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Spring Festivals in Calgary

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It's Finally Festival Season!

Calgary has so many fantastic festivals and events in May and June. Here are some options which we have paired with either a book or movie to help you start the season off right.

Calgary Expo: Comics and Entertainment

April 25 - April 28, 2019
Stampede Park

Tickets are selling fast for this annual four-day pop culture convention celebrating science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation, and more. Meet celebrities and check out workshops, exhibitors, and tons of cool stuff. Some of this year's headliners include movie or television stars from:

  • Back to the Future (Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, and Tom Wilson)
  • Shazam (Zachary Levi, Asher Anger, and Jack Dylan Grazer)
  • Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) and many more.

Wonder Woman movie poster

If you can't enough of this DC Comics character, go to Criterion on Demand and watch Wonder Woman 2017.

Calgary International Beerfest

May 3 - 4, 2019
BMO Centre

A ticket to Canada's largest beer festival gets you a sample mug to try more than 700 beers from over 200 different breweries as well as seminars, great food and entertainment. This is a great way to increase your beer knowledge, find a new favourite beer and have a good time!

Beer and Food book cover

Beer and food: bringing together the finest food and the best craft beers in the world/ By Mark Dredge

This book examines the principles of matching beer with food and the flavours that they have in common.

OtaFest 2019

May 17 - May 19, 2019
Telus Convention Centre

Otafest is an annual conference where anime enthusiasts show their passion and appreciation of the hobby. Fans can show off the costumes they have made, music videos they have created, and art they have painted and drawn. There are educational panels introducing others to the basics of the Japanese language and tips on how to use computer programs to enhance music videos and CG art. This graphic novel by Sean Michael Wilson contains a collection of kaidan, traditional Japanese ghosts, myth, and mystery stories.

The Faceless Ghost book cover

Lafcadio Hearn's The Faceless Ghost and other macabre tales from Japan / By Sean Michael Wilson ; Illustrated by Michiru Morikawa

YYC Vegan Week

May 19 - May 25, 2019
Various Restaurants, Calgary

YYC Vegan Week is a celebration of all plant-based foods where participating restaurants offer vegan cuisine. Diners will be able to vote for their favourite vegan meal or dessert online. $1 from every meal that is sold will support VegFest Calgary.

Modern Vegan Baking book cover

Modern vegan baking: the ultimate resource for sweet & savory baked goods / Gretchen Price ; photographs by Melina Thompson

This vegan cookbook provides a variety of delicious recipes for anyone who enjoys vegan baking or baking in general. The recipes and techniques are easy to follow and it includes both sweet and savory treat options.

The 4th Street Lilac Festival

Sunday, June 2, 2019 10 am - 5 pm
4th Street SW (Between 13th Avenue and Elbow Drive)

Celebrate summer with this classic (and free) Calgary festival featuring delicious food, artisan vendors, and talented, local musicians and performance acts. While you're there, snip some blooms and try cooking with flowers!

Cooking with Flowers book cover

Cooking with flowers: sweet and savory recipes with rose petals, lilacs, lavender and other edible flowers / By Miche Bacher

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival

June 19 - 23, 2019
Various Venues, Calgary

Sled Island is a 5 day independent music and arts festival that features over 250 local and international artists and bands playing in more than 30 venues throughout the city.

Mashed Up book cover

Mashed up : music, technology, and the rise of configurable culture / By Aram Sinnreich

This eBook attempts to explain the fascinating power that music has on our emotional state and how it can unite or divide entire societies.

Take some time away from your busy schedules to attend a few of these events or check out some of the book or movie titles suggested here.

Reference List

4th Street Lilac Festival. (2019). Welcome to the 4th street lilac festival. Retrieved from https://lilacfestival.net/

ABF Festivals. (2019). Calgary International Beerfest. Retrieved from https://albertabeerfestivals.com/festivals/calgary-international-beerfest/

Calgary Expo Comics & Entertainment. (2019). Calgary Expo Comics & Entertainment. Retrieved from https://www.calgaryexpo.com/en/home.html

Dished YYC. (2019). YYC Vegan week kicks off in Calgary on May 19. Retrieved from https://dailyhive.com/calgary/yyc-vegan-week-2019

Otafest 2019. (2019). Otafest 2019. Retrieved from https://otafest.com/

Sled Island. (2019). Sled Island. Retrieved from https://www.sledisland.com/

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