7 events happening in Calgary over the long weekend

Sep 2 2017, 2:03 am

It might be temping to shut the blinds, throw on some Netflix, and let the long weekend pass you by in a blur of delivery service and naps, but summer’s almost over and regret is a frigid feeling to have throughout the winter.

If ever there was a day to seize, it’s the extra one this Labour Day long weekend.

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With so much going on things may seem a bit chaotic, but with the right planning we’re sure you’ll have the perfect send-off to a beautiful summer of 2017.

So get out that door, throw on those shades, and head over to one of these awesome events—before it’s too late!

Fiesta Filipino

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Dancers performing at Fiesta Filipino  (Fiesta Filipino Facebook)

This three day event showcases the rich culture of the Philippines. Eat some great food, watch some entertaining dancers, and perhaps even try your hand at the singing competition—if you’re brave enough, that is.

When: Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3
Time: Noon to 9 pm on Friday, 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday
Where: Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave. S.E., Calgary
Admission: Free!

Celebrate Calgary Pride

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Pride Canadian flag (EP photo/Shutterstock)

The city will be decked out in rainbow colours this weekend, with a crazy amount of Pride events taking place throughout the three days. Check out the Pride Parade on Sunday afternoon, Marda Pride on Saturday, or Pride in the Park throughout the day on Sunday.

Rotary/Mattamy Greenway 150 Family Shindig

To celebrate Canada 150 and the new Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, the City of Calgary is offering a free BBQ lunch at four different parks along the greenway. There will also be live music, speeches, and activities for kids.

When: Saturday, September 2
Time: Noon to 3 pm
SW: South Glenmore Park (Variety Park), green space across from water park
SE: Mahogany Park, intersection of Mahogany Boulevard and Marquis Green
NE: Cityscape Music Park, Intersection of Cityscape Drive and Cityscape Gate
NW: Shouldice Park, picnic area by the tennis and and basketball courts
Price: Free!

The Roadblock Party

17th Avenue is going to be packed on Sunday—even without any cars on the road. Pop-up markets will be lining the street and restaurants will be offering special deals, making this the perfect place to be if you feel like grabbing a pint or two.

When: September 3, 11 am to 11 pm
Where: 17 Avenue SW, between 2 Street and 4 Street, Calgary
Price: Admission is free

Calgary Highland Games

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Highland dancers (Lukassek/Shutterstock)

Calgary will host a sliver of Scotland for the Calgary Highland Games this Saturday. Watch elegant dancers perform and strong men hurl stones further than you’d ever thought possible.

When: Saturday, September 2
Time: Begins at 9 am
Where: SpringBank Park For All Seasons — 32224A Springbank Road
Tickets: $17 for adults, discounts for youth and family packages, available at calgaryhighlandgames.org

Celebration on the Hill

To celebrate Canada 150, the SCA Community Association is throwing an event that will include an art show, a LEGO competition, a free pancake breakfast, and a BBQ lunch.

When: Saturday, September 2
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
277 Strathcona Drive SW, Calgary
Admission: Free!

BBQ on the Bow

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Smoking BBQ from the 2016 event. (bbqonthebow.com)

With live music, food trucks, and a BBQ competition, BBQ on the Bow is a solid place to spend your long weekend. Make sure you arrive hungry; there will be BBQ food trucks and beer gardens throughout the two day event.

When: Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3
Time: 11 am to 8:30 pm on Saturday, 11 am to 6:30 pm on Sunday
Shouldice Park—5003 16 Ave NW, Calgary
Admission: Free!

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