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July Guide: 11 of the Best Events Happening This Month in Calgary

Published Jun 23, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

School is out and the sun is shining! July has lots of great events happening here in Calgary. Check out ChatterBlock's amazing list below of all the best events the city has to offer!

Take part in all of the great Canada Day celebrations, visit Summer at Spark, and be dazzled by the fireworks! There is tons to do this month in Calgary. Here are our top picks for all family events in July!

1. Summer at Spark

Spark curiosity and delight with free play while building stronger brains. Summer activities and mind-blowing outdoor science experiments are running daily including: Brainasium (Calgary's largest outdoor playground), Junkyard Playground (Winner of the 2019 Cascades Award), Daily programs and science demos, Giant outdoor maze, Parks Canada Mountain WIT performances , Weekly outdoor barbecues, Meet Amber, the Anaphylactic Bee Keeper.

Where: Telus Spark
When: July 1, 2

2. Canada Day at Calaway

Celebrate Canada Day in Calaway Park! There is lots of rides, games and fun times to be had with your family. There will also be surprise giveaways all day long...don't miss out!

Where: Calaway Park
When: July 1

3. Canada Day Fireworks

Join your fellow Calgarians to celebrate Canada’s birthday. There will be events across downtown at locations like Prince’s Island Park, Olympic Plaza, and more. There will be many free family-friendly events full of music, dance, art, and culture. The evening will close with live music at the Tim Horton’s Canada Day Stage and The City of Calgary Fireworks Show at 11 p.m.

Where: Centre Street Bridge
When: July 1

4. Calgary Stampede

Much more than a ten-day long celebration with midway rides and bucking broncos, the Calgary Stampede is a gathering place that hosts, educates, and entertains visitors from around the world. Their purpose is to preserve and celebrate western heritage, culture, and community spirit.

Where: BMO Centre
When: July 5-14

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5. Mexifest

Mexifest is a family-oriented, multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting the Mexican Culture. It will take place in the heart of downtown Calgary at Eau Claire Plaza on July 5-6 and 7. It is an opportunity to support Calgary’s Mexican community while encouraging multiculturalism among all Calgarians.

Mexifest aims at attracting attendees from all walks, with a focus on promoting cross-cultural discussion and introducing the city to the finer aspects of contemporary and traditional Mexican culture.

Where: Eau Claire Plaza
When: July 5-7

6. YYC Ultimate Obstacles

Come crawl, carry and run your way through an outdoor Ultimate Obstacle Course. Drop in and challenge yourself to something different!

Where: South Glenmore Park 
When: July 11

7. Calaway Comic Fest for Kids


Dress up in your best family friendly costume and be transported to the Calaway Comic Fest for Kids zone. With character meet and greets plus special activities each day, a whole new experience is waiting for your superhero or heroine, princess or prince, and your trusty sidekick too.

Forgot your mask? Stop by the Superhero Face Painting Center ($5 per face). Come experience Calaway Park like you never have before! Included with your admission to Calaway Park.

Where: Calaway Park
When: July 12-14

8. Fiestaval Latin Festival

Fiestaval is a 3 day outdoor free festival that showcases the Latino Culture, it takes place in the heart of Downtown Calgary in the "Calgary Olympic Plaza" (in front of city hall). Fiestaval showcases international bands and shows as well as the best Latin entertainment from Canada.

The food is nothing less than amazing - with over 30 authentic community food vendors. There is a great kids area with a stage, shows, games, activities, face painters, spanish interacive games, inflatables and more! Best of all, it's FREE!

Where: 228 8 Ave SE
When: July 19-21

9. Calgary Folk Music Festival

The annual Festival is a four-day family-friendly cultural and musical extravaganza. Artists from Alberta, Canada and the world perform on six daytime and two evening stages in concerts and sessions – unpredictable mash-ups where artists collaborate in unique and unexpected ways, sharing songs and stories. It’s a genre-bending affair that cleverly unites roots, world and indie icons and upstarts from around the globe; a destination event and essential community gathering for 53,000 Calgarians and tourists.

Where: Prince's Island Park
When: July 25

10. Pet-A-Palooza Calgary

"The social event of the year for dogs and their people!" This free and pet friendly festival is not one to be missed! Events Including: Yoga With Adoptable Puppies, RUFF MUDD - YYC's first ever mud run with your dog, Dinner En' Dogge, Running Of The Bulls, The Puppy Stampede, Wiener Dog Races, Photo Booths, and Over 120 of the leading pet related exhibitors.

Where: Eau Claire Market
When: July 27, 28

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11. C-Square Summer Market

Celebration Square, or C-Square, is the second East Village urban square to offer you a breather in the midst of your busy day. Located at 4 Street and 7 Avenue SE, it provides an amazing backdrop for this Tuesday market. Here you will find some amazing local vendors who will offer everything from produce, meats, breads, pastries, art, fashion, gadgets, health & wellness and so much more! 

Where: East Village
When: July 16, 30

We hope you find some great things to do this July with your kids in Calgary! For a complete list of upcoming events click here.

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