Things to Do this Weekend in Calgary

Heritage Day Weekend Events -Stampede Game

BC Lions @ Calgary Stampeders on Friday, July 29, 2016 | 08:00 PM – 11:00 PM

A list of What’s on in Calgary during Heritage Day – August Long Weekend: Friday, July 29 to Monday, August 1, 2016.

I. Family & Kids Activities 

1. Inglewood Sunfest

At Sunfest, there is an activity made for all ages. This could mean a jump in the bouncer for the kids, discovering a great new band, being wowed and amazed by our cool street performers, choosing a perfect summer patio or searching for a trendy fashion; there is no shortage of things happening. Details


Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM


Mainstreet Inglewood, Calgary



2. Slide the City

Slip and Slide on over 1000 ft of water slide. Details


Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 07:00 PM


10th Street and Sait Way, Calgary


$15 & up


3. Kensington Diagon Alley

Join us Sunday, July 31st as we transform the Kensington community into a Wizarding World full of brilliant oddities! There’s something for EVERYONE during this fun, one-day event! We can’t wait to see how you’ll celebrate with us.  Details


Sunday, July 31, 2016 | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Kensington Village, Calgary




4. Heritage Day – Fort Calgary

Make nature crafts with the kids. Meet our special Thank You Tree. Learn about Fort Calgary’s award-winning community garden. Participate in a plein-air painting session with visiting artists from Canmore. View our latest art exhibition and listen to a curatorial presentation about it. And enjoy the historical music and stories from local musician Paul Finklemann.  Details


Monday, August 1, 2016 | 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM



Regular Admission


5. Heritage Day Festival

Come for 6 hours of multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts. Explore the Indian Village, get face painted into a lion, jump on a bouncer, frolic in the water, try a new dish, or simply soak up the sun in front of the stage and enjoy the folk performances. Details


Monday, August 01, 2016 | 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM


Olympic Plaza/City Hall– 228 8 Ave. S.E., Calgary




6. Heritage Day

Join us for a interactive history-filled day, that’s sure to delight the entire family. Lively costumed interpreters bring history to life in the homes, shops and on the streets of Heritage Park!  Wander through the exhibits, try your hand at old-fashioned activities and take a tour of the Park on an authentic steam train or horse-drawn wagon ride. Details


Monday, August 1, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM



Regular Admission.
Free pancake breakfast for first 500 guests before 11:00 AM


7. Long Weekend Island Escape

Take the whole family down to Trout Beach on St. Patrick’s Island for a fun-filled island staycation. Get your beach boogie on with music from BassBus. Food trucks will be on site with beach snacks, and EAST Crew will have classic summer games and activities on hand.  Details


 Monday, August 1, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM


 St. Patrick’s Island




8. The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf

The Wolf, a “Fonz-like” character, and his gang of #333333-jacketed buddies are on trial for various offences committed in fairytale land.  We see Red Riding Hood, the Three Pigs, Peter, and the Boy Who Cried Wolf all show up to give testimony in word and song.  The show features 1950’s style rock ‘n’ roll, and is designed to be very kid-friendly.  Details

July 22 – 31, 2016


Okotoks Olde Towne Plaza, Okotoks


By Donation


9. Family Favourites

Have fun with the whole family and watch a movie for $2.99 on Saturday mornings at 11am. See link for shows and participating theatres. Details

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on July 30, 2016

II. Live Music

1.  Calgary International Blues Festival

Featuring a full week of blues that culminate in 4 days & nights of non-stop music at Shaw Millienium Park followed by the nightly Twilight Blues dance parties, this family friendly event is renowned for its great music, relaxed atmosphere and warm hospitality!  Details


July 28-31, 2016



Single day  tickets: $35 – $50
Free for Kids under 12

2. Canmore Folk Festival

The Canmore Folk Music Festival is the longest running folk music festival in Alberta and one of its finest. Adhering to a philosophy and legacy of folk, world, blues and roots music. The festival features 18 individual acts or performers, an alcohol-free, family-friendly site, a free downtown street dance on the Friday evening and a kids’ area jammed with crafts, puppets, theater, bouncy castle and climbing wall. Its venue is the downtown Centennial Park in the heart of Canmore’s valley bottom.  Details


July 30, 31 & August 1, 2016


110 2B Kananaskis Way, Canmore


Free & ticketed events.


