends of Fish Creek at Parks Day and Creekfest to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Fish Creek. Spend a summer afternoon in the park learning about this unique urban oasis. Choose from a variety of activities including guided nature walks, games, interactive displays, and live performances. The hands-on activities and educational opportunities will enhance the experience of this natural environment. Get out and enjoy the outdoors! Read more about Creekfest here.

Kiwanis Apple Festival

The 2nd Annual Kiwanis Apple Festival is a celebration of our history and of children kicks off on September 24th & 25th! This two-day event features delicious cuisine, entertainment, education, and outdoor exploration of a very special place – Kamp Kiwanis. Family fun abounds, with bouncy castle, games, face painting, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, silent auction & more! Admission is free. 

Calgary International Film Festival

From documentaries to short films and features, the Calgary International Film Festival has all kinds of cutting edge films, plus a few that are tagged as Family Friendly.

It’s not often that we have access to this many great films in the same week, so book a babysitter and go out to see some movies aimed at older audiences. You know you’ve watched enough kids’ cartoons lately!

When: September 21 – October 2, 2016
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Various theatres in Calgary

Alberta Burger Fest (Southern Edition) – click for detailed info

When: September 23 – October 2, 2016
Where: participating southern Alberta (Okotoks to Lethbridge) restaurants

YYC Pizza Week – click for detailed info

When: September 23 – October 2, 2016
Whereparticipating restaurants in Calgary AB

Chestermere Arts Days

The Friday evening event, called Chestermere Arts Days Blank Canvas, is an immersive cultural experience featuring food, fashion music and art.

On Saturday, you can take the whole family for free workshops and free henna samples too. Workshops are available for all ages and artistic abilities. Registration is required – register online.

When: September 30 – October 1, 2016
Time: Event times vary.
Where: Chestermere City Hall & Library
Address: 105 Marina Road, Chestermere AB


A free Arts, Culture and Music Festival in Airdrie, AB. This year, the festival also recognized as a Feature Site by Alberta Culture Days! Here’s what planned:

Friday – Schooled in the Arts: This after-school dance party is geared at Junior & High School Students. D.J., dance troops, interactive decal making station hosted by local artist Zach Abbott and more!

Saturday & Sunday – a variety of activities, craft stations for kids of all ages and skill level, live art installations, musicians, dance troops, buskers, face painting, food trucks, local artisans and more!

When: September 30 – October 2, 2016
Time: September 30: 3-6 pm, October 1: 11 am – 6 pm, October 2: 12 – 5 pm
Where: East Lake Park
Address: 800 East Lake Boulevard NE, Airdrie AB
Website: www.artember.ca

Alberta Culture Days

As Albertans we celebrate our culture every day, but September 30th to October 2nd we get to ramp up that participation during Alberta Culture Days.

Kick off the festivities with a big block party in Olympic Plaza on September 30th (11 am – 2 pm). Then, over the three days, visit some of the many celebrating sites across the province that will be hosting special events as part of the program.

When: September 30 – October 2, 2016
Time: Event times vary.
Where: Event venues across Calgary.

Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity

artsPlace in Canmore is celebrating its first anniversary by hosting the annual Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity, a three-day event celebrating Canmore’s creative spirit coinciding with Alberta Culture Days!

Free drop-in workshops, performances, demonstrations, films, a community campfire with The Wardens and the Canmore Studio and Gallery Tour – art and creativity will abound throughout the weekend, promising fun for people of all ages to enjoy!

Families may especially enjoy the Spin Bike Painting, Creative Postcards station, Magic Show with Richard Young the Magician, Robots and Bugs Community Craft, Puppet Making Workshop and many others! Find the complete schedule online.

When: September 30 – October 2, 2016
Time: Event times vary.
Where: artsPlace
Address: 950 8th Avenue, Canmore AB

Open Hearts Public Art Unveiling & Community Celebration

Head to Legacy Mount for the grand unveiling of the Open Hearts Public Art Sculpture. Celebrate the Open Hearts philosophy with special guest and sculptor, Jane Seymour. Attend a cooking demonstration and sample food from Calgary’s best food trucks and play at Gamers Fun Truck! Silent art auction will also take place.

