2016 seems to be the year of the festival for this everyday tourist. I was fortunate to be in Austin for their annual kite festival in March. It was one of the best one-day family events I have ever experienced.
Then it was Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in April, which to my surprise was also a wonderful family event. Downtown Calgary and Stampede Park turned into a fantasy world of colour and characters like I have never seen before.
I was also at the Calgary Stampede on their Family Day, which reminded me how Stampede Park becomes a wonderful urban playground for people of all ages and backgrounds for 10 full days each July.
And just a week later, I spent the weekend on Prince’s Island enjoying the festivities of the Calgary International Folk Festival.
Musicians and tourists have called prince’s Island one of the best urban festival sites in the world. Located at the north end of the downtown in the middle of the majestic Bow River, it’s a serene surreal setting with Mother Nature’s the giant cottonwood trees dwarfed by the man made skyscrapers.
The Island’s various hollows and tree clusters create natural places for intimate workshop stages, while the great lawn with the main stage at the western edge of the island is a magical place to listen to music as the sun sets. The Festival’s final exclamation mark is the children’s lantern parade at the end of each day.
Something magical happens when Calgary Folk Festival takes over Prince's Island. If you have never been you should add it to your 2017 calendar now – July 27 to 30.
I hope you enjoy these postcards from this year’s Folk Festival!