23 things to do in Calgary this week: August 8 to 13

Aug 9 2017, 6:12 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 Bradway 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

Quantum at Telus Spark

  • What: Come see the first-ever traveling exhibition on quantum information and technology!
  • Where: Telus Spark Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: June 26-August 7
  • Cost: Included with admission

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 10 to 13
  • 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

Taste of Calgary

  • What: Taste is back in Calgary this week. Calgary’s beloved outdoor food fiesta returns to the city on Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 13, bringing with it a smorgasbord of globally-inspired cuisine and beverages.
  • Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • When: Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 13 from 11 am to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free admission / Taste tickets $1

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

Boogie Nights – Rooftop Beats Yoga Class

  • What: Yogi to the beat in this rooftop yoga dance party. Afterward, head down the street for the Inglewood Night Market!
  • Where: Junction 9 Yoga and Pilates – 919 9 Avenue SE
  • When: July 14, August 11 and September 8
  • Cost: $18

Inglewood Night Market

  • What: The Inglewood Night Market is back for the 2017 season with a fun lineup of food trucks, live entertainment, and vendors for your summer enjoyment.
  • When: August 11 from 5 to 11 pm
  • Where: 9 Avenue and 10 Street

Calgary Fringe Festival 

  • What: A plethora of uncensored, non-juried theatre performances happening all around the city. Enjoy!
  • Where: Various theaters around the city
  • When: August 4 – 12
  • Cost: $55-$200

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

Watch ‘Lego Batman’ 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 ‘Lego Batman.’
  • Where: Participating Cineplex theatres
  • When: Saturday, August 12 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

Calgary Japanese Festival 

  • What: At this “Omatsuri” (traditional festival) you will experience everything from a Sake tasting to traditional Japanese arts and crafts, as you celebrate everything this diverse and wonderful culture has to offer!
  • Where: Mac Bell Centre – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
  • When: August 12
  • Cost: $5

Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival 

  • What: Compete in this traditional Chinese cultural event with a team of max 26 people. After the race enjoy the all day festival that includes a kid’s play zone, food trucks, beer gardens, live performances and more!
  • *Bicycle parking available onsite
  • Where: North Glenmore Park – 5R7, 7305 Crowchild Trail SW
  • When: August 12-13
  • Cost: Free

Marda Gras

  • What: Enjoy live music, exciting cultural performances, kids activities, loads of shopping and delectable bites at this lively family-friendly street festival.
  • Where: Marda Loop – 33 – 34 Avenues SW
  • When: August 13
  • 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
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