126 things to do in Calgary this summer

May 22 2019, 7:03 am

Summer fun has taken over Calgary and the new season is full of great events to enjoy. From Calgary Stampede to Fringe Festival, here are 126 events you need to check out around the city.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Enjoy the great outdoors

5K Foam Fest Alberta 2019

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5K Foam Fest/Facebook

What: The 5K Foam Fest features some super exciting obstacles to get over, under, and around, including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide. Combine these obstacles with 2.5 million cubic feet of foam that is pumped out at each event, and chances are you’ll be enjoying an epic summer day.

This year, the event takes place just outside of Calgary in Red Deer and foamy runners will get to enjoy live DJs and a vendor village. If you miss out on the Red Deer event, the race will also visit Leduc and Medicine Hat — it may be a somewhat longer road trip, but that’s all part of the fun anyway. And it’s all for a good cause. The family fun event supports the Make A Wish Foundation.

When: Saturday, June 22 (Red Deer), Saturday, June 29 (Medicine Hat), and Saturday, July 6 (Leduc)
Time: Various wave times throughout the day
Where: Heritage Ranch – 6300 Cronquist Drive, Red Deer (June 22), Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede – 2055 21st Avenue SE, Medicine Hat (June 29), 4330 Black Gold Drive, Leduc (July 6)
Tickets: Register online, $60 to $75

Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash

What: The Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash is a giant inflatable obstacle course big enough for adults to jump around on. The gigantic floating fortress features a 15-foot tower, a climbing wall, a launch bag, a trapeze swing, and basically anything else you could ever imagine. Located, as the name suggests, on Sylvan Lake, the aqua park can be found just west of Red Deer, meaning that it is only an hour and a half drive from Calgary for a full day of fun on the lake.

When: June 22 and 23, and then from June 28 to September 2, 2019
Time: 11 am to 8 pm for full season
Where: Bay #1, 5100 Lakeshore Drive Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Tickets: Available online, starting at $15

Parks Canada – Free Admission for Canada Day

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La Mauricie National Park, parks.canada/Instagram

What: Parks Canada is offering free admission to all of its national parks and historic sites this July 1. Whether you live near one of these beautiful destinations, or you’re up for a little road trip, you’re going to want to clear your calendars this Canada day and get exploring. And even though admission to these parks is only free on Canada Day, if you’re 17 and under, you can visit all Parks Canada locations for free, any time of the year.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: All Day
Where: List of national parks and historic sites here
Admission: Free

Canada Day in Banff and Lake Louise

What: Come celebrate Canada’s birthday with activities happening in and around Banff and Lake Louise. In Banff, begin your day with public art outside the Whyte Museum before taking in the famous Canada Day Parade down Banff Avenue beginning at 11:30 am. Explore family-friendly activities in Central Park and at the Banff Secondary High School field, and finish your day with a dazzling pyrotechnic show. In Lake Louise, start your day by feasting at the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the Lake Louise Fire Department. Be sure to catch the flag raising and national anthem at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, before enjoying the parade on Village Road. The day is full of performances and family activities on the lawns of the Lake Louise Sport and Recreation centre, including a BBQ lunch.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in Banff and Lake Louise
Admission: Free


What: Join this community-driven bicycle festival for a week full of cycling festivities. Take part in the 2nd Annual Warrior Ride, Spoke and Word, Pedal & Paint and more events.

When: July 12 to July 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around Calgary
Admission: Free

Country Kickback

What: Learn how the West once was! Fascinating demonstrations include threshing and baling with steam-powered machinery, wheat grinding, sheep shearing, and more. Attendees can also pet the friendly farm critters provided by Butterfield Acres, try making rope, or branding a barn board and take home a souvenir. Finally, get ready for some hand-clapping, foot-stopping fun with live entertainment.

When: August 24 and 25, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Admission: Regular park admission applies

Calgary Outdoor Yoga

What: A 60-minute outdoor vinyasa flow class for all levels. Everyone welcome, including children. Practice in the grass or bring your mat or blanket.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 to 2 pm (Stanley Park) 4 to 5 pm (Mahogany)
Where: Stanley Park SW – 42 Ave & 1A Street SW; Mahogany – Masters Square & Mahogany Blvd
Admission: Pay what you want

Banff Gondola

What: Head to the summit for an unreal view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine. Start with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to learn more about Canada’s first national park, or go indoors to sample from three restaurant menus. Then get hands-on in the world-class interpretive centre and theatre.

When: Daily until October 14, 2019.
Time: Various
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
TicketsOnline, various prices

What’s up with Bow Habitat Station

What: Explore Alberta’s wildlife and natural spaces on the first Friday of the month. Visit investigation stations in the Discovery Centre to discover the wildlife that make their home right here in Calgary! Join in a large group activity at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm to discover how wildlife has adapted to city life with special guests from Alberta Parks. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will be hosting an investigation station all about some furry and feathered friends you might find in our city. Hands-on activities are designed for learners ages two and up.

When: The first Friday of every month – July 5, August 2 and September 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

Explore the city

Sunday Funday at East Village

What: A quick game of giant Jenga? Or ladder golf, perhaps? Come find EV’s EAST Crew, who will be set up on the island every Sunday with games and activities for a perfect day at the park. First-come, first-served. Honour system applies.

When: Every Sunday to September 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Cochrane Street Market

What: The Cochrane Farmers’ Market in partnership with the Historic Downtown Cochrane businesses invite you to experience a unique shopping experience in Historic Downtown Cochrane. Enjoy Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market vendors, artisans, food trucks, live music, buskers, as well as late night shopping and dining at local businesses.

When: June 20, July 18, August 15, and September 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Address: Historic Downtown Cochrane – 1st Avenue to 3rd Avenue West on 1st Street West
Admission: Free

The 2019 Royal Canadian Family Circus

Royal Canadian Family Circus

Royal Canadian Family Circus

What: The internationally-renowned event is coming to Calgary for 12 shows on its 2019 Canadian tour.  Expect explosive circus acts like the Flying Cortes Trapeze, the Wheel of Destiny, chair balancing, and aerialists, to name a few.

When: Now to June 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Crossiron Mills – 261055 Crossiron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44
Tickets: Available online starting at $25 for general admission

Who’s in the Hall Wednesdays

What: Enjoy a free night at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. For the first time, the hall will be opening their doors on the first Wednesday of every month featuring free admission, cash bar, fun interactives, and a speakers series. Talk, learn and play.

