Heritage Day Long Weekend Events include Inglewood Sunfest, Heritage Day Celebrations at Heritage Park, Fort Calgary, Calgary International Blues Festival, Chasing Summer Music Festival, Calgary Fringe Festival, Historic Week Celebrations and more!
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I. Family Fun Activities
Inglewood SunfestAt 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.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Mainstreet Inglewood, 9 Ave SE – From 11th St to 14th St, Calgary
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Days of Yore
Two days, dozens of historical reenactors, sword fights, big cannons, and live combat!STEP BACK IN TIME and visit with costumed (and sometimes armed) performers representing 9th C Scandinavia, 11th Century England, 18th Century Scotland, 18th Century England, 19th Century Canada, and 20th Century Germany.
August 3 & 4, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hwy 582, East entrance to Didsbury
Free to $6.00
Annual Heritage Day Festival
Come for 6 hours of multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts. Explore the artisan booths, get face painted into a lion, frolic in the water, try a new dish, or simply soak up the sun in front of the stage and enjoy the folk performances.
Monday, August 5 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
228 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Heritage Day at Fort Calgary
Come join us to celebrate where Calgary began at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers! Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities including Interactive children’s crafts, Indigenous artisan booths Artifact table and scavenger hunt, Indigenous workshops and tours, Mountie uniform try-on and historical carpentry demonstrations, Cultural heritage films, Food trucks and more!
Monday, August 5, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fort Calgary, 750 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Tour de Bowness Street Festival
Enjoy local musicians playing toe tapping tunes on our Tim Hortons (TimWest Group) stage and bring the little ones for the 88.9 Shine FM Kids Zone. Over 80 independent artisan vendors will be showcasing their products and services along with yummy food trucks and entertaining street performers.
Monday, August 5 | 11 AM – 4 PM
6433A Bowness Rd. NW, Calgary
Do more than celebrate Alberta’s heritage this Heritage Day, live it at Heritage Park! Join us for an 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, take a spin on the antique midway, or tour the park on an authentic steam train. Play old-fashioned games, train to be a voyageur and march with the Mounties!
Monday, August 5, 2019 |10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Heritage park Historical Village, Calgary
Monday Mornings on the Moyie
Take in a spectacular view with a continental breakfast on the S.S. Moyie dock, then set sail on the first cruise of the day.
Mondays, May 20 – September 2, 2019 | 9:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Heritage Park Historic Village, Calgary
Children (ages 3 – 11): $11.95
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II. Live Music
FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS
- Stephen Avenue Live on Monday to Friday between 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM @ sic stages along Sephen Avenue
- Sunnyside Open Stage Tuesdays: Every Tuesday between June 4th – August 20th | 6:00PM – 9:00PM @ containR Art Park, 1020 2nd Ave NW, Calgary
- Music in the Plaza – on Wednesdays | 6:00 PM @ Heritage Town Square
- Saturdays in C-Square — Klezmer in the Square with Schmenge and The Calgary Musicscapes Band on August 3 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM @ outdoor stage is located at 4 Street and 7 Avenue SE., Calgary
Music in the Park @ Central Memorial Park, 1221 2 St. S.W.
Matt Masters — Monday, July 29 | 12 – 1 pm
Harp Angel Trio — Tuesday, July 30 | 12 – 1 pm
Aimee-Jo Benoit — Wednesday, July 31 | 12 – 1 pm:
Canadian Chinese Orchestra — Thursday, August 1 | 12 – 1 pm
Calgary Wind Symphony — Friday, August 2 | 12 – 1 pm
Calgary International Blues Festival
The 15th Annual Calgary International Blues Festival, brings you the best in Blues! A week filled with workshops, special events and concerts culminates in 4 days & nights of non-stop music on MainStage, followed by our famous Twilight Blues dance parties!
July 29 to August 4, 2019
Shaw Millennium Park and other venues Calgary
$35 & up
Chasing Summer Festival
The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, W&W, and Slushii, Above & Beyond, Alesso, KSHMR, and Matoma, Infected, Mushroom, K?D, Slynk, CID, Kris Kaiden, and Khanvict, Vanic, Jonas Blue, Two Friends, Paz, Shlump, Lick, and Sodown Elephante, Justin Caruso, Lost Kings, and Spencer Brown
Saturday & Sunday, August 3 to 4, 2019 | 1 PM to 11 PM
Max Bell Centre Grounds, 1001 Barlow Trail SE, Calgary
$109.95 & up
Canmore Folk Festival
Over the Heritage Day long weekend in August, Canmore’s Centennial Park becomes the heart of a community, a heart that beats with 30 or more artists on four stages, fueled by unique food vendors, and inspired by talented artisans.
