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weekend fun

July 11; Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven. Get a free small Slurpee at 7-Eleven from 7am to 11pm.

July 11; TransAlta Generation Station Stampede Party. TransAlta is powering the party at their Generation Station for Stampede this year. Head to Macleod Trail and 11 Avenue SE for an energizing experience and cool swag giveaways. Get charged up for Stampede with line dancing, boot shines, photo-ops, bedazzling, cotton candy, and freezies. Learn more at transalta.com.

July 11, 4:30 to 8:30pm; Kensington Night Market. Entertainment, local vendors and so much more; shop the market then experience and enjoy Kensington. Learn more at thedowntownmarkets.ca.

July 12, 4:30 to 6pm; Free Soccer Fridays. Kids can enjoy a free unstructured, drop-in soccer opportunity. This is a chance for youth of all ages and abilities to play and enjoy the sport at Calgary West Soccer Centre. Learn more at calgaryminorsoccer.com.

July 12, 6:30 to 8:30pm; Summer Olympics Trivia Night. Assemble a team of trivia athletes and head down to The Confluence for the first Summer Olympics Trivia! Dig up more obscure knowledge than your competitors to win the gold medal. Learn more at theconfluence.ca.

July 12 to 14; 2024 Shady Grove Bluegrass Music Festival. One of Canada’s largest bluegrass music festivals. It has been running annually for about 30 years and continues to deliver on top-notch entertainment and an unrivalled community for jamming in Sundre. Learn more at foothillsbluegrass.com.

July 12 to 14, 10am to 7pm; Calaway Comic Fest for Kids. Dress up in your best family friendly costume and be transported to the Calaway Comic Fest for Kids zone. With character meet and greets plus special activities each day, a whole new experience is waiting for you! Special Guests Global Pet Foods’ SuperDogs will be performing their 15-minute Pawvenger show with your chance to meet these super pups after the show. Learn more at calawaypark.com.

July 13, 10am to 12pm; Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: Build a Soccer Game. If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the family, Home Dept has a great workshop for kids that will teach them about building. Kids can learn how to build their very own soccer game. Learn more at homedepot.ca.

July 13, 10am to 12pm; Michaels Kids’ Club: Craft Stick Airplanes. Make airplanes out of craft sticks. This event is free with all supplies included. Learn more at canada.michaels.com.

July 13, 11am; Cineplex Family Favourites: Angry Birds 2. Visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a favorite family film each week for only $3.99. Learn more at cineplex.com.

July 13, 12 to 2pm; Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Competition. Embark on an enriching adventure across The Confluence parkland! Put your local history knowledge to the test in this outdoor scavenger hunt that will take you across all 40 acres of land at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers. Bring your most quick-witted family, friends or colleagues to explore the grounds, solve riddles, and win awesome prizes! Learn more at theconfluence.ca.

July 13, 6:30 to 8:30pm; Twister - Film Screening. The Burnswest Theatre at The Confluence is a cozy indie theatre perfect for a fun day out with the family or date night with a special someone. Movie tickets include a small popcorn and admission to The Confluence Cultural Centre. TWISTER (PG-13) – Two storm chasers on the brink of divorce must work together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes. Learn more at theconfluence.ca/events/film/twister.

July 13 to 14; Free Family Fishing Weekend. Albertans and visitors are encouraged to give fishing a try on waterbodies with open fishing seasons without having to purchase a sportfishing licence. Learn more at mywildalberta.ca.

Until July 14; Fleurs de Villes. Following the huge success of their global exhibitions in cities including Sydney, New York, London, Chicago, Miami and Toronto, Canadian flower show sensation Fleurs de Villes will arrive at this year’s Stampede (BMO Centre) for the worldwide premiere of their new show Fleurs de Villes COUNTRY – a fresh floral celebration of Country Music icons. Learn more at fleursdevilles.com.

Until July 14; Calgary Stampede Breakfasts. See our extensive list of places to get your free pancakes, listen to some rootin’ tootin’ tunes and take part in fun kids’ activities here.

Until July 14; GlobalFest Calgary Stampede Performances. Witness amazing cultural performances during the Calgary Stampede at the BMO Centre. With performances on the hour there is fun to be had for the whole family. Come for the performances, stay for the on-site vendors. With multiple cultural pavilions on site, enrich yourself and learn about a new culture. Experience the Calgary Stampede, GlobalFest style! Learn more at globalfest.ca.

Until July 14; The Calgary Stampede. Yahoo! Don’t miss bringing your family to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Visit calgarystampede.com to find out what exciting family friendly events are going on and when. Learn more at calgarystampede.com.

