17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: August 12 to 14

Aug 12 2016, 8:17 pm

Lots of fun things happening around town from the Inglewood Night Market, Taste of Calgary and Marda Loop’s Marda Gras!

Get out and do something, with our list of things to do this weekend.

Inglewood Night Market

  • What: Second Inglewood Night Market of the summer is here! The night market will feature a great mix of vendors including skilled artisans, fine artists, urban and rural farmers, and food trucks. Around 60 vendors are confirmed and you’ll be able to enjoy live music and dancing in the street. Admission to Inglewood’s Night Market is free and open to the public.
  • Where: 9 Avenue and 10 Street SE, Inglewood
  • When: Friday, August 12 from 5 to 11 pm

Taste of Calgary

  • What: Calgary’s beloved outdoor food fiesta returns to the city in 2016, bringing with it a smorgasbord of globally-inspired cuisine and beverages. Attendees to the Taste of Calgary will be able to sample a variety of dishes, shop at some of the most interesting marketplace vendors in the city, and enjoy a wide range of entertainment.
  • When: August 11 to 14 from 11 am to 10 pm daily
  • Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • Price: Free admission / Taste tickets $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

City Sunrise Sessions

  • What: Phil & Sebastian along with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery are hosting early morning Vinyasa Flow in the fresh air! The class is led by Jess of Embodied Adventure and is by donation with all funds going to the Di. This event has been going all summer and will have a final edition in September before the weather turns.
  • Where: Outside the Simmons Building – 618 Confluence Way SE
  • When: Saturday, August 13 from 7 to 8:15 am
  • Cost: Donation to the Calgary Drop In Centre

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, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 at 9am (arrive at 8:45 am)
  • Cost: $15

Korean Day Festival

  • What: Get all the kim chi and K-Pop your heart desires at the Korean Day Festival in Calgary this August. The festival, now in its 13th year, will be celebrating and showcasing Korea’s unique culture at Glenmore Athletic Park.
  • Where: Glenmore Athletic Park – 5300 19th Street SW
  • When: Saturday, August 13 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Admission: Totally free

CBC’s coverage Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Stephen Avenue Walk

  • What: Canada’s Olympic Network, CBC/Radio-Canada is providing free viewing spaces where Canadians can gather together to watch Team Canada compete against the best in the world.
  • Where: Stephen Avenue Walk – 8th Avenue between Centre Street and 1st Street SE
  • When: August 5–21
  • Time: Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

Dr. Seuss in the Park

  • What: University of Calgary Students’ Union’s Volunteer Services program will be putting on Dr. Seuss in the Park to promote literacy for children in the Calgary community. A tent will be set up between the wading pool and the playground.
  • Where: Riley Park – 800 12th Street NW
  • When: Saturday, August 13 from 11 am to 3:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Afrikadey World Music Festival

  • What: Back for their 25th anniversary, Afrikadey takes place at various venues around the city and shows a diverse range of musicians, including Wura Samba, Sandra Isazadore, I Am The Mountain, DJ Yung Yahh, and many more. The final event, the world music festival, includes an interactive children’s area, visual arts displays, arts and crafts markets, a beer garden, and more.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, August 13 from 12 to 10 pm
  • Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students or youths, seniors and children are free

Opera in the Village

  • What: Opera In The Village is back in Calgary this year, with two weekends full of free opera performances in August. The first weekend will also showcase the Front Row Centre Players, Ukrainian Tangos with Stephania Romaniuk, and the Foothills Brass Quintet. Meanwhile, the second weekend will also feature the Cantare Children’s Choir, Calgary Fiddlers and Band of Outriders.
  • Where: The Chautauqua Tent – East Village RiverWalk Plaza
  • When: Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, then Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21; free shows run from 2 to 7pm
  • Register: For weekend one, register here; for weekend two, register here

Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies

  • What: Every Saturday in August at 9 pm experience Kensington’s Summertime outdoor movie series. This Saturday, Dirty Dancing will be the feature film.
  • Where: Calgary Parking Authority Lot 57 – 1210 Kensington Road NW
  • When: Saturday, August 13 from 9 pm to 12:30 am
  • Info: On Facebook

Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival

  • What: The 25th anniversary of Dragon Boating comes to town. The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival draws over 1850 competitors, 4000 spectators and an abundance of excitement and cultural experiences.
  • Where: North Glenmore Park – 7305 Crowchild Trail SW
  • When: Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14

Marda Gras Street Festival

  • What: The streets of Marda Loop will come alive for the 32nd time with this New Orleans themed festival. A variety of high quality cultural performers, dance groups, musicians and outdoor activities will be at this fun outdoor event.
  • Where: Marda Loop – 33rd and 34th Avenues SW
  • When: Sunday, August 14 from 10 am to 5 pm

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: Now until Friday, August 19
  • Cost: Regular admission to the Zoo

Something Old, Something New: 125 Years of Wedding Fashion

  • What: See some of the most trendsetting and common wedding dresses in Alberta from the last 125 years. The exhibition features collections from the Museum of the Highwood, the Red Deer Museum, the Royal Alberta Museum, the Lougheed House Conservation Society, as well as numerous private collections.
  • Where: Lougheed House – 707 13th Avenue SW
  • When: Now until October 2
  • Cost: Regular admission $8.50

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.

If you’ll be in Banff this weekend:

Jazz Club

  • What: Emerging musicians from The Banff Centre’s acclaimed Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, perform with their internationally acclaimed mentors in late night jam sessions.
  • Where: The Club, Theatre Complex – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • When: August 4 to 19 at 8 pm (excluding Saturday to Monday)
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