Festival Information

Amazing 3-day festival, Western Canada’s largest Latin festival that takes place each summer in August, at the Prince’s Island Park.

All the information you need to know about the Festival. Check it out!


Prince’s Island Park

1st Avenue and 4th Street SW

Prince’s Island Park has a surface of 20 hectares and is linked by three bridges to Eau Claire and downtown Calgary and a north bridge to Memorial Drive and the community of Crescent Heights. It is part of the pathway and hiking trail system lining both sides of the Bow River.  – Information by Wikipedia.


Rules & Safety

We at Expo Latino have some expectations from our guests. We ask this so that we can have a successful event and be able to throw a great event year after year.

Prohibited Objects

It is not allowed to enter the festival ground with the following: animals (except guide-dogs), alcoholic drinks, spray cans, drugs, glass, cans, plastic bottles, weapons, sticks, walking sticks (medical crutches and devices excepted), banners, items with discriminating and/or provocative texts and/or expressions, blunt, stab or thrust weapons or firearms or other items that might be used as a weapon, items that might have a negative effect on the safety, health or wellbeing of the festival-goers, sprays, fireworks, liquids, torches and any other item which may be considered as dangerous by the organization.

Zero Tolerance Drug Policy

We want everyone to come out and have a great time, but there will be a zero tolerance towards any drugs or alcohol being brought onto the festival grounds. There will be security set up at the gate to search people prior to entering.

Expo Latino Festival has a family friendly beer garden close to the stage. So, people can enjoy the music and dances, have a picnic on the grass, and have a drink if they want.

No Glass

No glass is allowed to be brought anywhere on site.

Publicity: Flyers and Posters

It is prohibited to distribute flyers or posters during the festival! If you wish to promote one of your events, we offer the possibility to place an advertisement in the Expo Latino Program Guide, which is distributed amongst the visitors at the festival.

More info: media@expolatino.com

Dress Code

There is no dress code at Expo Latino. However, if you live in Calgary you know that the weather can be unpredictable, so we would advise you to dress accordingly.

Some Facts:

  • The average temperature in Calgary, AB in August is very mild at 15.7 °C (60.26 °F).
  • Afternoons can be really warm with average high temperatures reaching 22.7 °C (72.9°F)
  • Overnight temperatures are generally a little cool with an average low of 8.6 °C (47.5°F)


We recommend you to wear clothing that is comfortable and practical for the festival.

Recommendations in a Hot and Sunny day:

  • Wear sandals or comfy shoes
  • Bring your sunglasses and/or your hat
  • Protect your face. Wear SPF.

Music festivals are an exercise in preparedness, so if there’s even a chance of rain.

Recommendations in a Rainy day:

  • Check the weather
  • Wear non-sandals
  • Bring a plastic poncho or raincoat
  • Enjoy Expo Latino anyway!


Here are the answers to some of the questions we’re being asked. If you’ve got a question that you can’t find the answer to, then please contact us.

Where is it held?

The Festival occurs on Prince’s Island Park, 698 Eau Claire Ave SW, Calgary, AB.

What are the dates and times for this year?

  • Friday August 18th, 6:00 PM – 12:00 PM
  • Saturday August 19th, 12.30 PM – 12:00 PM
  • Sunday August 20th, 12.30 PM – 10:00 PM

Who’s playing this year?

You can view the Schedule page or current lineup. Available Soon!

How do I volunteer?

Sign up on our Volunteer page.

Do you accept submissions? How can my band/artist play the festival?

You can send your submissions in via our Performer Submissions page.

Can I bring a camera to the Festival and take photos?

Festival patrons are welcome to take amateur photos. However, it is important that you respect other audience members and the artists by using discretion while shooting and photos must be for personal use only. If an artist has requested that no photos be taken of them, security or media volunteers may alert you.

Non-professional cameras will be permitted. Please leave your DSLR or other detachable-lens camera at home. Only Expo Latino staff and authorized media partners and volunteers properly identified as such will be able to take professional photos that you can check out on our Flicker page.

Is there an area to dance?

There’s a dance floor in front of the mainstage so that you can get close to your favourite artists. 

I have a weekend pass, do I have in and out privileges?

Once you have a wristband, you can come and go from the site.  The wristband is good for the entire festival.

Is there just music at the festival?

