Sep 26

Shop The Latest Trends with PARK in Downtown YYC

style and fashion in YYC. The weather is cool enough for cozy knits, oversized blazers, and funky trousers and warm enough to get away with a trench coat, jean jacket, or light puffer. For a few short and sweet months, you don’t have to worry about being overloaded in a million layers before you leave the house in the morning – win win!

This season is also when the hottest fashion event of the year takes place in Downtown YYC, PARKLUXE, which is a one-of-a-kind experience featuring some of Canada’s best luxury designers from coast to coast. This event transforms the downtown hub into a premier runway, along with a marketplace for event-goers to shop the latest trends, before, during, and after the event is over. Without question, this is an unmissable show that you simply must experience!

Interested, but not sure where to begin when picking out a fab + chic outfit to wear to the show? From the itty bitty bag to head-to-toe pistachio, check out this guide to this season’s hottest accessory trends.

Then shop the looks and get the perfect outfit from one of our favourite shops (as recommended by the fashionistas at PARK) in Downtown Calgary.

Supreme Men’s Wear

Where: 404 4th Avenue SW

Henry Singer

Where: 545 8 Avenue SW

THE CORE:

Simons

Where: 304 8 Avenue SW

Aritzia

Where: 317 7 Avenue SW

Holt Renfrew

Where: 510 8 Avenue SW

Brooks Brothers

Where: 751 3 Street SW

BANKERS HALL

La Chic

Where: 315 8 Avenue SW

BLU’S

Where: 315 8 Avenue SW (3rd Floor)

THE EXTRAS! Get pampered from head-to-toe and strut through downtown Calgary looking + feeling like your very best self!

Johnny’s Barber and Shop

Where: 545 8th Avenue SW

Hedkandi Salon

Where: 315 8 Avenue SW #161

Butter Beauty Parlour

Where: 315 8the Avenue SW #153




Sep 24

This week: September 23 to 29  

It’s the first week of Fall – let’s do it up right!

International Film Festival taking place September 18-29 in the heart of downtown – spread between Eau Claire, Globe Cinema and Studio Bell National Music Centre. 

Be the first to see 200 of the most talked-about and compelling movies of the year from around the world!  From Hollywood headliners, Gala events, documentaries + so much more, these are the must see films making their way to the awards podium including Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in JUDY; Tim Roth and Clive Owen in the Opening Gala film THE SONG OF NAMES; music documentary ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND; Eddie Murphy in the comedy DOLEMITE IS MY NAME – one of two Closing Gala films; and so much more!

PARKLUXE 2019: From the latest trends to your own unique style, fashion is a way to express ourselves. Returning to Brookfield Place for the second year, on Saturday September 28, Downtown Calgary is so exited to present PARKLUXE, a night of fashion that celebrates Canada’s remarkably talented designers and artists. Get your tickets here!

Red Bull Outliers: Downtown Calgary is so exited to partner with Tourism Calgary in bringing Red Bull Outliers, new head-to-head Enduro competition for professional and amateur motocross athletes, will take place at Calgary’s Eau Claire Market from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 28, 2019.

Itty Bitty Arts Days: An Alice In Wonderland Tea Party: tea time adventure brings Wonderland Come down the rabbit hole and join us for Itty Bitty Arts Days: An Alice In Wonderland Tea Party! This to the Engineered Air Theatre for an open-house art-party designed for the very young

Strangers on a Train: a play by Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Two strangers. One conversation. The perfect murder. 

6th Annual YYC Pizza Week: In 2014, Wanda Baker, founder of YYC Pizza Week, established a 10-day, annual event with charity, community and pizza crusts in mind. Each year, local participating restaurants craft an original recipe in a competition to be lauded Calgary’s best pizza. From every purchase, a slice of the proceeds goes to Calgary Meals on Wheels, thereby directly supporting the needs of Calgarians by making sure they are well-fed. In a joint effort, more than 40 participating restaurants and our pizza-lovin’ community raised over $42,000 in the past five years.

Check out a Stephen Avenue Live Performance: Stop by and check out the amazing line up of Street Performers Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 5:00pm at 6 stages along Stephen Avenue.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Sep 16

This week: September 16 to 22  

The September madness has hit in #DowntownYYC, so get ready for a week jam-packed with exciting events, vivid spectacles, and unmissable performances. From the 20th Anniversary of the Calgary International Film Festival to Beakerhead to Art in the City, this week is filled with the very best arts and culture that our city has to offer. It’s also the first week of Fall, so all the more reason to celebrate! 

