Summer 2024 has finally arrived, but how will you kick it off? This year, there will be no shortage of exciting things happening in and around the city, so prepare yourselves for an action-packed month! Here are 38 things to do in Calgary this July.

Heritage Park Market Nights

Spend an evening under the stars! This July fill your bags with artisan goods and your stomach with food and drinks from one of the attraction’s tasty eateries. From clothing to art, Heritage Park’s Night Market will practically have it all!

When: Saturday, July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 2024
Where: 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., Calgary
Time: 3 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Free

YYC Ice Cream Fest

Featuring unique creations, fantastic flavours, and tasty toppings the YYC Summer Scoop Festival will continue into July, all in the name of a good cause.

When: Friday, July 19th – August 5th, 2024
Cost: Free

Sponsored Pick: ACE High Stampede Kickoff

The Ace High Stampede Kickoff is back for its 3rd year with a mission of serving up great bites and good times. Kick-off Stampede in style with an upscale Western garden party that raises money for the Trellis Society, a local nonprofit that provides community services in Calgary. The event will take place in Inglewood at the historic Deane House and features live music along with tasty food and drinks. Get your tickets before they sell out!

When: Friday, July 5th, 2024
Where: The Deane House, 806 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Time: 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Cost: $275 per person

City of Calgary Canada Day Fireworks

This upcoming Canada Day, check out Calgary’s annual fireworks display happening at Stampede Park. Bring lawn chairs, snacks and your loved ones, then get ready to celebrate!

When: Monday, July 1st, 2024
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

Sponsored Pick: Calaway Park

Put your hands in the air, because Calaway Park is officially open for the season! Whether it’s a sunny afternoon with friends, or a family day out, Calaway Park is a Calgary summer tradition. Enjoy full-day access with admission to 32 rides, 19 food locations, live entertainment, the Cinemagic 3D theatre, Haunted Hotel, and CP Spray n’ Play. You can even save on single-day tickets by getting them online or at your local Calgary Co-op. Time to make some memories!

When: Open now!
Where: 245033 Range Rd 33, Calgary
Cost: General admission $51.95 + GST

Canada Day at the National Music Centre

If July 1st rolls around and you choose to stay out of the sun, you can check out Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, where admission will be FREE thanks to ATB Financial.

When: Monday, July 1st, 2024
Where: 850 4 St SE, Calgary, AB
Cost: Free

Sponsored Pick: Rock the Nation 

That’s right, it’s back! Rock the Nation returns to the Studio Bell stage for the ultimate musical tribute show from across the decades. See your favourite Canadian hits performed live, including songs made famous by Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, Drake, Blue Rodeo, April Wine, and more. After its previous success, this show is back with a refreshed setlist so you can experience it for the first time all over again. Tickets are available online now.

When: Saturday, May 11th to Sunday, August 25th, 2024
Where: Studio Bell, 850 4 St. SE
Cost: Visit studiobell.ca/whats-on for weekend prices

Mexifest

From the 4th to the 7th, enjoy live performances, luchador wrestling, authentic food and drink, an artisan market and a kid’s area – you’re going to have a blast!

When: Thursday, July 4th – 7th, 2024
Where: 311 8 St SW Along the river pathway on the corner of 4th Ave and 9 Street
Cost: Free

Sponsored pick: Burwood Music Festival

Calgary’s biggest outdoor party is only a few months away, and if you’re planning your tent visits, you need to add this one to your list. The Burwood Music Festival is the Stampede’s newest tent. Located at the Currie Barracks and only 6 minutes from downtown, the lineup includes artists like Buckcherry, Gary Levox from Rascal Flatts, Tim Hicks, and more to be announced! 

When: Thursday, July 4th – Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Where: 2520 Caen Ave SW
Cost: General admissions tickets start at $15

Canyon Ski Resort Summer Tube Slide 

Located in Red Deer Alberta, Canyon Ski Resort is an action-packed destination with Alberta’s first and only alpine coaster and the longest summer tube slide in Western Canada!