When: Saturday October 1, 2016
Time: 12 – 3 pm
Where: Legacy Mount
Address: 65 Legacy Mount SE, Calgary AB
Website: wwwlegacylife.ca/events

Watermark at Bearspaw Fall Festival

Watermark at Bearspaw is inviting everyone to check out their parade of showhomes and enjoy some fall fun too! There will be vendors from the Bearspaw Farmers’ Market, some YYC Food Trucks, a bouncy slide, face painting, horse drawn carriage rides and live music.

When: Saturday October 1, 2016
Time: 11 am – 5 pm (food trucks serving until 3 pm)
Where: Watermark at Bearspaw
Address: 2 Stonypoint Place NW, Calgary AB
FacebookWatermark at Bearspaw Facebook Page

TeenFest at Shakers

This fun and free event is for teens and their families. Enjoy Shakers’ go-carts, climbing wall, exhibitor booths, free makeovers and local teen entertainers, plus a youth talent contest, model search and the chance to win a $250 VISA gift card!

When: Saturday October 1, 2016
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Shakers Fun Centre
Address: 9900 Venture Ave SE, Calgary AB
Website: www.shakerscalgary.com
Facebook: Shakers Fun Centre on Facebook

Calgary Veggie Festival – click for detailed info

When: Saturday October 1, 2016
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
Address: 197 1st Street SW, Calgary AB
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Culture Fest 2016

Families will have a great time celebrating cultures from around the world at Culture Fest 2016. Performances include Bollywood, Bhangra, a Fashion Show, Live Singing, Western Dancers, and Korean Drummers & lots more!

Presented by Rajesh Angral with the Collaboration of SABRANG RADIO, IWEB GUY, ACE ENT., Media Group & CMD (Canadian Multicultural Development) and Genesis Centre.

Admission is free.

When: Sunday October 2, 2016
Time: 1:45 – 5:30 pm
Where: Genesis Centre of Community Wellness
Address: 7556 Falconridge Boulevard NE, Calgary AB
Website: www.culturefest.ca

Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival

The 34th Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival comes to Calgary this October. The event brings together hundreds of dancers, musicians and folk enthusiasts, all celebrating Hungarian culture, music, art and dance! Tickets to the two gala performances cost $15 for everyone over three years old. Festival weekend passes are $50 per person and get you into all the workshops.

When: October 7-10, 2016
Time: event times vary; gala shows at 2 pm and 7 pm on October 8th
Where: workshops at The Westin Calgary; galas at The University of Calgary Theatre

13th Annual Blue Grass Nursery Pumpkin Festival

Get your Halloween pumpkin (or some Thanksgiving gourds) at Blue Grass Nursery & Garden Centre’s annual Pumpkin Festival! Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Colouring, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Hay Rides, Cinderella Pumpkin Coach Ride, Prizes, Display of Giant Pumpkins and unusual Gourds, Giant Straw Maze, Sand Pit, Pumpkin Bowling, Springfree Trampolines, and lots more! There will also be Food Trucks at the event as well as a WestJet Raffle and a Rainbow Play Systems Raffle.

This event is free with a recommended $5 donation to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. In 2015, this event raised almost $40,000 for the hospital!

When: Saturday October 8, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Blue Grass Garden Centre
Address: 260130B Writing Creek Crescent, Balzac AB

WordFest Youth

You may have heard about the headlining authors appearing at this year’s WordFest (October 7 – 16, 2016), but did you know about WordFest Youth, the festival component aimed at young people? WordFest Youth runs in conjunction with WordFest from October 12-14. This year’s Wordfest Youth brings Canadian and international writers together with young readers at fun, educational events to encourage a love of reading and writing.

Enjoy an explosion of creativity, as youth of all ages and interests – from picture books and children’s fiction to young adult literature and graphic novels – participate in the dynamic world of storytelling in various forms and languages. Visit the WordFest website for a full list of events for youth readers.

When: October 12-14, 2016
Time: varies, see schedule online
Where: varies, see schedule online
Address: 260130B Writing Creek Crescent, Balzac AB
Website: www.wordfest.com/youth

Calgary Stampede Community Fall Fair

Enjoy a day of fall festivities including a free pumpkin spice pancake breakfast (10 am – 12 pm, YUM!), food trucks, music and entertainment, kids’ activities and a market.

Walk, ride or drive – ENMAX Park is located along the 900 km regional pathway. Bike parking will be available at the pedestrian bridge. ENMAX Park is also easily accessed by walking and is less than 1 km from the communities of Ramsay, Inglewood and East Village. Live a little further? Free parking will be available to the first 500 guests. A complimentary shuttle will also be available from Victoria Park C-Train Station.

