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undefinedGlobal Fest starts tomorrow in Calgary! If you are heading to the festival, which takes place August 18th through the 27th at Elliston Park, let’s take a look back at how the festival got started and what you can expect this year.

History of Global Fest

According to the Global Fest website, the groundwork began in 1993 with the formation of the The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society. The nonprofit Society searched for a suitable fireworks launch site in Calgary for 8 years. Finally, in 2001, the Society discovered Elliston Park in Calgary’s Greater Forest Lawn district. The Society’s dream could finally become a reality.

The Festival burst onto the scene in 2003 with 10 cultural pavilions and 3 countries presenting pyromusicals. Calgary’s very own international fireworks festival reached over 100,000 in attendance – one of the top draws for local citizens and tourists alike!

GlobalFest’s mission is to “produce an inclusive, world class arts and culture festival that celebrates diversity and artistic excellence within the communities across the globe.” Over the past 15 years, the festival has solidified Alberta’s reputation as a truly international destination.

What to Expect at the 2016 Global Fest in Calgary

Nightly 50/50 Raffle

With 5 nights of festival, participants will have 5 chances to win! Look for the roving ticket sellers wearing orange shirts throughout the park. Tickets are only $5 and will be available for purchase between 6:00 and 9:00 pm. The Fest will announce the winner between 9:15 and 9:30 pm each night on the Re/Max Main Stage.

Fireworks Festival

Each night, dazzling firework displays produced by world-renowned pyromusical artists from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, USA, and Canada will delight spectators. These presentations will not be seen anywhere else in the world, making each night of the Fireworks Festival a premiere presentations. Here is the lineup that you won’t want to miss:

  • Brazil – Thursday, August 18
  • Chile – Saturday, August 20
  • Mexico – Tuesday, August 23
  • USA – Thursday, August 25
  • Canada – Saturday, August 27

Ethnic Foods & Cultural Arts

Each night there will be the opportunity to sample special ethnic foods from around the world.Global Fest will have food from Brazil, the Caribbean, Chile, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and more.

Festival goers will also have the opportunity to experience a cultural atmosphere and authentic arts and keepsakes during GlobalFest’s Night Market.

Ticket Information and More

The festival takes place August 18-27th. Ticket prices range depending on a one-day pass, 5 dayGlobal FestAccess Pass, or Special VIP Admission. You can purchase your Global Fest Tickets on their website.

  Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 5:36pm 3 years ago

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