SOURCE: Marriott


August 01, 2011 17:53 ET

As Festival Season Warms Up Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel Offers a Cool Deal

Join the Festivities in Calgary for Well-Rounded Fun the Entire Family Will Enjoy

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwire - Aug 1, 2011) - Summer fun in Calgary means festivals; and oh, the festivals there are! Historic festivals, fringe festivals, film festivals, blues festivals and even a dragon boat festival! Whatever your interest, Calgary celebrates it in style and prominent Calgary hotels like the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel are making it affordable to spend some time enjoying the festivities.

A full line-up of festivals are a great reason to plan a weekend getaway and with a variety of special Calgary hotel packages and weekend rates starting as low as $139 CAD per night, the festivities can easily add to the excitement of a fun-filled family weekend. With Calgary hotel accommodations at the Marriott Downtown Hotel guests will enjoy a central location, making it easy to access area events as well as other great Calgary attractions.

The festival atmosphere lives all summer long in Calgary and even includes a Marda Gras Street Festival set for August 7, bringing New Orleans-style street festivities to life for the 27th year in the Marda Loop neighbourhood. Running for six days in August, the Afrikadey! Festival is one of the city's most popular music festivals celebrating African culture with music, crafts, food and more. This year's event runs August 8-13, concluding the festivities with a weekend of music at Prince's Island Park.

And, what about the food? Everyone loves the Taste of Calgary festival, which is set to celebrate food and drink August 11-14. Great samples from Calgary's finest restaurants and beverage companies highlight the event, along with live entertainment. The list of festivities goes on and on including the Calgary International Reggae Festival, set for August 18-29; GlobalFest August 19-27; BBQ on the Bow Sept. 3-4, the Haultain and First Street Festival in the heart of Victoria Park on Sept. 11 and many, many more. For extended details, travelers can visit to start planning a weekend adventure around their festival of choice. Rooms may be booked online at or by calling 1-800-896-6878.

The festival atmosphere lives daily thanks to Calgary's historical Stephen Avenue Walk, open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in one of the city's premier shopping districts. The area is filled with talented street performers, music, artists, nine major department stores, and an eclectic mix of boutiques, galleries and some of the finest restaurants in downtown Calgary.

About the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
The Calgary Marriott Downtown is a premier luxury hotel offering spacious and well-appointed guest rooms, comfortable amenities and exceptional service. An excellent choice for leisure and business travelers alike, the hotel's stylish accommodations are accented with state-of-the-art business equipment and facilities perfect for hosting everything from corporate meetings to elegant weddings. A staff of full-service caterers and event management professionals is fully prepared to provide business and social planners with everything needed for a successful and memorable event.