Aug 20

This week: August 19 to 25   

This week we’re eating our way through Calgary’s culinary scene, celebrating the beginning of Pride in the city, and enjoying the last of summer in #DowntownYYC!

A & W Burgers to beat MS: Calling all burger fans! A&W Canada is celebrating the 11th annual Burgers to Beat MS campaign to raise awareness and funds to help those living with multiple sclerosis (MS). For every Teen Burger® sold across Canada on Thursday, August 22, 2019, A&W Canada will donate $2 to the MS Society of Canada. Over the last 11 years, A&W customers have raised more than $13 million for the MS Society of Canada and the aim is to raise $2 million this year.

https://www.calgarypride.caCalgary Pride: Pride kicks off on August 23. Check out the events calendar here!

Cirque du Soleil costume display at the Core: LUZIA brings grand visual surprises with jaw-dropping acrobatics to Calgary from August 16 through September 22, 2019. It takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“Lluvia”) soothes the soul. Humans in costume, wowing audiences with their incredible stunts and creating surrealistic series of grand visual surprises. It’ll take you to different parts of the country – the desert, oceans, and mountains – all without leaving your seat. 

Salsa on the Street: Expo Latino wants to show off Calgary’s fantastic downtown area and help you let loose. After Canada Day celebration, events will take place every Friday from 6-9 on the East 100 block of Stephen Ave. These are free events with no cost and no need to sign up in advance. Just come on down and dance Salsa with us!

Summer Feast: Summer Feast, Calgary’s favourite summer food festival is back for a third year. The 10-day prix fixe culinary event will run from August 16 – 25, bringing together a select number of Calgary’s top chef-driven restaurants and enticing diners to get out and try some amazing food! 

The Alley Party at the Grand: This reinvented party presents the Kate Hewko Fall 2019 Runway Show, Calgary’s top DJ line up, special guest music and dance performances, and a live art installation by NVRLND with take home art pieces for each guest! Elevate your night with a VIP experience that includes runway side seating and access to our catered Green Room. In our Green Room you can mingle with event musicians and artists with a private balcony view of the shows.

Shake, Stir, & Strainbow: From August 18 to September 2, Calgarians are encouraged to try unique Pride-themed cocktails from various Victoria Park and Centre City venues. Partial proceeds from the sale of each drink will be going towards supporting Skipping Stone Foundation. See participating locations here!

Summer Drag – Pride Edition at Sub Rosa: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Pride Week kicks off on August 23rd but we thought we’d get the party started a little early. Join us as we welcome back the ladies from Your Holy Trinity for another edition of Sub Rosa Summer Drag, only this time they’re pulling out every single stop with a 90’s and 2000’s pop playlist! This is a show you won’t want to miss! 

Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam Ft. Josie Veness: Calgary’s one and only official poetry slam, we’ve has been bringing competitive poetry to YYC since 2003. Slam poetry is a democratic platform for expression, so join as us a performer or as an audience member and see the top spoken word talent in the city!

#IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage: Join us this summer for some excellent music! Located on the 100 East block of Stephen Avenue Walk, outside the Telus Convention Centre, all performances are free and outdoors.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Aug 14

We work hard and we play hard here in #DowntownYYC and we prioritize the need to stop the clock, take a break, and head down to the street for happy hour to enjoy a fine libation and snack or two (or three or four). 

There are a ton of amazing restaurants and pubs in the area that offer deals as low as a $4 pint to a $10 cocktail to $4.75 mystery wine (oh my!). Specials usually begin around 2 pm or 3 pm (it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere) and go until 6 pm or 7 pm. If you’ve had one of those extremely long days and leaving your desk mid-afternoon just isn’t possible, many establishments complement their happy hour with a post-dinner finale that begins at 9 pm and runs until closing time.

Whether we’re catching up with friends or blowing off some steam with co-workers, happy hour is, and always will be, our FAVOURITE hour!

Here is our always-growing list of the best happy hour spots where you can eat and drink for cheap in Downtown YYC! 

