Events


Events organized by the Canada Day Committee on July 1, 2015:

The numbers below correspond with the number on our map.

  1. First Nations Powwow
  2. Living Flag presented by Calgary AfterSchool
  3. Food Truck Roundup
  4. Fireworks presented by Hudson’s Bay
  5. Riverfront Festivities
  6. Eau Claire Market
  7. Chinatown Fest
  8. Downtown Calgary
  9. Calgary Stampede Canada Day & Harry the Horse Birthday Bash
  10. East Village Street Fair, Show & Shine and 5th Street Square
  11. Fort Calgary

Other events in and around Calgary:


1. First Nations Powwow
Prince’s Island Park
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Explore a proud part of Canada’s heritage at a Traditional Powwow presented by Bow Valley College’s Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre. Prince’s Island Park comes alive with the heartbeat of Canada’s First Nations peoples as they showcase Aboriginal peoples’ ways through storytelling, drumming and dancing. Join us as we celebrate cultural sharing of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people to all Canadians. #BVC50

For more information, visit Calgary.ca/canadaday


2. Living Flag presented by Calgary AfterSchool
Prince’s Island Park
11 a.m. – Noon

Don your red or white and be part of a living version of Canada’s flag! Show off your Canadian spirit in this fun, family friendly Canada Day tradition since 2012. The first three thousand people to check-in are invited to receive a free red or white t-shirt to participate in this enormously popular activity. Anyone else wearing red or white is welcome to join as well.

For more information, visit Calgary.ca/canadaday


3. Food Truck Roundup
(between the YMCA and Eau Claire Market)
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Food trucks a plenty will be serving up some of Calgary’s most popular street eats at Festival Market near Eau Claire. Have a seat in the laid-back dining hub, or bring a blanket and have a picnic nearby. Local DJs will be spinning tunes for your enjoyment while you refuel before the evening’s festivities. Dishes and beverages will be served from a diverse range of Japanese, Greek, Italian and modern Canadian menus. Remind your inner foodie to bring along some cash, as not all trucks accept cards.

For more information, visit Calgary.ca/canadaday


4. FIREWORKS presented by Hudson’s Bay
Centre Street Bridge
10:45 p.m. (-ish)

Set against a breath-taking backdrop of Calgary’s skyline and the setting sun beyond the Canadian Rockies, the 2015 Canada Day Fireworks presented by Hudson’s Bay will hit the horizon with a bang. This world-class fireworks show is synchronized with live music broadcast on 101.5 Kool FM and 95.3 The Peak. So tune in from wherever you happen to be. Stellar viewing opportunities along the entire Bow River corridor will make this a spectacular finale and a lasting memory of Canada’s 148th birthday.

For more information, visit Calgary.ca/canadaday


5. Riverfront Festivities
Riverfront Avenue – Food trucks and Beatnik Bus from Noon
Harry Hays Building (On the North lawn facing the Bow River) – Stage show 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Official Canada Day ceremonies kick off in the early evening and the stage will erupt with some of Canada’s most acclaimed performing artists. Grooving to the sounds of indie, rock, pop and folk, Canada Day celebrations on the Riverfront Stage offer a little something for everyone. The high-energy performances will capture audiences and build momentum in anticipation of the fireworks show at the end of the evening.

For more information, visit Calgary.ca/canadaday

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6. Eau Claire Market
Centre Court and North Plaza
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come down to Eau Claire Market for an afternoon of fun for the family. Experience a variety of local entertainment featuring a magic show, jugglers, dancing and children’s activities. FREE ice cream for the first 1000 guests. For more information and a schedule of events, visit eauclairemarket.com

Also, visit the Farmer’s Market with live music on the North Plaza from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.


7. Chinatown Fest
3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Last year’s debut Canada Day in Chinatown celebration returns by popular demand! The Calgary Chinese Merchants Association continues with the spirit and tradition of the Chinatown Street Festival to bring you CHINATOWN FEST on Canada Day. Come enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes that you have grown to love of Calgary’s Chinatown, and celebrate Canada’s birthday with us.


8. Downtown Calgary
Stephen Avenue Walk
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The historic Stephen Avenue Walk will feature its usual assortment of shops, restaurants, patios, street vendors and buskers, in addition to a full day of entertainment including live music on the #IAMDOWNTOWN stage and other special events happening down the avenue.

New for 2015 join Downtown Calgary on the Stephen Avenue stage for the Soundtown Music Experience. The stage will feature free musical performance by Canadian artists from a variety of genres. The entire day will be hosted by the talented Shannon Shade.

Want to have some fun with your kids? Try your hand at the Barclay Parade Scavenger Hunt. Download our list of clues or grab one at an info booth on Stephen Avenue or at Eau Claire market. Explore Barclay Parade (3rd Street SW between Eau Claire & Stephen Avenue) and fill out the answers, the first 100 completed forms will receive a prize and all completed forms will be entered to win a grand prize.

