15 things to do in Calgary this week: July 18 to 24

Jul 19 2016, 1:30 am

Looking for something to do this week? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between July 18 to 24

Games Night at Local 510

  • What: Have a night of gaming with your buds without the basement stench. At Local 510’s monthly gaming night you can play Smash bros, Mario Kart, N64 and more
  • Where: Local 510 – 510 17th Avenue SW
  • When: Monday, July 18 from 8pm to close

Farmers Market on Stephen Avenue

  • What: Fresh produce and local vendors right outside your office. Twice a month, over 40 vendors will setup shop for the farmers market coming to Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary. Check online for dates.
  • Where: On 8th Avenue between 1st Street SE and 1st Street SW
  • When: Tuesday, July 19 from 10 am to 3 pm

Hamlet – A Ghost Story

  • What: Theatre Calgary’s Production of Hamlet takes a small hiatus from Prince’s Island Park and moves to St. Patrick’s Island for the week. No need to buy tickets for the show, just arrive early to grab a seat and bring a blanket with you if you’d like. The show runs on donations, so pay what you’d like when the collection hat makes it’s way through the crowd. Find showtimes online.
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Tuesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 24 at 9:30 pm
  • Cost: Pay What You Will

Pop-Up Picnics

  • 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 ‘Princess Party’ and will be held at a different location each week.
  • Where: Fifth Avenue Place – 420 2nd Street SW
  • When: Wednesday, July 20 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free

Wagonstage Children’s Theatre at the Calgary Zoo

  • What:  Enjoy two 20 minute shows performed by Drama students from Wagonstage Children’s Theatre. Hippo Needs a Bath is performed in the green space between the Kitamba Café and the Rhino enclosure and The Dinosaur Club, No Babies Allowed! takes place in the Prehistoric Park Amphitheatre. Shows take place Wednesday through Sunday at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm
  • Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Wednesday through Sunday at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm until Friday, August 19
  • Cost: Regular admission to the Zoo

Blue on the Avenue

  • What: Blues singer Bill Dowey is gracing downtown Calgary with some afternoon music. A powerful and heartfelt voice, a searing slide guitar tone, and a tour bus full of experience makes Bill Dowey one of the most convincing and dedicated blues artists in Canada.
  • Where: Stephen Avenue Summer Stage – Centre Street & 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Thursday, July 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

2016 Launch 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, July 21 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

Folk Music Festival

  • What: The 37th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival will have 76 icons and upstarts from 16 countries performing on 8 stages during the 3 day festival. 2016 performers include The New Pornographers, Cat Power, Braids, Lord Huron, Oyster Band and many more.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 689 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: Thursday July 21 to Sunday, July 24
  • Cost: Single day tickets from $60 to $75. Click here to buy online

Smoking Aces at The Blues Can

  • What: Smoking Aces are a Calgary based 4 piece Chicago style blues band. Led by British singer, song writer and bass player John White.
  • Where: The Blues Can – 1429 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Thursday, July 21 at 8:30 pm
  • Cost: No cover

Fiestaval Latin Festival

  • What: Fiestaval is a free and family-oriented multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting Latin American Culture. The three day event will take place in the heart of downtown Calgary at the Calgary Olympic Plaza and feature over 18 authentic Latin food vendors, in addition to 60 plus community vendors.
  • When: July 22 to 24 from 11 am to 11 pm
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
  • Price: Free admission

Canadian International Fashion Film Festival (CAIFFF)

  • What: Join in on the first ever two day event and explore the diverse, shifting landscape of fashion through film in the categories of beauty, lifestyle and luxury.
  • Where: Glenbow Museum Theatre – 130 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, July 22 to Saturday, July 23
  • Cost: $30 individual screening; $250 two day pass

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, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at 9am (arrive at 8:45 am)
  • Cost: $15

Okotoks Dawgs Games

  • What: See the Western Major Baseball League Okotoks Dawgs get up to bat against provincial rivals for a Saturday evening classic.
  • Where: Seaman Stadium –  2111 N Railway Street, Okotoks
  • When: Saturday, July 23 at 7:05 pm vs Edmonton Prospects

Bowness Movie in the Park

  • What: Watch a movie than under a starry Bowness sky with your neighbours. This year’s movie will be Zootopia.
  • Where: The green space next to the Community Centre (7904 43rd Avenue NW)
  • When: Saturday, July 23 at sundown
  • Cost: Free
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 puchase online
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