When: Open now
Where: 38433 Range Road 264A, Red Deer, Alberta
Cost: $5+

The Badlands Music Festival 

Kick off your boots in exchange for some dancing sneaks. The Calgary Badlands Music Festival will return in 2024 with featured artists including Thomas Wesley (AKA Diplo), John Summit and many more.

When: Thursday, July 4th – 14th, 2024
Where: 840 9 Avenue SW, Calgary
Cost: Varies

Cowboys Music Festival

Featuring Tate McRae, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Metro Boomin, the Cowboys Music Festival has returned with a ton of well-known artists. Get your tickets now!

When: Thursday, July 4th to 14th, 2024
Where: Calgary, Alberta
Cost: Varies

The Calgary Stampede Parade

Pull up a chair! In order to celebrate the first day of the Greatest Show On Earth, check out the annual Calgary Stampede Parade – a must-see event featuring floats, performers and crowds of people.

When: Friday, July 5th, 2024
Where: Downtown Calgary – see route here
Time: 9 am (prelude starts at 7:30 am)
Cost: Free

Honky Tonk Market

Featuring live music, a ton of vendors, western-inspired vintage clothing, accessories, decor and more, Calgarians are encouraged to check out the big Honky Tonk Market this July.

When: Saturday, July 6th-7th, 2024
Where: 314 12 Ave SE, Calgary
Time:  12 pm – 6 pm
Cost: Free

CF Chinook Mall 64th Annual Stampede Breakfast

Nothing beats the sweet smell of maple in the morning and this summer, hungry grounds-goers will be encouraged to check out CF Chinook for a plate of FREE flapjacks Enjoy!

When: Saturday, July 6th, 2024
Where: 6455 Macleod Trail SW
Time: 7 am – 11 am
Cost: Free

Sam Centre

Located on the Youth Campus at Stampede Park next to the Rundle Ruins, the Sam Centre is a 30,000-square-foot space that brings the Calgary Stampede to life come rain, sun, or snow.

When: Open now
Where:
 Stampede Park – 650 25 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Cost: $25

The Calgary Stampede

Calgary’s city-wide honky-tonk returns! As always, boot-wearing cow-folk will be encouraged to get down and dirty at the most anticipated event of the year – the Calgary Stampede. Want to save a few dollars? Check out FREE days Friday, July 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 2024.

When: Friday, July 5th – 14th, 2024
Where: 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
Cost: $23+

CF Market Mall 55th Annual Stampede Caravan Breakfast

Still hungry? Like the Pancake Breakfast at CF Chinook Centre, this sister event will feature live entertainment, special guests, line dancing, activities, and of course, complimentary food.

When: Tuesday, July 9th, 2024
Where: 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
Time: 7 am – 11 am
Cost: Free

Pink Pancake Stampede Breakfast 

So many pancakes, so little time! Held in support of the CIBC Run for the Cure every year, this delicious event will feature more pink pancakes, more live entertainment, and more activities than ever before.

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Where: 100 Anderson Rd SE, Calgary
Time: 9 am – 11 am
Cost: Free

The Roundup MusicFest 

Known for bringing the bands of yesterday and today to the inner city, The Roundup MusicFest has announced that the Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms, and Crash Test Dummies will delight fans on July 19th.

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Where:  Prince’s Island Park, 698 Eau Claire Ave SW
Cost: $79+

Inglewood Night Market

Showcasing live music, talented vendors, food trucks, and a beer garden, the Inglewood Night Market will return this July, then once in August and in September to wrap up the season.

When: Friday, July 12th, 2024
Where: 10 Ave and 10 Street SE, Calgary
Time: 5 pm – 11 pm
Cost: Free

Winsport’s Mini Golf

This July, those looking for a day of fun and sun are encouraged to check out Winsport’s 18-hole course. Good luck and enjoy.

Where: 168 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary
Cost: $13+

The Calgary Stampeders

What better way to wind down after the Stampede than with the Stampeders! This July, grab a beer and a jersey then cheer Calgary’s team to victory at McMahon Stadium! For more information or to snag some tickets, head over to the link above!

