50 things to do in Calgary this August

Dec 19 2017, 2:30 am

The following are some of the top events to check out in Calgary this August. If we are missing any events that you may know of send us a tip. For a complete list of events, check out the Calgary Buzz event calendar.

Calgary International Blues Festival

  • What: An exciting line up of events and artist are at the 11th Calgary Blues fest. This family friendly event is renowned for its blues music, hospitality and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Where: 1220 – 9 Ave. SW, Calgary
  • When: Monday, July 27 to Sunday, August 2, 2015
  • Website: calgarybluesfest.com/

Calgary Fringe Festival

  • What: Fringes are uncensored, non-juried shows, there are roughly 26 productions creating more than 160 performances over the 9 days. There are a wide variety of shows including imrov, dance, theater, film, and more.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Friday, July 31 to Saturday, August 8, 2015
  • Cost: Depends
  • Website: calgaryfringe.ca/

Ron Thorn and the Allied Arts

  • What: Ron Thorn, a Vancouver architect, will have his work on display from water colour to architectural drawings to an exquisite front door.
  • where: Nickle Galleries in the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL)- 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary
  • when: Wednesday, July 29 to Friday, August 21
  • Cost: Free
  • Website:ucalgary.ca

Historic Calgary Week

  • What: During the 25th Anniversary of the Historic Week Calgary you will find 65 different events. Events include a hunt to discover hidden history nuggets throughout the city, historical cross word puzzles, and a history book is being developed from input by 20 volunteer authors.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When:Thursday, July 23 to Monday, August 3
  • Website: chinookcountry.org/

 Shakespeare By The Bow

  • What: Shakespeare by the bow is an fantastic way to spend an evening. You will be watching recently graduated post-secondary actors and actresses from across Alberta perform live theater.
  • Where: Princess Island Park – 27 Prince’s Island Park (along the path)
  • When: Wednesday, July 29  to Sunday, August 16 from 7:00p.m. to 10p.m. (watch which days it is on)
  • Website: theatrecalgary.com

WWI Tavern Night at the Cave and Basin

  • What: Learn what it might have been like in the days of WWI when the world was in turmoil. Observe live music of the era, stories, soldiers in period costume, films, cash bar, and pub  food.
  • Where: Cave and Basin- 311 Cave Ave, Banff
  • When: Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 from 8p.m. to 10p.m.
  • Cost: $35 (includes commemorative beer stein and first beer “on the house”), for tickets, call 403-845-6680
  • Website:pc.gc.ca

Cave Lantern Tours

  • What: Tour the Cave and Basin after hours with a lantern at your side. You will get to explore the ancient walls and experience the echoing sounds of the cave. Host to the thermal waters, the cave and basin makes an interesting trip. They will supply you with the lanterns so that you can explore the cave.
  • Where: Cave and Basin- 311 Cave Ave, Banff
  • When: May 30 to September 5, Saturday Nights from 7 p.m. to 8p.m.
  • Cost: $10.80 per person.
  • Website:pc.gc.ca

Garden Tour at Lougheed House

  • What: Come see the head gardener and lovely volunteers work on the themed garden.
  • Where: Lougheed House- 707 – 13 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • When: Every Saturday in August from 11a.m. to 2p.m.
  • Cost: Included with admission to the Lougheed House.
  • Website: lougheedhouse.com/gardens/

Captain Cruises

  • What: Ride on Calgary’s only paddlewheel boat while listening to Jazz music and observing the gorgeous Rocky Mountains and views of Glenmore. Sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres and taste a selection of beer & wines. Remember to dress business casual for the event. Complimentary parking at the S.S. Moyie Dock.
  • Where: The S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler, Heritage Park- 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary
  • When: July 16, 23 and 30 & August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015
  • Cost: $74.95 plus GST
  • Website: heritagepark.ca

Inglewood Sunfest

  • What: A summer festival that hosts over 200 vendors that vary from artisan crafts, to community organizations to imported wares and more!
  • Where: 201 501 18th Avenue SW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 1 from 11a.m to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website:inglewoodsunfest.ca

Calgary Stampeders

  • What: Calgary Stampeders face off the Montreal Alouettes.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium-1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 1 at 4p.m.
  • Cost: Price Varies according to seating.
  • Website : stampeders.com

