The City of Calgary announces family friendly activities, cultural demonstrations and musical acts for Canada Day 2019

Calgarians have come to enjoy our city’s world-class Canada Day celebrations, and this year promises not to disappoint. Presented in partnership with the Government of Canada and CBC, there will be activities across downtown at locations from Prince’s Island Park to Fort Calgary and everywhere in between. Free family-friendly events full of music, dance, art, and culture begin at 10 a.m. and the evening will close with live music at the Tim Hortons Canada Day Stage and The City of Calgary Fireworks Show at 11 p.m.

There will be a Powwow and Indigenous Showcase, food trucks, artisan market, a Canadian Military display, Francophone food and music, and a variety of multicultural entertainment to keep the entire family entertained on Canada Day. Community partners offering activities include the Iniikokaan Centre at Bow Valley College, World Sikh Organization, L’Association Canadienne-Française de l’Alberta, régionale de Calgary, ENMAX, Alberta Jeep Dealers, TD Bank, Eau Claire Market, Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, Canadian Armed Forces, Salsabor, Calgary Public Library, East Village Street Fair, Studio Bell home of the National Music Centre and Fort Calgary.

“On this Canada Day, we’re really going to showcase that Calgary is a city for everyone. Music, events and most important, community building, are going to be on display throughout our downtown,” said Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary. “These milestone days remind us what we have in common with our neighbours and how much we all benefit when we come together. I’m looking forward to seeing Calgarians from all corners celebrating together.”

Evening celebrations will kick off on the Tim Hortons Canada Day Stage at 6:30 p.m. Concert performances include:

  • Ghostkeeper at 7 p.m.
  • Post Script at 8 p.m.
  • Captain Tractor at 9 p.m.
  • Steven Page at 10 p.m.

A spectacular end the festivities, The City of Calgary Fireworks Show will be set to iconic Canadian music. Calgarians can enjoy it from any of the viewing locations along the entire Bow River corridor. ​If you can see the sky above the Centre Street Bridge at 11 p.m.​, you’ll have a wonderful view.

“Every July 1, Canadians from coast to coast to coast gather to honour our True North, strong and free,” said the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. “It is a time to reflect on how far we’ve come as a nation, and to reaffirm the core values we hold so dear: equality, compassion, inclusion and diversity. Our Government is proud to help bring communities together to celebrate this wonderful country we call home. Happy Canada Day to all Calgarians!”

Calgarians are encouraged to walk, bike and take transit to the downtown area on July 1. To further facilitate this, bike racks have been added in various locations. No payment is required for on-street parking on July 1 but time limits and other restrictions still apply.

Portable washrooms, drinking water refill wagons and waste, recycling and compost stations will be located at event sites. Calgarians can also help keep our city beautiful by using the ‘pack it in, pack it out’ method. This means any items brought to an event should be carried home for proper disposal.

For a full list of activities and road closures visit calgary.ca/CanadaDay.

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