Alongside the great music there’s a beer garden near the stage and dance area.
There will be a variety of reasonably priced and delicious food on site for sale.
Various Arts & Craft, Business and Community booths will be setup.

How do I get to the festival?

Car pool, bike or walk to the site. There’s lots of inexpensive parking around the Eau Claire district ($2 evenings and weekends at the Eau Claire Market). As the festival is at Prince’s Island Park, it’s on bus routes. The Festival has secure bicycle parking on site.

Can my pet dog, ferret or cat accompany me to the Festival?

No pets are allowed on the festival grounds. Please leave them at home!

Service dogs with appropriate accreditation are the only exception.

I would like to setup with a booth, how do I apply?

The Booth Categories are: Food, Business, Community and Arts & Craft.
Please fill-up the application form:

May I refund my ticket?

Sorry, but tickets are non-refundable. The festival runs rain or shine! Treat your tickets like CASH.

All sales are final. There are NO refunds, NO cancellations, NO credits, NO exchanges after the order has been made.

You can view our Ticket Return & Refund Policy

When will I know when my favorite artists are playing?

The Main Stage schedule is found at our Schedule Page. Coming Soon!

We encourage you to buy tickets not just to go see one act, but to experience a full day or weekend of music, food and crafts.

Still have an unanswered question?

Drop us a line at info@expolatino.ca or call (403) 271-2744.


255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB T2P 5C2 | (403) 266-7200

With a prime location in the heart of the city, our all-suite downtown Calgary hotel offers easy access to Calgary’s best events and attractions.

Whether you’re staying for business or pleasure, our luxurious, Four Diamond accommodations will make you feel right at home. Stunning views from our floor-to-ceiling guest room windows will inspire you to get out and explore. The Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire is in walking distance to downtown Calgary shopping and dining, Prince’s Island Park, Bow River and more. 

Anyone looking for accommodation here while they attend Expo Latino 2016 simply need to provide the following code (TBD) to our reservations team at (403) 517-6600 or reservations@sheratonsuites.com 

220 – 4 Avenue SW | Phone: (403) 265-9600

International Hotel Suites Calgary is an urban escape for business and leisure travelers. Casual style meets modern convenience at the International with simple, yet elegant decor that inspires relaxation and rejuvenation. International guests connect to over 19 km of downtown shopping, nightlife, dining, recreation, cultural and corporate entities throughout the core.

They are offering Expo Latino guests a special price of $119 + tax per night for festival nights.

To ensure you receive the discounted group rate make sure to identify yourself as being with Expo Latino Calgary, group no. TBD or book online with the following link http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1670048&hotelID=12256

To make a reservation:
1. Call toll free: 1-800-661-8627
2. Local call: (403) 265-9600
3. email: book@internationalhotel.ca

888 7 Ave. SW | (403) 237-8626

Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre has all the perfect amenities to help you unwind: indoor pool, whirlpool, Moxie’s Grill & Bar, and Mbar Lounge. This centrally located hotel is the perfect hotel for sightseeing and business all at the same time.

They will be offering Expo Latino 2017 attendees the special rate of $109+ tax per night.

To ensure you receive the discounted group rate call 1-800-SANDMAN and quote group confirmation number TBD.

320 4th Ave. SW | (403) 266-1611

Ideally situated in downtown Calgary, The Westin Calgary Hotel offers the best of the city at your doorstep. Packed with exciting attractions, activities, museums, beautiful parks, entertainment and sport venues there is never a shortage of things to do in Calgary. And after a day of exploring, retreat to one of the best downtown Calgary hotels where you can relax in our rooftop pool and sauna or take advantage of our WestinWORKOUT®, with its state-of-the-art equipment. Enjoy dinner at the hotel, at one of our three great Calgary restaurants which offer modern North American cuisine with a local accent. Then sink into your Heavenly Bed for restful night’s sleep.

They will be offering Expo Latino 2017 guests a special rate of $129 + tax per night which will include complimentary wifi and parking.

For the special rate book online here or call into 1-800-WESTIN1 and ask for the Expo Latino 2017, or code TBD.

