GlobalFest is an annual fireworks competition held in Calgary, AB Canada in mid to late August at Elliston park. Since its launch in 2003, GlobalFest has been one of the top draws for both locals and tourists alike. This really comes as no surprise to me as GlobalFest is family friendly, inexpensive and has plenty to do on the grounds while you are waiting for the fireworks to kick off.
For the kids, Elliston park set up four Kiddie Korral’s around the park: bouncy houses, story area, arts and crafts, and an activity center, face painting. And if you are hungry the festival doesn’t lack any food. They have vendors with food from all over the world: Asian, Jamaican, Italian, and Ukrainian just to name a few. Myself I went straight for the Ukrainian tent and grabbed a plate of perogies before heading back to our blanket to watch the show. And what would a festival be without a Beer Garden (One World Cafe). GlobalFest has one of these too. It features beverages to try from around the world for anyone 18+ and is one of my favourite parts of the park.
Instead of heading back to your seat you could also go check out the one world stage that features performances from all around the globe. Or head over to the one world village and experience culture through music, performance, and art from all over the world including: History of the BlackFoot, Brazilian culture, art from Cameroon Africa, a stage band from the Caribbean, Chilean culture, Iranian culture, and many more!
One of the biggest draws, aside from the fireworks, for families is the fact that GlobalFest is very affordable. A general admission ticket will cost you $15.00/person or you can get tickets for all the nights for $62.50/person.
This year Italy came out on top, again, as the winner of the fireworks competition. While the Philippians took the people’s choice award for the year. So the next time you are in Calgary in late August grab some passes to GlobalFest bring a nice big blanket and settle down on the hills of Elliston park to watch a spectacular fireworks show and enjoy some amazing food from around the world.