Downtown West Community Association
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

events

Calendar of Events

Events Happening In and Near Downtown West

 

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
Jun
20
to Jun 24

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival

  • www.sledisland.com/venues (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sled Island's thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit fuse to produce a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of more than 250 bands, comedy, film and art as well as over 30,000 attendees in more than 35 venues, earning rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe.

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Canmore International Improv Festival
Jun
20
to Jun 24

Canmore International Improv Festival

Just an hour's drive from DW!  Mountains, beers, laughs… it worked in 2017 and now the Canmore International Improv Festival (CIIF) returns with an expanded line-up of 10 shows at Artsplace...

The 2nd annual CIIF features an international cast of A-list performers! The Improvised Musical, an Olivier award-winning show from London, England. Norway, France and Holland are all represented, along with western Canada’s brightest and funniest improv performers. This year, CIIF is adding an original kids’ show for Saturday and Sunday matinees.

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Campfire Chats 2018: National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun
21
10:00 AM10:00

Campfire Chats 2018: National Indigenous Peoples Day

A day of FREE cultural events: tipi painting, dancers, drumming and storytelling from community leaders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers.  Pull up a blanket and celebrate the longest day of the year with diverse stories about the cultural significance of tipis in the Treaty 7 region of southern Alberta. EVENING EVENTS: RSVP is required - REGISTER HERE.

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CALGARY TRACK TAKEOVER
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

CALGARY TRACK TAKEOVER

Canada’s first ever street track meet in downtown Calgary. The Calgary Track Takeover will bring some of Canada’s top male and female Olympic performers to Olympic Plaza to compete in the following 3 events; 100M dash, Pole vault, and high jump. Come out and watch!

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WE LOVE 2 DANCE - 80'S & 90'S EDITION
Jun
23
to Jun 24

WE LOVE 2 DANCE - 80'S & 90'S EDITION

  • Junction - Bar · Food · Stage (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

‘Party like it’s 1999’ with Dutch Mastermixer and radio sensation Ben Liebrand! Come ready to dance and enjoy exclusive access to see one of the world’s greatest mix artists, who will be spinning the ‘wheels of steel’, celebrating music from the 80’s & 90’s. See why Ben has inspired an entire generation of DJs around the globe.

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The Stampede Parade
Jul
6
7:30 AM07:30

The Stampede Parade

Calgarians have been enjoying Stampede Parade festivities for over 100 years!
1912: FIRST STAMPEDE
Kicked off by Guy Weadick
2,000: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE Led the way in full ceremonial dress
75,000: SPECTATORS Lined the streets to see the spectacle
5 GALLON STETSON Worn by Mayor Johnny Mitchell

The Downtown West community gladly welcomes the world again this year!

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Garden Party at Lougheed House
Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

Garden Party at Lougheed House

  • Lougheed House National & Provincial Historic Site Gardens (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A FREE, Family Friendly Day of Fun with a Beer Garden, a Dog Parade at noon, Garden Games, Music, Entertainment, Garden Tours, and free admission to the Lougheed House National & Provincial Historic Site and Gardens including guided tours. Join us for an afternoon of fun right in the heart of historic Beltline! 

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VegFest Calgary
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

VegFest Calgary

Last year, VegFest Calgary hosted over 8,000 veg and veg-curious Calgarians for an immersive vegan experience featuring industry speakers, talented musicians, cooking demos, local businesses, and a large selection of mouth-watering fare. This year will have MORE speakers, cooking demos, vendors, a VEGAN-CERTIFIED BEER GARDENS in partnership with Cold Garden Beverage Company, and DJs.

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FEEDING THE 5000
Jun
14
10:30 AM10:30

FEEDING THE 5000

F5K Calgary event is to raise awareness about food waste & to show YYC that we can Feed 5k people with food that would otherwise end up in a landfill!  We’re looking for some awesome volunteers again this year too! Those interested can visit https://recycle.ab.ca/f5kyyc/ for more information on how to apply! This event is FREE and family friendly.

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Mayor's Environment Expo
Jun
5
to Jun 7

Mayor's Environment Expo

  • Calgary Municipal Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mayor's Environment Expo is a celebration of excellence in environmental education and stewardship for Calgary's youth, and inspires students and families to take simple actions to protect our environment. We all have a role to play, so join us and help shape tomorrow into a healthier and more sustainable future!

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Seniors’ Day at Studio Bell
Jun
4
10:00 AM10:00

Seniors’ Day at Studio Bell

All seniors (65+) can enjoy FREE admission to Studio Bell on June 4 and 5 as part of Seniors’ Week in Calgary, which celebrates the contribution that seniors make in our communities.

A multi-generational experience that’s fun for the whole family, seniors can explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada.