209 4th Ave. SE | (403) 266-1980

Renowned for its genuine hospitality, the Delta Bow Valley is ideally located in downtown Calgary at the intersection of the city’s business and cultural districts. Stampede Park, the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre and Stephen Avenue shopping are just some of the highlights of downtown Calgary. Our guests have convenient access to all venues through the Calgary skywalk system and public transportation, which makes exploring our city that much easier. When our guests return at the end of the day, they can expect the comforts of home.

For Expo Latino 2016, Delta is offering a special nightly price of $99 + tax
To make a reservation online, click this link:  Book your group rate for Expo Latino or call 403-266-1980 and mention you are looking for the Expo Latino 2017.

Program Advertisement

The Hispanic Arts Society has hosted Expo Latino for the past 21 years. It has come from a one-day event in Eau Claire Market with a handful of performers, to a three-day weekend extravaganza filled with exotic foods, an art market and World class performances. This year, the festival will be held in Prince’s Island Park from August 18th-20th, 2017!


Every year the Program Guide is placed in over 1000 locations across Calgary. Expo Latino fans patiently await the arrival of the program guide so they can check the line-up of their favorite performers.

Advertising in our program guide is a great way to reach over 40,000 people with information about your event, service or company.

For more information, please email media@expolatino.com

Click below for the 2017 Advertising Specs & Rates.



If you’re interested in joining the Expo Latino as a vendor or volunteer then please fill out the applications below.  We welcome food and goods vendors as well as volunteers!


Food Vendors


2018 Food vendor booths applications will be available SOON!

We will offer early bird registrations.

Be part of the Best Latin Food movement in Calgary!

Booth Vendors

We have vendor booths available to anyone with a business or service.
– Arts & Crafts
– Business
– Community

PAYMENTS: Click Here!


We love Volunteers

We invite volunteers to join our Festival.
We are grateful to our volunteers!
Every year they work behind the scenes to ensure the success of the festival.

Let’s make this year the best festival yet!




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about us



My first contact with Expo Latino was as a performer with the Venezuelan Folkloric Dance Group “Pasos de Venezuela” in 2003.

This is a real joy, an honour and a tremendous responsibility to preside over the Hispanic Arts Society. An organization that for 30 years has impacted Canada’s – and the world’s – Hispanic artists.

I am very excited to be part of an exceptional team at the Society that includes our dedicated board, executive team, staff and volunteers.

Since the Society’s inception in 1987, the former executive board worked towards the presentation of major productions such as the hispanic festival “EXPO LATINO”, Calgary’s Hottest Outdoor Festival, and Western Canada’s Largest Latin Festival.

This year marks the 21st year of the Festival.  As one of the longest-running Latin festivals in Canada, we take great pride in the level of excellence of our local and international artists. 

I hope you will come and enjoy Expo Latino 2017!   With your continued support we can ensure the success of the Festival for many years to come.

Mariela Parra
Artistic Director & President





The Society is based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We incorporated on June 26, 1987 as a non profit society and since then we have and continue to stage with tremendous success. Our primary Mandate and Objectives are:

  • To promote cultural exchanges among different Artists who perform Hispanic Music and Dance.
  • To advance and promote the Hispanic community for the public benefit.
  • To bring the public’s attention to the unique characteristics of the Hispanic Arts Community, to enhance Arts Community and to increase Canada’s access to artistic experiences.



Our basic foundation values, the values upon which all we do is based:

  • Respect for people
  • Respect for culture
  • Integrity
  • Appreciation for diversity


Our Executive Board members are:

    • Mariela Parra – President
    • Cephaelis Ponce –  Secretary
    • Ludovina Gálvez – Treasurer
    • Juan Sosa – Director
    • Milagros Briceño – Director






The annual Expo Latino Festival in Calgary celebrates the diverse culture and heritage of city’s diverse Latino population. The three-day event features folkloric and contemporary dance and musical performances, authentic mouth-watering cuisine from Ibero-american countries, traditional arts and crafts and hands-on children’s activities and inflatables.

Event Location

  • Event Location
    Prince's Island Park
    698 Eau Claire Ave SW
    Calgary, AB
  • Call Us
    (403) 271-2744
  • Email Us


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Contact Us

Hispanic Arts Society

#1, 3360 – 14 Avenue NE, Calgary AB   T2A 6J4 | Tel: (403) 271-2744

Mailing Address

Suite 1089, 327-2335 162 Ave. SW, Calgary, AB T2Y 4S6