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Celebrate Canada Day on 17th Ave | Photo: Courtesy of 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District

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Start planning your Canada Day long weekend!

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

There’s a lot in store this week when it comes to arts events around town including a few different ways to spend the Canada Day holiday. From Fort Calgary, to 17th Avenue in the Beltline, to Bowness, the city is reverberating with things to do!

Rod Squance

June 29, 2022, 12:10 – 1:00 pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Rod Thomas Squance is an exciting Canadian musician who captivates audiences with a perfect blend of maturity and sparkling technique. He is an active soloist and freelance percussionist in chamber, orchestral, jazz, Balinese and Hindustani musical traditions.

Identifying Canadians

June 30, 2022, 7:15pm
The GRAND (608 1st St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Through music, poetry and educational conversation, this discussion focuses on how traditionally perceived Canadian identity is different for racialized Canadians. You are invited to not only listen to the stories of others but also share your own at this event celebrating the BIPOC experience in Canada.

Canada Day at Fort Calgary

July 1, 2022, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

The City of Calgary is hosting Canada Day celebrations at Fort Calgary. As part of the day, Fort Calgary invites you to join in with free museum admission, special art installations, film screenings and Canada Day-themed walking tours!


July 1, 2022, 10:00am – 9:00pm
Our Lady of Assumption School (7311 34th Ave. NW)
Free to attend

The first annual BownessFest Canada Day festival comes to the heart of Calgary’s northwest and includes over 30 musical and cultural performers, a food truck pavilion, a local market with over 50 vendors and a free community BBQ, plus family activities, contests, prizes and more!

Canada Day on 17th Ave. SW

July 1, 2022, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Tomkins Park (17th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Celebrate Canada Day on 17th Ave! Enjoy musical performances from Emily Vay, hoop dancing from Lakota Tootoosis, dance performances from Jet Dance and Arthur Murray Dance Studio, and theatrical performers from the Little Red Ball Company.


July 1, 2022, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Celebrate Canada Day with an afternoon of family-friendly performances from local favourites — the lineup includes Perpie Nwaefido, Walter MacDonald White Bear, Robert Adam and the Lucky Stars, Natalia Chai, and Sargeant x Comrade!

Canada Day at St. Patrick’s Island

July 1, 2022, 11:00am – 5:00pm
St. Patrick’s Island
Free to attend

Enjoy seeing the beautiful St. Patrick’s Island park come alive with family-friendly entertainment including buskers, stilt walkers, stage performers, face painting, crafts and activity tents. Make sure to go check it all out, along with beautiful views of the Bow River, a playground, and picnic spots.

Canada Day Fireworks

July 1, 2022, 11:30pm
Municipal Building (800 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free to attend

The City of Calgary wraps up Canada Day festivities as the sun goes down with a free fireworks display presented with CJSW 90.9FM. The fireworks will be visible from anywhere in the city with a view of the Municipal Building and will feature the downtown skyline as a backdrop.

Village Commons Grand Opening

July 5, 2022, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Village Commons (610 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Get to know carya’s programs, services and community partners at the opening of Village Commons in East Village! Join them for a community breakfast followed by an official opening reception where they’ll host family games, activities, live music, and more.

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