Where Your Family Can Find Festival Fun This Fall in Calgary! (updated September 21st)

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!

Also, don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes In and Around Calgary!

Without further ado… here are the festivals coming up in Calgary:

Calaway Park Halloweekends – click for detailed info

When: Saturdays, Sundays & Thanksgiving Monday, September 10 – October 10, 2016*
* Boo Crew Costume Party takes place 11 am – 6 pm on Saturday September 17, 2016
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Calaway Park
Address: 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary AB

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

Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

High River once again welcomes the Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival – featuring the 2016 Canadian National Championship, September 22 – 25, 2016. Take a day trip to see the beautiful balloons up in the air, and down on the ground too. A big highlight is the Friday evening Glow event at 8 pm (Spitzee Elementary School field). All events are weather-dependent; poor weather Friday evening would push the Glow to Saturday night.

When: September 22 – 25, 2016
Time: event times varies – schedule here
Where: High River, AB; event locations vary – info here

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

FUNFest at West Hillhurst Community Association

This fun fair at the West Hillhurst Community Association will feature carnival games and prizes, live entertainment, picnic area, food trucks, bouncy castles, obstacle course, face painting, water balloon toss tournament, 3 legged race, potato sac races, adult yard games and more.

With the exception of carnival games and food to purchase, this is a free event – everyone is welcome!

When: Saturday September 24, 2016
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: West Hillhurst community Association
Address: 1940 6 Avenue NW, Calgary AB

Doors Open YYC

Whether you’re a geek for history, architecture, the environment, art, sports, science or engineering, you’ll want to be part of Doors Open YYC on September 24th. This free, city-wide event offers revealing tours and rare access to many of Calgary’s most culturally and historically significant buildings. Visit the Doors Open YYC website for a full list of this year’s participating sites!

When: Saturday September 24, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: sites throughout Calgary


Get a taste of Brazil at Eau Claire; featuring kids’ programming between 4:30 and 5:30, followed by lots more live music, dance and other Brazilian entertainment!

When: Saturday September 24, 2016
Time: 4:30 – 9 pm
Where: Eau Claire
Address: 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary AB

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

Kiwanis Apple Festival

The 2nd Annual Kiwanis Apple Festival is a celebration of our history and of children! 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.

When: September 24 & 25, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Kamp Kiwanis
Address: 241001 Range Road 42, Calgary T3Z 2X5 (at intersection of Hwy 8 & Hwy 22)
Website: www.kiwanisapplefestival.org

Autumn Jubilee at Kayben Farms – click for detailed info

When: September 24 & 25, October 1 & 2, October 8 & 9, October 15 & 16, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Kayben Farms
Address: 316034 32 Street East, Okotoks 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

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

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

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

Past Events

Franco Festival

Learn more about french culture in Calgary during this weekend festival. Experience a range of franco cultures through live musical performances, dance and the cultural village, where there are art exhibitions and crafts. The festival also has food vendors, a beer garden and a special area for the kids. See the festival website for a full line-up of performers. Admission is free.

When: July 18-19, 2015
Time: 12 – 9 pm Saturday, 12 – 8 pm Sunday
Where: Shaw Millennium Park
Address: 1220 – 9 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB

Calgary Poutine Week

Want a great excuse to indulge in some gooey, cheesy poutine? You got it: Calgary Poutine Week, in support of Mealshare! Check out the list of participating restaurants to see what deliciousness they’ve concocted (complete with prices). Last year, 50 restaurants sold 5,000 poutines and every poutine purchased provides a meal for someone in need!

When: April 15 – 23, 2016
Whereparticipating Calgary restaurants

YYC Food Truck Spring Frenzy

YYC’s fabulous food trucks are coming out of hibernation and they want to help you to celebrate spring in the East Village this April. At least 15 food trucks will be serving up their delicious wares. Cross your fingers for great weather! $5 entry free; free for kids under 12.

When: April 23-24, 2016
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: East Village C-Square
Address: 429 8th Ave SE, Calgary AB
FacebookEvent Page

Okotoks Kite Day Festival

Enjoy a free day of kite flying in celebration of Earth Day! The Kite Guys will be on site, giving kite flying demonstrations. Kites will also be available for purchase if you don’t already have one (or if you find a new must-have kite!). Air Cadets will be hosting a fundraising BBQ, plus there will be free fun with face painting, bouncy castles, and a trampoline!

This event runs regardless of weather conditions.

When: Sunday April 24, 2016
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Riverside Park
Address: corner of 32 St. and North Railway St.across from Seaman Stadium, Okotoks AB

Okotoks Kids Expo – CANCELLED

150+ vendors, a main stage featuring 2 days of performances by local artists (reptile shows, musicians, dancers, magicians and more!). The Play Zones will offer fun activities, some which are a pay-per-play. There will also be demo classes held for all kids to try out free!

When: April 30 – May 1, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Crescent Point Regional Field House
Address: 125 Field House Drive East, Okotoks AB

YYC Taco Fiesta

Olé! Making its debut this spring, YYC Taco Fiesta aims to bring more of that perfect meal-in-your-hand to Calgarians. Participating restaurants will be offering specially designed tacos during the 6-day festival, with 15% of the profits going to charity (Kids Up Front, Calgary Homeless Foundation, Calgary Food Bank). Expect some unique taco offerings and remember… tacos are NOT just for Tuesdays!

When: April 29 – May 5, 2016
Wherevarious restaurants in and around Calgary AB
Facebook: Event Page

Mexican Children’s Festival (Festival Del Niño)

The Calgary Mexican Canadian Cultural Society invites you to the Mexican Children’s Festival (Festival del Niño) on April 30th at Roscarrock Community Hall. Games, gifts, entertainment, food and fun. General admission $3.

When: Saturday April 30, 2016
Time: 3 – 7:30 pm
Where: Roscarrock Community Hall
Address: 4411 -10 Ave SW, Calgary AB

Jane’s Walk Festival

Jane’s Walks are volunteer-led walks that highlight a particular area, interest or aspect of our city. Held this year on May 6-8, 2016, the festival promotes conversation inspired by our neighbourhoods, our city, and our communities.

There are currently 50+ walks listed as ‘family friendly’ on the Jane’s Walk website – check them out and pick your favourite(s)!

When: May 6-8, 2016

International Migratory Bird Day Festival

This all-ages event will include guided sanctuary tours, face painting, mini-birdwatching sessions and more! Exhibitors and birding experts will also be on hand to share information about bird species, migration and how you can help conserve bird habitats in your backyard. This is a free event.

When: Sunday May 8, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Address: 2425 9 Ave. SE, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgary.ca/parks

Calgary Performing Arts Festival

The Calgary Performing Arts Festival (formerly the Kiwanis Festival) is one of North America’s largest amateur festivals, featuring over 10,000 young performers. The festival, which runs during two separate sessions during March and April, brings together amateur artists from a variety of performance arts disciplines. Participants perform, receive adjudication from experts in their fields, and share their love of performing arts with audiences.

Following the festival, don’t miss “Stars of the Festival” on May 7 at 7 pm at the Webber Academy (1515 93 Street SW). This performance presents the Festival’s most outstanding performers. The winner(s) of the prestigious and valuable Rose Bowl and Rose Bowl Scholarship(s) is announced at the end of the concert.

Performances are free to attend, but donations are very much appreciated.

All the festival’s showcase concerts and presentations are as follows:

  • Musical Theatre Showcase – April 30, 2016
  • European Masters Showcase – May 3, 2016
  • Outstanding Speech Performers Showcase – May 6, 2016
  • Stars of the Festival Concert – May 7, 2016

When: April 18 – May 7, 2016
Time: times vary, see schedule for details
Where: Mount Royal University
Address:  4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB

Alberta Burger Fest

Alberta Burger Fest operates at different times in four Alberta regions; Calgary’s 2016 event runs May 6 – 15th. Each of the over 100 participating restaurants is creating a special burger just for the festival, in the hopes of taking home the bragging rights for Best Burger in their area and, eventually, in Alberta!

Alberta Burger Fest supports a number of charities that do great work here in Alberta.