Beakerhead: Beakerhead is an exhibition of awe-inspiring artworks, fire-breathing contraptions and contemporary curiosities. It is a world stage for artists, engineers, designers, scientists, inventors and performers. It is a festival of creativity, ingenuity, technology and art of Brobdingnagian proportions.

Beakerhead’s eclectic array of workshops, shows and community happenings are held throughout Calgary during the five-day festival, culminating in a one-night immersive, interactive, delightful Spectacle on September 21 at Prince’s Island Park!

Art in the City: Celebrate the revitalization of a portion of laneway south of Stephen Avenue through a display of tactical public realm design intervention and sustainable design thinking. See the new mural installation by celebrated Canadian street artist Runt and take part in a guided art tour through the plazas, lobbies, and pedestrian spaces of downtown Calgary. See the dates and times for walking tours here!

The Launch of the Green Alley Project: The Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) has partnered with the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) on a mission to change Calgary’s downtown fabric. The partnership has embarked on the Green Alley Project (GAP) , a pilot research project that looks at otherwise forgotten and gritty downtown alleyways — transforming them to places of beauty, creativity and value.

The first alley to be activated is located between Le Germaine on 9th Avenue SW and the 100-west block of Stephen Ave – entering off Centre Street or 1st St SW.  This transformation, which will include a wall mural, laneway painting and a proposed stormwater strategy. The urban activation installation will be designed and built in less than two weeks, in time for the TransformAlley launch party on September 20, 2019.

The 20th Annual Calgary International Film Fest: Don’t miss the 20th Anniversary Calgary International Film Festival taking place September 18-29 in the heart of downtown – spread between Eau Claire, Globe Cinema and Studio Bell National Music Centre. 

Be the first to see 200 of the most talked-about and compelling movies of the year from around the world!  From Hollywood headliners, Gala events, documentaries + so much more, these are the must see films making their way to the awards podium including Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in JUDY; Tim Roth and Clive Owen in the Opening Gala film THE SONG OF NAMES; music documentary ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND; Eddie Murphy in the comedy DOLEMITE IS MY NAME – one of two Closing Gala films; and so much more!

Locked Library at the Central Library: From the age of the dinosaurs to the world of jet-packs and flying cars, get ready to travel through time at the Locked Library! On September 20, Calgary’s largest escape room returns with a night of sci-fi exploration. Once the clock starts, you’ll have two hours to puzzle your way through every timeline and escape out the front doors of the Central Library. 

Kids at the Opera: Join the CPO and Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, along with two of Canada’s rising stars, in this family-oriented afternoon of opera’s greatest hits. Fun for kids and adults alike, explore the drama, humour, and passion of opera through the music of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and others. Come an hour early to try an instrument and meet musicians at the Instrument Discovery Zoo.

Calgary Aids Run and Walk: 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Calgary AIDS Walk & Run! Every year, HIV Community Link holds a 3-month long fundraiser for that culminates in a vibrant, fun event on September 22. The AIDS Walk is a place where people from across Calgary come together to show support and fundraise for those affected by HIV. 

Check out a Stephen Avenue Live Performance: Stop by and check out the amazing line up of Street Performers Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 5:00pm at 6 stages along Stephen Avenue.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Sep 09

This week: September 9 to 15

School’s been back for a week already, and the city is gearing up for a fantastic fall! Come down and enjoy all of the fun festivities happening in #DowntownYYC as we slowly transition through the seasons.

Go on a Ghost Tour of Downtown YYC: Discover the history of Downtown Calgary in the midst of the modern skyscrapers.  You’ll look at the city in a whole new light.

The Terry Fox Run Calgary: Starts and ends at Fort Calgary, with the route traveling west along the Bow River Walk Way.

Sing Along to The Music of Abba: Sweden’s most adored musical export and 400-million-record-selling phenomenon returns to the stage through the world’s leading ABBA tribute band, ARRIVAL from Sweden. Impeccably re-creating the original sound, look, and feel of one of the most influential pop bands of all time, ARRIVAL teams up with the CPO to deliver hits like Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Honey Honey, Fernando, SOS, The Winner Takes It All, Knowing Me Knowing You, Waterloo, and more.