 


9. Calgary Stampede Canada Day & Harry the Horse Birthday Bash
Olympic Plaza
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring the whole family to celebrate Canada Day and the 30th birthday of Harry the Horse! Activities throughout the day include stage entertainment, photo booths, interactive displays, and a whole lot more.  A special birthday cake celebration will be held at 1:30 with cake for the first 2000 people. Put on your hat and boots and come celebrate with Harry. Visit calgarystampede.com for more.


10. East Village Street Fair, Show & Shine and 5th Street Square
Various locations in East Village
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Enjoy all kinds of family fun at the East Village Street Fair including craft and artisan vendors, children’s activities and local performances. Don’t miss the Show & Shine, Calgary’s premier classic car show!  Bring the family, old & young, for this spectacular car show featuring North American beauties & imports. Join the EAST Crew in the neighbourhood’s newest urban parkette, 5th Street Square, to learn everything there is to know about East Village.


11. Fort Calgary
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate Canada Day at the birthplace of the city of Calgary and of many Canadian things in our area—the Northwest Mounted Police, Indigenous and intercultural relations, and strong community values. We have family fun, history, culture, and free outdoor activities for all ages, including:

  • a free pancake breakfast
  • a petting zoo
  • children’s crafts and performances
  • live entertainment
  • a chance to dress like a Mountie
  • traditional Indigenous storytelling and cultural sharing
  • and more

Our community tent village will also give you a chance to visit with some of our neighbours, such as the National Music Centre, the Calgary Fringe Festival, the Folk Festival, and the Firefighter’s Museum. For more information and performance updates, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit www.fortcalgary.com


Celebrate Canada at Prairie Winds Park
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Celebrate Canada is an initiative of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamā’at (AMJ) Calgary. AMJ organizes various programs to fulfill its social responsibility to promote national pride and community spirit. The Canada Day celebration at Prairie Winds Park is attended by thousands of Calgarians representing diverse communities. The event includes flag hoisting and national anthem, greetings by federal, provincial, civic and community leaders, complimentary refreshments, displays, educational activities by various City of Calgary departments, communities, and commercial and Non Profit organizations, recreational activities and games for kids, and guided tours of Baitun Nur Mosque. Visit celebratecanada.ca for more information.


SIEN LOK PARK: Calgary’s Best Site for Canada Day 2015 Fireworks Viewing and Rest Stop for Celebrations at Harry Hays Federal Building / Chinatown Festival.

The Sien Lok Society of Calgary, a charitable nonprofit society who preserves and promotes Canadian Chinese culture, welcomes all visitors to Sien Lok Park in Calgary’s Chinatown to join enjoy the City’s best, free, family-friendly viewing site for the Canada Day fireworks, the Chinatown Canada Day celebrations and the official Federal Government’s Canada Day festivities at Harry Hays Federal Building on July 1, 2015. Sien Lok Park is located on Riverfront Avenue and Centre Street.

Sien Lok Society of Calgary President, Kevin Wong stated:
“This Canada Day, in partnership with the City of Calgary, and the Calgary Chinese Merchants Association, Sien Lok Society of Calgary offers its Sien Lok Park as the ideal location for visitors, especially families, to comfortably enjoy the Canada Day celebrations occurring in Chinatown and at the adjoining Harry Hays Federal Building.

Sien Lok Park provides the city’s closest and best viewing site for the fireworks that evening, which will be launched from Centre Street Bridge. Sien Lok Park will offer free public rest areas and public toilet facilities all day, with volunteer-led guided tours of the Park from 6 pm to 8 pm, and volunteer-led distribution of water bottles from 6 pm to 10 pm. The City of Calgary fireworks display is expected to commence around 10 pm. There is no charge for admission to the Park.

We welcome everyone to enjoy all that Chinatown and Sien Lok Park has to offer, all day, Canada Day.

To our valued volunteers, we would love to, once again, have your support that day.”
Contact info@sienlok.org, or visit sienlok.org and calgarychinatown.com for more details.

ABOUT SIEN LOK SOCIETY: The Sien Lok Society of Calgary was incorporated in 1968 in response to a real threat to the continued existence of Calgary’s Chinatown. Having helped preserve the historic Chinese district, Sien Lok continues to work to preserve and promote Canadian Chinese Culture. The Society’s prominent public feature is Sien Lok Park, located in Calgary’s Chinatown. True to its name which translates to “Happiness through good works”, Sien Lok continues in benevolent activities that honour the presence of Chinese culture in Calgary’s social fabric.


Spring Church Calgary – Outdoor Carnival

924 Heritage Dr SW from 11am-2pm and it’s Free Admission.

We are going to have inflatable bouncers, face painting, story land with kids favourite movie characters, concession, Reptile Parties, Pets for Life, balloon animals, and a toddler play area. A great event for families in SW Calgary during the day!