For details of the restaurants participating and the great burgers they’ve planned, visit the festival’s Facebook page, or follow their Twitter feed.

When: May 6-15, 2016
Where: participating Calgary restaurants

Doors Open Cochrane

Doors open Cochrane offers free, rare access to local businesses that are not normally open to the public. For one weekend only, buildings in all areas of Cochrane open their doors to the public and provide special tours and behind-the-scenes experiences.

When: Sunday May 13-14, 2016
Time: TBA
Where: various venues in Cochrane, AB

Smokin’ Q BBQ Festival at Lynnwood Ranch

The Saturday Night Feast & Frolic is for adults and admission is by pre-purchased ticket only, but on Sunday there’s free fun for the whole family. Watch BBQ competition judging, try samples, buy some yummies from the BBQ truck, check out classic cars, hayrides, vendors, drone demos and more! No admission fee.

When: Sunday May 15, 2016
Time: 12 – 5 pm
Where: Lynwood Ranch (about 15 min. south of Calgary)
Address: 370069 96 St E, Aldersyde, AB

Serbian Fest Calgary

Experience a weekend of Serbian hospitality and culture, with activities for the whole family. Folk dancing performances, lots of delicious food and Serbian sports too!

Admission cost is $5 per person, 10 and up. Kids 9 and younger get in free and parking is free too.

When: May 21 – 22, 2016
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Deerfoot Trail S & Dunbow Rd. E, DeWinton AB

The Banff Centre Children’s Festival (Click for Detailed Info)

When: Saturday May 21, 2016
Where: The Banff Centre
Address: 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff AB
Phone: 1.800.413.8368

High River Little Britches Weekend (Click for Detailed Info)

When: May 21 – 22, 2016
Time: event times vary, check website for details
Where: High River AB

Picnic in the Village with YYC Food Trucks – Day 2 Re-Do on Tuesday May 24th!!

At least 15 of YYC’s fabulous food trucks are coming together for another day of fun, great live music and Village Brewery beer at the East Village Crossroads. $5 entry free; free for kids under 14.

When: May 21-22, 2016
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: just east of the Simmons Building, East Village Calgary
Event Websitewww.facebook.com

Calgary International Children’s Festival (Click for Detailed Info)

When: May 25-28, 2016
Where: performances take place at Arts Commons; outdoor activities at Olympic Plaza
Address: Arts Commons: 205 8 Avenue SE; Olympic Plaza: 228 8 Avenue SE, Calgary AB

Town of Cochrane Children’s Festival

Ladies and gentleman, children of all ages! Town of Cochrane Recreation, Culture & the Arts proudly brings you a carnival of entertainers, acrobats and hilarious mishaps. All ages welcome! Tickets are $10; kids 2 and younger get in free.

When: Saturday May 28, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm (shows at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm)
Where: Cochrane Ranche Park, Cochrane
Address: Highway 1A & Highway 22, Cochrane AB
Website: www.cochrane.ca/eServices

CulturaFest in Bridgeland

This fun community event will feature live music, family activities, beer gardens and local vendors. It’s a fun time to explore this vibrant neighborhood! View the map of activities.

When: Saturday May 28, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Bridgeland – Riverside
Address: 1st Avenue NE, between 8th St & 9th St NE, Calgary AB

Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park (Click for Detailed Info)

When: May 28 and 29, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park
Address: 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary AB

Rhubarb Fest 2016

Rhubarb Fest, hosted by the Southwood Community Association, celebrates spring with all kinds of family fun. Live music, craft activities by Amazearts, face painting, petting zoo, kids bouncers, James Jordan Magic shows, local vendors and more!

Members from all Calgary communities are invited to attend; donations for the Calgary Food Bank will be gratefully received.

When: Saturday June 4, 2016
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Southwood Community Hall & Grounds
Address: 11 Sackville Drive SW, Calgary AB

Calgary Ukrainian Festival

Alberta is home to many people of Ukrainian descent, so it makes sense that there is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the rich Ukrainian culture. The 7th annual Calgary Ukrainian Festival features stage shows, delicious food & drink (including Ukrainian beer and vodka for Mom & Dad!), and a vendor market place. Head out to the festival to see what a Ukrainian ‘Bitaemo’ (welcome) looks, sounds and tastes like!

Buy your admission at the door: General (13-64) – $12/day, Youth Admission (6-12) – $6/day, Seniors (65+) – $8/day, Child (5 and under) – FREE; Saturday Evening Zabava (8 pm – 1:30 am, adult dance party) – $12 (free with Saturday day pass).

When: June 4-5, 2016
Time: doors open at 11 am
Where: Acadia Recreation Complex
Address: 240 90 Avenue SE, Calgary AB

Calgary Lilac Festival (Click for Detailed Info)

When: Sunday June 5, 2016
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: 4th Street SW from 13th Ave to Elbow Drive
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Family Fun Day at Kids & Company (Cochrane)

Enjoy Kidco games, a magic show by Christopher Cool, swag and raffle items from other local businesses and snacks from the Kidco kitchen! This is a free event, but please pre-register.

When: Saturday June 4, 2016
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Where: Kids & Company (Cochrane)
Address: Unit 633 – 101 Sunset Drive, Cochrane AB
Website & Registration: www.kidcocochranefamilyfunday.eventbrite.ca

Summer Skirmish at The Military Museums – click for detailed info

When: June 11 – 12, 2016
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: The Military Museums
Address: 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary AB

Baby Animal Festival at Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm

Who doesn’t love a baby critter? During this one weekend event, you can get your hands on all of the Calgary Corn Maze’s baby barnyard animals, including miniature horses, donkeys, lambs, goats, rabbits, piglets, ducklings, chicks, calves, and kittens.

The corn mazes aren’t open yet, but your admission price (the usual price) includes access to all other Fun Farm Attractions, plus free pony rides for kids ages 3 and up!

When: June 11 – 12, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4:30 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

Market Collective Forks in the Road

This kid- and pet-friendly 2-day festival will feature food trucks, a beverage garden serving beer, wine & Sugarwater Bar cocktails. Live music.

10% of all beer & wine sales will be donated to the Red Cross Fort McMurray relief fund.

When: June 11 – 12, 2016
Time: 11 am – 8 pm
Where: Eau Claire
Address: 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary AB
Facebook: Market Collective Page

MEC Paddlefest

MEC Paddlefest is a celebration of all things paddling, held at Chestermere lake. It’s a festival with something for everyone and features informative clinics, kids’ activities, paddling demos, a place to swap your gear, the latest gear and gizmos from paddling retailers and manufacturers, community paddling groups, and gear giveaways! Free admission, additional cost for some clinics.

When: Sunday June 12, 2016
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: John Peake Memorial Park
Address: 121 Chestermere Station Way, Chestermere AB

Garden Days in Calgary – click for more details

When: June 17-19, 2016
Website: www.gardendays.ca

Neighbour Festival in Downtown Strathmore

Strathmore is taking a leaf out of Calgary’s book this June 18th and having their own Get-To-Know-Your Neighbour celebration! Family activities, Kid Zone, vendors, food, live concert all day, beer garden, shopping challenge, workshops, demonstrations, games and lots more!

Free entry; food bank donations being accepted. 100% of money raised from the event goes back into the community.

When: Saturday June 18, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Downtown Strathmore AB

Kids Can Catch! FREE Family Fishing Event

Try your hand at fishing, pick up tips from experienced anglers and learn about conservation, responsible angling & water safety. It’s a great chance for people of all ages to give fishing a try and win some great prizes! Children 15 & under can take home a fish; everyone else must catch & release. Sportfishing licences required for those aged 16-64. Purchase your license in advance at the event’s local sponsor, Canadian Tire! Advance registration online or phone 403-851-2534.

When: Saturday June 18, 2016
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Mitford Park, Cochrane AB
Address: 201 W Rock Rd, Cochrane AB
Website: www.ab-conservation.com/events/kids-can-catch

Okotoks Parade and Children’s Festival

This year, the Okotoks Annual Parade and Children’s Festival happens on June 18th. The day begins with a community breakfast (by donation), followed by the ever-popular parade at 11 am and the Children’s Festival from 12 – 3 pm, with performers, face painting, balloon creationists bouncy castles and more. Bring some loonies for the $1 concession. For details on where each event is taking place, visit the website! Please leave your pets at home.

