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12 Things To Do At Home And Around Calgary This Weekend (July 10-12)

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Howdy, buckeroos. We hope your Stampede so far as been extra special, despite its cancellation. Typically the last 3 days of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth are the craziest but 2020 will be different. This time, instead of waking up with a 10-day hangover Monday morning, not only will you wake up more excited for next year, you’ll wake up maybe swearing off deep-fried food for good. From Friday to Sunday, there are a ton of midway food truck drive-thrus and flapjack breakfasts, so many that you might actually get sick (in the tastiest way possible) and even an impressive fireworks show to tie it all together. Here are 12 (yes, 12!) things to do this weekend in Calgary.

GRAB A DRINK AT CRAFT BEER MARKET’S STAMPEDE-ISH EVENT

Alright, friends. this is your last call! This weekend, really take in the energy of the Calgary Stampede at a safe and responsible distance. CRAF T will have hay bales, wagon wheels, boots, hats, country tunes, and cold beer, so basically everything you need for a proper Cowtown party!

When: Friday, July 10th
Where: See the nearest location here

VISIT THE NEWLY REOPENED TELUS SPARK! 

This Saturday will be a big day for Calgary’s science centre! After several months they are finally reopening to the public, and they’re inviting you to come down, get educated, and see what they’ve been up to since they closed in March. They’ve missed you!

When: Saturday, July 11th
Where: 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Time: 11 am
Cost: $10.99+

GIDDY UP AT GRANARY ROAD’S STAMPEDE EVENT

Tighten that belt buckle and boot scoot and boogie over to Granary’s fun farm, where they’ll literally be serving up almost every midway must have this weekend. While you’re there, check out the market, the petting zoo, and zipline, which we’d recommend you do BEFORE you chow down, obviously.

When: Until July 12th
Where: 226066 112 Street W, Foothills No. 31, AB

CHOW DOWN AT THE STAMPEDE FOOD TRUCK RALLY 

You know all that food we were talking about? Well, you’ll find most of it here! This year, like every year before it, we can sink our teeth into greasy, sugar-coated, deep-fried goodness via drive-thru, thanks to the Stampede and YYC Food Trucks. Bon appétit!

When: Until Sunday, July 12th
Where: See all locations here
Time: See all times here

“OOH” AND “AH” AT THE STAMPEDE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 

This is it! This Sunday, Calgarians will be able to watch an incredible fireworks display with Bell and the Calgary Stampede’s firework spectacular! Check it out over the city skyline or on CTV where they’ll stream it live!

When: Sunday, July 12th
Where: Across the city skyline or on CTV
Time: 11 pm MT

HAVE BREKKIE AT THE STAMPEDE PANCAKE DRIVE-THRU

Belt-buckle up and head over to one either Seton or Spruce Meadows, for a FREE distance friendly flapjack bonanza! You’ll have to register here to ensure that they don’t overcrowd, but trust us, it’s well worth the two minutes it’ll take you to do so.

When: Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th
Where: See all locations here
Time: 9 am – 12 pm

TAKE A BREATHER IN THE ROCKIES

We think that since the Fairmont Resorts at Lake Louise, Banff, and Jasper all landed on Travel and Leisure’s top 10 destination resorts in Canada, then maybe it’s worth splurging on a weekend trip to one of them. Double down with a round of golf and really live the Albertan mountain high life.

When: Whenever!
Where: Lake Louise, Banff, and Jasper

OR GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO NATURE

Did you know that there are trapper-style tents and tipis for rent in Alberta? We think this is the perfect choice for those of us who want to enjoy all the benefits of camping without the whole “Let’s go spend a thousand bucks at MEC” to do it.

When: Whenever!
Where: AB-40 Kananaskis, Alberta

GO ON A SUMMER DATE

Even Canada’s top public health officials say you can still go on a date and be safe about things. So, why not look at our list of great summer date spots around Calgary? Heck, these places are so fun that the date could be terrible and you’d still have a ball.

When: When you can get a date
Where: Locations around Calgary

LOOK AT SOME ART

The Esker Foundation reopened to the public this week! This free gallery in Inglewood is a great way to spend an hour or two one afternoon. Plus, they’ve extended the Katie Ohe exhibit until August!

When: Open daily, check their website to reserve a time
Where: 4th Floor, 1011 – 9th Avenue SE, Inglewood, Calgary

MIX BEER AND BIKING

But in a safe way, thanks to Pedal Pub. The company has reopened for summer this year under new guidelines so that you can stay safe while still enjoying what is honestly an amazing way to experience local breweries.

When: Tours daily
Where: Multiple routes available

FLY AROUND A LITTLE BIT

Throw financial caution to the wind this weekend, and make up for not spending an arm and a leg at Stampede, by stepping onto a helicopter. Yup, why not drop a few hundred bucks to see a view of the Rockies that is inaccessible otherwise?

When: Flights daily
Where: 20 Cline River Heliport Highway #11, Clearwater County, Alberta

And that’s our roundup of the best things to do in and around Calgary this weekend! We hope that you enjoy it, whether you’re focusing on the pseudo-Stampede events or not!

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