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June 03, 2019

The heat is on!

Fun in the sun, YYC style

Katherine Andrews

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Finally summer has entered our hemisphere and people all around get excited about the variety of fun events going on in the city. Every year the Calgary introduces new family fun activities. Most of these include music, games and artisan markets. Here’s a list of our favourite activities to enjoy for this most awaited season.

Jane Austen’s Summer Ball

Have you ever wondered what life was like in the times of Jane Austen? Have you ever wanted to experience the time before our society was spoiled by the comforts of the digital era and production motorization?

Jane Austen’s Summer Ball is a great opportunity to get immersed in a fun dancing experience for just one night.

Event founder, Tara Rout was inspired to create Jane Austen’s Summer Ball after attending the Regency Costume Ball in the U.K. and the Jane Austen Festival in Bath.

Her mission is to introduce as many people as possible to the world of Jane Austen and help people to build a like-minded community.

This event is about appreciating history and literature while spending quality time with the family and friends.

It does not require any dancing experience, as dance classes are provided a few days before the event.

With an average attendance of over 200 people, Jane Austen’s Summer Ball is a place where everybody is welcome. It provides a diverse demographic and an opportunity to meet and connect with others.

The goal of the event is to introduce as many people as possible to the fun from the Regency Era. Rout also says that this is not a  ballroom dancing event, it is not a requirement to dance, but it will make the experience much more enjoyable.

At the end of the night attendants are provided with professional photos and an opportunity to purchase a printed copy in order to preserve their memories for years to come.

More information can be found on their website at

Lilac Festival

Every year for the last three decades, Calgarians have turned out to celebrate summer at the Lilac Festival. The popular street festival is being held this year on June 2, between 13 Avenue S.E. and Elbow Drive, S.E.

It kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. on June 2. Beginning at 25th Avenue S.W. along 4th Street and finishing at 13th Avenue S.W.

Lilac festival is dedicated to providing small business and artists with an opportunity to gain more customers, engage with the community and showcase their work.

This year Lilac festival is celebrating 30 years of service.

It takes an immense amount of planning and logistics to make it happen.

The festival is featuring 550 vendors located in the area of 13 blocks. It takes three hours to set up all the vendors and two hours to pack everything up, and requires a lot of work from dedicated workers and over 300 volunteers that help this event happen every year.

There’s a wide variety of volunteer opportunities open for those who are interested starting from the kids entertainment, marketing brochure distribution, information booths and so much more.

“Our goal with the Lilac Festival is to provide a higher quality of merchandise, grow to full potential and to introduce more entertainment stages to make sure that our visitors get the full value of a summer festival,” says event coordinator,
Jennifer Rempel.

“The greatest thing about Lilac Festival is that it creates organic growth and supports entrepreneurship. It gives emerging artists an opportunity to perform in front of wide audience.”

“This festival welcomes everyone, as it is not juried.”

Inglewood Night Market

Unlike any other Calgary summer events, the creation of Inglewood night market was inspired by a European love for night lifestyle.

Inglewood Night Market gives visitors an opportunity to spend the night out and enjoy great food along with performances from local bands.

It showcases a selection of fine artisan food makers and local artists, with two stages of live music.

This year there are more opportunities to attend the night market as it will be happening every month during the summer and will end the summer with the two events in September.

The dates from 2019 Inglewood night market are June 7th, July 12th, August 9th, September 13th and 14th. 

Sounds of Summer at Fiasco Gelato

Summer is the time of great joy. Calgarians, especially learned to appreciate it because they feel a shortage of it. Many people have been waiting for it all year. This means there is a lot to experience with the  weather in town getting warmer.

Nothing is better than a pint of ice cream on a hot summer day. It becomes even more exciting when it’s Fiasco Gelato.

Since 2010 Fiasco has grown exponentially. Their innovative approach gives them unstoppable improvement and the means to give back to the community.

Fiasco has become a B Corporation. Since 2015 Fiasco’s home has become Fiasco Gelato Factory and Coffee. This is the place where all are welcome. Besides serving Gelato and Rosso Coffee, customers are also able to have a few drinks at the

With all this happening in their home office every day it is hard to predict what other amazing new will  be coming out in the near future.

One of these great news is the always wished for the festival of summer music, that will be happening outside of Fiasco on June 15.

“Even though we are now a national brand, we will not forget where we came from,” says Pinder. “We are proud to call Calgary our home and we appreciate all the people who have supported us over the  years. Without them our success
wouldn’t be possible.”

Visit Fiasco Gelato website to find out more upcoming news and a line-up of artists expected to perform at Sounds of Summer.

Calgary Folk Fest

Calgary Folk Festival is a not-for-profit organization and is completely ran by dedicated volunteers. This year Folk Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It is nationally and internationally acknowledged as one of the greatest events for
performers and for visitors.

It is created by Folk Festival Society of Calgary. Since the society was given a space in Festival Hall in 2015, Calgary Folk Fest started operating all year round.

It now offers other events during the year, including the famous Block Heater Festival, a two day event welcoming artists from all over the world.

In 40 years Calgary Folk Festival has become the most anticipated summer event of the year and is held at the Prince’s Island Park Festival Grounds. It is an amazing way to spend the day with the family while enjoying great music, food and
artisan arts and crafts.

“Our volunteer community is our second family,” volunteer coordinator, Emily McCormick. “We create a fun and safe environment for all attendants of the event.”

Calgary Folk Fest tickets go on sale April 11, 2019. It runs from July 25 to 28 this year, and performers include Tal National, Belle & Sebastian, Charlotte Day Wilson, Sharon Van Etten and many more.

All information can be found at

Veg Fest Calgary

Calgary is stepping up with the mission to grow love and compassion in our community.

The third annual Veg Fest is creating amazing fun experience for the entire family. This event welcomes people of all ages to engage in a day filled with summer activities for the entire family. Starting with an interactive art installation of
scrabble and finishing up with the performances of local musicians and speakers educating the public on the issues of health and wellness, animal justice and ethically sourced products.

This year Veg Fest is expected to welcome up to 10,000 people.

Veg Fest is dedicated to creating a fun and welcoming community of people sharing compassion for the world while indulging in an amazing plant-based locally sourced foods.

This event creates support for local entrepreneurs and helps to grow Calgary’s expanding vegan community.

Come out on June 15 at the Shaw Millenium Park on 1220 9 Avenue S.W. and meet over 70 vendors at the Veg Fest and take a step forward to implementing a healthy lifestyle for the entire family.

Admission is always free with optional donations and an opportunity to win great prizes.

Veg Fest is also looking for volunteers to expand their growing team and everyone is welcome. Please visit their website for more information at

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