Things to Do in Calgary this Weekend

The following article is for the weekend of July 8 – 10, 2016. For Canada Day long weekend events and festivities, see Canada Day in Calgary.

A weekly digest of What’s On in and around Calgary this weekend including free, fun family & kids’ activities, live music, theatre & performing arts, sports and exhibitions: Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10, 2016.

City of Calgary Special Event Road Closures – Here

I. Family & Kids Activities this weekend

1. Calgary Stampede Parade

Each year the Parade showcases more than 150 western-themed entries, including 30 marching bands, 40 floats, 750 horses and 4,000 people. The parade provides two hours of entertainment consisting of intricate floats, marching bands, western riders and much more, and is of universal appeal.  Details

Parade Marshall: Jann Arden & Paul Brandt


Friday, July 8, 2016 | 07:30 AM
Main Parade Starts: 09:00 AM


Parade Route:
Begins at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street S.E. and travels west.
Turns south at 6th Avenue and 10th Street S.W.
Turns east at 9th Avenue and 10th Street S.W.
Finishes at 9th Avenue and 4th Street S.E.


Bleacher Seating: Check availability.


2. Calgary Stampede Family Fun

Calgary Stampede has plenty of fun family events for kids – from midway to captivating shows that will get the whole family smiling. Interact with big and small farm animals and learn all about the western agriculture lifestyle.  Events include Kids Pedal Tractor pull, magic shows, Dora the explorer, Spiderman, Peking Acrobats, and more!   Details


July 8 – 17, 2016 | 11:00 AM – Midnight


Stampede park, Calgary


General (13 to 64):  $18; Seniors (65+): $9
Youth (7 to12) $9; Children (6 -) Free
Value Days:
SNEAK-A-PEEK – reduced admission on Thursday, July 7, 2016 (select areas) | 5:00 PM–12:00 AM |
SUNCOR FAMILY DAY on Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Free admission between 6:00 AM–9:00 AM.(admission is good for the day). Free Suncor Family Day breakfast and more free stuff.
Western Heritage Day on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (Open at 9:30 a.m. for Seniors and their paying guests) | 11 AM. – Midnight.   Free all day admission for seniors 65 years and over.
BMO KIDS’ DAY on Wednesday, July 13, 2016  | 9:00 AM–Midnight (Open at 7:00 AM for kids 12 and under and accompanying adults) –  Free admission for children 12 and under and accompanying adults between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. (admission is good for the day) includes few free shows.


3. Stampede Fun Downtown

Visit downtown Calgary and enjoy free Fluor Rope Square’s Stampede-style entertainment includes marching bands, dancers, singers, fiddlers, friendly mascots plus so much more! Enjoy free brekfast, performers and other entertainment, including the Fluor Great Western Flapjack Flip and Lammle’s World Champion Hat Stomp Competition..  Details

July 8, 9, 11 – 16, 2016 | 09:00 AM – 01:15 PM


Olympic Plaza and along Stephen Avenue.




4. Sparks ‘n’ Spurs

Sparks 'n' SpursSparks ’n’ Spurs returns for some western fun in The Brainasium at TELUS Spark. Decorate a Sheriff badge, get your photo taken in the photo booth and hang out with farm animals. Plus, there’ll be food trucks and entertainment. Details

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | 5:00 PM -9:00 PM


Brainasium at TELUS Spark, Calgary


Regular Admission


5. Dr. Seuss in the Park

The University of Calgary’s Students’ Union Volunteer Services – Students for Literacy is once again presenting Dr. Seuss in the Park this summer! We will set up a tent in Riley Park each Saturday to get kids excited about books! There will also be crafts, facepaint and games. Children of all ages are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult, and the events are completely FREE!!  Details


Every Saturday, June 25 – August 27, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM


Riley Park (in the yellow Reading Tent, between the wading pool & playground)




6. Free Family Summer Camp

Join us in-store this summer where kids and families can enjoy free interactive workshops and activities from the many departments found within our store. Details


Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
June 25 to July 24 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Bass Pro Shops Calgary @ CrossIron Mills Mall
112-261055 CrossIron Blvd




7. Free YouthSpark Summer Camps

Kids learn how to create their own games and apps, and turn their business ideas into a reality, in a fun and supportive environment—the Microsoft Store. Details


July 4 to August 25, 2016


Microsoft Store at Chinook Centre
6455 MacLeod Trail SW




8. Calgary EidFest 2016

Come and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with your family and friends. Entertainment includes bouncy castles, sumo suits, bubble soccer, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival games and much much more! There will also be a bazaar and different types of food vendors.   Details


Saturday, July 09, 2016 | 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Baker Park – 9333 Scenic Bow Rd NW, Calgary


$10 – $15

Family Golf Nights (Juniors are FREE) – Richmond Green | Saturday, July 9, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00PM

9. Free Fishing

Albertans and visitors are invited to give fishing a try on water bodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks). Keep in mind that fishing regulations still apply.   Details


July 9 and 10, 2016


Alberta Waters



9. Parks Fest

10. Other Activities

At the library
Calgary Public library offers plenty of free activities to choose from for all ages including toddler story times. Plan ahead to attend some of the free activities in the following weekends:
Details and link for registration.
Airdrie Public Library
Okotoks Public Library

2.By Calgary Recreation – Drop in Programs

3.  Cineplex Family Favouries

Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99.

