Weekend Events & Festivals in Calgary: July 20 to 22, 2018
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.
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I. Family & Kids Activities
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, authentic Latin food vendors, the best Latin entertainment from western Canada, international Latin bands, international dance showcase, amazing kids area, beer gardens with our award winning Sangrias, and much more! Details
July 20 to 22, 2018
Calgary Olympic Plaza
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Parks Day & Creekfest
At Parks Day & Creekfest you can have an amazing time learning about protecting our local waterways and provincially protected areas through free interactive games, performances and activities.
Kids will enjoy a variety of interactive games and activities hosted by local community organizations, take part in guided walks of the Bow Valley Ranch, and even learn to juggle with Michelle and Peter, the Juggling Clowns. There will be amazing prizes and many opportunities to support, and learn about, the Friends of Fish Creek. Details
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fish Creek Provincial park – Bow Valley Ranch
Ralph Klein Park Natural Playground Opening
Join us as we celebrate play, community and partnership with the opening of our new Natural Playground in partnership with TD Bank Group. The playground features a climbing wall, hiding areas, zip line and a sandy play area. Family fun music will be provided by Heather Blush & The Uppercuts. Details.
Saturday, July 21 | 12 – 2 PM
Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E., Calgary
Immerse yourselves in live cultural performances and visit family friendly booths with interactive activities. This is an exciting opportunity for friends, families and kids to learn about different cultures while enjoying outdoor activities!
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Eau Claire Market
200 Barclay Parade SW
Presented by Qualex-Landmark PARK POINT. Join them for a screening of Wes Andersens Fantastic Mr. Fox. Details
Friday, July 20 | 9:45 PM – 11:25 PM
Central Memorial Park, 1221 – 2 St SW, Calgary
Read to your Pet Day
Calgary Humane Society invites you to join us for Read to Your Pet Day. The event is about improving children’s confidence and literacy as well as raising awareness on the positive impact pets can have on children. Reading is not only essential to a child’s success but it also has many benefits for an animal. Reading to an animal can help calm and soothe them, especially during times of stress including in a shelter environment. Details
Saturday July 21, 2018 | 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Sandy Beach Park, Calgary
Festivals for a Day Trip
- Langdon Days: July 20 to 22, 2018
- Westerner Days Fair & Exposition: Red Deer: July 18 to 22, 2018
- South Country Fair: Fort McLeod: July 20 to 22, 2018
- Beef & Barley Days: Carstairs: July 20-22, 2018
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
Cineplex family Favourites: Visit participating Cineplex theatres near you on Saturdays at 11:00 AM and watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99.
4. Marsh Dipping: Armed with nets and buckets, prepare to get a bit muddy as we search for and identify the critters who make their home in our wetlands. June 2 – Sept 2 @ Bow Habitat Station, Calgary \ $4 per person – Details
5. Cave and Basin Lantern Tour: Visit the Cave and Basin in Banff National Park after dark with only a lantern for light! Join a small group of visitors to learn more history and tales of the discovery and days of old. June 2 to September 29, 2018 | $10.80/person – Details
6. Junior Fishing Clinic: This 1-hour clinic is perfect for younger kids and a guardian. Together, learn the basics of fishing through hands-on activities in the classroom before practicing your first casts outside at our Trout Pond. June 3 – Sept. 2, 2018 @ Bow Habitat Station
8. Summer Camps
Musical Theatre Camps Ages 7 – 12 on July 16 – 20 , 2018 | Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m @ Bert Church LIVE Theatre
Summer Drama Camps in Calgary: Monday July 2–Friday July 6, 2018, Monday Aug. 20-Friday Aug. 24, 2018, Monday July 9–Friday July 13, 2018 or Monday Aug. 27-Friday Aug. 31, 2018 @ Parkdale Community Centre.
Leighton Art Centre Art & Nature Summer Camps: July 3 to August 24, 2018 @ Leighton Art Centre, 282027 144 St. West, Foothills
KIDS Summer Day Camp — Fun-filled VBS & Activities on July 16 – 20 @ Airdrie Koinonia Christian School
Gleek Out summer camps — July 16-20 (ages 6-8), July 30-August 3 (ages 12-15), August 13-17 (ages 8-10), August 20-24 (ages 10-12) @ Performing Arts Youth Centre, 1371 Hastings Crescent SE, Calgary
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II. Live Music
EDM/Concert Tours/Weekday Concerts
- Shari Chaskin & Jon Day on Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 07:00 PM @ Junction – food. stage . bar.
