Jun 19

This week: June 17 to 23

Summer begins this week and we could not be happier! Join us in #DowntownYYC for some fun in the sun and celebrate the diverse and loving culture that radiates through our beautiful city.

#IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage Line Up

Arts Commons Presents – National Indigenous People’s Day Celebration: Arts Commons is proud to host this National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration with a FREE Mini Pow Wow featuring traditional drumming from Eya-Hey Nakoda, song and dance, as well as FREE Early Years Drop-In workshops. Join us for these free, all-ages events! No ticket or RSVP is needed.

Indigenous Day Live: Indigenous Day Live is the largest national celebration in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day and the summer solstice in Canada. There are free daytime celebrations and activities followed by an evening concert (pre-show: 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. / IDL concert: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.).

Cool Choir Unplugged: Get ready to experience a whole NEW side to Calgary’s coolest choir, Cool Choir, as this year we perform an eclectic mix of rock and pop songs past to present at the beautiful, acoustically-stunning Knox United Church. Featuring hits by Pink Floyd, Jackson 5, One Direction, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel and many more! Cool Choir will also be performing the world premier of an exclusive new arrangement of Jann Arden’s latest single ‘Mother Mine’ (as featured on her new sitcom ‘Jann’).

Check out our full events calendar here!

Jun 13

Are you a last minute shopper? Don’t worry – we got you!

It’s the time of year where we get to celebrate our dear old Dad. But what do you get the man you owe it all too when he has quite literally everything he needs – or so he seems. The trick is finding that one item you know he’s going to love and cherish, but he doesn’t know he wants yet!

Simple task, not in the slightest!

We aren’t talking “best dad ever” mugs or plaques; he likely has enough of those from over the years. We are thinking a locally made pair of socks, new suit accessory, or a piece of gear to help him enjoy his outdoor pursuits this summer. 

Regardless if your dad’s interests or fashion style, here are 8 spots in Downtown Calgary that you can pick him up the perfect gift that says “I love you,” and won’t collect dust in his office at the same time!  


Whether your dad needs a new pack, jacket, or pair of classic convertible pants, Patagonia has it all and then some! He will love sporting his new adventure look next time he heads out to the mountains. 


Your go-to store for everything home and fashion! Whether he needs to replenish his tee shirt collection, get a new pair of Levis, or update some of his fashion choices – we can guarantee you’ll find what you’re looking for at this trendy Canadian fashion department store. We’ve also heard that the word on the block is that they are having some pretty crazy sales at the moment!

Father’s Day at the Core

Bring your dad downtown and score a FREE round of mini golf on the second level of the Core. When you’re done, drop your scorecard off and you’ll be entered to win an exciting prize pack, or a round of golf for four people at Play Golf Calgary. Quality time is the best gift you could truly give him!

Henry Singer  

Help your dad update his wardrobe and get him looking spiffy for work on Monday! They are also having a great summer sale on suits, jackets, dress pants, and outwear.


Up your dad’s sock game and so he can become the trendiest one at work! These socks are designed here in Calgary are great for wearing with dress shoes, chucks, loafers, or steel toed boots. No matter his style, they will fit! Also be sure to check out the other local goodies that they offer in this store, such as Bro Brick and Local Laundry.

Their in-store promotion is also worth checking out!

Market Collective Pop Up at Phil and Sebastian’s Coffee Shop

Every few months the wall at your favourite coffee shop rotates through with new local artists. From ceramics to artwork to creative and witty cards, you can always find something quick as you pick up your morning cup of caffeinated goodness!

Brooks Brothers

The store made for a man who appreciates a true classic! Their Father’s Day promotion is one you’re going to want to take advantage of, this is your Dad’s store of choice. When you purchase him a $150+ gift card, you’ll receive a bonus $25 gift card to use on him or spend for yourself. The choice is yours!