When: Saturday June 18, 2018
Time: 8-10 am (pancake breakfast), 11 am (parade), 12-3 pm (festival)
Where: downtown Okotoks AB

Train Days at Aspen Crossing

Highly recommended for railway fans and aficionados! Model train displays by the Rocky Mountain Garden Railroaders, children’s train ride and other family activities, railway tours, pancake breakfast and Father’s Day Brunch buffet.

When: June 18 – 19, 2016
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Aspen Crossing – 1 KM West of Mossleigh on Hwy 24 (39 miles SE of Calgary)

YYC Food Trucks: Picnic in Vic Park

YYC’s fabulous food trucks are planning a picnic!  At least 15 food trucks will be serving up their delicious wares, plus BassBus will provide the tunes and Village Brewery is bringing the brew. Cross your fingers for great weather! $5 entry free and you can now buy your admission online; free for kids under 14.

When: June 18-19, 2016
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Haultain Park
Address: 225 – 13 Ave SW, Calgary AB
Facebook: Event Page

Parks Fest (City of Calgary) – click for detailed info

When: Sunday June 19, 2016
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Where: Ralph Klein Park
Address: 12350 84 St. SE, Calgary AB

Campfire Chats: National Aboriginal Day

University of Calgary and the Calgary Stampede bring you Campfire Chats: National Aboriginal Day. Triple tipi-raising, Tipi-painting demonstration, traditional drumming and dancing supported by the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary.

When: Tuesday June 21, 2016
Time: 1 – 8 pm
Where: The Rise, St. Patrick’s Island
Address: 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary AB (access via 12 St. SE in Inglewood)
Website: www.go.ucalgary.ca/CampfireChats

Summer Family Festival at Strathcona Square

Strathcona Square wants to kick off your Summer with an afternoon of music, food trucks and other surprises! There will be 3 excellent musical acts and 5 delicious food trucks. Don’t forget your family, friends and your lawn chair – for optimal comfort!

When: Saturday June 25, 2016
Time: 11:30 am – 3 pm
Where: Strathcona Square Shopping Centre
Address: 555 Strathcona Blvd SW T3H 2Z9
Facebook: Event Page

Parkland SummerFest

‘Canada’s biggest community festival’ is in its 12th year and includes a car show, beginner-friendly disc golf tournament, tennis tournament, and fun run. Plus, there’s a kids’ zone with a bike parade (9:45 am – 12:15 pm), laser tag, face painting, tattoo artist, jelly bean guessing, bouncers and gerbil balls (all happening 12 – 4 pm). Live entertainment from a number of bands!

Tickets are $50 for adults, free for youth 17 and under (who must be accompanied by an adult). You can buy tickets online.

When: Saturday June 25, 2016
Time: 8 am – 11 pm
Where: Parkland Community Centre
Address: 14660 Parkland Blvd SE, Calgary AB

AAWC Family Day Festival and Pow Wow

As part of Aboriginal Awareness Week of Calgary, the Family Day Festival and Pow Wow will feature a free pancake breakfast, traditional games, hand games competition, a competition Pow Wow, performers and more. See the website for a complete schedule of events.

Free admission. Please bring a donation for the Veteran’s Food Bank.

When: Saturday June 25, 2016
Time: 9:30 am – 9 pm
Where: NEW Indian Village at Enmax Park, Calgary Stampede
Address: 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary AB

Okotoks BuskerFest

Local musicians and street performers gather throughout the streets of Olde Towne Okotoks for a fun day of entertainment at the 5th Annual BuskersFest. It’s all free – if you like what you hear, show your appreciation for the performances with a loonie, toonie, fiver, or whatever you can afford! Not only can you enjoy entertainers all afternoon, but you can also shop at the local downtown stores, as well as at the Market Square street market, which will feature over 100 vendors.

When: Saturday June 25, 2016
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Olde Towne Okotoks (map on the website)

Cochrane Light Up Summer

Brought to you by the great volunteers who put on Cochrane’s winter Light Up each year, this is a summer party not to be missed. Saturday night will feature an outdoor screening of Star Wars 7 under the stars, Darth Vadar battles, costume contest, orchestra, art, games and a photo booth. You can pre-purchase tickets online.

Return for Day 2 on Saturday (or just do Saturday if your little ones turn into pumpkins after 8 pm) for all day music, Taiko drummers, art, pony rides, mini golf, games, costumed princesses/superheroes, face painting, tattooes and wood carving. There will be lots of food trucks and the opportunity to buy adult bevvies. You can pre-purchase tickets online.

When: June 25-26, 2016
Time: Saturday 8 pm – 1 am; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Cochrane Ranche
Facebook: Event Page

Horde at the Hive

During Horde at the Hive, North America’s largest Viking Reenactment organization sets up camp at Chinook Honey Company. Take a day trip to the country and back in time, and take in a living-history portrayal of a Viking Age settlement.

You’ll see how the Vikings were armed and armoured. There are demonstrations and reenactments at 1 and 3 pm both days, including hand to hand combat with swords, spears, knives and shields (simulated of course!). Following the battles your young warrior can use pool noodles and take on the Viking warriors!

Free admission; extra cost for the Meadery or All About Bees tours. There will be an artisan’s market and a food truck on site.

When: June 25-26, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Chinook Honey Company
Address: Range Road 11, Okotoks AB (map on the website)

Music in the Park Launch Party – click for detailed info

When: Sunday June 26, 2016
Time: Food & family activities start at 12 pm; live music 1 – 3 pm
Where: Beaulieu Gardens (Lougheed House grounds)
Address: 707 13 Ave. SW, Calgary AB
Cost: Concert & activities are free; Food available for purchase

Calgary Mud Fair

MudFair celebrates World Forum’s International Mud Day (who knew??), which is designed to connect children with nature. This family fun-filled day will feature mud pits, a mud slide, mud kitchens and more muddy fun activities. Enjoy live music, outdoor yoga, food trucks and browsing the green market. There will be water-filled tanks to allow you to hose off before you head home. Be sure to bring your own towels and wear your boots!

All proceeds from this event will go toward supporting Red Deer Lake Community Association and CCES Calgary Nature Kindergarten. Save money and help event organizers plan for the right size crowd… buy your ticket in advance, online.

When: Sunday June 26, 2016
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Lloyd Park, 5 minutes west of Spruce Meadows

Calaway Comic Fest for Kids – click for detailed info

When: July 1-3, 2016
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Calaway Park
Address: 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary AB


Otafest is an annual convention – held here in Calgary – that celebrates Japanese Animation (aka animé). Fans of this genre will find many events & activities to spark their interest.

When: July 1-3, 2016
Time: event times vary – check the schedule for complete details
Where: Telus Convention Centre
Address: 120 9th Avenue SE, Calgary AB
Facebook: Otafest Page


No matter your skill level on two wheels (or more!), participate in Cyclepalooza, a community-driven, do-it-yourself bicycle festival held every summer in Calgary, bringing people together through cycling for fun and transportation. The festival promotes arts, culture, events, and fun in Calgary.

Some events are free, some have a small fee. Some events are specifically family friendly (labelled FF), some are neutral towards kids, and some are firmly 18+.

When: July 1-10, 2016
Time: various times; see the website for a complete schedule
Where: Various venues, mostly downtown

Calgary Eid Festival 2016

Celebrate Eid ul-Fitr with a bazaar, bouncy castles, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, games and a whole lot more! You are encouraged to carpool or take public transit as parking is limited. Bring your own picnic blanket or chairs for extra comfort.

Tickets $10 online or $15 at the door. Kids aged 2 and under get in FREE.