When: Saturday October 15, 2016
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Where: ENMAX Park at Stampede Park
Address: 555 Strathcona Blvd SW
Facebook: Event Page

Strathcona Square Pumpkin Festival

Orange is in style at Strathcona Square Shopping Centre’s Pumpkin Festival. Event includes a pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving contests and local food trucks! Great prizes for contest winners!

When: Saturday October 22, 2016
Time: 11:30 am – 3 pm
Where: Strathcona Square Shopping Center
Address: 555 Strathcona Blvd SW
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Family Fall Fair at VIVO

Visit with local and homebased businesses from the area while the kids enjoy face painting, balloon artists and other fun activities. Olaf, a Minion & Minnie Mouse will be meeting, greeting and posing for photos! Admission is free.

When: Sunday October 23, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Vivo for Healthier Generations
Address: 11950 Country Village Link NE, Calgary AB
Facebook: Event Page

Autumn Jubilee at Kayben Farms – click for detailed info

When: September 24 & 25, October 1 & 2, October 8 & 9 (rescheduled to October 22/23), October 15 & 16, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Kayben Farms
Address: 316034 32 Street East, Okotoks AB

Autumn Pumpkin Festival at Calgary Corn Maze

Fall weekends mean pumpkin time at the Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm. Visit the farm to buy your own pumpkins (there are several varieties available) or to just have some outdoor farm fun! See some pumpkins explode (with candy!) at 1 pm each day of the festival, play games like pumpkin bowling, make crafts, pick your pumpkins, and take part in all the fun activities that are always offered at the facility. Great photo opportunities if you’re looking to take a Christmas-card-worthy photo of your kids!

Kids age 3 to 17 receive a mini pumpkin with admission, and it’s only $1 to buy one for a toddler/baby who doesn’t have to pay admission.

When: Saturdays/Sundays (plus Thanksgiving Monday), October 1 – 23, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm
Address: 84022 Township Road 224, Rockview AB southeast corner of Calgary, 8 kilometers east of Deerfoot Trail just off Highway 22X

Pumpkin Palooza at Cobb’s Corn Maze

It’s all pumpkins, all the time at Cobb’s Corn Maze, every weekend in October! Pumpkin-Palooza features thousands of pumpkins; you’re sure to find a prize specimen! There will also be carving kits for sale, as well as carving stations if guests want to carve their pumpkins on-site. Each weekend will feature a different kids’ media character (from Dory to the Ninja Turtles) for awesome photo ops.

When: Saturdays and Sundays (plus Thanksgiving Monday), October 1-30, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze
Address: 1500 84 Street NE, Calgary AB

Calgary Celebrates Diwali

This year’s event will include amazing performances from top Indian dance groups, as well as Calgary’s very own Indian Idol. Included in the evening’s event will be a colourful fashion show and many interactive activities, such as sari tying, turban tying, henna and more. Admission is free.

When: Monday October 24, 2016
Time: 5 – 9 pm
Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
Address: 197 1st Street SW, Calgary AB

Diwali 2016 Events in Calgary

Diwali (Festival of Light) will be celebrated at a number of events across Calgary. The following events welcome children:

RANA Diwali

Music and dance performances, dinner and a Bollywood-style DJ. Kids under 5 get in free if they don’t require a reserved seat. Ticket prices and information for purchasing tickets is on the Facebook page.

When: Saturday November 5, 2016
Time: 6 pm – midnight
Where: Genesis Centre
Address: 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary AB
Facebook: Event Page

Winterfest (City of Calgary)

Pack up the kids and head to Ralph Klein Park on November 20th for The City of Calgary’s Winterfest event in celebration of National Child Day.

Winterfest is an exciting afternoon of free activities for all ages. Get creative in the crafts room, join a guided park tour, test out your birdwatching skills and learn fun facts about the park’s wildlife. There will also be a special guest performance you won’t want to miss!

And don’t forget to visit the many exhibitors who will be sharing information about this year’s National Child Day theme: a child’s right to belong.

When: Sunday November 20, 2016
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Where: Ralph Klein Park
Address: 12350 84 St. SE, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgary.ca/parksevents


Railway Days at Heritage Park – click for detailed info

When: September 24 and 25, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park
Address: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary AB

MEC Snowfest

Falling flakes make the outdoorsy folks at MEC super happy, so they are throwing a party to welcome winter!

