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June 18, 2019

Things to Do on Canada Day in Calgary

This year, watch a paddling race, go to a giant block party or take part in a community sing-a-long for Canada’s 151st birthday.

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From community sing-a-longs to pancake breakfasts to fireworks, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate Canada Day this year. Read more about some of the Canada Day events going on in Calgary on July 1st at calgary.ca, or check out one of the events we’ve highlighted here.

Watch some show jumping, eat a pancake breakfast and see a symphony concert at Spruce Meadows

When: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W.

Spruce Meadows’ Canada Day festivities start first thing in the morning. If you’re one of the first 5,000 people there, you can grab some free pancakes before checking out a show jumping tournament that starts at 8 a.m. and continues throughout the day. The Rocky Mountain Symphony Quartet plays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., followed by an orchestra symphony concert from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free and there is a shuttle from the Bridlewood/Somerset LRT Station from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Check out circus performers, listen to music and watch a paddling race at Fort Calgary

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 750 9 Ave. S.E.

It just seems right to spend Canada Day at the place where Calgary was born. This year, Fort Calgary is celebrating with live music, food trucks, a beer garden, a barbecue tent, circus performers, an artifact tent and more. Make sure you don’t miss the 2018 Bow River Paddling Race, which features canoes, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks racing at 10 a.m. Plus, if you’re one of the first 1,000 people to visit, you’ll score a free scone.



Eat pancakes, watch a parade and play games at Heritage Park

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.

There’s a big party at Heritage Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate Canada Day. (Or, since things will be celebrated in the old-fashioned way here, call it by its old-fashioned name: Dominion Day.) Be among the first 2,018 guests to take advantage of the free pancake breakfast, then spend the day checking out the various activities in the park. There will be a parade featuring wagons and antique vehicles, live music, outdoor games, a barbecue tent and more.



Listen to Canadian music at Studio Bell

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Studio Bell, 850 4 St. S.E.

The Canada Day celebration at Studio Bell allows guests to check out all five floors of the NMC for free. While you’ll want to see the exhibitions and Kimball Theatre Organ performances, the centre will also be doing an all-Canadian song battle on dueling pianos, an “O Canada” sing-along, a virtual reality experience and more.



Go to the King Eddy for a Canadian lumberjack party

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: King Eddy, 438 9 Ave. S.E.

On Canada Day, you can check out the King Eddy space before it officially re-opens on July 20th. Located across the street from the National Music Centre, the King Eddy is hosting a series of concerts for a Canadian lumberjack party. For only $10, concert-goers can get into the venue to watch performances by the Jack Lumber Band, Matt Blais and Bebe Buckskin throughout the afternoon.



Attend a giant block party with a market and live music

When: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Max Bell Centre, 1001 Barlow Tr. S.E.

This outdoor Canada Day block party offers a little something for everyone. In addition to a local market, food trucks and a beer garden, there will be children’s activities like yoga and crafts. There also be live music performances throughout the day by artists like Goodbar, BB Mars, Miss Hazard and Justin Martin. If you’re still there at the end of the night, you can watch the fireworks.



Go to a Canada Day concert (and take part in a community sing-a-long) before watching some fireworks

When: 6:30 p.m. to 11:20 p.m.

Where: Riverfront Avenue, between 1 Street and Macleod Tr. S.E.

Calgarians can take part in the City of Calgary’s Canada Day concert this year. Revv52 artistic director and local artist Michael Bernard Fitzgerald will be leading a community sing-a-long with the song “Heart of Gold.” After the singalong, Shred Kelly, Alex Cuba and Corb Lund will perform before the fireworks show at 11:05 p.m.



This story was updated on June 26, 2018.

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