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Calgary Arts Development: events throughout the year
What's On In Calgary?

Theatre, Dance, Music, Film/Media, Visual Arts, Literary, Festivals, Workshops, Talks, Family and Free Events - today, tomorrow, this week, this month or next month - select from among their listings for everything going on in Calgary:

calgaryartsdevelopment.com/events
Since 2008 raising over $19,000 dollars for local charities
Fellowship of Alberta Bears (FAB) Events

A gay/ queer /bi men's not-for-profit society, providing a gathering place for those who appreciate and enjoy gay bear community oriented activities in Calgary, Edmonton and beyond. See FAB events such as: weekly Table Tops & Bottoms: Bear Board; Bear Swims; Bears + Beers; the May Bearaccus Calgary Bear Weekend and November Beef Bash - at their website:

albearta.org
Ongoing Events
Twisted Element

Sundays 10:30pm - Stage entertainers, Mr Terri Stevens + bi-monthly co-host Visa De Klein, Misty Meadows + guest. WED 9pm - Karaoke in the Back Alley Lounge.THU midnight - Amateur Strip Contest w/ host Mr Terri Stevens; First Prize $150 cash. FRI 9pm - Classi-Queen Show w/ Mr Terri Stevens + Justine Tyme. SAT 10:30pm - Open Variety Show w/ hosts D-Frost + Tara Hohl; DJ Krazay Steve.

www.twistedelement.ca
Hosted by Bramwell Tovey
Calgary Opera Brunch

January 19, 2020, 11am-1pm at Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5 Ave SW, to feature the cast of Norma. April 5th, 11am, to feature the cast of Ariadne auf Naxos. Each event will feature hot and cold gourmet brunch served at 11:30am, with a musical entertainment program to begin at noon, in English with musical selections performed in various languages. See menu at:

calgaryopera.com/19-20/brunch
CONDUCTED BY Alice Farnham - Directed by Nicholas Muni
Norma, by Vincenzo Bellini

February 1, 5 and 7, 2020, 7:30pm. The tragic story of a dangerous love triangle that opens in the midst of impending war between the Druids and the Romans in ancient Gaul. Norma, a powerful Druid high-priestess, is driven to the brink of madness when her secret lover - a Roman enemy, threatens to leave her for one of her beautiful young followers.

calgaryopera.com/19-20/norma
Fellowship of Alberta Bears - Calgary
FAB February Bear Swim + Valentines Beef Bash

February 4, 2020, 6:30pm, at Southlan Leisure Centre, 2000 Southland Dr SW. Bear swim/soak/bob includes access to the wave pool and hot tub. After swim drinks and/or dinner at nearby restaurant/pub. Membership not required, so invite those who would like to join in! Feb 15th, 9pm-2am Calgary: Beef Bash - Love Edition at Infinity Ultra Lounge, 811 1st St SW, Valentines Beef Bash.

www.facebook.com/pg/fabalbearta/events
For 11 Years Calgary has shared their personal stories of queer resilience
Coming Out Monologues, YYC

March 19-21, 2020. A celebration of community that bring a diverse selection of spoken word, movement, and musical pieces to the stage every season! A stage for queer and ally stories to be shared.

www.calgaryqueerartssociety.com/coming-out-monologues-yyc
Calgary’s only celluloid-based film festival
Artifact Small Format Film Festival + Film/Music Explosion!

April 2-4, 2020, 3 days at The Grand, U of Calgary, and CSIF. An international celebration of creative story-telling on celluloid, including commission projects + partnerships. In 1992 the festival showcased 8 short films on Super 8; 4 rolls of Super 8 cost $100. Later budgetary limits were dropped and 16 mm film allowed, shifting the focus from low budget to quality small-format films.

artifactfilmfestival.com
CUFF.Docs Annual Documentary Film Festival: the best in non-fiction films
CUFF.Docs 2020

April 20-26, 2020. The best in international independent cinema, Western Canada’s premiere genre festival. One of Calgary’s most anticipated film events w/ seven days of screenings. Contemporary works in various categories include: feature, documentary, animation and shorts. A unique roster of films rarely seen in North American theatres. Also November, 2020.

