Things We Love to Do in Calgary
We don’t just work here, we live and play here, too. These are some of our favourite spots you won’t want to miss while you’re in town. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions as well as a couple of little gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.
The world-renowned 10-day Stampede is something to behold, but the Calgary Stampede also hosts events all year round: concerts, hockey, home shows, and more.
A wonderful celebration of our diverse artistic and multicultural landscape. And incredible fireworks to boot!
Have a gander at your furry and feathered friends and participate in some of the great activities and learning opportunities the zoo has to offer!
Cross Iron Mills
Got the shopping bug? Cross Iron Mills features 17 large-format anchor stores, more than 20 stores new to Alberta, and over 200 premium brands and great outlets.
Telus Spark Science Centre
The wonder of science is at your fingertips at the Telus Spark Science Centre. Check out the latest exhibits!
Calgary International Blues FestivalJul 25, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 31, 2016 5:00 pm
The 12th annual Calgary Bluesfest will run July 25-31, celebrating with a full week of the best in blues. An exciting program of workshops and special events culminates in 4 days & nights of non-stop music on Mainstage at Shaw Millennium Park followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Series dance parties.
Calgary Turkish FestivalJul 29, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 31, 2016 5:00 pm
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.
Fringe FestivalJul 29, 2016 8:00 am — Aug 6, 2016 5:00 pm
Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals. The first Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and has grown into one of the biggest arts festivals in the world. The second-largest Fringe Festival is in Edmonton, Alberta, and draws nearly 800,000 attendees a year!
Inglewood SunfestJul 30, 2016 11:00 am — Jul 30, 2016 6:00 pm
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 trendy fashion; there is no shortage of things happening.
Slide the CityJul 30, 2016 12:00 pm — Jul 30, 2016 7:00 pm
Come dressed to impress because it’s not every day you can strut through town with your hot bod, cool dance moves and slick slides for this all day party. Did we mention 1000 feet?
Expo LatinoAug 5, 2016 6:30 pm — Aug 7, 2016 9:00 pm
Western Canada’s largest latin festival. Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary.Creating experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people, music and dance.
2016 Southern Alberta Music Festival – A Stars Air Ambulance FundraiserAug 5, 2016 7:00 pm — Aug 6, 2016 12:00 am
Kick back and relax while you listen to a variety of country, blues, folk and good old fashioned rock n’ roll. While at the music festival explore different vendors, relish a delicious meal from one of the concessions or unwind in the beer gardens.
Floating Lantern Peace CeremonyAug 6, 2016 8:00 pm — Aug 6, 2016 10:00 pm
The Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony is an event that celebrates the memory of all the individuals impacted by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Afrikadey FestivalAug 10, 2016 7:00 pm — Aug 13, 2016 10:00 pm
A week-long celebration of the music, food, dance, theatre, film, literature and visual arts of Africa and her descendant cultures. 12 and under, 65 and over admission is FREE!
Taste of CalgaryAug 11, 2016 11:00 am — Aug 14, 2016 9:00 pm
Taste of Calgary is the city’s most appetizing festival, giving visitors the chance to sample the city’s food, beverages, music and other cool things.
Alberta Hockey ShowAug 13, 2016 10:00 am — Aug 14, 2016 6:00 pm
From equipment and collectibles to schools and leagues, we’re working hard to get the biggest and best names in hockey together in one place, at one time. This all-ages event will showcase everything hockey fans like you want to see. Who says you can’t have everything?
Calgary Dragon Boat Race & FestivalAug 13, 2016 1:00 pm — Aug 14, 2016 6:00 pm
The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival is geared towards creating an unforgettable experience. The dragon boat competition illustrates comradery, teamwork and inspiration.
Calgary Japanese Festival OmatsuriAug 13, 2016 11:00 am — Aug 13, 2016 6:00 pm
“Omatsuri” is the Japanese term for a “traditional festival”. Visitors to the festival will be treated to authentic Japanese customs, presentations of traditional music, dance & song, martial arts demonstrations, and more!
Marda Gras Street FestivalAug 14, 2016 10:00 am — Aug 14, 2016 5:00 pm
This annual, fun-filled, family-friendly event attracts over 35,000 visitors from all over Calgary. On Sunday August 14th, 2016, the streets of Marda Loop will come alive for the 32nd time with this New Orleans themed festival.
Calgary Reggaefest 2016Aug 18, 2016 12:00 pm — Aug 20, 2016 10:00 pm
Experience why this Calgary family event has become the premier summer Reggae Festival in all of Canada.
Country Thunder Music FestivalAug 19, 2016 8:00 am — Aug 21, 2016 10:00 pm
The first year of our debut inner city festival in Calgary Alberta – featuring Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Tim McGraw and many more as they invade Prairie Winds Park in NE Calgary for one unforgettable weekend.
Kaleidoscope 2016Aug 27, 2016 10:00 am — Aug 27, 2016 5:00 pm
This family-friendly event is a full day of art, music and dance. Expect to see display tents with work by local artists as well as live demonstrations and performances.
XFest CalgarySep 3, 2016 11:30 am — Sep 4, 2016 10:00 pm
Calgary’s Alternative X92.9 and Union Events are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual X-FEST, Calgary’s Alternative Music Festival, taking place over two days at Fort Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on September 5th and 6th, 2015.
Calgary Highland GamesSep 3, 2016 9:00 am — Sep 3, 2016 5:00 pm
The Calgary Highland Games is one of the oldest gatherings in North America and will be celebrating 102 years since the first games, held in 1913. Organised by the Calgary United Scottish Games Association, these games have gained the reputation as being one of the most prestigious Highland events in the West. Attracting competitors and spectators from across Western Canada and the USA, you will watch some of the world’s top pipers, drummers, dancers, and heavy event athletes compete and perform.
Calgary Pride ParadeSep 4, 2016 12:00 pm — Sep 4, 2016 1:30 pm
The signature Calgary Pride Parade is one of the most colourful celebrations of the year!