21 things to do in Calgary this week: August 21 to 27

Aug 21 2017, 11:21 pm

It’s hot out and we can’t be happier.

From festivals and outdoor activities to Pride kicking off this week, it’s looking like a 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

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

Music in the Plaza

  • What: The Stampede Talent Search and Heritage Park have partnered up to bring you weekly live entertainment in the Heritage Town Square, right outside of the main gates.
  • Where: Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive NE
  • When Wednesday evenings from July 5-August 30
  • Cost: Free

K. D. Lang

  • What: The Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter is coming to Calgary this week. Enjoy an intimate night of singing from the Grammy Award winner at the Jube.
  • Where: Southern Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Street NW
  • When: August 23
  • Cost: $119-$225

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 24 to 27
  • Cost: FREE

Harvest Dinner at Bow Valley Ranche

  • What: The third annual Harvest Dinner takes place at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant in Fish Creek Park on Thursday. The evening features a fresh, local and sustainable menu from chef Jenny Kang, boasting freshly grown produce from the restaurants 20 foot on-sight garden. The event is already sold out but you can be added to the waitlist by calling 403.476.1310.
  • Where: Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant in Fish Creek Park
  • When: Thursday, August 24


  • 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

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

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

The 27 Annual Pride Festival

  • What: Literally one of the most colourful celebrations of the year!
  • When: August 25 – September 4
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Ave SW
  • Cost: Free

Calgary Night Market

  • What: Come shop some of the city’s best local vendors, while perusing delicious food trucks and watching live entertainment at the August edition of the Calgary Night Market.
  • Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE
  • When: August 25-26
  • Cost: Free

Calgary Vegetarian Food Festival

  • What: This festival will showcase some of the best vegetarian and vegan foods and dishes that local Calgary vendors have to offer.
  • Where: Bowness Community Centre – 7904 43 Avenue NW
  • When: August 26
  • Cost: Free

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 ‘Jaws.’
  • Where: Calgary Parking Authority Lot 57 – 1210 Kensington Rd NW
  • When: Saturday, August 26 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 26 at 11am
  • Cost: $2.99

Country Kickback

  • What: Learn how the West once was!
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: August 26-27
  • Cost: Park admission

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

Cheer on the Calgary Stampeders

  • What: Cheer on our Stamps as they make their way to the Grey Cup and take on the Toronto Argonauts.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
  • When: August 26 vs Toronto at 7pm

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
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