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Ready, Set, Go! Free Summer Events at U/D

April 24, 2023

Summer is on the way and U/D’s summer schedule is shaping up to be one to remember. We can’t wait to once again connect with residents and the surrounding communities over the coming months. Read on for more details on amazing events and activities in U/D to fill your calendar with fun this summer. 

U/D Night Market 

U/D is again partnering with MarketSpot to host the U/D Night Market, a community market featuring over 30 local food, drink, art, jewellery, games and clothing artisans, accompanied by live music, entertainment and activities the whole family can enjoy. Join us as we kick off the Night Market season on May 31, 2023, from 5 – 9 p.m.

All summer long, the Night Market will take place on the last Wednesday of May, June, July, August and September from 5 – 9 p.m.

Support local vendors and enjoy live music at this season’s U/D Night Markets.

This year U/D is expanding the event to be in both the U/D Central Plaza and the new Central Commons Park! Allowing us to showcase even more local vendors! So bring some lawn chairs and a blanket because this year there will be plenty of room for friends and family to gather, shop, play and enjoy an evening of fun. Admission is free and you won’t want to miss out on the chance to buy from our one-of-a-kind local vendors.

Here is a sneak peek into a few of the vendors you will see at the Night Market:

  • Big Buns Club: Locally baked buns made with almond milk, no eggs and all locally sourced ingredients.
  • Citrus & Spice YYC: Cocktail kits including specialty ingredients to sip on summer from the comfort of your home.
  • Sandi Randi: Handmade local jewelry with everything from trendy everyday pieces to statement bridal jewelry.
  • Skin by Lena: Skincare and wellness products made with healthy and toxin-free ingredients curated by a trained chemist.

Click here to stay up to date on all vendors, musicians and update announcements.

Tails & Treasures

Calling all dog lovers! Join us for a tail-wagging highlight of the summer with the annual Tails & Treasures event on Sunday, June 18. This dog-friendly outdoor event will feature the one and only Global Pet Foods SuperDogs™, who will showcase their skills in fast-paced fun-filled show. Do you think your dog has what it takes to be a “super” dog? Enter this year’s Amateur Dog Show where you and your best four-legged friend can showcase your best tricks and skills. 

Don’t miss out on Tails & Treasures on Sunday, June 18, 2023, from 1-5 p.m.

In addition to the furry talent, the Tails & Treasures will include music, a ‘smooch your pooch’ photo booth, a puppy pool party and many more activities for an afternoon of fun in the sun the entire family can enjoy!

Anytime Activities at Central Commons Park

Communal BBQ and Patio at University District. 

Central Commons Park is the perfect place for a summer day. With open green space, picnic tables and BBQ’s what better place to enjoy a summer day. Gather your loved ones together for a classic summer pastime by organizing a BBQ in the park. Bask in the sunshine and summer breeze while indulging in some tasty grilled delicacies and reconnecting with the people you love. With University District’s help, you can easily plan the ultimate BBQ experience where we bring the flame and you bring the flavour and fun!

For additional information on how-to-use and safety when grilling at U/D, click here.

Splash pad at University District. 

Beat the heat by splashing into summer at U/D’s splash pad! Located in University District’s Central Plaza,  the splash pad is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., from June through early September. If time in the splash pad isn’t enough to escape the summer heat head on over to nearby Village Ice Cream for a scoop or two! 

For more information about rules and safety at the splash pad, click here.

Stay tuned for details on the U/D Block Party returning Sunday, September 17, 2023, where retailers and community members bring our Retail Main Street to life.

Stay up to date with all events in U/D this summer by visiting the event calendar and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to tune in to any upcoming event giveaways!


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