Calgary Culture Guide

Get a front row seat to Calgary’s vibrant arts and culture scene that has everything from live music and museums to art galleries and festivals. See chart topping artists, discover the next big thing along the Music Mile, or be inspired by an incredible collection of visual arts.

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Upcoming Arts & Culture Highlights

Punch your ticket for one of these exciting events coming soon to Calgary.


The Canadian Badlands Passion Play – July 7-23

Experience the greatest story ever told in the natural amphitheatre of Drumheller, Alberta. The award winning production is a unique outdoor theatre experience just a short drive from Calgary.

Shakespeare by the Bow – June 20 – August 27

Spread out your picnic blanket for a theatre performance in the park that brings As You Like It to life on Prince’s Island Park. Spend your summer night with Theatre Calgary and some of Alberta’s up-and-coming actors for a free, family-friendly evening everyone will love.

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience at Glenbow – June 17 – September 10

Celebrate Canada 150 with a journey through 300 years of history through the lens of the First Nations’ peoples of Canada with a unique project created by Ken Monkman at Glenbow Museum.


Mark your calendar for the festivals and events that bring Calgary to life each year.


High Performance Rodeo (January/February)

Block Heater (February)

Calgary International Salsa Congress (March)

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (April)

FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival (June)

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival (June)

Calgary International Blues Festival (July)

Calgary Folk Music Festival (July)

Chasing Summer (August)

Opera in the Village (August)

GlobalFest (August)

One Love Music Festival (August)

Circle the Wagons (September)

Beakerhead (September)

Calgary International Film Festival (September)

Honens International Piano Competition (September)

Wordfest (October)

YYComedy Festival (October)

Museums & Cultural Attractions

Bring history to life with museums that take you on a flight back in time.


The Banff Centre (Banff)

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Fort Calgary

Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park

Glenbow Museum

Grain Academy and Museum

The Hangar Flight Museum

Heritage Park

Lougheed House

The Military Museums

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre


Beyond Calgary

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre (Blairmore)

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (near Fort MacLeod)

Pioneer Acres of Alberta Museum (Irricana)

Remington Carriage Museum (Cardston)

Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller)

Trekcetera Museum (Drumheller)

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (Banff)

Live Music Venues

From intimate stages to headlining venues, Calgary has the live music that will get you out of your seat.


Headline Concerts

Arts Commons

Bella Concert Hall

Commonwealth Bar & Stage

Cowboys Dance Hall

The Gateway

Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

The HiFi Club

MacEwan Hall & Ballroom

Marquee Beer Market & Stage

The Palace Theatre

Scotiabank Saddledome

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Local Favourites & Jam Sessions

500 Cucina

Alexandra Centre Society

The Blues Can

Broken City


Festival Hall

Fort Calgary’s Burnswest Theatre

Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar

Hear’s My Soul Café

Ironwood Stage & Grill

The King Eddy at Studio Bell

The Lantern Church

Lolita’s Lounge

Mikey’s Juke Joint

Off Cut Bar @ The Nash

Palomino Smokehouse

Phil & Sebastian at the Simmons Building

Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

The Ship & Anchor

Tubby Dog

Vagabond Calgary

Performing Arts

Calgary is home to renowned companies performing classic works and staging world premieres you won’t see anywhere else.


Alberta Ballet (September – May)

Alberta Theatre Projects (September – April)

Broadway Across Canada

Brown Bear Woman Events

Calgary Opera (November – August)

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (September – June)

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play (July)

Cowtown Opera (October – May)

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Loose Moose Theatre Company

Lunchbox Theatre (September – June)

One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre

The Shakespeare Company (September – May)

Stage West

StoryBook Theatre

Theatre Junction GRAND

Vertigo Theatre

Art Galleries

See paintings by the masters or photographs from tomorrow’s stars at these amazing galleries.


Alberta College of Arts and Design

Alberta Printmakers

AVALANCHE! Institute of Contemporary Art

Christine Klassen Gallery

Contemporary Calgary

The Edge Gallery

Esker Foundation

Glenbow Museum

Herringer Kiss Gallery

Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Jarvis Hall Gallery

The New Gallery

Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art

Nickles Galleries

Paul Kuhn Gallery

Stride Gallery

TrépanierBaer Gallery

TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary

Untitled Art Society


Beyond Calgary

Take your arts and culture experience beyond Calgary with a day trip into the great outdoors.


The Banff Centre (Banff)

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play (Drumheller)

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre (Blairmore)

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (Fort MacLeod)

Pioneer Acres of Alberta Museum (Irricana)

Remington Carriage Museum (Cardston)

Rosebud Theatre (Rosebud)

Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller)

Trekcetera Museum (Drumheller)

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (Banff)


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