- Chris Lake on Friday, July 20, 2018 | 9:00 PM @ Local 522 Tavern
- The Lorna MacLachlan Quintet on Friday, July 20, 2018 | 9:00 PM @ Lolitas Lounge
- Ice Cube on Sunday, July 22, 2018 | 8:00 PM @Grey Eagle Event Centre
- Stephen Avenue Walk #IAMDOWNTOWN Stage from Mondays to Saturdays ~ 12:00 PM
- Sunnyside Open Stage Tuesdays on Every Tuesday between June 19th – August 28th | 6:00PM – 9:00PM
- Music in the Plaza on Wednesdays, July 4 – August 29, 2018 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park, Calgary
- McDougall Summer Concert Series on Thursdays, July 19 – Aug. 30, 2018 | 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM @ West Grounds, McDougall Centre, Calgary.
- Music in the Park on Saturday, July 21 | noon – 2 PM @ Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
Alexandra Stan Concert
Music sensation Alexandra Stan comes to Western Canada for the first time performing for a fundraising event here in Calgary.
We will also have a woman speaker, european fashion designer and a local DJ. Details
July 21, 2018 | 7 PM
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Ave SW, Calgary
First annual chamber music festival. Join the Sara(h)’s and friends this summer as we share and celebrate classical music Green Banana Flute Studios style! From unique venues and collaborations to concert etiquette, there is something both conventional and green to sink your teeth into. Featuring guest musicians from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Calgary and more… Don’t miss out – bring your ears to a party or two. Details
July 21, 2018 | 5:00 PM -midnight
Bomber Command Museum of Canada, 1659 21 Ave, Nanton
Join soprano Taryn Plater and tenor Scott Rumble for an enchanting afternoon of opera. Alongside pianist Evan Mounce, these up-and-coming artists will bring life to some of opera’s most passionate and vibrant arias and duets, from La Bohème to The Merry Widow. Details
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 2:00 PM
McDougall United Church, 8516 Athabasca St SE, Calgary
One Big Jam
Come together with some of Calgary’s finest musicians, dancers, and music lovers to weave a mixture of styles into a one-of-a kind experience in this special outdoor edition of One Big JAM. One Big JAM attracts many of Calgary’s finest performers including instrumentalists, singers, emcees, beatboxers, dancers and poets. Details
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Central Memorial Park, Calgary
For events at Nightclubs/19+ Music Events, see under Adult Events/Nightlife
III. Theatre & Performing Arts
Shakespeare by the Bow
Celebrate Alberta’s emerging artists this summer with Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow! Known as Shakespeare’s first comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona tells the tale of friendship between best pals Proteus and Valentine who fall in and out of bromance over and over again. Join us in idyllic Prince’s Island Park for this silly comedy featuring adventure, outlaws, and even a dog! Details
June 29 – August 19, 2018
Prince’s Island Park
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Details
July 17 to 22, 2018
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14 Ave. NW, Calgary
$30 – $150
India Film Festival of Alberta
Going beyond Bollywood, a wide range of films is represented at this year’s festival from various regions of India including: Village Rockstars (Assamese) which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017; Sudani from Nigeria (Malayalam); My Son Is Gay (Tamil); and Mom (Hindi). The featured films deal with issues and themes that are both universal and rooted in Indian culture. Details.
July 20 to 22, 2018
Globe Cinema, 617 8 Avenue SW, Calgary
$12 & up
IV. Sports & Related Events
vs. Montreal Alouettes.
We’re privileged with the loudest and most passionate fans in the CFL and we want to say THANK YOU at our Fan Appreciation game, presented by Purolator. All fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win great prizes throughout the game.
Plus, help tackle hunger! Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations to the game in support of the Calgary Food Bank as part of the Purolator Tackle Hunger program. In return, fans will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Grey Cup.Details
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | Kickoff: 7 P.M.
