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10 free Canada Day 2017 festivities happening around Calgary

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Guest Author Jun 30, 2017 2:01 am 2,006

Written by Tammy Bogdane

Happy 150th Canada! Need free stuff to do Canada Day? We got you!

It’s Canada’s 150th Birthday, and Calgary is going to celebrate like none other! There are so many things going on across this big and beautiful country, but we have all the local free events down for you.

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Check out what you can get up to for free this Canada Day!

Canada Day celebrations at Confederation Park

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The celebration happening at Confederation Park is sure to deliver as it is FREE, and they are offering a pancake breakfast, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, the opening of a time capsule from 1967 and much more! Get there early to avoid the line for pancakes!

  • When: July 1, 2017 from 9am to 1pm
  • Where: Confederation Park – 905 30 Avenue NW
  • Price: Free

Canada Day at Studio Bell

When the light hits. #myStudioBell

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Visit Studio Bell and you’ll get to experience live music from all over Canada along with interactive exhibitions. There are also some surprises in store so this event is a must.

  • When: July 1, 2017 from 10am to 5pm
  • Where: Studio Bell, National Music Centre – 850 4 Street SE
  • Price: Free

Canada Day at Olympic Plaza

Stop by Olympic Plaza on Canada Day for live jazz, line dancing, opera, DJs, ballet, beat-boxing, improv, roving performers and more. DON’T MISS: 150+ strong guitar riff of Four Strong Winds (1:30pm) and CIBC Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony (2pm). Olympic Plaza activities run from 10am – 6pm. Link with details in profile. . ——- . Profitez d’un grand éventail de musique, de danse et de récits pour toute la famille à la place olympique lors de la fête du Canada. Nous débuterons avec un projet artistique intégrant de la danse swing, de l’opéra, des DJ, du ballet et de 150+ riffs de guitare de Four Strong Winds; cet endroit a quelque chose pour tous. Faites allégeance au Canada lors du serment de la CIBC, dansez au son de la Beatbox ou relaxez simplement en regardant nos danseurs de ligne Chinook Country.

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If you love arts and culture then this is the perfect stop for you. There’s going to be country line dancers, musical performances, an Alberta Ballet feature, improv, spoken word, and much more.

  • When: July 1, 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Avenue SE
  • Price: Free

Tegan and Sara Performance at Riverfront Ave

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Spend your Canada Day by listening to the Emmy nominated vocals of Calgary’s own Tegan and Sara. The local celebrities will play for their home downtown Calgary on Riverfront Ave. Don’t forget about the amazing fireworks that will take place after the show!

  • Where: Riverfront Avenue East: Between 1 Street SE and Macleod Trail
  • When: July 1, 2017 from 10 to 11pm
  • Price: Free

Enmax Living Flag Photo

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What is more fun than being a part of a living flag that will be shared across the country on social media! Check out Fort Calgary, and get there early to get your shirt because only the first 1500 people will get one. That may sound like a ton, but in a city home to 1.2 million people, they will go fast!

  • Where: Fort Calgary: 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: July 1, 2017 from 11 a.m. to noon (other events are taking place beginning at 9 a.m., so arrive early in order to participate)
  • Price: Free

East Village Pop-Up Retail and Street Fair

If bopping around and shopping is your ideal way to spend a summer day, East Village is the place to be. They have an amazing container market and a street fair to ensure all of your needs are met!

  • Where: East Village: 439 8th Ave. SE and along 8th Ave SE respectively
  • When: July 1, 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Price: Free

Indigenous Showcase and Powwow on Canada Day

So proud to call Canada home! 📷:@justrunnelly

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What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than by embracing some true Canadian culture! There are many performances throughout the day as well as opportunities for the little ones to learn a few steps! This is great for people of all ages.

  • Where: Prince’s Island Park: 698 Eau Claire Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: July 1, 2017 from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Price: Free

King Eddy Canada Day Party

What are you doing for Canada Day?! The National Music Centre has a ton of Canada Day programming happening on July 1, which will extend to a series of concerts at the King Eddy that goes from 12-6pm. Head to the King Eddy and get in with no cover charge! Enjoy a diverse array of local acts from #yyc rockers @thetorchettes to hip hop duo @dragonfliempire – there’s a little something for everyone at the King Eddy’s Canada Day Celebration! If you have a few wobbly pops, you can get a ride! @bell is offering complimentary karaoke pedicab service, where you can pay for your fare by singing your fave Canadian tune! So grab your friends, brush up on your Canadian songs, and get ready to wish Canada an awesome 150! 🎉 🇨🇦 🎉 #yycevents #calgary #calgaryevents

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Listen to some great local music at one of Calgary’s most iconic venues. There will be showcase of all genres including hip hop, to rock. Entry is free, but this event is for 18+ only.

  • Where: 438 9 Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: July 1, 2017 from noon to 6 pm
  • Price: Free

Canada Day at Spruce Meadows

As always Spruce Meadows is on board to deliver a great day filled with many activities including the Pan-American Tournament, pony rides, face painting and Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra concert.

  • Where:  18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
  • When: July 1, 2017 from 8 am to 9 pm
  • Price: Free

Hope 150

Looking for something to do on Canada’s 150th? Come to Millenium Park for #hope150!

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This family friendly event will keep you alive all day. Starting with a pancake breakfast, Hope 150 will also have a kids village, live music, comedians, and a ton more!

  • Where: Shaw Millennium Park: 1220 9 Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: July 1, 2017 from 8 am to 5 pm
  • Price: Free

Don’t forget to end your night watching the sky get lit up with a beautiful fireworks display. Click here to see where you catch the show around town.


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