The days of bringing your baby to a bar being taboo are over (thankfully!), and there is no longer a need to get a babysitter if you want to enjoy a fun afternoon at one of Calgary’s amazing breweries. Craft breweries have been popping up at a rapid pace since the Alberta Government changed regulations to abolish the minimum production law in late 2013, and our city is now host to dozens of brewing establishments. With this influx of craft breweries comes a welcome change in the cultural drinking scene with many breweries becoming more family-, and even dog-, friendly in response to demand from their customers. “Breweries are community gathering places and need to be open for everyone,” says Ben Leon, managing director of The Dandy Brewing CompanyTM. “The culture of craft beer is not that of night clubs. They are much more like the classic small- town pubs in England, where families gather and spend time together every week.”
Just because it’s Fall and the kids are back in school doesn’t mean you have to say good-bye quite yet to beach days for another year. Living in Calgary, we often get some gorgeous weekends in September and you can still enjoy a lakeside picnic while the kids play in the water. Rent inflatable stand up paddle boards (SUPs) for the family to take with you for a fun day at the beach (you may be inspired to add stand up paddle boards for the family to your Christmas wish list this year, too!).
Summer! The season we wait for all winter long, yet it only lasts two short months in Calgary (sometimes even less than that!). As Calgarians and Canadians, we need to take full advantage of every sun-filled, great-weather moment. Here are some dates and reasons to really pump up your summer celebrations. Let’s break them down in chronological order.
When you think of downtown Calgary, a number of images come to mind: busy business people rushing to their next meeting, concrete streets full of bumper-to-bumper cars, metallic buildings reaching into the sky. Things that probably don’t top the list are: legendary lions, 1,000-kilogram bucking bulls, and gold mountains, but each of these also call Calgary’s Core home in the form of art pieces scattered throughout downtown’s streets and parks.
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