August 3, 4 & 5, 2019
Centennial Park, downtown Canmore
$30 & up
Major Minor Fest
An awesome afternoon of music and fun… for free! Headlining this fine event is My Son The Hurricane – a 14 piece party band from Ontario. Also performing on this amazing day will be Little Nerves, Wyatt Louis Band, Marcus Trummer Band, 3rd Generation, Gratuitous Platypus, Exit Division, Emily Ripley.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 1 PM – 7 PM
Ship & Anchor Pub, 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
With powerful vocals, a lovable stage presence, and a soulful sound coupled with his tireless work ethic, ambition, and determination, Don has earned the respect of the Canadian Music industry.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 7 PM
Gallery House Concerts Society
64 Av & 14 St NW, Calgary
Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist, James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world to create an immersive experience designed to transcend time, relax, soothe, and also stimulate your mind and senses…
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM & 08:30 PM
TELUS Spark, 220 St Georges Dr NE, Calgary
$15 to $65
Crimson String Quartet
Known for their exciting stage presence and cohesive sound, Saskatchewan-based Crimson String Quartet (Audrey Sproule and Alvin Tran, violins; Laurence Schaufele, viola; Alyssa Ramsay, cello) is one of Canada’s most exciting young ensembles. Formed in 2010 at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, the Crimson String Quartet is dedicated to bringing chamber music to the masses.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM & 08:30 PM
Joyful Java Community Cafe, 4039 Brentwood Rd NW, calgary
$10 to $20
III. Theatre & Performing Arts
- Theatre Guide
- Salsa On The Street on Fridays, July 5, 12, 26, August 2, 9, 23, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ 100 Stephen Ave SE, Calgary
Shakespeare by the Bow
Celebrate Alberta’s emerging artists this summer with Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow! 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 us in Prince’s Island Park for this thrilling chase of love, identity and confusion.
June 27 – August 18, 2019
Prince’s Island Park, Eau Claire Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Calgary Fringe Festival
There’s comedy, drama, improv, dance, music, magic and more. Intricate ensemble casts, dynamic duos and breathless solo performances. Quirky romps, fantasy masterpieces, moving vignettes and dark real-life tales. A mix of young emerging artists alongside seasoned pros. With nine days, 28 outstanding shows, multiple venues, a free late night cabaret and the great Inglewood community to explore, there’s a lot love about this year’s Calgary Fringe.
August 2 to 10, 2019
Various Venues, Calgary
Cage Match Improv
Three improv teams go head-to-head in an intergalactic battle for your starry-eyed love – but only one can win! Your votes will rocket the victor on to the next day – leaving the other teams behind in their stardust.
August 2 to 10, 2019 | 8:00 PM
Alexandra Centre Society
922 – 9 Ave SE, Calgary
$15+ Fringe fees
Legends of Country
Fresh off the success of Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll and due to popular demand, Stage West presents Legends of Country! The quintessentially rural sound of the American south has roots reaching back as far as the 1920s, having been officially recognized by the US Congress as being “born” in Bristol, Tennessee.
June 28 – September 1, 2019
Stage West Theatre Restaurants, 727 – 42 Avenue SE
$75.60 to $129.50
IV. Sports & Related Events
The Strathmore Stampede is an outdoor event that includes Rodeo, Chuckwagon, and our signature Running with the Bulls event.
The Strathmore & District Agricultural Society, is proud to present the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride this year. We also have entertainment acts, a midway, and a Tradeshow! Our entertainment acts run all day long on our Heritage Stage.
August 2 – 5, 2019
Strathmore Stampede Grounds
33 Wheatland Trail, Strathmore
Join us on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. for a heated division rivalry matchup with the Edmonton Eskimos, presented by Kal Tire. Plus, don’t miss the pre-game multicultural food fest at the Gridiron Gardens starting at 2 p.m. where you will find a variety of food trucks, music and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy your summer staycation with the Stamps during Heritage Day Weekend! Details
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 5 PM
McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
$36.50 & up
Tour de Bowness
This year marks our 17th 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 Mackay Road 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
August 3 to 5, 2019
Sat — Horse Creek (Cochrane)
Sun — Mackay Road NW, Calgary
Mon — Bowness
Free – Spectators
Canadian Rockies Rodeo North
Come Experience Gay Rodeo !! Back to the Dirt, Back to the Party ! This is the 1st rodeo for Canadian Rockies Gay Rodeo Association and the 500th Sanctioned rodeo for the International Gay Rodeo Association. Both men and women compete in all 12 Rodeo events including Rough Stock, Roping, Horse events and special Camp Events seen only in Gay Rodeo. Also included is a Rodeo School on Friday with Rodeos on Saturday and Sunday.
August 2 to 4, 2019
Nutrien Western Event Centre, 1014 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
$15 & up
V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
Captain’s Cruises Calgary
Set sail for a scenic summer cruise on Calgary’s only paddlewheel boat and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Glenmore Reservoir & the majestic Rocky Mountains. Aboard the S.S. Moyie Captain’s Cruise you’ll enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres with a selection of beer & wines while listening to a live jazz band.
Thursdays, July 18 – August 29 | 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler, Heritage Park Village, Calgary
$74.95 + GST per person.
