Aug 18

Calgary International ReggaeFest

by Leah Wong · 0 comments

From August 19-21 become a Rastagarian by taking in the Calgary International ReggaeFest.  Hosted by the Calgary Reggae Festival Society, this festival tries to increase the popularity of Reggae music, while promoting cultural awareness.  The festival is for more than just the Reggae Fan – there is activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Kicking off the festival on the 19th at the Ship and Anchor Pub (534 – 17th Avenue SW) is the Canadian Women Artiste Showcase.  This is a free 18+ event, but they will be collecting donations for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

Enjoy a free Reggae preview at noon on the 20th at Olympic Plaza with performances by Mello G & the Fyah Flames band from Montreal.  They will also be playing on the main stage on Saturday.

The main event for the festival is at Shaw Millenium Park on August 21.  Main stage performances run from 11am to 11pm.  Entrance to the site is at the SE corner of the Park at 9th Avenue and 11th Street SW.  The mainstage performances will be hosted by Carrie Mullings, the 2010 best radio reggae DJ from Toronto, and OG Walker.  Check the ReggaeFest website for the mainstage schedule and lineup.

The festival grounds have a limited capacity of 10,000 people.  Tickets bought in advance are $30 for adults and $15 for youth 13-17 or seniors.  Children 12 and under get into the festival for free. Tickets can be purchased online or at Calgary Co-op locations.  If you buy your tickets at the gate they are $40 for adults and $20 for youth or seniors.  Only cash is accepted at the festival grounds, but there will be an ATM on site.

There is lots to do for people of all ages, so bring the kids and enjoy the Rastagarian experience.  From noon to 6pm the kids area will be up and running, with a bouncy tent, face painting, magic and crafts.  If your children are interested in learning to drum, there is a Youth Drum Workshop you can preregister them for.  There are only 30 spots, so email [email protected] if they want to participate in the 4pm workshop.  While there is lots for the whole family, your critters are not allowed in the ground so leave the pets at home!

Taking the C-Train is the easiest way to get to the festival.  Skateboards and bicycles are not allowed in the grounds.  There is limited parking around the event, if you want to drive downtown, check Downtown Calgary for a list of parking lots and rates.

Following the festival there will be a wrap-up party at the HiFi Club (219-10th Avenue SW) at 9pm.  If you were down at the festival grounds, your wrist band will get you in for $5, otherwise there is a $10 cover.

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