10 things to do in Calgary today: Monday, August 5

Aug 3 2019, 1:23 am

You’ve got one day left in this long weekend, so be sure to live it to its fullest by checking out one of the following events taking place today!

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Heritage Day Festival 2019

What: Calgary Folk Arts Council presents the 42nd annual Heritage Day Festival at Olympic Plaza. Enjoy multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts, then explore the artisan booths, get face painted, and enjoy the live performances.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza Р228 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Tour de Bowness Street Festival

What: Wrap up the Tour de Bowness with the Street Festival on August 5. As well as the series of bicycle race happening nearby, there will be live music, a kids zone, and over 80 independent artisan vendors. The festival will also have food trucks and street performers.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Main Street of Bowness Rd
Admission: Free

Calgary Fringe Festival


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What: A plethora of uncensored, non-juried¬†theatre¬†performances happening all around the city. The Calgary Fringe will host a combination of local, national, and international productions ‚Äď 26 altogether ‚Äď for a total of over 160 performances over nine days.

When: August 2 to August 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various theatres around the city
Tickets: Online

Canmore Folk Music Festival

What: Alberta’s longest-running folk music festival is back. Taking place over three days of the Heritage Day long weekend in August, the festival features over individual acts or performers, family-friendly site, a free downtown concert on festival Friday evening, a kids’ area jammed with crafts, puppets, music, storytelling and a climbing wall.

When: August 3 to 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Centennial Park ‚Äď 5 Avenue, Canmore
Tickets: Online

Marcus Ryan РWalk This Qué

What: Award-winning storyteller Marcus Ryan has toured the world and performed in 43 countries. His show Walk This Qué tells the story of how in 2017 he walked from France to Spain to perform a stand-up show.

When: August 2 to August 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar 909 Р10 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Tour de Bowness



What: Get a taste of what the Tour de France is like at the 18th Annual Tour de Bowness. For three 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. The Tour de Bowness will be adding hand cycling to the event in 2019, and stick around on Monday to enjoy the Tour de Bowness Street Festival put on by the Bowness BRZ.

When: August 3 to 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free to watch

Alacrity Improv in Alberta 114

What:¬†Alacrity Improv is celebrating everything Calgary at the Calgary Fringe Festival, in honour of Alberta’s 114th birthday. The improvisers will use audience stories of coming to Calgary to create a new, inter-woven narrative.

When: Various dates from August 3 to August 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: ArtPoint Gallery Р1038 Р17 Ave SE Calgary
Tickets: Online

Big Big Tent ‚Äď Family Bike Day

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What: Sticking around town for the long weekend? Big big or small small, round up the family to enjoy a day of friendly competition, bonding and putting the pedal to the metal at the tent. Everyone is welcome and Strider Bikes will be there with their STRIDER Adventure Zone, designed especially for young cyclists aged 18 months to five years.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where:¬†The Big Big Tent ‚ÄĒ 321 11th Avenue Southeast
Admission: Free

Heritage Day at Fort Calgary

What: Celebrate Heritage Day at Fort Calgary with a number of family-friendly activities. There will be children’s crafts, indigenous artisan booths, cultural heritage films, food trucks, and much more to see and do.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission:¬†By cash donation, or bring a non-perishable food donation for the Veterans’ Food Bank. Tickets online

The Ballad Of Frank Allen

What: Australia’s Shane Adamczak and Canadian Al Lafrance team up for The Ballad Of Frank Allen, a show about a mild-mannered janitor being shrunk and getting stuck in another man’s beard. Part of the Calgary Fringe Festival.

When: Various dates from August 5 to August 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Festival Hall Р121-10 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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