With summer in full swing and the kids officially out of school, there is certainly no shortage of exciting things to do around the city this month. Finger’s crossed the weather holds up and you can get the family outdoors for some fun summer memories in the sun!
Take a long weekend and head up to the mountains. From camping, to hiking to fishing, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the Rockies, while taking advantage of the free National Park entry in lieu of Canada’s 150th Birthday.
Speaking of Canada 150, on July 1st it’s your chance to celebrate our wonderful country. Be sure to check out the many festivities happening throughout the city. Then to keep up the momentum Calgary will be taken over by the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, with 10 days of straight country, culture and good times at the Calgary Stampede.
What: The ultimate refresher in the midst of a prairie heat wave!
Tips: Make sure that you have enough life jackets for your entire group, book your raft ahead of time, park a vehicle at the beginning and the end of your route and check weather advisories before heading out.
What: 12 makers, 12 shipping containers, and 1 parking lot makes the best retail shopping Calgary has ever seen. There are also various performances, a pop-up library, Junction jams and group runs hosted by Lululemon happening at different times throughout each week, so you just have to go more than once!
What: While cruising the grounds check out this new Maker Market, located in the regular Stampede Market in the BMO Centre, and shop your favourite local artists and makers. Makers will rotate throughout the 10 days so be sure to stop in more than once!
What: Everyone’s favourite street party is back and happening on the first Friday of every month this summer. Be sure to come with an empty stomach and the desire to shop till the sun goes down. The event goes on rain or shine, so come prepared!
What: Essential oils are so important for the overall health and wellness of your body. Come learn more about the benefits of using natural, plant based oils and shop the full collection from Essentials by Nature, an Edmonton-based oil apothecary, at Greater Goods all weekend long.
What: Grab a few friends and spend the evening enjoying the pleasant ambiance of the patio at Starbelly Open Kitchen and Lounge. Every day they have a great happy hour menu for you to take advantage of, from 2 pm to 6 pm with $5 local draft beer, $2 off cocktails and $5 glasses of wine.
Where: Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge – 19489 Seton Crescent SE
What: If you’re a vegan, your stampede breakfast dreams have FINALLY come true. Welcome to Calgary’s first ever 100% vegan stampede breakfast hosted by CalgaryVegan and Calgary Animal Rights Effort, along with a variety of local health food stores and suppliers from around the city. Grab your friends and family and be prepared to #getstacked!
Where: Bridgeland Riverside Community Association – 917 Centre Avenue NE
What: Enjoy a cold beverage at the Post Hotel and Spa located in the heart of Lake Louise, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. They have one of the most extensive wine lists in all of North America, so for wine-lovers, this is definitely a great “treat yourself” experience.
Where: Post Hotel & Spa – 200 Pipestone Road, Lake Louise Alberta
What: All aboard! Sail through the Glenmore Reservoir on the S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler, while tasting delectable d’ oeuvres and sipping on a curated selection of beer and wine. The dress code is business casual.
Where: The S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
What: Watch the annual celebratory fireworks light up the night sky as you celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Grab a front row seat at McHugh Bluff Park, Tom Campbell’s Hill Park, Nose Hill Park, Max Bell Centre, Valleyview Park West Ridge at 26 Street SE.
What: Come celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with city-wide activities! At this specific location, there will be live jazz performances, line dancing, opera, various DJ’s and roving performers, along with 150+ strong guitar riff of Four Strong Winds and a CIBC Citizen Reaffirmation Ceremony.
What: Come celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with city-wide activities! Celebrations include multicultural performances by Midnight Taiko Drumming, CalgarySpark Productions Bollywood Dance, and Cirque Nova Performers Radio Station Activity, along with Canadian entertainers Tegan and Sara, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and more!
What: The Calgary Farmers Market has something very exciting brewing for Canada Day! From 11am-4pm hang out and celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday in the beer gardens at the market and help to raise money for the Calgary Food Bank. Drinking for a good cause, sounds easy enough!
Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
What: From 12 pm to 5 pm there will be various live music acts, including Stephen Fletcher and The Torchettes to help liven up the festivities for Canada’s 150th Birthday. Get there early, as seating is limited!
What: Raise money for the Calgary Stampede Foundation while playing a round of your favourite betting game. The top ten players will walk away with cold hard cash, Cowboys Stampede VIP Passes, and Stampede Admission Tickets. Those are some good odds!
What: Stampede and Beakerhead put together makes for one unreal night at the Stampede grounds! Ride the midway until 1 am, participate in the Silent Disco at the Coca-Cola Stage and party at the Stampede like you have never partied before.
What: Kick off Stampede on the rooftop patio of Kensington’s newest eatery, Prohibition Freehouse, in true Calgary fashion. Your ticket will include two drinks, a TON of meatballs and live music from various local bands and DJ’s. There will also be a fun silent auction happening throughout the night and the proceeds will be going towards the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Yeehaaw!
What: It’s a Stampede party you won’t ever forget, perhaps…. Your ticket includes admission, beef on a bun and a duck, along with the opportunity yo lay fun games, such as Duck Huner and Duck Pong, while raising money for Ducks Unlimited.
Where: Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – 9615 MacLeod Trail S
What: Come kick it at the King Eddy just like they used to in the good ole’ days! The space will be converted into a country saloon with a revolving roster of western acts playing throughout the week of Stampede. This event is for those 18 years of age and up.
What: Celebrate Canada 150 at this exciting music festival! Kick the day off with a pancake breakfast and continue the day playing in the carnival, having a brew in the beer gardens, listening to live music and so much more!
Where: Scott Seaman Sports Rink – 32156 Highway 552 E, De Winton, AB
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