Events in Calgary: July 21 to 23, 2017

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I. Family & Kids Activities

1. Milky Way Nights


You are invited to join our researchers to observe the dark night sky and gaze at the Milky Way for three evenings in July. The dark sky conditions are perfect for viewing planetary nebula, globular clusters and distant galaxies. Saturn and Jupiter will all be visible for a spectacular display. Each evening we will offer a sky tour outside on our viewing terrace and point out some of the highlights of the summer sky. Details

July 20, 21, 22, 2017 | 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, Priddis

By donation

2. Chestermere Water Festival

The day begins at 9 a.m. for the wakeboard completion at Chestermere Lake. Kids activities (including the very popular tug of war competition), Market in the Park and food vendors open at 11 a.m. Lake tours, and the Beer Gardens open at 12. Followed by the popular Summer Music Showcase at 1 p.m., including this year’s headliner Kirby Sewell Band at 9 p.m. Fireworks over the lake will end the day. Details

Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 09:00 AM – 11:00 PM

John Peake Park, 100 John Morris Way, Chestermere


3. BridgeFest

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth invites you to come celebrate diversity in Calgary at BridgeFest! Immerse yourself in live cultural performances, engage in crafts and interactive booths, and learn about organizations that support families across the city. This is a great opportunity for families and friends to explore resilient communities who contribute to the diversity of Calgary’s landscape. Details

July 22, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW #202, Calgary

$5 wristband for henna, face painting and bouncy castle

II. Live Music

1. Big Dave Maclean

Faded but Not Gone, nomination for Acoustic Album of the Year at the Blues Blast Awards (held yearly in Illinois), is Big Dave McLean’s seventh – and quite possibly – best album of this JUNO Award and Western Canadian Music Award winner’s lengthy career. Recorded while he was still trying to absorb the deaths of his mother and brother, Faded but Not Gone is a vital, deeply heartfelt expression of loss and recovery and McLean’s most personal album to date. Details

Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Gallery House Concerts Society, 64 Ave & 14 st NW, Calgary


2. Chestermere Music Fest

Headliner, and Canadian Country Music Artist of the Year Nominee Tim Hicks will bring his high energy performance to the stage. Supporting bands are River Town Saints, Drew Gregory, Matt Blais and Chillbilly! Details

Friday, July 21, 2017 | Gates Open at 4:00 PM

Chestermere Rec. Center
201 W. Chestermere, Drive


3. Stephen Avenue Summer Stage

The Stephen Avenue Summer Stage is programmed June through September each summer and offers a variety of different music. Previous acts have included rock bands, pop acts, dance troupes and belly dancers, just to name a few! Details

David Gogo (Monday Blues) – July 17 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Suzanne de Bussac – July 18 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Aaron Pollock – July 19 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Global Fest Collaboration |July 20 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
DJ Tom Mannix – July 22 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Centre Street and 1st Street SE by the Telus Convention Centre


III. Theatre & Performing Arts

1. Shakespeare by the Bow 2017

This summer, follow our brave heroine Rosalind, and her cousin Celia, as they escape the rigid rules of court life for the wilds and freedom of the Forest of Arden. Here, they will fall in and out of love, encounter one of Shakespeare’s greatest fools, and discover the value of true friendship.

June 20 – August 27, 2017

Prince’s Island Park, Calgary



Dancers’ Studio West is proud to present its 2017 Dance Action Lab.The Dance Action Lab focuses on choreographic responsiveness and productivity, accelerated mentorship, sustained professional experiences, and artistic fluency. The culmination of this process is formal performances choreographed in a pre-assigned theme. This year’s theme is “Metamorphosis.” Details

July 20 to 22, 2017

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 – 12 Avenue SE, Calgary

$24.00 – $28.00

3. Conlanging

Join us for the world premiere of the feature documentary Conlanging: The Art of Crafting Tongues. Profits from the screening will be donated to endangered language and conlanging causes. The director, production team members and many conlangers featured in the film will be present, and there’ll be a Q&A and a party after the film!

