13 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, August 18

Aug 17 2018, 5:23 am

What are your plans this weekend?

Spend your Saturday doing something awesome. We only have so many days left of the summer left, so get out there and enjoy.

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Hit up the King Eddy

What: The highly-anticipated King Eddy is finally (and permanently) re-opened. The revitalized King Edward Hotel was built way back in 1905, so to say this spot is legendary would be an understatement. Patrons can expect a regular lineup of talented musicians at this spot, along with a menu of killer grub and drinks. Don’t forget about their incredible rooftop.


Monday to Wednesday: 11 am to 10 pm

Thursday and Friday: 11 am to 2 am

Saturday: 9 am to 2 am

Sunday: 9 am to 10 pm

Where: 438 9th Avenue SE

Enjoy a day perusing the Glenbow Museum

What: There is no better way to spend the weekend. Grab a coffee and go see some seriously awesome works of art at one of Calgary’s favourite cultural centres.

Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master – June 16 to September 9

One New Work Gwenessa Lam: Who Magic – June 16 to September 9

Recent Acquisitions 2018 – June 30 to December 9

The Artist’s Mirror: Self Portraits – March 10 to January 2019

Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9tth Avenue SE

Cost: Regular admission to the museum


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

When: August 16 to 25

Time: 6 to 11 pm

Where: Elliston Park – 1827 68th Street SE

CostOnline, $20

Country Thunder 2018

What: Are you ready to put your boots back on? Country Thunder is back with another spectacular country line-up. Some of the headliners include heartthrobs Dirks Bentley, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Dean Brody, and many more. Get ready to two-step.

When: August 17 to 19

Time: All day

Where: Prairie Winds Park – 223 Castleridge Boulevard NE

Tickets: Online, $175

Take a ride in Handsome Andy with Moose Trail Overland

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

Expo Latino

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What: Feel the heat as Western Canada’s largest Latin Festival brings Prince’s Island Park to life. Enjoy exciting performances, sizzling dancing, exotic food, a stunning art market, and so much more. You can even enjoy a performance by Grammy Award Winning Nicaraguan Salsa singer, Luis Enrique.

When: August 17,18 and 19


Friday: 6 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm

Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW

TicketsOnline, $11 to $38

Open Farm Days

What: Come out and see the part of Alberta that not many people get to witness. Take a one-hour train excursion across Alberta and get up-close-and-personal with Alberta’s agricultural landscape.

When: Saturday, August 18

Time: 11 am to 11 pm

Where: Aspen Crossing – 1 km West #24 Mossleigh, Alberta

Tickets: $25

Shop the containers of East Village Junction

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. 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

Admission: Free

Love your Library Day

What: Show some love for your local library and head over for a full schedule of stories, family programming, behind-the-scenes tours, musical performances, collaborate art, story walls, and more. Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.

When: Saturday, August 18

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Where: Libraries city-wide

Admission: FREE

Grab a bite at Flower and Wolf

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

Tea on the Verandah

What: Pinkies up. Enjoy high tea and assorted baked goods on the front porch of Heritage Park’s newest exhibit the “Famous 5″ Centre for Women.

When: Saturdays and Sundays until September 2

Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Cost: Call (403) 268-8500 to reserve, Adults – $22.95 +GST, Child (Under 12) – $15.95 +GST

Cut the heat and float down the Bow River

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Boating on the Bow River (thepaddlestation/Instagram)

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.

WhereLazy Day Raft RentalsSports RentThe Paddle Station and the Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary

Head out of town for a mountain adventure with Adventure Hub

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.

Where: In and around Banff and Canmore

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