What to Do in Calgary Every Day This Summer

From music festivals to sporty activities, here’s one fun thing you can do every day this summer.

June 2023

Maurice Calloo wears a huge smile as the crowd cheers him on a breakaway to the net at a Calgary Surge game. Photograph by Chris Landry.

Friday, June 23: Spruce up your outdoor space by visiting a local garden centre.

Saturday, June 24: Eat finger sandwiches and cake at a local afternoon tea service.

Sunday, June 25: Fill up on seafood at Rodney’s Oyster Fest and Shucking Competition.

Monday, June 26: Check out the new animal sculptures made of plants at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.

Tuesday, June 27: Order a sandwich at the Crunchy Mister’s pop-up to support cancer research (runs June 27 and 28).

Wednesday, June 28: Cheer on Calgary’s new professional basketball team at a home game.

Thursday, June 29: Try downhill karting at WinSport.

Friday, June 30: Go out for ice cream during YYC Summer Scoop Fest (runs June 30 to July 7).

 

July 2023

Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photograph by Jaquie Hodge.

Saturday, July 1: Celebrate Canada Day at Heritage Park’s annual celebration, complete with live music and a ride aboard the steam train.

Sunday, July 2: Explore the Shepard Wetland at Ralph Klein Park.

Monday, July 3: Take a mini roadtrip out to Cochrane for ice cream at Mackay’s.

Tuesday, July 4: Book a twilight tee time at one of the city’s seven municipal golf courses.

Wednesday, July 5: Jump into the Spruce Meadows North American.

Thursday, July 6: Enjoy free admission and DJ tunes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Contemporary Calgary.

Friday, July 7: Kick off the Stampede season with parade day.

Saturday, July 8: Explore the new Currie Market, running Saturdays in Currie’s Market Square.

Sunday, July 9: Visit Reader Rock Garden National Historic Site and eat at Reader’s Garden Café.

Monday, July 10: Watch the Grandstand fireworks from Scotsman’s Hill.

Tuesday, July 11: Fuel up for the day at a Stampede breakfast — this year marks the 100th anniversary of pancake breakfasts at the Stampede.

Wednesday, July 12: Game on! Cavalry FC faces Atlético Ottawa at Atco Field.

Thursday, July 13: Celebrate community and cultures at the 2023 Powwow at the Saddledome.

Friday, July 14: Walk along St. Patrick’s Island with Nature Calgary and learn about native bird life.

Saturday, July 15: Get ready to rumble with All Elite Wrestling House Rules.

Sunday, July 16: Take in the final night of the Rangeland Derby on the 100th anniversary of chuckwagon racing at the Stampede.

Monday, July 17: Treat your post-stampede hangover with a caesar on a patio.

Tuesday, July 18: Lounge by the wading pool at Riley Park.

Wednesday, July 19: Stop and smell the roses (and iris, delphiniums, hollyhocks and more) at Lougheed House’s Beaulieu Gardens.

Thursday, July 20: Ride the Vortex at Calaway Park.

Friday, July 21: Viva la Fiestaval: Calgary’s Latin Festival kicks off at Olympic Plaza.

Saturday, July 22: Join Avenue out in Rangeview for our Best Things to Eat & Drink Market!

Sunday, July 23: Stampeders vs. Ottawa Redblacks at McMahon Stadium.

Monday, July 24: Take a self-guided tour of the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre.

Tuesday, July 25: Batter up! The Okotoks Dawgs play the Sylvan Lake Gulls at Seaman Stadium.

Wednesday, July 26: Play a round of disc golf at the Forest Lawn Disc Golf Course.

Thursday, July 27: Lay down your tarp (or don’t) for day one of the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Friday, July 28: Unwind at the Corks for Conservation adult night at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.

Saturday, July 29: Take your furry friend to Pet-A-Palooza at Eau Claire.

Sunday, July 30: Get your extended family together for a potluck barbecue at Edworthy Park.

Monday, July 31: Walk around Fort Calgary and check out the return of its community Garden.

 

August 2023

Tour de Bowness. Photograph by Donn Horbach.

Tuesday, August 1: Shop the Triwood Farmers’ Market from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 2: Learn how Calgary came to be at Historic Calgary Week 2023.

Thursday, August 3: Bless this One Sweet Day: Boyz II Men perform at Grey Eagle Event Centre.

Friday, August 4: Get in the groove at the 19th annual International Blues Fest at Shaw Millenium Park.

