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Visiting Calgary and Southern Alberta

Southern Alberta celebrates spring at Calgary’s 25th Annual 4th Street Lilac Festival Sunday, May 25th. The 2014 Lilac Festival is a free day of fun launching the Calgary summer festival season. Bring the family, there’s fun for everyone, from the kid’s bounce house, to the latest southern Alberta bands and performers. Over 30 performances fill six stages along 4th Street in downtown Calgary.

Calgary’s Qualico Communities present the 28th annual Calgary International Children’s Festival May 21st through 24th. The 2014 Children’s Festival features performances from Downstage Theatre Ensemble, Mystic Drumz, Puppetmongers and Calgary Young Peoples Theatre. Performances are geared for young audiences and take the stage at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, and outdoors on the Olympic Plaza.

In southeast Alberta, the community of Medicine Hat comes alive with the World Professional Chuckwagon Races. Held at the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede June 12th to 15th, the Half Mile of Hell returns to Medicine Hat for four days of exciting races. Watch 12 heats of three chuckwagons, each featuring 36 of the worlds top drivers.

It may be worth a run – the 2014 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon features $50,000 in prizes in honor of its 50th Anniversary running. Events also include the Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra, Centaur Subaru half marathon, Jugo Juice 10K, and AstraZeneca 5K. There is also a Scotiabank Kids Marathon for young runners. Line up at the starting line June 1st at Stampede Park.

Called the Bow Valley Experience, the inaugural Banff Marathon takes place June 22nd. Surrounded by the scenic Canadian Rocky Mountains, the community of Banff is proud to introduce the Banff Marathon to the summer 2014 calendar. The course start and finish is Banff’s Central Park, with a loop past Vermillion Lakes along the Legacy Trail and up the Bow Valley Parkway, and back.

Sled Island 2014 fills over 30 venues across Calgary with music, film, and art installations June 18th through 22nd. Join 2014 Sled Island guest curator Kathleen Hanna and take in cutting edge acts and emerging talent at Western Canada’s largest independent music and arts festival.

Calgary and Southern Alberta Hotel Map

18 Best Western Hotels
in Calgary and Southern Alberta

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    Airdrie

    Airdrie

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    Siding 29 Lodge

    Banff

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    Airport Inn

    Calgary

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    Calgary Centre Inn

    Calgary

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    Port O'Call Hotel

    Calgary

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    Suites Downtown

    Calgary

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    Freeport Inn & Suites

    Calgary

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    Village Park Inn

    Calgary

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    Pocaterra Inn

    Canmore

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    Innisfail Inn

    Innisfail

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    Sun Country

    Medicine Hat

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    Of Olds

    Olds

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    Red Deer Inn & Suites

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    Rocky Mountain House Inn & Suites

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    Strathmore Inn

    Strathmore

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    Mountainview Inn & Suites

    Sundre

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    Chateau Inn Sylvan Lake

    Sylvan Lake

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    Diamond Inn

    Three Hills

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Calgary and Southern Alberta Events

January 2014

September 27, 2014
Bob Saget

The former Full House shocks audiences with work that is decidedly "blue" at the Deerfoot Casino in Calgary. The laughs begin at 9 p.m.

May 2014

May 16, 2014
LEGO Kidsfest 2014

LEGO-themed activities mean fun for all ages at the BMO Centre in Calgary. Things get started at 4 p.m.

June 2014

June 23-24, 2014
Michael Buble

The Sinatra-style crooner brings his silky smooth voice to the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The serenade begins at 8 p.m.

July 2014

July 1, 2014
KISS

The classic rockers bring painted faces, legions of cult fans, and decades of hits to the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The music kicks in at 7:30 p.m.

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