Cave Lantern Tours

  • What: Tour the Cave and Basin after hours with a lantern at your side. You will get to explore the ancient walls and experience the echoing sounds of the cave. Host to the thermal waters, the cave and basin makes an interesting trip. They will supply you with the lanterns so that you can explore the cave.
  • Where: Cave and Basin- 311 Cave Ave, Banff
  • When: May 30 to September 5, Saturday Nights from 7 p.m. to 8p.m.
  • Cost: $10.80 per person.
  • Website: pc.gc.ca

Kensington Beach in the city

  • What: Can’t make it to the beach this weekend? No problem, Kensington will be transformed into an urban beach party. There will be beach balls and hula-hoops, play mini-golf for a chance to win prizes from 10th street local shops, bouncy castle, ATB Stage all day music and a number of patios for cool drinks in the sun.
  • Where: Kensington
  • When: Saturday, August 1 from 11a.m. to 7p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website:visitkensington.com

1000 foot giant water slide

  • What: Slide the City is bringing their 1000 foot water slide to Calgary this August. Relive your childhood and do it bigger and wetter.
  • Where: 10th St. NW, Calgary (Next to Riley Park)
  • When: Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2
  • Cost: $20 Adult
  • Website:slidethecity.com


  • What: Sample 18 different Casks from around Canada that are brewed for this event only.
  • Where: 345 10th Avenue SW, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, August 2 from 2p.m. to 6p.m.
  • Cost: $25 Adult (must be 18 or over)
  • Website: calgary.craftbeermarket.ca

Fort Calgary Hertiage Day

  • What: Explore Calgary’s heritage through outdoor activities,  nature crafts, trying on Mountie clothing, and more.
  • Where: Fort Calgary- 750 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • When: Monday, August 3 from 10a.m. to 4p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: fortcalgary.com

Heritage Park

  • what: Celebrate Heritage day down at heritage park, the first 500 people that come before 10:30a.m. will receive free pancakes. There will be dancing, butter making, Hammerhill Drum Group, egg and spoon races and more.
  • Where: Heritage Park- 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
  • When: Monday, August 3 from 9:30a.m. to 5p.m.
  • Cost: Admission to the Park
  • Website:heritagepark.ca

Corn Maze

  • What: It’s the largest corn maze in Southern Alberta and don’t worry about getting lost there are lots of activities to help get you through the maze.
  • Where: 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview
  • When: Monday, August 3 from 10a.m. to 5p.m.
  • Cost: $14 adult (18-64), $13 Youth (3 to 17), $12 Senior (65 and over) and Free for kids (2 and under)
  • Website: calgarycornmaze.com

Heritage Day Festival

  • What: Since 1975 this event has been active in promoting the preservation, development and advancement of the cultural heritage of the Canadian people. There will be lots of multicultural performances, and ethnic food booths.
  • Where: Olympic PLaza-228 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
  • When: August 3 from 12p.m. to 6p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website:facebook.com

Rise Against with special guest Killswitch Engage and Letlive

  • What: Listen to the band Rise Against and specials guests.
  • Where: Big four- 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
  • When: Tuesday, August 4 at 7p.m.
  • Cost: $62 and up depending on seating
  • Website:riseagainst.com

Afrikadey! Festival

  • What: Creative works of African cultures is shared by the Arts & Culture Society. This week long celebration of music, food, dance, film and visual arts of Africa. The main event will be occurring on outside music show on Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW, Calgary)
  • where: Various locations
  • when: Wednesday, August 5 to Saturday, August 8
  • cost: Varies
  • Website:afrikadey.com

Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association Saturday Farmers’ Market Launch

  • What: These markets will be every Wednesday rain or shine from 3p.m. to 7p.m. from the end of May to October. They strive for quality food and goods that are produced from local farmers, food creators and artisans.
  • Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association- 1320 5 AVE NW, CALGARY, AB
  • When: Saturday, August 8 from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.
  • Website:http://www.farmersmarket.hillhurstsunnyside.org/

 Chinatown Street Festival

  • what: Come to celebrate Calgary’s diversity and to enjoy the best of what China town has to offer. The festival will have shopping, culture, and food.
  • where: Chinatown Calgary
  • when: Saturday, August 8 from 10a.m. to 8p.m.
  • cost: Free
  • website:calgarychinesemerchants.org

Calgary Arab Festaval

  • What: Returning for its 2nd year the Calgary Arab Festival is a cultural celebration that promotes, shares and celebrates diversity. Come to see Arabic live music, food and shopping and look at beautiful traditional attire.
  • Where: Olympic Plaza- 228 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 8 to Sunday August 9
  • Website: http://www.calgaryarabfest.com/

