17th Ave

Festivals

The 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District BIA’s events will only occur if Alberta Health Services mandates and protections allow for it to be executed safely. Please check back for updates, and follow all public health guidelines mandated by AHS when attending events on 17th Ave.

May

Red Mile Cup

Each May as the weather warms up and the NHL hockey playoffs are in full swing, the 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District hosts its own 4 on 4 Hockey Tournament, The Red Mile Cup! This event is for everyone whether you’re a road hockey star or a seasoned “beer leaguer” – upon registration, you will provide your age and skill level to be placed into a divisional pool of teams based on skill level to ensure fair competition. The event features celebrity guests, giveaways, prizes and more! Plus a Grand Prize is awarded to each pool winner! Check it out for a fun weekend of hockey, delicious eats, boutique shopping, skills games, live music and more! 

June

 lilac festival

Kick off your Summer and festival season in Calgary at the annual Lilac Festival, taking place on 4th Street SW between Elbow Drive and 13th Avenue SW. This annual festival features over 500 vendors, live music and entertainment with six stages hosting more than 30 different live performances, local artisans, delicious food and more! This year will be the first year of a pilot for the event which will occur along 17th Ave between 2nd street and 5th street SW depending on COVID-19 restrictions. Head down to this famous summer event to support local vendors, and stay tuned for updates closer to the date!

VIP SHOP HOP

This exclusive one-day shopping event is one you don’t want to miss! With dozens of local businesses participating and offering in-store deals and promotions, you’ll be privy to one of Calgary’s best shopping districts, hottest deals, last trends and more! Support your favourite local businesses, and check out all they have to offer at this epic shopping event. 

Saturday’s on 17th

Head down to 17th Ave SW every Saturday starting in June and enjoy live music, games, giveaways, movie screenings in Tomkins Park and more, for Saturday’s on 17th, hosted by the 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District. Take advantage of outdoor fun for the entire family, and enjoy 17th Ave’s plethora of local shops, boutiques and restaurants while you’re at it!

july

stampede on 17th

There’s no place quite like the Red Mile to kick off your Stampede celebrations! Join the 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District on the first Saturday of Stampede in Tomkins Park for a hearty pancake breakfast, followed by live music, line dancing, games giveaways and more! 

17th Ave SW

October

VIP Shop Hop

This exclusive one-day shopping event is one you don’t want to miss! With dozens of local businesses participating and offering in-store deals and promotions, you’ll be privy to one of Calgary’s best shopping districts, hottest deals, last trends and more. Support your favourite local businesses on 17th Ave, while checking out all they have to offer at this epic shopping event.

November

Taste of 17th

This multi-day food festival features dozens of 17th Ave’s best restaurants, bakeries, and food establishments, all who want to remind Calgarians that 17th Ave is one of the best dining districts in the city. Each participating restaurant puts forward either a special three-course meal for the event, a promotion around a classic or staple, or a brand new promotional meal or appetizer that can only be purchased during the Taste of 17th Food Festival. Support your favourite local restaurants and find everything from croissants, to Mediterranean, to Burgers and more at this epic foodie event.

Black Friday

Shopping on the ave is always a treat year round, but shopping the Red Mile on Black Friday for some of the season’s best promotions, sales and deals at your favourite 17th Ave shops, boutiques and more is one of the most epic events of the year! Get the season’s latest trends, best deals, AND support your some of 17th Ave’s best local businesses. 

Holiday wish list

Check out the 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District’s Holiday Wish List, where you can support local while browsing some of this season’s best gift ideas that you can find along 17th Ave. Find winter wear from retailers like Kit & Ace and Arc’Teryx, or home decor from the trendy Robert Sweep. If you’re looking for sweet treats, you can get Ollia’s macarons and caramel spread – a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list who has a sweet tooth. There’s also plenty of accessories and jewellery from popular retailers like Ollie Quinn and Steeling Home. Support local businesses and check out 17th Ave’s Holiday Wish List – no matter who you’re shopping for, we’re certain you’ll find something perfect.

December

Holidays and New Years Eve on 17th

Support local this season and get your holiday essentials  on 17th Ave, where you can find some of Calgary’s best restaurants, food establishments, festive decor, local boutiques and more, all to help you create the perfect holiday season!