A group photo of hundreds wearing Canada t-shirts and waving flags
Celebrate Canada Day throughout the city | Photo: Courtesy of The City of Calgary

Canada Day

Celebrate with free, family-friendly activities all day long

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Promising a celebration like no other, join Canada’s 151st birthday party taking place this Sunday.

The City of Calgary has again partnered with dozens of local cultural organizations to program a day filled with fun, family-friendly, and free events. Bursting with music, dance, art, and culture, the day includes presentations from the Canadian Armed Forces, the Indigenous Showcase on Prince’s Island Park, and live music on the Riverfront Avenue stage. In fact, there’s even the One City, One Voice community sing-a-long where you can belt out Neil Young’s Heart of Gold led by Brian Farrell, the Artistic Director of Revv52, and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.

And what Canada Day would be complete without fireworks? Look for them once again off of the Centre Street Bridge starting at 11:00pm.

Unsure where to start? Here are our can’t miss highlights of the day:

Fort Calgary

9:00am – 4:00pm
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)

With family-friendly fun throughout the day, head to Fort Calgary for live music, kid’s crafts, circus performers, theatre games, an artifact tent, and so much more. Make sure you swing by early and enjoy free scones for the first 1,000 guests.

Stephen Avenue Walk/Olympic Plaza

9:00am – 5:00pm
Stephen Avenue Walk (along 8th Ave.) & Olympic Plaza (222 8th Ave. SE)

Right in the heart of downtown, Stephen Avenue Walk is sure to be bustling with patios, live music, and an arts celebration from Canadian Artists for the Poor in full swing. And with the Summer Stage moved to Olympic Plaza and programmed with fantastic local acts, it’s a great day for a stroll.

Studio Bell

10:00am – 5:00pm
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
Free admission on July 1

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, is ready to rock for Canada’s 151st birthday. Explore Canada’s rich musical history though five floors of exhibitions and enjoy live tunes, pop-up activities, and free admission all day courtesy of Bell. Highlights include an O Canada sing-along, dueling pianos from the NMC Collection in an all-Canadian song battle, a Cue Steps Round Dance Club performance, and much more.

A volunteer greets visitors to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Enjoy free admission to Studio Bell this Canada Day | Photo: Courtesy of the National Music Centre

Indigenous Showcase & Powwow

11:00am – 5:00pm
Prince’s Island Park (27 Prince’s Island Path SW)

Celebrate Indigenous culture with a traditional Powwow and cultural programs at Prince’s Island Park. It all begins on the main stage at 11:00am with a morning blessing with Keith Chiefmoon. Open for all to participate, the Traditional Powwow Grand Entry takes place at 1:00pm.

Canada Day Concert

6:30 – 11:05pm
Riverfront Avenue (Between 1st St. & Macleod Tr. SE)

The City of Calgary presents an evening of entertainment kicking off with a three-part harmony amateur choir performance open to all citizens. Featuring performances from Shred Kelly, Alex Cuba, and Corb Lund, the night wraps with a 15-minute fireworks show off the Centre Street Bridge to iconic, award-winning Canadian music.

Check out The City of Calgary’s interactive map of events or hit up the full schedule at calgary.ca.