Fun Family Activities and Events in Calgary in July

Calgary in July - SavvyMom

July might just be the best month of the year to be a Calgarian – if you love outdoor events, celebrations, and festivals, that is. There are so many ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshine with your family in Calgary in July 2022 – check out some of our favourites below!

Fun Things to Do in Calgary in July

City of Calgary Canada Day Celebrations |
July 1 from 11 am – 12 am

The City of Calgary has a day jam-packed with fun to celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday! Visit Fort Calgary to take in the Indigenous Showcase, Powwow, Food trucks, and walking tours, as well as the acts on the TD Canada Day stage. Head to St. Patrick’s Island Park to enjoy all kinds of entertainment, including buskers, stilt walkers, stage performers, face painting, crafts and activity tents, and, finally, make your way to Olympic Plaza for a range of performances sponsored by Arts Commons and all kinds of great local music. Don’t forget to check out the fireworks display which will be launched from the Calgary Municipal Building at 11 pm.

Canada Day at Heritage Park |
July 1 from 10 am to 5 pm

Heritage Park is celebrating all things Canada on Dominion Day 2022. Get to the park early – the first 1000 guests will get a tried and true Canadian treat upon entry (that’s a mini butter tart, if you were wondering). Once you enter the park, there’s lots to see and explore, including taking a sail on the Glenmore Reservoir aboard the S.S. Moyie paddlewheel boat, going for a ride around the park on the antique steam train, and enjoying a blast from the past on the five vintage midway rides. There will be Globalfest Multicultural Performances at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm, children’s craft and colouring from 10 am to 4 pm, and a Nifty Fifty Ford club and Foothills Model T Club Car Display on throughout the day. For an extra yummy celebration, reserve a table for a very special July 1st holiday tea.

Canada Day at Studio Bell |
July 1 from 10 am to 5 pm

Music lovers of all ages will definitely want to make a stop at Studio Bell on Canada Day for a rockin’ good time. Admission is “pay what you can” and includes access to activities such as the Dueling Piano Kings’ all-request piano show, a Hands-on Instrument Petting Zoo, roaming buskers throughout Studio Bell, Kimball Theatre Organ performances, Pop-up demonstrations of unique NMC Collection items and more. If Studio Bell is a place you visit often, be sure to get yourself an NMC Membership in person or online – for one day only, all memberships will be 50% off!

Stampede: Calgary in July
Calgary Stampede |
July 8 – 17

The Greatest Outdoor Show on earth is just around the corner! Calgary in July IS Stampede. Get your cowboy boots on and prepare for 10 days of yee-haw with rodeos, incredible musical acts and evening shows, mouthwatering food, midway rides and pancake breakfasts. If you’re planning to visit the grounds more than once, check out the Stampede Superpass, which gets you access to Stampede Park for all 10 days for just $49+GST. Reduced price admission and midway deals are also available through retailers such as Sobeys, Safeway, Costco and Circle K, while supplies last. Don’t miss this year’s kickoff parade, marshalled by Kevin Costner and kicking off at 9 am downtown. Head straight from the Parade to the Park and receive FREE admission from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Fiestaval Festival Latino |
July 22-24 from 11 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday and 11 am to 10 pm Sunday

The Calgary Stampede might be done for another year, but that doesn’t mean that YYC is done celebrating! Head downtown for enjoy a giant, free fiesta! Over 25 authentic food vendors and hundreds of national and international performers will be filling Olympic Plaza with food for your soul and your belly. There’s also an artisan market, kids area, beer gardens and, of course, lots of fun!

Calgary Folk Music Festival |
July 21 – 24

There’s no shortage of great music to be had in YYC this July. After a three year hiatus, Calgary Folk Fest is back at Prince’s Island Park with a lineup of 70 artists from Alberta, Canada and beyond. In addition to all of the musical talent you’ll be surrounded with, there’ll be a food vendor alley, an arts market, a beer garden, and more. Festival passes to all four days are on sale for $210, and single day passes will run you $75. Kids under 12 get in free!

Calgary International Blues Festival |
July 25-31

Fans of all things blues won’t want to miss this weeklong festival, complete with blues workshops, concerts and special events, culminating in 4 days and nights of music galore on the MainStage, followed by Twilight Blues Dance parties, all taking place at Shaw Millennium Park. Not only will there be tons of great music to enjoy, but you can also check out the arts market, local food trucks, beverages from Last Best Brewery & Distillery and a merchandise tent. 4-day passes are $135, weekday day passes are $40 and weekend day passes are $55 (all prices have GST added).

Afro Caribbean Food Festival |
July 23

Get ready for the most mouth-watering festival around! The Afro Caribbean Food Festival takes place at Prince’s Island Park and is a celebration of the Caribbean, Africa and everything in between through music, culture, and, of course, food. Take your taste buds on a trip through the food trucks and vendors, find the perfect gift or souvenir  at the local craft and community booths, and enjoy entertainment and music that’ll get your body moving! The event is free for folks of all ages!

Mega Bounce Run |
July 30 from 9 am to 12 pm

Get your crew together for the run of a lifetime! The Mega Bounce Run is making its way to North Glenmore Park on July 30. Make your way over, across and through 9 inflatable obstacles spread out over 5 kilometers. The entry fee is $45.99 for youth and $49.99 for adults if purchased in advance, and $55.99 and $74.99 if purchased on the day of the race. Groups will leave the starting line in 20 minute intervals starting a 9 am sharp!

Inglewood Sunfest |
July 30 from 11 am to 6 pm

Come celebrate the sunshine in the heart of Inglewood on 9th avenue! There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy at this year’s Sunfest, including bounce houses, musical performances, street performers, bands, buskers, a show and shine, shopping and food. Check out over 200 vendors showcasing everything from artisan crafts, imported wares, community organizations and more.

What events are you and your family most looking forward to in Calgary in July? Did we miss any great ones? Let us know in the comments!

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