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

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. – 4 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.

 


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