When: The first Wednesday of every month – Wednesday, July 3, August 7, September 4, 2019
Times: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – 169 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Stampede Cenovus Family Day Free Admission 2019

What: The free admission will be available between 7:30 and 11 am on Sunday, July 7, along with a free pancake breakfast (while flapjacks last, that is). If you’re busy that day, you can also get into the Stampede for free on Friday, July 5 if you get to the gates between 11 am and 1:30 pm — but expect a line, as it is the opening day of the festivities.

When: Sunday, July 7, 2019
Time: Between 7:30 and 11 am
Where: Stampede Grounds – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
Admission: Free!

Clothing-Optional Wave Pool Swim with Calgary Nude Recreation

What: Join the members of Calgary Nude Recreation for a private clothing-optional swim with water slides, wave pool, hot tub, rope swing, and more. Calgary Nude Recreation is proud to welcome all like-minded individuals regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship status, or age.

When: Sunday, July 7, 2019
Times: Evening (Available to members and registered guests only)
Where: Available to members and registered guests only
Tickets: Starting at $20 for members, or Stampede Special of $30 for 1 member and 1 guest at this swim only. More info online

Calgary Quidditch Club – Summer Drop In

What: Channel your inner Harry Potter with Calgary Quidditch Club’s Summer Drop In. No experience required, everyone 18 years old and over are welcome. Teams will be selected at 6:30 sharp.

When: July 8, July 22, August 12 and August 26, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Sunnyside Community School – 211 7th St NW, Calgary
Admission: $5

Inglewood Night Market

Inglewood Night Market/Facebook

What: The Inglewood Night Market occurs every second Friday in the summer months in Calgary. Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade craftsmen items to vintage clothing, antiques & collectibles, artisan eats and more. You’ll also find food trucks, singer-songwriters, bands, dancers, outdoor seating, a family-friendly licenced area and other fun things to check out.

When: July 12, August 9, September 13 and September 14, 2019
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Between 9 Avenue and 10 Street SE
Admission: Free

Calgary Turkish Festival

What: The Festival will display Turkish art, folk dance, music and gourmet food, where visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine. Visitors will be able to browse and buy Turkish products, souvenirs and handcrafts, participate in activities for children, view many authentic demonstrations and performances, sample Turkish cuisine, and more.

When: July 12 to 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Admission: Free

Fiestaval Latin Festival

What: Fiestaval in Calgary is one of Calgary’s most lively summer celebrations, which showcases the culture of Calgary’s Latin community. Attendees can expect live music, shows, a beer garden, an artisan market, and a number of drool-worthy vendors with food.

When: July 19 to 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 11 pm (Friday and Saturday), 11 am to 10 pm (Sunday)
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Night Market

What: Spend your Friday or Saturday evening shopping your favourite local makers, while munching on delicious eats and listening live entertainment. The market has two locations this summer – Calgary Night Market Bridgeland and Calgary Night Market SOUTH.

When: July 26, and August 23 (Bridgeland), June 28 to 29, July 19 to 20, August 16 to 17 (SOUTH)
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: Calgary Night Market Bridgeland – 917 Centre St NE; Calgary Night Market SOUTH – Bonaventure Dr SE at 90 Ave SE
Admission: Free

Saturdays on 17th

What: Spend your Saturday on 17th Ave all summer long. From now through to July 27, the neighbourhood will be featuring live music, games, giveaways, and movies in Tomkins Park. Bring the whole family and enjoy the festivities.

When: Every Saturday from now to July 27, 2019
Time: 12 to 9 pm (movie screenings start at 6 pm)
Where: Tomkins Park (corner of 8th Street & 17th Avenue SW)
Admission: Free

Marda Gras Street Festival

What: Marda Gras is a free family-friendly event that attracts over 35,000 visitors from all over Calgary. On Sunday August 11, 2019 the streets of Marda Loop celebrate the festival’s 35th year in the community. Come and enjoy live music, dance and cultural performances, a fun kids area, unique shopping and lots of great food.

When: Sunday, August 11, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 33rd Avenue SW between 18th and 22nd street
Admission: Free

Community Yoga at Sunalta

What: Community Yoga at Sunalta Community Hall aims to help people be conscious in their moments and capable in their bodies. Bring your own mat and any required props for assistance.

When: Every Monday until June 24, 2019
Time: Doors 5:30 pm, yoga from 5:45 to 6:45 pm.
Where: Sunalta Community Centre – 1627 10 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Queer Community Dance Classes

What: Raymond Johnson-Brown will be teaching Queer Friendly x All Ages x Free Queer Community Dance Classes every Monday at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks until June 24. This class will be an open level all styles choreography class. The choreography based style of dance will blend together elements of Hip Hop, Vogue, Waacking, Burlesque, and Jazz.

When: Every Monday until June 24, 2019
Time: 8 to 9 pm
Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 12 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Canada Day at Heritage Park

What: Celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday at Heritage Park Historical Village. Enjoy a day packed full of Canadian history and fun, including a free pancake breakfast for the first 2,019 guests with paid admission in the park before 10:30 am. Featuring a Canada Day parade, live family entertainment, crafts, old-fashioned outdoor games, and a not-to-be-missed, mouth-watering BBQ tent.

When: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Admission: Regular admission to the park

Canada Day at Eau Claire

What: Come out to enjoy all the family friends festivities, including FREE ice cream, live entertainment, an artisan market, crafts, and a petting zoo, to name only a few. Get ready to celebrate Canada’s birthday in style!

When: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade
Admission: Free

Canada Day at Fort Calgary


Canadian Flag/Shutterstock

What: Outside on the grounds, grab a bite from the food trucks’ caravan, take the kids to the Fort Calgary Kids Zone, meet your neighbourhood champions at the Community Tent Village, get a free temporary tattoo with the Girl Guides of Canada, and see the North West Mounted Police brass band perform live.

Enjoy a drink in our family-friendly indoor/outdoor beer garden located on the Fort Calgary patio, featuring Village Brewery beer and cider. Head inside the museum to enjoy some shade, the Indigenous Learning Space in Burnswest Theatre, Mountie uniform try-on station, and more.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Admission to the museum is by cash donation, or bring a non-perishable food donation to the Veterans’ Food Bank

The City of Calgary Fireworks Show

What: Wrap up your Canada Day with a spectacular fireworks show set to iconic Canadian music at Centre Street Bridge.

When: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 11 to 11:30  pm
Where: Centre Street Bridge, Calgary
Admission: Free

Dungeons & Dragons at the Ship

What: Learn all about Dungeons & Dragons on the first Monday of the month at The Ship & Anchor. These nights are specifically designed for anyone who has no experience with the world of ‘tabletop role-playing games’ such as D&D, Pathfinder, or any of the others out there. The evening will begin with a first-come-first-served selection of a character to play, followed by a quick Q&A, then diving right into the adventure.

