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Calgary Guide

What's on in Calgary?

Winefest Calgary

Need an excuse to book those cheap flights to Calgary? If you a wine connoisseur, you'll love the city's annual Winefest. Sip on examples of red and white, rose and port, and even sparkling and dessert wines from some of the world's best wine regions. The event gives attendees the chance to sample hundreds of wines, nibble on delicious hors d'oeuvres and take home a memorabilia wine glass. It usually takes place in February and the cold weather is the perfect excuse to buy tickets to Calgary and warm up with a glass or two of wine.

Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres

The Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres is the perfect event for sweet-tooths travelling on return flights to Calgary. Visitors can discover Native American folk music, local cuisine, and there are even family-friendly outdoor games for those with children. Look out for tickets to Calgary in March and start your trip off with a delicious traditional Eastern Canadian breakfast and lots of maple syrup! Entry to the festival is usually costs between $10 to $15 CAD ($11.12 - 16.67 AUD).

Noel Christmas Light Park and Market

Experience a White Christmas with flights to Calgary in December! The Noel Christmas Light Park and Market is a festive celebration that will put you in the mood for the most magical time of year. Held in the Stampede Grounds, this month-long event attracts more than 100,000 people each year. Some of its highlights include 15-metre Christmas trees, a 75-metre light tunnel, food trucks selling holiday food, and Santa's Village. As it’s one of the biggest events on the city’s calendar, you should try to book your return flights to Calgary at least three months in advance.

What are the best places to stay in Calgary?


Downtown is close to the city's public transportation lines, shopping centres, restaurants and major attractions. It's a central location which is perfect for first-time visitors landing on incoming flights to Calgary. The neighbourhood is also a quick 22-minute car ride away from Calgary International Airport (YYC) or 43-minutes with public transport.

The Beltline

The Beltline is a trendy neighbourhood south of Downtown and is 26-minutes from Calgary International Airport (YYC). It's known for its hip bars, restaurants and boutique shops. The area is also close to Calgary Stampede and the Saddledome. You should stay here if you're buying airfare to Calgary and you want to be close to the city's nightlife.

East Village

East Village is sandwiched between Downtown and the Beltline, and has a good line-up of high-end shops, restaurants and bars. It’s a good option for luxury travellers booking tickets to Calgary who want to stay in a more high-end neighbourhood.


Inglewood is a historic Calgary neighbourhood, characterised by heritage architecture, boutique shops and up-and-coming restaurants. The area is also close to Calgary Zoo and Fort Calgary. As it's a quieter neighbourhood and close to kid-friendly attractions, Inglewood is a good option for families to base themselves when exploring the city after arriving on cheap airfare to Calgary.

Hillhurst-Kensington Village

If you're a coffee-lover about to depart on flights to Calgary, think about booking your accommodation in the Hillhurst-Kensington Village area. It's known for its coffee shops and wine bars, and you can spend your trip visiting a new one every day.

What are the best restaurants and cafes in Calgary?

Brown Sugar Bake Shop

For a sweet break in Calgary, visit the Brown Sugar Bake Shop to get your fix of frosting-topped cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, Naniamo bars, pie slices, and more. There are savoury bites too, as well as options for those needed gluten-free options. Plus, the bake shop also has free WiFi.

Analog Coffee

Analog Coffee is one of the best coffee shops in Calgary. The main cafe is located on 17th Avenue, but there are Analog Coffee outposts in the Farmer’s Market, Southcentre Mall and Bow Valley Square, among other addresses. Don't leave without ordering one of their lattes, the cafe is famous for its picture-perfect latte art. Landed on return flights to Calgary in the summer and aren’t in the mood for a hot cup of joe? Cool down with an iced coffee instead.

Higher Ground

Higher Ground is located on Kensington Road and specialises in fair-trade coffee. The environmentally-conscious cafe does its best to reduce its footprint, and is one of the best spots in town for travellers on flights to Calgary who are keen to support local sustainable businesses. If you're not sure what to order, try one of their speciality lattes. One of their most popular concoctions is the S'more Mocha. It's made with hot chocolate, a shot of espresso, marshmallow syrup and chocolate whipped cream. If you're feeling peckish, order their home-made ginger cream cookies!

Best time to visit Calgary

The best time to visit Calgary is in the summer months, from June to August, when the city hosts some of its most popular events, including Globalfest and the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Rates can be higher during these months, so visit in April or October to get a better deal.

Those looking for a skiing holiday should visit from November to March when the wintry conditions are perfect for hitting the slopes.