Visit MEC on November 15th for a flurry of free activities and connect with your local outdoor community.

This year’s Snowfest will feature:

  • Vendor booths
  • Information clinics
  • Kids activities
  • Super deals at the MEC Gear Swap

When: Sunday November 20, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: MEC Calgary Store
Address: 830 – 10th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta T2R 0A9

Banff/Lake Louise WinterStart Festival

The Banff/Lake Louise Winterstart Festival kicks off on November 12th and stretches until December 12th. The festival encompasses a number of events including the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup and Banff’s Santa Claus Parade of Lights on November 19th. Whether you’re coming for sporting events, food and beverage specials, performances at the Banff Centre, outdoor fun, or indoor Christmas traditions, you’ll find something you’ll love at this fun winter festival.

When: November 11 – December 11, 2016
Time: Event times vary
Where: Venues throughout Banff and Lake Louise

Heritage Park Winter CARnival

Feeling housebound over the holidays? Looking for a way to refuel and spend quality time with your family? Gather your visiting friends and relatives and head down to Heritage Park for the Winter CARnival at Gasoline Alley Museum.

Travel through time, exploring winter past, present and future. Take part in games and activities from the familiar to the fantastic as you explore the Gasoline Alley Museum!

Join in the hands-on fun including:

The Hands of Time – Create your very own custom pocket watch just like your great grandpa’s, a must for every time traveller.

Before the Snow Flies – As fast as you can! Harness your dog, pack up your supplies and move to a new camp before you get trapped on the trail by old man winter.

Messages to the Future – Send a blast from the past or compose a prediction about the future in a time capsule! Our capsule will be opened on December 27th, 2017

Time Travel by Design – Become inspired by imaginative time travel devices from literature and film, and design your own time machine with foam blocks, Lego, and other materials.

Ready For the Road? – Take on the challenge of collecting all the supplies you’ll need when you hit the cold and icy winter road.

Access to this event is included in the Heritage Park annual pass. Please note that Gasoline Alley Museum will be closed on January 1st.

When: December 27-31, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm (except for December 31 which is 10 am – 3 pm)
Where: Heritage Park
Address: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary AB

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

Lake Louise’s Ice Magic Festival offers you the sublime experience of walking through a winter wonderland and witnessing the making of some amazing ice and snow art. The first 3 days feature the International Ice Carving Competition and the second weekend features a bunch of family friendly events (including learning to snowshoe and skating on the lake) and, of course, the chance to see the completed sculptures.

Weekend viewing of the ice carving competition and completed ice sculptures (carving takes place January 19-21) between 10 am and 5 pm is a ticketed event, for the purpose of crowd control and providing an excellent viewing environment. Carving viewing slots last 1.5 hours each – plenty of time to admire the spectacular sculptures and marvel at the talented carvers.

Tickets can be purchased online or on-site at Samson Mall & the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise on the Ice Magic weekends. Note: tickets are not required for:

  • guests staying overnight at a Lake Louise hotel
  • weekday visits, including the ice carving competition on January 19th and 20th
  • before 10 am or after 5 pm on weekends

If you don’t make it to Lake Louise in time for the festival, you might like to know that the sculptures stay and can be viewed for free from January 29th until they melt!

When: January 19 – 29, 2017; most activities are on the weekends, but free viewing of ice sculptures is available weekdays
Where: Chateau Lake Louise, Samson Mall, and Lake Louise Village, Lake Louise AB

Winter Wonderland at Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park – CANCELLED FOR 2017

Shake off the winter blues with outdoor family fun at Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park! Check out their unique farm-themed Ice Castle, take a snowy Tractor ride through the wintery corn maze, enjoy an Outdoor Skating Rink, race down the Kids Tubing Hill, get lost in mazes and much, much more! Take moment to warm up by the Bonfire in between activities and defrost with a cup of creamy Hot Chocolate or delicious Mini Doughnuts from the concession area. Join in in rediscovering winter fun for all ages at Cobb’s Winter Wonderland!

When: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, February 3 – March 12, 2017
Time: Fridays: 3 – 8 pm – 8, Saturdays and Sundays: 12 – 8 pm
Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park
Address: 1500 – 84th Street NE, Calgary AB

Banff Snow Days

Banff SnowDays is an fabulous annual festival with special events happening throughout Banff National Park. It brings to the park and its towns all the bells and whistles needed to embrace winter, spend quality family time together and frolic in the snow!