When: The first Monday of every month – July 1, August 5, and September 2, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Ship & Anchor Pub – 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Sign-up: email [email protected]

Print(ed) Word Salon Series: Tim van Wijk and Erin Vance and Sylvia Arthur and Susan Calder

What: Every month, a different artist-writer pair and their collaborative artist books included in Print(ed) Word, on permanent display at Calgary’s new Central Library will be highlighted.

When: Tuesday, July 9 and August 13, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Central Library – Level 4 – Simons-Harvie Community Reading Room – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Studio Bell $10 Date Night 2019

What: Visitors will be able to explore interactive activities, Canadian music memorabilia, and much more at Studio Bell during their special $10 Date Nights.

When: July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, and November 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Available online, $10

Bulls After Dark 2019

What: The Calgary Stampede has decided to offer something a little more action-packed than the after-hours tent parties we’ve all come to know and love, by offering the chance to keep the rodeo going long into the night on two select days this July. Bulls After Dark, a brand new event taking place this summer, will see a combination of live DJs, cold drinks, and wild stunts performed by bull riders and freestylers.

When: Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: Nutrien Western Event Centre — Stampede Trail SE
Tickets: Available online, $40 for regular admission, $80 for VIP

Monthly Open House at AVRO Museum

What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on the Arrow II project. There will be a flight simulator on site, used in AVRO’s design and testing, which will be open for the public to take for a spin.

When: The Second Sunday of every month – July 14, August 11, and September 11, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free. Small donation when using the flight simulator to help maintain its operation.

Adults Only Night at Telus Spark


Telus Spark / Facebook

What: Free reign in our galleries, a fully licensed bar, dance jams and even riskier science. With no children around, Telus Spark brings out more involved challenges, invite innovative collaborators from the community and turn up the excitement.

When: July 20 and August 8, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
TicketsOnline, $26

Packwood Grand

What: Packwood Grand is a true celebration of old world leisure and sophistication. This refined and colourful event has set the stage for the ultimate in luxury, horse racing, fashion, and food and drink.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: Red Carpet: 12 pm, Post: 1:20 pm
Where: Century Downs Racetrack – 260 Century Downs Drive, Balzac
Tickets: Online

Pet-A-Palooza Calgary

What: A festival all about PETS! There will be a puppy stampede, French and English Bulldog Races, Wiener Dog races, photo booths, and more. Pets are welcome

When: July 27 and July 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Admission: Free

Inglewood Sunfest

What: Celebrate summer in #yyc at this day-long street festival featuring over 200 vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment.

When: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Main Street Inglewood- 9 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Movies That Matter

What: Movies That Matter is a monthly series of documentary film premieres at the University of Calgary, co-presented by the University of Calgary Film Society and the Department of Communication and Culture. The series strives to be timely and provocative, allowing viewers to delve into some important issues relevant in our society today. Each screening will include a post-screening discussion, featuring the director of the film itself and/or someone from the community at large known for their expertise or insightful views on the film subject.

When: The last Wednesday of every month – June 26, July 31 and August 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gallery Hall of the Taylor Family Digital Library – University of Calgary
Admission: Free for students with ID and community by donation

Calgary Arab Festival

What: This is a free, family-friendly event that is presented as a platform to share Arabian traditions, such as folk dance, traditional music, food, customs, Arts, and much more, to the general public in Calgary.

When: July 27 and 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 11 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 8 pm (Sunday)
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Calgary Japanese Festival 2019

Calgary Japanese Festival

Calgary Japanese Festival 2017 (@choh1633/Instagram)

What: The annual festival will feature authentic Japanese customs, traditional music, dance, and song shows and martial arts demos. This year’s Japanese Festival will once again be held at the Max Bell Centre instead of its original place at the Bowness Community Centre. The family-friendly event and will include games and bouncy houses, galleries of local Japanese arts, and crafts food kiosks serving traditional Japanese cuisine.

When: August 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Max Bell Centre – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
Price: $3-$7


What: Celebrate a variety of international cultures that represent Calgary’s cultural diversity and arts excellence, with a multicultural marketplace, live entertainment, and a spectacular firework show put on by a different country each night.

When: August 15, August 17, August 20, August 22, and August 24, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: Elliston Park – 1827 68th Street SE

Expo Latino

What: Western Canada’s largest Latin festival. Celebrating its 19th anniversary. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, exotic food, artisan market, and more.

When: August 16 to 18, 2019
Time: 6 to 10:30 pm (Friday), 12 to 11:30 pm (Saturday), and 12 to 10 pm (Sunday)
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 689 Eau Claire Avenue SW
Tickets: Online. Children 12 and under free. Free on Friday with a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank, and free on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 1 pm, though no re-entry.

Fiesta Filipino

What: True to its primary objective in promoting the Filipino arts, culture and traditions, the Fiesta Filipino YYC, during its two-day celebration, features exhibits, paintings, songs, sports and dances that showcased the richness of our cultural heritage.

When: August 30 and September 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Olympic Plaza – 288 8 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Make the Leaf 2019

What: Calgarians are invited to help make the world’s largest human maple leaf and take the title from Vancouver on Labour Day weekend. The event, called Make the Leaf, will attempt to break the current record on the grounds of Fort Calgary on Saturday, August 31.

Tickets cost $35, buying you lunch and a commemorative t-shirt. Early bird tickets for $30 will be available until July 31. The money fundraised for this event will go towards the non-profit BRAVE, an organization that helps to educate children on how to prevent being recruited for trafficking.

When: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Fort Calgary — 750 9th Avenue SE
Tickets: $30-35 — available through website


What: An interactive art show where science and art collide. Beakerhead’s workshops and shows will be hosted throughout Calgary from September 18 to 20, culminating in one night of immersive, interactive, delightful madness on September 21 at Prince’s Island Park.

Where: Various locations
Time: Various times
When: September 18 to 21, 2019
Tickets: Online

Ball Pit Party

What: First introduced in Australia, the party brings along 500,000 balls, reminiscent of those brightly coloured oceans in McDonald’s play places. In addition to the playful environment, the party will be serving up all your favourite cocktails from Martinis to Seven Grand and Tiki-Tis to Moscow Mules. The exact date and location are yet to be confirmed, but you can sign up here to keep tabs on the details and get first dibs on tickets once they’re released.

