17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: July 22 to 24

Jul 22 2016, 11:46 pm

The sun will be out Saturday and Sunday! Events likeFolk Fest, Movie in the Park and Fiestaval will all be great to check out.

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

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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

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

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
  • Cost: Free admission

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: Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24 at 9:30 pm
  • Cost: Pay What You Will

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

Stephen Avenue Summer Stage

  • What: The Y Brothers are gracing downtown Calgary with some afternoon music. Brothers Chris and Jay Yaholkoski, along with drummer Celene Yohemas will jam out for a free hour long concert in downtown
  • Where: Stephen Avenue Summer Stage – Centre Street & 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, July 22 from 12 to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free


  • What: The festival for you and your pets will have samples of treats, food, accessories, toys and a bunch of free merchandise for your furry friends from vendors like Boneties and Bling, Dogtopia, Urban Dog Market, and more.
  • Where: Eau Claire – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • When: Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Admission is free.

Summer Market at Taste of Okotoks

  • What: This annual event attracts thousands of visitors from Okotoks, Calgary, Black Diamond, High River and beyond, and offers an opportunity to taste foods from dozens of local eateries.
  • Where: Streets of Downtown Okotoks (CLICK here for more info)
  • When: Saturday, July 23 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Admission is free

Lougheed House 125th Anniversary Party

  • What: Calgary’s history & contemporary culture collide with 15 live performances of music, comedy, First Nations’ dance, plus historical talks, crafts, free iced tea and cake.
  • Where: Lougheed House – 707 13th Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, July 23 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

Okotoks Dawgs Games

  • What: Watch as the Western Major Baseball League Okotoks Dawgs try to clinch a playoff spot and prolong their season into August.
  • Where: Seaman Stadium –  2111 N Railway Street, Okotoks
  • When: Saturday, July 23 at 7:05 pm vs Edmonton Prospects

Highwood Community Association Movie in the Park

  • What: Watch Dispicable Me all over again. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and snacks to enjoy. Movie will start at sun down (9:10-9:30) and popcorn is free!
  • Where: The green space next to the Community Centre or inside the Highwood Community Hall if it’s raining – 16 Harlow Avenue NW
  • When: July 23 at sundown
  • Cost: Free

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: July 23 at sundown
  • 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: 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:

Music for a Summer Evening

  • What: A summer tradition featuring the best young classical musicians from across Canada and around the world in concert alongside distinguished faculty. Featuring musicians from Piano Masterclass, The Cecilia String Quartet and pianist Ronan O’Hora in Mendelssohn’s Quartet Op. 44 No. 1, Nicole Lizée’s Isabella Blow at Somerset House, and Dvor˘ák’s Piano Quintet.
  • Where: The Banff Centre: Rolston Recital Hall – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • When: Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $25
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