50 things to do this July in Calgary

Dec 19 2017, 2:24 am

With a huge variety of events happening in Calgary this July, there is no way you can be bored. If you know of more events that are not listed below, send us a tip:

 Cave Lantern Tours

  • What: Tour the Cave and Basin after hours with a lantern at your side. You will get to explore the ancient walls and experience the echoing sounds of the cave. Host to the thermal waters, the cave and basin makes an interesting trip. They will supply you with the lanterns so that you can explore the cave.
  • Where: Cave and Basin- 311 Cave Ave, Banff
  • When: May 30 to September 5, Saturday Nights at 7 p.m. to 8p.m.
  • Cost: $10.80 per person.
  • Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ab/caveandbasin/activ/calendrier-events.aspx

Urban Cycling Skills Course

  • What: If you feel uncomfortable riding your bike on Calgary’s roads, this is the course for you. The one day course has very willing staff to teach what you need to do to be safe on a bicycle. All Participants must be at least 18 years of age but youths, 14 and up, may participate when accompanied by an adult.
  • Where: CommunityWise Resource Center – 223 12th Ave SW, Calgary (on the Beltline)
  • When: Every second Saturday, May to September at 8:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 per person (Free for Friends of Bike Calgary) and a $40 deposit that you will get back upon completion of the course.
  • Webstie: http://bikecalgary.org/skills

Spruce Meadows North American

  • What: The North American is the closing of the 2015 Spruce Meadows Summer Series. Featuring the best show jumping athletes and horses from across the Americas.
  • Where: Spruce Meadows- 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
  • When: July 1 to July 5
  • Cost: $5 for ages 5 and up, Free for Seniors (65+) and Children.

Showtime for the Globe Cinema

  • What: An independent art house cinema brings Calgarians movies and is proud to participate in many wonderful annual film festivals. The films for the set dates are “Slow West” and “The Wolfpack”.
  • Where: 617 8 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
  • When: Every second Saturday, May to September. June 16 to July 2 at 8:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 per person (Free for Friends of Bike Calgary) and a $40 deposit that you will get back upon completion of the course.
  • Website: http://globecinema.ca/


  • What: Be first to try out what this years Stampede has to offer before it officially opens. Come and enjoy the midway and select other attractions that will be open to the public early.
  • Where: Stampede Park- 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, July 2 at 5 p.m. to midnight
  • Cost: $9

Stampede Market

  • What: Shopping at the Stampede hosts many different venders and opportunities to find deals. The Market will have over 15 new products and services this year.
  • Where: BMO Centre- 1410 Olympic Way SE,
  • When: Thursday, July 2 to Sunday, July 12. Check site for details.
  • Cost: Free with admission to Stampede.
  • Website: http://www.calgarystampede.com/

CBC Stampede Breakfast

  • What: Get a free breakfast and entertainment too. Guest appearances by Kids’ CBC host Patty, Chirp and Daniel Tiger, Bobsleigh athlete Kaillie Humphries and world’s best Cowboy Up competitor Kateri Cowley will all be present!
  • Where: CBC Calgary Studios – 1724 Westmount blvd. NW
  • When: Thursday, July 2 at 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Website: http://www.cbc.ca/

Stampede Parade

  • What: Join the streets of Calgary to watch the Stampede Parade. The Show band leads the parade, then there will be floats, the finest marching bands, riders, celebrities and more.
  • Where: Starts and the corner of 3 St and 6 Ave SE, Calgary. Look here for more details.
  • When: Friday, July 3 at 7:30 a.m.

The Mustard Seed Stampede Barbecue

  • What: Fun for the whole family at the Mustard Seed Stampede Barbecue. For lunch they will be serving beef on a bun and for activities they have live music, face painting, and line dancing.
  • Where: 102 11 Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: July 3 at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Website: http://www.theseed.ca/

Calgary Stampede Rodeo

  • What: Enjoy the Stampede traditionally with some of the best athletes, bulls, steers, chuck wagons, horses and more.
  • Where: Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
  • When: Monday, July 3 to Sunday, July 12
  • Cost: Varies
  • Website: http://cs.calgarystampede.com/

Stampede Day pop up market at Tomkins Park

  • What: Local vendors, live music, and dancing come together to create one big party at Tomkins Park.
  • Where: Tomkins Park – 17th Ave, Calgary
  • When:  Friday July 3, 6, 7, 9, 10 at 9a.m. to 4 p.m.

