Best time to visit Calgary

Calgary

Best time of year to visit Calgary

Despite hordes of tourists and high prices, June through August is considered to be the best time to visit Calgary. That's when the most popular events like Calgary Stampede happen. Summer is also the best period for biking and hiking. Are you a passionate snowboarder or skier? Visit Calgary from November through March. Just dress in layers and enjoy the ride as well as low room rates. Spring in Calgary is short but pleasant. It can be muddy because of the melting snow, but you'll be surprised by the affordable lodging. Spend some time at a Calgary beerfest, a must-visit event in early May. Shoulder season from September to October demands warmer garments but offers better deals and quieter streets in return. Don't hesitate to explore Grassi, Hector, and Chester Lakes, which are particularly charming during fall.

7 THINGS TO DO IN CALGARY (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 02)

Alberta Highway 40

Alberta Highway 40

mid-June–November • activity

One of the greatest and wildest drives in Canada

GlobalFest

GlobalFest

August 20–29, 2020 • event

A dazzling fireworks festival and international competition

Hector Lake

Hector Lake

July–September • nature

A turquoise-colored lake just two hours away from Calgary

Mount Indefatigable

Mount Indefatigable

June–September • activity

A great overlook of the scenic Kananaskis Country in Alberta

Grassi Lakes

Grassi Lakes

May–November • nature

Beautiful emerald-colored lakes in the Canadian Rockies

Bourgeau Lake

Bourgeau Lake

late June–early September • nature

A beautiful spot in the Canadian Rockies

Chester Lake

Chester Lake

July–October • nature

A small but very beautiful lake in the Canadian Rockies

9 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Calgary International Beerfest

Calgary International Beerfest

September 18–19, 2020 • event

One of the largest beer festivals in Canada

Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

July 03–12, 2020 • event

Put your cowboy boots on and get ready for the greatest show in Canada's third largest city

Country Thunder Alberta

Country Thunder Alberta

August 20–23, 2020 • event

Summer country music festival with some big names and emerging musicians

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

October 16–18, 2020 • event

The biggest and most popular tattoo show in Canada

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Airdrie Festival of Lights

December 01–31, 2020 • event

Western Canada’s biggest free, outdoor walk-through Christmas light display

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market

November 13–15, 2020 | November 20–22, 2020 | November 27–29, 2020 • event

Get into a holiday mood and do some gift shopping

Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights

November 22 2019–January 04 2020 • event

See two million lights brighten up Calgary Zoo

Chasing Summer Music Festival

Chasing Summer Music Festival

August 01–02, 2020 • event

The largest and most popular electronic dance music event in Calgary

Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss

early December • event

Dozens of local agencies benefit from the teddy bears provided every holiday season in Calgary

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