5 things to do in Calgary today: Thursday, August 18

Aug 18 2016, 4:44 am

Only one more day until the weekend, let’s hope for some good weather!

Plenty of events worth checking out today to keep you busy and entertained until the weekend.

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

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: Thursday, August 18 from 9 am to 6 pm

Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market

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, August 18 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

Shakespeare by the Bow: Hamlet

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

Movies on the Rise

Catch a classic movie at St. Patricks Island’s outdoor 9-metre high natural amphitheatre. This week’s feature movie is the 1993 family classic, Mrs. Doubtfire. Bring a tarp or lawn mat as your chairs won’t work on the steep slope. There is pedestrian access to St. Patrick’s Island from East Village and Bridgeland via the George C. King Bridge.

Where: The Rise, St. Patrick’s Island
When: Thursday, August 18 from 9 to 11 pm


Calgary’s annual fireworks festival is back. The event, which runs from August 15 to 27, will include several pyromusical shows, as well as cultural music, a human rights forum, a night market and even a citizenship ceremony.

Where: Elliston Park in East Calgary (main gate at the corner of 17th [International] Avenue and 60th Street SE).
When: August 15 to 27 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. every night.
No entry after 9:15 p.m.
Tickets: Available at online or at Calgary Co-op Customer Service Offices and Marlborough Mall.

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