The Bank and Baron Pub

When: Everyday from 3 pm to 6 pm

What’s the Deal?

  • $4: Pints + Highballs
  • $5: House red + White Wine, Domestic Bottles + Pints + Moscow Mule
  • $3: Americana Sliders
  • $5 Chicken Gyoza
  • $7: Steak Bites

The Wednesday Room

When:

  • Tuesday + Thursday from 3 pm – 6 pm and 9 pm – close
  • Wednesday: ALL DAY
  • Friday: 3 pm – 6 pm

What’s the Deal?

  • $5 Draft Beers
  • $5 House Wine
  • $9 Classic Cocktails
  • $25% off bottles of Wine (Wednesdays only)
  • $2 Oysters + $3 Squid Ink Boa (Wednesdays only)

The Guild

When: Monday to Friday from 2 pm – 6 pm

What’s the Deal?

  • $5 Beer
  • $6 Red, White, and Red
  • $9 Cocktails

Local on 8th

When: Everyday from 3 pm – 6 pm & 9 pm – Close

What’s the Deal?

  • $4.50 14cz Drave Beer + 1pz Rail Highballs
  • $4.75 Mystery Wine
  • $7 20oz Draft Beer Pints
  • $5.50 Yam Fries, Guac + Chips, and Szechuan Edamame
  • $10.50 Wings + Just the LOCAL Burger
  • $13.50 Nachos + Mexican Fish Tacos

Barcelona Tavern

When: All day and all night!
What’s the Deal? Daily happy hour specials vary in the AM and the PM. See them all here!

One 18 Empire

When:

  • Monday to Friday from 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Monday to Thursday 9 pm – 11 pm

What’s the Deal?

  • $5 5oz Wine on Tap
  • $6.50 19oz Draft 88 Landline
  • $10 Cocktails
  • Daily specials also available

The Unicorn

When: Happy Every Hour!

What’s the Deal: Daily specials for all day happy hour. View them here!

Bar Modern

When:

  • Everyday from 2 pm to 6 pm & 9 pm – Close

What’s the Deal?

  • $6 Priemium
  • Half Price Wine All-Day (Thursday only)

Cucina

When: Monday to Friday from 3 pm – 6 pm

What’s the Deal?

  • ½ price bottles of wine
  • $5 highballs
  • $5 Bottles of Beer

Do you have a notable happy hour that you would like us to include? Shoot us an email at [email protected] !

*Deals are subject to change, contact restaurants directly




Aug 12

This week: August 12 to 18  

This week we celebrate multiculturalism with festivals galore happening throughout #DowntownYYC!

Franco Festival Calgary: Franco Festival Calgary is a celebration many Francophone cultures, Africa to Europe, through Asia and the Americas, through music, dancing, cooking, crafts and other aspects that demonstrate the breadth and diversity of Canadian Heritage.​​

Carifest: Celebrate Caribbean culture in Calgary

Chinatown Street Festival: Come experience the Silk Road at this year’s CSF2019. Join us with the Calgary Flames team, cultural street food, live music, entertainment, and other multi-cultural offerings!

Expo Latino Festival: Amazing 3-day festival, Western Canada’s largest Latin festival that takes place each summer in August, at the Prince’s Island Park.

Paddle the Bow: it’s a Calgary staple and must be done at least once before the summer is over! Plus it’s a great way to view the city from a new perspective.

Shakespeare by the Bow – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: This summer, come together with the Calgary community to celebrate and support Alberta’s emerging artists in a gorgeous natural setting. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors through the forest as they are influenced and manipulated by a band of forest-dwelling fairies. Join us in Prince’s Island Park for this thrilling chase of love, identity and confusion.

Walk the Pride: The rainbow and trans flag crosswalks are back and here to stay – have you checked them out yet?

#IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage: Join us this summer for some excellent music! Located on the 100 East block of Stephen Avenue Walk, outside the Telus Convention Centre, all performances are free and outdoors.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Aug 02

This week: August 5 to 11

A four-day week is the best week! Plus there are a ton of exciting festivities lighting up #DowntownYYC, including a delicious foodie festival that will treat your taste buds and leave your tummy happy and more than full!  

Taste of Calgary: the city’s most appetizing outdoor festival of food and drinks is back for its 23rd year at Eau Claire’s Festival Plaza (Barclay Parade and 3 Street SW) August 8th to 11th, 2019. This year’s blend of international cuisines will treat your taste buds to flavors from African, East Indian, Italian, Spanish, Asian and others; all represented by over 70 of the Calgary’s most unique restaurants and beverage companies.

Come down and try our sample-sized menu items that are perfect for a bite-size taste of Calgary’s great cuisine and most unique beverages. Buy Taste sampling tickets for $1.00 each right at the event and use them to pay for any of the food or beverage menu items at the festival. Admission to the festival is free and includes a taste of Calgary’s incredible local entertainers – live on the Main Stage.

YYC Jam: The Balance Foundation is proud to present YYC JAM and Street Festival. This inaugural and annual 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament will be held in the streets of downtown Calgary and Stephen Avenue with the Calgary Tower acting as our iconic backdrop.

Cirque de Soleil Costume Display at The Core: LUZIA brings grand visual surprises with jaw-dropping acrobatics to Calgary from August 16 through September 22, 2019. It takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“Lluvia”) soothes the soul. Humans in costume, wowing audiences with their incredible stunts and creating surrealistic series of grand visual surprises. It’ll take you to different parts of the country – the desert, oceans, and mountains – all without leaving your seat. 

If you’re ready to be thoroughly entertained, you’ll want to catch their month-long costume display at the CORE. The display can be found on the second level glass bridge near Guest Services. Visit the display during mall hours August 13 – September19, 2019. 

Heritage Day Festival: Come join us for the 42nd annual Heritage Day Festival at Olympic Plaza! Come for 6 hours of multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts. Explore the artisan booths, get face painted into a lion, frolic in the water, try a new dish, or simply soak up the sun in front of the stage and enjoy the folk performances

Salsa On the Street 2019: Expo Latino wants to show off Calgary’s fantastic downtown area and help you let loose. After Canada Day celebration, events will take place every Friday from 6-9 on the East 100 block of Stephen Ave. These are free events with no cost and no need to sign up in advance. Just come on down and dance Salsa with us!

Explore #DowntownYYC on a Lime Scooter: take one for whirl, but don’t forget a helmet – safety first!

Shakespeare by the Bow – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: This summer, come together with the Calgary community to celebrate and support Alberta’s emerging artists in a gorgeous natural setting. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors through the forest as they are influenced and manipulated by a band of forest-dwelling fairies. Join us in Prince’s Island Park for this thrilling chase of love, identity and confusion.

Walk the Pride: The rainbow and trans flag crosswalks are back and here to stay – have you checked them out yet?

#IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage: Join us this summer for some excellent music! Located on the 100 East block of Stephen Avenue Walk, outside the Telus Convention Centre, all performances are free and outdoors.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Jul 29

This week: July 29 to August 4   

Where has the summer gone! Now that the sun is out, anything goes for the final month of Summer vacay. Experience to one many cultural festivals, get outdoors, and explore the magic of #DowntownYYC this week.

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony: Come and join us in this free, family event where approximately 2,000 colourful, glowing paper lanterns will be launched on the reflecting pond at Olympic Plaza on Saturday, August 3, 2019, during Calgary’s seventh annual Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony. Organized by the Calgary Ploughshares Society, this free, family event for everyone looks with hope towards a peaceful, nuclear-weapons-free world that is free from violence, and commemorates the lives lost in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The ceremony represents our hope that no other cities or people worldwide will ever again experience the violence and destruction of nuclear weapons.

