What: 11 days of walks, talks and tours celebrating the history of Calgary and region. This year the contributions of several partners will be highlighted in learning, including SAIT, the University of Calgary and Calgary Public Library. Click here for the 2016 brochure. All events are open to the public and are free of charge with one exception. Donations are gratefully appreciated.
What: Theatre Calgary is bringing Hamlet outside as it shows its annual outdoor performances of Shakespeare by the Bow. It is a pay-what-you-will and non-ticketed event, so you can just turn up with a blanket and picnic and settle in; the suggested donation is $20 per adult. All funds go towards the Shakespeare by the Bow program providing mentorship and support for Alberta’s emerging theatre artists.
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
When: Now until August 21, every day except Mondays; performances at 7 pm, with an extra 2pm matinee on Sundays.
What: The Calgary Turkish Festival will feature Turkish art, folk dance, music, and gourmet food. Visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage, and cuisine (including sumptuous kebabs and mouth-watering pastries).
When: Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31
Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza – 200 Barclay Parade SW
What: Featuring a variety of ethnic street foods, local vendors, buskers, and entertainment, the Calgary Night Market has everything from jewelry to clothes, to household items. The market is happening on the first and last Fridays of the month until September 9. Admission to the Night Market is free.
What: Loose Moose Theatre presents KILL HARD with comedy house veterans Jamie Northan, Quinn Contini, Andrew Phung and special guest Nien-Zu Chang. This is an Improvised Action Movie where the four stars take on all the roles, all the fights, and all of the sexual tension. Expect guns, bad guys, and fights in this over the top tribute to those cheesy action movies you love.
Where: Loose Moose Theatre – 1235 26th Avenue SE
When: Friday July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at 10 pm
What: Inglewood Sunfest will hit Calgary’s original Main Street from 11 am to 6 pm and is expected to draw more than 30,000 attendees. Grab some food from your favourite local food truck, listen to some live tunes, or take in the sleek lines of vintage cars and motorcycles for Show and Shine.
When: Saturday, July 30 from 11 am to 6 pm (beer garden is open until 8 pm)
Where: 9 Avenue between 11 Street and 14 Street SE
What: Experience ‘Styles of Music.’ Latin Music by Los Marineros De La Rumba will be gracing downtown Calgary with some afternoon music. The group plays a diverse and lively mix of salsa, merengue, bachata, cumba, pop and other traditional styles. They will be jaming out for a free hour long concert in downtown.
Where: Stephen Avenue Summer Stage – Centre Street & 8th Avenue SE
What: Chasing Summer, Western Canada’s largest EDM festival, returns to Calgary for its fourth year this summer on July 30 and 31 at a new location, and it’ll be headlined by Martin Garrix and Hardwell.
When: July 30 and 31
Where: Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
What: July 31st marks the universal release of the 8th publication in the Harry Potter series; “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” To celebrate, Kensington is turing into Calgary’s very own Diagon Alley! Pages Bookstore will be home base as “Flourish & Blotts”, where participants can pick up their copies of the new book and a ‘Marauders’ Map’ guide to the other wonders of Kensington Village!
What: Enjoy two 20 minute shows performed by Drama students from Wagonstage Children’s Theatre. Hippo Needs a Bath is performed in the green space between the Kitamba Café and the Rhino enclosure and The Dinosaur Club, No Babies Allowed! takes place in the Prehistoric Park Amphitheatre. Shows take place Wednesday through Sunday at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm
What: See some of the most trendsetting and common wedding dresses in Alberta from the last 125 years. The exhibition features collections from the Museum of the Highwood, the Red Deer Museum, the Royal Alberta Museum, the Lougheed House Conservation Society, as well as numerous private collections.
What: The fun, free, all-ages event will include six hours of multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique crafts. In addition to all the delicious food offerings and exciting performances, there will be face painting for the kids, an Indian Village to explore, or you can just lounge by the stage and watch the performances.
What: Family-friendly activities where you can make nature crafts with the kids, meet the special Thank You Tree and learn about Fort Calgary’s award-winning community garden. Participate in a plein-air painting session with visiting artists from Canmore, view the latest art exhibition called “Mountain Man,” and much more!
Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Calgary’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few.