When: September 2019
Time: TBD
Where: Calgary, location TBD
Tickets: Pre-register online

Heritage Park Summer Season

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Heritage Park Historical Village (Bernard Spragg. NZ/Flickr)

What: Enjoy a different experience every day at Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village. Take a tour back in time on a horse-drawn wagon ride, play traditional Aboriginal games in the First Nations’ Encampment and pick up a freshly baked cheese bun from the Alberta Bakery. Plus S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler will once again sail the Glenmore Reservoir this summer, which means the return of the much-loved Captain’s Cruises.

When: Daily
Time: Various times
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online

Market Collective Summer Takeover at St. Louis

What: Market Collective will be setting up a summer long activation at the St. Louis hotel in East Village. There will be programming with food trucks, art installations, DJs, and musicians. There will also be an urban basketball court outside. Some artists will rotate on a monthly basis.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until September 1, 2019
Time: 12 to 7 pm (Friday), 11 am to 5 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: St. Louis Hotel – 430 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calaway Park

What: Calaway Park presents its 38th season of family fun. Enjoy rides, games, food and more.

When: Open daily until Monday, September 2. Then every Friday and Saturday from September 7 to October 13. Closing day on Monday, October 14.
Time: 10 am to 7 pm until September 2. 11 am to 6 pm from September 7 to October 14
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission Info: Online

The Prairie Girls Vintage Market

What: A gathering of like-minded curators of vintage, antique, farmhouse, salvaged, re-purposed, and handmade goods. Food trucks and entertainment will refuel you for a second trip around the barn.

When: September 6 and 7, 2019
Time: 4 to 7 pm (Friday), 9 am to 4 pm (Saturday)
Where: Cochrane Ag Society Barn – the NW corner of the junction of Highways 1A and 22
Admission: $4 per day or $6 for two-day pass. Children 12 and under are free

From Racialization to Peoplehood: Exploring Métis Identity, Past and Present

What: Lougheed House’s summer exhibit explores Métis identity from a number of perspectives, both historical and contemporary.

When: Wednesdays to Sundays until September 30, 2019. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Time: 11 am to 4 pm (Wednesdays to Fridays), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Lougheed House – 707 13 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Admission: $8.50 adult, $6.50 seniors and students $5 child (Ages 6 – 12), $25.00 for a family, free for children under 6

Bon Appétit

Drags Benny 2.0

Drags Benny YYC


What: Drags Benny, presented by Eat North, will be going down at the Fairmont Palliser on June 23. Performers like RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Jade Jolie will be hitting the dance floor, along with local queens like Kaos, The Marvelous Mo B. Dick, Abeiya Miraj, and Angelina Starchild.

This event will also feature a silent auction with prizes like Eau Claire Distillery spirits, a farm tour package, and a one-night stay in a Fairmont Palliser luxury suite with a brunch up for grabs. All proceeds from the 50/50 and silent auction will go towards Calgary Pride

When: June 23, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Hotel Fairmont Palliser – 133 9 Avenue SW
Price: $65 – $640; buy online

Puppies and Prosecco

What: Puppies and Prosecco, there is no better combination! Attend a private group training class for you and your pup on the patio of Vin Room Mission, led by the Dogma Behaviour & Education Centre. You will receive 2 glasses of wine, beer or prosecco, lesson on the patio for you and your furry friend, and a bag of goodies worth $50. $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation.

When: June 23, July 7, July 21, August 11, August 25, September 8, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Vin Room Mission – 2310 – 4 Street SW
Tickets: Online, $40

3rd Annual Alberta Oyster Festival

What: Think you’re the fastest shucker in Alberta? Compete in the Expert Shucking Competition and win a trip to the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival in Prince Edward Island to compete in the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship. Plus enjoy a live DJ, food and drink booths and some silent auction items. In support of in support of Meal Share.

When: June 23, 2019
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: Rodney’s Oyster House – 355 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Lobster Boil

What: Kick off the Selkirk Grille Field to Fork Series with an East Coast meets West Coast traditional family-style lobster boil on the exclusive Founders’ Lounge patio.

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online, $89.95

Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven

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Slurpee Canada/ Facebook

What: On July 11, 7-Eleven will be celebrating 7-Eleven Day by giving away FREE Slurpee drinks across the country. In past years, 7-Eleven have handed out nearly 900,000 Slurpee drinks at locations all over Canada on the one day. In celebration of their 50 years in Canada, 7-Eleven will also have some seriously cool retro shirts available for purchase — and for you to win. They will also be releasing an exclusive Snapchat experience for you to get involved and #DanceTheSlurp. Head to your local 7-Eleven to scan the Snap code to unlock the experience

When: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time: All Day
Where: Participating 7-Eleven locations across Canada
Price: Free

Taste of Okotoks and Artisan Market

What: Eat great food, enjoy live music and shop local vendors in this fun-filled event in the heart of Okotoks.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Downtown Okotoks – Elizabeth Street
Admission: Free. Sampler tickets $1 each, samples cost a few tickets

Taste of Calgary 2019

What: The annual celebration is celebrating its 23rd event this year, and it will feature global cuisines from a mix of unique restaurants and beverage companies. Going down from August 8 to 11 at 200 Barclay Parade SW (Eau Claire Market), this event offers patrons free entry and then the opportunity to buy $1 sampling tickets for food and drink once inside. Expect amazing vendors and some live music too.

When: August 8 to 11, 2019
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Price: Free entry

Edwardian Garden Dinner Party

What: Join Heritage Park on the Prince House lawn for an Edwardian Garden Party featuring croquet, a live harpist, and a delicious three course dinner. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume – there will be a prize for best costume.

When: July 19 and August 23, 2019
Time: 6:15 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive S.W., Calgary
Tickets: Online

Brewery & The Beast Calgary 2019

What: The highly-anticipated celebration of brews, meat, and local product, Brewery & The Beast, returns to Calgary on August 25. Local and regional farms provide the highest quality meats which are made into pig roasts, sausages, smoked meats, classic BBQ, and more. Attendees get a personal wooden board complete with a cup holder for their beer along with a hand/face cloth to use in between chowing down on dozens of local purveyors, restaurants, and cafes’ creations.

When: August 25, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SE
Price: $99; buy online

BBQ on the Bow

What: BBQ on the Bow is an annual Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned BBQ Competition and outdoor festival taking place at the Montgomery Community Association (Shouldice Park) during Labour Day long weekend. Enjoy food demos, live music, beer gardens, food trucks, kids zone, and more.

