The top 10 Canada Day activities taking place in Calgary for 150

May 30 2017, 5:45 pm

Canada’s 150th anniversary offers us a special opportunity to celebrate our country with a slew of different activities.

And this is especially true in Calgary where you’ll be able to enjoy free pancake breakfasts, live music, food trucks, art, and much more. Seeing as this year’s Canada Day is super special, you’ll want to get out there and soak it up.

To make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve compiled a list of 9 events you can enjoy for Canada’s 150th anniversary right here in Calgary.

Pathways, Truth & Reconciliation: Aboriginal Awareness 

This event is all about creating strategies toward First Nations reconciliation, taking place at the Genesis Centre. The event is happening during Aboriginal Awareness Week and will focus on Truth and Reconciliation in family life.

When: June 22, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Genesis Centre

Canada 150 Celebration – Free Fitness Challenge

When: June 30, 2017, 4 to 6:30 pm
Where: Beltline Aquatic and Fitness Centre

Get your sweat on to celebrate. This one’s taking place at the Beltline Aquatic and Fitness Centre and will include different sport stations that you can participate in for your chance to win recreation prizes. You don’t need to be in shape either since this one’s for all fitness levels and ages. Refreshments will also be provided.

Redball Canada

It’s only here for one week: an art piece that’s travelled all over the world. Redball Canada  is the world’s biggest street art work, and will use Calgary’s scenery as inspiration.

When: June 25 to July 1
Where: Olympic Plaza
Price: Free

Canada Day at Fort Calgary

There’s going to be a free pancake breakfast and who can say no to that? You’ll also enjoy live music and food trucks – but don’t forget to dress up like a Mountie…seriously. You can also anticipate a kids petting zoo, photo booth, paddling race, an opening ceremony with mayor Nenshi, painting, and much more.

When: July 1, 2017, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort Calgary, 750 9 Avenue SE

Canada Day celebrations at Confederation Park

Another free pancake breakfast not to mention horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, the opening of a 1967 time capsule, and much more.

When: July 1, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Confederation Park – 905 30 Avenue NW
Price: Admission is free

Canada Day at Central Library

This is your go-to place if you want to learn about and celebrate Canada’s stories. Canada Day at Central Library will be a family-friendly event, so it’s perfect if you have kids. Campfire stories and songs will be spoken in English, French, and indigenous languages. Don’t miss the selfie station, art activities, a story wall, Lego construction pit, a massive chess tournament, and much more.

When: July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Public Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE

Canada Day at Studio Bell

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,  10 am to 5 pm
Where: Studio Bell, National Music Centre – 850 4 Street SE
Price: Free admission

Canada Day at Olympic Plaza

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Olympic Plaza/Tourism Calgary

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, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Avenue SE
Price: Admission is free

Canada Day celebrations in Chinatown



A little-known, cool fact: There were Chinese settlers in Canada for almost a whopping century before our country became Canada. This will be a family-friendly celebration of the great contributions that the Chinese have made to Canada, slated to include yummy Asian food, cultural performances, and much more.

When: July 1, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Chinatown, 3 Avenue between Centre Street and 1 Street
Price: Free

Canada Day at Riverfront Avenue

In celebration of our nation’s 150th birthday, Calgary native’s Tegan and Sara will be performing at the Riverfront stage on July 1. Along with music, a full day of fun is planned at Riverfront Ave. From parades, to orchestra’s to the night ending with an amazing fireworks display, this free event is for everyone.

When: July 1, 10am to 11:45pm
Where: Riverfront Avenue –  Between 1 Street SE and Macleod Trail
Price: Free

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