Events


Here is an overview of events that are organized by the Canada Day Committee and other events in and around Calgary. If you would like to add your event, click here to check if your event qualifies and to submit your information.

 

Events organized by the Canada Day Committee

The numbers below correspond with the number on our map.

  1. Powwow presented by Bow Valley College, Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre & The City of Calgary: 10 am – 6 pm
  2. The City of Calgary’s Food Truck Round-up & Bassbus: 5 pm – 11 pm
  3. The City of Calgary’s Riverfront Stage: 6 pm – 11 pm
  4. Fireworks presented by Hudson’s Bay: 10:45 pm-ish
  5. a. Stephen Avenue Walk: 11 am – 5:30 pm
    b. Stephen Avenue Art Walk: 10 am – 5 pm
  6. East Village Street Fair: 9 am – 4pm
  7. The City of Calgary’s Living Flag: 4 – 6 pm
  8. a. Canada Day Celebration at Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
    b. Chinatown Night Market: 12pm – late
  9. Fort Calgary: 9 am – 4 pm
  10. East Village Show & Shine: 9 am – 4pm
  11. East Village Experience Centre: 11 am – 5 pm
  12. Downtown Calgary Family Experience for Canada Day: 11am – 4pm

1. POWWOW presented by Bow Valley College, Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre & The City of Calgary
Prince’s Island Park
10 am – 6 pm
Free

The sound of drums and song will resonate through the air of downtown Calgary as Prince’s Island Park comes alive with the heartbeat of Canada’s First Nations people. Vibrant aboriginal culture and dress will be showcased, and Calgarians will partake in storytelling, music and dance. Come and celebrate the contributions of First Nations people to life and culture in Canada.

For more information, visit Calgary.ca/canadaday


2. The City of Calgary’s FOOD TRUCK ROUNDUP & BASSBUS
Festival Market (between the YMCA and Eau Claire Market)
5 pm – 11 pm

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. Either way, refuel before the evening’s festivities while listening to the musical stylings of local DJ’s presented by BassBus. 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


3. The City of Calgary’s RIVERFRONT STAGE
Harry Hays Building (on the North lawn facing the Bow River)
6 pm – 11 pm
Free

Official Canada Dayyc ceremonies kick off at 6pm, and the stage will erupt with some of Canada’s most acclaimed performing artists. The big name Canadian acts will soon to be announced. Grooving to the sounds of indie, rock, pop, and folk, Canada Dayyc celebrations on Riverfront Stage offer a little something for everyone. The high-energy beats 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


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

Set against a breath-taking backdrop of Calgary’s skyline and the setting sun beyond the Canadian Rockies, the 2014 Canada Dayyc Fireworks presented by Hudson’s Bay will hit the horizon with a bang. This world-class fireworks show is synchronized with live music broadcasted 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 147th birthday.

For more information, visit Calgary.ca/canadaday


5. a. STEPHEN AVENUE WALK [more information]
11 am – 5:30 pm
Free

#IAMDOWNTOWN at The Stephen Avenue Walk Canada Day Street Party with the #IAMDOWNTOWN Music Series, supporting Canadian Artists for the Poor Art Walk and enjoying plenty of artisans, vendors and buskers. Our sunny patios await! See www.downtowncalgary.com for details.

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5. b. STEPHEN AVENUE ART WALK [more information]
10 am – 5 pm
Free

Local artists display and sell their art! Many types of art available. Stroll down Stephen Avenue (8 Avenue between 1 Street SE and Centre Street) and be inspired! Support local artists. Hosted by Canadian artists for the poor.  The entry fees artists pay go to charities working with those living in extreme poverty. For more information, visit http://artistsforthepoor.ca/calgaryartwalk.html.

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6. EAST VILLAGE STREET FAIR [more information]
9 am – 4 pm
Free

  • THE MUSIC: Bands & Entertainers will be performing amongst the various vendors and inside our Sunset Theatre.
  • THE ARTS:Art exhibits provided by the Drop In Centre and Salvation Army will complement other art showings.
  • THE CRAFTS & WARES:The wares & crafts tent are local vendors with many hand made, high quality items including healers & readers.
  • CHILDREN’S AREA:Family friendly fun zone with interactive activities geared towards the young & old!
  • THE GOLDEN AGE CLUB:The Canada Day Flood Art exhibit located in the Golden Age Club will showcase local artists & support Seniors in Calgary.
  • THE APOSTLES MOTORCYCLES:The Apostles Motorcycle Society resides at the East Village LifeSpring Community Church and showcases their bikes.
  • SHOW & SHINE: Classic & Vintage Cars for the auto enthusiast! Featuring a collection of antique and classic cars from a variety of participants. These vintage vehicles will be on display for public viewing as an East Village unique collection.

