July in Calgary

West Jet Sky ride at Calgary Stampede
West Jet Sky ride at Calgary Stampede
Things to do

July in Calgary

20+ things to do this July

Soak up the sun and explore all the great things to see and do this July in Calgary. From the Calgary Stampede to the Calgary Folk Music Festival, get ready to check out the hottest events of the summer.

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Night shot of the Calgary Tower

Look down from the top of the Calgary Tower to see the mesmerizing cityscape.

Calgary Tower 50th Anniversary

This summer head up to the top of the Calgary Tower and celebrate its 50th anniversary with an incredible view of the city skyline or enjoy a delicious meal at the Sky360 Restaurant & Lounge.

Where: Calgary Tower

When: Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm

Discover the Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm for family friendly activities like paint-balling, barnyard ball tosses, and pig races.

Where: Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm

When: Open June 2 – October 8

Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master

Explore the colourful history of famous Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier that spans over 65 years at the Glenbow Museum.

Where: Glenbow Museum

When: June 16 – September 9

Red Rock Diner at Stage West Theatre Restaurants

Watch and sing-a-long to iconic rock ‘n’ roll songs from the 1950s with energetic performers at the Red Rock Diner presented by Stage West Theatre Restaurants.

Where: Stage West Theatre Restaurants

When: June 29 – August 30

Shakespeare by the park

Lay a picnic mat and relax as you watch Shakespeare performances at Prince’s Edward Park.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona with Shakespeare by the Bow

Sit down and laugh as you watch ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona,’ a comedic tale of friendship, adventures and tribulations performed by emerging performers with Shakespeare by the Bow.

Where: Prince’s Island Park

When: June 29 – August 19

Canada Day at Heritage Park

Canada Day at Heritage Park Historical Village

Canada Day at Heritage Park

Canada Day at Heritage Park Historical Village

Celebrate Canada Day

Release your national spirit and celebrate Canada Day in Calgary. Sing-along to fantastic bands like Shred Kelly at the Canada Day Concert or try out fun family activities like face-painting at the Eau Claire Market Plaza before finishing off with a spectacular firework show!

Where: Various locations

When: July 1

Check out all the great ways to celebrate Canada Day in Calgary.

Welcome to the World of Honeybees Workshop at Heritage Park

Discover the unique World of Honeybees and learn about their seasonal behavior from a professional beekeeper for two hours before bringing home a sample of delicious honey.

Where: Heritage Park Historical Village

When: July 4 and 18

Riding ponies at Spruce Meadows

Let your kids ride the local ponies at Spruce Meadows.

Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ Tournament

Watch the Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ Tournament with your family while trying out fun activities like face painting, pony rides, and more!

Where: Spruce Meadows

When: July 4 – 8

Selkirk Grille Field to Fork Series: Garden Tour & Dinner

The Selkirk Grille is hosting their exclusive Field to Fork series this summer with an evening tour at Heritage Park’s gardens and finishing off with a four-course meal in the Selkirk Grille Gallery Room.

Where: Heritage Park Historical Village

When: July 5

Mexifest

Mexifest highlights the best of Mexican culture. Taste delicious authentic cuisine and watch cultural performances like Mexican wrestling for two days!

Where: Eau Claire Plaza

When: July 6 – 7

Cowtown Rodeo YYC 2018

Get front row seats to the Cowtown Rodeo this summer and watch bull riding, bull fighting, live auctions and participation events with prizes.

Where: Girlitz Ranch

When: July 6

Calgary stampede Rodeo

Get a front row seat to the Calgary Stampede rodeo.

Calgary Stampede

Go to the Calgary Stampede, The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, and watch amazing performances like the Grandstand Show, the rodeo or a live concert from their Calgary Stampede Showband. Try delicious food and take a ride on the Calgary Stampede Midway.

Where: Calgary Stampede Park

When: July 6 – 15

Roundup Music Fest

Listen to award winning bands like Train, The Grapes of Wrath, Wallflowers and a surprise 4x Grammy nominated guest at the Roundup Music Fest.

Where: Shaw Millennium Park

When: July 11

Knoxville’s Stampede Tent presents The Dead South

Saskatchewan folk-bluegrass band, The Dead South, is coming to Calgary for an exciting night hosted by Knoxville’s Stampede Tent.

Where: Knoxville Tavern

When: July 12

Cyclepalooza

Join other cyclists at Cyclepalooza, a festival that lets you ride all around Calgary and do fun activities like learning about bike history, camping in Chestermere and attending a bike prom.

