It’s the time of year where people bring out their cowboy hats and boots. Stampede is well-known as one of the biggest parties in Canada, but ten days of it? My liver just can’t handle it. So if you’re looking to take a Stampede siesta, here’s a list of some suggestions!

Village Nutraiser

Thursday, July 7th.
Bottlescrew Bill’s

For a fourth year Village has teamed up to fight prostate cancer with beer, but this is no normal beer.  For the event, Village Brewery has brewed a special Prairie Oyster Beer. Yes, you read that right.  Over the past couple of years, Nutraiser has raised more than $28,000 and all the money goes to the Prostate Cancer Centre.
Pints are $100 per tax receipted pint.

And this year, they’ve added  Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Brett Wilson to the usual cast of Bill Brooks and Jim Button. It’s event that you’ll be talking about until next year’s!


Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare By The Bow

This week: Friday and Saturday (7:00), Sunday (2pm, 7pm.)
Pay What You Will
Prince’s Island Park

Shakespeare by the Bow’s production of Hamlet runs through August 21, 2016 in Prince’s Island Park. The production features Alberta’s up-and-coming actors, runs approximately 90 minutes in length. Admission is pay-what-you-will (no tickets required), and is suitable for all ages.


Inglewood Night Market

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Friday, July 8th
6pm to 11pm

This is a fantastic free market in Calgary’s most historic neighbourhood. The market includes 60 artisans, food trucks, fine artists, urban and rural farmers and live music. Once you’re done, hop up the hill in Ramsay and catch the fireworks.

Chestermere Water Festival


Saturday, July 16th
John Peake Park
11:00am to 11:00pm
If you’re looking to get a break from Calgary’s summer heat, head out to Chestermere and check out their Chestermere Water Festival.  The highlight of the day is Wakeboarding Competition, but the festival also include a  Giant rubber duck race, fireworks, boat tours, artisan market and an 18 foot superslide!

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Kite Festival

Shaw Millennium Park
Saturday, July 16th
3:00pm to 8:00pm

This first time event will feature kite demonstrations, kite workshops, kite flying contests, kite building contests, live music and a slew of family-friendly events.
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Birds of Prey Centre


Located in Coaldale, Alberta, just two hours away from Calgary, I loved visiting this place so much. The conservation centre has become home to hawks, falcons, eagles and owls.  This is your chance to learn about this amazing animals and enjoy some once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a hawk walk and flying demonstrations. 100% of all donations received is spent on programs and projects that directly benefit the wildlife and habitat we strive to conserve.  The price of admission is only $5.50 for kids, $9.50 for adults.

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Mike Morrison