When: Saturday July 9, 2016
Time: 12 – 5 pm
Where: Baker Park
Address: 9333 Scenic Bow Road NW, Calgary AB

Chestermere Water Festival

On Saturday July 16th, head to Chestermere for a splashin’ good time, as the city celebrates summer on the lake at their annual Water Festival. Attractions include live music, an artisan’s market and food trucks, beer garden, a kids’ fun zone, wake boarding competition, plus a rubber duck race and boat rides. Drew Gregory gets the evening party started and fireworks will cap it all off at 10:30 pm. For lots more info on this great event, check out this feature from Calgary Region Focus.

Full schedule of events available on the website.

When: Saturday July 16, 2016
Time: 11 am – 11 pm
Where: John Peake Park, Chestermere AB
Address: parking at Rec Centre: 201 West Chestermere Dr., Chestermere AB

Calgary Stampede – click for detailed info

When: July 8-17, 2016
Time: event times and opening hours vary by day; check the website for complete details
Where: Stampede Park
Address: 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary AB

Parks Day and Run at the Ranch – Glenbow Ranch

On July 16th, take the family out to Glenbow Ranch for a day of family fun. The day kicks off with the Run at the Ranch (5 options, from Children’s Challenge to Half-Marathon), then the fun continue with an interactive play, refreshments, facepainting, pony rides, search and rescue demos, hands on activities and programs and more. Family activities are free, but donations are welcomed, with all proceeds going to the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation.

When: Saturday July 16, 2016
Time: Run: 7:30 – 11:30 am, family activities: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Glenbow Ranche
Address: Access to the Park is from Glenbow Road, off of Highway 1A, 4 km outside Cochrane AB

Parks Day & Creekfest at Fish Creek Park

Creekfest is a fun outdoor event fit for the whole family! Learn how you can help preserve and protect the water that runs through Fish Creek Park and take in some great entertainment from Juno-Award winning children’s performer Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales, Coyote Kids Theatre’s The Muskrat’s Tale, plus much more.

Kids and families will learn about our local watersheds through interactive games and activities hosted by community-based organizations, and enjoy a special visit from Boston Pizza’s mascot Lionel.

Admission to Creekfest is free, but you do require a ticket. Order your tickets here.

When: Sunday July 17, 2016
Time: 11 – 4 pm
Where: Glennfield in Fish Creek Provincial Park

Calgary Folk Music Festival

The Calgary Folk Music Festival is a world-renowned event that brings artists from around the world to Prince’s Island Park for four music-filled days. The fest is family-friendly and there’s even an area full of kids’ activities. This year’s headlining artists include Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, The Sadies, Ian Tyson, and many more. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.

When: July 21-24, 2016
Time: varies by day, check the schedule
Where: Prince’s Island Park

Historic Calgary Week

Apparently the history of Calgary is so fascinating that a week celebrating it is not enough! Historic Calgary Week actually runs for 11 days, from July 22 to August 1, 2016. With over 60 events planned – and all but 1 free – enjoy neighbourhood concerts, walks, talks, and explore museums, heritage buildings, cemeteries, parks, libraries and archives.

Discover the leaders and visionaries who contributed to the dynamic history of Calgary and honour a partner in learning, the Calgary Public Library, and Annie Davidson, who was instrumental in the creation and funding of the city’s first library.

Complete the historical crossword puzzle in the Calgary Herald and discover Calgary’s historical treasures during the “History Hunt” challenge.

You can find an overview of the events here, or go to the website for more detailed descriptions of all the happenings.

When: July 22 – August 1, 2016
Time: event times vary, see the website for a complete schedule
Where: various locations throughout Calgary AB
FacebookOrganization’s Page


Spend three fabulous days celebrating Latin American culture at this year’s Fiestaval on July 22, 23 and 24, 2016. All three days will feature family-friendly arts and entertainment and dozens of performers including dance troupes, bands, and DJs. Best of all, admission is free and everyone is welcome!

When: July 22-24, 2015
Time: 11 am – 11 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary AB

Millarville Rodeo

The Millarville Rodeo celebrates 20 years of rodeo action in 2016! Saddle up for 3 days loaded of live music, dancing, rodeo action, family entertainment, a beer garden, farmers’ market and local arts & culture. Go earlier on Saturday and catch the Millarville Farmers’ Market; remember your cooler to keep your veggies fresh!

Admission: $15 for adults, $5 for kids.

For a great date night, the Saturday Night Cabaret runs 8 pm – 1 am. $15 per person; no minors admitted. Headlined by Drew Gregory.

When: July 22-24, 2016
Time: Friday 6:30 pm; Saturday/Sunday 1 pm
Where: Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society

Langdon Days

Langdon, just 30 minutes drive east of Calgary’s centre is having their annual Langon Days festival, July 22nd to 24th. This fun weekend features a slo-pitch tournament, food trucks, beer gardens (some restrictions on minors), a parade, children’s festival, skateboard tournament, car show & shine, vendors and more. Check the complete schedule online.

When: July 22-24, 2016
Time: Friday 6 pm – 1 am, Saturday 8 am – 1 am, Sunday 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Langdon AB
Facebook: Event Page

Rath Yatra: Festival of Chariots

The 12th annual Festival of Chariots happens on July 23rd. It begins with a parade that departs 1st Street and 8th Ave SE at noon, making its way to Shaw Millennium Park by 2 pm. At the park, enjoy live music, dance, drama, yoga and meditation sessions, shipping, a kid’s booth, FREE veggies feast and lots more!

When: Saturday July 23, 2016
Time: 11:30 – 5:30 pm (parade begins at noon, arrival at Shaw M.P. 2 pm)
Where: Shaw Millennium Park
Address: 1220 – 9 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Facebook: Event Page

Medieval Day in Cochrane

If you’ve got kids that are into knights, dragons, damsels and other medieval themes, take them to the Nan Boothby Memorial Library in Cochrane for this free family event on July 23rd. There will be real IMF knights, pretend sword fights and jousting for the kids, demonstrations, a petting zoo, food trucks, vendors and a costume contest at 3 pm.

When: Saturday July 23, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Nan Boothby Memorial Library
Address: 405 Railway Street West, Cochrane AB

Pet-a-Palooza- click for detailed info

When: July 23-24, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market
Address: 200 Barclay Parade SW

Calgary International Blues Festival

Another Calgary Bluesfest = more great music. Four days of world-class blues come to Shaw Millennium Park. This year’s line-up includes Alex Zayas, Alittle Voodoo, MonkeyJunk, and many more. The festival officially kicks off Monday, July 25th, while the main(stage) events begin Thursday, July 28th. An arts market, great food and even better music will keep attendees well fed and thoroughly entertained.

Festival passes can be purchased online.

Later in the evenings, the Twilight Blues Series events take place at the Kerby Centre (1133 7 Ave SW).

When: July 25 – 31, 2016
Timesee the schedule online
Where: Shaw Millennium Park
Address: 1220 – 9 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB

Calgary Turkish Festival

During the 9th Calgary Turkish Festival, which runs between July 29 and 31, 2016 at Eau Claire Market, guests can learn about, celebrate, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.

Experience the best of Turkish culture including art, folk dance, music and gourmet food.  Browse and buy Turkish products, souvenirs and handcrafts, participate in activities for children, view many authentic demonstrations and performances, sample Turkish cuisine, and more. There will be stage performances will be on the Saturday and Sunday.

This wonderful event effectively brings Turkey to Calgary, showcasing a rich cultural heritage while allowing visitors to sample fine Turkish cuisine from sumptuous kabobs to mouth-watering pastries. Visitors are encouraged to bring their family, friends, and neighbors, too when they visit! Admission is free.

When: July 29-31, 2016
Time: 11 am – 10 pm
Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza
Address: 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary AB

Strathmore Stampede

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Strathmore’s annual rodeo, but the Strathmore Stampede has evolved over the years into so much more than just a rodeo. This year’s event will feature rodeo events, chuckwagon races, a Kid’s Zone with the Cobb’s Carnival, loads of live entertainment (including the SuperDogs, Friday-Sunday!), fireworks at 11 pm on Sunday and lots more fun for the whole family.

