16 things to do in Calgary this week: August 27 to 30

Aug 24 2018, 5:19 pm

Correction: An earlier version of this article included an event at Junction 9 Yoga and Pilates that featured an incorrect date. The event has since past. 

It’s the last week of the month before we roll into September… where has the summer gone!?

This is also you’re last chance to get out there and create those final memories of Summer 2018 before the back-to-school frenzy begins.

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Take advantage of the long weekend and spend some quality time with friends and family either roaming around the city and exploring a new area or heading into the mountains for a memorable alpine adventure.

It’s also the perfect excuse to plan a date night or a night out with the gals (or guys). A whole new season is coming so head to the mall and outfit your wardrobe with the essentials to welcome the new season. Hello, Pumpkin Spice everything!

We gathered 17 of the best things to do around Calgary this week. Go check them out and end summer off with a bang.

Monday, August 27

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

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.

$5 Class Week at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

What: Try out a new type of dance or get back into the groove — you’re choice. This is the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet and try something new in a fun and encouraging environment.

When: August 27 to 30

Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 12th Avenue SE

Admission: $5

Calgary Pride

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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

Tuesday, August 28

Take the Leap at WinSport

What: WinSport’s latest adrenaline-filled adventure, Free Fall, is now open. Climb up an eight-story platform, secure yourself in a bungee harness, and jump off the platform feeling a sensation similar to that of leaping out of an airplane. Any adrenaline junkies out there?

Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW

Admission: One jump: $25, two jumps: $35

Float down the Bow River

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

Halsey

What: She’s trendy and she’s wild. Join Halsey for a guaranteed party and an evening featuring all her best hits. Will she bring G-Eazy? Guess we’ll find out.

When: Tuesday, August 28

Time: 7 pm

Where: MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Drive NW

Tickets: Online, $55

The Market on Stephen Avenue

What: Shop up to 60 vendors offering fresh food, spices, sauces, treats, art, fashion, and more. Enjoy shopping the walk.

When: Tuesday, August 28

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Stephen Avenue – 1st Street SE to 2nd Street SW

Admission: FREE

Wednesday, August 29

Check out a happy hour on one of YYC’s notorious patios

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.

Get lost in a corn maze

August 27

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What: There is no better way to welcome fall then heading out to one of Calgary’s many corn mazes and enjoying a fun-filled farm adventure. You can’t miss the “Outback Adventure” design at Cobbs Adventure park, along with the Kangaroo Petting Zoo, tractor rides, ropes course, and more.

Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park and Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm

Grab some fresh produce at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday

Time: 3 to 7 pm

Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW

Admission: FREE

Music in the Plaza

What: From folk to funk to Country to Celtic, enjoy weekly live entertainment in the Heritage Town Square every Wednesday. Each performance begins with an up-and-coming star from the Stampede Talent Search, followed by some of the best performers in the city. Come for the music, stay for dinner! See full artist lineup here.

When: Wednesday evenings from July 4 to August 29

Time: 6 to 8 pm

Where: Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive NE

Admission: Free with park admission

Thursday, August 30

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.

When:

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

The Food Realm

What: Join Market Collective and Blank Page Studio every Thursday for an evening filled with good food from YYC Food Trucks, live music and a glimpse into the inner workings of Blank Page Studio. This week you can look forward to trying Waffles and Chix, Hearts Choices, Canadian Bear Balls and more.

When: Thursday, August 30

Time: 5 pm

Where: Blank Page Studio – 1221 B Kensington Road NW

Admission: FREE

Shop the 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

Honens Festival

What: Watch emerging pianists compete throughout a heavy piano competition, along with a variety of other events including a reading of ‘The Hockey Sweater’ set to live piano music. The festival will end with an afternoon musical concert in the middle of the Beltline in Central Memorial Park.

When: August 30 to September 8

Time: Ranges per event

Where: Locations vary around the city

Tickets: Online, $10 to $97

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