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Calgary Bluesfest

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The Blues Foundation

Calgary Bluesfest

The 13th annual Calgary International Blues Festival returns July 31st to August 6th for the best party of the summer!

A full week of Blues workshops, concerts and special events culminate in 4 days & nights (August 3-6) of non-stop music on MainStage at Shaw Millennium Park, followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Dance Parties.

Bring the family and c'mon down to the park for some of the finest music to be had on the planet! Check out the colourful arts market, pick up some festival souvenirs and get your CDs autographed, enjoy the delicious cuisine offered by our YYC Trucks, and sip on a cool beverage in the shade of a beer tent! Summertime and Blues... it doesn't get better!

Calgary Bluesfest Lineup

Another killer lineup of first class talent awaits you at this year's Calgary Bluesfest! From the multiple-award winning Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters), living legends Bob Hall and Lil' Jimmy Reed, to the royalty of Quebec Blues, IBC finalists Paul DeLauriers Band and award-winning vocalist Angel Forrest Band, to local legend Amos Garrett his band the Eh! Team with featured guest, Canned Heat front man, Dale Spalding, to Memphis greats, the Ghost Town Blues Band, Toronto's IBC semi-finalist, Sugar Brown, and many, many more.

for the full list of artists click here

for the festival schedule click here

CKUA & Calgary Bluesfest

We are thrilled to announce that CKUA will be broadcasting Holger Petersen's Natch'l Blues Radio show LIVE from Mainstage on Saturday, Aug 6th! Holger is a legend in Canadian music and we couldn' be happier than to have him grace our stage!

Festival Passes

$129 + GST

4-day Advance Transferable Pass

Single Day Passes

Thursday: 2 for 1 $50 or 1 for $30
Friday through Sunday: $50 per day


or visit Heritage Posters & music at 1316 - 11 Ave SW.

Wristband Swaps

For those of you who have purchased passes online at our website or hard copy tix through Heritage Posters, each year we offer several opportunities for you to swap your emails/tix for wristbands in advance of the festival. This both eliminates long lineups at the gate, and it allows for you to distribute amongst your friends and family if you so choose.

If you purchased online, please print your email confirmation and bring that along with your ID to any of the swaps, or to the gate if you're unable to make any of the swaps.

Below are the dates and address for where these swaps will take place:

Heritage Posters (1316 - 11th Ave SW)

July  2
July  9
July 16
July 23
July 30

Monday Blues At Noon

Calgary Bluesfest is pleased to announce we've partnered with Downtown Calgary to present a Blues Series for the months of July & August! Bring your lunch, sit in the sunshine and listen to some GREAT Blues on the Stephen Avenue stage! Here's the schedule so you can plan to be there:

03-Jul     Debra Power
17-Jul     David Gogo
24-Jul     Ron Burke & Alittle Voodoo
31-Jul     Tim Williams
14-Aug     Mike Watson & the 6L6s
21-Aug     John Rutherford & the Big Blues Trio
28-Aug     Vernon Wills Band


Be a part of the best volunteer team on the planet! Calgary Bluesfest volunteers are famous for their warm smiles and hospitality.



We are seeking artisans and small businesses for our Calgary Bluesfest arts market. If you, or someone you know would like to spend a weekend in the sunshine listening to some great Blues and selling your wares, click on the link below to find the application.


Join the Blues Crew!

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Join the Blues Crew, support Blues music and musicians year-round, and get some cool perks just for being a part of the Blues family!

The Blues Crew offers a way for you to be involved in helping to grow the Blues scene... be a part of raising the Blues in Calgary to new heights!