Until July 14; Xiang Loong Festival. The festival explores and celebrates the deep-rooted cultural significance of the dragon at the Chinese Cultural Centre. There are a variety of activities lined up, including seminars, exhibition, workshops, a vendor market, a dragon lantern parade, and diverse cultural performances including a dragon dance performance. Learn more at culturalcentre.ca.

Until July 14; Southcentre Mall Chuckwagon & Trophy Exhibit. Southcentre Mall has partnered with the World Professional Chuckwagon Association to bring you an exciting in-mall display packed with western legacy, local artwork, and fun facts. Explore the mini racetrack and get up close with dazzling trophies from various Stampede events. Learn more at southcentremall.com.

Sundays & Fridays, until July 14, 5 to 9pm; Showdown at Heritage Park: A Wild West Adventure. This family-friendly evening kicks off with a cowboy buffet and side-splitting western entertainment. After dinner, step outside as a spectacular wild west gunfight erupts on Main Street. Learn more at heritagepark.ca.

July 14, 11am to 12pm; Stories with Sheldon First Rider: History and Uses of Niitoy-yiss (the Tipi). Through the oral tradition, Blackfoot Elder Sheldon First Rider will share stories from Blackfoot culture in this intimate one-hour program. Every month, Sheldon will speak on a different topic, covering everything from mythology and food to history and spirituality. This July, discover the history of niitoy-yiss (tipi) and its uses in the everyday Blackfoot way of life. Learn more at theconfluence.ca.

July 14, 1 to 5pm; MFNS Ethnocultural Fair. Join for an ethnocultural fair where multiple cultural organizations will showcase their culture through art, food, and cultural performances at Marlborough Park Community Association. Learn more at allevents.in.

Family Fishing Weekend: July 13-14, 2024


Fishing is a fun way for friends and family to make memories while connecting with some of Alberta’s greatest natural resources - our lakes, rivers, streams and the fish that live in them. During Family Fishing Weekends, Albertans and visitors are encouraged to give fishing a try on water-bodies with open fishing seasons without having to purchase a sport-fishing license. If you are using a Special Harvest License (Walleye tag), the purchase of a sport-fishing license is still required.


summer fun!

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Explore Fish Creek Park - one hour at a time

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by Alex Keet

Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to hang out by the river or winding pathways to explore nature, Fish Creek Provincial Park has it all. But with over 100km of paved and unpaved trails, knowing where to start your adventure can be a challenge. Due to the park's size, varied terrain, and countless hidden gems, your options here are limitless.


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sunsational summer fun directory

Activities and fun ideas here, there and everywhere!

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July 15 to 16; The Everly Brothers at Stage West Dinner Theatre. Since 2016, THE ZMED BROTHERS (Zach and Dylan) and Burleigh Drummond Jr. (their business partner/ drummer), have celebrated the pivotal music and history of The Everly Brothers legacy with enthusiastic crowds across the US and overseas in numerous prestigious venues. Learn more at stagewestcalgary.com.

July 16 to 21; ChamberFest West’s Garden of Eden. ChamberFest West brings internationally acclaimed classical musicians to perform with some of Canada’s best and together they create a unique fusion of styles and interpretations at various venues across the city. Learn more at chamberfestwest.com.

July 16 to August 20; Wagonstage 2024 presents: The Underlings. Join emerging artists from the School of Creative and Performing Arts who write, design, direct, and present this popular summer performances at various locations throughout the city. All performances are free. Learn more at arts.ucalgary.ca.

Wednesdays, July 17 to August 28; Powwow Trail 101. Want to learn more about Powwows? Have you ever wondered if there are protocols that you should know about? Throughout the summer, there will be outdoor demonstrations at select Library locations prior to the Siksika, Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Piikani, and Stoney Nakoda Powwows — which all make up the Powwow Trail. Learn more at calgarylibrary.ca/events.

July 19, 11am to 12pm; Guided Nature Walk of The Confluence. Do you like to spend time outside in the city? Do you wish you knew more about the environment around you while visiting the river valley and urban parks? Spend an hour with The Confluence staff outside learning about plants, animals, trees, and more at the parkland as you discover what grows here, which animals can be found, and how they come together to create our environment. Learn more at theconfluence.ca.

July 19; 4th Annual Bulls on the Beach. Join Rocky View Chestermere Agricultural Society for a memorable rodeo and cabaret experience, “Bow Mitsubishi Bulls on the Beach.” Join 25 of Canada’s best bull riders for a night of wild action with cabaret and entertainment. Learn more at chestermerechamber.com.

July 19, 6 to 10pm; Summer Sunset Social - Capitol Hill. Magic and music in the park at Capitol Hill Community Centre. The Summer Sunset Social is back with special guests Malibu 90265 performing on the mainstage, and Richard Young the Magician delighting guests with tricks and illusions. Learn more at capitolhill.getcommunal.com.