3. Chasing Summer

Western Canada’s largest electronic music festival. Details

Saturday July 30 – Sunday, July 31, 2016 | 01:00 PM – 11:00 PM


Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds
1001 Barlow Trail Southeast, Calgary


$129.00 – $269.00


4. Terminus Festival

Western Canada’s only multi-day industrial/ebm/dark electro festival featuring bands from all over the world. Details

July 29 – 31, 2016


Dickens, 1000 9th Ave. SW, Calgary


$20 & up


III. Theatre & Performing Arts

1. 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. Come out and celebrate our emerging artists. With a healthy dose of sorcery, we will conjure islands and shipwrecks, merriment and mystery, all on the banks of the Bow River.  Play: Tempest. Details


June 23 – August 16, 2015




FREE performances @ Stephen Avenue  | 12:00 PM – 01:00PM

2. Calgary Fringe Festival

Independent theatre and arts festival. Details


July 29 – August 6, 2016


Multiple Venues, Calgary


Free and ticketed events.


3. Kill Hard

You’ve seen Arnold, you know about Stallone, and we can’t forget about Bruce Willis. Now, get ready for Jamie Northan and Andrew Phung in Kill Hard! This is an Improvised Action Movie where our two stars take on all the roles, all the fights, and all of the sexual tension. Expect guns, bad guys, and fights in this over the top tribute to those cheesy action movies you love. Details


July 29 – 30, 2016 | 10:30 PM


Loose Moose Theatre, 1235 – 26th Avenue SE, Calgary




4. Opera in the Alley

 Join us for a cabaret evening with Cowtown Opera. This magical event will include delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts alongside performances of Annie Davidson, along with Opera Gems in Heritage Park’s Gasoline Alley Museum. Details


July 31, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM




V. Sports, Walks & Related events

1. Calgary Stampeders

BC Lions @ Calgary Stampeders


Friday, July 29, 2016 | 08:00 PM – 11:00 PM


McMahon Stadium, Calgary


Starthmore Rodeo Tickets

2. Starthmore Stampede

2nd largest CPRA Rodeo in Canada and our WPCA chuckwagon racing is one of the most action-packed stops of the summer.Stampede includes Live Concerts, Beer Gardens, Trade Show, Cabaret, Farmers’ Market, Kids Zone, and much more!  Details

July 29 – August 1, 2016


122 Brent Blvd, Strathmore


Grounds Admission:  free for children 5 and under, ages 6-12 are $3, seniors are $3, all other ages are $5


3. ATB Financial Classic

Golf – Details

August 1 – August 7, 2016


Country Hills Golf Club, 1334 Country Hills Blvd NW, Calgary


$15.00, under 14 – free


4. AKC Summer Classic

Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic Show and Junior Handling National Finals. Events include including tours for the public, conformation, obedience, rally-o, agility, and scent hurdling. Details


Friday, July 29 to Monday, August 1, 2016



$10 Adults, $5 Youth (12-18 years old), $5 Seniors over 65 years old
FREE children under 12 years old


5. Canadian Age Group Championships

The Canadian Age Group Swimming Championships are a chance for the next generation of swimming stars to shine. Athletes compete against swimmers their own age and typically set multiple Canadian age group records during this important developmental meet. Details


July 27 to July 31, 2016


Talisman Centre, Calgary


$10 Adults, $5 Youth (12-18 years old), $5 Seniors over 65 years old
FREE children under 12 years old


6. Tour de Bowness

This year marks our 14th Anniversary of our three race omnium event! On Saturday, watch the cyclists from many great viewing points along the road course just outside of Cochrane. On Sunday evening, come to Canada Olympic Park and see who is the fastest up the hill. On Monday, visit beautiful Bowness to see the racers tackle the challenging 7 turn Criterium course!  Details


July 30 – August 1, 2016


Sat, Jul 30: Horse Creek (Cochrane)
Sun, Jul 31:Canada Olympic Park
Mon, August 1: Bowness



V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

1. Historic Calgary Week 


Photo Credit: Walt DeBoni

Join us for A Chinook Country Historical Society program highlighting our cultural, institutional, industrial, architectural, sporting and military heritage. Travel North to Airdrie, West to Morley and South to Okotoks and High River to explore the contribution of these areas to our growth as a city and a province. Celebrate with us with over 60 events. Come to talks, walks, concerts, family events, museum and community visits. Details


July  22 – August 1, 2016


Calgary Area


Mostly Free. Few events require registration.


2. Calgary Turkish Festival

Come experience the Calgary Turkish Festival. We 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. Details


Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31, 2016 | 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM


Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary.




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 29, 2016 | 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Central Memorial Park – 1221 2 St SW, Calgary



Things to Do this Weekend in Calgary
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      September 18, 2015 at 10:06 PM
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        September 18, 2015 at 10:28 PM
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      January 25, 2016 at 8:36 PM
    19. Laura

      Hi, I’m not sure if you can post but there’s going to be a Saint Patrick’s Day Singles Party on March 17th at 7pm at the Carriage House Inn’s Peanut Bar. Thanks very much.

      March 7, 2016 at 3:31 AM
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      March 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM
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      June 18, 2016 at 11:54 AM
      1. todocanada (Listing owner)

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        June 21, 2016 at 8:05 AM
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