When: July 29 – August 1, 2016
Time: gates open at 11 am (online schedule)
Where: Strathmore Civic Centre
Address: 122 Brent Blvd, Strathmore AB
Facebook: Strathmore Stampede Page

Inglewood Sunfest

Enjoy a day of local talent and fun, family-friendly activities at a fun outdoor festival in beautiful Inglewood! There’ll be live music, top-notch street performers, kids’ activities including a bouncer, and of course all the fabulous restaurants and shops that make Inglewood so special.

When: Saturday July 30, 2016
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: 9 Avenue SE from 11 Street to 14 Street, Calgary AB

Cochrane Ranche Days Festival

This free celebration features bagpipers, wagon rides, the Calgary Fiddlers, ranch demonstrations, the longest Cochrane Farmers’ Market of the season on Saturday (9:30 am – 3 pm) and a BYO family picnic on Sunday at noon. View the complete schedule online.

When: July 30 – August 1, 2016
Time: Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm; Sunday/Monday: 12 – 4 pm
Where: Cochrane Ranche Historic Site, off Hwy 1A, just east of Hwy 22 in Cochrane AB
Website: www.cochranesustainability.ca/ranchedays

Canmore Folk Music Festival

Take a trip out to Canmore for a three-day folk music event in the heart of the Canadian Rockies! In addition to the great music, there will be food and craft vendors, a kids area, and more! This year’s performers include Ridley Bent, Harrison Kennedy, Ayrad, Kacy & Klayton, and many other great musicians.

Festival Friday FREE concert: Canmore Civic Center (902 7 Ave, Canmore), 6-9 pm.

FREE pancake breakfast & Live Music on Monday, August 1st from 8-10:30 am. 7th Ave, between Main Street and 7th Street. (Right beside Miner’s Union Hall). Cash donations accepted for the Canmore Folk Festival Scholarship fund. Non-perishable food items accepted on behalf of the Bow Valley Food Bank.

When: July 30 – August 1, 2016
Time: gates open 4 pm Saturday, 10 am Sunday and Monday; see schedule for details
Where: Centennial Park, Canmore, Alberta

Heritage Day Festival

Head down to Olympic Plaza on August 1st for the 39th annual Heritage Day Festival, featuring multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts. Explore the Indian Village, enjoy face painting, frolic on a bouncer, try a new dish, or simply soak up the sun on the grass in front of the stage and enjoy the folk performances!

More info on what’s planned is available on the organizer’s Facebook page!

When: Monday, August 1, 2016
Time: 12 – 6 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 – 8 Ave SE, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgaryfolkartscouncil.ca

Long Weekend Island Escape

You don’t need to leave town this long weekend to enjoy a party on the beach! Head to Trout Beach on St. Patrick’s Island for a fun-filled island staycation. Featuring live music from BassBus, food trucks on site offering beach snacks, and the EAST Crew with classic summer games and activities on hand. Don’t forget something to sit on and your sun protection! This is a free family-friendly event.

If you plan to drive, please note that the parking lot can only be accessed via 12th St Bridge from Inglewood. As always, it is best to access the island by foot, bike, and public transit.

When: Monday August 1, 2016
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Where: St. Patrick’s Island (accessible from East Village)
Facebook: Event Page

Bowness Heritage Day Street Festival

Head on over to Bowness to celebrate community spirit this Heritage Day Monday, at their 5th annual Heritage Day Street Festival. Vendors of all kinds will line the street for this fun festival, which will go on rain or shine!

When: Monday August 1, 2016
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Bowness Rd NW (Bowness BRZ), Calgary AB

4th Annual Southern Alberta Music Festival

2 days of fantastic music from a variety of genres, all at a fun country location near Calgary! Featuring a variety of country, blues, folk and good old fashioned rock n’ roll. While you’re there,, explore vendors, relish a delicious meal from one of the concessions or unwind in the beer gardens. Pasture camping is available. Buy tickets online or by calling 1-866-440-3500.

When: August 5-6, 2016
Time: Friday 7 – 11 pm; Saturday 10 am – midnight
Where: Aspen Crossing – 1 KM West of Mossleigh on Hwy 24 (39 miles SE of Calgary)

Expo Latino

Calgary’s Hottest Outdoor Festival, Expo Latino, will celebrate its 20th year in Calgary at Prince’s Island Park on August 5-7. Take in some world-class musical artists, dancing, and a unique Latin marketplace featuring art, and delicious food. This year’s performers include Juno Award winner Oscar Lopez, Natalie Castro, Jose Luis Rodriguez “El Puma”, Grupo Niche & Sonora Dinamita, Wil Campa y su Gran Union, El Micha, and many more artists!

Advance tickets are available online at the Expo Latino website. Weekend Passes: $30 for adults, $20 for youth/seniors; Daily Passes: $20 for adults, $10 for youth/seniors: $10. Children 12 and under get in free.

When: August 5-7, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 11 pm on Friday; 12:30 – 11:30 pm on Saturday; 12:30 – 9 pm on Sunday (online schedule)
Where: Prince’s Island Park

YYC Taste the Trucks

Celebrating 5 fabulous years of food trucks events, YYC’s fabulous food trucks are gearing up for Taste the Trucks 6! At least 20 food trucks will be serving up their delicious wares, plus BassBus will provide the tunes and Village Brewery is bringing the brew. $5 entry fee and you can now buy your admission online; free for kids under 14.

When: August 5-7, 2016
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Haultain Park
Address: 225 – 13 Ave SW, Calgary AB
Facebook: YYC Food Trucks Page

47th Annual Show and Reunion at Pioneer Acres (Irricana)

Pioneer Acres’ biggest event of the year is back… for the 47th time! Featuring Parade of Power, Antique Car & Truck Parade, and a Feature Parade, Field Demonstrations including horse-drawn plowing, cultivating, and binder work; steam-driven plowing and threshing, Pioneer World Exhibits including crafts, and baking, Blacksmith and Wheelwrights Shop, Antique Tractor Pulls, Slow Races and Barrel Races and so much more. Pancake breakfasts: 8-10 am Friday, 7-10 am Saturday & Sunday. Steak dinners 5:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Free parking or $20 for dry camping for the whole weekend.

For prices, see the event poster online.

When: August 5-7, 2016
Time: Friday 8 am – 5 pm; Saturday 7 am – 5 pm (steak supper 5:30 pm Friday & Saturday)
Where: Pioneer Acres
Address: 263178 Township Road 274, Irricana AB (map)

Sweet Summer Corn Fest

Celebrate harvest time at the Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm’s annual Sweet Summer Corn Fest! Have loads of fun with free pony rides (11 am – 4 pm) and a corn eating contest. You can also buy yourself some delicious Taber corn — either to eat right on site ($3/cob) or to bring home with you!

When: Saturday August 6, 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)

Twins & Triplets Parade & Festival (Edmonton)

The first ever Twins & Triplets Parade on Edmonton’s most popular street, Whyte Ave, is set for August 6, 2016 (10 am), along with a festival to follow at Ritchie Park, all in the heart of the city of Edmonton. The Parade starts at Tipton Arena, then continues through Whyte Ave and 99 Street to Ritchie Park. Combining the cultural celebration of multiple births with amazing art installations, carnival foods, and costumed performers, this will be 1 day that’s loads of fun. This is a free event.

When: Saturday August 6, 2016
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Whyte Ave & Ritchie Park in Edmonton AB
Address: 7727 98 Street, Edmonton AB
Website: www.twins-triplets-plus-festival-parade.org

Airdrie Summer Classic Car Show

Fantastic show for car buffs, featuring CCMR Mobile Dyno, Papa Tony’s In The Groove Raceway, live music with Ronnie and the Fixations, Zeeb’s Engine Build Off as well as some of the best food in town by Boston Pizza, The Toad and Turtle, Bambino’s and the Wild Rose Concession. Fee to enter a car is $10; register onsite between 8 am and noon. There is no charge for spectators, but a donation to the food bank is gratefully requested. Gates open to spectators at 10 am.

When: Saturday August 6, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm (registration 8 am – noon)
Where: East Lake Park
Address: 15 East Lake Hill NE, Airdrie AB

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony

The peace ceremony is held in memory of all those affected by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and in solidarity toward a peaceful world without nuclear weapons. Featuring live music, including the opening ceremony performed by Midnight Taiko Kai drummers, a children’s drama, stories for peace, first nations speakers, a keynote speaker and the launching of the lanterns on the pond at Olympic Plaza at 9:20 pm.

