25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: July 26 to 28

Jul 2 2019, 2:15 am

The last weekend of July is upon us!

Make the most of it with these 25 events happening in Calgary on Friday, July 26, Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28. Calgary Folk Music Festival, Sun N’ Cerveza, and more!

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

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Friday, July 26

Calgary Night Market

Calgary Night Market (Lindsay Ross Photography)

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), August 16 to 17 (SOUTH)
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: Calgary Night Market Bridgeland – 917 Centre Street NE; Calgary Night Market SOUTH – Bonaventure Drive SE at 90th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

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 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Fort Calgary Presents: Black & White Movie Nights

What: Join Fort Calgary in the Burnswest Theatre for a night at the movies. Grab snacks and a cocktail at this licensed event, and enjoy a classic black and white movie in Fort Calgary’s newly renovated theatre. Complimentary museum admission included with ticket.

When:  July 26, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, movie at 7 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Isle of Dogs at Central Memorial Park

What: On July 26, Calgarians will be able to cuddle up under the stars for an outdoor showing of Wes Anderson’s 2018 stop motion marvel Isle of Dogs on the lawn of Central Memorial Park, hosted by the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association. While the movie is free for all to watch, bring a bit of cash to enjoy the various food trucks and beer garden. A live DJ will also be on scene to get the party started early, and it is recommended to bring your own blanket to act as an impromptu movie theatre seat.

When: July 26, 2019
Time: Event starts at 4 pm, movie starts at 9:45 pm
Where: Central Memorial Park — 1221 2nd Street SW
Admission: Free!

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: July 26 to July 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Kinsmen Park — 9100 Walterdale Hill NW, Edmonton
Tickets: Available online starting at $180 for two-day pass

Saturday, July 27

Calgary Folk Music Festival 2019

What: The 2019 Calgary Folk Music Festival takes over Prince’s Island Park ablaze with lyrically lush folk music from headlining performers including Belle & Sebastian, Half Moon Run, The Strumbellas, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and over 60 other artists. Plus attendees can expect some drool-worthy food and drinks at this annual event.

When: Now until July 28, 2019
Time: Full schedule can be found here
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

Pet-A-Palooza Calgary


Downward dog (Pet-A-Palooza / Instagram)

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

Free Family Fun Day at Lougheed House Garden Festival

What: Celebrate summer and meet your neighbours at the 2019 Free Garden Festival at Lougheed House. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment of live theatre, music, juggling and magic, all on our outdoor stage. Plus take part special activities and crafts inside the House, and adults can then enjoy the beer garden.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Lougheed House – 707 – 13th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Acadia’s Garden & Art Tour

What: A self-guided tour of Acadia’s unique gardens, yards, and art installations. Starting at the Acadia Community Garden, participants can explore the featured yards, gardens and art installations at their own pace. Participants can chat with the hosts, share gardening knowledge, and appreciate outdoor art. Proceeds will go towards the Acadia Community Garden and Art Society’s annual operating costs.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Acadia Community Garden – 332 94 Ave SE Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10

Packwood Grand

packwood grand

Packwood Grand/Instagram

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

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

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

Okotoks Dawgs vs Lethbridge Bulls

What: Okotoks Dawgs take the field against the Lethbridge Bulls in Western Major Baseball League action.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 7:05 pm
Where: Seaman Stadium –  2111 N Railway Street, Okotoks
Tickets: Online

Calgary Glow Party 2019

What: Get ready for the biggest Glow Party to hit Calgary. Dance all night long with complimentary glow sticks and glow wear. Top 40, dance, EDM and house, hip hop, and reggaeton.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Knoxville’s Tavern – 840 9 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Inuit Throat Singing with Jenna Broomfield and Barbara Akoak

What: Join Inuit throat singers Jenna Broomfield and Barbara Akoak for a performance, workshop and talk where they will share their practice, the history and significance of traditional songs, and the importance of building new traditions through contemporary collaborations. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of throat singing in a culturally appropriate space.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Address: Esker Foundation – 1011, 9th Ave SE Calgary
Register: Online, Free

Sunday, July 28

The Strumbellas

Image: Calgary Stampede / Facebook

What: The six-piece collective rocketed to mainstream success with their breakthrough hit “Spirits, which hit number one on Billboard’s Alternative Chart, won a 2017 Juno for Single of the Year and cracked the Top Ten in Europe. They perform as part of the Calgary Folk Music Festival on July 28.

When: July 28, 2019
Time: 9:05 pm
Where: ATB Mainstage
Tickets: Online

Wings Over Springbank Airshow

What: The thunderous roar of formation-flying jets screaming across the Springbank sky will officially return this summer. The Canadian Forces’ Snowbirds, a nine-plane demonstration team, will mark their fourth appearance at the Wings Over Springbank Airshow. Also featuring the F18 Demo Team, Brent Handy, Erickson Aircraft Collection, and Team Rocket.

When: July 27 and 28, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Springbank Airport – Rocky View No. 44, AB T3Z
Tickets: Online

Historic Calgary Week: A New Star in our Planetarium

What: Join Contemporary Calgary for a tour of the iconic Centennial Planetarium. Participants will learn about the history of this architectural landmark and future plans to transform the space into a world class destination for modern and contemporary art.

When: July 28, 2019
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: 701 11 Street Southwest Calgary
Tickets: Online, 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

Sun N’ Cerveza


What: Calgary’s newest craft beer festival is coming to
Kensington. Presented by Original Joe’s in partnership with over 13 local breweries, Sun N’ Cerveza features seven different bars and restaurants offering samples, prizes, live music and DJs. Then head to the Side Street Pub with prizes, live entertainment, DJs and more craft beer.

When: July 28, 2019
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

First Time in Drag – In support of the Calgary AIDS Walk & Run

What: The Social Lubricants present First Time in Drag a fundraiser for the Calgary AIDS Walk & Run. featuring a silent auction, music, and drag performers from HIV Community Link and friends. Donations for the team and tips received by performers will support the AIDS Walk & Run coming up in September.

When: July 28, 2019.
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Twisted Element – 1006 – 11th Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Pay what you wish.

Canadian Heroes at Calaway Park

What: Canadian Armed Forces and veterans as well as Canadian First Responders (EMS, Fire, Police) will receive free admission to Calaway Park from July 27 to 29, 2019. Immediate family members (spouse and children) will receive a special admission rate of $25 plus GST. Identification required. Visit the Canadian Heroes tent in the front admission area for your tickets and discount admission vouchers.

When: July 27 to 29, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
More Info: Online

Ruff Mud Calgary

What: Run a 120-foot mud pit obstacle course with your dog at Eau Claire Market. Fastest time wins glory, bragging rights and some amazing prizes.

When: July 27 to July 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade Southwest #202, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

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

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