Calgary's Canada Day 2018: Where to celebrate, how to get there and what's open

Need some help navigating the many Canada Day 2018 celebration options in Calgary? Here's a roundup to get you started.

Street parking is free, so are most city-owned parkades, with Sunday levels of public transit

Corb Lund, pictured, Shred Kelly and Alex Cuba will keep the Calgary crowd energized on Riverfront Avenue between First Street and Macleod Trail S.E., leading up to the Enmax Fireworks at 11 p.m. over Centre Street Bridge. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press)

Need some help navigating the many Canada Day 2018 celebration options in Calgary? Here's a roundup to get you started:

Fort Calgary

Enjoy a concert series in the main tent with lots of local live music hosted by CBC's own Julie Van Rosendaal. There's an opening ceremony, family-friendly beer garden, kid's activities, food truck caravan and Indigenous children's games run by YMCA Calgary.

Olympic Plaza

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 222 Eighth Avenue S.E.

Look for the 10th anniversary art walk put on by the Canadian Artists for the Poor. The plaza will be full of art, music and entertainment. A summer stage musical lineup starts at 11 a.m., and of course outdoor patios as far as the eye can see.

Thousands of people formed a human flag for Canada's 150th birthday in Calgary. (ENMAX)

East Village

Enjoy vendors, food trucks, music, entertainment and lots of fun for the little ones.

Studio Bell National Music Centre

Free admission on Canada Day. Open the door to Canada's music story with live music, exhibitions and stages including the King Eddy. Live music starts at noon.

Genesis Centre

Enjoy a multicultural celebration for all Canadians, including Syrian refugees, at the Genesis Centre, put on by uTurn Project Inc. There will be artistic and creative performances and lots of family-friendly activities. You can mingle with provincial and federal elected officials as well.

Central Library

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Plenty of family-friendly events including storytimes, a selfie station, arts and crafts, Jenga, giant chess and even a scavenger hunt. Storytimes start at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Eau Claire Market

A multicultural celebration with an artisan market, music, dance and food trucks with a whole lot of free activities. There's also three stages of music — something for every taste.

Prince's Island Park

It's a Franco-Albertan Celebration on Canada Day with a carnival, interactive games, arts and crafts and even a wheel of fortune. Poutine and smoked meat will be on offer as well.

The park will also celebrate Indigenous culture with a powwow, music, artisan market and lots for the children to engage in.

It was a huge success last year and it's back. The Canada Day Turban Eh! event allows non-Sikhs to learn about the importance of the turban. People can have a turban, in red or white, tied on.

A family celebrates Canada Day 2017 together during the festivities at Prince's Island Park in Calgary.

Sien Lok Park

Play badminton, volleyball and a lot more with Sien Lok Society's 50 Reasons to Visit Chinatown. The park is also a great place to watch the fireworks at 11 p.m.

Chinatown

Pickleball, mahjong and Chinese chess are just the start. There will be face painters, charitable karaoke, a money grabbing machine and lots of merchants along Second Avenue S.E.

Chinese Cultural Centre

Enjoy an opening ceremony from noon to 12:30 p.m., followed by multiple cultural performances and food markets.

Riverfront Avenue

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Riverfront Avenue between First Street and Macleod Trail S.E.

HMCS Tecumseh, 41 Canadian Brigade Group, the Canadian Cadet Organizations and the Military Museums of Calgary will have military displays and activities for the whole family. You can interact with Canadian Armed Forces members, too.

Join the Calgary Eyeopener's David Gray and Angela Knight for a Canada Day celebration at the Riverfront Stage, presented by the City of Calgary. The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with One City, One Voice, a community sing-along to Heart of Gold by Neil Young. The crowd's performance will be led by Brian Farrell and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.

The feature concert performances will start with Shred Kelly, followed by Alex Cuba and headlined by Corb Lund.

To cap off the festivities, there will be a 20-minute fireworks show off the Centre Street Bridge to iconic, award-winning Canadian music. The Enmax Fireworks are set to start at 11 p.m. If you can see the sky above the Centre Street Bridge, you are good to go.

Road closures

  • Riverfront Avenue, from First Street S.E. to Macleod Trail: June 28, 6 p.m. to July 1, 6 a.m.
  • Samis Road: June 30, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Riverfront Avenue from 1st Street S.W. to the Reconciliation Bridge: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Second Avenue from First Street S.W. to Riverfront Avenue: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • First Street S.E. from Third Avenue S.W. to Riverfront Avenue: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Macleod Trail S.E. from Forth Avenue S.E. to Riverfront Avenue: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Third Street south of Riverfront Avenue: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Centre Street Bridge, lower decks and sidewalks from Eighth Avenue North to Third Avenue South: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Memorial Drive from 10th Street N.W. to Edmonton Trail: July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Some streets in Crescent Heights and Rosedale will be for resident-use only with no back alley parking: July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.

Free parking

Some additional parking bans will also be in effect, so please read signage clearly. Street parking is free on Canada Day, and public transit will be at Sunday levels of service.

There's also free parking at all Calgary Parking Authority parkades with the exception of Arts Commons, where holiday rates apply.

Landfills

East Calgary is open Sunday and Monday. Spyhill is closed Sunday, open Monday, and Shepard is closed both days.

Open Sunday

  • All aquatic, recreation & fitness centres.
  • Public golf courses
  • Arena, athletic parks and the Calgary Soccer Centre are open for bookings only.

Open Monday

  • Southland Leisure Centre 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Public golf courses
  • Athletic parks and the Calgary Soccer Centre are open for bookings only.

Closed Monday

  • All City of Calgary buildings, including city hall.
  • All aquatic, recreation & fitness centres.
  • Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Beltline Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Foothills Aquatic Centre, Glenmore Aquatic Centre, Inglewood Aquatic Centre, Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Shouldice Aquatic Centre, Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Thornhill Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Village Square Leisure Centre
  • North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres.
  • The following city arenas: Ed Whalen & Joseph Kryczka (Southland Leisure Centre), Ernie Starr Arena, Father David Bauer/Norma Bush Arenas, Frank McCool Arena, Max Bell Centre, Murray Copot Arena, Optimist/George Blunden Arenas, Rose Kohn/Jimmie Condon Arenas, Shouldice Arena, Stew Hendry/Henry Viney Arenas, Stu Peppard (Glenmore) Arena, Village Square Leisure Centre Arena 1 & 2.

Heart of Gold lyrics for the group sing-a-long at Riverfront Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m.

I want to live

I want to give

I've been a miner for a heart of gold

It's these expressions

I never give

That keep me searching for a heart of gold

And I'm getting old

Keep me searching for a heart of gold

And I'm getting old

I've been to Hollywood

I've been to Redwood

I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold

I've been in my mind

It's such a fine line

That keeps me searching for a heart of gold

And I'm getting old

Keeps me searching for a heart of gold

And I'm getting old

Keep me searching for a heart of gold

You keep me searching and I'm growing old

Keep me searching for a heart of gold

I've been a miner for a heart of gold