What: There is no better way to beat the heat of summer than to jump into a cold outdoor pool. Calgary has a ton of wading pools, spray parks, and outdoor pools, that are great for cooling the whole family off in the midst of a heat wave. The best part is that they are all FREE!
See a list of all the water parks run by the City of Calgary here!
What: On every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday join Barre Body Studio, Live YYC and Lululemon Ambassador Stef Rizvi for free classes of HIIT Barre and Yoga at 12pm sharp in front of the EV Experience Centre. There is no better way to spend your lunch hour!
Where: East Village Experience Centre – 553 RiverFront Avenue SE
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: 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.
Live performances, interactive displays, nature walks and more family friendly activities await at this free event. You can bring the whole family to celebrate Alberta’s natural areas while learning how to respect and protect our provincial parks.
Where: Bow Valley Ranch, Fish Creek Provincial Park, 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
What: Cowboys from working ranches will compete in events that display for spectators the everyday skills that you need to work on the range, followed by a traditional afternoon rodeo. There will also be local artisans from the area set up at the Pekisko Creek Trade Fair and Art shows that will be open all day long.
What: See Calgary from a unique perspective and celebrate it’s 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: 2016 was the year of music here in Calgary, and the music industry in our city is now booming as a result. Spend date night at one of the many venues on YYC’s Music Mile, between Inglewood and East Village, and be entertained by some of our city’s best local talent at a live show, while enjoying a few drinks with your significant other. See the list of venues and performances here!
Where: Music Mile – between Inglewood and East Village
What: Spend your lunch hour listening to some of Calgary’s best local talent on this outdoor stage on Stephen Avenue. From DJs, to Dance Troupes, to live bands, to Comedians, you will always be pleasantly surprised by the live performances set to play this stage this summer.
Where: Stephen Avenue – between Street and 1 Street SE
What: Enjoy grand performances of South Pacific and Cinderella at the Community Amphitheatre Stage on select days. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the ambiance of the great outdoors as you enjoy some lively entertainment.
Where: Elbow River Pathway
When: August 10-20
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