SUMMER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES – 2018
Pops in the Park | Heritage Park
Each June, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the arrival of warmer weather with an outdoor concert. Listen to pop and classical music performed by CPO musicians inside Heritage Park’s event tent while you picnic on western barbecue. The performances will be led by resident conductor Karl Hirzer.
Parkland Summerfest | 14660 Parkland Boulevard SE
Celebrate the official beginning of summer with live music – Loverboy, great food and entertainment for people of all ages.
JUNE 29 – AUGUST 29
Shakespeare by the Bow | Prince’s Island Park
Every summer, one of The Bard’s famous plays is staged outdoors in Prince’s Island Park during Shakespeare By the Bow. Last year, Theatre Calgary performed Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, and will continue the comedic trend this year with The Two Gentlemen of Verona. In the pay-what-you-can production, up-and-coming Alberta artists take on the comedy’s portrayal of Proteus and Valentine’s tumultuous friendship.
Canada Day | Various Calgary Locations
Join Canada’s 151st birthday celebrations taking place across downtown. We have planned many fun, family-friendly and free events filled with music, dance, art and culture. The entertaining Indigenous Showcase is back on Prince’s Island Park, we have a ‘One City, One Voice’ community sing-a-long at Olympic Plaza, food trucks along Riverfront Avenue, a military showcase, Francophonie celebrations of food and music, a street fair in the East Village and a multicultural celebration in Eau Claire to name a few. Don’t forget that entrance to the National Music Centre is free on Canada Day, thanks to the support of Bell. As always, the evening will close with some great bands on the Riverfront Stage and our fireworks spectacular at 11 p.m.
JULY 4 – 8
Spruce Meadows North American 2018 | Spruce Meadows
The “North American” Tournament hosts the best show jumping athletes and horses from throughout the Americas. Come honour our Canadian Military and enjoy Shopping, Pony Rides, Face Paintingm, Wagon Rides and the family favourite Prairie Dogs.
JULY 6 – 15
Calgary Stampede | Stampede Park
Calgary Stampede: Saddle up your horses for rodeo, Saddledome and Coca- Cola stage concerts, events at the BMO Centre, and more at the park grounds. Sheryl Crow, Our Lady Peace, Billy Talent among 50 artists at Stampede Coca-Cola Stage this year.
Blue Rodeo | Big Four, The Roadhouse
With a career spanning three decades, Blue Rodeo has been honoured with induction in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, a Governor Generals Performing Arts Award, the Order of Canada, #1 chart hits, 11 Juno Awards and more than four million records sold. Their timeless songs include Hasnt Hit Me Yet, 5 Days in May, Try, Bad Timing, Lost Together and Til I Am Myself Again. Boasting a catalogue of 14 studio albums, the bands latest recording 1000 Arms enjoyed top-10 status on the Billboard charts, and sees Blue Rodeo continue the steadfast tradition of definition on their own terms.
Ensuring a unique music experience for concert attendees, Colter Wall, Whitehorse, Lindi Ortega and Mike Plume join Blue Rodeo to share the stage. With both critical acclaim and public recognition, this line-up of artists includes Juno and Canadian Country Music Association award wins, Polaris Music Prize shortlist nominations, chart-topping recordings, Grand Ole Opry performances and features in publications including Rolling Stone and The New Yorker.
Tickets include admission to the Calgary Stampede on the day of the concert and are available at Ticketmaster.
Oxford Stomp | Shaw Millennium Park
Get ready to dance the night away at this annual outdoor music festival held during the Calgary Stampede. Now in its 30th year, Oxford Stomp will take place at Shaw Millennium Park this year and the impressive lineup of performers includes Melissa Etheridge, John Fogerty, Barney Bentall and Skydiggers. It’s not just a big party though — Oxford Stomp also raises money for the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre.
JULY 27 – 30
Calgary Folk Music Festival | Prince’s Island Park
The Calgary Folk Music Festival brings together 16 countries on 8 different stages. If that’s not cool enough for you, City and Color will be performing this year, on top of all the other amazing artists from around the world.
JULY 27 – AUGUST 6
Historic Calgary Week | Various Calgary Locations
Historic Calgary Week takes place at many different historical sites around the city and has a variety of activities including; walking tours, cycling tours, family fun events and much more.
