16 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, August 24

Aug 23 2019, 5:00 am

Start this Saturday off on the right foot by checking out one (or two, or three) of these amazing events going on around the city, today, August 24.

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Cirque du Soleil Costume Display at The CORE

What: The CORE will host a Cirque du Soleil pop-up until September 19 and will highlight “elements of its upcoming show,” according to a release from organizers. Cirque du Soleil will take over the second level glass bridge where there will be costume displays, Mexican-inspired decorations, and more.

When: Now until September 19, 2019
Time: Regular mall hours
Where: The CORE Shopping Centre — 324 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

GlobalFest – Finale

GlobalFest

GlobalFest

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 24 features a fireworks finale.

When: August 24, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: Elliston Park – 1827 68th Street SE
AdmissionOnline

Country Kickback

What: Learn about the history of the West. Fascinating demonstrations include threshing and baling with steam-powered machinery, wheat grinding, sheep shearing, and more. Attendees can also pet the friendly farm critters provided by Butterfield Acres, try making rope, or branding a barn board and take home a souvenir. Finally, get ready for some hand-clapping, foot-stomping fun with live entertainment.

When: August 24 and 25, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Admission: Regular park admission applies

Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE

What: Check out 60 local farms, food-makers, bakers, brewers, distillers, and artisan vendors, food trucks, live music, kids arts and cultural activities, and more every Saturday at the Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE.

When: Every Saturday, year-round
Time: 10 am to 3 pm (June to October 12, 2019), 10 am to 1 pm (October 19, 2019, to May 2020)
Where: cSPACE King Edward – 1721 29th Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Taber Cornfest

What: Every year in August the Taber and District Chamber of Commerce hosts the largest free family festival in western Canada. It celebrates with music, entertainment, rides, chilli cookoff, show and shine, skateboard corn-test, huge fireworks, and more.

When: Now to August 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Confederation Park – 50th Avenue and 50th Street, Taber
Admission: Free

#IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage

What: Spend your lunch hour listening to some of Calgary’s best local talent on this outdoor stage on Stephen Avenue. there will be 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

Luzia by Cirque Du Soleil

What: Kicking off at Stampede Park on August 16 and running through September 15, the delightfully imaginative and visually stunning production LUZIA is set to take the audience on a journey to an imaginary Mexico. With beautiful visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, the show cleverly brings to stage the places, faces, and sounds of Mexico. LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the Big Top.

When: Now to September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stampede Park (Lot #6) — 1410 Olympic Way SE
Price: Starting at $49 — Tickets available online

Banff Gondola

Banff Sunshine Village / Facebook

What: Head to the summit for an unreal view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine. Start with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to learn more about Canada’s first national park, or go indoors to sample from three restaurant menus. Then get hands-on in the world-class interpretive centre and theatre.

When: Daily until October 14, 2019
Time: Various
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
TicketsOnline, various prices

CJSW Slurpee Cup Charity Street Hockey Tournament

What: CJSW and the Big Big Tent present the 21st annual Slurpee Cup Charity Street Hockey Tournament. It all goes down August 24, when teams face off in support of a charity of their choice.

When: August 24, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The Big Big Tent — 321 11th Avenue Southeast
Admission: FREE for spectators, teams register in advance — For more information, email [email protected].

Saturdays in C-Square with National Music Centre – Latin in the Square

What: Head to East Village Calgary’s open-air urban square every Saturday for free performances presented by National Music Centre. On August 24 enjoy the rhythms of Carolina Slim and La Mosca.

When: August 24, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: East Village Calgary’s open-air urban square – 4 Street and 7 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Millarville Farmers’ Market

What: Meet and shop at growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists at Millarville Farmers’ Market. Children five to 12 years can also join the Market Buds program. Participants will learn where their food comes from, gain confidence in conversation with Alberta Produce farmers and BC Fruit farmers, make healthy food choices, and hold sole responsibility for maintaining their own punch card and tokens. Tokens for spending on vegetables and fruit are earned by completing a weekly activity in the Market Buds area located in the garden.

When: Every Saturday until October 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Address: 306097 192 Street West, Millarville
Admission: $3, with proceeds going to support programming at the Millarville Racetrack.

Calgary Pride

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Calgary Pride mural (charitylehnn/Instagram)

What: It’s the most colourful celebration of the year. Enjoy a week of festivities as you celebrate LOVE, equality, and happiness in YYC. Highlights include Memorial Park Pride on August 24, the Pride Parade, and Pride in the Park on September 1.

When: August 23 to September 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Vary per event. See full event listings here

Summer Feast

What: Check out a ten-day event that will include many of Calgary’s best chef-driven restaurants collaborating to create some delicious dishes.

There will be a selection of three-course prix fixe for lunch or dinner, ranging in cost from $25 to $65.

When: Now to August 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various restaurants around Calgary
Cost $25-$55

Calaway Park

What: Calaway Park presents its 38th season of family fun. Enjoy rides, games, food, and more.

When: Open daily until Monday, September 2. Then every Friday and Saturday from September 7 to October 13. Closing day on Monday, October 14
Time: 10 am to 7 pm until September 2. 11 am to 6 pm from September 7 to October 14
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission Info: Online

Bring It On: The Musical

What: StoryBook Theatre presents Bring It On: The Musical, based on the high-stakes world of high school cheerleading competition.

When: Thursdays to Sundays until September 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm (Thursdays to Saturdays), 2 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Beddington Theatre Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Drive NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Bowden Sunmaze at Eagle Creek Farms

What: The Bowden SunMaze features a sunflower field spanning three full acres and is home to over 100,000 flowers. The farm, upick, and maze is open rain or shine. Bowden can be reached along Highway 2, is just before Red Deer, and takes about one hour and 20 minutes to reach by car from Calgary.

When: Until September 2019, depending on bloom and the weather
Time: 11 am to 5 pm, seven days a week
Where: Eagle Creek Farms – Range Road 14, Bowden
Admission: $9 for adults, $6.50 for children, four-years-old and under are free

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