East Village Weekly Round-Up (July 17-23)


From Studio Bell to hot spot eateries, from urban plazas to the library, there’s always something happening somewhere in East Village. We’ve rounded up our top picks of this week’s events, programs, classes and more. Don’t forget to check the calendars of our community partners for other goings-on in the neighbourhood!

Ukulele Jam on St. Patrick’s Island

Are you a basement guitarist? Do you jam with YouTube more than your pals? All acoustics are welcome at this jam session with the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners! Runs every Thursday in July at Confluence Plaza on St. Patrick’s Island. Bring your music stand and the OnSong app, if you have it.

When: Thursday, July 18 from 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Confluence Plaza at St. Patrick’s Island (next to the parking lot)
Cost: Free


Aerobics is back! Bigger, better, HIGHer! This class is first-come, first-served with a capacity of 30 participants. Bring good sneakers and a water bottle. HIGH Fitness will run on the deck of the EV Experience Centre every Friday from June 7 - September 13 (weather dependent).

When: Friday, July 19 at noon
Where: 553 Riverfront Ave SE
Cost: Free


Come one, come all, come all summer long! Between June and August, Market Collective will be set up at the historic St. Louis Hotel in East Village. Attendees can expect to see 13 local artisans, food trucks, art installations, DJs, and musicians. This event is family-friendly.

When: Friday from 12:00-7:00pm, Saturday & Sunday from 11:00-5:00
Where: 430 8 Ave SE
Cost: Free admission

Beach Saturday on St. Patrick’s Island

Is there anything better than a summer day at the beach? Trout Beach, that is! Every Saturday this July we're kicking back by the water for afternoons full of fun and relaxation. We'll have beach chairs set out for you to soak up the sun, and Family Freezed will be on site selling ice pops to help you cool down. Add some beach balls and games from our team, and you’ve got the perfect summer afternoon.

When: Saturday, July 20, noon to 4:00pm
Where: Trout Beach on St. Patrick’s Island (west end)
Cost: Free

Zero Waste Festival

Join Plastic Free YYC at this interactive, fun festival focused on reducing waste and leading a low-waste lifestyle. Come learn about sustainable living from expert speakers, connect with innovative businesses bringing us plastic-free solutions, and join the growing community of people looking to reduce their waste and impact on our world.

When: Saturday, July 20, 11:00am - 6:00pm
Where: Crossroads (656 Confluence Way SE)
Cost: Free to attend


Meet up with Rhonda from BARK every Sunday for a 45-60 minute walk around the neighbourhood alongside a whole motley crew of four-legged (and two-legged!) friends. Treats will be available for both humans and doggos. From June 9th to September 15th.

When: Sunday, July 21 at 11:00am
Where: Meet at the East Village Experience Centre (553 Riverfront Ave SE)
Cost: Free

Kite Day with EVNA

Join the East Village Neighbourhood Association (EVNA) on July 20 for a day of kite fun at Fort Calgary!

When: Sunday, July 21, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Where: Fort Calgary
Cost: Free

Fun with Code

In this Calgary Public Library program, teens will develop their HTML/CSS/JavaScript skills and build cool stuff in the browser. They’ll play with colour, blend modes, images, animation, and layout! Teens can bring their own laptop or borrow one of the Library’s Chromebooks. In partnership with InceptionU.

When: Monday, July 22 from 1:00-3:00pm
Where: 800 3 St SE
Cost: Free (registration required)

14th Annual Folk Boot Camp — How to Skin, Colour, and Devour a Song

Songs will be pulled apart and studied so students can create songs that will be worked on as a class. The idea is to create fresh material with new tools and push people to explore different ways of songwriting. Bring instruments to play (mainly guitars). A laptop to play and study songs would be good. Bring an open mind and a willingness to work and write during the sessions.

When: July 23 - July 25
Where: Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4 St SE)
Cost: $160

Brew Ed: July/August Session

This 4-week course is presented by The Brewer's Apprentice and instructed by Alberta Beer Festival's head judge, David Nuttall. Each class will cover a different topic, such as the histories of different beer styles, what makes a good brew, how beer is made and its many ingredients.

When: July 23, 20 & August 6, 13
Where: The Brewer’s Apprentice (448 8 Ave SE)
Cost: $165

Evans Hunt