Calgary’s Summer Festivals

Get ready to immerse yourself in a whirlwind of culture, music, and celebration as we explore the vibrant tapestry of festivals lighting up the summer skies in Calgary! Whether you’re a music aficionado, a foodie on the hunt for culinary delights, or simply seeking to soak up the lively atmosphere, there’s something for everyone in the summer festival lineup. So, mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and let’s dive headfirst into the kaleidoscope of festivities awaiting us in Calgary this summer!

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival 

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival brings together more than 200 bands, comedians, films, and artists in 30-plus venues throughout the city. Enjoy five jam-packed days of culture in the heart of the city with bands that you might not often see in Calgary.

When: June 19-23, 2024

Badlands Music Festival

The Badlands Music Festival is an ever growing, electrifying celebration of music that showcases a mix of electronic, hip-hop, and pop genres, set against the picturesque backdrop of Calgary’s dynamic cityscape. This annual summer festival draws music lovers from all over, offering an unforgettable experience with its lineup of renowned international and local artists.

When: July 4-14, 2024

Burwood Music Festival

Located at the historic parade square at the Currie Barracks, Burwood Music Festival features some of the biggest chart-topping pop sensations, iconic rock bands, local talent, and country superstars each Stampede, just six minutes from downtown!

When: July 4-14, 2024

Cowboys Music Festival 

The world famous Cowboys Music Festival combines a diverse line-up of the world’s top artists with Cowboys iconic party status making it the most LEGENDARY 11-day party in the country!

When: July 4-14, 2024

Calgary Folk Music Festival

Get a front-row seat to a festival lineup of international artists at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. This popular festival takes place on beautiful Prince’s Island Park with 70 artists, performing on five daytime and two evening stages. Regular festival goers enjoy setting up camp right in front of the main stage with blankets, low-rise lawn chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy the festival atmosphere.

When: July 25-28, 2024

Calgary International Blues Festival 

The Calgary International Blues Festival serves up a week of blues music from around the world, including workshops, special events, and live concerts. Local and international musicians come together for this Calgary classic.

When: July 29 – August 4, 2024

Taste of Calgary 

Discover Calgary’s rich culinary scene at Taste of Calgary, a unique mix of restaurants and beverage companies with a side of live music. Admission to the festival is free, and you can purchase sample tickets for $1.00 to try select dishes from some of the city’s best restaurants and brewers.

When: August 1-5, 2024

Calgary Fringe Festival 

Calgary Fringe Festival is a nine-day theatre festival showcasing a wide range of performances. The term “fringe” refers to a festival where any and all submissions are accepted and includes emerging and established artists alike to share stories on stage. Watch street performances, browse vendors, and experience the eclectic entertainment presented each day.

When: August 2-10, 2024

BUMP Festival

The Beltline Urban Murals Project is Calgary’s street art festival. Since 2017, BUMP has added over 180 public art installations to Calgary. During the BUMP Festival you can watch new murals go up in real time, attend artist talks, and vibe out to Graffiti Jams.

When: August 3-24, 2024

Chasing Summer 

The largest outdoor EDM event in Western Canada returns to Alberta for this two-day annual electronic fest in August. Take advantage of the last days of summer to party at the Max Bell Centre in Calgary and dance from sunrise to sundown with the hottest names in EDM.

When: August 3-4, 2024


Take in GlobalFest, a multicultural celebration with five incredible nights of dancing, music, food, and fireworks displays. Each night features a world-class fireworks show set to music from an international group of pyro-artists at Alberta’s most explosive festival.

When: August 15-24, 2024


Join in the fun of Carifest, a spectacular celebration of Caribbean music, costumes, tradition, and culture. Carifest hosts a colourful parade that starts in Olympic Plaza and makes its way to Shaw Millennium Park for a festival of live reggae and steel pan music, dancing, and food.

When: August 16-18, 2024

Country Thunder 

The biggest names in country music take the stage at Country Thunder for an epic concert event each summer in Calgary. Fort Calgary hosts this outdoor music festival with two stages, up-and-coming artists, and a nightly headliner straight from the top of the country charts.

When: August 16-18, 2024

Expo Latino Festivals

Expo Latino Festivals is Western Canada’s largest Latino festival and welcomes visitors for a vibrant weekend of food, artisans, dancing, music, and entertainment for over 35 years.

When: August 16-18, 2024

Great Outdoors Comedy Festival 

The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival features some of the best comedy legends in live shows that promise great laughs, good times, and a celebration of all forms of performance comedy.

When: August 23-25, 2024

Brewery & the Beast

Brewery & the Beast attracts chefs and restaurants from Calgary, Banff, Edmonton and surrounding areas to showcase incredible food and beverages from Alberta. This festival creates a playful and educational environment where you can learn about local proteins and produce, enjoy quality food and drink, and participate in a dynamic environment that supports local businesses.

When: August 25, 2024

Thank you to Visit Calgary for the information and I hope to see you at some of these amazing summer parties! Visit me on Facebook and Google for more about what’s going on in and around our beautiful city!