by Shannon Buckley – Managing Editor
Summer has begun. And we all know what that means… outdoor festivals! So here’s what Calgary has coming up in the next few days and months.
JUNE – For the second year, Calgary presents the Arab Film Nights Festival, running from June 6th-8th at Festival Hall (1215 10th Ave SE). Showcasing documentaries, shorts, and feature films, the festival features a range of films about social, political, historical themes from the Middle East and Northern Africa. For more information about tickets, visit http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/events/special/view/133#.U45TB8Y1f1o
Starting on June 18th and running until June 22nd, the Sled Island Music Festival is coming to Calgary once again for its 8th annual festival of arts. Showcasing not only a variety of some of the coolest musical acts, from blue grass country to stoner rock, Sled Island also plays host to multiple films, visual artists, and comedy acts from around the globe. For more information on tickets, venues and the lineup of music, film, arts, and comedy, visit http://www.sledisland.com
JULY – Now entering its 35th year in Calgary, the annual Calgary Folk Music Festival runs July 24th to 27th in Prince’s Island Park. Featuring a wide variety of some of the world’s best and brightest folk artists, as well as up and comers, the Folk Fest is one of the must-do’s over the summer. For more information about tickets, venues, and the artist line-up, visit http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com
AUGUST – If you’re into the theatre, the annual Calgary Fringe Festival should be on your summer to-do list. Running a full nine days this summer, from August 1st to 9th, you’ll have 26 different performances to choose from. For more information on tickets, venues, and the schedule, visit http://be.calgaryfringe.ca
SEPTEMBER – Coming for the 14th year, the Calgary International Film Festival is just around the corner. Running from September 18th to 28th, CIFF is a must go for anyone interested in film – whether local, national, or international. One of the best film festivals in North America (hey, I’m biased!), CIFF is fun for anyone, young and old. Stay tuned for the film schedule and venues, and for more information, visit http://www.calgaryfilm.com
Stay tuned for more information on these festivals and the festivals in the months to come!