When: August 31 and September 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Montgomery Community Centre – 5003 16th Avenue NW
Admission: Free

The Brick Bar

What: The Brick Bar, the first bar of its kind, will consist of over 1 million blocks, and will feature sculptures made completely from LEGO bricks. In addition to the pre-made sculptures, you’ll be able to assemble your own creations too. Plus, there will be local DJs, bartenders, and LEGO-themed eats. When you stop in, you’ll be able to partake in building competitions (for prizes), a table tennis competition (played on a LEGO built table with over 22,000 bricks), and so much more.

When: September 6 to 8, 2019
Time: TBD
Where: Calgary, exact location TBD
Tickets: Pre-release here

Circle: The Travelling Food, Beer, and Music Carnival 2019

What: Circle: The Travelling Food, Beer, and Music Carnival is on its way back to Calgary for a celebration of excitement, enjoyment, and entertainment this September, now for two days. Taking place at Shaw Millennium Park, the 2019 event is sure to dazzle attendees with all the BassBus tunes, YYCFoodTrucks grub, and Village Brewery beverages. In past years the carnival has hosted multiple local and international musical performances and featured a bingo dome, over 14 food trucks, live circus performances, a 30,000 ball ball-pit (yes, adults were allowed in), and a site-wide liquor license.

When: Friday, September 13, 2019 (adults night); Saturday, September 14, 2019 (all ages)
Time: 4 to 10 pm (Friday), 11 am to 10 pm (Saturday)
Where: Shaw Millennium Park — 1220 9th Avenue SW
Price: $25-$80; buy early bird tickets online 

Sunday Safari Brunch at Calgary Zoo

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What: Every Sunday until November 10, head over to Destination Africa for one of the most unique brunch experiences you could have in the city. Enjoy both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, a Belgian waffle bar, cooked to order omelettes, and so much more. Being a member of the Calgary Zoo gives you exclusive discounts to Sunday Safari Brunches!

When: Every Sunday until November 10, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm. Last seating and last ticket sold at 1 pm. Service lasts until 2 pm.
Where: Calgary Zoo – 210 St George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: via Calgary Zoo

Craving Kensington

What: On this three-hour walking tour, you will eat your way through this inner-city village at some of the foodie hotspots, while also learning about the charming history and architecture of the area.

When: Every Thursday
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Meet at Brasserie Kensington – 1131 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Cocktail Classes

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What: Interested in upping your cocktail game? Learn the ropes from the experts at Shelter. You’ll learn everything from the comprehensive history of cocktail culture, mixology origins dating back in the 1800s and the resurgence of a craft beverage in the early 2000s. The class includes three cocktails, complimentary bar snacks, muddling, stirring, shaking, and smoking techniques. You’ll also receive your very own cocktail survival guide. Attendees must be 18+.

When: The first Tuesday of each month
Time: 5:30 and 8:30 pm
Where: Shelter – 1210 1st Street SE
Tickets: Online, $65 per person

Sunday Brunch and Market Tour

What: Join the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. Enjoy 16 bites and treats as various Alberta ranchers explain what it takes to bring their products to the market. Sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
TicketsOnline, $55

Free Brewery Tours at Red Bison Brewery

What: The tour starts off with an explanation of Red Bison’s name and why founder Steve started the brewery. Attendees will then see the homebrew system Steve used to brew beer on the balcony of his downtown Calgary condo, and talk about malt and how each of the flavours impact the recipes. After this, it’s a walk through the processes for the brew day and the fermentation process. Once the tour is complete, guests will be able to buy flights to try out beer and the kitchen is also open.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 pm
Where: Red Bison Brewery – 111, 3016 10 Ave NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Cheer on the home teams

Calgary Stampeders

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Candice Ward / Calgary Stampeders

What: The Calgary Stampeders keep the CFL action going this summer at McMahaon Stadium.

When: June 29, July 18, August 3, August 17, September 2, September 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Cavalry FC

What: Cavalry FC bring Canadian Premier League action to Spruce Meadows this summer.

When: July 10, July 21, July 30, August 16, August 21, August 28, September 22, 2019
Time: 3 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Spruce Meadows North American Tournament

What: Witness the best show jumping athletes and horses from around the World. Enjoy shopping, pony rides, face painting, wagon rides, and the family favourite RE/MAX Prairie Dogs from Friday to Sunday.

When: July 3 to July 7, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Tickets: Online

Okotoks Dawgs

What: Take me out to the ballgame! Western Major Baseball League’s Okotoks Dawgs push towards a playoff spot and prolong their season into August.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Seaman Stadium –  2111 N Railway Street, Okotoks
Tickets: Online

Calgary Stampede Rodeo

What: The Calgary Stampede is bringing 120 top-tier rodeo athletes from across North America and Brazil to compete at this year’s Stampede for the Calgary Stampede Championship. All six of the 2018 Calgary Stampede champions will also return in 2019 to defend their titles and will be joined by rodeo’s premier athletes from the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Professional Bull Riders. Along with the title, riders will also be competing for the $2 million in prize money up for grabs at this year’s stampede.

When: July 5 to 14, 2019
Time: Starting daily at 1:30 pm
Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE
Tickets: Online starting from $39

Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival

What: The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival draws thousands of competitors and spectators each year. Enjoy an abundance of excitement and cultural experiences, including Family Fun Zone, food trucks, beer gardens, live entertainment, and the dragon boat races.

When: August 9 to 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: North Glenmore Park – 7305 Crowchild Trail SW
Admission: Free

Monster Jam


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What: Come see your favourite Monster Trucks as the best drivers in North America compete for the winning spot! Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, and more!

When: September 7 to 8, 2019
Time: 3 pm
Where: Stampede Grandstand
Tickets: Online

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

C-Square Tuesday Market

What: Find over 25 local vendors at the C-Square Tuesday Market, who will offer everything from produce, meats, breads, pastries, art, fashion, gadgets, health and wellness products, and more.

When: June 25, July 16, July 30, August 13 and August 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Address: Celebration Square – 7 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Grassroots Deerfoot Farmers’ Market

What: For the past 27 years, Grassroots Deerfoot Farmers’ Market has provided Calgarians a wonderful variety of locally grown, baked and produced goods. Enjoy fresh fruit and veggies, meats, plants, soups, baked goods, honey, wine, pizza, breads and crafts.

When: Every Tuesday to September 24, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 7 pm
Address: Deerfoot City – 1120 64 Ave NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market

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What: Enjoy local food, live entertainment, and shop for artisan inspired products at Bridgeland Riverside Farmer’s Market this summer. From bread to beer, frommage to fresh cut flowers, the market hosts diverse and high-quality vendors to meet all of your local shopping needs.

