A Rookie’s Guide To The Calgary Sun and Salsa Festival
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Date: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 @ 02:38 PM

Our Boutique Hotel here in downtown Calgary is about 20 minutes away from the Kensington neighbourhood. Apparently, this makes us a prime location for travellers coming into town for the upcoming Calgary Sun and Salsa Festival. This year, we seem to have a bunch of newbies in town, because our front desk staff have been asked a lot of the same questions. So, here is a basic FAQ for the SSF.

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When is the Best Time To Go?

Well, the whole thing starts at 11:00 AM, and goes until 5. There’s a lot of performances and street art all day long, so you can show up any time, really. There’s always something cool going on.

Having said that… If you are planning on driving there. Plan on getting there around 10:00 AM and having brunch at one of the local restaurants.

In terms of parking, Downtown Calgary is one of the worst areas in North America. While Kensington isn’t exactly in Calgary’s downtown core, it is an older neighbourhood, and there isn’t nearly enough room for all of the ~100,000 people to park their cars there.

You can usually find a good spot if you get there early, or you can park in the nearby residential neighbourhoods if you want. Just don’t block anyone’s driveway.


What Is There To Do?

  1. Eat Salsa (You can also dance. If you want to.)
  2. There some crazy performances happening on 5 different stages. Check them out!
  3. Visit the Street Merchants. Yeah, Salsa Swag!
  4. Paint a Street Mandala
  5. Watch a huge art mural being painted
  6. Repeat.


Free Advice: Wear Something Washable

Nobody asks about this, and they really should. There are plenty of Dry Cleaners in downtown Calgary, but still…

Remember, you are going to a street festival that revolves around eating messy sauce with your hands (and chips, but you see what I mean). You will be in a dense crowd of ~100,000 people. Those people will also be eating salsa and chips with their hands. There is a pretty decent chance that you will get Salsa on you, is what I’m getting at here. Which leads me to the next bit of advice…


Free Advice: How To Get Salsa Stains Out of Your Clothing

Salsa stains, like any stain of the tomato variety, can be hard to remove. While the Sun and Salsa Festival is no La Tomatina, there is a really good chance you’re going to have some stubborn stains to deal with over the next few days.

Step 1: Flush affected area with Cold Water

Step 2: Rub area with liquid detergent

Step 3: Wash normally

Step 4: Repeat steps 1 – 3 if necessary.
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta (to learn more about Nuvo peruse the rest of the site, or check out our Facebook Page). When he’s not at his desk, he’s usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn’t involve computers.

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admin Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotelin Calgary, Alberta. When he's not at the Hotel he's usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn't involve computers.

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