Calgary Weekender: October 14th through 16th, 2011

This weekend brings Calgary YPs three very different festivals. We recommend you checking out all three, just don’t blame us if you wake up on Sunday morning with a large collection of wine, some novels…and a tattoo.

For those with a passion for indulging in the finer flavours of life, The Rocky Mountain Wine Festival is just the ticket. For two days (Friday and Saturday), the festival will provide attendees an opportunity to sample offerings from over 200 vendors. Peruse the wide array of world-class wine, premium spirits, import and micro-brewed beers, or taste an assortment of culinary creations from Calgary’s top restaurants. With an unparalleled line-up and unpretentious atmosphere, this high-energy event has become a favourite amongst Calgary YPs. Check out the fest on Twitter and Facebook.

Next on our list we have The Calgary Wordfest. Attracting over 14,000 people during six days, this festival will feature over 70 writers in more than 60 intimate, interactive and fun events in both Calgary and Banff. Be sure to catch one or all three of the long listed authors for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize who will be showcased. If you are a lover of literary genius, this festival is bound to inspire. Whether it’s hearing readings by some of the world’s top authors, or lectures by leaders within the realm of written word, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Last we have The Alberta Bound Tattoo and Arts Festival. Taking place at The Stampede BMO Centre throughout the weekend (Oct 14th through 16th), this fascinating fest invites those who are inked and those who may just be interested in the art to come and peruse the vendors and check out some of the most talented artists from around North America. Over 200 tattooists, including Dan Smith and Nikko Hurtado of L.A. Ink, will be in attendance. Ever wondered what a full body tattoo looks like? Lucky Diamond Rich, the World’s Most Tattooed Man, will be performing his sideshow twice daily. Check it out on Facebook.

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