17 things to do in Calgary today: Sunday, August 12

Aug 10 2018, 6:40 pm

Sunday, Funday, Better-than-a-monday…

It goes by many names, but the one constant is that Sunday’s are always the last chance to get your weekend fix in before the work week!

Do just that at any one of these events taking place in and around the city today.

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Taste of Calgary

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

Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival

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

Cost: Free

2018 Southern Alberta Music Festival

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

Summer Feast

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

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

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

Take advantage of Calgary’s bumping patio scene

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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.

Shakespeare by the Bow

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

Go Shopping at the East Village Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

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

Admission: Free

The 34 Annual Marda Gras Street Festival

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Marda Gras festivalgoers in Calgary (Marda Gras/Facebook)

What: Experience Marda Loop come to life as you enjoy live music, exciting cultural performances, kids activities, loads of shopping, and delectable bites at this exciting family-friendly street festival.

When: Sunday, August 12

Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Marda Loop – 33rd Avenue between 18 and 22 Street SW

Cost: Free

Outdoor HIIT with Movement U

What: Get a tan while you work on your fitness. Spend an hour outdoors as Cory and Rachel team up to take your summer workout to the next level at Murdoch Park in Bridgeland.

When: Sunday, August 12

Time: 12 pm

Where: Murdoch Park

Admission: Online, regular drop-in $23

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

Head out of town for a mountain adventure

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.

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

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

Enjoy a day at the Spa in the heart of the Rockies

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

Go Hiking in the Rockies

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.

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