21 things to do in Calgary this week: August 12 to 15

Aug 12 2019, 5:00 am

A brand new week means brand new events to enjoy! Here are 21 fun things to do in Calgary from Monday, August 12 to Thursday, August 15, including Globalfest, Bridgeland on the Mat, and more

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

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Monday, August 12

The Backyard Patio Party Summer Series

What: Head to Tavernetta YYC on August 12 and September 2 for a backyard patio party to remember. Enjoy a full day of drinks by Tavernetta, burgers by Vegan Street food truck, music, and bocce all day.

When: August 12, and September 2, 2019
Time: 2 to 10 pm
Where: Tavernetta YYC – 1002 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Quidditch Club – Summer Drop In

(Calgary Quidditch Club)

(Calgary Quidditch Club)

What: Channel your inner Harry Potter with Calgary Quidditch Club’s Summer Drop In. No experience required, everyone 18-years-old and over are welcome. Teams will be selected at 6:30 sharp.

When: August 12 and August 26, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Sunnyside Community School – 211 7th St NW, Calgary
Admission: $5

Expressions Spoken Word Night

What: A spoken word night at Koi co-hosted by Selina Clary & Cobra Collins.

When: The second Monday of every month – August 12, 2019
Time: 8 to 10 pm
Where: Koi – 1011 1st St SW #100, Calgary
More Info: Online

Rob & Eric’s Acoustic Punk Rock Sing-a-long at The Ship & Anchor

What: Annex Ale Project and the Ship & Anchor present another summer of Rob & Eric’s Acoustic Punk Rock Sing-A-long. Sing along to all of your favourite punk rock hits.

When: Every Monday until August 26, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Ship & Anchor Pub – 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Pure Cycle – Outdoors

What: The City of Calgary is partnering with Apple Fitness to offer free pop up Outdoor Pure Cycle classes at New Brighton Athletic Park. Each class length is 55 minutes and can be attended by anyone 13 years and up. Proper footwear and workout gear is required, and attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to start time for bike set up. Sheltered classes will take place if there is rain.

When: Various dates from now to August 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: New Brighton Athletic Park 5801 130 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free, register online

Tuesday, August 13

Studio Bell $10 Date Night 2019

What: Visitors will be able to explore interactive activities, Canadian music memorabilia, and much more at Studio Bell during their special $10 Date Nights.

When: August 13, September 10, October 8, and November 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Available online, $10

Print(ed) Word Salon Series: Sylvia Arthur and Susan Calder

What: Every month, a different artist-writer pair and their collaborative artist books included in Print(ed) Word, on permanent display at Calgary’s new Central Library will be highlighted.

When: August 13, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Central Library – Level 4 – Simons-Harvie Community Reading Room – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

C-Square Tuesday Market

What: Find over 25 local vendors at the C-Square Tuesday Market, who will offer everything from produce, meats, breads, pastries, art, fashion, gadgets, health and wellness products, and more.

When: August 13 and August 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Address: Celebration Square – 7 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Bridgeland on the Mat

What: Take part in an all-ages yoga in the park event to celebrate the community of Bridgeland and to support the Women’s Centre of Calgary. The one hour class will be led by Deanna and Sharoni of Calgary Iyengar Yoga. Afterwards enjoy homemade vegan iced chai, raffle prizes and giveaways from Blushlane Organic Market enjoy a from CIY. All ticket proceeds will go to the Women’s Centre of Calgary.

When: August 13, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Bridgeland-Riverside Hall Park – 917 Centre Avenue NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10

A Closer Look Tour: Mavericks

What: Glenbow Museums’s exhibition Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta explores the province’s past through the stories of 48 Mavericks who helped shape Alberta’s history.

When: Every Tuesday until September 10, 2019
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Price: Free with regular admission

Wednesday, August 14


What: Spend your lunch hour listening to some of Calgary’s best local talent on this outdoor stage on Stephen Avenue. DJs, live bands, and more – you will always be pleasantly surprised by the live performances set to play this stage this summer.