www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org/cuff-docs/2019/films
Upcoming 2020 Productions:
Calgary Opera

April 25 - May 1, 2020, Ariadne auf Naxos, by Richard Strauss. Dec 6-8th, Christmas at the Opera, featuring Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti + Seasonal Concert Selections. March 25-28th, Béatrice et Bénédict, by Hector Berlioz.

www.calgaryopera.com
Fairy Tales Calgary Queer Arts Society - Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival
The 22nd Annual Queer Film Festival

May 14-24, 2020, at The Calgary New Central Library, 800 3 St SE + The Plaza Theatre. Ten day film festival. Enjoy a diverse section of queer-centric movies, documentaries, short films, panel discussions, and more events! The 2020 festival programming will be announced in early April.

www.calgaryqueerartssociety.com/fairytales
“The Heart of the New West” is known for its hospitality!
BEARACCHUS VIII

May 14-17, 2020. Western Canada’s largest bear weekend! The Fellowship of Alberta Bears invites Bears, cubs, otters, and gentlemen of all shapes and sizes to converge on Calgary for an annual weekend of culture, events + parties. Past year: THU Bear-eoke Meet+Greet. FRI FAB-ily Feud Social. SAT Primal Urges Kink Social + Primal. SUN Recovery Brunch at Calgary Zoo!

albearta.org/index.php/event-schedule/bearacchus-iv
Summer 2020
Calgary Summer Festivals

July through September 2020. Over 50 festivals take place during the annual summer season: YYCJazz Summer Festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Fringe Festival, Blues Festival, ReggaeFest, Afrikadey!, GlobalFest, Expo Latino + more music concerts, art, plays, gallery openings, film festival, writer's festival, ethnic festivals, and other events in an exciting year-round arts scene.

calgaryartsdevelopment.com/events/summer-festival-guide-2019
The Fellowship of Alberta Bears (FAB) are proud to announce the sixth annual
Great Canadian Bear Weekend

Late July, 2020 - past year at Ravencrest Manor Estates, just south of Raven, AB. Annual three days of events that included, this past year: Meet Mr. Albearta Contestants; Greet the Meat Wienie Roast; Lube wrestling; Outdoor Games; DJ Bonfire Beer Bust; Mr. Albearta Crowning; and more...

albearta.org/index.php/event-schedule/great-canadian-bear-weekend
The Canadian Rockies Gay Rodeo Association
Canadian Rockies International Rodeo 2020

July 31 - August 2, 2020 at Nutrien Western Event Centre at Stampede Park. Traditional rodeo: bull riding, steer riding, barrel racing, roping; camp events, goat dressing, Wild Drag dancing + cabaret. Music festival, women’s night, pop, blues and rock, + local country artists. CRGRA also participates in local Pride Festivals.

www.crgra.com
Celebrating our community’s history, courage & diversity
Calgary Pride

Late August, 2020. The 30th anniversary! Events typically include: FRI KickOff Party. SAT Bi-B-Q + Pride Dance; SUN noon-2pm Pride Parade down 9th Ave S, from 1st St SE to 11th St SW + festival at Shaw Millennium Park until 8pm + Pride Wrap-Up Party. See year-round events calendar updates at their website.

www.pridecalgary.ca
Quirky, fun adventures result when art, science and engineering collide
Beakernight

Mid-September, 2020 (TBC). Smash up of art, science and engineering. Add fire, lasers, light and music for science’s biggest garden party with installations, hands-on experiences and stage performances across Calgary. Five-day festival, culminating in a one-night immersive, interactive, delightful Spectacle at Prince’s Island Park!

https://beakerhead.com
Various venues around Calgary
Calgary International Film Festival

September 23 - October 4, 2020. Twelve-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries, with gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a behind the screen series. Now the largest film festival in Alberta, 2020 marks a milestone of 21 years and counting.

www.calgaryfilm.com
A celebration of the art of animation. Recommended for mature audiences
GIRAF 16 Film Festival

Mid-November, 2020. Four days of mind-bending, boundary-pushing, artistically adventurous animation in the heart of Calgary! GIRAF celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation, showcasing Canadian animators and presenting diverse animations from around the globe.

https://www.giraffest.ca