30 things to do in Calgary this weekend: August 2 to 5

Jul 26 2019, 11:59 pm

Tour de Bowness, Heritage Day and more! Enjoy your long weekend with these 30 Calgary events happening on Friday, August 2, Saturday, August 3, Sunday, August 4, and Monday, August 5.

Have fun, everyone!

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

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Friday, August 2

Calgary Fringe Festival


Calgary Fringe Festival / Facebook

What: A plethora of uncensored, non-juried theatre performances 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

What’s up with Bow Habitat Station

What: Explore Alberta’s wildlife and natural spaces on the first Friday of the month. Visit investigation stations in the Discovery Centre to discover the wildlife that makes their home right here in Calgary! Join in a large group activity at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm to discover how wildlife has adapted to city life with special guests from Alberta Parks. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will be hosting an investigation station all about some furry and feathered friends you might find in our city. Hands-on activities are designed for learners ages two and up.

When: The first Friday of every month – August 2, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

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

Music in the Park

What: The City of Calgary and Calgary Parks presents Music in the Park, a week of live music over the lunch hour at Central Memorial Park. Genres include country, jazz, and a Chinese orchestra.

When: Now until August 2, 2019
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: Central Memorial Park – 1221 2 Street Southwest, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mosquers takes YYC

What: Get a sneak peek of the Mosquers Film Festival this Friday at Wallace Art Gallery. The evening will start with screenings of award-winning short films, followed by a mixer with The Mosquers team where you can learn more about the fest.

When: August 2, 2019
Time: 8 to 11 pm
Where: Wallace Art Gallery – 500 5 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free, register online

Saturday, August 3

Tour de Bowness



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

Image: Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony / Facebook

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 to 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

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. Part of Calgary Fringe Festival.

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

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

Sunday, August 4

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

Image: Saxophone player / Shutterstock

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

East Village Hive Tour with MOB Honey

What: Learn all about urban beekeeping with MOB HONEY’s workshops at The Hive in East Village. You’ll get a tour of the five beehives behind the EV Experience Centre and get up close and personal with thousands of honey bees who live there. Children aged four and up are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

When: August 4, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1 to 3 pm
Where: East Village Experience Centre – 553 Riverfront Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

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

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

The Brutal Tour

What: Contemporary Calgary and Cynthia Klaassen lead a walking tour of downtown Calgary’s Brutalist architecture buildings. Explore the premiere Brutalist architecture sites of the ’60s and early ’70s.

When: August 4, 2019
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Meet at Brotherhood of Mankind Statue – 1st Street and 6th Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $15, children under 12 are free

Chasing Summer 2019 Official After Party

What: The official after-party of Chasing Summer 2019 features headliner KSHMR along with Flatland Funk, Magic & Johnson, B2B, and Marc Thomas.

When: August 4, 2019
Time: Doors 10 pm
Where: The Palace Theatre – 219 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Alley Katz 4th Annual Show & Shine

What: Check out a wide variety of pre-1980 hot rods, muscle cars, antiques, motorcycles and special interest vehicles at Alley Katz 4th Annual Show & Shine. Plus there will be a model car contest, pin-up girl contest and trunk swap meet.

When: August 4, 2019
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association – 5600 Centre Street North, 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

Monday, August 5

Big Big Tent – Family Bike Day

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What: Sticking around town for the long weekend? Big big or small small, round up the family to enjoy a day of friendly competition, bonding and putting the pedal to the metal at the tent. Everyone is welcome and Strider Bikes will be there with their STRIDER Adventure Zone, designed especially for young cyclists aged 18 months to 5 years.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: The Big Big Tent — 321 11th Avenue Southeast
Admission: Free

Heritage Day at Fort Calgary

What: Celebrate Heritage Day at Fort Calgary with a number of family-friendly activities. There will be children’s crafts, indigenous artisan booths, cultural heritage films, food trucks, and much more to see and do.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: By cash donation, or bring a non-perishable food donation for the Veterans’ Food Bank. Tickets online

The Ballad Of Frank Allen

What: Australia’s Shane Adamczak and Canadian Al Lafrance team up for The Ballad Of Frank Allen, a show about a mild-mannered janitor being shrunk and getting stuck in another man’s beard. Part of the Calgary Fringe Festival.

When: Various dates from August 5 to August 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Festival Hall – 121-10 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Heritage Day Festival 2019

What: Calgary Folk Arts Council presents the 42nd annual Heritage Day Festival at Olympic Plaza. Enjoy multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and unique handicrafts, then explore the artisan booths, get face painted, and enjoy the live performances.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Tour de Bowness Street Festival

What: Wrap up the Tour de Bowness with the Street Festival on August 5. As well as the series of bicycle race happening nearby, there will be live music, a kids zone, and over 80 independent artisan vendors. The festival will also have food trucks and street performers.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Main Street of Bowness Rd
Admission: Free