When: Mondays to Saturday until August 24, 2019
Time: 12 to 1 pm (weekdays), 6 to 8 pm Saturdays
Where: Stephen Avenue, outside the Telus Convention Centre
Admission: Free

Cavalry FC vs Montreal Impact

What: Cavalry FC take on Montreal Impact at Spruce Meadows on August 14.

When: August 14, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Big Big Tent – Roller-Skate Party

roller skate party


What: Show off how you roll every Wednesday in August when The Big Big Tent transforms into Calgary’s biggest roller rink with the help of Calgary Roller Skate. Bring your own or rent skates on site for an evening of big, big fun.

When: August 14, 21, 28, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: The Big Big Tent — 321 11th Avenue Southeast
Admission: Free, skate rentals extra

Conversations in the Garden

What: On the second Wednesday of every month this summer, head to the Calgary Horticultural Society’s garden (at the rear of the building) for a relaxing evening of gardening chat with horticulturist, Kath Smyth and fellow gardeners. Bring your lawn chair, a mug, your love of gardening and of course all your gardening questions. Tips to share are wonderful too.

When: August 14 and September 18, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Calgary Horticultural Society – 208 – 50th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, free for members, $20 for non-members

Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays

What: Get your dance on every week with Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays at the containR by Springboard Performance. Featuring live music by DJ Henry and guests.

When: Wednesday evenings until August 28, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: containR by Springboard Performance – 1020 2 Ave NW, Calgary,
Admission: Free

Thursday, August 15

International Circus Under the Big Top

What: The International Circus Under the Big Top is coming to Calgary. Children and adults will be mesmerized as they witness an internationally renowned cast that features the catapulting strength and artistry of the Dragmir Troop, an out of this world laser light experience that combines the lights and high energy music of Eduardo the Lazerman, the Belarus Triple Eagles defying the laws of gravity from high above the arena floor, zany Circus Clowns, and much more.

When: Thursday, August 15 to Monday, August 19, 2019
Time: Thursday & Friday: 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Saturday: 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Sunday: 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm, Monday: 7 pm
Where: Marlborough Mall 3800 Memorial Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: General Admission (11 years and older) $25, includes 1 child 10 and under free. Additional Child Ticket (10 years and under)- $10

Cochrane Street Market

What: The Cochrane Farmers’ Market in partnership with the Historic Downtown Cochrane businesses invite you to experience a unique shopping experience in Historic Downtown Cochrane. Enjoy Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market vendors, artisans, food trucks, live music, buskers, as well as late night shopping and dining at local businesses.

When: August 15, and September 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Address: Historic Downtown Cochrane – 1st Avenue to 3rd Avenue West on 1st Street West
Admission: Free

Movies at the Meadows

What: Enjoy Hollywood hits at Spruce Meadows this summer, with movies being featured on Thursday, August 8 and Thursday, August 15 on the All Canada Ring. There will also be children activities, live entertainment, and food available.

When: August 15, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Admission: $20/carload ($15/carload if purchased in advance), more info online

GlobalFest – USA



What: Celebrate a variety of international cultures that represent Calgary’s cultural diversity and arts excellence, with a multicultural marketplace, live entertainment, and a spectacular firework show put on by a different country each night. August 15 features fireworks by USA.

When: August 15, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: Elliston Park – 1827 68th Street SE

Secret Cinema

What: Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers’ Secret Cinema is curated by Heritage Park this month, and features a Western classic and two silent comedy shorts on 16mm. The title of the film will not be revealed until showtime.

When: August 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: CSIF – 1725 10th ave SW, Calgary
Admission: By donation

Canmore Mountain Market

What: The Canmore Mountain Market is a summer tradition in Canmore for over twenty years operating every Thursday from May to October. Visitors and locals are treated to an excellent selection of locally and regionally produced items including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, coffee and baked goods. The Market also offers unique crafts, clothing, jewellery, and other artisanal products. Patrons can experience the Market rain or shine, sip on a coffee, peruse the vendors, and enjoy the live local music – all with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

When: Every Thursday to October 3, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Address: Downtown Canmore next to the Canmore Civic Centre Plaza- 7th Avenue
Admission: Free