When it comes to summer festivals, one of my favourites in Calgary has to be Kensington’s Sun and Salsa festival. Not only is it three steps from my home, it also happens to have FREE FOOD.  That’s right, free food. If you count salsa as free food, that is, which I do.

This weekend, the weather could not have been more perfect as thousands of Calgarians took to the streets of the quaint neighborhood to add a little latino flair to the summer. If you’ve never been to the festival, it really is a blast. Basically, any business in Kensington can make their own salsa, then people like me then walk around, sampling the salsa and eventually going online to vote on our favourite. (I’ll post the winners as soon as they are announced.)


On top of the free food, (Did I mention the free food?), the Sun and Salsa festival is also a great time to chat with local vendors who are selling some really cool products, catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while and enjoy the countless beer gardens that pop up along Kensington Road.  This year’s organizers made the very smart decisions to move Sun and Salsa away from The Calgary Folk Music Festival, meaning that everyone could enjoy the entire day, knowing they could go to Folk Fest next week, guilt free.

The festival is so fun, that it’s a shame that it can only last for one day of the year. Kensington would be a great neighbourhood to figure out how it can become more pedestrian friendly. Maybe close the streets the first Sunday of every month, or something like that. Seems a little ambitious, but if you were there to experience the energy, the fun and yes, the free food, you’d be clamouring for more street festivals too!



These cute kitties were in the Animal Rescue Foundation tent and they were so cute, I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures.


Mike Morrison


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