Calgary Stampede Midway

  • What: Thrills, chills and skills are all across the Midway from rides to games.
  • Where: Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
  • When: Monday, July 3 to Sunday, July 12
  • Cost: $1 for 1 Coupon, $10 for 11, $20 for 22, $50 for 55, and $54 Ride All Day Wristbands
  • Website: http://www.calgarystampede.com/

Calgary Stampede Entertainment

  • What: The Entertainment never stops at the Stampede and this year they have awesome shows like President’s Choice Superdogs, Acrodunk, Ghost Riders, Evolution of Extreme, Candy King, Cannon Lady, First Nations Youth Dancers and more!
  • Where: Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
  • When: Monday, July 3 to Sunday, July 12 during 9a.m. to 11p.m.. Check for times for specific activity.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: http://www.calgarystampede.com/

Stampede Coke Stage 

  • What: Talent is abundant when it comes to the Coke-Stage, each day there is a new amazing musical performer.
  • Where: Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
  • When: Monday, July 3 to Sunday, July 12 at 9p.m. every night

Flour Rope Square

  • What: The Stampede Queen and Princesses make an appearance and other celebrities too. Enjoy marching bands, fiddlers, friendly, mascots, and more.
    Where: Olympic Plaza – Corner of 7th Anvenue and Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, July 4 at 9 am to 1:15 p.m
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: http://www.stampede-downtownattractions.com/

Suncor Family Day

  • What: Free admission between 6a.m. and 9 a.m.. There is also a free Suncor Family Day Breakfast, served 8a.m. to 10 a.m., for the first 20, 000 guests. A Free variety show will also be occurring at the grandstand featuring Extreme Dunk show by  Acrodunk, a performance by Ukrainian Dancers Suzirya, Calgary Tai Chi Martial Arts College, the 2014 winner of the Nashville North Star competition Dylan Gillet and  Mini Chuck Wagons.
  • When: Sunday, July 5 at 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Stampede – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: http://www.calgarystampede.com/

Ludacris and Wiz Khalifa live

  • What: Ludacris and Wiz Khalifa, FT. DRUM N DJ feat Brett Jones & DJ Kav, with Kay L live at the Cowboys Stampede tent.
  • Where: Cowboys Stampede Tent – 421 12th Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, July 5 at 6p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015
  • Cost: Varies ($99 to $144)
  • Website: http://cowboysnightclub.ticketleap.com/ludacris-and-wiz/

Stampede Road Race

  • What: Join the race, 5Km, 10Km and Half Marathon, the kids can race too (200m to 1200 m) at the Stampede Road Race. You will receive a Mizuno Technical shirt ($65 retail value) and kids receive cotton shirt too.
  • Where: Glenmore Track
  • When: Sunday, July 5 at various times
  • Cost: $65 Adults, $30 For kids up to 16 and $10 for kids races
  • Website: http://www.stampederoadrace.ca/
  • Spruce Meadows North American

Western Heritage Day

  • What: Free coffee and donuts in the Agrium Western Event Centre at 9a.m. to 10:30a.m.. Commemorative pins will be handed out, Westjet skyrides all day and more.
  • Where: Stampede- 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
  • When: Tuseday, July 7 at 9a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Cost: Free all day for Seniors (65+) only
  • Website: http://www.calgarystampede.com/

BMO Kid’s Day

  • What: Free variety show on the Grandstand stage at 8a.m. to 10 a.m. featuring the basketball stunt show Acrodunk, Canadian Trick riders Hearts of the West and hosted by the Heebee JeeBees.
  • Where: Stampede Park- 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
  • When: Tuesday, July 8 at 9a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Cost: Free for kids and accompanying adults!
  • Website: http://www.calgarystampede.com/

#iamdowntown for Pop-Picnics

  • What: Want to go for a picnic? Well these picnics all have different themes, and pop up at different locations. On  there will be one at Harley Hotchkiss Park and on July 22 there will be one at John J Bowlen Green Space. Picnics always host a food vender, entertainment, and games.
  • Where: Various locations.
  • When: Every other Wednesday, July 8 and July 22 at 12p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Website: http://www.calgarydowntown.com/

 Miranda Lambert

  • What: Country Music Miranda Lambert will be performing at the Calgary Stampede. Miranda has won Female Vocalist five times in a row, to say the least she is a fast rising star. The tickets also pay for your admission to the Stampede Park.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome- 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, July 9 at 7:30p.m.
  • Cost: Ranges from $50 to $266
  • Website: http://www.scotiabanksaddledome.com/

