What: 12 makers, 12 shipping containers, and one 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: The road may be closed, but the stores and restaurants are definitely open for business! This exciting event grew from the creative response to the City’s plan to reconstruct 17th Ave. The Block Party will feature live music, entertainment, and a pop-up retail market happening all day. There are also five unique restaurants (Anju, Calcutta Cricket Club, Buttermilk, Pigeonhole and Model Milk) that will be serving up exclusive dishes, cocktails and more that you can’t miss out on!
What: It’s the last Night Market of the summer and it’s revving up to be the biggest and best one yet! 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: Come grab some fresh and delicious produce for all your canning, pickling, and cooking needs. Proceeds from the event will go towards The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Community Kitchen Program, and the Heritage Park Society.
What: Join the Calgary Farmers Market in their harvest celebration where you will have the opportunity to shop fresh, local fruits and vegetables, nuts, tea, kombucha, and more in their mini market at South Health Campus.
What: Everyone’s favourite interactive art show is back for another year of exciting scientific fun. Explore the city and visit the 14 different sites that are interconnected with a common theme, the ups and downs of the journey of invention. At each stop you can go two different directions. Who knows the where the route you choose will take you!
What: Market Collective is celebrating their 9th anniversary by hosting a large market full of new and old makers, artists, and vendors from all over Alberta. There will also be various interactive art installations, along with food trucks, live music, and more! Come celebrate nine years of community building and the arts here in Calgary!
Where: The Yellow Warehouse in Inglewood – 1390 17th Avenue SE
What: Calling all craft beer connoisseurs! For only $2 a drink ticket, sample various local brews from breweries across Alberta and BC. Some of the confirmed breweries thus far are Trolley 5 Brewpub, Grizzly Paw Brewing Co., Lonetree Cider, Labatt Brewing Co., and so many more! There is also a free shuttle available to take you to and from the village – now that’s an offer you can’t refuse!
Where: Bear’s Den Smokehouse and Patio – 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise
What: Eat for a good cause? Sounds simple enough to us! This year’s second annual Food Fest will be supporting The Calgary Food Bank and She Rescue Homes with plans to increase the event’s impact and continue to make the world a better place.
What: As the sixth largest film festival in Canada, this 12-day showcase will feature up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from over 45 countries including Canada. Come support and engage with local artists of the big screen and come together with the like-minded community who share your love of film!
What: Be inspired to fall in love with your home again at the Calgary Fall Home Show! Spend the weekend doing fun interactive workshops presented by Outside the Shape and Heart & Swirl, gaining expert advice from home reno pros, such as HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler, Tiffany Pratt, and DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perraul, and meeting some of the Calgary’s top designers. By the end of the weekend, you’ll have all the tools you need to make your home the sanctuary it should be!
What: See Calgary from a unique perspective and celebrate its cultural heritage, as you gain free access to 40 different sites around the city with behind the scenes activities and revealing tours all day long.
What: The first outdoor festival centered in Calgary around all things vegan! Learn and be educated on all things vegan, while you munch on delicious eats from a variety of vegan kitchens, shop exciting local makers, artists, and designers at their mini market, listen to some inspiring speakers and enjoy a ton of live entertainment and family fun.
Kristy is a creative Communications and PR strategist, freelance writer, coffee enthusiast and wine connoisseur who has a strong passion for travelling, art, style and fashion. Check out her blog (FloralandBows.com) for a taste of YYC through the lens of a refined, sassy, PR girl working on being a successful #girlboss.