With Calgary being so close to the mountains, we’d be foolish not to take advantage of them. Plus, it’s a pretty rewarding feeling to know you literally conquered a mountain. Not to mention if you find yourself sore after a long day’s hike, the hot springs are never too far away.
The picnics, which begin June 22 and run through August 24, are community lunch hours which take place in various locations around town. Between noon and 1 pm, organizers supply tables, chairs and entertainment; each picnic has a unique theme and will be in a different location every week.
There are beautiful bike paths in Calgary, that many of us don’t know about. So jump on your bike without the worry of vehicles whizzing past you. Click here for five beautiful bike paths in Northwest Calgary you need to experience this Summer.
A perfect way to cool off and relax on a hot summer day. Grab a raft and lifejacket (yes they’re required) and sail away to leisurely paradise. You can start from Baker Park or Bowness Park and it’s free with you own raft and lifejacket or you can rent from Lazy Day Raft Rentals.
What: Nine scripts were selected for this year’s festival out of 100 which were submitted. Through the Suncor Stage One Festival, Lunchbox Theatre has become Canada’s leading development source and producer of one-act plays. At the end of each season, Lunchbox Theatre holds a series of staged readings of new works and invites audience members to give feedback during a discussion period.
What: Featuring a variety of ethnic street foods, local vendors, buskers, and entertainment, the Calgary Night Market has everything from jewelry to clothes, to household items. The market is happening on the first and last Fridays of the month until September 9. Admission to the Night Market is free.
What: More than 250,000 people are expected at Calgary’s Canada Day celebrations this year, to enjoy a stellar lineup including The Grapes of Wrath, The Zolas, and Joel Plaskett. There are the infamous fireworks to check out and many more events around the city.
What: Fiestaval is a free and family-oriented multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting Latin American Culture. The three day event will take place in the heart of downtown Calgary at the Calgary Olympic Plaza and feature over 18 authentic Latin food vendors, in addition to 60 plus community vendors.
What: The Calgary Turkish Festival will feature Turkish art, folk dance, music, and gourmet food. Visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage, and cuisine (including sumptuous kebabs and mouth-watering pastries).
When: July 28 to 31
Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza – 200 Barclay Parade SW
What: The streets of Marda Loop will come alive for the 32nd time with this New Orleans themed festival. A variety of high quality cultural performers, dance groups, musicians and outdoor activities will be at this fun outdoor event.
What: Join in on one of the most colourful celebrations of the year and celebrate the tremendous diversity of Calgary’s community. This year’s parade will be led by award winning writer, musician, and filmmaker Rae Spoon.
What: Calgary’s beloved outdoor food fiesta returns to the city in 2016, bringing with it a smorgasbord of globally-inspired cuisine and beverages. Attendees to the Taste of Calgary will be able to sample a variety of dishes, shop at some of the most interesting marketplace vendors in the city, and enjoy a wide range of entertainment.
When: August 11 to 14 from 11 am to 10 pmdaily
Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza – 200 Barclay Parade SW
What: Get your sticky on at the 1st Annual Calgary Ribfest. From August 25 to 28 experience four awesome days of grilling heaven. Ribs, BBQ chicken, and pulled pork will be headlining the festival, available from six different vendors. There will also be live music, craft beer, wine pairings, and a pulled pork eating contest. Booths for foodie and BBQ demonstrations will also be in site.
What: Brewery and the Beast is back for 2016. This outdoor, meat-focused event will take place rain or shine on August 21 and feature a line-up of local chefs from around the city, preparing and cooking the highest quality meats. In addition to serving a range of roasted, barbecued, and smoked edible delights, Phillips Brewing Company from Victoria, will offer a varied selection of their award winning beers.
When: Sunday, August 21 from 1 to 4:15 pm
Where: Pumphouse Park – 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW
Price: Tickets are priced at $89.75 and can be purchased online here
What: The 24th annual BBQ on the Bow festival (the city’s oldest BBQ competition) will take place this September at the Montgomery Community Centre, and will see meat lovers from across the city gather to enjoy all things BBQ. Teams will compete over two days showing off their cooking skills on everything from Weber bullets to fancy rigs and trailers with expensive smokers built right on them.
When: September 3 to 4
Where: Montgomery Community Centre – 5003 16th Avenue NW
What: This three day celebration of Greek culture is a chance for the community to come together. Attendees to this free annual event will find a range of entertainment options, traditional Greek food, dancing, and a whole lot more.
When: September 16 to 18
Where: Hellenic Community Centre – 1 Tamarac Cresent SW
What: Fresh produce and local vendors right outside your office. Twice a month, over 40 vendors will setup shop for the farmers market coming to Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary. Check online for dates.
Where: On 8th Avenue between 1st Street SE and 1st Street SW
What: Visit Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market for their first market of the year! Enjoy eating at local vendor stations, dance to live music and shop until you drop. For the kiddos, there are free activities set up.
Where: Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market – 917 Centre Avenue NE
When: Thursday, June 23 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm
Visit a Farmers’ Market
Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Calgary’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few.
What: This hilarious Broadway musical from the creators of South Park returns to Calgary for another run this September. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
What: The Greatest Outdoor Show in the world celebrates it’s 104th year in Calgary. Bring the kids, take the girlfriend or wonder solo, this is a right of passage if you’re in Calgary from July 8 to 17 this year.
When: July 8 to 17
Where: 1410 Olympic Way SE
Price: Park admission is $18. Tickets can be purchased online here
What: See some of the most trendsetting and common wedding dresses in Alberta from the last 125 years. The exhibition features collections from the Museum of the Highwood, the Red Deer Museum, the Royal Alberta Museum, the Lougheed House Conservation Society, as well as numerous private collections.
What: Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of over 250 bands, comedians, filmmakers and artists as well as over 30,000 attendees in more than 35 venues, transforming the city into an arts lover’s paradise that has earned rave reviews from artists, fans and media from across the globe.
Where: Various venue. Click here for more information.
What: Jackson has recorded 19 studios albums and been nominated for five Grammy Awards. After gaining overnight success with his single, “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” in 1979, Jackson has become a legendary musical icon, and his tour represents a next step in his astounding legacy.
When: Monday, June 27 at 8 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
What: Calgary’s 28th annual Oxford Stomp returns with the Stampede this July.Get ready to hear performances by Don Henley, Serena Ryder, Matthew Good, and Vertical Horizon, all in the name of a good cause. Tickets are on sale now online.
What: The 37th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival will have 76 icons and upstarts from 16 countries performing on 8 stages during the 3 day festival. 2016 performers include The New Pornographers, Cat Power, Braids, Lord Huron, Oyster Band and many more.
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 689 Eau Claire Avenue SW
When: July 21 to 24
Cost: Single day tickets from $60 to $75. Click here to buy online
What: Chasing Summer, Western Canada’s largest EDM festival, returns to Calgary for its fourth year this summer on July 30 and 31 at a new location, and it’ll be headlined by Martin Garrix and Hardwell.
When: July 30 and 31
Where: Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
What: The 25th anniversary of Dragon Boating comes to town. The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival draws over 1850 competitors, 4000 spectators and an abundance of excitement and cultural experiences.
Where: North Glenmore Park – 7305 Crowchild Trail SW