Free Activities in Calgary

The only thing better than a fun day out is a free fun day out. There’s no need to empty the wallet when enjoying an entertaining day out. Here are some ideas for anyone looking to have a good time on a budget.

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

2425 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4T4

This is a great place to get some nature time within the city. Birdwatchers, outdoor enthusiasts and photographers enjoy it for its plants and many animals. Seasonal visitors include chickadees, geese and bald eagles.

Grain Academy

20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

This is the place to learn about the agricultural crop that built Western Canada: grain. Find how it’s grown and how that grain becomes the loaf of bread on your kitchen table. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Spruce Meadows Farms Ltd

18011 Spruce Medws WY SW GD Lcd 1, Calgary, AB T2P 2G8

Love horses but got no room in the garage for a thoroughbred? Spruce Meadows is the place to go if you love equines. This equestrian show-jumping facility offers free admission and many free events and attractions throughout the year. The grounds are open to the public year-round. Wander through the stables and watch horse trainers exercise their charges.

Reader Rock Garden

325 25 Ave S E, Calgary, AB T2A 7H8

This is the perfect place to get away from the traffic and hustle and bustle of the city. Get lost in your thoughts and take a stroll through this beautifully maintained garden in Union Cemetery just southeast of downtown. Must do: stop into Reader’s Garden Café for a nicely priced snack and a cup of tea.

Rouleauville Square

197 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A1

In front of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Calgary, enjoy this wee park’s pedestrian walkways while learning about the cathedral as well as area history from the interpretive signs displayed around the small park space.

No need to rush off after dinner to make it to the theatre on time! Enjoy a meal with friends and family and take in a live performance at these venues.
UFC is one of the fastest growing sports organizations in the world, fuelling a surge in the number of people signing up for martial arts classes. There’s certainly no shortage of such classes in Calgary. Here are several martial arts studios that will have you in shape in no time.
There’s no evening like one spent with cocktails in the company of some seriously talented music makers. Calgary has a hot little jazz scene, you just need to know where to look for it. Step into one of these intimate venues and take in some of the best in jazz music that Calgary has to offer.
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