Saturday night’s alright…. but so is Saturday evening, Saturday afternoon. Honestly, even Saturday morning is pretty good, too.
Live it up today by checking out some of these great events that are taking place throughout the city this Saturday.
You won’t regret it!
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What: Going on a date or just looking for something fun to do with friends? Sample some of Calgary’s best international cuisines and sip on delicious, locally made craft beers, wines, and cocktails as you enjoy the warm summer weather and listen to live outdoor music for four days in a row. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us.
When: August 10 to 13
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: 200 Barclay Parade SW
Cost: Free Admission, sampling tickets are $1 purchase online in advanced
What: Southcentre Mall and Curated market have partnered up together to bring four uniquely curated artisan markets to YYC this summer. You can look forward to shopping from many talented makers and artists, treating yourself to delicious foods from YYC Food Trucks, and enjoying live entertainment, all in the south parking lot of Southcentre Mall.
When: August 10 and 11
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE
What: Compete in this traditional Chinese cultural event that stems from a 2000-year-old Chinese legend. Work with a team of up to 26 people while navigating through the waters. After the race, enjoy the all-day festival that includes a kid’s play zone, food trucks, beer gardens, live performances, and more.
When: August 10 to 12
Time: Friday, 1 to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7 am to 10 pm
Where: North Glenmore Park – 5R7, 7305 Crowchild Trail SW
What: Pull out your cowboy boots for yet another country affair at the sixth annual Southern Alberta Music Festival in support of STARS Air Ambulance. Don’t forget your chair.
When: August 10 to 12
Time: 10 am to 12 am
Where: Aspen Crossing – 1 km West #24 Mossleigh, Alberta
Tickets: Online, $80
What: Celebrate Calgary’s vibrant and growing food scene with this 10-day dining event happening this August. You will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious Prix fix summer menus for lunch and dinner from 18 of Calgary’s best and most diverse restaurants. It will be a foodie affair you’ll never forget — Bon Appetite.
When: August 11 to 20
Where: See all the participating resultants here
Cost: Reserve online, $20 to $45
What: This colourful story aims to inspire and amaze. Be sure to grab a delicious meal from the buffet before the show begins. This is the perfect night out for the whole family.
When: June 1 to September 1
Time: 11 am or 5 pm
Where: Rosebud Theatre Opera House – 106 Martin Avenue, Rosebud Alberta
Tickets: Online, $54 to $84
What: Join local experts and firefighters Mike and Ryan as they show you all their favourite spots in the area and take you on a thrilling adventure in Handsome Andy, a 4×4 Ford E350. Don’t expect your typical cookie cutter tour, as these two are keen to take you off the beaten path and bring your dream of adventure to life.
Price: Varies per tour – book online
What: Take a break from the heat and have an ice-cold bevy on one of Calgary’s best patios. From rooftops to hidden gardens, there are plenty of spots to choose from that will have the vibe and ambiance you’re looking for. Check out some of Calgary’s best rooftop patios here.
What: A plethora of uncensored, non-juried theatre performances happening all around the city. This iconic festival was started in Scotland in 1947 and has grown to become one of the most popular art festivals in the world. Anything goes at this one.
When: August 3 to 11
Time: Various times
Where: Various theatres around the city
Cost: Online, $55 to $200
What: Your favourite outdoor theatre is back for yet another summer of dramatic and comedic performances. Watch as they perform a light-hearted take on the tumultuous friendship between Proteus and Valentine in Shakespeare’s ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
When: June 29 to August 19
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 7 pm; Sunday, 2 pm and 7 pm
Where: Prince’s Island Park
Admission: Pay what you can
What: In only one year, this colourful container lot has turned into a popular Calgary mainstay. Located behind the King Edward Hotel, this is a unique destination that features local retail shops, workshops, music, art, and, of course, YYC Food Trucks. Shop for vintage goods at Prairie Bazaar, treats for your doggo at Bark YYC, get yourself a bike at Rath Bicycle or some nuts snacks from Going Nuts. You won’t want to miss out on the fun summer festivities that they have planned at this hip community gathering space this summer.
When: May 18 to September 3
Where: 430 8th Avenue SE
What: Take a ride with an Old Fashioned with a twist featuring Old London, Old Oaxaca, and Old Cuba at this new restaurant situated in the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire. This eclectic foodie wonderland is both globally inspired and classically rooted in a sophisticated social space aimed to unite locals and travellers alike.
Where: 255 Barclay Parade SW
What: Adventure Hub is a bonafide collective that has joined forces to give you unforgettable adventures in the Rocky Mountains. From horseback riding to cave tours to river rafting and much more. In the mood for adventure? Take your pick.
Rent a bike and go on a river adventure
What: Grab your squad, get yourself some wheels, and put those bike paths to good use — all while seeing the city from a different perspective.
What: This is a tradition most of us Calgarians look forward to doing at least once during the summer. Plus, it’s the ultimate refresher when stuck in a prairie heat wave.
Tips: Make sure that you have enough life jackets for your entire group, book your raft ahead of time, park a vehicle at the beginning and the end of your route, and check weather advisories before heading out.
What: Looking for a quick escape from the everyday grind? This brand new spa combines the tranquil rejuvenation of a traditional Nordic Spa and the Alpine stillness of the Canadian Rockies. Opened in March, the spa has taken the last month off to add some new exciting additions to its facilities for summer. Come out for a relaxing experience and the opportunity to discover clarity in the midst of the mountains.
Where: 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis
What: The view is worth the climb.
Where: Here are some of the most picturesque hiking spots in and around Banff to check out this summer.