Ready for the long weekend? We know you are – but what are you going to do with that extra day of freedom? This year, from museums to outdoor activities, there will be a ton to experience in and around the city, but we’ve narrowed it down to some of the best to help you decide! Here are 15 things to do on Heritage Day in Calgary!

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AT HERITAGE PARK

Where better to celebrate Heritage Day, than Heritage Park? This year, check out an entire day of programming, food and sunshine at Calgary’s living history museum! From musicians to dancers, drummers and more – celebrate our country’s diversity and make some memories along the way!

When: Monday, August 1st
Where: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary
Time: 10 am
Cost: $29.95

CHECK OUT THE MUSEUM OF FAILURE

If you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Filled with everything from board games and skin care products, to vehicles and foods – browse and ogle flops from all over the world at the recently opened Museum of Failure.

When: Until August 31st
Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Rd SE
Cost: $18.99+

LOUNGE ON AN ALBERTA BEACH

From Jasper to Waterton, Alberta has some beautiful beaches. No, we don’t have coconut trees and year-round heat, but we do have sand and occasionally comfortable sun. Click the link above and see which provincial spots are our favourite!

Cost: FREE

OR CHECK OUT THE HERITAGE DAY FESTIVAL AT OLYMPIC PLAZA

 

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Performances, sun and FREE admission? It really doesn’t get better than that! This year, check out Olympic Plaza for the annual Heritage Day Festival held by the Calgary Folk Arts Council and enjoy!

Where: 228 8 Ave SW, Calgary
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Cost: FREE

VISIT COBB’S ADVENTURE PARK 

This summer, snuggle a kangaroo or two, go axe throwing and place a bet on a round of minigolf! Whether you check them out for one of their many adult nights or just go during regular hours, you and yours are bound to have a ton of fun at Cobb’s Adventure Park.

Where: 1500 84th Street NE, Calgary
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: $19.75+

GO BERRY PICKING 

Strawberries, raspberries, and saskatoons? This summer, head to one of the many u-pick fields in and around Calgary and come home with a bucket full of fruit and a head full of memories. Could there be a sweeter way to spend a day?

Cost: Prices vary

GET COMPETITIVE AT THE CACTUS COULEE FUN PARK

We love a little healthy competition! This August, rev your engines for a wild day at Drumheller’s Cactus Coulee Fun Park. From go-karting and Eurobungy trampolines to their mini-putting green – they’ve got a little something for everyone.

Where: Box 388, Drumheller, Alberta
Cost: $13+

FLOAT THE BOW

It’s going to be a long hot summer! The best way to cool off? By floating the Bow, of course! This season, grab your pals, a dingy, and some snacks then hit the city’s winding river. Kick back and enjoy the warmth on your face and the water on your toes on an obligatory Calgary adventure.

Cost: FREE+

MAKE A SLASH AT SYLVAN LAKE 

Located just outside of Red Deer, Alberta, the Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash park is THE place for sizzling summer days. With launch pads, trampolines, an obstacle course, slides, a 15-foot tower, and more – this ginormous floating playground is truly one of a kind.

Where: Bay #1, 5100 Lakeshore Drive– Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Cost: $17.50+

HIT THE 2022 BUMP FESTIVAL

 

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Calgary has some incredible artists. This summer, enjoy live music and take in take a self-guided tour of some incredible murals created by the best of the best. A complete map can be found at the link above!

When: Monday, August 1st – 28th
Where: See locations above
Cost: FREE

SKATE A RETRO ROLLER RINK

With the sun in the sky, Calgary’s Deerfoot city wants to let the good times roll – in the literal sense! This summer, lace into a pair of skates and glide the new retro roller rink at the third annual Block Party in partnership with the art-forward organization, PARK.

Where: 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary
Cost: FREE

TAKE IN THE SUMMER SUN ON 17TH

From still walkers and aerialists, to drag royalty and local musicians – 17th Avenue has kicked off its 2022 summer series with a ton of Canada Day events – then continues on throughout the summer with movies in the park, fitness classes and more. For a full itinerary, check out the link above and enjoy!

When: Until September 21st
Where: 17 Ave. & 8 St. S.W, Calgary
Cost: FREE

SPEND HERITAGE DAY AT FORT CALGARY

With a ton of enlightening performances, demonstrations and readings – Calgarians are encouraged to learn a thing or two at Fort Calgary. The best part? Admission is free, so check it out!

Where:750 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: FREE

GET LOST AT THE CALGARY FARMYARD 

 

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This summer take every wrong turn (and like it) at the Calgary Farmyard. Located 30 minutes from Calgary’s inner city, this family-friendly spot has yard games, rabbits, goats and pigs, a ropes course, mini golf, a sunflower field (in bloom mid-August) and an 11-acre corn maze.

Where: 284022 Township Rd 224, Rocky View County
Cost: $19.95

STROLL THE NIKKA YUKO GARDEN

Lethbridge’s Iconic Japanese Garden is one of the most beautiful places in not just Alberta, but all of North America. This summer, grab the hand of someone special and wander through fields of flowers, trees, and beautifully cut grass of Nikka Yuko.

Where: Corner of 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge
Cost: $8+

And there you have it, friends! 12 things to do in Calgary on Heritage Day. We’ll see you out there!