Your Sustainable Guide to Calgary’s Festivals – 2015

It is beginning to feel a lot more like summer in Calgary. The cherry and crab apple trees are bloomnig, the Bow River bike paths are beginning to fill with more cyclists and Canada Goose Goslings, and our calendars are beginning to fill with festivals festivals festivals! Calgary has a wide variety of summer festivals throughout the city, and many of them are beginning to make sustainability a priority.

This summer, we are compiling a list of the green initiatives Calgary’s festivals are taking this year. The list of festivals will be updated periodically throughout the summer.

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Photo credit: Calgary Folk Fest 2014

May Festivals
Calgary International Children’s Festival
May 20-23 2015
-Accessible by bike and transit

Lilac Festival
May 31 2015
-accessible by bike and transit
-bike racks provided at each intersection, bike valet provided at 19th Ave
-Diverted 45% of waste in 2014
-Goal of 75% waste diversion from landfills in 2015
-Styrofoam free

 

June Festivals
Sled Island
June 24 -28 2015
-cycle racks at most venues
-bike valets at outdoor venues
-promotes helmet use by partnering with Prohab Helmet Society
– 88% waste diversion from landfills in 2014
– Goal of 90% waste diversion from landfills in 2015
-Obtains volunteer shirts from eco-friendly vendors

 

July Festivals
Calgary Stampede
July 3-12, 2015
-accessible by bike and transit
-twice as many bike racks available compared to 2014
-extended bus and LRT hours
-many Car2Go parking locations adjacent to venues

Calgary Feistival
July 17-19 2015
-accessible by bike and transit
-supervised waste disposal sites

Calgary Folk Fest
July 23-26 2015
-free, secure bike lock stations
-accessible by bike and transit
-carpooling boards and resources posted on website
-water bottle free
-uses compostable dishware and cutlery

Calgary International Blues Festival
July 27 – Aug 2 2015
-recycling provided at event

 

August Festivals
Inglewood Sun Festival
Aug 1st 2015
-Accessible by bike and transit
-Diverted 62% of waste in 2014
-Goal of 75% waste diversion from landfills in 2015
-Styrofoam free

Calgary Reggae Fest
Aug 14 -16 2015
-styrofoam free
-all recyclable/compostable products
-supervised disposal sites
-on site bike racks
-accessible by bike and transit

Global Fest
August 20-29 2015
-accessible by bike and transit
-provides shuttle services to and from events

 

Kate2-150x150Kate Beck is an aspiring urban planner who’s passionate about streets, social justice, bicycles and rock climbing. She spent the summer helping to connect Active Neighbourhoods with the Bridgeland community. She has recently finished a degree in geography at University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

 

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