Calgary Fringe Festival: Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals, bringing together emerging and established artists alike to tell their stories on stage. The Calgary Fringe hosts a combination of local, national and international productions – usually around 30 shows – for a total of over 160 performances over nine days.

Calgary International Blues Festival: Join us in celebrating the 15th annual Calgary Bluesfest! Featuring a full week of Blues workshops, concerts and special events that culminate in 4 days & nights of non-stop music on MainStage followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Series, this is sure to be the best week of the summer!

Salsa On the Street 2019: Expo Latino wants to show off Calgary’s fantastic downtown area and help you let loose. After Canada Day celebration, events will take place every Friday from 6-9 on the East 100 block of Stephen Ave. These are free events with no cost and no need to sign up in advance. Just come on down and dance Salsa with us!

Explore #DowntownYYC on a Lime Scooter: take one for whirl, but don’t forget a helmet – safety first!

Shakespeare by the Bow – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: This summer, come together with the Calgary community to celebrate and support Alberta’s emerging artists in a gorgeous natural setting. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors through the forest as they are influenced and manipulated by a band of forest-dwelling fairies. Join us in Prince’s Island Park for this thrilling chase of love, identity and confusion.

Walk the Pride: The rainbow and trans flag crosswalks are back and here to stay – have you checked them out yet?

#IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage: Join us this summer for some excellent music! Located on the 100 East block of Stephen Avenue Walk, outside the Telus Convention Centre, all performances are free and outdoors.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Jul 22

This week: July 22 to 28  

We’re making history this week in #DowntownYYC – come celebrate with us!

Walk the Pride: The rainbow and trans flag crosswalks are back and here to stay!

Locked Library: What’s more fun than a night at the library? Being a knight at the library! On July 26th, our Locked Library returns for one night of fairy-tale adventure. You and your team will have 2 hours to quest through the realm. Work together, solve puzzles, and race to be among the first to escape the enchanting New Central Library. 

Calgary Folk Music Festival: join them for their 40th Anniversary in Calgary. Check out the line-up here.

Shakespeare by the Bow – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: This summer, come together with the Calgary community to celebrate and support Alberta’s emerging artists in a gorgeous natural setting. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors through the forest as they are influenced and manipulated by a band of forest-dwelling fairies. Join us in Prince’s Island Park for this thrilling chase of love, identity and confusion.

YYC Jam Registration: In its inaugural year, YYC Jam is a single day, all ages, three-on-three basketball tournament and festival, featuring a FIBA three-on-three exhibition game, live music and beer gardens. Hosted in the heart of Calgary’s downtown on August 10, 2019, the event’s footprint extends four city blocks, including Stephen Avenue and Centre Street.

#IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage: Join us this summer for some excellent music! Located on the 100 East block of Stephen Avenue Walk, outside the Telus Convention Centre, all performances are free and outdoors.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Jul 15

This week: July 15 to 21

The post-Stampede detox is real! This week it’s all about getting outside, recovering from the craziness, and enjoying all of the beauty that downtown YYC has to offer!

Stampede Detox at Jusu Bar: restock your body with nutrients and vitamins allowing you to get back on track into your regular healthy eating habits and off of the deep fried diet.

Fiestaval: Fiestaval is a FREE, all-ages, family friendly cultural event that features internationally-acclaimed live music, folkloric dance performances, and dance lessons that allow attendees to experience the diversity amongst Latin America, while bringing together the multicultural community of Calgary.

Brookfield Place summer market: shop for fresh produce and other local goods at the exterior plaza of Brookfield Place.

Explore Calgary on a FREE walking tour: from Downtown North to Haunted Cowtown, learm something new about our city on these free walking tours and meet some new friends while you’re at it.

Discover Downtown YYC Art: check out the 59 art pieces in downtown Calgary created and situated for the enjoyment of the general public.

