Conference attendees are always looking for opportunities to break out of the boardroom and immerse themselves in the local culture. These Calgary festivals will inspire, invigorate and awe your conference attendees.

September 19-23, 2018

Calgary’s Beakerhead is an exploration of science, art and technology, featuring workshops, competitions and installations to stimulate ingenuity.

A five-day citywide spectacle with more than 60 events centred around delightfully bizarre engineered installations and artworks, attendees can build a Beakerhead walking tour to take in the installations or sign up for special events.

Case Study: International Play Association, Calgary 2017

When the International Play Association (IPA) planned their Calgary Conference, meeting planners worked with Beakerhead to take advantage of the synergies and build local play into conference programming. Beakerhead’s theme of “Snakes and Ladders” and their Vivo ambassadors (Vivo is a not-for-profit, charitable organization committed to healthy living and community building), worked with IPA to hold an outdoor session at the doorstep of the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre on Stephen Avenue pedestrian mall.

Folk Fest
July 26-29, 2018

A 10-minute walk from Calgary’s Convention District, Folk Fest on Prince’s Island Park brings the world of acoustic guitars, good music and good food together for four fun-filled days. 70 artists from Alberta, Canada and the world perform in concerts, sessions and unpredictable mash-ups where artists collaborate in unique and unexpected ways, sharing songs and stories.

August 16-25, 2018

Alberta's most explosive festival lights up the summer night sky with fireworks.

The annual Globalfest international fireworks competition runs for 10 days at the end of August and is the perfect way to close out a spectacular conference.

Calgary Stampede
July 6-15, 2018

The Calgary Stampede hosts 1.2 million visitors from around the world to join in festivities at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. The entire city pulls out their western wear for this 10-day spectacle—so pick up a cowboy hat that fits!

Shows: From world-famous rodeo and chuckwagon races to high-energy entertainment from show-riders to bmx demonstrations there is round the clock entertainment.

Music: Country legends, rock royalty and rising stars take over Calgary for a concert series in dozens of venues across the city.

Attractions: Stampede Park captivates visitors with sights, sounds and scents. Enjoy mid-way rides, indulge in deep-fried ally, or learn to two-step in a country bar.

Western Events + Agriculture: Animals are the heartbeat and the passion of the Calgary Stampede. Experience dozens of showcases and events, or tour the barns at Stampede Park.

White Hat Ceremony:

Want to WOW your delegates? Calgary’s famous White Hat ceremony is available year round. The tradition started in the 1950’s, and continues on today as Calgary’s way of welcoming, honoring and sharing our famous hospitality with visitors. Be a part of Calgary’s tradition and create an unforgettable experience by hosting a White Hat ceremony onsite during your conference or reception. Meetings + Conventions Calgary’s event services team will arrange all of the details, including hats and a volunteer for your ceremony.

With over 600 annual festivals, there is ample opportunity to connect your event to Calgary’s cultural scene.

**Connect with our team to see how you can integrate a Calgary festival into your event.

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