II. Live Music

1. Calgary Stampede Concerts

Each year, every day during the Stampede, country legends, rock royalty, and rising stars grace the stages of the Calgary Stampede!


July 8 – 17, 2016
Calgary Stampede Showband : July 7 | 8:30 PM & July 8-17 | 1:30 PM & 8:30 PM
WALK OF THE EARTH @ Coca-Cola Stage on July 8 | 09:00 PM
Cloeman Hell @ Coca-Cola Stage on July 9 | 09:00 PM
[email protected] Stage on July 10 | 09:00 PM
Nashville North 
High Valley on July 8
Wes Mack on July 9
Aaron Pritchett on July 10


Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary


Coco Cola Stage – Park Admission
Buck the Line at Nashville North – Tickets


2. Bell Live Series

The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy is bringing you 10 days of foot-stompin’ tunes. The King Eddy will be transformed into a pop-up country bar with real-deal western music: classic country, rockabilly, bluegrass, western-swing, and Americana.  Details


July 8 – 17, 2016

July 8 – Petunia and the Vipers

July 9 – Petunia and the Vipers

July 10 – Steve Pineo / Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow


NMC, 850 4 Street SE, Calgary.




For Nightlife/Club events, see section VI.

III. Theatre & Performing Arts

Shakespeare by the Bow

Sail to an enchanted island where a mysterious storm washes both romance and revenge ashore. Spirits will run high in Shakespeare’s most magical tale of love, family, and forgiveness. Starring a cast of emerging theatre talent, their annual outdoor production is a magnificent way to spend a summer’s evening. Grab a blanket, a picnic, and enjoy Hamlet – one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays in one of Calgary’s favourite places. Details


June 21 – August 21, 2016


 Prince’s Island Park, Calgary



IV. Sports, Walks & Related events

1. Stampede Rodeo

Every afternoon at 1:15 cowboys and cowgirls face off in a furious display of skill and grit, with every win building towards Showdown Sunday—The World’s Richest Tournament Style Rodeo, featuring the world’s toughest competitors. There are six main events that happen daily including: ladies barrel racing, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding.

July 8 – 17, 2016 | 01:15 PM


Grandstand, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary


Tickets $40.00 & up.


2. Spruce Meadows North American

Closing the 2016 Spruce Meadows Summer Series, the ‘North American’ Tournament hosts the best show jumping athletes and horses from throughout the Americas. Come honour our Canadian Military and enjoy Shopping, Art Walk, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Wagon Rides, and the family favourite Prairie Dogs from Friday to Sunday. Details

July 6 – 12, 2016


Spruce Meadows, Calgary


$5 – $30


3. Calgary Stampede Evening Show

The blast of a klaxon kicks off the GMC Rangeland Derby, featuring nine heats of four chuckwagons each; excitement that’s measured on the Richter Scale. When the last wagon thunders over the finish line, the TransAlta Grandstand Show begins with elaborate song and dance numbers, acrobatics, and a spectacular fireworks finale!  Details


July 8 – 17, 2016 | 07:45 PM


Stampede park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary


Tickets – $49 & up.


4. Stampede Sevens

45th annual Stampede Sevens – One of the most prestigious 7’s tournaments in Canada.  Details


July 8 & 9, 2016


Calgary Rugby Park, 9025 Shepard Rd. SE Calgary



V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

1. Calgary Stampede Breakfasts

See the following websites for a complete list of Stampede breakfasts happening across Calgary.

1. Calgary Parking Authority Stampede Breakfast on  July 12, 2016 | 7:00 AM – 09:00 [email protected] 9 Ave SW, Calgary | Free

2. Chuckwagon Breakfasts on 8:15 AM – 10:30 AM – Saturday, July 9, 2016 & Monday – Saturday, July 11-16, 2016 @ Olympic Plaza

3. By Calgary Stampede Caravan Committee – Across Calgary

4. Across Calgary –  Stampede Breakfast


2. Cyclepalooza

Cyclepalooza is a community-driven, do-it-yourself bicycle festival held every summer in Calgary. Cyclepalooza brings people together through cycling for fun and transportation. Details

July 1 – 10, 2016


Various Venues, Calgary


Free and ticketed.


