Summer is finally here, and while Calgary’s start to the season has been marred by occasional bouts of extreme weather, the longer days and warmer temperatures are starting to draw Calgarians out for some fun in the sun. This summer won’t be like any other, however, as we all try to satisfy our desires for fresh air, social interaction and a little vitamin D while protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19.

So, this edition of the Weekender is all about safe summer fun, with a focus on two Calgary summer staples: Canada Day celebrations and the Calgary Stampede.

But first, it’s time for the news!

This week in CREB®Now

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ICYMI

This one’s a real deep cut. Since Canada Day is coming up next week, why not revisit our special “Calgary 150” issue from 2017 in honour of Canada’s 150 birthday?

Calgary 150: a celebration of the attractions and places that make this city great

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O Canada

Speaking of Canada Day, as you’d expect, COVID-19 will be impacting the usual celebrations. In other sad news, Canada Day lands on a Wednesday this year, so these celebrations fall smack-dab in the middle of the week. This is the least satisfying type of holiday, just one strange day off in the midst of an otherwise average week – not enough time to really relax and recharge, but just enough to throw off any productive momentum you might have generated. It’s like a second Sunday, objectively the worst of the weekend days, when the looming spectre of Monday prevents you from really enjoying yourself. Anyway, I digress…

This year, to keep Calgarians safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Calgary has pivoted away from the usual Canada Day festivities – concerts, fireworks and other large events – in favour of more understated celebrations.

The City is hosting a virtual Canada Day concert on its Facebook and YouTube pages that will feature a handful of Alberta artists, including Paul Brandt, Lynn Olagundoye, T Buckley, Chad VanGaalen and Bebe Buckskin. The City is also encouraging Calgarians to celebrate at home by dressing up in red and white, or decorating their house or yard.

For a full list of Canada Day recommendations from the City of Calgary, click here.

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Safe Stampedin’

While we’re talking about celebrations, we really need to address the bucking bronco in the room. Before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of this year’s Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede was scheduled to kick off next week, running from July 3-12. This year, there will be no midway games or rides. No crowded live concerts or Nashville North. No waking up with lingering regrets about your decision to eat 50 mini-doughnuts singlehandedly… OK, that last one doesn’t sound so bad.

For the Stampede junkies out there, there is some good news. A few traditional Stampede experiences will still be available this year, albeit with a few crucial tweaks to bring them in line with public health guidelines. There will be a mini-doughnut drive-thru open July 6-11, an all-day drive-thru pancake breakfast on July 8, and food truck rallies on July 4 and 5. A full schedule of this year’s Stampede events is available here.

Also, nobody is stopping you from dressing up in full cowboy regalia, so feel free if the mood strikes!

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Have a great weekend!