17 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, August 3

Aug 2 2019, 6:11 pm

Make the most of your Saturday by starting things off on the right foot at one of these wonderful events going on today, August 3.

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Calgary Fringe Festival

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What: A plethora of uncensored, non-juried theatre performances are happening all around the city. The Calgary Fringe will host a combination of local, national, and international productions – 26 altogether – 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

Chasing Summer

What: Chasing Summer 2019, Western Canada’s largest EDM festival, is headlined by The Chainsmokers and Above & Beyond. Other performers include Steve Aoki, Alesso, and more.

When: August 3 and 4, 2019
Time: 1 pm to 11 pm
Where: Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
Tickets: Online

Marcus Ryan – Walk 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 – 10 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Okotoks Dawgs vs Swift Current 57s

What: Western Major Baseball League’s Okotoks Dawgs take on the Swift Current 57s at Seaman Stadium.

When: August 2 to 4, 2019
Time: 7:05 pm (Friday and Saturday), 2:05 pm (Sunday)
Where: Seaman Stadium –  2111 N Railway Street, Okotoks
Tickets: Online

Tour de Bowness

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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

Inglewood Sunfest

What: Celebrate summer in YYC at this day-long street festival featuring over 200 vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Main Street Inglewood — 9 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

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 – 5 Avenue, Canmore
Tickets: Online

Calgary Stampeders vs Edmonton Eskimos

What: The Calgary Stampeders keep the CFL action going this August at McMahon Stadium.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony

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What: The Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony will be held in downtown Calgary on August 3, marking “a wish for a peaceful society and a world free from violence, especially the ultimate violence, nuclear weapons,” a release from organizers states. The event is free for all to attend, with lanterns being rented out for minimum donations of $5.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 8:20 to 9:45 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza — 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admissions: Free, minimum $5 donation to rent a lantern

The Barefoot Movement

What: Nashville-based The Barefoot Movement bring their bluegrass stylings to Calgary with a show at King Eddy YYC

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: King Eddy – 438 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Cochrane Farmers’ Market – 2019 Market at the Ranche

What: The “Market at the Ranche” is open for its 21st Season. As an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market, each and every week will showcase the perfect mix of vendors – full-time favourites alongside a wide range of new and unique products. Farmers, growers, brewers, distillers, artisans, and makers — an amazing variety every week.

When: Every Saturday until September 28, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Address: Cochrane Ranche Historic Site 663 Bow Valley Trail, Cochrane
Admission: Free

3rd Annual Social Justice Drag show

What: The Electric Stage Series presents the 3rd annual Social Justice Drag show. Featuring performances by Mr and Miss Electric Stage Series, Miss Cordella Shyne, Mr Shane Onyou, Sass Quo, Herpes Lamar, Argintina Hailey, and more. Hosted by Angelina Starchild.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 9 pm to 1 am
Address: N9NA’s – 121 17 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Film Through the Decades Historic Calgary Week Screening Series

What: Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers presents Film Through the Decades Historic Calgary Week Screening Series. Enjoy films like Jaws, Back to the Future, and WALL-E.

When: Now to August 4, 2019
Time: 7 pm (Monday to Thursday), 9 pm (Friday and Saturday), 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Memorial Park Library – 1221 2 St. SW, Calgary; Central Memorial Park – 1221 2 Street Southwest, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Bluesfest

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What: The 15th annual Calgary Bluesfest features a full week of Blues workshops, concerts and special events that culminate in four days and nights of non-stop music on MainStage followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Series

When: Now until August 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

A Play About a Dragon by Steph DeFerie

What: A hilarious and zany adventure about improbable heroes and even unlikelier villains from Calgary Young People’s Theatre. Calgary Young People’s Theatre provides performance opportunities for youth through classes, camps, classes, and productions.

When: Now to August 4, 2019
Time: 7 pm (Wednesday to Saturday), 2 pm (Friday to Sunday)
Where: West Village Theatre – 2007 10 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lost of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

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 – 1038 – 17 Ave SE Calgary
Tickets: Online

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