There seems to be a tendency as the end of July approaches for people to slump into a funk about the imminent end of summer. This state of mind seems a little premature to us at The Crossing… as summer isn’t technically over until the foliage is appropriately dressed in the vibrant colours of fall. So quit wallowing and reminiscing on how fun summer “was” and experience the best of the remaining summer months!

We are so blessed to live in the beautiful province of Alberta, with long hot summer days, close proximity to the Rocky Mountains and pristine lakes, and easy commutes to summer festivals and celebrations in surrounding cities. So if you’ve already resorted to feeling sorry for yourself and dreading the impending fall and winter seasons, we have decided to cheer you up and enlighten you on activities to brighten your days… even more than the summer sun already has!

July 30                          SunFest in Inglewood – a street festival in the heart of Inglewood celebrating community and culture, with activities for all ages, including live music, shopping, face painting, and street performers.

July 30 – August 1       Canmore Folk Music Festival – folk artists from around the world gather in downtown Canmore to create a lively outdoor music festival on the August long weekend.

August 6                       Cochrane Classic Bullriding – head down to the Cochrane Rodeo Grounds for an evening of professional bullriding followed by a dance!

Every second Tuesday Calgary Farmer’s Market vendors come downtown to the beautiful and historic Stephen Avenue to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, jewelry, art, and healthy homemade meals.

August 13                    Calgary Police Rodeo – if you can’t get enough of the rodeo scene… circle back to the Cochrane Rodeo Grounds for a rodeo, children’s carnival, exhibitions and concessions followed by a barn dance featuring live country music.

August 18 – 27            Global Fest – stay up late for a world-class, multi-cultural and international fireworks festival in Elliston Park or find a lookout point in the city to enjoy the show from afar.

August 19 – 21            Cochrane Fair – escape the city by bringing the family to the Cochrane Ag Society Grounds for a country fair. Experience the equestrian events, great food, a midway, and fun for the whole family!

September 3,4             X Fest – go to Fort Calgary to enjoy a summer weekend checking out Calgary’s alternative music scene featuring amazing artists, such as Vance Joy, The Lumineers and The Arkells (just to name a few…).

September 4                Calgary Pride Parade – gather family and friends to join the fun at Calgary’s most colourful parade celebrating the city’s vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community!

Saturday Mornings     Cochrane Farmers Market – experience the best locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods and more between 9:30am and 1:30pm at the Historic Cochrane Ranche Site.

So no more wallowing… get out there to enjoy what the city and the outdoors have to offer during these spectacular summer months. As for fall and winter… we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.