Things to do in Inglewood
In-between eating and shopping, a day spent in Inglewood must include a stroll along the Bow River, live music, and a stop at a free contemporary art gallery. The Esker Foundation makes art accessible to all and its rotating exhibits not only educate, but they also create dialogue. In the same building sits one of the anchors of Calgary’s Music Mile, Café Gravity. This upscale coffee and wine bar, along with 20 other diverse venues, make up the Music Mile which stretches from Inglewood into the East Village. Two of the most notable venues are The Blues Can and The Ironwood Stage & Grill. Both offer up live performances nightly in a setting that will make you think you have landed in Austin or Nashville.
Parks and pathways along the Bow River connect some of Calgary’s best green spaces including the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Harvie Passage. Since 1929, 270 species of birds have been recorded at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, an ecological safe haven for birds and other wildlife. Birding fans or anyone looking to slow down in nature will appreciate the walking trails snaking through the wilderness here. Where the Bow River bends and turns south, you will find a water-sport enthusiasts dream – Harvie Passage. In the summer, kayakers, surfers, paddleboarders and even swimmers can be seen playing in the purpose-built channels. Harvie Passage sits on the edge of Pearce Estates Park, which is the perfect summer reprieve, with walking trails, shallow inlets, and plenty of shady spaces for a relaxing picnic.
Beloved by locals and visitors alike, The Inglewood Night Market is a free outdoor event hosted on select weekends throughout the year and features locally curated artisan vendors, food trucks, live music, beer gardens, and more.