Looking for something to do this week? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between August 2 and 7.
Calgary Fringe Festival
- What: Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals. The first Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and has grown into one of the biggest arts festivals in the world.
- Where: Various locations in Inglewood – check online
- When: July 29 to August 6
Shakespeare by the Bow: Hamlet
- What: Theatre Calgary is bringing Hamlet outside as it shows its annual outdoor performances of Shakespeare by the Bow. It is a pay-what-you-will and non-ticketed event, so you can just turn up with a blanket and picnic and settle in; the suggested donation is $20 per adult. All funds go towards the Shakespeare by the Bow program providing mentorship and support for Alberta’s emerging theatre artists.
- Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
- When: Now until August 21, every day except Mondays; performances at 7 pm, with an extra 2pm matinee on Sundays.
- More info: Theatre Calgary’s website
- What: A Pop-Up Picnic is a lunch hour (Noon to 1pm) event hosted by Downtown Calgary in various locations around the downtown core. They’ll provide the tables, chairs, entertainment and all you have to do is bring your lunch and some friends. Each picnic will have a unique theme – this week’s being ‘Shakespeare by the Bow’ and will be held at a different location each week.
- Where: First Canadian Centre – 350 7th Avenue SW
- When: Wednesday, August 3 from 12 to 1 pm
- Cost: Free
Downtown Calgary Walking Tour
- What: Walk among the towers of Downtown along Stephen Avenue and beyond and look at the history of Downtown Calgary through the buildings. Talk about the history of the buildings, look at some of their characteristics, and talk about the people associated with them. Some stops will include geeky moments or party facts which are unknown stories or facts related to certain stops. The tour will return to the Calgary Tower.
- Where: Calgary Tower – 101 9th Avenue SW
- When: Wednesday, August 3 from 12 to 2 pm
- Cost: $15
Bridgeland Farmers Market
- What: Visit Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market every Thursday during the summer! Enjoy eating at local vendor stations, dance to live music and shop until you drop. For the kiddos, there are free activities set up.
- Where: Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market – 917 Centre Avenue NE
- When: Thursday, August 4 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm
IP ‘YAY’ Day at National
- What: In honour of #IPADay, National is having 12 of the finest North American IPA’s take over their taps. Featured IPAs will be offered on two different flights of 6 – try them all to experience some of the freshest, hoppiest IPAs around!
- Where: National on 17 – 550 17th Avenue SW
- When: Thursday, August 4 all day
- Cost: Pre-set flights for $12
Calgary Stampeders Game
- What: Watch as our CFL pride and joy take on their neighbours from the east, the Saskatchewan Roughriders on for a Thursday night showdown
- Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
- When: Thursday, August 4 at 8 pm
- What: Western Canada’s largest latin festival. Celebrating it’s 19th anniversary. Creating experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people, music and dance.
- Where: Price’s Island Park – 689 Eau Claire Avenue SW
- When: Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7
- Time: 6:30 to 11 pm Friday; 12:30 to 11:30 pm Saturday; 12:30 to 9 pm Sunday
Calgary Night Market 2016
- What: Featuring a variety of ethnic street foods, local vendors, buskers, and entertainment, the Calgary Night Market has everything from jewelry to clothes, to household items. The market is happening on the first and last Fridays of the month until September 9. Admission to the Night Market is free.
- When: Friday, August 5 from 4 to 10 pm
- Where: Central Memorial Park – 1221 2nd Street SW
- Event page: facebook.com
The Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony
- What: The annual event to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Experience the breathtaking beauty of lanterns floating on the Olympic Plaza pool with vibrant live music by the Midnight Taiko kai, the Circles of Rhythm, Trevor Uruski’s Didgeridoo and Flute, along with a Children’s Drama and a former TEDX speaker.
- Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
- When: Saturday, August 6 from 8:25 to 10 pm
- Cost: Lantern rent is $5 or by donation
Taste the Trucks
- What: Attendees can expect 10 to 20 of Calgary’s best food trucks to be in attendance at this year’s event, dishing up all kinds of mouthwatering street food fare. There will also be live music from BassBus, giveaways, cold beer from Village Brewery, and a slew of things to see and do.
- Where: Haultain Park – 225 13 Avenue SW
- When: August 5, 6, and 7 from 11 am to 7 pm daily
- Cost: $5 Entry (free for kids under 14)
Pool side yoga on at Hotel Arts
- What: Grab your yoga mat and head downtown to for an hour of pool side yoga Saturday and Sunday mornings throughout the summer. Click here to register online for the class.
- Where: Hotel Arts – 119 12th Avenue SW
- When: Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 at 9am (arrive at 8:45 am)
- Cost: $15
Lawn Bowling League
- What: Lawn Bowling tournament at the Inglewood Lawn Bowling Club!
Assemble your own team, OR sign up as a single/pair and be placed on a team! Costumes are highly encouraged, and will be rewarded.
- Where: Inglewood Lawn Bowling Club – 1235 8th Avenue SE
- When: Sunday, August 7 from 2 to 5 pm
- Cost: $100 per team
If you’ll be in Banff during the week:
- What: Emerging musicians from The Banff Centre’s acclaimed Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, perform with their internationally acclaimed mentors in late night jam sessions.
- Where: The Club, Theatre Complex – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
- When: August 4 to 19 at 8 pm (excluding Saturday to Monday)
A Night at the Banff Mountain Film Festival
- What: Every Thursday night in downtown Banff for 14 weeks, two identical shows per night will be shown featuring four unique film programs rotating each week.
- Where: Lux Cinema – 229 Bear Street, Banff
- When: Thursday, June 16 to Thursday, September 8. Shows at 7 and 9:30 pm
- Cost: $12 can puchase online