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Arts Crawl: Exploring Creativity on 17th Ave SW

Become lost (in the best way possible) in the rich artistic scene of 17th Ave SW, a vibrant neighbourhood that promises a day full of creativity and inspiration. Here’s your guide to exploring some of the best this area has to offer.

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Morning Delights

Start your day with a delicious coffee from either Caffe Beano or Element Cafe. Both spots are local favorites, known for their warm atmosphere and excellent brews. Whether you prefer a robust espresso or a frothy latte, these cafes will give you the perfect caffeine kick to begin your adventure.

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Artistic Exploration

Next, head over to Passion for Glass, a haven for glass art enthusiasts. Marvel at the intricate designs and vibrant colors, and maybe even pick up a unique piece to take home. This gallery is a testament to the incredible talent within the community.

After that, make your way to Paint Ur Art Out, where creativity knows no bounds. Whether you’re an experienced artist or just looking to dabble, this studio offers a welcoming space to express yourself. Choose from a variety of painting sessions and let your imagination run wild.

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Lunch Break

By now, you’ve likely worked up an appetite. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at The Sweatered Hen or The Coup. The Sweatered Hen offers cozy, homestyle dishes that are both comforting and delicious. The Coup, on the other hand, is perfect for those seeking fresh, vegetarian cuisine with a creative twist. Both spots provide a relaxing break before your afternoon activities.

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Afternoon Adventure

After lunch, it’s time to dive deeper into the local art scene with a BUMP Mural Walking Tour. This tour is a fantastic way to explore the vibrant street art that adorns the walls of 17th Ave SW. You can opt for a self-guided tour, allowing you to wander at your own pace, or join a guided tour for more insights into the stories behind the murals.

Shop and Stroll

As you wander around, remember to treat yourself to a little shopping. The Ave is home to thoughtfully curated and unique local shops. It’s an ideal moment to snag a few souvenirs or treats just for you.

Evening Entertainment

Cap off your day with live music at Ship and Anchor or Whiskey Rose. These venues are staples of the local nightlife scene, offering a range of performances from talented musicians. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, sip on a drink, and soak in the creative energy that makes 17th Ave SW so special.

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The 17th Avenue Business Improvement Area (BIA) is committed to preserving the diverse and energetic character of the area’s business community. We advocate for public safety, revitalize public spaces, implement placemaking initiatives and collaborate with City of Calgary departments to enhance economic well-being and attract new businesses, fostering a thriving and inclusive environment for all.

Our borders are from 16th Street to 2nd Street SW along 17th Ave SW and several blocks of 14th (up to 12 Ave SW), 8th Street SW (up to 14th Ave SW) and 11th Street (up to 14th Ave SW).

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