10 Canada Day events in Calgary – and where to watch fireworks
WATCH: Heritage Park, Olympic Plaza and Prince’s Island Park are just a few of the places Calgarians are heading to celebrate Canada Day. Heather Yourex reports.
CALGARY – There are plenty of ways to celebrate Canada Day in Calgary this year.
Here’s a look at some of the events:
Prince’s Island Park
- First Nations Powwow
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Bow Valley College’s Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre presents a free powwow featuring drumming and dancing.
- Canada Day at Eau Claire Market
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free ice cream for the first 1,000 guest and entertainment including a magic show, jugglers and dancers.
- Food truck roundup
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Grab a bite to eat from a selection of food trucks featuring a range of ethnically diverse cuisines. (Located between the YMCA and Eau Claire Market.)
- Living Flag
11 a.m. to noon
A group of 3,000 people gather together in red and white tshirts to form a living flag.
- Riverfront Festivities
12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Events along Riverfront Avenue begin at noon and finish with a stage show featuring rising synth-rockers Dear Rouge, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and Stars.
|Riverfront Stage Schedule|||
|7 – 7:15 p.m.||Opening Ceremonies|
|7:15 – 8:15 p.m.||Dear Rouge|
|8:30 – 9:30 p.m.||Dan Mangan + Blacksmith|
|9:45 – 10:45 p.m.||Stars|
|10:45 – 11 p.m.||Fireworks|
- Fireworks on the on Centre Street Bridge
10:45 p.m. (-ish)
The 2015 Canada Day fireworks display will be presented from the Centre Street Bridge. The show will be synchronized with music, broadcast live on Kool 101.5 and 95.3 The Peak. A free fireworks shuttle will run between SAIT and McHugh Bluff Park from 6 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Pay parking is available at SAIT, however Calgarians are encouraged to take the CTrain to meet the shuttle.
- Festival Market (between Eau Claire market and the YMCA)
- Riverfront Avenue
- Calgary Stampede Canada Day & Harry the Horse Birthday Bash
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harry the Horse is turning 30! Visit Olympic Plaza to celebrate his special day — and Canada’s birthday too! Birthday cake will be made available at 1:30 p.m.
- Chinatown Fest
3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Chinatown during the second Chinatown Fest, hosted by the Calgary Chinese Merchants Association.
Prairie Winds Park
- Celebrate Canada
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Celebrate Canada is an initiative of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamā’at (AMJ) Calgary. Thousands of Calgarians from different diverse communities. The event includes the singing of the national anthem and a flag hoisting.
- East Village Street Fair
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate Canada Day with family fun at the Village Street Fair, featuring a classic car show.
- Canada Day at Fort Calgary
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy a free pancake breakfast, live entertainment, children’s crafts and a petting zoo.