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