Living in Calgary is a perfect storm of sorts. The diversity, coupled with the sheer opportunities, gives a unique edge to each community, particularly in arts and culture. No matter your interests or lifestyle, the city has an event or activity that fits your bill for weekend entertainment. It’s also a city that’s on the cusp of the latest trends, conquering the cupcake market long before other Canadian hubs and welcoming the foot truck bandwagon with open arms. It’s efforts like these, albeit a small sample, that put Calgary arts and culture on the national and international map.
Live music, galleries, fashion, and museums are at the center of Calgary’s arts and culture. While you can find events and installations of similar varieties in almost every major city, Calgary’s calendar is filled to the brim. Theatres across the city are staging plays, the Glenbow Museum curates new exhibits on the regular, and names big and small are playing festivals and concert halls.
It’s impossible to narrow down which Calgary restaurant will be the next big hit, and with a roster of strong staples, residents have a wealth of choices for dining out. At the core, eateries line Stephen Ave and nearby streets, and further out towards 17th Ave the number skyrockets. The suburbs are also tossing their hats in the ring, with new developments like Seton opening doors to diners and inner-city mixed-use spaces like Currie Barracks slated to create a whole new addition to the foodscape.
For every part of Calgary’s arts & culture scene, there’s a corresponding festival. In fact the city hosts almost thirty different festivals throughout the year. Each showcases a different facet of music, culture, food, art, and innovation, to name just a few.
The spirit of gathering and celebrating extends to the communities as well, who are known to host block parties. The community of Parkland is infamous for Pig Street, a usually quiet crescent that has hosted a pig roast for over three decades. There are even pigs painted along the road, one for each year.
Wanting to learn more about living in Calgary? One of our top sources for things to do is Avenue Magazine. When you’re ready to house hunt, contact Krista and Mike Kehoe.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®