20 Inexpensive Date Ideas Calgary Couples Can Take Advantage Of This Summer
July is finally here and love is in the air – but it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to endure it all with someone special. Not sure where to start your romantic journey this season? We’ve put together a long list of fun, wild, cheesy and stereotypical things to do over the next few months – all of which will cost you less than $25. From healthy competition to romantic strolls, here are 20 inexpensive summer date ideas for Calgary couples.
PICNIC BY THE RIVER
Food and fresh air? This summer, take someone special’s hand and head to one of Calgary’s parks for a romantic lunch in the sun. This is probably one of the easiest summer date ideas in Calgary, but also one of the cutest. There really is no better way to celebrate the warmer weather and the company of your favorite person than with a bottle of champagne on the grass… just make sure you do it legally!
WALK THROUGH INGLEWOOD NIGHT MARKET
This sunny season, vendors from across the city will once again gather for the beloved Inglewood Night Market! Here you can experience their beer garden, food trucks, live music, and the many dogs that fellow attendees will parade through the area. Enjoy!
When: Friday August 12, September 9 and 16
Where: 925 11 St SE, Calgary
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
SKATE ON A RETRO ROLLER SKATE
Good times roll, Calgary! This summer, strap on a pair of skates and slide around the new retro roller rink at the third annual Block Party in partnership with forward-thinking organization PARK.
Where: 901 64th Ave NE, Calgary
DISCOVER THE GLENBOW MUSEUM’S TEMPORARY GALLERY
Take a leisurely stroll and support talented artists! This summer, visit Calgary’s Glenbow Museum’s FREE pop-up exhibition space at the Edison for Here to say: faces of Holocaust survivors, a commemorative photographic exhibition not to be missed.
Where: 150 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
TAKE A HEAD
The summer is going to be long and hot and the best place to beat the heat will be underwater. This season grab your swimsuit, some SPF and the hand of that special someone, click the link above and take a refreshing dip in one of Alberta’s swimming holes.
DISCOVER A POOL PARTY AT HOTEL ARTS
This summer, head to Calgary’s top pool party destinations for sun, fun and the occasional live music! Now reopening to the public this summer (without its wintery roof), Hotel Arts is THE place to relax, have a drink and meet that special someone.
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REACHING A U-PICK LOT
Strawberries, raspberries and serviceberries? Later this summer, when the berries finally ripen, head to one of the many U-pick fields in and around Calgary and come home with a bucket full of fruit and a head full of memories. Could there be a softer way to spend a day?
Cost: Prices vary
SHOP 4TH STREET NIGHT MARKET
Hosted by the folks behind Inglewood Market, guests from across the city will be able to travel to the Mission community to shop, eat, drink and explore at a similar event. Shopping under the starlight? How cute!
When: Thursday July 9, August 13 and September 10
Where: 4th Street at Elbow Drive SW
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
TAKE A SAFE BIKE RIDE
Gear up and drop your walls this sunny season. From Fish Creek and Prince’s Island to Banff and Canmore, Calgary is blessed with hundreds of bike baths throughout the city, mountains and riverside. On your way, stop for a bite to eat, take 5 and watch the sunset or go wildlife viewing. The province is your oyster.
FUN IN THE SUN AT PET-A-PALOOZA
Described as “the social event for dogs and their people,” Pet-a-Palooza has become a West Coast sensation, hitting the city streets of Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary year after year. This year, of course, is no exception, with organizers announcing the return of the furry shindig this sunny season.
When: Saturday 23 and 24 July
Where: Eau Claire Market–200 Barclay Parade SW #202, Calgary
MAKE A SPLASH AT SYLVAN LAKE
Located just outside of Red Deer, Alberta, Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash Park is the perfect spot for those hot summer days. With launch pads, trampolines, obstacle course, slides, 15ft tower and more, this huge floating playground is truly one of a kind and will make for a memorable date night destination this summer. .
When: Opening July 1, 2022
Where: Bay #1, 5100 Lakeshore Drive–Sylvan Lake, Alberta
PET THE KANGAROOS AT COBB ADVENTURE PARK
This summer, cuddle a kangaroo or two, throw yourself an ax and bet on a game of mini-golf! Whether you visit them for one of their many adult nights out or just go during normal hours, you and yours are bound to have a blast at Cobb’s Adventure Park.
Where: 1500 84th Street NE, Calgary
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ZIP THROUGH THE CACTUS COULEE LEISURE PARK
We love a little healthy competition! Rev your engines for a wild day this summer at Cactus Coulee amusement park in Drumheller. From go-karts to Eurobungy trampolines to their mini green, they have a little something for everyone.
Where: Box 388, Drumheller, Alberta
TAKE A PICTURE OR TWO AT BOWDEN SUNMAZE
Chances are you’ve seen photos of this iconic Sunmaze, and for good reason – there really is no other place quite like it! This summer, when they are in full bloom, stroll through the beautiful Bowden sunflower fields and snap some photos to celebrate the warm season.
When: August to be determined
Where: 34530 RR#14 Red Deer County, Alberta
WALKING THROUGH THE DOG PARK
They say one way to reach someone’s heart is through their stomach, but if you give them the choice between French fries and a pug hug, you’ll find out pretty quickly that’s just plain wrong. Whether you’re looking to bond with your partner or your partner’s furry friend, or just want some exercise, head to one of Calgary’s favorite dog parks.
GO STARBOOKING IN SUMMER
Whether you’re putting your feet up on the dash and pointing your peepers through the sunroof or really committing to a night out with snacks and a picnic blanket, stargazing is a great idea. go all the way. This summer, experience one of the many Dark Sky Preserves in and around the city, the best of which are listed in the link above. You can thank us later!
SHARE A DRINK ON THE PATIO
If you’re anything like us, then you’re more than ready to hit up one of the many amazing patios in and around town and we’d bet your date is too. Check out the link above for 10 of our favorite spots and enjoy!
WALKING THROUGH THE NIKKA YUKO GARDEN
Lethbridge’s iconic Japanese Garden is one of the most beautiful places in all of North America – and they have the awards to prove it. This summer, grab the hand of someone special and stroll through the fields of flowers, trees and beautifully cut grass of Nikka Yuko.
Where: Corner 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge
DISCOVER CALGARY’S GLOBALFEST
It’s back, Calgary! The city’s most explosive festival officially has dates set for 2022. As in previous years, Calgarians will be able to snuggle up close at Elliston Park under a sky lit up with stars and fireworks. It’s really magical.
When: Thursday 19, 21, 24, 26 and 28 August
Where: 1827 68 St SE, Calgary, AB
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
LOCK IN FOR A PERFORMANCE OF A SHAKESPEARE CLASSIC
A Calgary classic! Theater Calgary is back for a summer of tragic, comedic and dramatic stories written by a literary genius – but with a twist! This season, catch the company on the run as they perform at various locations around town. For more information, check out the program above!
When: All August
Where: See locations above
Time: See times above
There you go, friends. No matter your style, we hope you enjoyed our list of 20 inexpensive summer date ideas in Calgary. All you have to do is choose your favourites!