July 19 to 20; Bow Valley Boot Stomp. Join the Cochrane & District AG Society for a weekend filled with music, dancing, and good ol’ country fun. But it’s not just about the music! The festival also features delicious food vendors, ice-cold beverages to quench your thirst, a curated marketplace, games and more. Learn more at cochranetourism.ca.

July 19 to 20; Fiestaval Latin Festival. Enjoy the three hottest days of the summer with over 30 authentic food vendors, hundreds of national and international performers, artisan market, kids area, beer gardens and lots of fun at Olympic Plaza. Learn more at fiestaval.ca.

July 19 to August 5; YYC Ice Cream Fest. This summer, participating cafés, restaurants, and creameries compete for the coveted titles of YYC’s Best Scoop, Best Non-Dairy Scoop, and special Golden Scoop award. Calgarians can taste a spectacular lineup of chilled treats and determine the entry that bests them all! Learn more at yycicecreamfest.com.

July 20, 10am to 4pm; Beaulieu Flower & Artisan Market. Celebrate Beaulieu Gardens in the height of beauty! The Beaulieu Flower & Artisan Market will feature vendors selling cut flowers, fresh produce, potted plants, pottery, art, and more on the beautiful South Lawn beside Lougheed House. Learn more at lougheedhouse.com/beaulieu-market.

July 20, 10am to 4pm; Dogs of Village. Village Ice Cream is thrilled to announce the launch of its very first "Dogs of Village" ice cream pint, a specially formulated dog-safe treat, hitting all five Village Ice Cream locations on July 20. To celebrate the furry friends featured on the pint, Village Ice Cream is hosting a special doggie-friendly community event at the Victoria Park location. Learn more at villageicecream.com.

July 20, 10am to 3pm; Annual Classic Car Show & Shine. All vehicles are welcome to showcase their beauty. The event takes place alongside the Bearspaw Lions Sunday Farmers Market. Learn more at bearspawlions.com.

July 20, 11am; Cineplex Family Favourites: Iron Giant. Visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a favorite family film each week for only $3.99. Learn more at cineplex.com.

July 20, 11am to 4pm; Taste of Okotoks. The Taste of Okotoks is back for its 12th year! Get ready for a culinary celebration with a twist! Are you ready to surprise your taste buds, support local businesses and explore Okotoks' diverse food scene? Learn more at okotoks.ca.

July 20, 4 to10pm; 4th Street Night Market. Back for its fourth summer, you can expect to see vendors selling everything from handmade jewellery and home decor items to food, apparel, planters and more at the 4th Street Night Market. Learn more at 4thstreetnightmarket.ca.

July 20 to 21; Afro-Caribbean Food Festival. A celebration of the Caribbean, African and everything in between through food, music and culture. Learn more at acfoodfestival.com.

July 20 to August 24; Nooks & Crannies Festival. Nooks & Crannies is a festival where artists create temporary site-specific installations in downtown Okotoks. This art festival sees artists repurpose and animate forgotten places with ‘forgotten’ materials, bringing public art to forgotten corners of downtown Okotoks. Learn more at okotoks.ca.

Until July 21; Canadian Badlands Passion Play. An epic story of faith, hope and love told on Canada's largest outdoor stage. Learn more at badlandsamp.com.

Until July 21; Music in the Park. The Calgary Wind Symphony is pleased to be returning to Riley Park this summer to bring music to the community in one of our favorite outdoor settings. Bring the whole family and enjoy music in the park! Learn more at calgarywindsymphony.com.

July 21, 11am to12pm; Goat Yoga at Granary Road. Join Granary Road and their friendly pygmy goats for a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages and abilities. The goats will get up close and personal while you flow through different yoga poses guaranteed to bring out laughs and fun for all. Learn more at granaryroad.com.

July 21, 12 to 5pm; GlobalFest OneWorld Picnic. Come down to Hotchkiss Gardens to witness a sneak peak of GlobalFest through the mini OneWorld Festival. Check out the gathering of various cultural pavilions on site and experience demonstrations, displays and vendors. Then, grab a bite from the food trucks on site and enjoy your lunch while viewing our fantastic performance groups from many different cultures. Learn more at globalfest.ca/events.

July 21, 2 to 4pm; Michaels Make Break: Sunrise Wood Plaque Painting. Paint the perfect graphic sunrise. Purchase an unfinished wood plaque, then head to the MakeBreak table to create one to take home. Learn more at canada.michaels.com.

July 21; 2 to 4pm; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem - Film Screening. The Burnswest Theatre at The Confluence is a cozy indie theatre perfect for a fun day out with the family or date night with a special someone. EENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM (PG) – After years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers work to earn the love of New York City while facing down an army of mutants. Learn more at theconfluence.ca.

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