When: Saturday August 6, 2016
Time: 8 – 10 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary AB

Calgary Christian Festival – click for detailed info

When: Saturday August 6, 2016
Time: 3 – 7:30 pm
Where: Prairie Winds Park
Address: 223 Castleridge Blvd. NE, Calgary AB

Taste of Calgary – click for detailed info

When: August 11-14, 2016
Time: 11 am – 9 pm
Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza
Address: 200 Barkley Parade SW, Calgary AB

Tabestoon Festival

Pronounced tah-bes-toon, tabestoon means “Summer” in Farsi. This festival highlights the artistic contributions of Iranian youth to North American culture. Free admission both days between noon and 5:30 pm; ticketed events follow. During the free admission periods, the festival will feature Local and International Music and Dance performances, Food including Persian Cuisine, Ice-Cream, Treats, Artists Market, Community Booths, Visual Arts and Photo Exhibition, Walk of Ethnicities and Kidss Entertainment.

When: August 12-13, 2016
Time: free admission 12 – 5:30 pm both days; also ticketed events
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary AB
Facebook: Tabestoon Festival FB Page

Sangha – A Festival of ‘Medicine’

A weekend gathering honouring the significance of community as it relates to health and happiness. This community gathering is designed to explore holistic medicine. That is, the medicine that observes and respects the holistic nature of our human experience. And, of course, have a lot of fun along the way. Located on 90 acres of land with camping, RV, and dorm beds. Also featuring a kid’s zone (Hokey Pokey Clinic).

When: August 12-14, 2016
Where: Camp Jubilee
Address: Range Rd 42, Cochrane, AB
Website: www.communitysangha.com

One Rock Youth Festival

The One Rock Youth Festival is an annual festival of faith for young adults and their families held in the diocese of Calgary, and supported by the Catholic dioceses of Alberta and NWT. Tickets are available online or by calling 403-218-5548; camping is also available.

When: August 12-14, 2016
Time: Friday 11 am – 11:30 pm; Saturday 8 am – 11:30 pm; Sunday 8 am – mid-afternoon
Where: Redwood Meadows Fair Grounds
Address: Hwy 22 in Redwood Meadows, Calgary AB

34th Annual Calgary Police Rodeo

In addition to the rodeo, this family-oriented event includes a children’s carnival, exhibitions and concessions. Check out what will be happening in the Kids Corral!

There’s a kick-off party at 8 pm Friday, and a barn dance at 8 pm Saturday. Free camping is available for the weekend.

When: Saturday August 13, 2016
Time: grounds open at 8 am; rodeo starts at 1 pm
Where: Cochrane Rodeo Grounds
Address: 109 5th Avenue W, Cochrane AB
Facebook: Calgary Police Rodeo FB Page


Afrikadey! is Calgary’s annual world music celebration and this year they’re celebrating their 25th anniversary! The festival holds events at various venues, starting August 10th, but the big show is on August 13th at Prince’s Island Park. This year’s festival features performances from a diverse array of musicians including Wura Samba, Sandra Iszadore, I Am The Mountain, DJ Yung Yahh, and many others.

Tickets are available online ($15 for adults, $12 for youth/students), at the AACS office or at the gate ($20 for adults, $15 for youth/students). Kids 12 and under get in free and so do seniors.

When: Saturday August 13, 2016
Time: 12-10 pm
Where: Prince’s Island Park
Address: 698 Eau Claire Ave SW, Calgary AB

Picnic in Rotary Park

In conjunction with the City of Calgary’s Music in the Park event, the Crescent Heights Community Association is hosting a picnic in Rotary Park on August 14th. In addition to live music, the event will feature storytime, face painting, children’s games, popcorn, popsicles and other snacks. Bring your own blanket/chairs plus kites, frisbees or other fun things to enjoy.

When: Saturday August 13, 2016
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Where: Rotary Park
Address: 617 1st Street NE, Calgary AB

Calgary Kite Festival

The first (hopefully annual!) Calgary Kite Festival promises to be a fun-filled day of color, joy, and outdoor fun for the entire family. In addition to kite flying, this free festival will feature food stalls, vendors, arts & crafts, and lots more activities to enjoy at the park. Bring the kids, cameras, and lawn chairs for some great family fun! Live music starts at 5:30 pm.

For safety reasons, all kite events are subject to weather conditions; decisions on canceling kite events due to weather conditions will be within 15 to 20 minutes of the start of the events.

Please note: a parent or guardian must accompany all children under the age of 16.

When: Saturday August 13, 2016
Time: 2 – 8 pm
Where: Shaw Millennium Park
Address: 1220 9 Avenue SW, Calgary AB

Airdrie Family Fest

The 4th Annual Airdrie Family Fest brings face painting, live music, balloon animals, bouncy castle, BBQ & giveaways – all FREE – to Airdrie’s East Lake Park for a fun family afternoon.

When: Saturday August 13, 2016
Time: 2 – 6 pm
Where: East Lake Park
Address: 15 East Lake Hill NE, Airdrie AB
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Japanese Festival Omatsuri

Experience Japanese culture through music, dance, food and family friendly activities at the 6th annual Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri (Omatsuri is Japanese for “traditional festival”). This exciting family event showcases Japanese cuisine, the arts, and culture of a country steeped in tradition. There will be games and bouncy houses for the kids, galleries of local Japanese arts and crafts as well as several food kiosks featuring traditional Japanese cuisine. Don’t miss out on a fabulous sake tasting as well as beer gardens!

Admission cost: adults: $5, kids 6-12: $2, kids 5 and under: free.

When: Saturday August 13, 2016
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Max Bell Centre
Address: 1001 Barlow Trail SE, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgaryjapanesefestival.com

Korean Day Festival

Learn more about Korean culture at the 13th annual Korean Day Festival, celebrating and showcasing Korea’s unique culture. The Korean Day Festival is held to preserve and promote Korea’s heritage, including exciting events such as traditional dance performances, Korean food, and a lively parade. Sample traditional Korean food such as kim chi and bulgogi, watch performances, and listen to both traditional Korean music and K-Pop!

When: Saturday August 13, 2016
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Glenmore Athletic Park
Address: 5300 19 St SW, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgarykorea.com

Dragon Boat Festival

August is the time to catch dragon boats racing down Calgary’s rivers! The annual Dragon Boat Festival will take place on August 13 and 14 in North Glenmore Park. Catch some exciting Dragon Boat action, plus a kids’ play zone, food trucks, live bands and other entertainment, and much more!

When: August 13-14, 2016
Time: 7 am – 6 pm
Where: North Glenmore Park, Calgary AB

No Greater Love Christian Music Festival

Canada’s Largest Christian Music Festival will be held in Morley, AB over the weekend of August 13-14th! The festival will feature over 20 Christian Music Bands, Kids Kingdom and the option to camp/RV on Mother Nature’s Movie Set (Legends of the Fall, Buffalo Bill and The Revenant were all filmed here).

When: August 13 – 14, 2016
Time: 9 am – 11 pm
Where: Stoney Nakoda First Nation, Morley, Alberta
Website: www.NoGreaterLove.ca

Marda Gras

Spend some time in bustling Marda Loop on August 14th for the annual Marda Gras festival. Marda Gras is the Marda Loop BRZ’s annual New Orleans-themed street festival, complete with vendors, food, a show & shinepet pageant, and live entertainment from musicians, street performers, dancers, and much more!

When: Sunday August 14, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Marda Loop, 33rd and 34th Avenues SW, Calgary AB (map)

Opera in the Village – click for detailed info

When: August 13-14 and August 20-21, 2016
Time: 1 – 8 pm
Where: East Village Riverwalk Plaza
Address: 618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary AB

ReggaeFest 2016

Are you a Rastagarian? Get a little bit of Reggae into your life at this year’s Reggae Festival, happening August 19-20, 2016! Performers over the two-day main stage include Warrior King, Razor B, Nana McLean, Glen Washington and many others. Hang out with the kids in the Kidz Zone (1 – 7 pm, Saturday only) and enjoy family activities like face painting, crafts, games and much more! Or chill out with a brew in the Village and savour the flavor of island spices. You may even find a special souvenir to take home.