Night Race

  • What: Run at night that you will never forget, we will be creating a moving living light show. Come back after the run for a party. It includes an LED head light and a brooks T-shirt.
  • Where: North Glenmore Park- 7305 Crowchild Tr. SW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 8 at 9:35p.m.
  • Cost: $60 Early bird (before August 3), $65
  • Website: nightrace.ca

Marda Gras Street Festival

  • What: Enjoy the culture of New Orleans, with high quality cultural performers, dance groups and musicians, activities and cuisine. There is free entertainment for the kids of all ages.
  • Where: Marda Loop – 33rd and 34th Avenues SW, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, August 9 from 10a.m. to 5p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: mardagras.ca

STORYHIVE Music Video Screening

  • What: A group that is looking for creative talent in Alberta and BC to give production grants to allow competitors to make their video projects happen. The winner, one from Alberta and one from BC, will also receive $30,000 grant, to produce a music video and documentary, training and mentorship opportunities, and distribution on TELUS Optik TV. The community gets to vote on which of the competing projects screens on TELUS Optik TV, online and everywhere.
  • Where: Plaza Theatre –1133 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, August 20 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9p.m.
  • Cost: Free, reserve a spot on this site.
  • Website: storyhive.com

Disney’s The Lion King Calgary 2015 at Southern Jubilee Auditorium

  • What: Travel to the African savannah to marvel at the jumping gazelles, swooping birds, majestic lions and more in the Broadway musical. Listen to the unforgettable songs, like “The Circle of Life”, and the incredible vocalists and musicians producing them.
  • Where: Southern Jubilee Auditorium- 1415, 14 Avenue NW Calgary
  • When: August 11 to September 6, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30p.m. and Sunday 6:30. Matinee Performances Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1p.m..
  • Cost: $40 to $110
  • Website: calgarybuzz.com

 Foo Fighters

  • What: Foo Fighters is ready for its biggest ever North American tour to date featuring the release of the band’s most ambitious album.
  • When: Thursday, August 13
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • Tickets: On sale via www.livenation.com

Taste of Calgary

  • What: Calgary’s most appetizing outdoor festivals is coming back for it’s 19th year at Eau Claire’s Festival Plaza. Exotic global cuisine such as Cajun, Caribbean, East Indian and Mediterranean will be present for you to experiment and enjoy.
  • Where: Eau Claire, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 16
  • Cost: Free and Sampling tickets are $1
  • Website: tasteofcalgary.com

Preseids Meteor Shower

  • What: Prepare for one of the most beloved meteor showers of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. Go anywhere on the outskirts of the city, to watch the preseids meteor shower, tonight there should be little obstruction from the moon. The perseids tend to strengthen as late night deepens into midnight and produce the most meteors during dawn.
  • When: Thursday, August 13
  • Where: Anywhere outside the city and away from light
  • Website: Visit this site for more information.

Calgary Reggae Festaval Society

  •  What: Music will be ringing everywhere for this years Reggae fest. There will also be a kids zone set up where they can play games, batter up, make crafts, have their face painted and play sports.
  • Where: Depends on the day you attend
  • When: Thursday, August 13 to Saturday, August 15
  • Cost: Varies
  • Website: reggaefest.ca

Opera in the Village

  • What: Performances from The Mikado and The Scorpions’ Sting: an Egyptian Myth will take place in a 900 seat open air tent. There will be free activities like movie nights, roving performers and more.
  • Where: East Village
  • When: Thursday, August 13 to Saturday, August 22
  • Cost: Depends on day
  • Website: calgaryopera.com

Calgary Stampeders

  • What: Calgary Stampeders face off the Ottowa Redblacks.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium-1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
  • When: Tuesday, August 15 at 7p.m.
  • Cost: Price Varies according to seating.
  • Website : stampeders.com

Calgary Japanese Omatsure Festval

  • What: Enjoy Japanese culture here in Calgary, it is family-friendly and includes Japanese arts, culture and of course cuisine.
  • Where: Bowness Community Centre- 7904 – 43rd Avenue NW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 15 from 11a.m. to 6p.m.
  • Cost: $5 Adult, $2 Kids 6 to 12, Free for kids 5 and under
  • Website: calgaryjapanesefestival.com

Livingston Place Farmers Market

  • What: Local producers of meats, fruits, vegetables, preserves, desserts and more. There will also be live entertainment as well as food trucks during the noon hour.
  • Where: 222 3rd Avenue SW, Calgary
  • when: Wednesday, August 19 from 10a.m to 2p.m.
  • cost: Free
  • Website: facebook.com

