Calgary GlobalFest August 20th to 29th
The groundwork for GlobalFest began in 1993 with the formation of The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society. The not-for-profit Society searched for a suitable fireworks launch site in Calgary for eight years to no avail. There were many potential sites, but none combined the suitable large viewing area, safety regulations, and ability to allow large-scale pyrotechnics to be launched. It wasn't until 2001 when the Society discovered Elliston Park in Calgary's Greater Forest Lawn district that the dream could now become reality. GlobalFest burst onto the scene in 2003 with 10 cultural pavilions and three countries presenting pyromusicals in Calgary's very own international fireworks festival. On the fourth and final night of the festival, GlobalFest celebrated a remarkable accomplishment. The festival reached attendance of close to 100,000 in the very first year, making GlobalFest one of Calgary's top draws for local citizens and tourists alike. Visit the Calgary Global Fest web site for more information.
Expo Latino August 28th to 30th
Western Canada's largest latin festival will be held at Prince’s Island Park, 1st Avenue and 4th Street SW. Celebrating it's 19th anniversary. Creating experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people, music and dance.
The Hispanic Arts Society Pesident would like to welcome you to this year’s festival. Since the Society’s inception in 1987, we have been working towards the presentation of major productions. Visit the Calgary Expo Latino Festival web site for more information.
September Is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
Since 1994, World Alzheimer’s DayTM – on 21 September each year – has been the only day on the calendar to unite people with dementia, caregivers and Alzheimer associations around the world.
World Alzheimer’s Month was introduced in 2012 and offers Alzheimer associations the opportunity to reach more individuals and groups and increase their efforts to call for improved support services for people with dementia and their caregivers.
To learn more about what is happening in your area, visit the Alberta Alzheimer's Disease Web Site for more information.
BBQ On The Bow Competition September 5 - 6
The Barbeque on the Bow Society, established in 1993, is a registered not-for-profit organization. The society is committed to enhancing the quality of life in Calgary socially, culturally and economically and hosts the "Alberta Championship" for Kansas City (Southern) style BBQ. The goals of the Society are achieved through production of an annual family oriented festival. In the BBQ on the Bow "Alberta Championship", teams vie for recognition as the Grand Champion by earning the most points in all four required categories. These categories are: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt (shoulder) and Beef Brisket. There are also 2 extra category competitions called 'BBQ Sauce and Chef's Challenge' however the points earned in these categories do not count towards the BBQ on the Bow Grand Championship, just bragging rights.. Visit the Calgary BBQ On The Bow web site for more information.
Calgary Highland Games September 5th
Held a Springbank Park, the Calgary Highland Games is one of the premier Highland Games in Western Canada. It is one of the oldest gatherings in North America and celebrated 100 years in 2013. With competitors from around the world, the Calgary Highland Games is a proud spectacle of Scotland’s history come to life.
Did you know it takes 275 volunteers to run the Calgary Highland Games? The Calgary Highland Games is a totally volunteer run organization and could not run without them! Volunteers are needed for many jobs such as setting up the site and taking it down, security, parking cars, working the entrance gates, selling our souvenir items. We can not do it without you. Visit the Calgary Highland Games web site for more information.
Kidney March Septemebr 11th - 13th
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is proud to host its 5th annual Kidney March. An expected 300 participants will make the unforgettable 3 day, 100 km walk from Kananaskis Country to Calgary. Our beautiful journey begins at the Millarville Race Track and ends at Canada Olympic Park. Kidney disease affects 1 in 10 Canadians. Our goal for Kidney March is to prevent new incidences of kidney disease and create hope for those affected by raising awareness and funds for the cause. Kidney March is a community for people affected by kidney disease. To date, we have raised nearly $3 million to support kidney disease prevention, lifesaving research, patient support programs, and organ donation initiatives. There’s still time to sign up as a Marcher or Crew member.
Visit the Kidney March web site for more information.
YWCA Walk a Mile In Her Shoes® Sept 17th
YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® is an annual fundraising event which raises money to support the work the YWCA of Calgary does to break the cycle of family violence and help keep women and their children safe. Although family violence is a very serious matter, this fun and light-hearted event asks registered male participants to take a stand against family violence, strap on a pair of heels and walk two laps around Olympic Plaza. Only men can participate in the walk, but women play a huge role in this event by encouraging and challenging the men in their lives to register and fundraise for the YWCA of Calgary.
Visit the YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® Web Site for more information and locations.
Annual Life Without Limits Challenge Sept 19th
The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta’s (CPAA) 9th Annual “Life Without Limits Challenge” is a fun event for people of all ages and abilities to come together and have fun while raising funds and creating awareness for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Participants can run, walk or wheel (bike, adapted bike, wheelchair, etc.) on a 5 km circuit in Calgary and Edmonton or a more challenging 20 km cycle circuit in Calgary and celebrate afterwards with a BBQ, booths from local vendors, entertainment and local celebrities. Prizes will be awarded for fundraising more than $500, $1000 and $2000, best costume, most enthusiastic, most pledges raised and more. Donate to the clothing and bottle drive and win prizes for largest donation!
Visit the Annual Life Without Limits Challenge web site for more information.
Calgary City Wide Food Drive Sept 19th
Let's work together, Calgary, and reclaim our Guinness World Record! 560,000 pounds of food is our goal! The City-Wide Food Drive is the largest single-day food drive in Calgary, and over the past 9 years, has collected well over 3 million pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank. More than 7,000 family volunteers participate and help collect food throughout the morning and night. If you see the City-Wide Food Drive bag at your door, we encourage you to fill the bag with NON-perishable food items, and leave it on the doorstep for an 8am pick-up! We do absolutely zero door knocking / solicitations, so make sure your bag is visible to the volunteers! The City-Wide food drive is an important drive for the city as September and Fall heads into a high-demand period due to back-to-school expenses.
Visit the Calgary Food Bank Web Site for more information and drop off locations.
Calgary International Film Festival Sept 23 to Oct 4
The Calgary International Film Festival is an 11-day showcase of over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. Hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations, CIFF changes the way visual stories are shared and experienced.
The first Calgary International Film Festival was held in 2000 for six days, and was attended by 8,000 people. Within three years, attendance had more than tripled to 25,000 for the expanded ten-day festival. Today it is the largest film festival between the Rockies and the Great Lakes. Visit the Calgary International Film Festival Web Site for more information.
REAPs Annual Food For Thought September 27th
Join REAP at its annual Food For Thought to celebrate local, sustainable food and farmers! Mingle with chefs and farmers at 20 food and beverage sampling stations, and enjoy community displays, live music, kids activities, and an inspiring keynote presentation by award winning author and activist Judy Wicks. Come experience the ways in which Calgary's local food scene is contributing to a global movement toward sustainable local economies!
Visit the REAP web site for more information.
Winter Sports Registration Is Starting
With fall and winter fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about registration for the 2015 - 2016 winter hockey season. Check out the local sports clubs for more information on registration. You can also access all the sports categories by selecting the Sports and Clubs link found in the top menu bar by scrolling upward.