It’s here, party people! Canada Day Long weekend has arrived and Calgary is going to be one happening city. From markets to country-themed festivities, food festivals and more there’s certainly no shortage of things to do this time around. Not sure what’s happening? Here are 10 events and activities you should check out over the next few days!
THE SUMMER SCOOP ICE CREAM FESTIVAL
Last chance! From the folks who brought us YYC Hot Chocolate Fest comes a 9-day event of unique creations, fantastic flavours, and tasty toppings. For the first time ever, the 2022 Summer Scoop Fest will take Calgary by the cone – all in the name of a good cause.
When: Until Sunday, July 3rd
Where: See locations here
CANADA DAY AT STUDIO BELL
An instrument petting zoo, an all-request duelling piano show AND an afterparty hosted by The King Eddy? Canada Day is going to be action-packed at the National Music Centre this year – plus they’ll offering ‘pay-what-you-can’ admission! Check out the link above for more information and have fun, Calgary!
When: Friday, July 1st
Where: 300-851 4 Street SE, Calgary
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
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GO SUMMER SKIING
Despite the sun in the sky and grass below your feet, one of Banff’s favourite ski hills has announced that they’re reopening for a short time this summer. This weekend, gear up and hit the hills for a uniquely Albertan experience.
Where: 1 Sunshine access Rd, Banff
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
WATCH THE CANADA DAY FIREWORKS
This long weekend is going to be explosive! Kicking off an action-packed day – check out Fort Calgary for an artisan market, food trucks, Metis jigging, open prayer, dancing, and resting of the flags, then at 3 pm – visit Olympic Plaza or St. Patrick’s island for live music, food trucks and more before they set the fireworks off at 9 pm.
When: Friday, July 1st
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave. SE | Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Ave. SW | St. Patrick’s Island Park -1300 Zoo Rd. NE
Time: 11 am – late
CHECK OUT A RETRO ROLLER RINK
Let the good times roll, Calgary! 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.
When: Opens Friday, July 1st
Where: 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary
CHECK OUT THE SUMMER EVENT SERIES ON 17TH
From stilt walkers and aerialists, to drag royalty and local musicians – 17th Avenue will kick off its 2022 summer series with a ton of Canada Day events – then continue 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: Friday, July 1st – September 21st
Where: 17 Ave. & 8 St. SW, Calgary
SHOP THE FARMERS AND MAKERS MARKET
Whether you’re a foodie, love shopping local, or are just looking to get some fresh air – this artisan market will be THE place! Support the community in a safe and fun environment and grab some grub at the food trucks!
When: Every Saturday
Where: 1721 29 Avenue SW, Calgary
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
HAVE A PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCE AT CALGARY’S TELUS SPARK
Featuring 21 illuminated ‘caves’ spread over 11,000 square feet, check out Telus Spark’s new inflatable display, Luminarium. Bursting with colour and expression, this stunning installation is unlike anything that we’ve ever seen.
Where: 220 Saint George’s Drive Northeast
HAVE FUN IN THE SUN AT CALAWAY PARK
Looking to do something a little more fast-paced this summer? Adrenaline junkies are encouraged to ride the coaster or eat all the carnival food their stomachs can handle at Calgary’s Calaway Park which is open – not only on the weekends but the weekdays as well!
Where: 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary
TEE OFF AT LAUNCHPAD GOLF
Modelled after TopGolf in the States, Launchpad is the first of its kind in all of Canada. This summer, grab a drink, a few friends, and tee off from one of their bays. Because you know what they say! Practice makes perfect – but practice tastes a whole lot better with a beer.
Where: 34122 East Harmony Trail | 31 Heritage Pointe Drive, Heritage Pointe
And there you have it, 10 things to do in Calgary this long weekend. Enjoy!
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