Enjoy the Final Days of Summer
With one of the hottest and longest stretches of temperatures on record we’ve ever had in Calgary behind us, it’s time to enjoy the last little while before it gets too cold to go out without a jacket. As the leaves change and as the daylight get shorter, we wanted to offer some suggestions you and your family could enjoy
Explore the New Playgrounds in Calgary
In an initiative to broaden access to Calgary’s park system, the city has built 10 new inclusive parks that can be used and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their abilities. The city wants to have an inclusive park within 5 KM of everyone in the city.
Head to the City of Calgary’s website to find the nearest inclusive park near you, and spend a couple of hours exploring a new playground while you can enjoy the weather: https://www.calgary.ca/csps/parks/planning-and-operations/inclusive-playgrounds.html?redirect=/inclusiveplay
Summer Events to See Before They Hibernate:
September is a busy, busy, busy month when it comes to things going on in Calgary. It’s the end of the summer events and is encroaching on the fall/thanksgiving/Halloween events of October. Pumpkin spice may be on the menu, but let’s enjoy the rest of September with these events before it turns to pumpkin season.
Enjoy live music, food trucks and our all new FREE WEEKLY drop-in Kids Arts & Culture Program,
and explore the open studios of resident artists and artisans inside cSPACE.
Head South West of Calgary to the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre for a guided tour of their large-scale sculptures spread throughout the rolling, open fields and the smaller-scale pieces situated in the private gardens and woods around the founders’ home. Tickets are $25, and free for children under the age of 12.
All Summer long, 17th Ave has been cranking out the tunes at Tomkins Park. Until September 21st, you can enjoy free outdoor concerts and movies in the park.
The 23rd Annual Calgary International Film Festival is taking place between September 22nd - October 3rd. Head to the Globe Cinema, Eau Claire Theatre, or online to see movies from around the world, panel discussions about films, film making, and video games, and the chance to experience CIFF Interactive Digital Media Hub.
Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society brought together eight artists to immerse themselves in theatre creation techniques inspired by the land we call Calgary. They wrote, listened, danced, and played together under the guidance of a cadre of veteran artists and Treaty 7 Knowledge Keepers to create this collage of short films.
Canada has an incredible variety of artists from across this great land. With this exhibition we celebrate our diversity and expansiveness with highlighting artists from coast to coast. Running from September 7th - September 28th, 2022. The Opening Ceremonies at on September 17th from 2-5 PM at the Wallace Galleries.
The annual mash-up, smash-up of science, technology, engineering, art and math your senses can witness is back for 2022! Running September 23-25th, it's a free outdoor event at TELUS Spark and in Downtown Calgary.
Celebrating Western Canadian Music, Breakout West Music Festival is held in a different member region on a rotational basis, and this year it's in Calgary! Taking place from September 28th to October 2nd at a variety of venues.
Enjoy an Ice Cream While It Can Still Melt Outdoors:
So, you’ve seen a movie or two, perhaps outdoors, you’ve seen an up-and-coming band, and checked out local farmers markets, why not grab an ice cream or gelato before it gets too cold to enjoy? These frozen treats can be enjoyed all year round, but some of our favourite ice cream shoppes close for the off season, so hurry to them while you can:
My Favorite Ice Cream Shop
Made By Markus
Village Ice Cream
Enjoy Some Nice Walks Before the Weather Turns
Located in southeast Calgary, has playgrounds, picnic tables, a storm water retention pond, and an off-leash area for dogs.
Self Guided Nature tour
Storm water retention pond (park will close when the retention pond fills with water)
Picnic tables & shelters
Pathways around park
Water fountain (seasonal)
Off-leash area - in southeast corner of park
Playground for children under 10
Playground equipment designed for 10-15 year olds
More info at https://www.calgary.ca/parks/elliston-park.html
South Glenmore Park in Calgary's southwest is the area surrounding the south side of the Glenmore Reservoir which includes the Weaselhead Natural Area and has numerous trails and pathways, tennis courts, playgrounds and the Variety Spray Park.
Cross Country Skiing
Bicycle pump track
Glenmore Sailing School
Picnic area & shelter
Washrooms (mostly seasonal; there is a year-round washroom located at the 90th Ave. depot and a year-round, accessible portable toilet located at Variety Park)
Water fountains (seasonal)
Bike and hiking trails
Quinterra Legacy Park
Nose Creek Parkway
West Nose Creek Park, also known as Confluence Park, lies along both banks of West Nose Creek near its confluence with Nose Creek in Calgary's northeast.
A cool big rock called “Split Rock"
Home of the 2007 BP BirthPlace Forest
River Park/Riverdale Park
River Park is located in southwest Calgary and has a large off-leash area.
Reasons you should go:
Lots of dogs
Sandy Beach (https://www.calgary.ca/parks/sandy-beach.html) is connected
The Glenmore Dam (https://www.calgary.ca/water/projects/glenmore-dam-infrastructure-improvements.html) is within walking distance, and it is open to the public
More info at https://www.calgary.ca/parks/river-park.html