What: The 37th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival will have 76 icons and upstarts from 16 countries performing on 8 stages during the 3 day festival. 2016 performers include The New Pornographers, Cat Power, Braids, Lord Huron, Oyster Band and many more.
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 689 Eau Claire Avenue SW
When: Thursday July 21 to Sunday, July 24
Cost: Single day tickets from $60 to $75. Click here to buy online
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: Fiestaval is a free and family-oriented multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting Latin American Culture. The three day event will take place in the heart of downtown Calgary at the Calgary Olympic Plaza and feature over 18 authentic Latin food vendors, in addition to 60 plus community vendors.
What: Theatre Calgary’s Production of Hamlet takes a small hiatus from Prince’s Island Park and moves to St. Patrick’s Island for the week. No need to buy tickets for the show, just arrive early to grab a seat and bring a blanket with you if you’d like. The show runs on donations, so pay what you’d like when the collection hat makes it’s way through the crowd. Find showtimes online.
Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
When: Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24 at 9:30 pm
What: The festival for you and your pets will have samples of treats, food, accessories, toys and a bunch of free merchandise for your furry friends from vendors like Boneties and Bling, Dogtopia, Urban Dog Market, and more.
Where: Eau Claire – 200 Barclay Parade SW
When: Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 from 10 am to 4 pm
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.
Where: Lougheed House – 707 13th Avenue SW
When: Now until October 2
Cost: Regular admission $8.50
Visit a Farmers’ Market
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.
What: A summer tradition featuring the best young classical musicians from across Canada and around the world in concert alongside distinguished faculty. Featuring musicians from Piano Masterclass, The Cecilia String Quartet and pianist Ronan O’Hora in Mendelssohn’s Quartet Op. 44 No. 1, Nicole Lizée’s Isabella Blow at Somerset House, and Dvor˘ák’s Piano Quintet.
Where: The Banff Centre: Rolston Recital Hall – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
When: Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 pm