27 things to do in Calgary this week: August 14 to 20

Aug 15 2017, 1:44 am

It’s hot out and we can’t be happier.

From festivals and outdoor activities to Shakespeare by the Bow, this week is looking good.

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Take a float down the Bow River

  • What: The ultimate refresher in the midst of 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

Check out the #IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage

  • What: Spend your lunch hour listening to some of Calgary’s best local talent on this outdoor stage on Stephen Avenue. From DJs, to Dance Troupes, to live bands, to Comedians, you will always be pleasantly surprised by the live performances set to play this stage this summer.
  • Where: Stephen Avenue – between Street and 1 Street SE
  • When: July 13 – August 30
  • Cost: FREE

The Phantom of the Opera – Broadway Across Canada

  • What: It’s your opportunity to see your favourite Broadway Musical, Phantom of the Opera right here in YYC!
  • Where: Southern Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Street NW
  • When: August 9-20
  • Cost: $35-$140

As you like it – Shakespeare by the Bow

  • What: Theatre Calgary is bringing As you like it outside starting Tuesday, June 20, as it begins its annual outdoor performances of Shakespeare by the Bow. Performances are pay-what-you-will and non-ticketed, so you can just turn up with a blanket and picnic and settle in; the suggested donation is $20 per adult.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: June 20 to August 27, every day except Monday’s, performances at 7 pm, with an extra 2pm matinee on Sundays.
  • Cost: Free

Put the “Her” in Heritage

  • What: The Window Galleries present three new exhibits that focus on the alternative narratives of those whose voice was excluded from the first 150 years of our nation.
  • Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
  • When: June 5 – August 28
  • Cost: Free

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

  • What: New to the East Village this summer, this Pop-Up retail park offers Calgarians a place to shop, eat and play. Be sure to check out all 12 retailers located in 12 x 12 shipping containers, along with food trucks, live music and more! Every Thursday through Sunday from June 1 – October 1 you can expect food truck eats, music, performances, art and much much more!
  • Where: EV Junction – 439 8 Avenue SE
  • When: August 17 to 20
  • Cost: FREE

Calgary Cocktail Festival

  • What: Join BassBus and In-Houze Productions for the first ever Peeled Cocktail Festival. You will receive a Peeled Passport, which will be your guide to all of the must-try cocktails at various establishments around the city. Each participating venue has come up with an exclusive cocktail only available to those who possess a passport. Cheers!
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: August 12-14
  • Cost: $40

Check out some live Music on Music Mile

  • What: 2016 was the year of music here in Calgary, and the music industry in our city is now booming as a result. Spend date night at one of the many venues on YYC’s Music Mile, between Inglewood and East Village, and be entertained by some of our city’s best local talent at a live show, while enjoying a few drinks with your significant other. See the list of venues and performances here!
  • Where: Music Mile – between Inglewood and East Village
  • Cost: FREE

Summer Feast

  • What: Celebrate Calgary’s vibrant and growing food scene with this new dining event happening this August. You will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious Prix fix summer menus for lunch and dinner,  from 13 of Calgary’s best and most diverse restaurants. Bon Appetite!
  • When:  August 11 – 20
  • Where: Various restaurants around Calgary
  • Cost $15-$35


  • What: Celebrate the different cultures of the world that make up Calgary, with a multicultural marketplace and fireworks show put on by various countries each night.
  • Where: Elliston Park – 1827 68 Street SE
  • When: August 15-26
  • Cost: $20-$90

Milky Way Nights

  • What: Spend the evening star gazing in Alberta’s peaceful and surreal countryside.
  • Where: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory – Priddis, Alberta
  • When: August 17-19
  • Cost: $20 per car

Reggae Festival 

  • What: Calling all “Rastagarian’s,” Calgarian’s who share the same love for Caribbean culture and Reggae music. Described as more of an experience than merely a performance, this year’s Reggae Fest is focused on celebrating 150 years of the uniting cultures in Canada AKA the ‘Golden era of Canadian Reggae.’
  • Where: Various locations around Calgary
  • When: August 17 – 19
  • Cost: $35 – $45

Expo Latino

  • What: Feel the heat and the energy as this world class festival takes over Prince’s Island park with exciting performances, sizzling dancing, exotic food, a stunning art market and so much more!
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: August 18 – 20
  • Cost: Free