When: Every Thursday from June 20 to October 3, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 7:30 pm
Address: BRCA Hall – 917 Centre Ave, NE., Calgary
Admission: Free

High River Farmers’ Market

What: Located in High River’s beautiful downtown, the outdoor farmers’ market features over 50 vendors on Thursday afternoons until September 12, 2019. You can expect to find everything from locally grown fresh produce, home baked breads, pies, fudge, and smoked meats, as well as unique and handcrafted housewares, jewelry, and clothing. There is also always a variety of food trucks selling everything from wood-fired pizzas, hand-made perogies and more.

When: Every Thursday until September 12, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 pm
Address: High River Downtown – 4 Avenue S.W. and 1 Street S.W.
Admission: Free

Millarville Farmers’ Market 

What: Meet and shop at growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists at Millarville Farmers’ Market. Children 5 to 12 years can also join the Market Buds program. Participants will learn where their food comes from, gain confidence in conversation with Alberta Produce farmers and BC Fruit farmers, make healthy food choices, and hold sole responsibility for maintaining their own punch card and tokens. Tokens for spending on vegetables and fruit are earned by completing a weekly activity in the Market Buds area located in the garden.

When: Every Saturday until October 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Address: 306097 192 Street West, Millarville
Admission: $3, with proceeds going to support programming at the Millarville Racetrack.

Crossfield Farmers Market

What: Explore Crossfield’s fast-growing rural market for the best local produce. Enjoy make it, bake it and grow it vendors and plan to stay for dinner. Crossfield Farmers Market is a member of the Alberta Farmers Market Association.

When: Every Thursday until September 26, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 7:30 pm
Address: Crossfield Community Center – 900 Mountain Ave, Crossfield
Admission: Free

Robert McClure Farmers’ Market

What: Enjoy live music, food vendors, activities for the family and a wide variety of vendors selling their goods.

When: Every Friday to September 27, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Address: Robert McClure United Church – 5510 – 26 Avenue NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Triwood Farmers’ Market

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What: Check out the weekly Triwood Farmers Market running from July 2nd to October 15th. Grab some food and explore the various vendors, including produce, bath and body, jewelry and more.

When: Every Tuesday from July 2 to October 15, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Address: Triwood Community Association – 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Strathmore Farmers’ Market

What: The Strathmore Farmers’ Market was established in 1997 and is an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market. Vendors include dairy products, baked goods, crafts and more.

When: Every Friday to September 20, 2019
Time: 3 to 6:30 pm
Address: Strathmore Kinsmen Park – Lakeside Blvd, Strathmore
Admission: Free

Airdrie Farmers Market

What: Come out and find the finest local purveyors and producers of local goods. Everything from original quilts, handcrafted art, to natural soaps and lotions, food trucks and more – discover a unique gift, or a personal treasure.

When: Every Wednesday to October 9, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 7 pm
Address: Jensen Park – 320 Centre Avenue East, Airdrie
Admission: Free

Lions Club of Bearspaw Farmers’ Market

What: Check out over 120 vendors at Lions Club of Bearspaw Farmers’ Market. During the market, a caterer inside the Lions Hall provides breakfast and brunch/lunch from about 9 am to 2 pm.  Several of the outside food vendors also sell food you can eat at the market.

When: Every Sunday to October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Address: Lions Club of Bearspaw – 25240 Nagway Rd, Calgary
Admission: Free

Canmore Mountain Market

What: The Canmore Mountain Market is a summer tradition in Canmore for over twenty years operating every Thursday from May to October. Visitors and locals are treated to an excellent selection of locally and regionally produced items including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, coffee and baked goods. The Market also offers unique crafts, clothing, jewellery and other artisanal products. Patrons can experience the Market rain or shine, sip on a coffee, peruse the vendors, and enjoy the live local music – all with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

When: Every Thursday to October 3, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Address: Downtown Canmore next to the Canmore Civic Centre Plaza- 7th Avenue
Admission: Free

Cochrane Farmers’ Market – 2019 Market at the Ranche

What: The “Market at the Ranche” is open for its 21st Season. As an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market, each and every week will showcase the perfect mix of vendors – full-time favourites alongside a wide range of new and unique products. Farmers, growers, brewers, distillers, artisans & makers – an amazing variety every week.

When: Every Saturday until September 28, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Address: Cochrane Ranche Historic Site 663 Bow Valley Trail, Cochrane
Admission: Free

Okotoks Farmers’ Market

What: Okotoks Farmers’ Market is an Alberta approved farmers’ market and they strive to have a diverse selection of local and Alberta grown and made products. Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of the unique market while supporting local vendors and bringing home something special to share with your friends and family.

When: Every Friday until September 27 , 2019
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 pm
Address: 322041 15 St E, De Winton
Admission: Free

Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE 

What: Check out 60 local farms, food-makers, bakers, brewers, distillers  & artisan vendors, food trucks, live music, kids arts & culture activities, and more every Saturday at the Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE

When: Every Saturday year round
Time: 10 am to 3 pm (June to October 12, 2019), 10 am to 1 pm (October 19, 2019 to May 2020)
Where: cSPACE King Edward – 1721 29th Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewelry, art and more. Whether it’s the arrival of fresh produce or fun events, there’s always something happening at the market.

When: Open year-round from Thursday to Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Address: 510 77 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Granary Road Public Market

What: Granary Road Public Market is open year-round and offers fresh produce, artisan cheeses, pizza, tacos, handcrafted home goods and more.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Admission: Free

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

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What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lost of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch

What: The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch features over 35 vendors under one roof over one counter. Crafts, food vendors, and more.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Where: Symons Valley Ranch – 14555 Symons Valley Road
Admission: Free

DJ Market

What: With three generations of produce experience, DJ Market is a family owned and operated business that was established in 1991 and has been operating for over 20 years. We began as a small weekend fruit stand that consisted of 3 display tables, but have since grown to become an independent produce market that is open 7 days a week in the Spring, Summer and Fall months

When: Seven days a week in the Spring, Summer and Fall
Time: 9 am to 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sundays and Holidays)
Where: DJ Market – 4645 12th Street S.E., Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Produce Marketing Association Fall Harvest Sale

What: The Calgary Produce Marketing Association holds an Annual Fall Harvest Sale each September at Heritage Park. The two-day charitable event is a partnership that raises money for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Community Kitchen Program, and the Heritage Park Society. Stock up on healthy food at eye-popping rock-bottom prices, learn the benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables and support the local community at the same time. Carry-out service is available for a small fee, which is donated to a local charity group. Harvest Sale purchases are cash only, but there are a number of ATMs available throughout Heritage Park.