Tickets available at Eventbrite. Kids 12 and under are free during the whole festival.

When: August 19-20, 2016
Time: 4 – 10 pm on Friday; 12 – 10:30 pm on Saturday
Where: Shaw Millennium Park
Address: 1220 – 9 Avenue SW Calgary, AB

Cochrane Fair

The Cochrane Fair is a fun weekend for the whole family. Featuring the Excel Homes Special Events Stage with family friendly entertainment, Children’s Fun Zone, lots of equestrian events including Jackpot Team Roping, a Midway by Wildrose Amusements, a great “Market Place”, and tons of other activities (rabbit agility, anyone??).

Admission is $5 per person; kids 10 and under get in free.

When: August 19-21, 2016
Time: 4 – 11 pm on Friday; 9 am – 11 pm on Saturday; 9 am – 6 pm Sunday
Where: AG Society Park, Cochrane
Address: 43080 Bow Valley Trail, Cochrane AB

9th Annual Spagetti Western Musical Festival – click for detailed info

When: Saturday August 20, 2016
Time: 12 – 8 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 – 8th Avenue SE, Calgary AB
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109th Annual Priddis & Millarville Fair

Undeniably one of the oldest and best country fairs and farmers’ markets in Alberta, this fair features livestock competitions and demonstrations, artisan judging (from crochet to cake and everything in between!), bouncy castle, face painting, petting zoo, youth talent competition, live entertainment, watermelon and pie eating contests and so much more.

Admission to the fair is $5/person; kids 8 and under get in free!

When: August 20-21, 2016
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Millarville Racetrack
Address: 306097 192 Street, Millarville AB
Facebook: Event Page

Alberta Open Farm Days

Alberta Open Farm Days is a province-wide event for foodies, farmers and families. On August 21, Albertans are encouraged to come meet their rural neighbours to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. Admission is free. As well, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of culinary events that will be held around the province on August 20, using Alberta farm products!

When: August 20-21, 2016
Where: various locations province-wide
Website: www.albertafarmdays.com

Airdrie AG Society – Annual Fall Fair

Celebrating the best Airdrie has to offer, participants of all ages will be showing off their best efforts in vegetable growing, children’s crafts, baking, fine art, photography and more. At the same time, there will be activities for Alberta Open Farm Days taking place (see listing above).

When: Sunday August 21, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Plainsmen Arena
Address: 320 Centre Ave E, Airdrie AB

Globalfest – click for detailed info

When: August 18, 20, 23*(postponed to August 24th), 25 and 27, 2016
Time: 6 – 11:30 pm (no entry after 9:15 pm)
Where: Elliston Park, Calgary AB (access & parking info here)

Muslim Heritage Day

Experience the rich Muslim tradition as you learn more about islamic culture, including its history and accomplishments. Try some delicious new foods and perhaps get a beautiful Henna design applied! Free admission.

When: Friday August 26, 2016
Time: 11 am – 8 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 8th Ave SE, Calgary AB
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Kaleidoscope 2016 – Celebrate Our Creative Community

Live demonstrations and performances of music, art & dance encourage people of all ages to get involved. See the work of some Calgary’s talented artists. Participate in creating a masterpiece of your own. It’s never too late – or too early – to make the arts part of an active lifestyle. Everyone welcome to attend. Free for the whole family.

When: Saturday August 27, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre
Address: 2212-13th Street N.W., Calgary, AB
Website: www.k2016.ca
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Foothills Highland Games

Enjoy a day in Scotland… without going further than Okotoks! The 6th annual games feature traditional sporting, dance, and piping & drumming competitions, activities for families, a beer garden and the evening Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) featuring Fraid Knot. You can find the complete schedule of events online. Leave your dogs at home. Admission costs:

Foothills Highland Games in Okotoks AB (Family Fun Calgary)

When: Saturday August 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 am – 11 pm (regular events finish about 5 pm; Ceilidh starts at 6)
Where: Foothills Composite High School
Address: 229 Woodhaven Drive, Okotoks AB
Website: www.foothillshighlandgames.com

Bowness Auto Parts Show and Shine Car Show

Love cars? Head to Bowness Auto Parts on Sunday August 28th to see some fantastic classics and unique vehicles! This is a free event with food available on site.

When: Sunday August 28, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Bowness Auto Parts
Address: 6419 Bowness Road NW, Calgary AB
Website: www.bownessauto.com
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Cornucopia at Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park

If you’re visiting a corn maze, it stands to reason that you might actually enjoy tasting some of the good stuff. For 6 days, starting August 31st, Cobb’s Corn Maze celebrates Cornucopia – all corn, all the time. Enjoy traditional favourites such as corn on the cob or cornbread, or try more unusual versions like corn fritters. If eating it isn’t enough, participate in a corn toss, games, crafts and more!

When: August 31 – September 5, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze
Address: 1500 84th Street NE, Calgary AB
Website: www.cobbscornmaze.com

Fiesta Filipino

Back for another wonderful year – this time for TWO days – this celebration of all things Filipino happens this September 2nd and 3rd in Olympic Plaza. From talented performers to delicious food, enjoy the many wonderful things that the vibrant Filipino culture has to offer! Admission is free.

When: September 2-3, 2016
Time: 12 – 10 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza
Address: 228 – 8 Avenue SE, Calgary AB
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Calgary Highland Games

Whether you’re a Scot or not, there’s plenty to see and do at the Calgary Highland Games! This year the Games celebrates its 102nd anniversary with a number of sports and activities celebrating Scottish traditions. Head to Springbank to see Highland dancing, piping and drumming, heavy events, and much more! Complimentary shuttles will be running between the 69th Street LRT Station and the event. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

When: Saturday September 3, 2016
Time: 7:30 am – 7 pm (complete schedule)
Where: Springbank Park for All Seasons

Marda Pride

To support Pride, Marda Loop businesses come together and celebrate by offering in-store promotions, jewelry, fashion, art and food specials, and create a painted rainbow sidewalk. Enjoy delicious culinary treats, shop the unique and local boutiques, participate in family-friendly activities and listen to an array of live music serenading the streets.

When: Saturday September 3, 2016
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Where: MARDA LOOP: ATB Financial, Changes Clothing, Cookie Occasion, COBS Bread Bakery, Crabapple Clothing Co, DAVIDsTEA, FYidoctors, Garrison Woods Dental, Global Pet Foods, GoPerformance Fitness Lab, Imagine Wireless, Liquor Depot, Optimum Dentistry, PIPS Board Game Café, Swish Hair Salon, The Clothing Bar, The Farmer’s House restaurant, RBC Royal Bank, Starbucks and Valerianne of Calgary.
Website: www.mardaloopbrz.ca

BBQ on the Bow – click for detailed info

When: September 3-4, 2016
Time: see website or Facebook page for details
Where: Montgomery Community Centre
Address: 5003 16th Avenue NW, Calgary AB

Canmore Highland Games

The Canmore Highland Games brings all the excitement of a real Scottish meeting of the clans to our Rocky Mountains. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, highland dancing, piping and drumming, heavy sports, tug of war, sheep dogs, clan tents, Celtic vendors, Scotch tasting, traditional food and beverages, beer garden, massed bands, a kids’ tent, food trucks and more.

Some helpful info: no bottled water available due to Canmore bylaw; bring your own water bottle. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs. Plan to park and walk to the site from designated parking areas. Bring your own chair to be comfy during the spectator events.

In addition to the main games on Sunday, there are 2 other events (ticketed separately):

  • Taste of the Highlands – Saturday Sept. 3, 5-9 pm (adult 18+ event)
  • Evening Ceilidh – Sunday Sept. 4, 6-11 pm (all ages event

When: September 4, 2016
Time: 8 am – 5:30 pm (gates open at 7 am)
Where: Centennial Park, Canmore AB

Calgary Pride Parade & Pride in the Park

Calgary’s family friendly pride parade sees upwards of 60,000 spectators as over 125 entries from community groups, corporations, politicians, churches and public services roll through the heart of downtown, and celebrates the tremendous diversity of Calgary’s community. This year’s parade will be led by award winning writer, musician and filmmaker Rae Spoon.