A true classic for gifts of all sorts! From a card to knick-knacks you never knew you needed, it’s very likely you’ll come out of this store with way more than you intended. From books to games to accessories to get the grill going, Indigo has it all and then some.

Don’t forget to bring him down and enjoy all of the fun festivities this summer in #downtownYYC. See our full events calendar here!

Jun 10


This week: June 10 to 16

Blue skies are on the horizon and we have a ton of exciting outdoor activities happening in #DowntownYYC. There’s only one more week until Summer officially begins, can you believe it?

The launch of the #IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage: Join Downtown Calgary this summer for some excellent music! Located on the 100 SE block of Stephen Avenue, outside the Telus Convention Centre, all performances are free and outdoors. The first performance is on June 15 from 6 to 8 pm by The Rondel Roberts Band.

Aboriginal Awareness Week: Keeping Strong Through Culture & Language. Come out and help celebrate the diversity and rich history of the Indigenous people of Canada. Open and free to all! The opening ceremonies will be held on June 17 from 11 am to 2 pm in Olympic Plaza.

Calgary Underground Film Festival presents The Dead Don’t Die: The Calgary Underground Film Festival presents a free Off the CUFF screening of THE DEAD DON’T DIE, Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie film that opened Cannes. 

Father’s Day at the Core: Score a hole in one for the best gift this year with golf at the CORE! That’s right, you can spoil dad with a 9-round of mini golf for FREE. Register at Guest Services on the second level and get in line to play! Once you’re finished, drop your scorecard off in the ballot box and be entered to win! Our CORE prize package includes some amazing products from our retailers and a round of golf for four people at Play Golf Calgary.

Sportinglife 10K: Help raise $50,000 in 2019 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Calgary’s fastest road race.

Check out the observation deck at the YYC Tower: Any visit to Calgary is incomplete until you’ve seen the city from the top. Take in 360 degree views and test your courage by stepping onto the glass floor. For those who live here, this is your chance to see your city like you’ve never seen it before. Come (re)discover Calgary and its Tower!

Check out our full events calendar here!

Jun 06


This week: June 3 to 9

Fresh Lilac’s are blooming, the sun is out, and the patios are open. It’s a good week to head #DowntownYYC and enjoy some fun festivities!

Third Action Film Festival: Join us in celebrating and exploring the possibilities in the third act of life. Through films, talks and an art show we work to create an age-positive culture shift.

Flamenco Tableao: Join us in welcoming the summer at our end of the season event Flamenco Tabalo VIII.

CPO Summer Send off with Measha Brueggergosman: Canadian soprano sensation Measha Brueggergosman returns to Calgary for the perfect salute to summer! 

Cowboys Music Festival Pop Up at the Core: The western-style pop-up, located on the second level of the CORE next to Purdy’s will feature Cowboys merchandise, tickets/passes and tent information.

Free First Thursday at the Glenbow: Free Admission from 5pm – 9pm on the first Thursday of every month.

Check out our full events calendar here!

Jan 07

January in downtown Calgary means High Performance Rodeo! The annual arts festival is back this week with all their wacky weirdness, and CIFF takes on the streets of New York with their monthly Doc Soup series. [click to continue…]

Dec 20

Wishing you a merry Christmas from everyone at Downtown Calgary! Skating, shopping and New Years Eve are all on the menu this week, so check out whats going on to find your perfect end to 2018. [click to continue…]

Dec 17

This week The Dudes are celebrating Christmas at the Palace,The Palomino is hosting a queerly festive dinner show, and Lunchbox Theatre is being naughty…but also nice. Keep reading for more! [click to continue…]

Dec 10

Ice skating on Olympic Plaza is back, The CORE Mall is starting their extended hours, and It’s a Wonderful Life is back at the theatre. It must be the holiday season! [click to continue…]

Dec 03

December has arrived and all your favourite holiday events have arrived with it. Santa photos, menorah lighting, and winter murals are all showing up for downtown visitors this week, keep reading to find out more! [click to continue…]