When: September 7 and 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (Opening Ceremony at 9:30 am on Saturday)
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Admission: Regular admission to the park. Annual pass holders receive complimentary admission.

Connect with the arts

Shakespeare by the Bow – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What: This summer, come together with the Calgary community to celebrate and support Alberta’s emerging artists in a gorgeous natural setting. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors through the forest as they are influenced and manipulated by a band of forest-dwelling fairies. Join theatre: Calgary in Prince’s Island Park for this thrilling chase of love, identity and confusion.

When: June 27 to August 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Prince’s Island Park
Admission: Pay what you can

Calgary Story Slam: GRAND SLAM

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What: Calgarians take the stage and tell stories of miscommunication in a dynamic competition to find the master storyteller. Stories are (mostly) true, first-person narratives about things that have happened and are five minutes long. Story Slam winners from the 2018/19 season compete for the title of Master Storyteller.

When: Monthly – Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Trolley 5 Brewpub – 728 17th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: $5

Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam

What: Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam and Open Mic. Slam poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music. The sign-up sheet for both the open mic and the slam will be released at 7:00 pm, and the show will start at 7:30 pm.

When: The last Monday of every month – June 24, July 29, and August 26, 2019
Time: Sign-up 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Dickens Pub – 1000 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: $10 cash at door, on a sliding scale for those who identify as low income or students

Calgary Fringe Festival


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What: A plethora of uncensored, non-juried theatre performances happening all around the city. The Calgary Fringe will host a combination of local, national, and international productions – 26 altogether – for a total of over 160 performances over nine days.

When: August 2 to August 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various theatres around the city

Luzia by Cirque Du Soleil

What: Kicking off at Stampede Park on August 16 and running through September 15, the delightfully imaginative and visually stunning production LUZIA is set to take the audience on a journey to an imaginary Mexico. With beautiful visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, the show cleverly brings to stage the places, faces, and sounds of Mexico. LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the Big Top.

When: August 16 to September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stampede Park (Lot #6) — 1410 Olympic Way SE
Price: Starting at $49 — Tickets available online

Sunnyside Open Stage

What: SOS Tuesdays are back for the summer in Sunnyside! Every Tuesday features an Open Mic Jam to entertain, inspire, and support the talent of local artists and neighbours. Warm up your vocal chords, grab your favourite instrument, or just come by to enjoy the night. SOS Tuesdays are hosted by Eugene Saunders and guests, and welcomes all kinds of performances: Music, Dance, Theatre, Spoken Word, Poetry and placemaking, green initiative and anything else the community might offer.

When: Every Tuesday until August 20, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: containR – 1020 2 Ave NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Rug Riot – Come to the Party!

What: Rug Riot – Come to the Party! is primarily a rug hooking exhibition commemorating the Guild’s 90th Anniversary. It is a celebration of the guild’s members incredible scope of creativity, passion and craftsmanship. Some members are challenging themselves by trying different methods, materials and shapes. Others are paying tribute to what the guild means to them.

When: Now until August 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Galleria Inglewood – 907 9th Ave.S.E., Calgary
Admission: Free

Versions Patio Party Season 6

What: Season 6 of Versions patio parties at Broken City features a program of more than 50 artists performing throughout the summer.

When: Every Tuesday until September 24, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where:  Broken City – 613 11 Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: $4, children are free

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

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What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.

When: The first Thursday of every month – July 4, August 1 and September 5, 2019
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Esker Foundation

What: Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. The gallery reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research. Admission is free. The gallery is barrier-free.

When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays
Time: Various times
Where: Esker Foundation – 4th Floor – 1011 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Concerts and Music Festivals

Music in the Plaza

What: Each Wednesday evening throughout July and August, rain or shine, Heritage Town Square plays host to a wide range of the best performing talent you’ll find anywhere. From roots and country to blues and swing, this line-up of free concerts offers something for everybody. Each week starts with a rising star of tomorrow from the Stampede Talent Search topped off by a featured act guaranteed to delight.

When Wednesday evenings from July 3 to August 28, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive NE
Admission: Free

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival 2019

What: The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival will be back in Calgary and features over 250 amazing bands and performers. The festival spans multiple venues throughout the city, and live music events will be accompanied by comedy, film, and art showings during the five-day bash.

When: Wednesday, June 19 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: A full schedule will be released closer to the date of the festival
Where: Multiple venues throughout Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $214 for a full festival pass, individual tickets vary in price

The Rural Alberta Advantage

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The Rural Alberta Advantage (Paradigm Talent Agency)

What: The Rural Alberta Advantage will be setting the scene for this year’s summer festivities with a July 4 show at the Wildhorse Saloon. With songs like “Frank, AB,” “The Dethbridge in Lethbridge,” “Vulcan, AB,” and “Edmonton,” The Rural Alberta Advantage’s tunes make for the perfect compliment to life in the Wild Rose Province. The concert will be one of many events to kick off the 2019 Calgary Stampede, which runs from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 14 this year.

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019
Time: 9:30 to 11 pm
Where: Wildhorse Saloon — 500 6th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $20

The Grandstand Show: Trailblazer

What: The theme of the 2019 Grandstand show will be “Trailblazer,” taking inspiration from the travelling shows of the early 20th century yet being performed on the most technologically advanced outdoor stage in the world.

The entire show will be led by show master Onalea, who will be joined by Calgary’s own travelling band of musical pirates, the Polyjesters. Music, acrobatics, and dance will all come together for a fiery tribute to the South American cowboy. The 2019 show will also include a participatory pre-show for all in attendance, thanks to this year’s title sponsor, Bell Canada.

When: July 5 to July 14, 2019
Time: 7:45 pm
Where: Stampede Grandstand – 1410 Olympic Way SE
Tickets: Online, $17 for standing, $49+ for seats


What: Known for their hit “Mmmbop,” HANSON has been performing as a group for a whopping 26 years. The band formed when Isaac, Taylor, and Zack Hanson were only 11, nine, and six respectively. The group is currently celebrating a landmark year, launching the “Middle Of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour” including some new songs alongside their biggest singles. The group is also set to release a greatest hits album in commemoration of the tour.

Experience the best eats, treats, and drinks served with a double helping of nostalgia at the Calgary Stampede this year as HANSON brings the house down with their newest tour.

When: July 9, 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: The Big Four Roadhouse – 1801 Big Four Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Ticket prices start at $18 – You can purchase Big Four Roadhouse tickets here

Cowboys Music Festival 2019

What: The Cowboys Music Festival has announced the entertainment they’re bringing to town for the Stampede, and this year’s lineup is already stacked. The festival has invited American country-singers and songwriters Brett Eldridge and Lee Brice as well as the iconic TV star Guy Fieri to be featured at this year’s Cowboys Music Festival Tent.