3. Calgary Night Market

You’ll be looking forward to Friday Nights a little more this summer with the arrival of the Calgary Night Market. Featuring a variety of ethnic street foods, local vendors, buskers, and entertainment!! Details


Friday, July 8, 2016 | 4 PM – 10 PM


Central Memorial Park
1221 2 St SW, Calgary



Axe Throwing Calgary on Stampede Grounds on July 8- July 17, 2016 | 10:00 AM- 11:00PM Daily @ Stampede Adventure Park inside Erlton gate, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary

4. Caprices Fine Arts Stampede Art Show

Come see how local artists celebrate Calgary’s most happening time of the year! Painting, Photography, Jewelry, Live music, Door prizes and MORE! Details


Friday, July 8, 2016 | 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Malaysian, Singapore, Brunei Community Association, China Town, Calgary



Promotional Tour: Casper’s Nap Tour comes to Calgary –  Thursday July 7, 2016 – Sunday July 10, 2016 | 12:00PM- 8:00 PM @ Stampede Park

5. Authentically Indegenous Stampede Craft Show

This is a unique Craft Show that features 35+ Indegenous Artisan Vendors Selling their handmade crafts & art; Bead work, paintings, silverwork, Ammolie, backed goods and more.. Details


Saturday July 9, 2016 | 10:00 AM -5:00 PM


Kerby Center 1133 7 Ave SW, Calgary



Garage Sales in Calgary – See here

6. Market Collective 

Market Collective is an independent market, created to showcase the works of local artists, artisans and musicians and to strengthen the local community in Calgary. Live music and DJ’s all weekend long. Details


July 8 – 10, 2016


Chinese Cultural Centre, Calgary




7. Puppy Pancake Day

Bon A-Pet-Treat! will be hosting their 4th annual FREE Puppy Pancake Brunch. Alongside the pancake brunch will also be an adoptathon, free nail trims, talk to a vet, and you can even get a caricature of your beloved pup! Details


Sunday, July 10, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM


Pet Bakery, 5111 Bowness Road NW Calgary




8. Calgary Tours

Calgary Walks – Discover what makes Calgary such an exciting place through Calgary Walks: history, architecture, river walks, public art, secret sculpture gardens, cool public spaces, restaurants, shopping and more!! Details


Upto $18 – Year Round


Calgary Brewery Tours Experience good natured and welcoming breweries, eateries and distilleries with people who enjoy a satisfying brew as much as you. Details


Calgary Craft Beer Tour: $129.00 + gst

Spirit of Alberta Tasting Tour: $109.00 + gst

Cemetery tours Join knowledgeable tour guides on a walk through time to learn about the people, personalities and events that shaped the vibrant city Calgary is today. From May through October, The City tells their fascinating stories through free guided walking tours of Calgary’s historic Burnsland Cemetery, St Mary’s Cemetery, and Union Cemetery.  FREE Details


Burnsland Cemetery – last Saturday of each month, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

St. Mary’s Pioneer Cemetery – third Saturday of each month, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Union Cemetery – every Sunday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

VI. Food/ Sunday Brunches & Night Life Events

 Club Events / Nightlife

Stampede Club Crawl 2016Stampede Club Crawl: Join over 5,000 Club Crawlers nation-wide on the WORLD’S LARGEST Stampede Club Crawl! Student Tours has exclusive VIP access to the top Stampede tents & Nightclubs!

Fri, July 8th & 15th; Sat. July 9th & 16th @ Commonwealth 840 10th Ave Sw Calgary | $25 – $35 + charges

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Party on High Street @ Ironwood Stage & Grill

Zonnis & Michelle Baker @ Wine-Ohs

Friday, July 8, 2016

Bluessmyth @ The Blues Can

Tom Phillips & the Men of Constant Sorrow Stampede kick @ Ironwood Stage & Grill

Steel Panther @ Deerfoot Inn & Casino

McGregor Shepard and Kadoura @ Lolita’s Lounge

Jennis with Mitch Belot @ Wine-Ohs

Saturday, July 9 2016

Ranph Boyd Johnson & the Innercity Outlaws @ Ironwood Stage & Grill

Minor Matter, SAVK & Northwest Passage @ Wine-Ohs

Bluessmyth @  The Blues Can

Steel Panther @ Deerfoot Inn & Casino

Sunday, July 10, 2016

NQ Arbuckle @ Ironwood Stage & Grill


2. Dinner Theatre/Sunday Brunch

1. Fort Calgary Enjoy Murder mystery dinner theatre and Sunday Brunches at Fort Calgary.

2. Stage West Theatre Restaurants

Legends of Rock N’ Roll – July 1 – September 4, 2016 – Details

3. Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Hey, Pretty Woman! – July 1 — September 4, 2016 – Details

VII. Shopping Promotions / Events

1. Inglewood events – Here
2. CORE – Promotions and Events
3. South Centre Mall – Promotions
4. Cross Iron Mills – Promotions
5. Chinook Centre – Promotions
6. West Brook Mall – Promotions

For free family weekend activities in Calgary see, Free Activities in Calgary
We do try to make the listings as accurate as possible, but mistakes may happen or events may get postponed/cancelled without notice. Verify all details from concerned Event Websites/officials before travelling.
Book mark this page and check back next week for more weekend activities.

Things to Do in Calgary this Weekend
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        September 18, 2015 at 10:28 PM
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