What’s Up This Week?On July 5, 2023 by Calgary's Child
July 7 to 9
Don’t miss out on our extensive list of all the Calgary Stampede Breakfasts in and around the city. Check them out on our blog.
July 7, 9am; Calgary Stampede Parade, each year the parade showcases more than 150 western-themed entries, including 30 marching bands, 40 floats, 750 horses and 4,000 people. The event will be led by 2023 Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Learn more at calgarystampede.com.
July 7, 6:30pm; The Revenant – Films at the Fort, this film is being screened at Fort Calgary’s Burnswest Theatre as the first installment of the Films at the Fort: Shot in Alberta event series. Learn more at fortcalgary.com.
July 7 to 9; MEXIFEST, come and 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. Find the event at Lot 6, 311 8 Street SW. Learn more at mexifest.ca.
July 7 to 16; Calgary Stampede, it is once again time for the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! Put on your hat and pull on your boots to get ready for one of the largest rodeos in the world, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competition, chuckwagon races and more. Learn more at calgarystampede.com.
July 8 to 9; Family Fishing Weekends Alberta, Family Fishing Weekends are offered twice a year in Alberta – during the Family Day weekend and during National Fishing Week in the summer.
During Alberta’s Family Fishing Weekends, no fishing is licence required. Albertans and visitors are invited to give fishing a try on waterbodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks). Learn more at mywildalberta.ca.
July 8, 11am; Cineplex Family Favourites: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a favorite family film each week for only $2.99. Learn more at cineplex.com.
July 8 and 9, 7:30 to 9:30am; Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo Gorilla Breakfast, bring your family and friends down to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo for a fun and educational morning at the zoo. Enjoy a scrumptious pancake breakfast with a side of gorilla facts from the zoo’s Animal Care, Health and Welfare technicians, followed by an exclusive visit to see the troop. Learn more at calgaryzoo.com.
July 8 to 9, 11am and 2pm; Toy R Us Activities: Bad Guys Book Launch Event, celebrate the release of the awesome anti-heroes’ newest comical caper with Bad Guys-themed activity sheets. Kids can join in-store to create their own getaway car, comic strip and rap sheet. Learn more at toysrus.ca.
July 9, 10am to 2pm; Puppy Pancake Day and Fundraiser, Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet Store & Bakery hosts this Stampede breakfast for your pup. Donations go to Fur-Ever Homes Rescue. Learn more at petbakery.ca.
July 9, 11am to 2pm; Giddy Up Pup! Stampede BBQ & BARC’s Rescue Fundraiser, BARC’s Rescue is hosting a family-friendly Stampede BBQ & Fundraiser at their Airdrie facility. Meet adorable dogs, check out vendors, play carnival games, and more. Learn more at barcsrescue.com.
July 9, 2 to 4pm; Michaels Make Break: Sunshine Wood Frame, join in-store for a free craft. For the month of July Michaels is partnering with project sunshine. Learn how you can donate to help kids through Michaels. All the while make a fun painted wood frame. The event is free, and all supplies are included. Learn more at canada.michaels.com.
Until July 9; Spruce Meadows North American, the ‘North American’, presented by Rolex, is a celebration of the close ties between the horse and the military. The pounding hooves of the competitors are amplified by the marching cadence of the military celebrations. The pageantry of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) 100 Man Guard as they perform the Feu de Joie ceremony on Saturday and Sunday is spectacular when we Salute our Heroes. Learn more at sprucemeadows.com.
Fridays in July, 5 to 9pm; Family Fun Friday Nights at Calaway Park, enjoy an extra two hours at Calaway Park on the Friday evenings in July only. Open from 10am to 9pm on July 7, 14, 21, 28. Experience Calaway Park from 10am to 9pm for regular admission per person or from 5pm to 9pm for only $25.95 per person. Don’t miss exclusive magic shows each evening at 6pm and 7:30pm. Enjoy all the family fun of Calaway Park for a bonus two hours. Learn more at calawaypark.com.
Until July 16; Badlands Music Festival, The Badlands Festival is a series of electronic and hip-hop shows that takes place downtown during the famous Calgary Stampede. Learn more at badlandsmusicfest.com.
Until July 31; G’ddy Up! | Group Exhibition, Newzones Gallery announces the return of “G’ddy Up!”, an annual rotating group exhibition that coincides with the Calgary Stampede. “G’ddy Up!” will survey how Newzones’ artists explore contemporary cowboy culture, and how they implement aspects of this culture in formal practices through painting, photography, mixed media, and sculpture. Learn more at newzones.com.
Until August 12; Jubilations Dinner Theatre Presents: The Addams Family Band, underneath it all, Wednesday Addams is just a regular teenage girl. And like any normal teenage girl these days, Wednesday wants to be a Pop Star. After searching high and low, she’s having a little trouble finding a band to play with her though … maybe her new bandmates are closer than she thinks. Learn more at jubilations.ca.
