17 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, August 25

Aug 23 2018, 10:19 pm

Ah, sweet, sweet Saturday is here once again.

Make the most of the best day of the week by getting out into the city and finding something seriously fun to attend! Don’t worry, we’ve got a full list right here for you.

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Grab a cocktail on one of Calgary’s incredible patios

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Run Pig Run (@runpigrun/Instagram)

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 ambience you’re looking for. Check out some of Calgary’s best rooftop patios here.

Check out 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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat

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

Calgary Pride

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Pride Parade, Shawn Goldberg/Shutterstock

What: It’s the most colourful celebration of the year. Enjoy a week of festivities as you celebrate LOVE, equality, and happiness in YYC.

When: August 24 to September 3

Time: Varies per event

Where: Various locations

Tickets: Vary per event. See full event listings here

Taber Cornfest

What: Enjoy a corn parade, fun run, chilli cookout, exciting entertainment, live music, a show and shine, and more as you celebrate this famous Taber vegetable. The night will end off with a huge fireworks show. Find out why Taber corn really is a big ol’ deal.

When: August 23 to 25

Time: Varies per event

Where: Confederation Park – 50th Avenue and 50th Street, Taber

Admission: FREE

Hang out at the Junction

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East Village Junction cargo container pop-up market (East Village/Facebook)

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. We hear BassBus might even be making an appearance tomorrow night.

When: May 18 to September 3

Where: 430 8th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

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.

When: August 16 to 25

Time: 6 to 11 pm

Where: Elliston Park – 1827 68th Street SE

CostOnline, $20

Country Kickback

What: Learn what the West was like back in the old days. From tractor races to barn dances, you’ll be fully transported to the way things once were, long long ago.

When: August 25 and 26

Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Cost: Park admission

Watch the Calgary Stampeders play The Winnipeg Blue Bombers

What: Grab your jersey and head down to McMahon Stadium for a tailgate and a chance to cheer on the Calgary Stampeders.

When: Saturday, August 25

Time: 1:30 pm

Where: McMahon Stadium — 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Joe Rogan: Strange Times 2018 Tour

What: “That’s my only goal. Surround myself with funny people, and make sure everyone has a good time and works hard.” … and that he does. We can’t wait to see Rogan take to the stage as he gives Calgary the true “Joe Rogan Experience.”

When: Saturday, August 25

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $76 to $87

Take a 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

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.

Where: Rent bikes at these locations: Rath Bicycle and Bike and Brew

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 from now to 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

Find serenity at the new Kananaskis Nordic Spa

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

Hang out with the Pandas

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Three of the four pandas that at the Calgary Zoo (The Toronto Zoo/Facebook)

What: The long wait is finally over. The Calgary Zoo has officially welcomed four pandas (two adults and two cubs), into their newly built habitat, The Panda Passage. These furry black and white friends are charming and have a ton to teach us in the five years that they will be with us before returning to China.

Where: The Calgary Zoo — 210 St. Georges Drive NE

Admission: Regular admission to the zoo

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

Spend an afternoon at the Glenbow

What: Come out to 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 9th Avenue SE

Cost: Regular admission to the museum