25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: August 16 to 18

Aug 15 2019, 5:00 am

August is halfway through, so don’t waste a minute of it!

Enjoy your weekend with these 25 events happening in Calgary on Friday, August 16, Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18. Luzia by Cirque Du Soleil, Country Thunder Alberta, and more!

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

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Friday, August 16

Big Big Tent – Ninetimes Skateboard Park

Pointe-Claire skate park


What: Bring your skateboard to Big Big Tent and drop in to experience some sick ramps provided by Market Collective. With partners from Ninetimes Skate Shop, Skate Life, 100% Skate Club and Academy Skateboard Collective, you’ll be rolling rain or shine on an acre of fresh asphalt.

When: August 16, 17 and 18, 2019
Time: 4 to 10 pm (Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: The Big Big Tent — 321 11th Avenue Southeast
Admission: Free

Summer Yoga and Movie Night on the Rooftop

What: Take part in a 60-minute rooftop yoga session at Junction 9, then watch a classic film on the big screen. Bring your mat along with a blanket and pillow.

When: August 16 and September 6, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: Junction 9 Yoga and Pilates – 919 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Price: $30 + gst

Cavalry FC vs FC Edmonton

What: Cavalry FC take on FC Edmonton at Spruce Meadows on August 16.

When: August 16, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Luzia by Cirque Du Soleil

What: Kicking off at Stampede Park on August 16 and running through September 15, the delightfully imaginative and visually stunning production LUZIA is set to take the audience on a journey to an imaginary Mexico. With beautiful visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, the show cleverly brings to stage the places, faces, and sounds of Mexico. LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the Big Top.

When: August 16 to September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stampede Park (Lot #6) — 1410 Olympic Way SE
Price: Starting at $49 — Tickets available online

Country Thunder Alberta 2019

What: Coming to Calgary’s Prairie Winds Park this August, the music festival is boasting some seriously huge country music names like Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and Jake Owen to name just a few. The three-day event will run from Friday, Agust 16 to Sunday, August 18, packing a wide variety of artists into one unforgettable weekend.

When: Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18
Time: Various times
Where: Prairie Winds Park — 223 Castleridge Blvd NE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, from $75 single day and $178 full weekend

Saturday, August 17

Full Moon Party at Mister Chen’s

What: Mister Chen’s Asian Brassiere will be hosting a Full Moon Party on August 17. Patrons can look forward to a night of music played by DJs, tropical craft cocktails, a special beach-themed late-night menu, and body paint. The event starts after dinner service.

When: Saturday, August 17
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Mister Chen’s Asian Brassiere — 2004 4th Street SW
Tickets: $10 (includes body paint). To purchase tickets, email [email protected], or visit their website or the restaurant.

2019 Chinatown Street Festival

Chinatown Street Festival

Chinatown Street Festival (Facebook)

What: Anyone and everyone are welcome to participate in the “Silk Road” experience that includes multi-cultural performances, cuisines, arts, crafts, and more. This all-day event is the pride of Chinatown’s summer festivities and is expected to see around 30,000 visitors this year.

When: August 17, 2019
Where: Chinatown, 3rd Avenue / Centre Street SE
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Tickets: Free to attend. Register here

Alberta Open Farm Days

What: More than 100 farms, ranches, and ag-tourism operators open their gates and invite visitors to share in local stories, see on-farm demonstrations and purchase locally grown and produced products.

When: August 17 and 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

Summer Feast

What: A 10 day Prix Fixe culinary event. Some of the city’s top chef-driven restaurants are joining forces to share delicious culinary creations. Take your pick of any three-course prix fixe menu for lunch or dinner, ranging from $25 to $65.

When: August 16 to 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various restaurants around Calgary
Cost $25-$55

Calgary Night Market

What: Shop your favourite local makers, while enjoying delicious eats and listening to live entertainment. The market has two locations this summer – Calgary Night Market Bridgeland and Calgary Night Market SOUTH.

When: August 16 to 17 (South), August 23 (Bridgeland)
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: Calgary Night Market Bridgeland – 917 Centre St NE; Calgary Night Market SOUTH – Bonaventure Dr SE at 90 Ave SE
Admission: Free

Calgary Stampeders vs Montreal Alouettes

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Candice Ward / Calgary Stampeders

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

When: August 17, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Love Your Library Day

What: The Calgary Public Library is hosting its second annual Love Your Library Day, a city-wide event celebrating the communities the library serves while showcasing the services that they offer. Calgarians can participate in fun, free activities at all 21 Calgary Public Library locations from 10 am to 2 pm; take a photo at a selfie station, go on a behind-the-scenes tour, enjoy city-wide storytime, and enter to win prizes in the Check it Out! contest.