Circle: The Travelling Food, Beer, & Music Carnival: The Carnival returns for the 6th anniversary and this year will be bigger than ever! This year Circle becomes a 2 day event! There will be two curated stages of music and dance from top local DJ’s, international touring acts and festival favourites presented by BassBus. And three bars by Village Brewery, with a site wide liquor license to keep everyone milling happily about our entire transformed festival grounds. And local food by YYCFoodTrucks, from BBQ to gelato to perogies – every palate and craving you may or may not have can be satisfied from noon to night, so don’t worry about packing a lunch. Don’t miss out on the Fast ‘n’ The Furriest Wiener Dog Race, circus performers, kids stage, Lego land and more!

Check out a Stephen Avenue Live Performance: Stop by and check out the amazing line up of Street Performers Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 5:00pm at 6 stages along Stephen Avenue.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Sep 03

Coffee Shops + Coworking Spaces: Where the Hustle Happens in #DowntownYYC

Calling all freelancers, entrepreneurs, and contractors! Whether it’s your side hustle or your full-time gig, working outside of the corporate office, either at home or remotely is a workplace trend that’s only on the rise. It’s flexible, diverse, and you can do conference calls in your PJ’s – what’s not to love about that!

If you’re no stranger to the coffee shop hop, you’ll be able to attest to the need for reliable Wi-Fi, a convenient plugin, and a warm cup of caffeine that just keeps flowing throughout the day. It can be nice to get out of the house, do your hair, and network with like-minded people doing the same hustle you are. 

In fact, downtown YYC is full of Co-Working spaces made specifically for those who are looking to network and local coffee shops filled with the movers and shakers making a difference and shaping Calgary for the better. Here are a few of our favourites!

COWORKING SPACES 

Work Nicer

Where: #600 630 8 Ave SW

Hustle and Co

Where: #300 1210 8 St SW

OxWorx

Where: Bow Valley Square – 205 5 Avenue SW

Coming soon: WeWork

COFFEE SHOPS

Rosso Coffee Roasters

Where: 140 8 Avenue SE

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Where: 102 8 Avenue SW

Wise & Wright

Where: 163, 317 7 Avenue SW

Deville Coffee

Where:

  • 600 6 Avenue SW
  • 807 1 Street SW
  • 215 2 Street SW

Monogram Coffee

Where: 420 2 Street SW

Caffe Artigiano

Where:

  • 530 8 Avenue SW
  • 332 6 Avenue SW

Alforno Bakery & Café

Where: 222 7 Street SW

Analog Coffee

Where: #205 5 Avenue SW

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




Aug 26

This week: August 26 to September 1

It’s the last unofficial week of summer and it’s Pride Week so let’s eat, drink, and celebrate love and summer here in #DowntownYYC.

Calgary Pride: 11 days of LOVE is well underway! Check out the events calendar here!

Pride Parade: But the parade is not just a celebration. We come together and march to remember those who fought for where we are today, for those no longer with us, for those who still struggle to find acceptance from those around them, for everyone wishing they could march with us and are unable. We march as a call to action for our community to continue to grow and learn from our past struggles and failings, we march together. We’re here, we’re queer, we’re not going anywhere, get used to it!

Pride in the Park: After the parade, follow us into Prince’s Island Park where we guarantee there is something for everyone. Pride in the Park is Calgary Pride’s post-parade celebration and cultural festival where you can enjoy delicious food from our array of food trucks, experience live entertainment at our MAIN STAGE while sippin’ a cold one over in the VILLAGE BEER GARDEN, or maybe change it up with a burlesque show and more at our PALM BAY LOUNGE

Off the CUFF- Brittany Runs a Marathon: The Calgary Underground Film Festival and Elevation Pictures present an Off the CUFF Advance screening of BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, Winner of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. 

Fiesta Filipino: True to its primary objective in promoting the Filipino arts, culture and traditions, the Fiesta Filipino YYC, during its two-day celebration, features exhibits, paintings, songs, sports and dances that showcased the richness of our cultural heritage.

BUMP Festival: The Beltline Urban Mural Project (BUMP) is a community-driven project to showcase art, promote Calgary, and transform the city into an inviting open air gallery. Now in its third year, BUMP has curated a diverse portfolio of local, national and international artists who have created eye-catching, inspiring and beautiful murals. This year’s BUMP Festival is on August 28th to 31st marking the addition of fifteen new murals with free guided mural tours, artist talks, live music and outdoor cinema you won’t want to miss.

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!

Check out our full events calendar here!




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!