Blake Shelton

  • What: One of music’s hottest acts, Blake Shelton is sure to impress. Tickets include admission to Stampede Park.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome- 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: Friday, Jul 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Ranges from $50 to $266
  • Website: http://www.scotiabanksaddledome.com

Inglewood Night Market

  • What: Street food, arts and crafts, farm fresh produce, trunk sale and music, they truly are a fun market to be and shop around in.
  • Where: 10th Street at 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • When: July 10 at 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Website: http://www.calgary-inglewood.com/events

Jason Aldean

  • What: Returning to the stage at the Saddledome. Tickets include admission to the park.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome- 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Ranges from $50 to $266
  • Website: http://www.scotiabanksaddledome.com/

Stevie Wonder at the Saddledome

  • What: Performing his only Alberta concert in Calgary, Wonder is a 25-time Grammy Award winner and an ineradicable musician. The tickets include Stampede Park admission.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome-  555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Ranges from $325 to $90.
  • Website: http://www.scotiabanksaddledome.com/

Calgary Stampeders

  • What: Calgary Stampeders face off the Toronto Argonauts.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium-1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
  • When: Monday, July 13 at 7p.m.
  • Cost: Price Varies according to seating.
  • Website : http://www.stampeders.com/2015-schedule

John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken Tour


Captain Cruises

  • What: Ride on Calgary’s only paddlewheel boat while listening to Jazz music and observing the gorgeous Rocky Mountains and views of Glenmore. Sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres and taste a selection of beer & wines. Remember to dress business casual for the event. Complimentary parking at the S.S. Moyie Dock.
  • Where: The S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler, Heritage Park- 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary
  • When: July 16, 23 and 30 & August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015
  • Cost: $74.95 plus GST
  • Website: https://www.heritagepark.ca/

Glenbow Museums: Out for Lunch Tour: Myth Making: The Art of John Brocke

  • What: Curator Douglas Maclean explores one of the most fascinating artists out of Calgary, John Brocke.
  • Where: Glenbow Museum- 130 9 Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, July 16 at 12p.m.
  • Cost: Members free/ General $5
  • Website: http://www.glenbow.org/


  • What: The Fiestaval highlights and advocates for the Latin American Culture through multicultural arts and entertainment. It’s a free 3 day festival full of various activities and promotes multiculturalism in Calgary.
  • Where: Olympic Plaza
  • When: July 17 to July 19 at 11a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: http://fiestaval.ca/calgary/

Market Collective

  • What: It’s an Independent Market that promotes local arts and culture and empowers our community towards positive growth. Showcasing hundreds of local artists, designers, artisans and musicians. MC was Founded in 2008 by Angela Guerra.
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Centre- 197 1rst Street SW, Calgary
  • When: Friday, July 17 at 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday July 18 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday July 19 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 per person and kids get in for free

Rock the Walk

  • What: East Village is having its own music fest featuring bands, vendors and food trucks. There will be around 20 venders and eat with the YYCFoodTrucks. The musical line up includes: Teledome 11a.m. to 12 p.m., Run Deer Run 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 36? 2p.m. to 3 p.m. and The Lovebullies 3:30p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and featuring Napalmpom at 5p.m. to 6p.m..
  • Where: East Village
  • When: Saturday, July 18 at 11a.m. to 6p.m.
  • Website: http://www.evexperience.com/events-list/2015/5/14/rock-the-walk-v

Franco Festival

  • What: Launching a variety of projects like education, awareness, promotion of immigration and diversity, sociocultural and economic integration, the Franco Festival, initiative by Le Portail de l’Immigrant Association (PIA), is sure to be exciting. Offering a Music Festival, Cultural Village, Childrens Area, Gourmet Cuisine, and workshops.
  • Where: Millennium Park
  • When: Saturday July 18 at 12p.m. to 9p.m. and Sunday, July 19 at 12p.m. to 9p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: http://www.francofestcalgary.com/

Calgary Stampeders

  • What: Calgary Stampeders face off the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium-1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, July 18 at 5p.m.
  • Cost: Varies according to seating
  • Website: http://www.stampeders.com/2015-schedule


  • What: A family fun event designed to inform and inspire the community to take actions to protect and preserve our water. Creekfest is an important part of the Friends Watershed Public Awareness Campaign.
  • Where: Bow Valley Ranch Fish Creek Provincial Park
  • When: Sunday, July 19 at 12p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: http://friendsoffishcreek.org/event/creekfest/

