17 things to do in Calgary this week: August 29 to September 4

Aug 29 2016, 6:35 pm

Looking for something to do this week? Well you’re in luck! Choose from musicals, ghost tours, food festivals and Calgary Pride week!

Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between August 29 to September 4.

Hey, Pretty Woman!

  • What: A spoof on the hugely popular movie released in 1990. This telling the romantic tale will have some new twists and turns and, of course, laughter. Set to music from the late 80`s and early 90`s sure to bring back a memory or two. Hey, Pretty Woman! is a romantic comedy about how the most unlikely of matches can wind up falling in love… but no one ever said it would easy!
  • Where: Jubilations Dinner Theatre – Westbrook Mall, 1002 37 Street SW
  • When: July 1 to September 4
  • Cost: From $67.95 (includes dinner)

Duran Duran

  • What: Fans of 80’s new wave are in for a treat when Simon LeBon & Co. come to town on August 30. Expect the wild boys to play new songs from Paper Gods and classic hits like “The Reflex” and “Hungry Like The Wolf”. Chic (featuring mastermind Nile Rodgers) will open for the band.
  • When: Tuesday, August 30 at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • Tickets: Available online from $45 to $140. All ages

Passionate Kisses: An evening of Story and Song

  • What: A romantic, jazz-influenced evening that celebrates the power of the queer kiss. The Coming Out Monologues YYC presents this special “My First Queer Kiss” themed series of spoken works.
  • Where: Charbar – 618 Confluence Way SE
  • When: Wednesday, August 31 from 8 to 10:30 pm

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 25 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

Movies on the Rise: Pride Edition

  • What: A special outdoor screening of the cult classic film “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.”
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Thursday, September 1 from 8:30 to 10:30 pm

The Wizard of Oz: Sing-A-Long

  • What: Come together for a sing-a-long to one of the most iconic (and gay) films of all time: The Wizard of Oz. Participation is encouraged, as is dressing up as your favourite character from the film.
  • Where: The Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Road NW
  • When: Friday, September 2; 7 to 10 pm

Visit a Farmers’ Market

Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Calgary’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few.

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, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 at 9am (arrive at 8:45 am)
  • Cost: $15

BBQ on the Bow

  • What: The 24th annual BBQ on the Bow festival (the city’s oldest BBQ competition) will take place this September at the Montgomery Community Centre, and will see meat lovers from across the city gather to enjoy all things BBQ. Teams will compete over two days showing off their cooking skills on everything from Weber bullets to fancy rigs and trailers with expensive smokers built right on them.
  • When: September 3 to 4
  • Where: Montgomery Community Centre – 5003 16th Avenue NW
  • Price: Free admission

Inglewood Ghost Tour

  • What: Walk among the historic buildings and streets of Inglewood. Hear about stories from the Glen Bow Museum and Ft. Calgary archives, newspapers,  assorted ghost story books and personal accounts & interviews. Your guide will be dressed in a black cape and carrying a lantern so they will stand out a bit. They will also be at the start of the tour at approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Where: Outside of Rosso’s – Corner of 14 Street and 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, September 3 at 8 pm
  • Cost: $15

Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies

  • What: Every Saturday in August at 9 pm experience Kensington’s Summertime outdoor movie series. This Saturday, The Breakfast Club will be the feature film.
  • Where: Calgary Parking Authority Lot 57 – 1210 Kensington Road NW
  • When: Saturday, September 3 from 9 pm to 12:30 am
  • Info: On Facebook

Calgary Pride Parade

  • What: The main event, Calgary’s Pride Parade sees upwards of 60,000 spectators line the streets to see 125 entries from community groups, corporations, politicians and public services bring the party to downtown. This year’s parade will be led by award winning writer, musician and filmmaker Rae Spoon.
  • Where: 9th Avenue, Calgary
  • When: Sunday September 4 from 12 to 1:30 pm

Pride in the Park

  • What: One of Calgary’s largest free outdoor cultural celebrations that immediately follows the Pride Parade. Enjoy a family zone, a cold beer or refreshing cocktail or browse the marketplace.
  • Where: Shaw Millennium Park – 1220 9th Avenue SW
  • When: Sunday, September 4; 12:30 to 6 pm


  • What: Calling all dim sum lovers: Mark your calendars for the first ever pop-up dim sum extravaganza headed to Calgary this September. The event will run over three non-consecutive days (September 4, 11, and 18). Each day will have its own theme. Enter The Dumpling will take place on September 4 (there are no more reservations available for this event, however, walk-ins welcome), Crouching Gai Lan Hidden Wonton will take place on September 11, and Ginger Beef in the Bronx will take place on September 18.
  • When: September 4, 11, and 18 (for times please check website)
  • Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Limited reservations are available by signing up to SUM SUM’s newsletter via their website

Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening

  • What: Calgary Underground Film Festival has partnered with Fairy Tales and Hole in the Wall Studios for another edition of their unique presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show during Pride Week. Live pre-show featuring performances by Phil and Fake Mustache Costumes and full audience participation encouraged.
  • Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8th Avenue SW
  • When: Sunday, September 4; 10:30 pm to 2 am
See also

If you’ll be in Banff during the week:

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 purchase online

Banff International String Quartet Competition

  • What: Experience a week of exceptional music-making in the Canadian Rockies as ten of the world’s best emerging string quartets vie for over $150,000 in cash and the title of first prize laureate.
  • Where: The Banff Centre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • When: August 29 to September 4