Following the parade, Shaw Millennium Park hosts a great party: Enjoy live music on the main stage, activities for youth and children in the family zone, a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the Village Brewery Beer Gardens, or get better acquainted with the local community as your browse the marketplace.

When: Sunday September 4, 2016
Time: parade 12 – 1:30 pm; park events 12:30 – 6 pm
Where: Shaw Millennium Park
Address: 1220 9 Avenue SW, Calgary AB

Chinatown Street Festival

The annual Chinatown Street Festival will take place on September 4th in Calgary’s vibrant Chinatown! The day will be filled with live cultural performances, opportunities to visit vendors in the cultural market, and other fun activities celebrating our Chinese community. Admission is free.

When: Sunday September 4, 2016
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Impark Lot on the corner of Riverfront Ave and 2nd Street SW, Calgary AB
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Long Weekend Island Escape #3

You don’t need to leave town this long weekend to enjoy a party on the beach! Head to Trout Beach on St. Patrick’s Island for a fun-filled island staycation. Featuring live music from BassBus, food trucks on site offering beach snacks, and the EAST Crew with classic summer games and activities on hand. Don’t forget something to sit on and your sun protection! This is a free family-friendly event.

If you plan to drive, please note that the parking lot can only be accessed via 12th St Bridge from Inglewood. As always, it is best to access the island by foot, bike, and public transit.

When: Monday September 5, 2016
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Where: St. Patrick’s Island (accessible from East Village)

Cochrane Labour Day Parade

The Cochrane Labour Day Parade first happened in 1968 and has become an annual tradition since then. This year’s parade will travel over 3 km and include over a thousand participants and 5 bands. This year’s parade marshals are the Cochrane Lion’s Cup Rodeo.

The Cochrane Activettes host a Pancake Breakfast, before the Parade, at 9-11 am. It’s held at Northstar Ford, 340 Railway Street West.

When: Monday September 5, 2016
Time: parade starts at 10:30 am
Where: Cochrane, AB (see route map here)

Mid-Autumn Night Market – click for detailed info

When: September 9-11, 2016
Time: Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 12 – 9 pm, Sunday 12 – 6 pm
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre
Address: 197 1st St SW, Calgary AB
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Circle the Wagons

On Saturday September 10th, local businesses/community builders BassBus, YYCFoodTrucks and Village Brewery will come together in the University District to create a celebration of community, food, beer, and music! The third annual family friendly Circle the Wagons will raise funds for community initiatives like improving parks and playgrounds and bring urban experiences outside the downtown core. In addition to the great food and beverages, there’ll be a circus school (bigger and better than ever) for kids of all ages, musicians (local and global), and amazing performances throughout the day and night by Cirque de la Nuit. Plus – new this year – don’t miss the Weiner Dog Races!

Free shuttles will leave the Brentwood LRT station on the hour and half hour starting at 11 am, returning until 12 am.

Tickets are available online for $35. Kids 14 and under get in free!

When: Saturday September 10, 2016
Time: 11 am – 11 pm
Where: University District South Park
Address: West Campus Blvd NW, Calgary AB
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Dream Day Fall Fair

Dream Day is everything you loved about Fall Fairs growing up, from rides and carnival food, to having your face painted and meeting some furry friends at the petting Zoo. There will also be 7 show homes by Homes by Dream Calgary, ReidBuilt Homes Calgary and McKee Homes on display for all to view.

Below is a list of all the fun events/activities to expect:

Food and Beverage: Food Truck (Spud Studz), Barbecue, Ice Cream Truck, Lemonade Truck (Family Freezed), Cotton Candy Stand (Sugar Cube), Popcorn Truck (Sugar Creek Gourmet Popcorn)

Activities: Euro Bungee, Face Painters, Balloon Artists, Magician, Arts and Crafts Booth, Blow up Slide, Obstacle Course, Musical Guests (Josh Wilson Band), Petting Zoo.

Admission is free.

When: Saturday September 10, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: 10-22 Amery Crescent, Crossfield AB
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Join in the fun as community and not for profit groups showcase their services and products on Saturday, September 10th at Airdrie’s City Hall.

There’ll be free family fun, live entertainment, kids games and community registrations. AirdrieFEST is a great opportunity for Airdrie residents (or prospective Airdrie residents!) to come out and see everything Airdrie has to offer.

When: Saturday September 10, 2016
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Airdrie City Hall
Address: 400 Main Street S, Airdrie AB

El Grito – Mexican Independence Day Festival

Celebrate Mexico’s independence with tasty food, musical and dance performances, plus performances aimed at kids. Olé!

When: Saturday September 10, 2016
Time: 4 – 8 pm
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre
Address: 197 1st St SW, Calgary AB

One Love Music Festival

One Love is Western Canada’s biggest Hip Hop festival and it’s happening right her in Calgary on September 10th and 11th! All ages are welcome to this event, except in VIP and licensed areas. Buy tickets online.

When: September 10-11, 2016
Time: gates open at 1 pm
Where: Elliston Park
Address: 1827 68 Street SE, Calgary AB


Science and engineering meet art and design when Beakerhead takes over the city for its fourth year. During the course of the five-day event this year, there are going to be more than 60 events that combine science, engineering and art. Expect to admire multi-storey art installations, see mechanical creatures roaming the streets, participate in a fine dining event in a construction zone in Ramsay, and join in the return of Beakernight, the festival’s annual nighttime spectacle that has everything from rocket ship crane rides to 3D-projection musical parties.

Here are a few of the events recommended for families with kids: Four to Six (September 16 @ 4 pm), Tentacles (daily), Sandbox of Human Ingenuity (daily), Saturnian (daily), Taste of That Thing in the Desert (September 16 @ 6 pm), Energy Defenders (September 17 @ 12 pm), Nibbles (daily), Puppet Pop-Up Studio (September 17 @ 1 pm), Thundercloud Parade at ILLUMINASIA (September 17 @ 7:30 pm) and Beakernight (September 17 @ 7 pm).

Most events are free; some are ticketed – tickets available online.

When: September 14-18, 2016
Time: Varies for each event
Where: Venues throughout Calgary

Calgary Greek Festival

This annual festival is your opportunity to enjoy Greek music, drinks, food, dancing and culture… all without leaving Calgary! General admission is $5; kids 12 and under and seniors get in free! Complete schedule is available online.

When: September 16-18, 2016
Time: Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm
Where: Hellenic Community Centre
Address: 1 Tamarac Cres. SW, Calgary AB
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Art of the Harvest

In the mood for a day in the country? Then don’t miss this old tyme harvest! This annual event showcases horse teams and vintage equipment used to harvest grain planted in the spring. Go out and discover the Art of the Harvest as this informational demo will have something for the very small to the very tall, and for the city dweller to those with rural roots!

When: Saturday September 17, 2016
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Airdrie Ag Park
Address: Big Hill Springs Road, 3 km west of Okotoks AB

Taste of West 85th – click for detailed info

When: Saturday September 17, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: West 85th Street in West Springs, Calgary AB (in the area of 8A Avenue)
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Food Fest at Calgary Life Church – click for detailed info

When: Saturday September 17, 2016
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Calgary Life Church
Address: 11400 27 St SE, Calgary AB

Chili Fest at Canyon Creek Christian Fellowship – click for detailed info

When: Saturday September 17, 2016
Time: 2 – 6 pm
Where: Canyon Creek Christian Fellowship
Address: 101, 295 Midpark Way SE, Calgary AB
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Fall Carnival at Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel Community Church

Bouncy castles, games, prizes, free face painting, carnival foods for purchase. In the event of rain, the event will be held indoors in the gym.

Free admission, food to purchase supports the church’s community programs.

When: Saturday September 17, 2016
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel Community Church
Address: 222 Sandarac Drive NW, Calgary AB
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