17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: August 5 to 7

Aug 5 2016, 3:14 pm


Oct 31
Nov 1

The Haunted Inn

Sat, October 31, 8:00pm
The Inn on Officers' Garden
Starts at $21.00

Lots of fun things happening around town from Classic car show, Olympic coverage and food trucks galore!

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

Expo Latino

  • What: Western Canada’s largest latin festival. Celebrating it’s 19th anniversary. Creating experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people, music and dance.
  • Where: Price’s Island Park – 689 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7
  • Time: 6:30 to 11 pm Friday; 12:30 to 11:30 pm Saturday; 12:30 to 9 pm Sunday

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, August 5 from 4 to 10 pm
  • Where: Central Memorial Park – 1221 2nd Street SW
  • Event page: facebook.com

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

Airdrie Summer Car Classic

  • What: Experience the ever popular CCMR Mobile Dyno, Papa Tony’s In The Groove Raceway, live music with Ronnie and the Fixations, Zeeb’s Engine Build Off as well as some of the best food in town by Boston Pizza, The Toad and Turtle, Bambino’s and the Wild Rose Concession.
  • Where: East Lake Park – 720 East Lake Boulevard, Airdrie
  • When: Saturday, August 6 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Food Bank donation

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 6 and Sunday, August 6 at 9am (arrive at 8:45 am)
  • Cost: $15

Pool day at Inglewood Aquatic Centre

  • What: Spend your Saturday afternoon playing pool games, themed crafts, prizes and more with your family.
  • Where: Inglewood Aquatic Centre – 1527 17th Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, August 6 from 1 to 3 pm
  • Cost: Children and Seniors $1; Adults $2

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 6 from 11 am to 3:30 pm
  • Cost: 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

Stephen Avenue Summer Stage

  • What: Styles of Music are gracing downtown Calgary with some afternoon music. The 10 Piece Steel Drums band – The Calysto Steel Band will jam out for a free hour long concert in downtown.
  • Where: Stephen Avenue Summer Stage – Centre Street & 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, August 6 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free

Rock the ‘Walk 6, Presented by Studio Bell

  • What: Will celebrate local talent and the Year of Music with four awesome YYC bands. While taking in the live performances on RiverWalk Plaza, you can also shop over 20 artisan vendors, grab snacks from your favourite food trucks, or dip your toes in the Bow River. This is one summer festival you won’t want to miss!
  • Where: RiverWalk – East Village
  • When: Saturday, August 6 from 12 to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

The Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony

  • What: The annual event to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Experience the breathtaking beauty of lanterns floating on the Olympic Plaza pool with vibrant live music by the Midnight Taiko kai, the Circles of Rhythm, Trevor Uruski’s Didgeridoo and Flute, along with a Children’s Drama and a former TEDX speaker.
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, August 6 from 8:25 to 10 pm
  • Cost: Lantern rent is $5 or by donation

Taste the Trucks

  • What: Attendees can expect 10 to 20 of Calgary’s best food trucks to be in attendance at this year’s event, dishing up all kinds of mouthwatering street food fare. There will also be live music from BassBus, giveaways, cold beer from Village Brewery, and a slew of things to see and do.
  • Where: Haultain Park – 225 13 Avenue SW
  • When: August 5, 6, and 7 from 11 am to 7 pm daily
  • Cost: $5 Entry (free for kids under 14)

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

Lawn Bowling League

  • What: Lawn Bowling tournament at the Inglewood Lawn Bowling Club!
    Assemble your own team, OR sign up as a single/pair and be placed on a team! Costumes are highly encouraged, and will be rewarded.
  • Where: Inglewood Lawn Bowling Club – 1235 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Sunday, August 7 from 2 to 5 pm
  • Cost: $100 per team

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)