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Disability Pride Celebration & Parade
Jun
3
11:00 AM11:00

Disability Pride Celebration & Parade

Want to get involved with a fun community event? Well, we have one for you!  Alberta is getting ready for a Disability Pride Celebration and Parade.

What is Disability Pride?  It’s about being happy with who you are and sharing yourself with the people around you! We will celebrate what makes us each unique and how much we all have in common.

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Reconciliation Bridge Renaming Ceremony
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Reconciliation Bridge Renaming Ceremony

ALL CALGARIANS ARE INVITED! Gather at either side of the bridge. (NOTE: bridge will be closed to traffic at 11:30am.)

This afternoon event opens at the N side (Memorial Dr & 4 St NE) with a gathering of Elders. Ceremonial blessings will be led by territorial Elders, who will then participate in a prayer circle with youth from their communities, and make a solemn walk across the bridge. Participation in the prayer circle is limited to invited guests only, but all Calgarians are invited to walk across the bridge following the Elders.

The event will continue on the south side of the bridge with flag songs, drumming, speeches, and a round dance. We hope to see you there!

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STAGE ONE FESTIVAL OF NEW CANADIAN WORK
May
25
to Jun 9

STAGE ONE FESTIVAL OF NEW CANADIAN WORK

THE PLAYS OF TOMORROW, ON STAGE TODAY! For 30+ years Lunchbox Theatre has been dedicated to the creation, development and production of new Canadian one-act plays, many of which have gone on to great acclaim after their premiere on our stage.

Come and be a part of the process of creation. Attend the free workshop readings and help us shape the new plays that will grace the Lunchbox stage in years to come.

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Calgary International Children’s Festival
May
23
to May 26

Calgary International Children’s Festival

  • Arts Commons & Olympic Plaza (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Discover a World of Wonders!

Back again this spring, this festival brings the best in performing arts to young Calgary audiences. Join the excitement with imaginative puppet shows, innovative tales told through black light, GRAMMY Award-winning musicians, and enchanting storytelling.

This year’s Kidsfest line-up features 10 exciting performances from all around the world and is the perfect way to spend some quality time with the family, while exposing your kids to the wonder and creativity of the performing arts.

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OTAFEST
May
18
to May 20

OTAFEST

  • CALGARY TELUS CONVENTION CENTRE (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An all-ages, 3-day Japanese animation festival featuring anime screenings, a large exhibitor hall, community-run panels, cosplay contests, gaming, and much more!  Each year, Otafest also brings you voice actors as well as musical and industry guests to host panels, autograph signings, and meet & greets!

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Ramadan in Downtown West
May
15
to Jun 14

Ramadan in Downtown West

“It may come as a surprise to non-Muslims that the holy month of Ramadan, when many Muslims spend daylight hours fasting, is one of our city’s biggest celebrations of food. It seems counter-intuitive, but the 29 or 30 days of fasting are a particularly food-focused time of the year within Islamic communities.” Where to eat in DW during Ramadan?  Try Atlas Specialty Supermarket & Persian Cuisine at 1000 9 Ave SW.

PHOTO: JARED SYCH

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We Love 2 Dance – 80’s & 90’s
May
11
to May 13

We Love 2 Dance – 80’s & 90’s

  • Junction - Food . Stage . Bar (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 ‘Party like it’s 1999’ with Dutch Mastermixer and radio sensation Ben Liebrand!

This is a fully licensed 18+ event! Come ready to dance and enjoy exclusive access to see one of the world’s greatest mix artists. Ben will be spinning the ‘wheels of steel’, celebrating music from the 80’s & 90’s. You’ll experience first-hand why Ben has inspired an entire generation of DJs around the globe...  We Love 2 Dance videa

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SEMINAR: Senior's Brain Health & Geriatric Depression Screening
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

SEMINAR: Senior's Brain Health & Geriatric Depression Screening

A MENTAL HEALTH WEEK SEMINAR: Senior's Brain Health & Geriatric Depression Screening

Introduction: Kaj Korvela - Executive Director, Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Zahra Goodarzi - Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Room 205  at the Kerby Centre, coffee & snacks served

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OPEN HOUSE: HomeSpace Proposed Downtown Affordable Housing
May
8
5:30 PM17:30

OPEN HOUSE: HomeSpace Proposed Downtown Affordable Housing

Join us in learning more about HomeSpace Society’s plans for affordable, rental apartments located at 933 5 Avenue SW.

HomeSpace works with government, partners and communities to add more affordable rental housing. You can be part of the solution by supporting affordable, rental housing in your community for our fellow Calgarians.

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FREE Event! Disaster Alley
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

FREE Event! Disaster Alley

Do you know how to take care of yourself and your family in an emergency? 