Saturday, August 5: Celebrate a new crop of murals at the inner city BUMP Festival’s opening party.

Sunday, August 6: Find fabulous flavours at Taste of Calgary.

Monday, August 7: Expect at real tour de force at the Tour de Bowness Street Festival’s 20th anniversary.

Tuesday, August 8: Enjoy an indie theatre performance at the Calgary Fringe Festival.

Wednesday, August 9: Play smarter at the Brainasium Outdoor Park at Telus Spark.

Thursday, August 10: Shop for locally sourced products and celebrate the 10th year of the Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market.

Friday, August 11: Stay up late for the Inglewood Night Market.

Saturday, August 12: The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival is ready for the water, with 50 vendors and 15 food trucks on land.

Sunday, August 13: Catch the Calgary Arab Festival in its new home at Shaw Millenium Park.

Monday, August 14: Hop on an e-scooter for a cruise on the Bow River Pathway.

Tuesday, August 15: Play beach volleyball at the Marda Loop Communities Association in South Calgary.

Wednesday, August 16: Raise your glass to local farmers at Alberta on the Plate.

Thursday, August 17: If you want his body (and you think he’s sexy), Rod Stewart’s playing at the Saddledome.

Friday, August 18: Dust off your feathers and get ready to dance at Carifest.

Saturday, August 19: Western Canada’s largest Latin festival, Expo Latino, takes over Prince’s Island Park.

Sunday, August 20: Saddle up for the Priddis & Millarville Fair.

Monday, August 21: Have a weiner roast at one of the firepits in Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Tuesday, August 22: See/hear the Showcase: Guitars exhibition at Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre.

Wednesday, August 23: Drink poolside cocktails at Hotel Arts.

Thursday, August 24: See Spain’s firework spectacle at Globalfest.

Friday, August 25: Be wowed at opening night of Cirque Du Soleil’s Kooza.

Saturday, August 26: See Queer Eye‘s hilarious super-stylist Jonathan Van Ness at The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival.

Sunday, August 27: Worship the holy trinity of meat, beer and music at Brewery & The Beast.

Monday, August 28: Love who you love at Calgary Pride Week.

Tuesday, August 29: Stroll the artfully designed natural areas at Dale Hodges Park.

Wednesday, August 30: Shop the Airdrie Farmers’ Market from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 31: Toast the end of August on Ol’ Beautiful’s patio with a Summertime Slush.

 

September 2023

Pickleball equipment. Photograph by Brendan Sapp/Unsplash.

Friday, September 1: Try the new monthly feature soft serve flavour at Lukes Drug Mart.

Saturday, September 2: Pick up some local products at the Farmers & Makers Market’s Sunalta location.

Sunday, September 3: Drive to an amusement or water park near Calgary for a day of fun.

Monday, September 4: Ride your bike on the new West Confederation Bicycle Pump Track.

Tuesday, September 5: Fill up on pasta at My Little Italia in Mission.

Wednesday, September 6: Enjoy a beer on a local brewery’s patio.

Thursday, September 7: Cool down at one of the city’s outdoor swimming pools.

Friday, September 8: Listen to the music of Fleetwood Mac at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2023-24 season opener (runs on September 8 and 9).

Saturday, September 9: Watch an outdoor movie screening of The Avengers on 17th Avenue S.W.

Sunday, September 10: Go on a day trip to Canmore with a friend.

Monday, September 11: Learn how to play pickleball.

Tuesday, September 12: Go see Theatre Calgary’s production of The Mousetrap (runs September 12 to October 8).

Wednesday, September 13: Try indoor sky diving at iFly.

Thursday, September 14: Embrace the connection between art and science at Beakerhead (runs September 14 to 17).

Friday, September 15: Spend your morning having brunch at Egg & Spoon.

Saturday, September 16: Go shopping at 4th Street Night Market’s final market of the season.

Sunday, September 17: Try golfing at LaunchPad Golf with some friends.

Monday, September 18: Play basketball with some friends on a cool Calgary court.

Tuesday, September 19: Order a picnic basket from an East Village restaurant.

Wednesday, September 20: Enjoy dinner and a show at Stage West’s production of Frank Ferrante in an Evening with Groucho (runs September 8 to November 12).

Thursday, September 21: Watch a movie at the Calgary International Film Festival (runs September 21 to October 1).

Friday, September 22: Go rock climbing at the Calgary Climbing Centre.

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This article appears in the July 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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