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#ExploreDowntownYYC Explore Downtown Calgary

In the city of possibility, downtown is the face and the place of Calgary’s future.

It’s a mix of bold entrepreneurship, where dreams become reality and where creative curiosity is unleashed; it’s toes tapped to music and dipped in the river, drinks sipped from a rooftop and art and culture appreciated up close and personal.

Downtown is where it all happens – it’s the pulse of our city and no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. 

Plan your summer using our Downtown Summer Festival Itinerary!

With over 100 festivals and events happening downtown this summer, the heart of our city will be bursting with fun and entertainment for everyone.

Ready, Set, Explore!

Events in the Spotlight

  • Walk Walk Dance

    June 20 – July 30, Harley Hotchkiss Gardens (611 4 Street S.W.)

    Get ready to step, jump, roll or dance your way through Harley Hotchkiss Gardens! In partnership with the Calgary Downtown Association is excited to present “Walk Walk Dance,” an installation featuring a series of music-making lines that transforms movement into a joyful, collective experience.

  • Story City

    All Summer long, Various Downtown locations

    Choose your own adventure with Story City! Story City is a free, interactive storytelling experience that makes you the hero of your own adventure. Grab your phone, a few friends, and hit the streets to explore locally-made stories by and for Calgarians. Download the app to get started!

Stampede Spirit Community Breakfast

Bring your neighbours, friends, and the whole family, and join us for a delicious pancake breakfast and fun-filled activities for everyone.

Your adventures might start with face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon twisting. Cheer or join in thrilling 3-on-3 basketball games and grab some swag from Calgary Surge! Everyone can get creative with the Brickwares' team and build with LEGO. Or, try your hand at circus fun and learn to juggle, spin plates and walk on stilts with artists from Green Fools Theatre, while grooving to tunes with long-time Calgary fave, DJ Faust. There will be a complimentary pancake breakfast available for the first 700 guests.

It’s a perfect way to celebrate the Stampede, connect with your community, and create unforgettable memories!

When: July 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Century Gardens (825 8 Ave. S.W.)

Getting here: You can get downtown with Calgary’s Public Transit system. For more information on Calgary city buses or the CTrain, including schedules, maps, passes and fares, visit Calgary Transit.

If you plan to drive, park at Lot 54 - Centennial Parkade for convenient access


Explore these sample itineraries to help guide your visit. New memories are waiting – start here, in downtown Calgary.

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