Global Fest

  • What: This years 6th Global Fest will be showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence.
  • Where: Elliston Park- corner of 17th Avenue and 60th Street SE
  • When: Thursday, August 20 to Saturday August 29
  • Cost: $7.50 and finale tickets are $15 plus GST
  • Website: globalfest.ca

Calgary Stampeders

  • What: Calgary Stampeders face off the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium-1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 22
  • Cost: Price Varies according to seating.
  • Website : http://www.stampeders.com/2015-schedule

Rupee, Olatunji and Ricardo Drue perform for MONARCHS 2015

  • What: With a good response from last year more DJ’s and artists are returning for this years MONARCHS.
  • Where: Flames Central- 219 8 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 22 at 10p.m.
  • Cost: $50
  • Website: calgarysoca.com

The Fifth Reel Presents: The Princess Bride feat. The Popsicles

  • What: A classic fairy tale will be playing and for the pre-show before the movie, The POPSICLES, dreamy pop tunes supplied by Jen and Anthony of Windigo, will be playing.
  • Where: Plaza Theatre- 1133 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 22 at 10p.m.
  • Cost: $9 Early Bird (before August 8), $10 for members, and $15 for non-members (Must be 18 and over)
  • Website: facebook.com

Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival

  • What: Originating from China, Dragon boats will be racing each other to qualify for the 2016 National Club Crew Qualifiers. There will be food trucks, cultural activities and live music for your enjoyment.
  • Where: North Glenmore Park- 7305 Crowchild Tr. SW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 22 to Sunday, August 23 from 7a.m. to 6p.m.
  • Website: chinatowncalgary.com

The return of Drive-In movies at Deerfoot mall

  • What: Wednesday nights just got a little more fun thanks to the return of an old-school classic event, a Drive-In Movie series.
  • When: Every Wednesday at sunset
  • Where: Deerfoot Mall- 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary
  • Cost: Free

Expo Latino Festival

  • What: Western Canada’s largest outdoor Latin festival will feature world class performances, exotic foods, shopping and dance. This festival has something for everyone
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park
  • When: Friday, August 28 to Sunday August 30
  • Cost: Early Bird Adult Day Pass is $25, Weekend Pass is $35, Seniors/Youth Day Pass is $10
  • Website: expolatino.com

Race for Pace

  • What: Race to raise awareness for Pacekids charity that provides family orientated therapeutic and active learning programs tailored for infants, children and youth with special needs.
  • Where: 200 Quarry Park Boulevard SE, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, August 29
  • Cost: $20 youth and $40 adult
  • Website: raceforpace.ca

Macrons Baking

  • What: Come learn how to make French macarons. This is a 2.5-3 hour class held at the byollia store, the class features the history of the macaron, how to properly make them and tips on troubleshooting. Class size is 8 people.
  • Where: 810C, 16th Avenue SW, Calgary
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Classes held at various days of the month, check website for details
  • Cost: $100 per person
  • Website: byollia.com/classes/

Music & Market Square

  • What: Every Thursday expect to see an event here. There are always fun things to do such as dance, meet new people and, of course, eat and drink.
  • Where: ContainR Park in Sunnyside
  • When: Every Thursday, August 6, 13, & 27 from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
  • Cost: Pay what you can, proceeds go to the artists

Inner-City underground Market

  • What: The market is full of a variety of venders and its growing fast. Come and explore, it’s a great way to meet new people and try new things.
  • Where: 720, 17th Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; April 24 to August 2

Downtown Street Piano series

  • What: For 4 years, Downtown Calgary has commissioned outdoor street pianos to encourage people to play and listen to music. There are now two pianos, the Woodlands piano located on 3rd street and 6th Avenue SW and the new one, Wee Little piano which features a book exchange, located on 8th ave & Centre Street SW. There will be different artists performing on these pianos on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Where: Either piano location depending on the day
  • When: Every Tuseday and Thursday in August from noon to 1p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: calgarydowntown.com

Kids Grow

  • What: Kids Grow is a collaborative, community based program run by volunteers. Kids Grow is geared towards getting kids aged 5-6 involved with community gardening. This is done through a workshop, that has crafts, games and activities.
  • Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Garden – 4 St NW, Calgary
  • When: Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, June 6 to August 29

Fishing Season at Bow Habitat Station

  • What: Learn how to catch and release fish at this little pond by fishery.
  • Where: 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
  • When: All of August Tuesday to Sundays from 10a.m to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free but bring your own gear but can also rent
  • Website: aep.alberta.ca
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