Okotoks Night Market
Each year we host local artisans, businesses, entertainment and food trucks. Our event supports live local music talent and we have even added a beer gardens this year. Our Summer Night Markets are fun for all ages! Bring your friends and family down for a fun evening in the park and enjoy everything we have to offer!
Thursday, August 1, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Ethel tucker Park, 15 Riverside Dr, Okotoks
Historic Calgary Week
With over 100 events, this will be the largest, most fun-filled HCW ever. Learn about the history of Calgary’s ghost signs and experience our haunted haunts. Playgrounds, Parks, Polo, Peonies, Pride, and Planetariums are just a few of our Pioneers’ Passions. Behind all this fun are the stories of the people that made Calgary and region their home over the centuries.
July 26-August 5, 2019
Various Venues, Calgary
Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic Show
The Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic Show is one of the largest outdoor dog shows in Canada. More than 800 canines and their human companions will be competing each day at the Summer Classic in junior handling, obedience trials, rally obedience trials, agility, scent hurdling, and the coveted Best in Show in conformation.
August 2 to 5, 2019
18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
The Floating Lantern Ceremony
Join other Calgarians, and people around the world, in lighting a lantern for peace.
Join us as we commemorate the 226,000 lives lost in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and take a stand for peace. We’ll release hundreds of lanterns on the pool at Olympic Plaza in solidarity with people participating in similar events in cities around the world.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Free, Lanterns are available for rent by donation
East Village Hive Tour
Learn all about urban beekeeping with MOB HONEY’s workshops at The Hive at East Village. You’ll get a tour of the five beehives behind the EV Experience Centre and get up close and personal with thousands of honey bees who live there!
Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM & 1:00 PM to 03:00 PM
East Village Experience Centre, 553 Riverfront Ave SE, Calgary
Free RESP Information Session
A Free Information session providing insight into Registered Education Savings Plan(RESPs) and (CESG) Government Grants.
Sunday August 4th, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Downtown Central Library, 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Apocalypse 2019: Spaghetti Western Rally
The Apocalypse Scooter Club presents it’s 14th rally; a Spaghetti Western style rally combining Italian scooters and the Old West. The rally will focus on the Old West as seen through the lens of Sergio Leone; costumes and Western activities like ridin’ and shootin’.
We’ll eat Italian and BBQ. We’ll shoot guns, ride horses (or scooters depending on what you own) and even wear a poncho.
August 2 to 5, 2019
The Cat ‘N Fiddle Pub, 540 16 Ave NW, Calgary
$20 & up
Heritage Day Tea
Celebrate Heritage Day with this elegant afternoon tea service on the verandah of the Famous 5 Centre.
Monday, August 5 | Sittings at 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:15 PM, 1:45 PM, 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM
Heritage Park Historical Village, Calgary
$22.95 + GST per adult
$15.95 + GST per child (under 12)
Social Justice Drag Show
We have a great line-up of outstanding performances by some of Calgarys top drag performer’s. Hosting is none other than Angelina Starchild! Performances by Mr and Miss Electric Stage Series, Miss Cordella Shyne and Mr Shane Onyou! Also presenting the incredible talents of Sass Quo, Herpes Lamar, Argintina Hailey and more!
Saturday August 3, 2019 | 9:00 PM
121 17 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Market Collective Summer Takeover
Come one, come all, come the whole summer long! Attendees can expect to see local artisans, food trucks, art installations, DJs, and musicians.
Fridays to Sundays | June to August, 2019
St. Louis Hotel, 430 8 Ave SE, Calgary
The Ocean Inside
The Ocean Inside is an installation based on the artist’s first-hand experience of witnessing the devastating effects of climate change and other human-made environmental stresses on the coral reefs. Her interest in natural history and concern for the environment was fostered by growing up in the Carribbean during the 70’s and returning in recent years, observing both the beauty of the coral reefs and their current demise as a result of the ocean’s changing chemistry.
August 2 – September 13, 2019 @ EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, 2005 10 Ave SW, Calgary
Mackenzie Kelly-Frére’s woven cloth boarders on the intersection of natural phenomena and cultivated landscapes. Rooted in contemplative approach to cloth construction, Mackenzie uses compositional strategies based on random numerical sequences, measurements taken from his body and antique winding tools made irregular with time and wear.
July 11 – August 24, 2019 @ Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, King Edward, Calgary
Quiet Beauty: Scenes of Wild Alberta
Exquisite jewellery channeling the naturalist movement of Art Nouveau through scenes of the wild Alberta landscape. Stephanie brings her pieces to life using rich coloured metals and unique gemstones.
July 6 – August 31, 2019 @ The Blackboard Gallery, 1721 29th Avenue Southwest, Calgary
From quirky self-portraits to special memories of loved ones and iconic personalities, this exhibition is as diverse as each person or place that is depicted. Portraits features the work of 33 fine craft artists from across Canada who explore issues around love, acceptance, mental health, self-expression, to that of the environment, of death, and celebrating life and all that it holds.
June 1 – August 24, 2019 @ Alberta Craft Gallery Calgary
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