No trip to Calgary is complete without stopping in trendy Kensington , just north of the downtown core. Here you will find  used bookstores, unique clothing and little stores of all sorts. Also in Kensington is a great independent theater playing movies you will not find in the big chains. There are lots of events throughout the year worth seeing.

Annual Salsa Festival:  Start with tomatoes, add garlic and hot peppers, and garnish with cilantro! Set fire to those taste buds during Kensington's  Sun and Salsa Festival ! The annual family event takes place along Kensington Road and 10th Street NW, and the Latin flavour will mambo through the neighborhood all through the day. Music and dancing will fill the street, and great restaurants and pubs promise to provide you with non-stop entertainment.

Oolong Tea House: Come in and enjoy a tea from one of 150 around the world. White tea, green tea, Oolong tea, rooibos, and fruit/herbal infusions. Here gather a truly unique cross section of residents from Kensington, you will find old ladies sipping tea to bohemians playing guitars on the patio during the summer months. All the food is made fresh on site, the walls feature local artists and the staff is unique. For all the travelers, free WiFi is provided.

Plaza Theatre: When you want to see the movies no one has seen or even heard of, visit the Plaza Theatre. Here you will find the truly rare and unique flicks that never seem to make it into main stream cinemas. Stop by for the Rocky Horror Picture Show.