A number of Canada Day celebrations are taking place in the city Thursday. The festivities will take place at Prince's Island Park and Olympic Plaza.

"It's all free and it's for all ages," said Stephanie Barnett, Event Coordinator with the city of Calgary. "We'll be featuring regional and local music acts as well as vendors and activities for all ages."

Close to 80,000 people are expected to take part in the festivities at Prince's Island Park from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. There will be live entertainment featuring a family stage with performances by Wagonstage, Gustavo the Impossiblist and Sandbox Theatre as well as two music stages hosting acts such as Shane Ghostkeeper, Steve Pineo and The Wandering V's.

There will also be special performances by youth members of the Calgary Chinese community, including martial arts demonstrations and musical and dance showcases, to commemorate Calgary Chinatown Centenary Celebrations.

"On Canada Day, and as part of the celebration of Chinatown's 100th anniversary, the Chinese community hopes that all Calgarians will embrace Chinese culture," said Jason Luan, Community Liason with the city of Calgary. "These performances by Chinatown's youth are part of celebrating Chinatown's past while saluting its future."

Another 20,000 Calgarians are expected to take in the celebrations at Olympic Plaza from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. with musical performances by Wil, Souljah Fyah and The United Steel Workers of Montreal.

The City's fireworks display will start at 10:45 p.m. from Olympic Plaza.

For more information on the city's Canada Day events, click on the link to the right of the story.