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21 things to do in Calgary this long weekend: August 5 to 7

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DH Calgary Staff Aug 04, 2017 5:58 am 1,566

It’s hot out and we can’t be happier.

From festivals and outdoor activities to Shakespeare by the Bow, this week is looking good.

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Calgary International Blues Festival

  • What: The 13th annual Calgary International Blues Festival returns to Calgary this week. Enjoy blues workshops, concerts and special events culminate in 4 days & nights (August 3-6) of non-stop music on MainStage at Shaw Millennium Park, followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Dance Parties. Click here for full festival schedule.
  • Where: Shaw Millennium Park – 1220 9 Avenue SW
  • When: July 31 to August 6
  • Cost: $129 for festival passes, individual day passes also available.

Take a float down the Bow River

  • 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.
  • WhereLazy Day Raft RentalsSports RentThe Paddle Station and the Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary

Check out the #IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage

  • 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
  • When: July 13 – August 30
  • Cost: FREE

As you like it – Shakespeare by the Bow

  • What: Theatre Calgary is bringing As you like it outside starting Tuesday, June 20, as it begins its annual outdoor performances of Shakespeare by the Bow. Performances are pay-what-you-will and non-ticketed, so you can just turn up with a blanket and picnic and settle in; the suggested donation is $20 per adult.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: June 20 to August 217, every day except Monday’s, performances at 7 pm, with an extra 2pm matinee on Sundays.
  • Cost: Free

Quantum at Telus Spark

  • What: Come see the first-ever traveling exhibition on quantum information and technology!
  • Where: Telus Spark Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: June 26-August 7
  • Cost: Included with admission

Put the “Her” in Heritage

  • What: The Window Galleries present three new exhibits that focus on the alternative narratives of those whose voice was excluded from the first 150 years of our nation.
  • Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
  • When: June 5 – August 28
  • Cost: Free

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

  • What: New to the East Village this summer, this Pop-Up retail park offers Calgarians a place to shop, eat and play. Be sure to check out all 12 retailers located in 12 x 12 shipping containers, along with food trucks, live music and more! Every Thursday through Sunday from June 1 – October 1 you can expect food truck eats, music, performances, art and much much more!
  • Where: EV Junction – 439 8 Avenue SE
  • When: August 3 to 6
  • Cost: FREE

Check out some live Music on Music Mile

  • What: 2016 was the year of music here in Calgary, and the music industry in our city is now booming as a result. Spend date night at one of the many venues on YYC’s Music Mile, between Inglewood and East Village, and be entertained by some of our city’s best local talent at a live show, while enjoying a few drinks with your significant other. See the list of venues and performances here!
  • Where: Music Mile – between Inglewood and East Village
  • Cost: FREE

Calgary Fringe Festival 

  • What: A plethora of uncensored, non-juried theatre performances happening all around the city. Enjoy!
  • Where: Various theaters around the city
  • When: August 4 – 12
  • Cost: $55-$200

Chasing Summer Music Festival

  • What: Celebrate the passion of Calgarians love for summer in this huge two-day EDM festival.
  • Where: Max Bell Centre Festival Ground – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
  • When: August 5-6
  • Cost: General Admission – $159.95

Tour de Bowness

  • 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.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: August 5 – 7
  • Cost: Free to watch

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony

  • What: Celebrate Calgarian’s collective desire for peace as you set sail to your lantern in the Olympic Plaza pool.
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Avenue SE
  • When: August 5
  • Cost: Free

Inglewood Sunfest

  • What: Celebrate summer in #yyc at this day-long street festival featuring over 200 vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment.
  • Where: Main Street Inglewood- 9 Avenue SE
  • When: August 5
  • Cost: Free

Free outdoor movies in Kensington

  • What: The Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies series is returning for another year this August, bringing tales of coming of age, first love, adventure and suspense to the big screen
  • Where: Calgary Parking Authority Lot 57 – 1210 Kensington Rd NW
  • When: Every Saturday in August at 9 pm
  • Schedule: Saturday, August 5 – The Breakfast Club

The Plunge at WinSport

  • What: WinSport is hosting the biggest and best slip n’ slide you’ll seen this summer. ‘The Plunge’ is a 810-foot, three-lane water slide that will be open weekends and holidays, July 1 to August 27.
  • When: July to August (Weekends and Holidays)
  • Where: WinSport – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • Cost: $25 for two hours

Watch ‘Pup Star’ in theatres for only $2.99

  • What: Cineplex Family Favourites are the perfect day to take your little one or your big ones to the movies on the cheap. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting Free The Children with this week’s movie being ‘Pup Star.’
  • Where: Participating Cineplex theatres
  • When: Saturday, August 5 at 11am
  • Cost: $2.99

Music on the Island

  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Every Saturday from June 10 – July 29
  • Cost: Free

Cave Lantern Tours

  • What: Get a guided tour of the Cave and Basin after-hours. Watch out for bats and don’t let your imagination run too wild!
  • Where: The Cave and Basin
  • When: August 5,12,19,26
  • Cost: $10.80

Canmore Folk Music Festival

  • 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.
  • Where: Centennial Park – 5 Avenue, Canmore
  • When: August 5 – 7
  • Cost: $45-$130

Outdoor Games Station

  • What: Bocce, ladder golf and so much more! Both big kids (adults) and little kids are welcome.
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Every Sunday from June 18 to July 30
  • Cost: First come first served

Heritage Day Festival

  • What: Olympic plaza will host a variety of food, dance and music in celebration of Heritage Day. Multicultural dance performances, music, food and craft booths, and a children’s area with games and face painting available.
  • Where: Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Avenue SE
  • When: August 7 from 12 to 6pm
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