When: Wednesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Cowboys Music Festival Tent — 421 12 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: From $20 to $79.99 — available online

Roundup Music Fest 2019

What: Calgary is set to host the ultimate outdoor festival of the summer with Roundup Music Fest. On Wednesday, July 10 the festival will be taking over Shaw Millennium Park with an exhilarating lineup of all-star performances. Three-time Grammy-nominated rocker, Billy Idol, and ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ members, Blondie, will be taking to the main stage, along with performances by Canadian punk band Headstones, and BC’s Doug and the Slugs.

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Time: 3 to 11 pm
Where: Shaw Millennium Park, Calgary
Tickets: $99 — Available online

2019 Oxford Stomp

What: Top-selling Canadian artist of all time Bryan Adams will be rocking the stage in Calgary on July 12, for the 2019 Oxford Stomp. The event will take place in Shaw Millenium Park on Friday, July 12. Rocking the stage with 15-time Grammy nominee Bryan Adams will be 13-time Juno Award nominee Amanda Marshall and Canada’s power-pop legends Odds. The Oxford Stomp is Calgary’s longest running corporate stampede party and outdoor concert. The event just celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2018.

When: Friday, July 12, 2019
Time: Gates open at 3 pm
Where: Shaw Millennium Park, 1220 9th Avenue SW
Tickets: Starting from $99 on Ticketmaster




What: Country music duo Sugarland will be landing in YYC this summer. Georgia natives Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will be performing as part of the 2019 Calgary Stampede’s Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series, taking to the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, July 13.

Sugarland was first created in 2002, achieving international fame with hits like “Stuck Like Glue,” “Stay,” and “Babe.” The duo went on a six-year hiatus, returning to the limelight with their newest album BIGGER. 

When: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: $60+, available online

Tim McGraw

What: Tim McGraw will be closing out the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth with a concert on Sunday, July 14. The concert will be part of the Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series and will have McGraw playing to (what we can only assume will be) a sold-out crowd on the last night of the festivities.

When: Sunday, July 14, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Slash feat Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators Calgary concert

What: Legendary guitarist Slash will be at the Grey Eagle Event Theatre on Sunday, July 21 alongside Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators for a show like no other. Slash, who had been the lead guitarist for the band Guns N’ Roses, co-created a band called Velvet Revolver in the 2000s.

The guitarist released his debut solo album in 2010 featuring many famous musicians including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie, and Adam Levine. In 2016 he reunited with Guns N’ Roses to headline Coachella Music Festival and play other shows around the world. As of last year, Slash began touring with his band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

When: Sunday, July 21, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre — 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
Tickets: $60+, available online

Backstreet Boys


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What: Backstreet’s back, alright. Be ready to get down and move it all around as the boys head out on a world tour to promote their 10th studio album, DNA. Calgary is one of the few remaining Canadian shows that hasn’t sold out. If you want it that way, buy your tickets ASAP, otherwise, it could be nothing but a heartache.

When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $49 online

Calgary Folk Music Festival 2019

What: One of Calgary’s favourite July events is the four-day long Calgary Folk Music Festival, running from Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28. Headlining performers include Belle & Sebastian, Half Moon Run, The Strumbellas, and Nathaniel Rateli & The Night Sweats with over 60 other acts joining in on the music at the festival’s various stages.

When: Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28, 2019
Time: Full schedule will be released this summer
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
Tickets: Available online, $60 and up for single day tickets. $185 and up for a full weekend pass

Chaos AB 2019

What: CHAOS AB will bring some of rock and metal’s biggest names to Edmonton’s Kinsmen Park for a two-day event this July. The festival will see Disturbed and Slayer headlining on Friday, July 26, while Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson will tear up the stages on Saturday, July 27. Also included in the lineup are Headstones, GWAR, Animals as Leaders, One Bad Son, Royal Tusk, The Dirty Nil, Light the Torch, and Selfish Things.

When: Friday, July 26 to Saturday, July 27
Time: Various times
Where: Kinsmen Park — 9100 Walterdale Hill NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Available online starting at $180 for two-day pass

Terminus Festival

What: If you enjoy electronic, synth and industrial music then this is a festival you won’t want to miss out on. Enjoy 24 bands alongside hundreds of fans at this year’s Terminus Festival.

When: July 26 to 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Dickens – 1000 9 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Bluesfest

What: The 15th annual Calgary Bluesfest features a full week of Blues workshops, concerts and special events that culminate in four days and nights of non-stop music on MainStage followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Series

When: July 29 to August 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Def Leppard

What: Def Leppard is coming to town during their Canada tour, and will be performing at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, July 31. The English rock band, best known for their global success in the 80s following the release of their albums High ‘n’ Dry and Hysteria, also made headlines when their drummer Rick Allen lost an arm in a car crash, yet managed to continue drumming for the band by using his feet to play part of the kit.

When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: Show at 6:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Chasing Summer

What: Chasing Summer 2019, Western Canada’s largest EDM festival, is headlined by The Chainsmokers and Above & Beyond. Other performers include Steve Aoki, Alesso, and more.

When: August 3 and 4, 2019
Time: 1 pm to 11 pm
Where: Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
Tickets: Online

Country Thunder Alberta 2019

What: Coming to Calgary’s Prairie Winds Park this August, the music festival is boasting some seriously huge country music names like Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and Jake Owen to name just a few. The three-day event will run from Friday, Agust 16 to Sunday, August 18, packing a wide variety of artists into one unforgettable weekend.

When: Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18
Time: Various times
Where: Prairie Winds Park — 223 Castleridge Blvd NE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, from $75 single day and $178 full weekend

Iron Maiden


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What: Metalheads should start preparing for a beast of a show. The famed Iron Maiden will be hitting Calgary as part of their Legacy of the Beast tour. This will be the first time they’ve visited the city since back in 2012.

When: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $58 online

Honens Festival

What: Honens returns from September 5 to 8 with another grand celebration of piano and chamber music. The annual Honens Festival is one of Canada’s premier classical music events, intended to share Esther Honens’ love of world-renowned music with Albertans every year.

When: September 5 to 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations

Circle the Wagons

What: Join the BassBus, YYCFoodTrucks and Village Brewery for a travelling carnival that includes the best Calgary has to offer in local food, beer, music, art, and entertainment.

When September 13 and 14, 2019
Time: Various times
WhereShaw Millenium Park – 1220 9 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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