Welcome to Disaster Alley!

Disaster Alley is a free event for all ages. Join us to learn some simple steps to prepare yourself for emergencies such as floods, power outages and severe weather events.

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Jane's Walk Calgary 2018
May
4
to May 6

Jane's Walk Calgary 2018

Be part of this global festival of free neighbourhood walking tours!

Last year this festival weekend saw 82 walks in neighbourhoods across Calgary - on topics as diverse as skateboarding, urban design, and climate change resiliency.

Learn something new. Notice something for the first time. Search for walks by location, date, time of day, theme, accessibility and quadrant.

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All of Us (The Tragically Hip Ballet)
May
2
to May 6

All of Us (The Tragically Hip Ballet)

  • Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrate a beloved musical icon in a new way. Lifelong “‘Hip” fans and new listeners will enjoy experiencing their songs through a new mode of performance. Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître continues his portrait ballet series with this show.

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Downtown Throwdown: Banff Snow Gets Dumped on Stephen Ave
Apr
26
8:30 AM08:30

Downtown Throwdown: Banff Snow Gets Dumped on Stephen Ave

Banff’s Sunshine Village Ski Resort is bringing mountain snow to the heart of Downtown Calgary. In late April, they will dump three tonnes of “Canada’s Best Snow” onto Stephen Avenue! 

PHOTO: Freestyle riders doing tricks along Stephen Ave during the 2017 Downtown Throwdown. (Photo by Bryce Davidson)

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CLIMB FOR WILDERNESS 2018
Apr
21
8:00 AM08:00

CLIMB FOR WILDERNESS 2018

This is your chance to climb the Bow, one of Calgary's most spectacular skyscrapers. Whether you're a committed climber, looking for a family activity or just a fun Saturday with friends, Calgary's biggest Earth Day event is for you! All proceeds go towards the conservation charity Alberta Wilderness Association and can be raised through fundraising.

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Calgary Poutine Week!
Apr
20
to Apr 28

Calgary Poutine Week!

"Poutine lovers, rejoice! From April 20 to 28, you can fill up on classic, inventive and one-of-a-kind poutines!  More than 80 Calgary restaurants (map) will offer their take on the popular dish, including Diner Deluxe, Oak Tree Tavern, National, Starbelly, The Beltliner, Leopold's Tavern, Ship & Anchor and more." (~ALANA WILLERTON)  Poutine Week is also an opportunity to contribute to a great cause — each time a participating restaurant sells its poutine dish, Mealshare matches that by giving someone in need a free meal.  poutinewithpurpose.com

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Coffee with a Cop
Apr
19
2:00 PM14:00

Coffee with a Cop

The Calgary Police Service Public Affairs Unit is now hosting 'Coffee with a Cop' events – giving citizens the opportunity to pick an officer's brain or just ask questions!

The next one in downtown will be Thursday April 19, 2pm-4pm, at the Starbucks at 550 6 Av SW, just across from the Calgary Courts Centre.

We encourage DW residents and business owners to take advantage of this opportunity!

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Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF)
Apr
16
to Apr 22

Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF)

15 years after the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) first launched, Western Canada's biggest genre festival presents its boldest and most eclectic lineup yet. 

With humble beginnings using fold-out chairs at The Venue (now called HiFi Club) attended by a few hundred fans over three days; today, CUFF is a seven-day internationally-recognized festival presenting 55 films to nearly 7,000 attendees. 

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HOUSE OF VANS POP-UP
Apr
13
to Apr 15

HOUSE OF VANS POP-UP

This densely-packed 3 days will include live performances by DIIV and Sheer Mag, a community market showcasing members of Calgary’s burgeoning creative community, a thought-provoking and humorous art exhibition, live mural painting by acclaimed artist and illustrator Jay Howell, photography workshop, and a skate park designed to pay homage to Calgary’s skate history. The House of Vans Pop-Up in Calgary event is FREE and open to the public!

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“LETTERKENNY LIVE!”
Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

“LETTERKENNY LIVE!”

Stars of the popular award-winning CraveTV LETTERKENNY will be hitting the road for “LETTERKENNY LIVE!”, a 90-minute comedy experience, starring Jared Keeso (Wayne), Nathan Dales (Daryl), K Trevor Wilson (Dan) and Mark Forward (Coach). The tour will come to Calgary at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, located between Glamorgan and Lakeview.

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MLA Open House
Mar
29
3:30 PM15:30

MLA Open House

Meet your MLA for Calgary-Buffalo, Hon. Kathleen Ganley, and find out what your provincial representative has been doing to make life better for Albertans!

Organizations in the constituency are welcome 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Residents of the constituency are welcome 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. 

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting you!

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