FES­TI­VALS

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CAL­GARY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL BEER­FEST May 5 - 6 Sam­ple more than 500 types of beer on site, as well as food from over 40 of Cal­gary’s best pubs and restau­rants. $19.99 - $49.99. BMO Cen­tre, 20 Roundup Way SW, 1-844-438-7352. Map 2, G7 www.al­bertabeer­fes­ti­vals.com

CAL­GARY MAPLE FES­TI­VAL DES SUCRES Mar 4 - 5 Cel­e­brate French Cana­dian cul­ture, his­tory, and tra­di­tions at this two-day fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing French Cana­dian, Metis and First Na­tions Folk­loric mu­sic and dances, demon­stra­tions, work­shops, story-telling, and ex­hibits; a tra­di­tional Sugar Shack meal; and a Sugar Mar­ket with a va­ri­ety of mer­chants and maple prod­ucts for sale. Guests can en­joy a live play, cir­cus and magic shows, plus nu­mer­ous out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, games, wagon rides, and maple taffy on snow. $8.50 - $10.75; Her­itage Park His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage, 1900 Her­itage Dr SW, 403-268-8500.

Map 1, J5 www.her­itagepark.ca

CAL­GARY SPO­KEN WORD FES­TI­VAL Apr 22 - 25 Cel­e­brate poetry month by lis­ten­ing to spo­ken word and slam po­ets present en­gag­ing work, or try some­thing new and par­tic­i­pate in a poetry work­shop. $15 - $50. Var­i­ous venues. www.cal­gar­yspo­ken­word­fes­ti­val.com

FES­TI­VAL OF AN­I­MATED OB­JECTS Mar 16 - 19 From pup­pet shows to film screen­ings, gallery exhibitions to work­shops, this fes­ti­val show­cases an­i­mated ob­jects (also known as pup­pets). Myth­i­cal crea­tures, cu­ri­ous beasts, and odd­ball char­ac­ters come to life on stage, com­pelled by pup­pet-masters and artists. Ticket prices vary by show. Var­i­ous venues, see event web­site for more in­for­ma­tion. Map 1, L5 www.pup­pet­fes­ti­val.ca

PRANA YOGA FES­TI­VAL Mar 17 - 19 This fes­ti­val fea­tures themed yoga, dance, well­ness, and med­i­ta­tion classes for yo­gis of all skill lev­els. Cus­tom­ize your own sched­ule with classes like Mu­sic-As­sisted Mindfulness, Ayurvedic Cook­ing Class, and Choco­late Yoga. $215 $315. Cal­gary Chi­nese Cul­tural Cen­tre, 197 - 1 St SW. Map 2, C6 www.pranayo­gafest.com

THE BIG TASTE Mar 3 - 12 Sam­ple tempt­ing prix fixe menus from Cal­gary’s di­verse restau­rants dur­ing this 10-day foodie fes­ti­val. $15 - $65. Var­i­ous venues; see event web­site for more in­for­ma­tion. Map 1, L5 www.cal­gar­y­down­town.com/the-big-taste

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