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06/24/2014 03:54 EDT | Updated 06/24/2014 03:59 EDT

Canada Day 2014 Calgary: Fun Activites For Families

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A shot of the Canada Day fireworks in Calgary. The fireworks were shot of the Centre Street bridge on the north side of downtown, and we were positioned up on McHugh Bluff to capture them with our fellow celebrants. (Non HDR)

It's just a week away until Canada Day, and the final preparations are being made in Calgary.

The official City of Calgary celebrations will return to Prince's Island Park, after being relocated in 2013 due to the floods.

Extra bike racks and free shuttles are being offered to transport party attendees between venues.

More than 100,000 people are expected to show up to celebrate Canada's 147th birthday, and with these 13 suggestions you're sure to find something fun for the whole family. For more information, visit the City of Calgary's Canada Day site.

  • Peace Powwow
    PA
    Where: Prince’s Island Park When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: Free.
    Vibrant aboriginal culture and dress will be showcased, and Calgarians will partake in storytelling, music and dance.
  • Food Truck Round-Up
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    Where: Festival Market (between the YMCA and Eau Claire Market) When: 5 p.m.– 11 p.m.
    Food trucks a plenty will be serving up some of Calgary’s most popular street eats at Festival Market near Eau Claire. Have a seat in the laid-back dining hub, or bring a blanket and have a picnic nearby. Remind your inner foodie to bring along some cash, as not all trucks accept cards.
  • Fireworks
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    Where: Centre Street Bridge When: 10:45 p.m. (-ish) Cost: Free.
    This world-class fireworks show is synchronized with live music broadcasted on 101.5 Kool FM and 95.3 The Peak. So tune in from wherever you happen to be.
  • Stephen Ave. Walk
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    Where: Stephen Ave. When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Free.
    #IAMDOWNTOWN at The Stephen Avenue Walk Canada Day Street Party with the #IAMDOWNTOWN Music Series, supporting Canadian Artists for the Poor Art Walk and plenty of artisans, vendors, patios and buskers.
  • Stephen Ave. Art Walk
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    Where: Stephen Ave. When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost: Free
    Local artists display and sell their art on Stephen Avenue. Hosted by Canadian Artists for the Poor. The entry fees artists pay go to charities working with those living in extreme poverty.
  • East Village Street Fair
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    Where: East Village When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Free.
    Bands & entertainers will be performing alongside the various vendors and inside our Sunset Theatre. Art exhibits provided by the Drop In Centre and Salvation Army. Also features a children's area and the annual Show & Shine.
  • Living Flag
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    Where: Riverfront Avenue (between 1 Street SE and Macleod Trail SE) When: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: Free.
    Show your national pride, and be a part of the Canada Dayyc living flag! The first three thousand people to check-in are invited to receive a free red or white t-shirt to participate in this enormously popular activity.
  • Chinatown Night Market
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    Where: 2 Ave. S.W./S.E. When: 12 p.m. – late Cost: Free.
    Chinatown street performances starts at 12 p.m. Come early for a “not-so-much-night-market."
  • Downtown Family Experience
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    Where: Olympic Plaza When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Free
    Green Fools Social Circus camp, Beat Drop DJ school, Springfree Jump Zone, amazing Gymnaestrada performances, and more. There is something for kids of all ages to actively enjoy, plus some fun and relaxation for adults.
  • Riverfront Stage
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    Where: Harry Hays Building (on the North lawn facing the Bow River) When: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Cost: Free.
    Official Canada Dayyc ceremonies kick off at 6 p.m., and the stage will feature performances from Mother Mother, Ridley Bent, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Scarlett Jane.
  • Fort Calgary Celebrations
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    Where: Fort Calgary When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Free outdoor activities, 1/2 off for visitor centre admission.
    Celebrate Canada Day at Fort Calgary. Start the day with a pancake breakfast at 9:00 a.m. All day children’s entertainment includes crafts, bouncy castles, pony rides and a petting zoo! Live entertainment from local bands run through the afternoon.
  • East Village Show and Shine
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    Where: Fort Calgary When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Free.
    Vintage and classic car enthusiasts show off their collections. These vintage vehicles will be on display for public viewing and part of the larger Fort Calgary celebration.
  • Heritage Park 50th Birthday Celebration
    Flickr:Phillie Casablanca
    Where: Heritage Park When: 10:00 a.m. — 11:00 p.m. Cost: Admission into the park.
    The party begins early with a complimentary pancake breakfast for the first 2014 guests to arrive in the Chautauqua tent before 10:30am. The front plaza will be brought to life with live music, dancing, stilt walking and magicians. Throughout the day various activities including games and music. Fireworks over the Glenmore Reservoir end the day.

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