Festivals and events downtown
Downtown is also a great place to experience the Calgary Stampede each July, with the bulk of the Stampede Parade route winding through the city streets to kick off The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Find a spot on the sidewalk and get ready to wave and cheer on colourful floats, horses, and marching bands before grabbing a complimentary flapjack at Rope Square in Olympic Plaza or various community pop-up Pancake Breakfast events downtown throughout the 10-days
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo has also been known to kick-off the festivities with the POW! Parade of Wonders and Otafest on Stephen Avenue. A procession of comic book heroes, anime enthusiasts, cosplay creators, and celebrity guests start the annual celebration of all things pop culture.
Please note: Calgary Expo: Limited Edition takes place September 10-12, 2021.
Chinook Blast is Calgary’s Mid-Winter Round Up with light installations, outdoor art parks, and interactive activations created by artists throughout the downtown core. It’s a great way to bundle up, embrace the chilly winter temperatures, and discover everything the season has to offer.