JULY 29 & 30
Pet-A-Palooza | 200 Barclay Parade SW
We promise, this is just as cute as it sounds. Pet-A-Palooza is the west’s largest outdoor pet festival. Events include dog races, agility demos, and photo lounges. Did we mention admission is free?
JULY 30 – AUGUST 5
Calgary International Blues Festival | Various Locations in Calgary
The 14th annual Calgary International Blues Festival is basically a week-long music party. Along with music performances by artists such as BB King’s Blues Band, Jim Byrne and Sue Foley, this year’s festival features a blues guitar workshop, talks and a dance party at the Kerby Centre. Don’t miss out on any of the music magic from July 30 to August 5.
AUGUST 3 – 11
Calgary Fringe Festival | Various Venues
Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals. The first Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947. Enjoy uncensored unexpected, unforgettable theatre. Bringing 30+ bold theatre artists to Calgary.
AUGUST 4 – 6
Canmore Folk Festival | Centennial Park, Canmore
The festival features 30+ individual acts or performers, family-friendly site, a free downtown concert on festival Friday evening, a kids’ area jammed with crafts, puppets, music, storytelling and a climbing wall. Surrounded on all sides by the majestic Rocky Mountains, the backdrop of breathtaking scenery merely enhances the incredible music pouring forth from four stages all weekend long.
Inglewood Sunfest | Mainstreet Inglewood
A feisty summer festival in one of Calgary’s trendiest neighbourhoods. 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 tendy fashion; there is no shortage of things happening.
AUGUST 9 – 12
Taste of Calgary | Eau Claire Festival Plaza
Stuff your face at the 22nd annual Taste of Calgary. With $1 tasting tickets in hand, attendees make their way around the Eau Claire Festival Plaza to try bites of food from dozens of local restaurants. The weekend food festival also features live music performances and a beer garden.
AUGUST 11 – 12
Calgary Spartan Race | Wild Rose MX Park
Time to drop the training wheels and graduate to the Spartan Race. Find out what you are physically and mentally capable of and have fun while doing it. Not only will you be running, climbing and crawling across some of the most corgeous terrain in the world, but you’ll also get to splash through mud, tackle many unique and challengeing obstacles, test your overall strength, balance, mental tenacity and endurance and finish with a fiery leap of victory!
AUGUST 11 – 12
Calgary Dragon Boat Festival | North Glenmore Park
Calgary’s premier water sport festival. The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival is geared towards creating an unforgettable experience. The dragon boat competition illustrates comradery, sportsmanship, dedication and team spirit.
Marda Gras Street Festival | 33rd and 34th Avenue
Marda Gras is a FREE family-friendly event celbrated on the streets of Marda Loop. This is the festival’s 34th year – come enjoy live music, dance and cultural performances, a fun kids area, unique shopping and lots of great food!
AUGUST 16 – 25
GlobalFest | Elliston Park
This festival of colour, music and rhythm has become a Calgary summer tradition. During the course of the festival there are five impressive fireworks shows, where fireworks are synchronized to music and sound effects. This year, the shows are by teams representing the Ukraine, Spain, the Philippines, China and Canada. Before the show, explore the cultural pavilions and night market at the OneWorld Festival, where some of the different cultural groups in Calgary showcase their heritage through food, music and more.
AUGUST 18 – 20
Country Thunder Music Festival | Prairie Winds Park
Enjoy three days filled with epic country music! The line up includes Eric Churce, Toby Keith and Dierks Bentley, Dean Brody, Midland and many more!
Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope | North Glenmore Park
The Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope is the single most powerful awareness and fundraising initiative in Canada Dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer. This annuall family-friendly event is held annually and organized by more than 45 communities.
Avenue Dinner Series | Rouge
Avenue’s Dinner Series is a custom, multi-course meal at some of our Best Restaurants of the year.
The series takes us to Rouge where we tour the garden and then sit down to a meal made with ingredients from that garden. Rouge is consistently one of the best and most interesting restaurants to dine at in Calgary, in part because it plays with the idea of fine French dining. It’s special event menus are particularly delicious and we can’t wait to taste what chef Paul Rogalski cooks up for us.
SEPTEMBER 19 – 23
Beakerhead | Various Venues
A five-day smash-up or art, science and engineering. Beakerhead brings people together at the crossroads of art, science and engineering. Year-round programing culminates in a five-day citywide spectacle with more than 60 events centred around the delightfully bizarre engineered installations and artworks.