When: Friday, July 21st, 2024
Where:
 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
Time: 5 pm
Cost: $21+

Bowden Sunmaze

It’s almost time! This summer, visit the Bowden Sunmaze when flowers are in full bloom. Wander the field and snap a few pics in celebration of the warmer season, it’s magical!

When: Mid-late July
Where: 34530 RR#14 Red Deer County, Alberta
Cost: $15+

Candlelight Concert

Featuring talented musicians and ambiance, Calgarians can enjoy one (or all of) Fever’s Candlelight Concerts. Get your tickets now and enjoy! It’s going to be magical.

When: Various dates in July
Where: Various locations
Time: Various times
Cost: $36+

Glenbow at the Edison

Described as a comprehensive overview of Meryl McMaster’s career, nikihci-âniskotâpân bloodline showcases meaningful art from the past and present. Check it out at the Edison and enjoy it until September 1st for FREE.

When: Until September 1st, 2024
Where: 150 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: FREE

Fiestaval Latin Festival 

Calgary’s annual Fiestaval will be one you won’t want to miss – especially because it’s FREE to attend! Mark your calendar and enjoy everything from vendors and performances to the beer garden.

When: Friday, July 19th – 21st, 2024
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Time: 11 am
Cost: Free

Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash Waterpark

Dive in! Located just outside of Red Deer, Alberta, the Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash Park is the ultimate spot 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.

When: Until September 2nd, 2024
Where: Bay #1, 5100 Lakeshore Drive– Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Cost: $18 (one hour)

Canyon Ski Resort Zip Line and Adventure Park

Whether you’re an adrenaline lover or are just looking to make some memories, you may want to start planning a trip to the Canyon Ski Resort in Alberta. This summer guests will be able to explore their Zip Line and Adventure Park which features more firsts, fun and fast-moving experiences.

When: Summer 2024
Where: 38433 Range Road 264A, Red Deer, Alberta
Cost: TBA

Discovery Canyon

This July, hit Discovery Canyon and sail the lazy river, lounge on their “beach” or go golfing on their course. There’s an entire day’s worth of fun stuff to do – for less!

When: Open now
Where: 3800 River Bend Drive Red Deer County, Alberta
Cost: FREE + $6 tube rentals

Yoga In the Park

There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than with your feet in the grass. This month, Inhale, exhale, stretch and sweat at one of the two outdoor Yoga classes in Calgary.

When: Every Sunday
Where: see locations here
Cost: $15

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience

An extraordinary exhibit where you can step inside some of your favourite Disney scenes and see your favourite characters up close. This month, don’t miss the Disney Animation: Immersive Experience.

When: Until August 18th, 2024
Where: 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB
Cost: $34+

Calgary Folk Fest

For over 40 years, the Calgary Folk Fest has seen thousands of people gather in Prince’s Island Park for good music, good food, and sunshine. This year, of course, will be no exception. Check it out!

When: Thursday, July 25th – 28th, 2024
Where: 698 Eau Claire Ave SW, Calgary
Cost: $80+

Cineplex

Fun for the whole family! Cineplex Canada’s Family Favourites deal is back and every Saturday this July you can enjoy a popular title for just $3.99.

When: Every Saturday this July
Where:  See Cineplex locations near you above
Cost: $3.99+

Inglewood Sunfest 

Back again, those who attend the Inglewood Sunfest can enjoy everything from drinks, live entertainment and vendors! Talk about the perfect summer day in one of the hottest neighbourhoods.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024
Location: 9th Avenue SE from 11th to 14th Street
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Cost: Free

Pet-a-palooza

Pet-a-palooza has become a west-coast sensation with it taking over city streets in Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary year after year. This year, of course, is no exception, with organizers announcing the return of the furry shindig this sunny season.

When: Saturday, July 27th – 28th, 2024
Where: Eau Claire Market –  200 Barclay Parade SW #202, Calgary
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free

There you have it, friends! 38 things to do in Calgary this July! As always please be safe, be smart and be kind. Have fun out there!