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Must-See Music Festivals in Calgary

Summer and music festival season are heating up, and you don’t have to go far to experience some great music! No matter what vibe you’re looking for, any of these large-scale local music fests will have you dancing and singing all day long.

Chasing Summer Festival in Calgary. Photo by Mike Hopkins, courtesy LiveNation

Chasing Summer Festival in Calgary. Photo by Mike Hopkins, courtesy LiveNation


Chasing Summer Festival

When: Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31 (it’s the Heritage Day long weekend in Alberta, so you’ve got Monday to sleep in!)
What: DJs are the stars at this outdoor electronic music festival. It channels a Vegas vibe as it’s an 18+, adults-only event where you can bring your liquor anywhere on-site and don your favourite brightly-coloured attire (swimsuits, glow sticks, flower crowns… anything goes!)
Who: 18 electronic artists including Martin Garrix, Hardwell, The Chainsmokers, Zeds Dead, Seven Lions, Don Diablo, Marshmello, Jauz, and more.
Get Pumped Playlist:#Selfie,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Roses” by The Chainsmokers; “Animals” by Martin Garrix; “Make Me Feel Better” by Don Diablo.
Tickets: $185.95 weekend VIP pass; $159.95 weekend pass; $99.95 single day pass; $5000-$6000 VIP Cabana.

CONTEST: Click here to enter to win 2 general admission weekend passes to Chasing Summer. Contest ends July 21, 2016.

One Love Music Festival in Calgary. Photo courtesy LiveNation.

One Love Music Festival in Calgary. Photo courtesy LiveNation.

One Love Music Festival
When: Saturday, September 10 & Sunday, September 11
What: After a very successful debut, One Love is back again. This festival is dedicated to hip hop music by top international and emerging local artists in an all-ages setting.
Who: 18 main stage acts including legends Big Sean and Lil’ Wayne headline the show and popular newcomersTy Dolla $ign and Jazz Cartier. Over 10 emerging hip hop artists and performers from across Canada will show off their stuff on the new One Up Stage.
Get Pumped Playlist:Or Nah,” by Ty Dolla $ign, “She,” by Tyler the Creator, “Mirror” by Lil’ Wayne, and “World is Mine,” by A$AP Ferg and Big Sean.
Tickets: $179.99-$199.99 VIP weekend pass; $149.99-$169.99 weekend pass.

The Lumineers headline X-Fest and Sonic Boom Music Festivals. Photo courtesy Big Hassle Media.

The Lumineers headline X-Fest and Sonic Boom Music Festivals. Photo courtesy Big Hassle Media.

X-Fest and Sonic Boom
When: Saturday, September 3 & Sunday, September 4 (it’s the labour day long weekend in Alberta, so you can fill two days with music and still have a bonus day!)
What: These music festivals feature a number of alt-rock and indie bands — the lineup is the same, but the schedule is reversed. So you can see the show in Calgary or Edmonton — make a road trip out of it! Or, if you reallllllly like a particular band or artists, buy two single-day tickets and see them twice in different cities.
Who: 15 acts including Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers (playing their first-ever show in Alberta!), acoustic pro Vance Jo, and local lovelies The Royal Foundry.
Get Pumped Playlist:Push and Pull” by July Talk, “Ride” by 21 Pilots, “Running Away” by The Royal Foundry, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, and “Fire and the Flood” by Vance Joy.
Tickets: $229.50 VIP weekend pass; $179.50 weekend pass; $99.50 single day pass; $5000 VIP Cabana.

Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo courtesy Tourism Calgary.

Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo courtesy Tourism Calgary.

Calgary Folk Music Festival
When: July 21 – 24
What: This chill music festival is located in Prince’s Island Park, steps away from downtown Calgary, and is a tradition for Calgarians of all ages.
Who: The New Pornographers, Whitehorse, The Dudes, The Sadies, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Corb Lund are just a few of the 75 folk and indie performers that will be gracing the seven stages throughout the weekend.
Get Pumped Playlist: “Downtown” by Whitehorse, “Brill Bruisers” by The New Pornographers, and “The Dreamer” by Tallest Man on Earth.
Tickets: $130 – $195 weekend pass; $25 – $90 single day pass.

Luke Bryan will be performing at Country Thunder Alberta.

Luke Bryan will be performing at Country Thunder Alberta.

Country Thunder
When: August 19 – 21
What: This popular American country music festival makes it debut in Alberta this year, so grab your cowboy boots and hat and get read to two step.
Who: 12 pop-country artists including Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, and Tim McGraw perform.
Get Pumped Playlist: “Fire” by Autumn Hill, “That’s My Kind of Night,” by Luke Bryan and “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw.
Tickets: $199 weekend pass, $600 VIP weekend pass.

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