Calgary Stampede (July 6 – 15)
Pull out your boots and hats, because this year marks the 100-year Centennial for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. The city is abuzz with events and parties, while The Stampede grounds (20 Roundup Way SE) will be bustling with all the traditional Stampede fun such as chuckwagon races, rodeo and the midway. Don’t forget to catch the nightly Grandstand Show featuring Canadian country superstar Paul Brandt.
Stampede Parade (July 6)
Speaking of Stampede, the perfect way to kick of the Centennial is by checking out the Parade – a spectacular show with plenty of horses, intricate floats and marching bands to get your boots tappin’. The Parade is scheduled to start at 8:55am following a route throughout the core. But get down early to find seating along 6 Ave and 9 Ave, and enjoy the Parade Prelude; on-street entertainment starting at 7:30am.
Calgary Turkish Festival (July 6 – 8)
Curious about Turkish culture? Head down to Eau Claire Festival Plaza (201 Barclay Parade SW) this weekend to check out the Calgary Turkish Festival, happening all three days from 9am to 9pm. Check out the various performances, including whirling dervishes, or peruse the booths full of Turkish products, souvenirs and handcrafts. Don’t forget to sample some Turkish cuisine while there.
East Village Vintage Sale (July 7)
Joining in on the Stampede spirit, East Village will be hosting a Stampede Breakfast on Saturday at RiverWalk from 9:00am -10:00am. They will also be celebrating the 100th birthday of the Simmons Building (618 Confluence Way) with a Vintage in the Village Market. Vendors, including Thrifty Cowgirl, Bug & Bird, Honey B’s, Mod Magpie, Cat’s Eye Vintage, will feature everything from vintage clothing and jewelry, to toys, quilts, antiques, furniture and art.
NOW OPEN: Wine-Ohs
This winecentric, non-pretentious bistro & cellar located where Piq-Niq/ Beat-Niq was (811 1 St SW) is now open. Still staying true to the essence of what made Beat-Niq special, they continue to bring Calgarians the best in live jazz music downstairs in Wine-Ohs’ cellar. The main level bistro offers French cuisine and a spectacular wine list in an intimate room. Try the house-made pate and a Tinto de Verano, their signature drink.
NOW OPEN: Ceili’s
Ceili’s is back in the downtown core with its newest location at 351 4 Ave SW. Continuing to offer the classic Ceili’s experience, there is seating for over 450 people in this 10,000 sq ft space. They have the expected wide selection of domestic, import and craft beers on tap, fresh and tasty comfort food, and live acoustic music at least three nights per week. If you’re into oysters, this location will also feature a 20-seat oyster bar and wine on tap.
Photo courtesy Wine-Ohs