Movies at the Meadows

  • What: Come watch a classic film each Wednesday under the stars, just like they used to in the old days. This month look forward to Beauty and the Beast, Back to the Future, Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • When: July 19 – August 23
  • Cost: $20/ carload if purchased at the door


  • What: Happenings 9 is a free art party themed after heritage and Canadian dreams in honour of Canada 150. There will be music, workshops, panel discussions and hands-on art activities. There will also be a showcase of art by indigenous, female, immigrant, and LGBT artists.
  • Where: Centre Court, Arts Commons
  • When: August 18 from 6 to 9pm
  • Cost: Free

Country Thunder Alberta 2017

  • What: Get your toes tapping and brush up on your two-stepping at this 3-day Country Music Festival headlined by Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett and Blake Shelton. Country fans rejoice!
  • Where: Prairie Winds Park – 223 Castleridge Boulevard NE
  • When: August 18-20
  • Cost: $130 3-day General Admission

YYC Taste the Trucks 7

  • What: August 11 marks the 6 year anniversary of the Food Truck Pilot Project in Calgary, so they’re throwing a party! Enjoy delicious eats from over 20 of Calgary’s best food trucks, listen to live music from 10 at 10 and ice cold beer from Village Brewery. Happy Birthday!
  • Where: The River Walk Plaza, East Village
  • When: August 18-20
  • Cost: $5 for the weekend

The Plunge at WinSport

  • What: WinSport is hosting the biggest and best slip n’ slide you’ll seen this summer. ‘The Plunge’ is a 810-foot, three-lane water slide that will be open weekends and holidays, July 1 to August 27.
  • When: July to August (Weekends and Holidays)
  • Where: WinSport – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • Cost: $25 for two hours

Alberta Open Farm Days

  • What: If you want a great opportunity to see where food comes from, we have good news for you. Meet farmers and taste food straight from where it comes from. Times vary as do the locations, and more information can be found through the link above.
  • Where: Various farms near Calgary
  • When: August 19 to 20, times vary

Night Race

  • What: Run through the night in a 5K or 10K course with your trusty Energizer LED headlamp guiding your way. At the post-race celebration, you will receive a FREE beer glow mug to drink your much-deserved beverage out of!
  • Where: South Glenmore Park – 8415 24 Street SW
  • When: August 19
  • Cost: $55-$60

Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies

  • What: The Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies series is returning for another year this August, bringing tales of coming of age, first love, adventure and suspense to the big screen. This Saturday’s screen is ‘Pretty Woman.’
  • Where: Calgary Parking Authority Lot 57 – 1210 Kensington Rd NW
  • When: Saturday, August 19 at 9pm
  • Cost: Free

Watch ‘Pup Star 2 ‘ in theatres for only $2.99

  • What: Cineplex Family Favourites are the perfect day to take your little one or your big ones to the movies on the cheap. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting Free The Children with this week’s movie being ‘Pup Star 2.’
  • Where: Participating Cineplex theatres
  • When: Saturday, August 19 at 11am
  • Cost: $2.99

Music on the Island

  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Every Saturday from June 10 – July 29
  • Cost: Free

Cave Lantern Tours

  • What: Get a guided tour of the Cave and Basin after-hours. Watch out for bats and don’t let your imagination run too wild!
  • Where: The Cave and Basin
  • When: July 15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26
  • Cost: $10.80

Late Show Series Launch and Feast Screening

  • What: The Calgary International Film Festival will be adding a late show to its September event that will include darker and creepier movies than the festival would normally screen. To give everyone a taste of the event, the CIFF will be screening the horror movie Feast. The event will be hosted at the Ship and Anchor, so while attendance is free, food and drink is available.
  • Where: The Ship and Anchor – 534 17 Avenue SW
  • When: August 20 at 8pm
  • Cost: Free

Outdoor Games Station

  • What: Bocce, ladder golf and so much more! Both big kids (adults) and little kids are welcome.
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Every Sunday from June 18 to July 30
  • Cost: First come first served

Brewery and the Beast

  • What: Calling all meat and beer lovers! At the 3rd annual Brewery and the Beast festival, you will have the opportunity to sample a range of premium, local and ethically raised meats while sipping on a cold delicious beverage.
  • Where: Pumphouse Park – 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW
  • When: August 20
  • Cost: $95
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