10 must-see Calgary art events happening this August

Jul 10 2017, 12:37 am

The summer heat is as hot as the YYC art scene this August. In fact, you might need to take more vacation time to enjoy it all. Get a laugh from the Fringe Festival’s Improv shows and plays, jam out to blues at the International Blues Festival, or get inspired and share your art at YYC Xpress Yourself.

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Here are 10 events you can check out in August.

Calgary International Blues Festival 

With another killer lineup for its 13th year in a row, this music party will fill the Shaw Millennium Park with sizzling summer sounds. Featuring local and international talent like Amos Garrett and his band Eh! Team and Ghost Town Blues Band with beer tents and YYC Food Trucks in the park, you won’t want to miss this lively event.

Where: MainStage at Shaw Millennium Park- 1220 9 Avenue SW
When: August 3 to 6
Tickets: CBMA Store; Single day pass $30-$50, Full festival pass $129

Franco Festival Calgary

Photo courtesy of Franco Festival Calgary Facebook

This multicultural Francophone festival brings together culture from all over the world though vibrant dance performances, lively music, and French spoken word. This is a weekend to speak French (or try what you know!) while spending time absorbing Francophone art and culture, food, and exploring the workshops.

Where: Murdoch Park, Centre Avenue and 9 Street SE
When: August 4 to 5 from 11am to 9pm
Tickets: Free

Calgary Fringe Festival

With 160 performances by local and international talent, you’ll become a theatre hopper during Fringe Fest. Enjoy an array of shows from energetic dance performances, cheerful musicals to theatrical plays and ab-inducing hilarious improv. Catch shows like The Man Who Sold the World written by and starring Colorado’s David Ortolano and Lovely Lady Lump featuring Australia’s Lana Schwarcz.

Where: Various locations in Calgary
When: August 4 to 12, times vary
Tickets: Carbon Pop; Individual play tickets start at $10, Passes from $55 to $200

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony

Listen to live music by a children’s choir, speeches by speakers from the United Nations along with a performance by award-winning musician Anthony Burbridge as Calgarians release vibrant lanterns to float across the Olympic Plaza pool in support of peace.

Where: Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Avenue SE
When: August 5 from 8 to 9:30pm
Tickets: Free

Music in the Plaza at Heritage Park

Pack a picnic and head to Heritage Park to listen to two hours of free music. Playing every Wednesday of July and August, Music in the Plaza is highlighting local talent. The Stampede Talent Search has partnered with Heritage Park to select a featured opening performance.

Where: Heritage Town Square, 1900 Heritage Drive SW
When: Every Wednesday evening of August 6-8pm
Tickets: Free

The Phantom of the Opera

Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, follow the story of a deformed, bitter, masked Phantom hiding beneath the Paris Opera House as he falls in love with Christine, a chorus singer, who he trains while terrorizing the opera house. Broadway Across Canada brings a revivified version of the classic musical production with amped up set and lighting design, special effects, and choreography.

When: August 9 to 20, times vary (see show schedule)
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
Tickets: $35 – $140


The highly-anticipated firework show celebrating cultural diversity and the arts, will be brightening up Calgary’s skies again. Commemorating Canada’s 150th along with its 15th anniversary this year, its expected to be a show bursting brighter than ever.

Where: Elliston Park – 1827 68 Street SE
When: August 15 to 26 from 6 to 11pm
Tickets: Event Swoop; From $15-$90

YYC Xpress Yourself 

If you’re looking for inspiration, make sure you get a seat at the Triwood Community Centre on August 22nd. Take some valuable tools to motivate you as you listen to a seminar by life coach, Suze Casey. This is also a space where you can ‘xpress’ yourself by sharing your art (spoken word, dance, singing, and everything inbetween) or thoughts without judgement while getting the opportunity to connect with and listen to others about their passions.

Where: Triwood Community Centre – 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW
When: August 22 at 7 to 10pm
Tickets: Free

k.d. lang in concert

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of her platinum selling album Ingénue, Alberta’s k.d. lang is doing a cross-Canada tour singing songs that led her to many Grammy nominations.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Avenue NW
When: August 23 and 24 at 7:30pm
Tickets: Ticket Master; Starting at $39.50

Shakespeare by the Bow: As You Like it – Theatre Calgary

Featuring up-and-coming actors, this Theatre Calgary production is front and centre on the most beautiful stage of all—Prince’s Island Park. Pull out a picnic blanket and bring along some snacks and enjoy watching Shakespeare’s As You Like It against a summery backdrop.

Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
When: August 1 to 27
Tickets: Pay-what-you-will

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