Canada Day is coming up this Sunday! One of the biggest national holidays, on July 1st, 2018 people all over the country will be celebrating 151 years of Canada. Canada Day events usually include fireworks, fairs, music, and lots of food. Calgary is no exception. On Sunday all sorts of exciting things will be happening. We’ve put together a list of some of the free Canada Day events happening in Calgary July 1st. A full list can be found here and here. Get the whole family out, put on some red & white, and prepare to show some Canadian pride!
Canada Day at Prince’s Island Park
Where: Prince’s Island Park (27 Prince’s Island Path SW)
When: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Main stage performances, arts and crafts, a poutine tent, this full day celebration has it all. Both Francophone and Indigenous cultures will be showcased at Prince’s Island Park for Canada Day. This is so important, as both cultures have played a huge role in making Canada what it is today!
Where: Chinatown (3 Avenue between Centre Street and 1 Street SE), Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 Street SW), and Sien Lok Park (Riverfront Avenue and 1 Street SW).
When: 12 – 5 p.m.
In addition to Canada Day, Calgary’s Chinatown district will be celebrating the Sien Lok Society’s 50th anniversary. Stop by the Chinese Cultural Centre to watch cultural performances and sample food from all over the world. Try karaoke and go strolling through the market on 3 Ave. Sien Lok Park will have badminton and volleyball games throughout the day. The park will also have a great view of the 11 p.m. fireworks!
Where: East Village (439 8 Avenue SE)
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy performances by local artists and musicians as you stroll through the fair. There will be vendors, food trucks, and a children’s area. Definitely consider stopping by if you’re coming from Fort Calgary or Studio Bell (both locations will have free admission that day!)
Where: Prairie Winds Park (223 Castleridge Blvd NE)
When: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hosted by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamā’at (AMJ) Calgary, this event will celebrate the multiculturalism Canada is famous for. The day’s events include a free BBQ, a flag hoisting ceremony, and a guided tour of Baitun Nur, Canada’s largest mosque.
Where: Eau Claire Market Plaza (200 Barclay Parade SW)
When: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Eau Claire will transform into an all-day party July 1st. There will be live entertainment, magic shows, an artisan market, FREE ice cream and much more! Eau Claire is one of Calgary’s most iconic neighbourhoods, and its market is at the very centre of that reputation. As a bonus, Eau Claire market is very close to the Bow River, which is where fireworks will be launched over.
Where: Olympic Plaza (222 8 Avenue SE)
When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Canadian Artists for the Poor (CAP) will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary art walk along Stephen Avenue. Heart for Art will showcase art by both locals and non-profit organizations. Live music will be performed throughout the street to enhance your experience.
Bow River Fireworks
Fireworks are one of the most exciting parts about Canada Day. At 11:00 p.m. an ENMAX fireworks show will launch above the Centre Street Bridge. There will be several viewing locations along the Bow River including Nose Hill Park, the Max Bell Centre, and Riverfront Avenue. After spending time at one (or maybe more) of the above events, be sure to take in the breathtaking fireworks. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket for maximum comfort!