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 2023 – check out some of our favourites below!

Fun Things to Do in Calgary in July

MexiFest |
June 30 – July 3

MexiFest is bringing the beauty, fun and mouthwatering delights of Mexican culture to YYC! Head to the Calgary Parking Authority parking lot 6 (311 8 St SW) in downtown Calgary to enjoy dancing, wrestling, live music, authentic Mexican food and beverages, an artisan market, kid’s area and more! Buy your tickets in advance online for $12.50, or pay $20 at the door.

Calgary Public Library’s Ultimate Summer Challenge |

Calgary Public Library is encouraging families to pick up a great book (or two, or three) this summer with their Ultimate Summer Challenge. Together, families can attend cool programs and try fun activity challenges in addition to reading to earn badges to receive a special prize at the end of summer. Participants will also be entered into three grand prize draws: one for anyone registered before July 1, one in mid-summer, and one at the end of summer. Prizes include Zoo Engage Memberships, Family Passes to Telus Spark, iFly and Flying Squirrel, Airpods, OwlCrate Jr. Book subscriptions and more!

Wildscapes at the Zoo |
June 17 – Mid-September

In case you needed another excuse to visit the Calgary Zoo, you won’t want to miss the transformation of the zoo gardens, which are now home to 10 larger-than-life topiary-like sculptures or ‘WildScapes’. WildScapes are colourful, intricate, living sculptures made from a mosaic of different flowers, succulents, and other materials. The WildScapes at the zoo come in a range of shapes and sizes, from human-height to colossal-sized! Slither alongside a 24 foot-long snake and measure yourself against a 21 foot-tall giraffe, before heading out to find the real-life version at the zoo!

The Calgary Stampede |
July 7-16

The Calgary Stampede is called The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for a reason – and it’s back for another fantastic year! Get your boots on and prepare to kick up your heels as you celebrate with pancake breakfasts, chuckwagon racing, rodeos, evening shows, parades, powwows, midway games and rides, and an array of out-of-this-world food. Admission rates can be found here. If you’re looking to save a bit of cash, there are several special dates and times to visit the grounds for reduced admission, including Sneak-A-Peek (July 6), Tim Hortons Family Day (July 9), TC Energy Community Day (July 11) and BMO Kids’ Day (July 12).

Zulu Kids Challenge |
July 8 at 12 pm

If your kid between the ages of 4 and 13 is a ninja warrior at heart, they won’t want to miss a chance to try out Canada’s largest and kids only obstacle course challenge. Courses are set at distances of 2,4 and 6 km and come complete with 15-20 obstacles. The level of difficulty increases with age categories. One parent is allowed to run alongside their kids but cannot assist. Tickets start at $53.

Calgary Folk Music Festival |
July 27

Calling all folk music lovers! Prince’s Island Park will be welcoming over 50 artists from big names to up and coming acts for four days this July. Take in the music for a single day or grab a 4-day festival pass. Advance tickets are on sale until July 27 at a reduced rate – snag your single day admission for $80, or get a 4-day adult pass for $225. Kids 12 and under are free!

Awaken Open Air |
July 29

Century Gardens will be home to a fantastic, free outdoor event bringing music, art and food together to inspire the minds, bodies and souls of people of all ages. Join in a free guided yoga session, shop local vendors, and grab a bite to eat at a food truck during this family friendly event.

Nature Kids Programs |

Families Matter is bringing free nature programming to a park near you! For 3 hours, participants between the ages of 8 and 14 will have fun while learning about nature and discussing its benefits on mental health, outdoor safety and more. Each session involves crafts, physical activities and games in the great outdoors. Children can be dropped off for this program; signed waivers are required and registration must be completed prior to the session. Check the website for specific dates, locations and times.

Which activities are your family looking forward to this July in Calgary? We’d love to hear them in the comments!


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