Celebrations In or Around the NE

Canada Day @ Prairie Winds Park 11-2pm

It’s Canada’s 152nd birthday and there’s celebrations all over, all day! Here in our neck of the woods, I’d recommend checking out the Canada Day festivities at Prairie Winds park where the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamā’at(AMJ) Calgary are hosting an amazing celebration including kids activities, flag hoisting, AND a free BBQ (you know how I love a free BBQ) 😉

For more information, you can visit CelebrateCanada.ca (or just head on over!)

Canada Day Block Party

Hang out at a massive, accessible block party, featuring 100 vendors and two live music stages at the Max Bell Centre. There will be kids activities all day long.

City Celebrations 10am-11:30pm

The City of Calgary has a TON of celebrations happening all over. Some have already started, and some will start later and go until the fireworks tonight. For information on what’s happening where and at what time, check out the City’s Canada Day event guide.

They’ve also provided an awesome interactive map for you to plan your day with, try it out!

 

CBC News also had a great article with a nice detailed breakdown of the various events – you can read the full article here. Some of the highlights:

Fort Calgary

Check out a number of family-friendly activities, inside and outside. An Indigenous learning space and a station to try-on Mountie uniforms will be set up indoors. Outdoors, there will be a live brass band, food trucks, an artifact tent and kids crafts.

Prince’s Island Park
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 27 Prince’s Island Path S.W.

Family-friendly fun includes carnival games, mascots, storytelling and arts and crafts — part of the Franco-Albertan Celebration. Story-telling begins at 1 p.m.

Visitors can attend an Indigenous showcase of dancers, bands and cultural teachings in the park as well. Language teachings, storytelling and a smudge ceremony will take place during the Tipis and Metis Tent Cultural Teachings. A powwow begins at 1 p.m.

The Turban, Eh? is back by popular demand. Attendees can learn about the significance of the turban to the Sikh community. Participants can get a red or white turban tied on, too.

A free photo booth and virtual reality will also be set up in the park.

East Village

There will be street vendors, food trucks, live music and cultural dancing at the annual street fair in the city’s core. Visit the community garden area for crafts including face painting and balloon twisting. The East Village Bounce Games Park will also have games, basketball and art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eau Claire Market
  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 200 Barclay Parade S.W. 

Visit an artisan market, food trucks, music, dance performances and crafts. Free activities include live entertainment, face painting, airbrush tattoos, a magician performance and a petting zoo.

Studio Bell National Music Centre

Admission is free into the centre all day, where visitors can explore exhibitions, join an O Canada sing-a-long and watch piano performances and barn dances.

Chinese Cultural Centre
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 197 First Street S.W. 

The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is putting on multicultural performances and family-friendly activities, which visitors can enjoy while eating authentic cuisine.

New Central Library
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 802 Third Street S.E.

Calgarians are welcome to take part in storytimes, Indigenous crafts and a road hockey game at the library. There will also be a film festival and music performances, as well as tours around the new library. Attendees can receive a poem written for them, on the spot.

Tim Hortons Canada Day Stage

Steven Page, a former Barenaked Ladies member, is headlining the event with a performance at 10 p.m. Calgary-based Ghostkeeper, Franco-Albertan band Post Script and Edmonton folk rock band Captain Tractor will also grace the stage before the fireworks.

Fireworks

  • 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Centre Street Bridge

Canada’s birthday celebrations wrap up Monday with a bang on the Centre Street Bridge. Fireworks start at 11 p.m. 

Road Closures

  • Riverfront Avenue S.E. between Macleod Trail and First Street S. E.: June 28, 6 a.m. to July 2, 8 p.m.
  • 14th Street S.W. and 17th Avenue S.W.: June 28, 8 p.m. to July 2, 5 a.m.
  • Samis Road N.E. between Centre Street and First Street N.E.: June 30, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Riverfront Avenue S.E. between Reconciliation Bridge and First Street S.W.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Second Avenue S.E. between Centre Street and Riverfront Avenue S.E.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • First Street S.E. between Third Avenue S.E. and Riverfront Avenue S.E.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Macleod Trail between Fourth Avenue S.E. and Riverfront Avenue S.E. (with the exception of a community access lane): July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Centre Street lower deck and sidewalks between Memorial Drive and Second Avenue S.W.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Centre Street upper deck from Eighth Avenue north to Third Avenue south: July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Second Avenue between Frist Street S.W. and Riverfront Avenue S.E.: July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Memorial Drive from 10th Street N.W. to Edmonton Trail: July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Sixth Street S.E. between Ninth Avenue S.E. and Sixth Avenue S.E.: July 1, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Seventh Avenue S.E. between Fifth Street S.E. and Sixth Street S.E.: July 1, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Eighth Avenue S.E. between Fifth Street S.E. and Sixth Street S.E.: July 1, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • A handful of streets in Crescent Heights and Rosedale will also be restricted to resident access only on July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.

The City encourages everyone to take transit or bike downtown. While there is free parking today, time limits and restrictions are still in effect.

The Calgary Parking Authority is offering free parking in all of its  parkades on Monday — with the exception of the Arts Commons Parkade, where holiday rates will be in effect. Holiday rates also apply in select city surface lots on Canada Day. 

Please see this CBC article for additional information about events and closures.

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