Culture, Arts & Music
Think of Calgary as a cowboy poet who plays the drums
Look beneath Calgary’s Wild West exterior and you’ll find a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Calgary's active theatre community, festival scene and fine art offerings will take you on journey of the imagination far beyond the confines of “Cowtown.”
Sled Island Music and Arts Festival
Four summer days of great music at multiple venues during this independent music and arts festival. Local and international talent, both emerging and established is showcased. Sled Island also includes film, art and comedy in addition to the music component.
Calgary Folk Music Festival
An impossibly rich assortment of bands from around the world playing a mishmash of traditional music genres and modern styles. Bring your picnic blanket to stake out your spot, stop to sample the cuisine at the international food fair, shop the record tent and global craft market, or chill out in the beer garden.
Beakerhead brings together art and engineering from across the city, province, country and world to build, compete and exhibit interactive works of art and engineered entertainment during a week-long smash up of art, science and engineering each fall.
Western Canada’s largest museum, housing both a museum and art gallery means visitors can enjoy world-renowned art and fascinating historical exhibitions all under one roof.
Discover the victories, tragedies and sacrifices of the Canadian Forces. Interactive displays and artifacts offer a glimpse of our military past and present. Experience life at the helm in a Second World War wheelhouse, walk through a First World War trench and witness a bomber squadron's mission over enemy territory.
Built in 1891 and originally known as Beaulieu, French for beautiful place, Lougheed House is now a non-profit, National Historic Site located in the Beltline district of Calgary.
Heritage Park: Canmore Opera House
Built 1898, as the world’s only log opera house, it was used to host a variety of community events and performances. This national treasure was re-opened in 2010 and has been restored to its original glory as a performing arts centre.
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Led by internationally renowned Music Director Roberto Minczuk, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has been a cornerstone of Calgary's multi-faceted arts community since 1955 and is one of North America's finest and most versatile live music ensembles.
Mount Royal Conservatory
Feel like shaking it up with a little Shakespeare? How about some jazz, or an evening with the world's best classical musicians? Mount Royal Conservatory holds public performances including music, theatre, dance, and more.
Explore this incredible collection of over 1,000 instruments, specializing in keyboards and including rare and historical artifacts. Stop by during public hours for an interpretive tour or call ahead to book a group tour.
Explore model trains and grain elevators depicting the Western Canadian grain industry. The Grain Academy and Museum presents the wonderful world of grains and oilseeds through exhibits, touch TV’s and film presentations. It also houses Calgary’s largest model railway display and a working model of the wooden grain elevator.
Art Gallery of Calgary
Engage your inner artist with a visit to the Art Gallery of Calgary. This public gallery celebrates contemporary art in all its glory, offering cycles of innovative and cutting-edge exhibitions each year.
One of Canada’s most innovative professional opera companies, presenting three main stage productions every year. Each season, Calgary Opera presents three full-scale operas, from traditional masterpieces to world premieres.