What: August 17, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: All 21 Calgary Public Library locations
Admission: Free

Expo Latino

What: Western Canada’s largest Latin festival. Celebrating its 19th anniversary. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, exotic food, artisan market, and more.

When: August 16 to 18, 2019
Time: 6 to 10:30 pm (Friday), 12 to 11:30 pm (Saturday), and 12 to 10 pm (Sunday)
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 689 Eau Claire Avenue SW
Tickets: Online. Children 12 and under free. Free on Friday with a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank, and free on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 1 pm, though no re-entry

Saturdays in C-Square with National Music Centre – Gospel in the Square

What: Head to East Village Calgary’s open-air urban square every Saturday for free performances presented by National Music Centre. On August 17 take in a live performance by HAVEN Vanguard Trio and the Calgary South Sudanese Gospel Choir.

When: August 17, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: East Village Calgary’s open-air urban square – 4 Street and 7 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

GlobalFest – Spain

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. August 17 features fireworks by Spain.

When: August 17, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: Elliston Park – 1827 68th Street SE

Sunday, August 18

Shakespeare by the Bow – A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Shakespeare by the Bow / Facebook

What: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the tale of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors through the forest as their lives and loves are influenced by a group of forest-dwelling fairies. Join theatre: Calgary in Prince’s Island Park for family-friendly show.

When: Now to August 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Prince’s Island Park
Admission: Pay what you can

Kaede Cultural Society of Calgary – Taiko Concert

What: A concert celebration of the art of Taiko. Members of the Rocky Mountain Taiko Ensemble, Midnight Taiko, Kita no Taiko, and Lethbridge Community Taiko Association perform Japanese drumming after studying with instructors Yuta Kato and David Wells. Yuta and David will also perform on the Bella Concert Hall stage.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts
Tickets: Online

Calgary Outdoor Yoga

What: A 60-minute outdoor vinyasa flow class for all levels. Everyone welcome, including children. Practice in the grass or bring your mat or blanket.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 10 to 11 am (Mahogany) 1 to 2 pm (Stanley Park)
Where: Stanley Park SW – 42 Ave & 1A Street SW; Mahogany – Masters Square & Mahogany Blvd
Admission: Pay what you want

Sunday Funday at East Village

What: A quick game of giant Jenga? Or ladder golf, perhaps? Come find EV’s EAST Crew, who will be set up on the island every Sunday with games and activities for a perfect day at the park. First-come, first-served. Honour system applies.

When: Every Sunday to September 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Summer Family Picnic

What: Pack a picnic lunch and bring blanket or chairs to the Queensland Diamond Cove Community Association’s Summer Family Picnic. The association will supply the dessert, as well as offer pickleball lessons, yoga session, face painting and games everyone. Attendees will have a chance to win two tickets to the Labour Day Classic football game on September 2, plus Harvey the Hound from Calgary Flames will be in in attendance from 1 to 2 pm.
The event is weather dependent.

What: August 18, 2019
Time: 8 am to 12 pm
Where: Queensland Diamond Cove Community Association – 649 Queensland Dr. S.E., Calgary
Attendance: Free

Lions Club of Bearspaw Farmers’ Market

What: Check out over 120 vendors at Lions Club of Bearspaw Farmers’ Market. During the market, a caterer inside the Lions Hall provides breakfast and brunch/lunch from about 9 am to 2 pm.  Several of the outside food vendors also sell food you can eat at the market.

When: Every Sunday to October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Address: Lions Club of Bearspaw – 25240 Nagway Rd, Calgary
Admission: Free

PAWS in the Park

What: The sixth annual PAWS in the Park is a fundraiser hosted by Concorde Group in support of Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society. Enjoy food vendors, a pet vendor market, beer garden, bouncy house and more pet and family-friendly activities. Event will happen rain or shine.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: 10 to 4 pm
Where: River Park – 4500 14a St SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Tom Segura

Tom Segura / Facebook

What: Well known for his Netflix specials Completely Normal and Mostly Stories, Tom Segura has appeared on Conan, Workaholics, Happy Endings, The Late Late Show, How To Be A Grown Up, and Comedy Central. Segura has performed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Comedy Festival – Las Vegas, The South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Hong Kong Comedy Festival. He also co-hosts the podcast, Your Mom’s House, with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Cochrane Fair

What: Cochrane Fair is an outdoor event for the whole family. Check out classic bull riding, mini chuckwagons, trick riders, President’s Choice Super Dogs, live entertainment, beer gardens, market place, farm days and more.

When: August 16 to 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cochrane Ag Society Park – 43080 Bow Valley Trail,
Tickets: Online

Backstage Pass Tour at Studio Bell

What: Go behind the scenes at Studio Bell and see music come to life. Tours are one-hour in length and recommended for ages 12 and up. Ticket prices include your Backstage Pass tour and same-day general admission to Studio Bell.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 12 pm and 1:30 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online