Secret Cinema: Summer 2015

  • What: Outdoor screenings will be held to watch a movie in the cozy CommunityWise courtyard. Every month there is a member of the Calgary society of independent filmmakers (CSIF) to give answers to your questions. For copyright reasons, they cannot give out the name of the film until you go and see it. It will be curated by Lewis Liski on July 19.
  • Where: CommunityWise courtyard- 101, 223 12 Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, July 19 at 9:30p.m.
  • Website: http://www.csif.org/programming/upcoming-programming/secret-cinema-summer-2015/

Livingston Place Farmers Market

  • What: Featuring locally produced meats, fruits, vegetables, preserves, desserts baking, artistic goods and more. In addition, there will be music and fun to be had at this little city market. Don’t forget to bring a bag with you.
  • Where: Livingston Place Plaza- 222-3rd Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: Wednesday July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Website: http://www.livingstonplace.com/Notices/TenantEvents.aspx

Calgary Folk Music Festival

  • What: Live Folk music from 14 different countries with over 70 artists featuring Esperanza Spalding, Lucinda Williams, John Butler Trio, Patrick Watson, Father John Misty, Richard Thompson, Hawsley Workman, Shakey Graves, Lake Street Dive, The Mavericks, Steep Canyon Rangers. This will be the 36th Folk Festival in Calgary.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park
  • When: July 23 to July 26
  • Cost: Ticket price varies by day and age.
  • Website: http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/

Glenbow Museum: Out for Lunch Tour: From Their collection: Political Satire in Alberta

  • What: People like Bob Edwards in 1905 to Vance Rodewalt in 2015, Alberta editorial cartoonists have poked fun at the body politic for over the last century.
  • Where: Glenbow Museum- 130 9th Ave SE, Calgary,
  • When: Thursday, July 23 at 12p.m.
  • Cost: Members Free and General $5
  • Website: http://www.glenbow.org/programs/

Fashion Market

  • What: Calgary’s first fashion market has tons of booths and if you can’t get all of your shopping in the first day it runs for two. Hosting retailers from across the city, there are lots of good deals to be found.
  • Where: Delta Bow Valley Hotel- 209 4 Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, July 23 to Friday, July 24
  • Website: http://dmeinc.ca/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DelisleMarketingAndEvents

 Historic Calgary Week

  • What: During the 25th Anniversary of the Historic Week Calgary you will find 65 different events. Events include a hunt to discover hidden history nuggets throughout the city, historical cross word puzzles, and a history book is being developed from input by 20 volunteer authors.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: July 23 to August 3
  • Website: http://www.chinookcountry.org/

Candian Trampolin Gymnastics Championships

  • What: Watch Canada’s best trampoline and tumbling athletes.
  • Where: Genesis Centre- 7555 Falconridge Boulevard Northeast, Suite 10, Calgary
  • When: Friday, July 24 to Monday July 27
  • Cost: Adult $10, Student $5, Senior $60, and Family $25. 4 years and under are free.
  • Website: http://www.abgym.ab.ca/

Milky Way Nights

  • What: This U of C event is late night star gazing for the public at the observatory. Observe the night sky alongside research scientists, if you have any questions they will try and answer them. The moonless nights provide a breathtaking view of our stars.
  • Where: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory- on the east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of the Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange Priddis, AB
  • When: Saturday, July 25, 10p.m. to 2a.m. and Sunday, July 26, 10p.m. to 2a.m.
  • Cost: is a donation to the observatory’s educational programs
  • Website: http://www.ucalgary.ca/news/psa/june2014/milky-way-nights

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  • What: Western Canada’s largest pet festival is coming back to Calgary and is a Pet friendly family event. The activities include, “Running of the Bulls”, Dock Dogs Canada and more.
  • Where: Eau Claire Market- 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
  • When: July 25 to 26 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m (both days)
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: http://www.petapaloozawest.com/#2015-shows

Calgary International Blues Festival

  • What: An exciting line up of events and artist are at the 11th CBMA Calgary Blues fest. This family friendly event is renowned for its blues music, hospitality and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Where: 1220 – 9 Ave. SW, Calgary
  • When: July 27 to August 2, 2015
  • Website: http://www.calgarybluesfest.com/

Calgary Fringe Festival

  • What: Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theater festivals. Began in Edinburgh, Scotland and has now become one of the biggest art festivals in the world.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: July 31 to August 8, 2015
  • Cost: Various
  • Website: http://www.calgaryfringe.ca/
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