It took some time, but the weekend is finally here.
Not only will this weekend bring a respite from the smoky haze we’ve all been suffocating under (hopefully), but it will also come complete with awesome events to check out.
Here’s our list of the events you need to be at every day this weekend.
- Calgary hotels pushing back against lack of Airbnb regulations
- Rain forecast for weekend expected to clear smokey skies
- All this smoke is making it hard to tell the difference between Calgary and Mars (PHOTOS)
Friday, August 17
What: Celebrate a variety of international cultures that represent Calgary’s 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
Cost: Online, $20
What: Are you ready to put your boots back on? Country Thunder is back with another spectacular country line-up. Some of the headliners include heartthrobs Dirks Bentley, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Dean Brody, and many more. Get ready to two-step.
When: August 17 to 19
Time: All day
Where: Prairie Winds Park – 223 Castleridge Boulevard NE
Tickets: Online, $175
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
What: Feel the heat as Western Canada’s largest Latin Festival brings Prince’s Island Park to life. Enjoy exciting performances, sizzling dancing, exotic food, a stunning art market, and so much more. You can even enjoy a performance by Grammy Award Winning Nicaraguan Salsa singer, Luis Enrique.
When: August 17,18 and 19
Friday: 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
Tickets: Online, $11 to $38
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
Saturday, August 18
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.
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
What: Come out and see the part of Alberta that not many people get to witness. Take a one-hour train excursion across Alberta and get up-close-and-personal with Alberta’s agricultural landscape.
When: Saturday, August 18
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Aspen Crossing – 1 km West #24 Mossleigh, Alberta
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
What: Show some love for your local library and head over for a full schedule of stories, family programming, behind-the-scenes tours, musical performances, collaborate art, story walls, and more. Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.
When: Saturday, August 18
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Libraries city-wide
What: There is no better way to spend the weekend. Grab a coffee and go 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 9tth Avenue SE
Cost: Regular admission to the museum
Sunday, August 19
What: Soak up the sun on one of Calgary’s best patios as you network with the city’s most ambitious boss babes, all while enjoying some chilled brews and delicious eats. This is the ultimate Sunday Funday.
When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Brewsters Pub – 834 11th Avenue SW
Tickets: Online, $5
What: Calling all meat and beer lovers. Join Brewery and the Beast for an outdoor meal featuring local brews, the highest quality of meats, and live music from The Electric Timber Co. This entire event is through the extraordinary vision of a line-up of Calgary’s finest and most notable chefs.
When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 1 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SE
Tickets: Online, $99.95
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 June 32 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
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.
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.
Where: In and around Banff and Canmore