Cyclepalooza: Cyclepalooza is a volunteer-directed, community-based, bicycle-themed festival promoting arts, culture, events, and fun in Calgary. It was formed out of the desire among Calgary area cyclists to bring more publicity and interest to cycling and its positive impacts on communities, and to bring communities together through cycling.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Jul 10

This week: July 8 to 14

Stampede is half way over and we are loving the pulse that it’s sending through the city! Grab your friends and family and head Downtown to enjoy the last 5 days of western activities before they’re over. Next up, post-Stampede cleanse. Don’t worry we’re in it together!

Enjoy the daily festivities at Fluor Rope Square on Stephen Avenue: At Fluor Rope Square, every day starts with a bacon pancake served hot off a chuckwagon or smokie.  We follow up with great daily FREE activities including live entertainment, square dancing, clowns, Old Time horse drawn rig rides and the First Nations Parade.

Daily First Nations Parade: Members of the five tribes of Treaty 7 from Southern Alberta, dressed in traditional regalia, proudly share their heritage and culture through dance, music and commentaries (weather permitting.)  Come join them in the Friendship Dance at Fluor Rope Square!

Ride in the Parade of Old Time Rigs: The departure point is on 9th Avenue and 1st Street SW (EnCana Place across from the Palliser Hotel). The tour leaves at 10:00 AM and takes approximately one hour. Rigs may be escorted by the Calgary Stampede Band Show Riders.

Flour Square Dancers: Kick up your heels and join the Fluor Square Dancers on Stephen Avenue Walk. Experience isn’t necessary.

Take a selfie with the “YAHOO” sign on Stephen Avenue.

The Roundup MusicFest: Rock ‘n’ Roll Icon, BILLY IDOL will bring his lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona to the Roundup MusicFest on July 10, 2019, along with ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’ members BLONDIE, Canadian punk-influenced rock band, HEADSTONES, and British Columbia rockers, DOUG AND THE SLUGS!

Badlands Stampede Music Festival: Come and celebrate the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth with Tim Hicks, Tiesto, DJ Pauly D, and more!

See BC/DC at the Wildhorse Saloon

The Kerby Centre Stampede Breakfast: it’s their annual breakfast so come on down and enjoy free pancakes and the works, as you donate and support the Kerby Centre.

HY’ Stampede Breakfast: Hy’s will be serving beef hash and eggs, along with fruit, juice, coffee or tea. The minimum donation required is $5.00 with ALL proceeds going to the Calgary Firefighters Burn Unit Society.

Free Slurpees at 7/11: 7/11 is giving away FREE slurpees on July 11 to celebrate 50 years of Slurpee fans in Canada! 

Harry Rosen Music Series: Harry Rosen welcomes you ALL to pop by to the store and enjoy performances by some talented artists. We will be hosting a series of tiny store concerts that are absolutely FREE

Check out our full events calendar here!




Jun 25

This week: June 24 to 30

Canada Day edition! That’s right, we’re busy getting ready to celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday here in #DowntownYYC and we can guarantee you it’s going to be the most epic year yet!

Firework at the Centre Street Bridge: make sure to stake out your viewing spot in advance.

Canada Day in Eau Claire: An all-day party in Eau Claire market, need we say more!

ENMAX Photo Booth on Price’s Island Park: Get a FREE commemorative photo of your Canada Day celebrations.

Celebrate Canada’s 152 Birthday at Studio Bell: Dive into Canada’s rich musical history with an array of new exhibits celebrating iconic Canadians, enjoy hands-on, family-friendly activities and pop-up performances across multiple floors, and take advantage of FREE* admission all day on July 1, courtesy of Bell.

Enjoy Multicultural Performances At The Chinese Cultural Centre: There will be stunning performances from multicultural talents, delicious authentic cuisine and family-friendly activities that will enhance your knowledge of cultural groups from all over the world.

Canada Day At Fort Calgary: Inside you can enjoy our Indigenous Learning Space and a station to try-on Mountie uniforms. Outside we will have food trucks, kids crafts, an artifact tent, temporary tattoos, face painting, and the NWMP brass band. There will also be a family-friendly indoor/outdoor beer garden.

Check out our full events calendar here!