STREET FAIR VENDOR Registration
Contact: Jamie 403-998-8907
Online registration: www.EV-NA.com


7. The City of Calgary’s LIVING FLAG
Riverfront Avenue (between 1 Street SE and Macleod Trail SE)
4 pm – 6 pm
Free

Show your national pride, and be a part of the Canada Dayyc living flag! 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. The Living Flag will be lead by performers of Loose Moose Theatre who will provide improv entertainment and humorous antics until the final photographic moment and singing of our national anthem.

For more information, visit Calgary.ca/canadaday


8. a. CANADA DAY CELEBRATION AT CALGARY CHINESE CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE
197 First Street SW
10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Enjoy a walk in Calgary Chinatown, a historic site of more than 100 years and check out the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, a unique facility modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Plus FREE admission to the Centre’s Chinese Artifacts Museum.

The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is hosting a full day Canada Day celebration program from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

  1. Art Exhibition – “Master Hau Chiok, Master Chiu Hua Sy and students Chinese Painting Exhibition”. 10:30 am ~ 4:30 pm
  2. Multicultural Performances: 1:30 ~ 3:30 pm
  3. Indoor Market – fun and activities will await for you to explore. 10:30 am ~ 4:30 pm
  4. Outdoor Performances on Daqing Square: 11:00 am ~ 1:30 pm

For more program details, please visit our website: www.culturalcentre.ca


8. b. CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET
2nd Ave SW/SE and 3rd Ave SE
12pm – late

Chinatown street performances starts at 12pm-late on 2nd Ave SW/SE and 3rd Ave SE. Come early for a “not-so-much-night-market”. Also visit www.chinatownyyc.ca for other events!


9. FORT CALGARY [more information]
9 am – 4 pm
Free outdoor activities, 1/2 off for visitor centre admission

Celebrate Canada Day at Fort Calgary. Start the day with a pancake breakfast at 9:00am (for our first 1,500 visitors, and join our opening ceremonies at 10am. All day children’s entertainment includes crafts, bouncy castles, pony rides and a petting zoo! The live entertainment line-up includes:

  • 9:00 Rotary Park
  • 10:00 Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:45 Lion Dance
  • 11:15 Samantha Savage Smith
  • 12:15 Souls in Rhythm
  • 1:15 Strathcona Mounted Troop Musical Ride
  • 2:15 Tim Hus
  • 3:15 Los Montalbans
  • With emcee: Julie Van Rosendaal

Joining us on site will be the YYC Food Trucks: The Naaco Truck, WOP Pizza, Fiasco Gelato, Family Fry Guy, BentoBurrito and Top Dogs. All outdoor events and activities are FREE, with 50% off admission to the Interpretive Centre!


10. EAST VILLAGE SHOW & SHINE [more information]
Fort Calgary, 750 – 9 Avenue SE
9 am – 4 pm
Free

Classic & Vintage Cars for the auto enthusiast! Featuring a collection of antique and classic cars from a variety of participants. These vintage vehicles will be on display for public viewing as an East Village unique collection.

SHOW & SHINE Registration
Contact: Brian 403-262-6009


11. EAST VILLAGE EXPERIENCE CENTRE
11 am – 5 pm
Free

Join us from 11-5 for freezies & to discover everything about the East Village!


12. DOWNTOWN CALGARY FAMILY EXPERIENCE FOR CANADA DAY [more information]
11 am – 4 pm
Free

#IAMDOWNTOWN experiencing the Green Fools Social Circus camp, Beat Drop DJ school, Springfree Jump Zone, amazing Gymnaestrada performances, and more! There is something for kids of all ages to actively enjoy, plus some fun and relaxation for adults! At 12:30pm join us to celebrate Calgary’s ‘Biggest Birthday Party Ever’ for anyone born on July 1st! Cake and presents! (proof of ID required). Best of all, everything is FREE! See www.downtowncalgary.com for details.


Events in and around Calgary

 

EAU CLAIRE MARKET CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS
202, 200 Barclay Parade SW
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free

Come down to Eau Claire Market for an afternoon of fun for the family. Experience local entertainment, dancers, face painting, music and more. FREE ice cream for the first 500 guests. For more information and a schedule of events, visit eauclairemarket.com


CREATIVITEA
The Golden Age Club, 610 – 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
10 am – 4 PM
Free

Art Gallery featuring the work of create in the East Village with a Tea Bar stocked with over 50 flavors of stepped teas, ice teas and more.

  • Entertainment 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Popcorn, treats, live art sessions
  • View the 2013 flood gallery

For more info, visit www.thegoldenageclub.com


Submit your event

Please check if your event qualifies to be added to this website. Only events will be added if

  • your activities are organized on specific days during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21 to July 1. The Celebrate Canada period includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.
  • your events is for the general public at a minimum cost, donation or at no cost. The greater benefit must be to the community and not a corporation. This allows for recognition of sponsorship or donation in support of the event.
  • your event will be focused on public attendance in Calgary and area.

Please note: the decision for website inclusion will be made by the Calgary Canada Day Committee, Chair and/or the website appointment in keeping with this policy. The Calgary Canada Day Committee also reserves the right to edit the submitted information.