McMahon Stadium, 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
Millarville Heritage Rodeo
With competitors ranging from southern to central Alberta, the spectators are entertained with two and a half hours of pure rodeo and incredible events that cater to everyone. The community that is created by athletes, locals and people of afar display that the CRA and FCA sanctioned rodeo is much more than a rodeo, but an event that supports education, agricultural heritage, and western contemporary lifestyle.
July 20 to 22, 2018
Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society, 306097 192 Street, Millarville
V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
More To Do
- YYC Free Market (2.0) — A market where the current monetary economic, capitalist and consumer based structures are temporarily turned off. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM @ containR Art Park
- Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays on Every Wednesday between June 20th – August 29th | 7:00PM – 9:00PM @ containR Art Park
- Unveiling Infinity by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on July 17 to 19, 2018 @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
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
July 19 to 22, 2018 | 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Eau Claire Plaza, 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
Enjoy BEST in ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Details
July 20-22, 2018
Festival Grounds Max Bell Centre, Calgary
On the Road, Travel Plein Air Sketching
Document your travels with creative flair! Using a variety of watercolour and ink techniques, learn the secrets of capturing architecture, nature and indoor scenes while you are on the road. This class will focus on a wide range of approaches for quickly capturing the moment with easy-to-transport supplies as well plenty of practical information of what to bring on your adventures!! Details
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Leighton Art Centre
282027 144 St. West
Cyclepalooza is a community-driven, do-it-yourself bicycle festival.
July 13th – July 22nd, 2018
Various Venues, Calgary
Free & Ticketed events
Pizza Demo & Class
Learn how to make delicious traditional Italian pizza, with Soffrito’s. Take part in a hands on cooking class and build your own pizza.
Saturday, July 21, 2018. 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Granary Road, 226066 112 St W, Foothills No. 31
An Edwardian Garden Party
Join us on the Prince House lawn for an Edwardian Garden Party featuring croquet, a live harpist, and a delicious three course dinner.Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume – there will be a prize for best costume! Details
Friday, July 20th , 2018 | 06:15 PM
Heritage Park, Calgary
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.
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Free; Sampler tickets: $1 each
European Classic Car Meet
27th Anniversary of European Classic Car Meet. See over 200 European cars.
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 1o AM to 4 PM
Stanley Park, 4011 1A St. S.W. Calgary.
Festival of Chariots
Ratha Yatra, the Festival of The Chariots, originated thousands of years ago, in Jagannatha Puri in Orissa on the North Eastern coast of India, where it is still observed by the entire population. Over 5 million people attend the event, and it is also celebrated in every town across India. In Calgary, we have been organizing this event for last 13 years and this will be our 14th year of Rath Yatra Festival of Chariots. We will have Live Music, Dance, Drama, Yoga/Meditation, Gift & Boutique, Kid’s Booth, FREE Veggie Feast, FREE Vegan Feast & More !Details
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 11 AM to 05:00 PM
Shaw Millennium Park, Calgary
Taste of the Caribbean
A family friendly daytime event featuring Food, Music and Art from different region of the caribbean. Finale will be a Comedy show featuring Calgary’s own SARGE Aka Gyal Idiot and the KING of Caribbean Comedy MAJAH HYPE along with his many cast of characters.Details
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM to 02:00 AM
Winston Heights Community Association – 520 27 Avenue N.E, Calgary
$5 to $50
Tigerstedt Flea Market
Lots of great local artists and entrepreneurs. Try out some new food, have a bounce in the bouncy castle and meet some great people!
Sunday, July 22, 2018 | 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Parking lot, 922 Centre Street N, Calgary
Exhibitions & Ongoing Markets
- Bison bison bison: Experience the perspectives of sixteen local artists as they portray this impressive creature in many styles and in pieces large and small! June 16 – September 23, 2018 @ Leighton Art Centre Details
- East Village Junction Pop Up Retail Park: East Village Junction offers lots to love, all summer long: retail therapy, workshops, music, art, and YYC Food Trucks. In the comfortable central courtyard, you can sit, savour and shoot the breeze with friends. Pop by often! Fridays to Sundays & Holiday Mondays from May 18 to September 3, 2018 Details
For free family weekend activities in Calgary see, Free Activities in Calgary
We do try to make the listings as accurate as possible, but there may be oversight errors or events may get postponed/cancelled without notice. Verify all details from concerned Event Websites/officials before travelling.