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August Guide: Major Events & Festivals in Calgary (For Families)

Published Jul 10, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Everything you need to know for August 2019 in Calgary. From GlobalFest, to free outdoor movies, to cool & unique festivals, these are the things to do that the entire family will enjoy.

The month of August brings some of the biggest and best events to Calgary!

Tailored to kid-friendly festivals and things to do, here's some of the can't-miss highlights to make the final summer month a memorable one for everyone in the family.

1. Inglewood Sunfest

At Sunfest, there is an activity made for all ages. This could mean a jump in the bouncer for the kids, discovering a great new band, being wowed and amazed by our cool street performers, choosing a perfect summer patio or searching for a trendy fashion; there is no shortage of things happening.

When- Saturday Aug 3rd from 11am - 6pm
Where- Original Main Street, Inglewood
Price- Free
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2. Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony

More than a thousand of beautiful lanterns will be launched to remember those who were impacted by atomic bombings and wartime fires still continuing in modern time in our international community. Join in to launch a floating lantern with your wish to peace and hope to create happiness in the community. A floating lantern will be rented with a small donation of $5.

When- Saturday Aug 3rd from 8pm - 10pm
Where- Olympic Plaza, Downtown
Price- Free
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3. Taste of Calgary

This year’s blend of international cuisines will treat your taste buds to flavors from African, East Indian, Italian, Asian and and others; all represented by over forty of the Calgary’s most unique restaurants and beverage companies. Admission to the festival is free and includes a taste of Calgary’s incredible local entertainers – live on the Main Stage.

When- August 8th-11th (Thurs-Sunday) from 11am - 9pm
Where- Eau Claire Festival Plaza
Price- Free
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4. Calgary Dragon Boat Festival

One of Calgary's "best family friendly outdoor festivals around". Drawing over 4000 spectators and an abundance of excitement and cultural experiences every year, the Calgary Dragon Boat Society (CDBS) organizes this 2 Day Dragon Boat Race & Festival at North Glenmore Park to show case culture and dragon boat racing.

When- Sat & Sun August 9th-11th, from 7am-6pm
Where- North Glenmore Park
Price- Free Admission
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5. Sweet Summer Corn Festival

The Sweet Summer Corn Fest activity line-up includes: 1 free cob of Taber Corn for each visitor to take home, corn husking competition, pony rides, face painting, and corn decorating.

When- Saturday August 24th from 10am-4:30pm, August 31st from 10am-4:30pm
Where- Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm
Price- $13.95 per person
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6. Marda Gras Street Festival

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!

When- Sunday August 11th from 10am-5pm
Where- Marda Loop
Price- Free
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7. GlobalFest

Alberta's most EXPLOSIVE festival! 2018 features presentations produced by world-class pyro musical artists hailing from the Ukraine, Spain, Philippines and China, culminating with GlobalFest’s own spectacular Finale presentation.

When- 5 Nights- August 15th-24th
Where- Elliston Regional Park
Price- Varies depending on the night & how early you purchase tickets
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8. Franco Festival

Francophone Festival Calgary is about bridging the gap and breaking down the barriers of cultural misunderstanding. The festival celebrates, showcases and shares the considerable abilities of Calgary's francophone arts and cultural communities. This year the children's corner will be represented by le Centre d'Appui Familiale of Calgary, which will offer games and crafts for your children!

When- Saturday August 17th from 11am-9pm
Where- Olympic Plaza, Downtown
Price- Free
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9. Carifest

Calgary’s Carifest celebrates Caribbean arts and culture. The festival will kick off at Olympic Plaza with a parade down Stephen Avenue. Afterwards, you can join the celebration at Shaw Millennium Park and enjoy local, international and Caribbean entertainment, food, art and more.

When- Friday August 16th at 6pm and Saturday August 17th from 11am-9pm
Where- Shaw Millennium Park
Price- Free Admission
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10. Movies at the Meadows

Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular summer activity - and what better place to do it than at Spruce Meadows! Movies are $20/carload ($15/carload if purchased in advance) and offer a great opportunity for families to enjoy some time together under the stars. Doors open at 7:30pm for live music, food, and snacks. There's a complimentary bouncy castle to keep the kids occupied and train rides or carousel rides available for $4 per ride.

The movie begins at sunset.

Thurs August 8 - TBD by vote
Thurs August 15 - TBD by vote

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