5 things to do in Calgary today: Wednesday, August 17

Aug 17 2016, 1:45 pm

It’s hump day! Which means you’re halfway to the weekend.

Here are a few things happening around town today that will help you get back into the groove.

Preview in the Plaza – Short break to the Caribbean

Calgary based band, Aktivate will be sharing their unique blend of rhythmic reggae. The band will then be playing at the Reggae Fest, happening August 19 and 20 if you find you want to hear more.

Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
When: Wednesday, August 17 from 12 to 1 pm

Lunchtime Pop-Up Picnics

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 ‘Beakerhead’ and will be held at a different location each week.

Where: Harley Hotchkiss Park – 611 4th Street SW
When: Wednesday, August 17 from 12 to 1 pm
Cost: Free

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


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.

Rooftop Movie Night

Watch a movie under the stars and city lights at a Rooftop Screening Series. Overlooking Stephen Avenue on the rooftop of the newly renovated Marriott hotel this event is free and open to the public. There will be full food and beverage service on the patio bar.

Movie: Godzilla vs Destoroyah
Where: Marriott rooftop – 110 9th Avenue SE
When: Wednesday, August 17 at 7:45 pm

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