15 things to do in Calgary this week: July 25 to 31

Jul 25 2016, 3:28 pm

Looking for something to do this week? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between July 25 to 31

Calgary Bluesfest

  • What: The 12th annual Calgary Bluesfest will feature a full week of the best in blues. Workshops, public performances and special events culminate in 4 days & nights of non-stop music on Mainstage.
  • Where: Shaw Millennium Park – 1220 9th Avenue SW
  • When: Monday, July 25 to Sunday, July 31
  • Cost: Single day passes from $35

Historic Calgary Week 2016

  • What: 11 days of walks, talks and tours celebrating the history of Calgary and region. This year the contributions of several partners will be highlighted in learning, including SAIT, the University of Calgary and Calgary Public Library.Click here for the 2016 brochure. All events are open to the public and are free of charge with one exception. Donations are gratefully appreciated.
  • Where: All around Calgary
  • When: Friday, July 22 to Monday, August 1

Shakespeare by the Bow: Hamlet

  • What: Theatre Calgary is bringing Hamlet outside as it shows its annual outdoor performances of Shakespeare by the Bow. It is a pay-what-you-will and non-ticketed event, so you can just turn up with a blanket and picnic and settle in; the suggested donation is $20 per adult. All funds go towards the Shakespeare by the Bow program providing mentorship and support for Alberta’s emerging theatre artists.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: Now until August 21, every day except Mondays; performances at 7 pm, with an extra 2pm matinee on Sundays.
  • More info: Theatre Calgary’s website

Okotoks Dawgs Games

  • What: See the Western Major Baseball League Okotoks Dawgs get up to bat at home four times this week.
  • Where: Seaman Stadium –  2111 N Railway Street, Okotoks
  • When: 
    • Tuesday, July 26 at 7:05 pm vs Fort McMurray Giants
    • Wednesday, July 27 at 7:05 pm vs Fort McMurray Giants
    • Thursday, July 28 at 7:05 pm vs Fort McMurray Giants
    • Friday, July 29 at 7:05 pm vs Medicine Hat Mavericks

The Drowsy Chaperone

  • What: Catch a show at the Lunchbox Theatre this week when participants from ‘The Cast Program’ take over the stage. The CAST program is a musical theatre program for ages 15 to 24. The Drowsy Chaperone has been labeled by the New York Magazine as “the perfect broadway musical.”
  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 9th Avenue SE
  • When: July 26 to 29 at 7 pm; July 30 at 2 pm

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 ‘Shakespeare by the Bow’ and will be held at a different location each week.
  • Where: First Canadian Centre – 350 7th Avenue SW
  • When: Wednesday, July 27 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free

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, July 28 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

Calgary Turkish Festival

  • What: The Calgary Turkish Festival will feature Turkish art, folk dance, music, and gourmet food. Visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage, and cuisine (including sumptuous kebabs and mouth-watering pastries).
  • When: Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31
  • Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • Price: Free admission

Calgary Stampeders Game

  • What: Watch as our CFL pride and joy take on their west cost rivals the BC Lions on a Friday night showdown
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
  • When: Friday, July 29 at 8 pm vs BC Lions

Calgary Night Market 2016

  • What: Featuring a variety of ethnic street foods, local vendors, buskers, and entertainment, the Calgary Night Market has everything from jewelry to clothes, to household items. The market is happening on the first and last Fridays of the month until September 9. Admission to the Night Market is free.
  • When: Friday, July 29 from 4 to 10 pm
  • Where: Central Memorial Park – 1221 2nd Street SW
  • Event page: facebook.com

Slide The City Calgary

  • What: Slide The City returns to Calgary for another year – for only one day. Release your inner child by sliding down the longest water slide the city has to offer on July 30.
  • When: Saturday, July 30
  • Where: 10 Street NW and Sait Way NW
  • Website: https://www.slidethecity.com/location/calgary-2/#368

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 30 and Sunday, July 31 at 9am (arrive at 8:45 am)
  • Cost: $15

Chasing Summer 2016 music festival

  • What: Chasing Summer, Western Canada’s largest EDM festival, returns to Calgary for its fourth year this summer on July 30 and 31 at a new location, and it’ll be headlined by Martin Garrix and Hardwell.
  • When: July 30 and 31
  • Where: Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
  • Tickets: For more information, visit chasingsummerfestival.com.

Kensington’s Diagon Alley

  • What: July 31st marks the universal release of the 8th publication in the Harry Potter series; “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” To celebrate, Kensington is turing into Calgary’s very own Diagon Alley! Pages Bookstore will be home base as “Flourish & Blotts”, where participants can pick up their copies of the new book and a ‘Marauders’ Map’ guide to the other wonders of Kensington Village!
  • Where: Kensington
  • When: Sunday, July 31 from 10 am to 5 pm
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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