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 | 7:30 PM

The Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd NW., Calgary


IV. Sport

1. Calgary Stampeders

Put on your favourite red Stampeders gear and rock out to a live band on the field at halftime as the Stamps host the Riders at McMahon. Plus, be sure to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation to the game in support of the Purolator Tackle Hunger program. vs Saskatchewan Roughriders Details

Saturday, July 22, 2017 | Kickoff at 7:00PM

McMahon Stadium
1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary


2. Slam Festival

The Alberta River Surfing Association and Surf Anywhere are throwing the very first North American Championships in river surfing. To do so we have worked with Quiksilver and other partners to prepare a nine day schedule of events celebrating inland surfing lifestyle. The event offers much more than elite performance and prize money it is about celebrating the roots of the river surfing community. Details

July 15 to 22, 2017

Various Venues, Calgary Area

Varies (Spectators are free for some events)

V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events


1. Fiestaval Latin Festival

Fiestaval is a free and family-oriented, multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting the Latin American Culture – 3 days of fun in the sun, hundreds of performers, over 18 authentic Latin food vendors, the best Latin entertainment from western Canada, 8 international Latin bands, international dance showcase, amazing kids area, beer gardens with our award winning Sangrias, and much more! Details

Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary


2. Taste of Okotoks

Experience all the delicious food and drink this part of the world has to offer! Perfect for foodies and anyone who likes to ‘nom nom’! This pedestrian-friendly event boasts live music, great food from local restaurants, boutique shopping and a street market featuring a wide array of local artisan wares from MarketSquare. Details

Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Downtown Okotoks

Free Admission

3. Cyclepalooza

Cyclepalooza is a community-driven, do-it-yourself bicycle festival. Details

July 14 to 23, 2017

Various Venues, Calgary

Free & Ticketed events

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Call of the Wetland: Volunteer to help monitor amphibian species in Calgary storm water ponds and wetlands.

Coffee and Lunch Bike Tour: Bike tour in Calgary’s downtown neighbourhoods, with a coffee flair! June 20 to August 29, 2017

Greenway150 Summer Challenge: Parks Foundation Calgary is launching a “Summer Challenge” encouraging Calgarians to run, bike, walk or rollerblade 150km over the course of summer.

Nominate a Calgary and area Senior for The Top 7 Over 70 Award before August 14, 2017.

4.Tam-Tams & Prop Jam

Le Cirque de la Nuit, Body Art Motion & Sangha Festival invite you to join us for an exhilarating community activation focused on participation, co-creation and expression! This FREE one day event is open to people of all ages and will feature a multitude of activities, performances and workshops. – International Drum Circle – Community Prop Jam – Morning Yoga in the Park – Circus Arts Workshops – Local Artisan Market – Food Trucks – Aerial Demonstrations – Dance Performances – Live DJ’s & Dancing. Details

Sunday, July 23, 2017 | 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Riley Park – 800 12 St NW, Calgary


5. Exhibitions

Utopia Factory:

Utopia Factory is a suite of three exhibitions exploring architectural monuments and the urban fabric in the formation of national and civic identity. Details

May 4 – July 30, 2017
WED – SUN | 12-6PM @ Contemporary Calgary, 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary

Citizens of Craft:

The Citizens of Craft exhibition features exceptional work by 15 ACC professional members. Details

June 24, 2017 – September 23, 2017
Wednesday – Thursday 12:00 PM to 6 PM @ cSPACE King Edward


Farmers’ Markets in & around Calgary

The Market on Stephen Avenue: Tuesdays, May 2 to September 5, 2017

Triwood Farmers’ Market: Tuesdays, June to August, 2017

Davisburg Farmers Market: June 28-Aug 30, 2017.Wednesdays 4:30-7:30pm @ Davisburg Community Hall

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