23 things to do in Calgary this week: July 24 to 30

Jul 24 2017, 11:38 am

A new week a new way to enjoy the city.

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

Watch Live Entertainment on 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

Outdoor HIIT Bootcamp

  • What: Take your fitness routine out of the studio for a day and join Cory, from MovementU for a HIIT class amongst the beautiful skyline view of Downtown Calgary in Murdoch Park.
  • Where: Murdoch Park – 9 Street & Centre Avenue NE
  • When: July 25
  • Cost: Regular drop-in fee

Victors, Villains, and Vixens

  • What: A run off of Shakespeare After Dark. East Village has partnered with Theatre Calgary to bring you a week’s worth of performances on St. Patricks Island.
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: July 25 – 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 217, 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

Calgary Folk Music Festival

  • What: Grab your lawn chairs (regulation size), tarps, refillable water bottles and get ready to hang out all day long at Prince’s Island Park. Check out our guide to this year’s Folk Fest to plan your weekend.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: July 27 to 30
  • Cost: $65 and up for single day tickets. (Kids 12 years old and under are free, youth and students receive discounted prices).

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: July 27 to 30
  • Cost: FREE

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

Big Rock Craft Beer Brewing Course

  • What: Learn how to make your own beer in this 2-hour long workshop and take home your very own bottle of your creation. Beer lovers rejoice!
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: July 27 and August 3
  • Cost: $95

The Michael Jackson History Show

  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • When: July 28
  • Cost: $39-$59

Cheer on the Calgary Stampeders

  • What: Cheer on our Stamps as they make their way to the Grey Cup and face off against Hamilton Saturday.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
  • When: July 29 at 7:30 pm

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 ‘Monster Trucks’ 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 ‘Monster Trucks.’
  • Where: Participating Cineplex theatres
  • When: Saturday, July 29 at 11am
  • Cost: $2.99

Pet-A-Palooza Calgary

  • What: A festival all about PETS! There will be a puppy stampede, French and English Bulldog Races, Wiener Dog races, free swag and more.
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • When: July 29
  • Cost: Free Admission

Calgary Arab Festival

  • What: Come celebrate Arab traditions, such as folk dance, traditional music, food and so much more! This is a family- friendly event so bring your little along for some fun.
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Avenue SE
  • When: July 29 – 30
  • Cost: FREE

Essentials by Nature Pop-Up at Greater Goods

  • What: Essential oils are so important for the overall health and wellness of your body. Come learn more about the benefits of using natural, plant based oils and shop the full collection from Essentials by Nature, an Edmonton-based oil apothecary, at Greater Goods all weekend long.
  • Where: Greater Goods – 606 Meredith Road NE
  • When: July 29 & 30

Music on the Island

  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Every Saturday from June 10 – July 29
  • Cost: Free

Tea on the Verandah

  • What: Pinkies up! Enjoy high tea on the front porch of Heritage Park’s newest exhibit the “Famous 5 Centre for Women.
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: Saturdays and Sundays from June 3 to September 4
  • Cost: Adults – $21.95 +gst, Child (Under 12) – $15.95 +gst

Rugged Maniac 5K

  • What: A grown up obstacle race, otherwise known as the “mud run.” Good luck!
  • Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • When: July 29
  • Cost: $69-$79

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

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

Kensington’s Diagon Alley

  • What: The community of Kensington will be turning into a magical wizarding world full of brilliant oddities for a day!
  • Where: Kensington Road and 10 Street NW
  • When: July 30
  • Cost: Free admission
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