Until August 12; Jubilations Dinner Theatre Presents: Old Time Rock ‘n Roll, just take those old records off the shelf. That’s what Michael Stevens is doing. You see, when he decides it’s time to clean out the attic, he stumbles upon his stash of old records that have been collecting dust for decades. Let the nostalgia trip begin. Learn more at jubilations.ca.
Until August 25; Wagonstage 2023 presents: The Little Forest, join emerging artists from the School of Creative and Performing Arts who write, design, direct, and present these popular summer performances at various locations throughout the city. Learn more on the Wagonstage Facebook page.
Saturdays until August 26; City of Calgary Family Golf Nights, get your kids interested in hitting the links this summer with the City of Calgary’s Family Golf Nights! Juniors (ages four to 17) golf for free when accompanied by at least one adult. Learn more at calgary.ca.
Select Saturdays until August 26, 6 to 8:30pm; Dover’s Music & Art in the Garden, the Dover Music & Art in the Garden concert series is in its third year, born during the pandemic. It’s a way for the community to come together and enjoy beautiful Twin Views Communal Garden (a transformed tennis court) while listening to local musicians. Learn more at ckua.com.
Until August 27; Prairie Persuasion: Communication and Propaganda in Southern Alberta 1860-1950, visit Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park to learn about the darker side to propaganda, one which was aimed at different groups of people using discrimination and violence. Propaganda changed the shape of society as we know it today. Discover the power of propaganda for yourself, while you can, by visiting this new, temporary exhibit. Learn more at heritagepark.ca.
Until August 27; Calgary Wind Symphony, join the Calgary Wind Symphony for a free family-friendly concert in Riley Park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join for a wonderful afternoon of music. Learn more at calgarywindsymphony.com.
Until August 29, Tuesdays 11am to 4pm; The Market on Stephen Avenue, shop Calgary’s famous downtown avenue for all your market needs. Learn more at downtownmarkets.ca.
Wednesdays until August 30, 4:30 to 9:30pm; Crescent Heights Village BIA Night Market, this market will showcase local vendors, engage the community and raise awareness for the Green Line LRT Project. Learn more at crescentheightsvillage.ca.
Until September; Summer on 17th; returning for its sophomore season along with all of your favorite events. From movies in the park to live bands, theatrical performances and fitness classes, the 17th Ave Business Improvement Area is pulling out all the stops to ensure this summer is epic. Along with last year’s crowd favorites, there’s also tons of exciting new editions for 2023, so clear your calendars, because your summer plans are officially set. Learn more at 17thave.ca/summer.
Until September 2; Rosebud Theatre Presents: The Sound of Music, a young nun is sent off to be governess to seven mischievous children. She teaches the children to sing, bringing a fleeting moment of happiness in the shadow of the rise of the Third Reich. A summer musical for the whole family. Learn more at rosebudtheatre.com.
Saturdays, 3 to 9pm until September 2; Calgary Night Markets at Heritage Park, the Heritage Plaza and promenade in the front parking lots will be taken over by vendors. Shop local vendors, explore the shops in the Plaza, grab a bite to eat and be entertained. Learn more at heritagepark.ca.
Until September 3; Stage West Dinner Theatre: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, musical theatre for the whole family. With charm, wit, and heart, follow life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. An average day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day, to baseball season, wild optimism to utter despair. Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, and a beagle named Snoopy as they navigate the joys and pitfalls of childhood. Learn more at stagewestcalgary.com.
Every other Thursday until September 7, 4:30 to 9:30pm; Kensington Night Market, support local business and find your new favorite treats, breweries, fashions, fitness and more at Lot 57, 1210 Kensington Road NW beside Original Joes. Learn more at kensingtonyyc.com.
Until September 15; Inglewood Night Market 2023, the Inglewood Night Market is a modern market with locally sourced and handmade vendors selling diverse goods; from handmade crafts to vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, artisan eats and more. Learn more at inglewoodnightmarket.ca.
Until mid-September; WildScapes at the Calgary Zoo, this summer, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo will be taken over by larger-than-life animal topiaries. This one-of-a-kind summer garden experience can’t be found anywhere else in Western Canada, and will only be available for three short months. Learn more at calgaryzoo.com.
Until October; Bow Habitat Kids Can Catch Trout Pond, the Bow Habitat Station’s Kids Can Catch Trout Pond opens in mid-May and is stocked with rainbow trout in the fish hatchery for you to catch and release. Learn more at bowhabitat.alberta.ca.
Until October; Sacred Defenders of the Universe at TELUS Spark Science Centre, a vibrant floor-to-ceiling journey inside a graphic novel that follows four Indigenous superheroes as they seek to bring back the balance of earth between humility and respect for the land, and the excessive destruction of human ego. Learn more at sparkscience.ca.
Saturdays until October 7; Millarville Farmers’ Market, the people behind the tables at the Millarville Farmers’ Market are the real deal. They are the growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists. Ask them about their farm, their art, their love of what they do. Learn more at millarvilleracetrack.com.
Mobile Adventure Playgrounds. Join The City of Calgary for a self-directed, drop-in program that uses loose parts and natural materials to inspire active and creative outdoor play, and connect people, young and old, to nature. Visit calgary.ca/free for locations and details.
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