Calgary GlobalFest August 14th to 23rd
The groundwork for GlobalFest began in 1993 with the formation of The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society. The not-for-profit Society searched for a suitable fireworks launch site in Calgary for eight years to no avail. There were many potential sites, but none combined the suitable large viewing area, safety regulations, and ability to allow large-scale pyrotechnics to be launched. It wasn't until 2001 when the Society discovered Elliston Park in Calgary's Greater Forest Lawn district that the dream could now become reality.
GlobalFest burst onto the scene in 2003 with 10 cultural pavilions and three countries presenting pyromusicals in Calgary's very own international fireworks festival. On the fourth and final night of the festival, GlobalFest celebrated a remarkable accomplishment. The festival reached attendance of close to 100,000 in the very first year, making GlobalFest one of Calgary's top draws for local citizens and tourists alike. Visit the Calgary Globalfest web site for more information.
Expo Latino August 22nd to 24th
Western Canada's largest latin festival will be held at Prince’s Island Park, 1st Avenue and 4th Street SW. Celebrating it's 17th anniversary. Creating experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people, music and dance.
The Hispanic Arts Society Pesident would like to welcome you to this year’s festival. Since the Society’s inception in 1987, we have been working towards the presentation of major productions. Visit the Calgary Expo Latino Festival web site for more information.
Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri August 23rd
Held at the Bowness community centre, 7904 – 43Ave NW. The Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri presents a wide variety Japanese cultural activities, music, dance, food and merchandise. Families and children of all ages are invited to join us.
“OMatsuri” is the Japanese term for a “traditional festival”. Visitors to the festival will be treated to authentic Japanese food and snacks, presentations of traditional music, dance and song, dramatic re-enactments of classic Japanese fairy tales, martial arts demonstrations, and more! Visit the Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri web site for more information.
Calgary Carifest August 23rd Shaw Millenium Park
Carifest is an annual festival that showcases the arts and culture of the Caribbean. The Carifest Parade is a street parade that depicts that splendour and revelry for Caribbean masquerade (mas). Various Mas Bands have an opportunity to display their costumes while engaging Calgary’s community to experience a taste of what “Playing Mas” is all about. The parade begins at Eau Clare Market on the concrete pad behind the Barley Mill, travels along 3rd Street SW to Stephen/8th Avenue, then along Stephen/8th Avenue to Shaw Millennium Park where the Mas Bands cross the main stage.
The Sunshine Fest is the outdoor park event that is the climax to the Carifest festivities. The event features a mainstage where various artists engage the audience with their musical magic. Patrons can relax in the sun and get a bite to eat at the various Caribbean inspired food services located around the park. Visit the Carifest web site for more information.
Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival August 23rd-24th
Held at North Glenmore Park. Calgary’s premier sport festivals, the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival draws +1250 competitors, +3500 spectators and an abundance of excitement and cultural experiences.
The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival is geared towards creating an unforgettable experience. The dragon boat competition illustrates comradery, teamwork and inspiration. Stemmed by a 2000-year-old Chinese legend, Dragon Boat Racing is still very active and remains a tradition to this day. Visit the Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival web site for more information.
Calgary Highland Games August 30th
Held a Springbank Park, the Calgary Highland Games is one of the premier Highland Games in Western Canada. It is one of the oldest gatherings in North America and will be celebrating 100 years in 2013. With competitors from around the world, the Calgary Highland Games is a proud spectacle of Scotland’s history come to life.
Did you know it takes 275 volunteers to run the Calgary Highland Games? The Calgary Highland Games is a totally volunteer run organization and could not run without them! Volunteers are needed for many jobs such as setting up the site and taking it down, security, parking cars, working the entrance gates, selling our souvenir items. We can not do it without you. Visit the Calgary Highland Games web site for more information.
Worlds Best Cyclcist Return To Calgary
The 2014 Tour of Alberta will reverse last year’s directions, with the Grand Depart taking place in Calgary, Alberta’s largest city; Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, will host the Tour’s overall finish. The cities of Lethbridge, Innisfail, Red Deer, Wetaskiwin, and Strathcona County will also participate as either a host start or finish community for this year’s Tour of Alberta.
The opening weekend will be hosted by the city of Calgary, the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The opening ceremonies and other special events will kick off this year’s race, with the first race day commencing on Tuesday, September 2. The opening stage will be a short time trial called a prologue, an individual race against the clock. The rider with the fastest time will take over the leader’s jersey. Last year, Slovakian superstar Peter Sagan won the time trial in Edmonton.
Visit the Tour of Alberta web site for more information.
Winter Sports Registration Starting
With fall and winter fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about registration for the 2014 -15 winter hockey season. Check out the local sports clubs for more information on registration. You can also access all the sports categories by selecting the Sports and Clubs link found in the top menu bar by scrolling upward.
September Is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
Since 1994, World Alzheimer’s DayTM – on 21 September each year – has been the only day on the calendar to unite people with dementia, caregivers and Alzheimer associations around the world.
World Alzheimer’s Month was introduced in 2012 and offers Alzheimer associations the opportunity to reach more individuals and groups and increase their efforts to call for improved support services for people with dementia and their caregivers.
To learn more about what is happening in your area, visit the Alberta Alzheimer's Disease Web Site for more information.
Calgary International Film Festival Sept 18 to 28th
The Calgary International Film Festival is an 11-day showcase of over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. Hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations, CIFF changes the way visual stories are shared and experienced.
The first Calgary International Film Festival was held in 2000 for six days, and was attended by 8,000 people. Within three years, attendance had more than tripled to 25,000 for the expanded ten-day festival. Today it is the largest film festival between the Rockies and the Great Lakes. Visit the Calgary International Film Festival Web Site for more information.