Top 10 Things To Do in Calgary this Summer

Summer is here in Calgary and along with more sunshine and days spent strolling along the Bow River, it also means the return of our highly anticipated Summer Guide (cue happy dance)! We want you to have the best summer ever, so we scoured the internet to curate a jam-packed list of the hottest things to do in Calgary this sunny season.

You’re bound to find loads of fun activities to keep you entertained throughout the summer with our guide in hand! Featuring classic summer staples like the Calgary Stampede and Folk Festival, plus an assortment of unique adventures like Calgary’s only guided river experience and some of the best Instagrammable brunch spots.

  1. FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival. June 3-12. A distinctive Western Canadian comedy festival with over 11,000 punchlines, 11 days & nights of laughter and six comedy performers per show. Although FunnyFest showcases a wide range of stand-up comedians from around the world, it focuses on promoting the outstanding comedic talents of Canadians.
  2. Calgary Stampede. July 8-17. The Stampede is a time-honoured event, dating back to 1912! Attracting over one million visitors per year, The Stampede features one of the world’s largest rodeos, a parade, a midway with mouthwatering meals, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions.
  3. Calgary Folk Music Festival. July 21-24. Immerse yourself in a magical weekend of song and dance—featuring artists Allison Russell, The Barr Brothers, Basia Bulat and more. Come down to Prince’s Island Park and hear mesmerizing folk music from artists from near and far!
  4. Taste of Calgary. Aug 4-7. Taste of Calgary is the city’s most appetizing festival, giving visitors the chance to sample the city’s global food scene, beverages, music and unique marketplace vendors.
  5. Float the Bow River. Embark on Calgary’s only guided river experience and take in amazing architecture, bridges, historic offices and residential high-rises as you float down the river. This is a view of the inner city that even long-time residents of Calgary have never experienced!
  6. A Day Trip Experience: The Banff Gondola. Discover sweeping scenes of mountain ranges, the Bow Valley and the charming town of Banff from the Sulphur Mountain summit. Stroll the boardwalk to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site, fuel up at Castle Mountain Coffee or enjoy a meal at the award-winning Sky Bistro.
  7. Enjoy a Wild Hike at Fish Creek. Canada’s second-largest urban park offers 80+ kilometres of mixed use trails with helpful maps to help figure out where you are and where you want to go. Post hike, plan a refuelling stop at Annie’s Café for coffee, pastries and ice cream.
  8. {New Brunch Spot} Morning Brunch Co. Calgary just got a sunny new spot for brunch, bringing pastel vibes and Instagrammable décor to the city’s southwest—serving delicious classic dishes at affordable prices.
  9. Picnic at Riley Park. This beautiful destination park in northwest Calgary is within walking distance from the Kensington shopping district. The park boasts a number of fun features like a cricket pitch, wading pool and the Senator Patrick Burns Memorial Rock Garden.
  10. ZooNights at the Calgary Zoo. Summer ZooNights are back and better than ever. Featuring your favourite animals, delicious beverages, bento boxes and buskers! The zoo is open late so you can enjoy the beautiful zoo grounds after dark, all while supporting wildlife conservation initiatives.