SnowDays events take place on weekends and also mid-week (including many that are free!); they combine history, culture and cutting-edge winter action that can’t be found anywhere else. Even if you think you’re ‘just not a winter person’, put together some cozy winter gear and head out for a visit. We really think you’ll change your tune! Our Edmonton City Editor, Jen Mallia, certainly did when she visited Banff during SnowDays 2015!

SnowDays has something for everyone in your family. Got a need for speed? Think dog sledding, downhill skiing, mountain tubing and outdoor skating. Prefer to watch the adrenaline-pumping action? Take in The Big Bear terrain park showdown on February 3rd and 4th. Need to warm up? Make yourself a s’more at an outdoor bonfire, then head to the Upper Hot Springs or your hotel’s outdoor hot tub for a nice long soak.

When: January 13 – February 5, 2017
Where: Banff National Park, AB

Glendale Snow Day

Enjoy free family fun at the Glendale Community Centre on February 4th. Outdoor and indoor family fun including skating and toboganning (bring your own skates, helmets, sleds). * Indoor crafts * Face painting * Balloon artist * Bake sale & silent auction in support of the Glendale Community Preschool * Free admission for all!

When: Saturday February 4, 2017
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Where: Glendale Community Hall
Address: 2405 Glenmount Drive SW, Calgary AB
Website: www.myglendale.ca

Chinese New Year Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in the heart of Calgary’s Chinatown. This year, the festivities are stretched over three weekends. Enjoy programs and performances of traditional Dragon and Lion Dance, festival music and dance, martial art demonstration, vocal singing, folk art demonstration, festival food, games, artworks exhibition and an indoor bazaar of trade booths selling all sorts of gifts and festival items. Best of all, admittance is free.

When: January 21-22, January 28-29 and February 11, 2017
Time: event times vary – check the Facebook Page for details
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre
Address: 197 1st St SW, Calgary AB

Canmore Winter Carnival

Each winter, the Canmore Winter Carnival rolls out the red carpet and celebrates the season with residents and visitors alike. A tradition for more than 20 years, the carnival features ice carving, snow sculpting, fun family activities and lots more.

When: February 4-5 and 11-12, 2017
Where: various venues in Canmore AB

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour in Cochrane

The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is the ultimate hockey fan experience, making stops in communities across Canada. This FREE festival kicks off in Cochrane at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre starting at 12pm on Saturday February 11th and will feature family-friendly programming and activities all weekend long. Celebrate Canada’s game by picking up a virtual autograph inside the Rogers Tent, meet your favourite NHL Alumni in the Scotiabank Community Locker Room, test your skills in the Chrysler Pacifica Stow N Go Competition, and cheer for your local minor hockey teams in the Cheer Like Never Before contest.

When: February 11-12, 2017
Time: 12 – 6 pm on Saturday, 12 – 8:30 pm on Sunday
 Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre

Address: 800 Griffin Road E, Cochrane AB
Website: www.hometownhockey.com

Iced at WinSport

This February, celebrate the wonders of ice at WinSport! Participants can interact with sculptures, participate in ice games and climb and slide on structures made of ice and snow. Live carving demos between 11 am and 2 pm each day the festival is on. Max admission fee for a family is $30, infants under 2 get in free. Festival start is delayed until Feb. 4th, due to warm weather.

When: February 4-5, 11-12 and 18-20, 2017
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park
Address: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary AB

GLOW – Downtown Winter Light Festival

The Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) is pleased to launch the inaugural run of GLOW – Downtown Winter Light Festival over the Family Day long weekend, February 17 – 20, 2017. GLOW looks to fill in the darkness during our typically coldest and most challenging month of the year with this free, family-friendly festival.

Each night from 6:30 to 11 pm, public spaces throughout the downtown core will be lit with one-of- a-kind installations, projections, theatrical experiences and interactive light art commissioned from artists representing local, national and international talent.

The installations will be linked by Festival Hubs where festival goers can find information, refreshments and special performances. Some sites will be connected by Calgary’s unique Plus15 skywalk network, hotels and parking garages to make the experience easy and accessible for all.

Get more information on the installations and special events.

Volunteers needed! Email glow@downtowncalgary.com to get involved!

Festival Hubs:

  • Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE – Take your skates or rent them on site and enjoy a Family Day skate party.
  • Harley Hotchkiss Gardens – 611 4th Street SW – Don’t know where to start? Head to Harley Hotchkiss Gardens to start your GLOW tour.
  • Contemporary Calgary – AfterGlow Lounge – 117 8th Avenue SW – Contemporary Calgary will be the official site for our AfterGlow Lounge.