Where: Various locations

When: July 13 – 22

Calaway Comic Fest for kids

Become the world’s greatest superhero at Calaway Park’s Comic Fest.

Calaway Comic Fest for Kids

Dress up as your favorite superhero with Comic Fest for Kids at Calaway Park. Get your face painted, obtain unique items from local artists, and be transported to another world at the Photo Ops Zone with your family.

Where: Calaway Park

When: July 13 – 15

Oxford Stomp: Celebrating 30 Years

JUNO award-winner, Barney Bentall is coming to Oxford Stomp, an exceptional music festival that celebrates the best of Canadian music.

Where: Shaw Millennium Park

When: July 13

Broadway Across Canada – Les Misérables

Broadway Across Canada is bringing the critically acclaimed musical, Les Misérables, to Calgary this summer. Watch award-winning songs and fantastic performances that will amaze Broadway lovers all over the city for five days!

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

When: July 17 – 21

11th Annual Calgary Turkish Festival

Explore the rich culture of the Turkish people at the 11th Annual Calgary Turkish Festival and try out Turkish pastries, watch folk dances and participate in family friendly activities.

Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza

When: July 19 – 22

Dancers at Fiestaval

Celebrate Latin American culture at the Fiestaval

Fiestaval

Fiestaval is a multicultural arts and entertainment event that celebrates all things Latin American through dance, food, and concerts for three days!

Where: Olympic Plaza

When: July 20 – 22

Rooftop patio at National on 8th

Drink a cold beverage on a warm afternoon at the rooftop patio of National on 8th.

Rooftop Patio at National on 8th

Soak up the sun on western Canada’s largest rooftop patio at National on 8th, play a game of ping pong or cornhole and grab a pint for a true summer experience in Calgary.

Where: National on 8th

When: Open Monday – Saturday

Performance at Folk Music Festival

Listen to amazing bands at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Calgary Folk Music Festival

Listen to over 65 artists from eight different concert stages at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of musical genres along with fun interactive activities with the family.

Where: Prince’s Island Park

When: July 26 – 29

Historic Calgary Week

Explore a variety of historical monuments throughout the city, with over 70 different venues, Historic Calgary Week lets you learn more about the city from bike tours to family-fun activities.

Where: Various locations

When: July 27 – August 6

Terminus: Shockwave

Listen to over a dozen of fantastic electronic and industrial bands from all around the world, like Mesh and Leather Strip, at Terminus: Shockwave.

Where: Dickens Pub

When: July 27 – 29

Puppy at Pet-A-Palooza

Let your pets join the fun at Pet-A-Palooza (Photo Credit: BarkingMadPhotography)

Pet-A-Palooza

Pet-A-Palooza is a festival all about pets. Featuring dozens of local treats, foods, and toys for your pet’s entertainment.

Where: Eau Claire Market

When: July 28 – 29

Pandas at the Calgary Zoo

Check out the Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo

Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo

This summer go to the Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo and experience a world of cuteness with Calgary’s four giant pandas.

Where: Calgary Zoo

When: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Horse race at the Century Downs Racetrack and Casino

Watch entertaining horse racing at the Century Downs Racetrack and Casino.

Packwood Grand

Dress like royalty at the Packwood Grand, a celebration of sophistication and leisure that lets you wear your finest clothes and watch horse racing while sipping on a well-crafted cocktail.

Where: Century Downs Racetrack and Casino

When: July 28

14th Annual Calgary International Blues Festival

Celebrate and listen to sweet music at the 14th annual Calgary International Blues Festival through workshops, special events and musical concerts for seven non-stop days!

Where: Various locations in Calgary

When: July 30 – August 5

Food tours at Kensington Market

Taste delicious local foods and wine in the neighbourhood of Kensington.

Alberta Food Tours – Craving Kensington

Take a three-hour tour in Kensington and try out some of the local delicacies only found in the district, such as delicious cheeses from the Peasant Cheese Shop or fine Italian dining at the Pulcinella Ristorante.

Where: Kensington District

When: Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday Summer Jazz Series

Deane House hosts their Sunday Summer Jazz Series with a delicious brunch and local jazz bands on the beautiful garden patio. Jazz bands begin their performances at noon.

Where: Deane House

When: Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Calgary Fermer's Market

Eat delicious local foods at the Calgary Farmers’ Market

Sunday brunch and a Calgary Farmers’ Market Tour

Listen to Calgarians tell stories while sampling local foods and eating a delicious brunch at the Calgary Farmers’ Market.

Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market

When: Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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