Summer is calling and we’re ready for it. Bring on the lazy mornings, warm nights under the stars and lots and lots of family fun. There are a bunch of things to do around Calgary this month, so we’re rounding up a few of our favourite activities, festivals and, of course, Canada Day festivities. Whether you’re relaxing at home with the family, heading out on day trips or looking for some vacation inspiration, Calgary has a lot going on this July. Have fun!
Kick Off July With Canada Day
The community of Cheadle is celebrating Canada 150 in a big way! Come out to the rink on July 1 and enjoy a BBQ, beer gardens, bouncy houses, games and music. The night will end with live music performances by local artists, The Frontiers, finishing off with the annual firework presentation.
Springs Church is hosting an outdoor carnival to celebrate Canada Day. Bring your friends and family and enjoy lots of fun activities for all ages. With the purchase of a $5 wristband, guests can enjoy the carnival’s reptile zoo, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, carnival games and more. The carnival will also include a play area for toddlers, concession, and food and drinks.
And for more great celebrations, read this post on Canada 150 Events in and Around Calgary.
Check Out All the Festival Fun
From July 13 -16, experience the Calgary Turkish Festival where guests can take part in folk dance, taste gourmet food, listen to music and more. Visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine. Visitors are encouraged to not come alone, so grab your friends, family, and neighbours and join the cultural festivities.
The Alberta River Surfing Association is partnering up with Quick Silver to bring the very first surf, skate, music and art festival to Calgary! Slam Festival is a 9-day event starting July 15 that includes the North American River Surf Championships at the Surf Anywhere river wave in Kananaskis. Leading up to the championships, the festival is hosting a pool party, an art night, two nights of camping and surfing!
Join the Langdon Community Association in the 72nd annual Langdon Days Summer Festival. From July 21 – 23, the community-run event will feature a weekend-long slo-pitch tournament, Friday and Saturday night beer gardens, a Saturday morning pancake breakfast and parade, Sunday car shows, as well as various vendors, food trucks and kids activities.
Creekfest is back for the annual celebration of Alberta’s natural areas. Families can enjoy live performances, interactive displays, nature walks and even more family-friendly activities. The free event helps families learn about how to protect our watersheds and respect the provincial park in a fun and exciting way.
Attention Dog lovers and owners! Bring your pets to the free annual dog festival, Pet-A-Palooza that features pet-friendly activities all weekend. On July 29 and 30, families can enter their dogs or be spectators of French and English bulldog races (called the Running Of the Bulls), wiener dog races, a puppy stampede and dock diving.
Visit the Stampede, Of Course!
It’s back again and better than ever! The Stampede is proud to host more than 1.2 million visitors from all over the world to join in the festivities at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Throughout these 10 days, you’ll find a blend of Western Canadian heritage with dynamic contemporary entertainment. Fun for the entire family for sure. Find out more about all the events, music, shows, and attractions that are featured in this year’s Calgary Stampede here.
Each day of the Calgary Stampede, the Calgary Stampede Downtown Attractions Committee hosts a Stampede breakfast as well as other free activities, all in Calgary’s downtown area. From July 7 – 16, families can enjoy live entertainment, square dancing, old-time horse-drawn rig rides and the First Nations Parade. Other entertainment includes marching bands, dancers, singers, fiddlers, friendly mascots plus so much more.
On Thursday, July 13, bring the whole family to the BNI Annual Stampede Breakfast & Fundraiser! Everyone can enjoy foot stompin’ family-friendly fun, with live music, lots of carnival games and loads of prizes to be won! All proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors Canada foundation dedicated to helping out ill or injured soldiers and their families. So don’t miss out on a day dedicated to bringing the family together and helping out those in need.