Best time to visit Calgary

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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 (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 02)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–April  • nature

Aurora borealis can be captured in South Alberta

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market

unconfirmedmid/late November 2021 • event

Get into a holiday mood and do some gift shopping

Alberta Highway 40

Alberta Highway 40

mid-June–November • activity

One of the greatest and wildest drives in Canada

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Airdrie Festival of Lights

December 1–31, 2021 • event

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

Grassi Lakes

Grassi Lakes

May–November • nature

Beautiful emerald-colored lakes in the Canadian Rockies

Teddy Bear Toss

Teddy Bear Toss

unconfirmedearly December • event

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

Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights

unconfirmedlate November 2021–early January 2022 • event

See two million lights brighten up Calgary Zoo

12 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

GlobalFest

GlobalFest

out of rangeAugust 19–28, 2021 • event

A dazzling fireworks festival and international competition

Calgary International Beerfest

Calgary International Beerfest

out of rangeOctober 15–16, 2021 • event

One of the largest beer festivals in Canada

Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

out of rangeJuly 9–18, 2021 • event

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

Hector Lake

Hector Lake

out of rangeJuly–September • nature

A turquoise-colored lake just two hours away from Calgary

Country Thunder Alberta

Country Thunder Alberta

out of rangeAugust 20–22, 2021 • event

Summer country music festival with some big names and emerging musicians

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

out of rangeOctober 15–17, 2021 • event

The biggest and most popular tattoo show in Canada

Mount Indefatigable

Mount Indefatigable

out of rangeJune–September • activity

A great overlook of the scenic Kananaskis Country in Alberta

Chasing Summer Music Festival

Chasing Summer Music Festival

out of rangeJuly 31–August 1, 2021 • event

The largest and most popular electronic dance music event in Calgary

Chester Lake

Chester Lake

out of rangeJuly–October • nature

A small but very beautiful lake in the Canadian Rockies

Bourgeau Lake

Bourgeau Lake

out of rangelate June–early September • nature

A beautiful spot in the Canadian Rockies

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

Light shows and tower fireworks to welcome the upcoming year

Chinese New Year in Calgary

Chinese New Year in Calgary

out of rangeFebruary 5–15, 2021 (virtual) • event

Celebrate the new lunar year by watching a lion dance or indulging in a traditional dinner

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