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Parks special events and programs

The City of Calgary Parks has been providing a variety of special events and programs for over 30 years. We offer many free public events families and individuals can participate in. We also offer numerous nature courses through our Parks Program Guide programs.

Parks special events

Special Events

Lunchtime music from CPO

Downtown Calgarians will be treated to three different music ensembles from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performing at the City of Calgary's famous Devonian Gardens during April. Three FREE midday concerts, featuring different CPO musicians at each performance, will serenade lunchtime crowds and animate this lush public tropical garden space with beautiful live music.
Thursday, April 8, noon - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30, 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: Devonian Gardens

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Flood Tours

Come visit the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary to participate in tours of the flood-affected areas. Free, one-hour guided tours start Saturday, May 10 until Sunday, September 14. Space is limited, so please sign up online to pre-register for these walks.
May, June, September:
  • Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Sundays at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

July, August:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

International Migratory Bird Day

The City of Calgary has been proudly participating in this annual celebration for the past 10 years and will again be hosting our popular event this Mother's Day! Join Parks staff and local experts for a fun-filled day of games, entertainment and activities to celebrate bird migration and conservation.
Date: May 11
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Walk with Wildlife

Walk with Wildlife promotes nature exploration, physical fitness and civic pride. This program is for citizens of all ages.
Date: June 12, 14 & 15
Location: various parks and green spaces throughout the city (check back for specific locations and times)

Ralph Klein Park - Parks Fest 2014!

On Father's Day join us for Parks Fest 2014 as we celebrate our great City parks! Visitors will have the chance to connect with nature and enjoy local entertainment during this fun-filled day. Bring your family and friends to enjoy games, activities and more!
Date: June 15
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Ralph Klein Park

Summer Solstice Picnic

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a vintage-inspired picnic! Join your fellow botanical buffs at Reader Rock Garden on the longest day of the year! Parks staff will be hosting garden picnic activities under the June sky, including guided walks. Bring your lunch and join us!
Date: June 21
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Reader Rock Garden

Programs and events calendar

Program & Events Calendar

More programs

School Programs

Teachers, help get your students interested in nature and the environment with our wide range of educational programs, designed for students from preschool to high school.

Community gardens

Community gardens are important to the health and well-being of our neighbourhoods – they promote partnerships, provide food and encourage land stewardship Calgary has a long history of community gardens, and The City is pleased to support these gardens by working cooperatively with community associations and gardening organizations.

Tree planting programs

You can contribute to Calgary's urban forest by planting a tree on your property or becoming involved in one of The City's following tree planting initiatives including the NeighbourWoods Program, Arbor Day, Planting Incentive Program, Community Orchards or the Symbolic Tree Program