Calgary is buzzing with inspiration this July as we proudly celebrate Canada’s 150th and kick off Stampede.
With plenty of thought provoking art exhibits, a contemporary dance performance, cultural celebrations, and the highly anticipated Folk Fest towards the end of the month, it is evident that July in Calgary hasn’t been taken over by cowboy hats and fried food.
Here are 10 art events you have to check out this summer.
Displayed at the Window Galleries, three exhibits created by Calgary-based artists unveil women’s stories that have been silenced throughout Canada’s 150 years. These works evoke powerful emotion describing women’s tribulations as they faced adversity while celebrating their resiliency.
Pack a picnic and head to Heritage Park to listen to two hours of free music. Playing every Wednesday of July and August, Music in the Plaza is highlighting local talent. The Stampede Talent Search has partnered with Heritage Park to select a featured opening performance.
Featuring up-and-coming actors, this Theatre Calgary production is front and centre on the most beautiful stage of all—Prince’s Island Park. Pull out a picnic blanket and bring along some snacks and enjoy watching Shakespeare’s As You Like It against a summery backdrop.
To celebrate Canada Day, Studio Bell is opening its doors allowing visitors to explore the interactive exhibitions of all five floors of the National Music Centre for free. Enjoy soul, hip-hop, gypsy jazz, and blue grass live music all day long.
Immerse yourself in Calgary’s art scene as you watch artists paint pieces on the spot at the Rumble House. Spend time connecting with painters, creatives, and art admirers and delving in insightful conversations. The art is auctioned off so you have a chance to expand your art collection as you place bids for your favourite pieces. Half of the profits made go towards the gallery.
Step away from the bustling Stampede grounds to mingle with artists, get social with art lovers, and admire local work. You can also get a glimpse of the art pieces for auction on July 13th. Oh, and there’s snacks.
An all-Canadian line-up of country artists are bringing life back to the historic King Edward Hotel. Bring your cowboy hat and soak up country tunes while eating BBQ and sipping on a selection of craft beers.
With the theme of metamorphosis in their movements, watch eight dancers perform rich contemporary dance created by three creative choreographers.
The park will be lively at the end of July for the 38th year in a row with eight stages booming with the sounds of Canadian voices like Tanya Tagaq, City and Colour, and bands like Barenaked Ladies, and Blue Rodeo along with international artists like UK’s Yola Carter plus many more. Shop at the artisan market, nibble on delicious food truck eats as you soak up the tunes sipping on a beer from the Big Rock Beer Garden.
Explore the cultures of the Middle East through tasting authentic dishes, browsing (and buying!) fashion, watching dance, and enjoying art. With live dance and music performances along with a shisha café, you’ll escape the city without leaving it.