When: February 17-20, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 11 pm
Where: downtown Calgary

Family FISHtival at Bow Habitat Station

Spend part of the Family Day long weekend with your family and the fishies at Bow Habitat Station’s Family FISH-tival! FREE outdoor activities and you can head inside the Discovery Centre for just $5 per person to warm up, explore the exhibits and feed the fish plus more fun activities.

Outdoor Activities (10 am – 4 pm):
• Casting game
• “Ice fishing” photo op & magnetic fishing game
• Marshmallow roasting
• Snowshoeing & track identification
• Meet the four-legged members of the Aquatic Invasive Species team!

Indoor Activities – No strollers please*, (last entrance at 3:15 pm):
• Feed the fish in the Fish Hatchery
• Fishy trivia
• Kid’s craft zone
• Prizes to win & MORE!

* IMPORTANT NOTE for families:
As a part of the biosecurity protocols for the hatchery, strollers will not be permitted indoors on February 18th.

When: Saturday February 18, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station
Address: 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary AB
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WowFest: Magic In McKenzie Lake

The afternoon performance promises to delight both young and old. Recommended for families with children aged 6 and up, and still just as fun and entertaining for the adults! It is, without exaggeration, “Fun for the whole family!”. Show runs 60 minutes, featuring three unique top quality entertainers who will astound and amuse!

The Evening of Wonder presents more sophisticated mysteries and mind reading that will baffle even the most discerning audience members. Recommended for adults and families with children aged 12 years and up. Show runs 75 minutes, featuring a mix of mystery and magic.

When: Saturday February 25, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm and 7 pm
Where: McKenzie Lake Community Hall
Address: 16198 MacKenzie Lake Way SE, Calgary AB

Cochrane ATCO Winterfest

February 25th is is going to be the coolest day of the year in Cochrane! It’s Cochrane WinterFest. Enjoy a fun-filled family day of ice skating (weather-depenent, bring your own skates and helmet), broomball, pony rides, maple syrup taffy, hoop dances, human curling, bumper ball soccer, ice dragon boat races, crafts, entertainment, refreshments and more.

When: Saturday February 25, 2017
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Mitford Park
Address: 201 West Rock Road, Cochrane AB

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

What kid doesn’t love hot chocolate? It’s practically a family staple during the cold winter months. Bring some extra sweetness to your winter and spend the month of February searching for Calgary’s best concoction during the 6th Annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest. Participating Calgary eateries are featuring signature hot chocolate drinks, created specifically for this event, and customers can vote online to determine who has “Calgary’s Best Hot Chocolate” and “Calgary’s Best Spirited Hot Chocolate”. Partial proceeds from each drink sold go to Calgary Meals on Wheels and the eatery that raises the most funds for the group wins bragging rights!

When: February 1 – 28, 2017
Where: Various locations across Calgary

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest kicks off at 11 am on January 28th at the Calgary Farmer’s Market (#510 77th AVE SE), with free samples, a showcase of the vendors in the event, plus the official ‘inaugural sip’ and the chance to meet Rob Cote of the Calgary Stampeders. The party takes place in the Food Court between 9 am and 11 am. Check the Facebook Page for more information.

Maple Festival Des Sucres at Heritage Park

For the 15th consecutive year, the Association Canadienne-Française de l’Alberta, régionale de Calgary is proud to present the Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres, March 4 and 5, from 10 am to 5 pm at Heritage Park Historical Village.

This two-day festival features French Canadian, Métis and First Nations Folkloric music and dances, demonstrations, workshops, story-telling and exhibits; a traditional Sugar Shack meal; a Sugar Market with a variety of merchants and maple products for sale, plus a lively Francophonie-Calgary Kiosk run by francophone community partners. Exhibits, activities and demonstrations will take place throughout the park. Guests can enjoy a play, circus and magic shows, plus numerous outdoor activities, games, wagon rides, and not-to-be-missed, maple taffy on snow! Festival goers will also be able to have their photos taken with Maple Festival mascot, Brisebois.

A traditional Sugar Shack meal is available for $22.50 for adults, $18.50 for youth (6-14) and seniors (65+) and $10.00 for children (3-5). Meal tickets are limited and must be pre-purchased. Guests can also pick up a meal or snack in many of Heritage Park’s restaurants, concessions and stores, including the Selkirk Grille Restaurant and Railway Café.

