Celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday with fun events and activities.
Though many events and celebrations have moved online, there are still some in-person events this Canada Day in Calgary.
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Official Canada Day Celebrations
2020 Canada Day Celebrations By City of Calgary
City of Calgary will be celebrating 2020 Canada day virtually this year. On July 1st we invite Calgarians to watch the premiere of our virtual Canada Day concert featuring Canadian country music star and humanitarian Paul Brandt with local musicians neo-soul singer Lynn Olagundoye, Alberta roots singer-songwriter T Buckley, indie folk-rocker Chad Van Gaalen, and Metis/Cree blues-rock artist Bebe Buckskin. Details
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 5:00 – 11:00 PM
2020 Canada Day Celebrations – From Ottawa
The Canada Day Daytime Show brings you a virtual tour of the festivities. Join Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord on a trip to meet talented artists from Yellowknife, Calgary, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Montréal, Québec City and Moncton. Details
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | Whole day
2020 Canada Day Celebrations – Airdrie
Instead of going virtual, we decided to keep it personal, and we’re bringing the festivities right to your neighbourhood. Together, but safely apart, join Mayor Brown in this year’s Airdrie Canada Day Home Decorating Contest, proudly presented by Davis Chevrolet, by decorating your residence for all to see.
Airdronians will also have access to the interactive map below to plan their own routes to check out the competition around the city. Think of it like a reverse parade- Grab some snacks and cruise by homes to have a parade of your own, while upholding social distancing standards.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 10 AM – 2 PM (Whole day)
Celebration of Citizenship
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship, the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and MaRS have partnered to host Canada’s first cross-country virtual citizenship ceremony! The ceremony, taking place on July 1, will be a celebration of Canadian resilience and unity, and an opportunity for all Canadians to come together to celebrate and welcome our newest citizens. Details
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 12:00 PM
Canada Day Fireworks
FIRE ON THE LAKE – Western Canada’s Largest Canada Day Fireworks CelebrationHECKYA.CA and our partners at GlobalFest are proud to present: FIRE ON THE LAKE – Western Canada’s Largest Canada Day Fireworks Show. This will be presented in the beautiful community Lakewood of Strathmore, where “Life on the Lake has never been so attainable”. Our #GlobalFest fireworks will be shot high in the sky for all of Strathmore, Wheatland County this Canada Day! Event is streamed live for all others. Details
JULY 1, 2020 | 11:30 PM
Lakewood Mews, Strathmore (for others from home)
Virtual Fireworks From Ottawa
The evening show traditionally ends with a large fireworks display over Parliament Hill, but instead the online version will have the greatest hits montage. Details
Wednesday, July 1 | 10 PM
This exciting entertainment concept gives concert-goers a safe new way to experience live music, utilizing hotel rooms with balconies overlooking centralized pool deck, atrium or courtyards, where hotel guests can enjoy live entertainment from the comfort of their own private balcony and then stay the night.
The Hotels Live concert series launches on July 1st with a special Canada Day Concert featuring The HIP Experience – The Tragically Hip Tribute. The HIP Experience was formed with one goal in mind, to establish the Nation’s best Tragically Hip show, period. Details
July 1st, 2020 | 7:00 PM to 11:00 AM
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Calgary Downtown, 8 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
YYC Food Trucks Drive Thru – Canada Day
YYC Food Trucks will be at Spruce Meadows on Canada Day with a delicious physical distancing food “fest”. Details
Wednesday, July 1 | 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Spruce Meadows & Grey Eagle Casino, Calgary
Canada Day is always a day to be celebrated, Covid or No Covid! At the Ironwood Stage & Grill that’s just what we’re gonna do, and we can’t think of a better band to do it with than the high energy, fun-loving Nova Scotiables. Details
July 1 | 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Canada Day at King Eddy
Enjoy live music at King Eddy. Artists: Timothonius Alai, Jory Kinjo, Mariya Stokes, Wyatt C. Louis
Wednesday, July 1 | 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
King Eddy, 438 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Canada Day Run
Participants are encouraged to run, walk, or roll. All participants will receive a free Maple Leaf Face Covering. Details
Wednesday, July 1 | Anytime
Where ever you are – location of your choosing
$35 per participant
Virtual Parties & Events
World premiere of Vivian Fung’s Prayer
The world premiere of JUNO Award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung’s Prayer will premiere on CBC Music on Canada Day. Details
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 7:00 AM ET
Canada Day House Party
Canadian DJ Skratch Bastid will host the first ever virtual Canada Day House Party, featuring a diverse, all-Canadian line-up with acts like Sam Roberts Band, Cadence Weapon, Dean Brody, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Tobi and more! The virtual event will be in benefit of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Details
Wednesday July 1, 2020 | 1 PM
Romeo & Juliet – Shakespeare by the Bow
It is love at first sight for Romeo and Juliet, two teens from rival families. As their courtship blossoms, one of the greatest love stories of all time unfolds. Watch Shakespeare’s classic story of star-crossed lovers from the comfort of your home, as Alberta’s emerging artists take on this universally accessible love story, and stay true to the heart of the play, while acknowledging the times we find ourselves in. Details
Wednesday, July 1 | 7:00 PM
More Things to Do on Canada Day
- Visit Calgary attractions that are open.
- Calgary Tower
- Calgary Zoo
- Heritage Park +Gasoline Alley Museum
- Military Museums
- The Hangar Flight Museum (formerly Aerospace Museum)
- Heritage Park
- Skyline Luge
- Chinook Honey Company & Chinook Arch Meadery
- Calgary Farmyard
- Cobbs Corn Maze
- Butterfield Acres Calgary
- Lougheed House Gardens
- Reader Rock Garden
- Visit indoor amusement centres, climbing centres or mini-golf.
- Have a picnic at your favourite park.Get splendid picnic baskets from River Cafe.
- Take a Canada Day picture from Scenic Lookouts in Calgary
- Go Birding
- Rediscover Calgary’s hiking trails.
- Go on a day trip
- OR Choose from any of the activities from this list.
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