Flip flops and sun frocks, bathing gear and yoga wear. Summer is one of the most popular times to delve into the best of Calgary’s outdoors. The Calgary Stampede signals the start of summer and it is festival after festival on the calendar thereafter. Laid back or high adrenaline, your style suits summer just fine.

There is an infinite number of activities to discover in Calgary during the summer. The height of music festivals is upon us , with Sled Island Music Festival kicking off with hot beats and outdoor concerts. Whether you love country, reggae, opera, folk or classical, there’s likely a festival around the corner to get your feet moving.


  • DO: Explore the one-of-a-kind boutiques in Inglewood
  • DINE: At Container Bar, Calgary’s first restaurant bar made out of a refurbished shipping container in trendy Kensington Village
  • DISCOVER: Midway treats, chuck wagon races, and concerts at Calgary Stampede
  • DO: Experience WinSport Canada’s Olympic Park for summer boblsed, mountain biking, and ziplining along Canada’s fastest zipline
  • DINE: At a number of hotspots in Bridgeland like Burger 320, Shiki Menya, or Blue Star Diner
  • DISCOVER: The Interpretive Wetland Bow Habitat or learn about local wildlife at a Inglewood Bird Sanctuary that has been providing migratory birds with a place to rest their wings since 1929.


  • Sled Island Music Festival
  • Calgary Stampede
  • Chasing Summer
  • Calgary Folk Festival
  • Opera in the Village
  • International Reggae Festival
  • Calgary Jazz Festival
  • X-Fest
  • Calgary International Bluesfest
  • Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival
  • SummersEND Music Festival


Otafest, from June 30 – July 2 2017, is Calgary’s Premier Anime Festival that brings out more than 8,000 anime enthusiasts to show off the costumes, videos and art they’ve created. Panel discussions cover how to speak basic Japanese, don a kimono or draw a sword from a scabbard (laido). Anime fans also hear from people in the industry about their experiences and shop among dozens of vendors.  Otafest started in 1999 when the University of Calgary’s Dedicated Otaku Anime Club decided to have a one day film festival showing Japanese Animation (anime) to the public.  Little did they know that Calgary was so enamoured of anime.

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