Globalfest is a festival of fireworks usually held a few weeks after the Calgary Stampede at Elliston Park. There are other performances and good food celebrating cultural diversity, but we all know what the main draw is: the fireworks! Go early, bring bug spray, lawn chair and enjoy the show with some amazing food. Parking can be quite a challenge and the roads around Elliston Park are shutdown. Consider parking many blocks away or take public transit.
Inglewood Sunfest is a street festival held in the Inglewood neighbourhood shutting down 9th Avenue SE during the middle of the Summer months. There are lots of buskers and street vendors out enjoying the Sun year after year. There is a Show and Shine as well for the classic car lovers. Classic American Muscle is well represented. I really like Sunfest as it gets me walking around Inglewood and we always end up at a nifty restaurant we haven’t tried before. I entered my very first pie eating contest here. Fun! Some people have Ironman competitor shirts, I have a pie eating competitor shirt.
Lilac Festival happens on 4th Street SW in the Mission District almost right after the May Long Weekend when the Lilacs are in bloom and is a sure sign that Winter is over. Like the Inglewood Sunfest, there are lots of buskers, street vendors and a variety of restaurants to try out as you wander the streets. As street festivals in Calgary goes, I’d say that Lilac Festival is probably the biggest one and draws the biggest crowds. Our favourite sushi restaurant Sushi Towa is in the Mission District.