Canada Day 2019: What to do and what's closed this long-weekend

All dressed up — in red and white — with nowhere to go? Here’s a roundup of events and closures on Canada's 152nd birthday.

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

A young girl waves a Canadian flag while being carried on shoulders through a crowd of people.
Canada turns 152 this year. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

All dressed up — in red and white — with nowhere to go? 

From street festivals to fireworks, there are lots of events for Calgarians who want to celebrate Canada's birthday this long-weekend. 

Here's a roundup of what to do and how to get there: 

Fort Calgary 

Check out a number of family-friendly activities, inside and outside. An Indigenous learning space and a station to try-on Mountie uniforms will be set up indoors. Outdoors, there will be a live brass band, food trucks, an artifact tent and kids crafts. 

Prince's Island Park

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 27 Prince's Island Path S.W.

Family-friendly fun includes carnival games, mascots, storytelling and arts and crafts — part of the Franco-Albertan Celebration. Story-telling begins at 1 p.m. 

Visitors can attend an Indigenous showcase of dancers, bands and cultural teachings in the park as well. Language teachings, storytelling and a smudge ceremony will take place during the Tipis and Metis Tent Cultural Teachings. A powwow begins at 1 p.m. 

The Turban, Eh? is back by popular demand. Attendees can learn about the significance of the turban to the Sikh community. Participants can get a red or white turban tied on, too. 

A free photo booth and virtual reality will also be set up in the park. 

There are plenty of family-friendly events all over the city this long-weekend. (Anis Heydari/CBC)

East Village

There will be street vendors, food trucks, live music and cultural dancing at the annual street fair in the city's core. Visit the community garden area for crafts including face painting and balloon twisting. The East Village Bounce Games Park will also have games, basketball and art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Eau Claire Market

  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 200 Barclay Parade S.W. 

Visit an artisan market, food trucks, music, dance performances and crafts. Free activities include live entertainment, face painting, airbrush tattoos, a magician performance and a petting zoo.

Studio Bell National Music Centre

Admission is free into the centre all day, where visitors can explore exhibitions, join an O Canada sing-a-long and watch piano performances and barn dances. 

Chinese Cultural Centre

  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 197 First Street S.W. 

The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is putting on multicultural performances and family-friendly activities, which visitors can enjoy while eating authentic cuisine. 

Hundreds showed up for the Canada Day concerts on Riverfront Avenue last year. (Anis Heydari/CBC)

Central Memorial Park

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 1221 Second Street S.W.

Bring a picnic basket and string instruments to participate in the Canada Day Strum 'n' String 2.0 event. A sing-along takes place at 1:30 p.m. 

Military Showcase

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Riverfront Avenue S.E.

Meet the Canadian Armed Forces members on the Tim Hortons Trail. Military displays and educational activities will also be available. 

New Central Library

  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 802 Third Street S.E.

Calgarians are welcome to take part in storytimes, Indigenous crafts and a road hockey game at the library. There will also be a film festival and music performances, as well as tours around the new library. Attendees can receive a poem written for them, on the spot. 

There are events for Calgarians of all ages across the city. (Anis Heydari/CBC)

Canada Day Salsabor 

  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 800 Macleod Trail S.E.

Dance to salsa and Latin tunes at the Municipal Building Plaza. No dance partner required. 

Tim Hortons Canada Day Stage 

Steven Page, a former Barenaked Ladies member, is headlining the event with a performance at 10 p.m. Calgary-based Ghostkeeper, Franco-Albertan band Post Script and Edmonton folk rock band Captain Tractor will also grace the stage before the fireworks. 

Fireworks are scheduled from 11 to 11:30 p.m. on Monday. (CBC)


  • 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Centre Street Bridge

Canada's birthday celebrations wrap up Monday with a bang on the Centre Street Bridge. Fireworks start at 11 p.m. 

Road closures

  • Riverfront Avenue S.E. between Macleod Trail and First Street S. E.: June 28, 6 a.m. to July 2, 8 p.m. 
  • 14th Street S.W. and 17th Avenue S.W.: June 28, 8 p.m. to July 2, 5 a.m. 
  • Samis Road N.E. between Centre Street and First Street N.E.: June 30, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Riverfront Avenue S.E. between Reconciliation Bridge and First Street S.W.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Second Avenue S.E. between Centre Street and Riverfront Avenue S.E.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • First Street S.E. between Third Avenue S.E. and Riverfront Avenue S.E.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Macleod Trail between Fourth Avenue S.E. and Riverfront Avenue S.E. (with the exception of a community access lane): July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Centre Street lower deck and sidewalks between Memorial Drive and Second Avenue S.W.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Centre Street upper deck from Eighth Avenue north to Third Avenue south: July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Second Avenue between Frist Street S.W. and Riverfront Avenue S.E.: July 1, 6 p.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.
  • Sixth Street S.E. between Ninth Avenue S.E. and Sixth Avenue S.E.: July 1, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Seventh Avenue S.E. between Fifth Street S.E. and Sixth Street S.E.: July 1, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Eighth Avenue S.E. between Fifth Street S.E. and Sixth Street S.E.: July 1, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • A handful of streets in Crescent Heights and Rosedale will also be restricted to resident access only on July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.

Free parking

The city encourages Calgarians to walk, bike or take transit downtown. It has installed bike racks at various event locations. Public transit will also be running on a Sunday level of service. 

Street parking is free on Canada Day, but time limits and other restrictions still apply. A number of parking bans will also be in place to support traffic. 

The Calgary Parking Authority is offering free parking in all of its  parkades on Monday — with the exception of the Arts Commons Parkade, where holiday rates will be in effect. Holiday rates also apply in select city surface lots on Canada Day. 

Calgary Transit will be running on a Sunday schedule during the holiday. (Julie Debeljak/CBC)


East Calgary is the only landfill open on Sunday. On Monday, East Calgary, Shepard and Spyhill will all be open.

Open Monday

  • Public outdoor pools, spray parks and wading pools, except for Eau Claire Plaza/Barclay Mall and Prairie Winds Park due to opening date delays. 
  • All city golf courses and driving ranges.
  • Southland Leisure Centre is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Monday

  • All City of Calgary buildings, including City Hall.
  • All aquatic, recreation and fitness centres, except for Southland Leisure Centre.
  • All arenas and athletic parks are closed, except for advanced bookings only.
  • Village Square Leisure Centre.
  • North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres.
  • Calgary Soccer Centre.