Presale ticket prices for the festival are $10 for youth (6-14) and seniors (65+), $14 for adults and free for children less than 6 years of age. Tickets are on sale now at www.calgarymaplefest.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate: $12 for youth and seniors, and $18 for adults.

When: March 4-5, 2017
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village
Address: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgarymaplefest.com

The Big Taste Foodie Festival – click for detailed info

While some of the higher end restaurants might best be saved for a date night (or date lunch!), there are also lots of more casual, affordable eateries putting on special prix fixe menus during The Big Taste, March 3-12, 2017! Plus, share your best food pics from the festival with the hashtag #bigtasteyyc for the chance to win feasts for a year!

When: March 3-12, 2017
Where: participating restaurants across Calgary AB

Spring Fishing Classic at Bass Pro Shops – click for detailed info

When: March 4-19, 2017
Time: varies (most activities run 12-5 pm)
Where: Bass Pro Shops (CrossIron Mills Mall)
Address: 112-261055 CrossIron Blvd, Balzac AB

Festival of Animated Objects

Breathing life into the inanimate and giving expression to the inert, the Festival of Animated Objects brings world-class artists to engage and entertain audiences of all ages through the innovative and sophisticated art of storytelling through mask, puppetry and animated objects.

From puppet shows to film screenings, gallery exhibitions to workshops, for 4-days and nights Calgary comes alive with original creations, mythical creatures, and curious beasts, objects, and gadgets, and thingamajigs beguiled by puppet-masters and artists alike to stir your imagination. #animateYYC

Prices range from free to $40.

When: March 16-19, 2017
Time: events times vary
Where: various locations in Calgary AB

Earth Hour 2017: Calgary Unplugged

On March 25th you and your family can take a stand by sitting in the dark. Join millions of other environmentally-conscious people around the world by turning off your lights and electronics to mark Earth Hour between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. Or go out and spend a fun off-the-grid evening with lots of other Calgarians…

Calgary Unplugged is a free community event at Confluence Plaza on St. Patrick’s Island. This fun and FREE evening event will feature free hot chocolate, bike-powered music and lights, kids’ nature games and lots more. Event-goers can bring a light, drum, costume, lantern or decorate their bike and take part in a procession to signal the beginning of Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is just once a year, but you can reduce your energy consumption every day. Find ideas from City of Calgary here.

When: Saturday March 25, 2017
Time: 7 – 10 pm (Earth Hour is 8:30 – 9:30 pm if you’re taking part at home)
Where: Confluence Plaza on St. Patrick’s Island
Address: St. Patrick’s Island, Calgary, Alberta

Aggie Days at the Calgary Stampede

Head on down to the Agrium Western Event Centre and enjoy interactive agriculture activities including cow milking, sheep shearing, farm animals, book corner, corn maze, and much more. Learn where your food comes from and enjoy visiting the farm without even leaving the city! Extra events happening during Aggie Days:

Saturday, April 8 – Clock, Stock and Barrel – Stock Dog Arena Trial. Come watch athletic dogs herd a group of sheep into a pen by just listening to their handler’s whistle commands. It’s fun, fast and free!

Sunday, April 9 – Calgary Stampede Spring Extreme Cowboy Race. This exciting equestrian event challenges both horse and rider as they wind their way over a complicated obsticle course as fast as possible. Come cheer them on! It’s free and can be enjoyed as part of your Aggie Days experience.

Free admission for everyone, no coupons required. This event is wheelchair accessible.

When: April 8-9, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Agrium Western Event Centre, Stampede Grounds
Address: Stampede Trail SE, Calgary AB

Calgary Kidsfest

The largest presenter of performing arts for young people in Calgary, Kidsfest is a 3 day festival for kids aged 4 – 12 years old, which takes place inside of Arts Commons and outside on Olympic Plaza.

In 2017, the collection of shows – including the empowering kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, the intergalactic, electroluminescent adventure Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, and an adaptation of the Snow Queen (Frozen) fairy tale, A Heart in Winter – will take kids on journeys of discovery and enriching entertainment.

When: May 24 – 27, 2017
Time: Wed/Thurs: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm; Fri/Sat: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Where: Inside Arts Commons (various venues, including the Jack Singer Concert Hall) & outside on Olympic Plaza
Address: 205 – 8th Avenue SE, Calgary AB

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