If you’re staying in town, spend the last month before the back-to-school madness begins enjoying the many festivals, events and foodie endeavors that are packed into August. There is something fun and exciting happening almost every weekend this month!
It’s going to be a busy month, but more importantly a fun one! Let’s give it one last hurrah for summer 2017.
Here are 76 fun things happening this August in Calgary.
What: The ultimate refresher in the midst of a prairie heat wave!
Tips: Make sure that you have enough life jackets for your entire group, book your raft ahead of time, park a vehicle at the beginning and the end of your route and check weather advisories before heading out.
What: Get a taste of what the Tour de France is like at the 16th Annual Tour de Bowness. For 3 days you will have the opportunity to watch cyclists from various viewpoints throughout the city as they compete for a variety of titles and prizes. This event started in 2001 and is now the largest amateur bike race in the province.
What: Run through the night in a 5K or 10K course with your trusty Energizer LED headlamp guiding your way. At the post-race celebration, you will receive a FREE beer glow mug to drink your much-deserved beverage out of!
What: 12 makers, 12 shipping containers, and 1 parking lot makes the best retail shopping Calgary has ever seen. There are also various performances, a pop-up library, Junction jams and group runs hosted by Lululemon happening at different times throughout each week, so you just have to go more than once!
What: Everyone’s favourite street party is back and happening on the first Friday of every month this summer. Be sure to come with an empty stomach and the desire to shop till the sun goes down. The event goes on rain or shine, so come prepared!
What: Join BassBus and In-Houze Productions for the first ever Peeled Cocktail Festival. You will receive a Peeled Passport, which will be your guide to all of the must-try cocktails at various establishments around the city. Each participating venue has come up with an exclusive cocktail only available to those who possess a passport. Cheers!
What: Going on a date or just looking for something fun to do with friends? Sample some of Calgary’s best global food and beverage cuisine, while you enjoy the great summer weather and listen to live outdoor music for 4 days in a row.
What: Celebrate Calgary’s vibrant and growing food scene with this new dining event happening this August. You will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious Prix fix summer menus for lunch and dinner, from 13 of Calgary’s best and most diverse restaurants. Bon Appetite!
What: August 11 marks the 6 year anniversary of the Food Truck Pilot Project in Calgary, so they’re throwing a party! Enjoy delicious eats from over 20 of Calgary’s best food trucks, listen to live music from 10 at 10 and ice cold beer from Village Brewery. Happy Birthday!
What: Calling all meat and beer lovers! At the 3rd annual Brewery and the Beast festival, you will have the opportunity to sample a range of premium, local and ethically raised meats while sipping on a cold delicious beverage.
What: Enjoy a delicious meal in a horse-drawn wagon and experience a progressive dinner through Calgary’s culinary history. You will have the opportunity to try a variety of dishes and drink pairings throughout the evening – come with empty bellies!
Where: Selkirk Grille, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
What: All aboard! Sail through the Glenmore Reservoir on the S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler, while tasting delectable d’ oeuvres and sipping on a curated selection of beer and wine. The dress code is business casual.
Where: The S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
What: Come watch a classic film each Wednesday under the stars, just like they used to in the old days. This month look forward to Beauty and the Beast, Back to the Future, Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars: Rogue One.
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
What: At this “Omatsuri” (traditional festival) you will experience everything from a Sake tasting to traditional Japanese arts and crafts, as you celebrate everything this diverse and wonderful culture has to offer!
What: Compete in this traditional Chinese cultural event with a team of max 26 people. After the race enjoy the all day festival that includes a kid’s play zone, food trucks, beer gardens, live performances and more!
*Bicycle parking available onsite
Where: North Glenmore Park – 5R7, 7305 Crowchild Trail SW
What: Cowboys from working ranches will compete in events that display for spectators the everyday skills that you need to work on the range, followed by a traditional afternoon rodeo. There will also be local artisans from the area set up at the Pekisko Creek Trade Fair and Art shows that will be open all day long.
What: Alberta’s longest running folk music festival is back! Kick the weekend off with a pancake breakfast and forward to headliners, such as Bruce Cockburn, Foy Vance, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and much more talent throughout the weekend.
What: Callin’ all Hip Hop junkies! This is Western Canada’s largest Hip Hop Music Festival so don’t miss out. And if you weren’t already excited enough, Lauryn Hill and Migos will be headlining this year’s festival.
Where: Max Bell Centre Festival Ground – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
What: Calling all “Rastagarian’s,” Calgarian’s who share the same love for Caribbean culture and Reggae music. Described as more of an experience than merely a performance, this year’s Reggae Fest is focused on celebrating 150 years of the uniting cultures in Canada AKA the ‘Golden era of Canadian Reggae.’
What: Join the University of Calgary’s School of Creative Arts and the Calgary Zoo for an original production of “Jumpy the Frog.” Follow along the misadventures of Jumpy the Black-Tailed Prarie Dog as he searches for a new habitat!
Where: Dinosaur Amphitheater, Calgary Zoo – 210 St. George’s Drive NE
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday between July 4 and August 31
What: Spend your lunch hour listening to some of Calgary’s best local talent on this outdoor stage on Stephen Avenue. From DJs, to Dance Troupes, to live bands, to Comedians, you will always be pleasantly surprised by the live performances set to play this stage this summer.
Where: Stephen Avenue – between Street and 1 Street SE
What: Cheer on our Stamps as they make their way to the Grey Cup!
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
When: August 26 vs Toronto at 7pm
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