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From covert toe-tappers to head bangers and flower children – see everyone come together as one big, lip-synching family during Alberta’s music festival season. • Outdoors: Summer music festivals are so full of warm vibes, it almost doesn’t matter who’s playing. Pull up some lawn or throw down a tarp and meet your new favourite band. • Big Names: If big acts are your thing, Edmonton and Calgary’s stadium shows are the place to look year-round. • July fun: During the Calgary Stampede, country’s biggest stars fill arena shows at the Saddledome. Looking for rock, pop, alternative or kids bands? See them light up an outdoor side stage, free with Stampede admission. 

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High Performance Rodeo

Calgary, Alberta
2020-01-08 to 2020-01-26 MST

For three wild weeks in January, One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, is where the action is. It’s a chance to watch touring performances from across Canada, acclaimed international shows, and new and experimental work from artists here in Calgary. Audiences brave the January cold or revel in the chinook heat-wave, comb over the festival guide, and come out to play. The High Performance Rodeo is about championing creativity, building community, celebrating diverse voices, and promoting self-expression in all forms. For 34 years, the festival has been a launching pad for local artists and a spotlight onto the world’s stage. It’s a unique experience that only happens here.The programming is multi-faceted in its diversity; renowned for being rich with progressive, wild and powerfully inventive performances. Mesmerizing contemporary dance to thought-provoking performances designed to challenge the worldviews held by the audience, international theatre hits, emerging artists and productions, immersive sensory journies, modern Indigenous art and theatre, music and more, transform the cultural landscape of Calgary and leave lasting impressions that extend beyond the city borders.

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Calgary Fringe Festival

Calgary, Alberta
2020-07-31 to 2020-08-08 MST

The annual Calgary Fringe Festival features bold shows that are uncensored and unforgettable. The non-juried theatre festival focusses on creativity, performance, expression, and pushing boundaries. Productions can be locally grown or have international roots. Expect the unexpected throughout the multi-day event.

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The Electric Highway 2020

Calgary, Alberta
2020-04-16 to 2020-04-17 MST | Show All Dates

The Electric Highway is an annual music and arts festival in Calgary. Formerly the 420 Music and Arts Festival. 2020 is the festival's fourth year and first under the new name. The festival is a celebration featuring Stoner Rock, Desert Rock, Psychedelic, Heavy Blues, Doom & Sludge Metal bands from Canada, the US and around the world. The main event takes place at the historic Royal Canadian Legion #1 in downtown Calgary. Besides all the rad music, festival attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase the work of select local artists, artisans, and craftsmen at The Electric Highway Expo and play pinball in the Annual Pinball tournament at Pin-bar. There is also a kick-off party on Thursday, April 16 at the Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club where you can get your wrist band and pre-ordered merch package so you are ready to go when the event begins on Friday. Festival passes are on sale now. "All Roads Lead to The Electric Highway" #BuckleUp

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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

Calgary, Alberta
2020-02-24 to 2020-02-29 MST

Calgary Blues Music Association presents the annual Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, a week-long celebration of blues music to beat the winter blues! Take in the talents of international and national blues musicians as well as local artists. Enjoy workshops, public performances, concerts and dance parties.

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Calgary International Blues Festival

Calgary, Alberta
2020-07-27 to 2020-08-02 MST

Experience smoking hot blues in the heart of downtown Calgary! The festival offers non-stop main stage performances, a beer tent and nightly dance parties that run late into the night. This family-friendly event draws audience members from around the world.

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Boardwalk Sand on Whyte

Edmonton, Alberta
2020-06-26 to 2020-07-05 MST

Imagine a pile of ordinary sand transformed into an intentional beach! Professional sand carving artists add water, compact the sand and then carve this ordinary sand into incredible works of art. Enjoy these breathtaking masterpieces and take time to complete your Old Strathcona experience with shopping, dining, entertainment and more. 

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