Things to Do this Weekend in Calgary

A weekly digest of What’s On in and around Calgary this weekend including free, fun family & kids’ activities, live music, theatre & performing arts, sports and exhibitions: Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28, 2016.




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I. Family & Kids Activities this weekend

1. Global Fest

International fireworks festival. Fireworks, cultural performances, night market and more! Details

 

August 18 – 27, 2016

Elliston Park, main gate at the corner of 17th Avenue and 60th Street SE, Calgary

 $15

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2. Milky Way Nights

Milky Ways Nights are an opportunity for the public to come and observe the dark night sky along with our researchers. Three nights in July and three nights in August close to the new moon, the dark sky conditions are perfect for viewing planetary nebula, globular clusters and distant galaxies. Details

 

Thursday August 25 to Saturday August 27, 2016
Gates open: 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Donation to RAO educational programming

 

3. The Plunge

The Plunge at WinSport is an 810-ft water slide available to the general public . Details

 

August 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WinSport – COP, Calgary

 $15 & up
at least 5 years old and 46″ tall to ride.

 

4. Inglewood Family Pool Party

Splash with us this summer with exciting weekly themed crafts, pool games, prizes and music DJ! Make Saturday afternoons your family fun time!  Details

Saturday, August 27, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Inglewood Aquatic Centre, 1527 17 Avenue SE, Calgary

Child/Senior only $1, Adult $2.

 

5. Country Kickback




Western Canada’s rural history comes to life at Heritage Park’s Country Kickback. This fun-filled salute to agriculture includes hands-on activities, live entertainment, games and a variety of demonstrations. Details

 

Saturday, August 27 to Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary

General Park Admission

 

6. Other Activities 

Dr. Seuss in the Park: The University of Calgary’s Students’ Union Volunteer Services – Students for Literacy is once again presenting Dr. Seuss in the Park this summer! We will set up a tent in Riley Park each Saturday to get kids excited about books! There will also be crafts, facepaint and games. Children of all ages are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult, and the events are completely FREE!!  Details

 

Every Saturday, June 25 – August 27, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM @
Riley Park (in the yellow Reading Tent, between the wading pool & playground)

 

7. Other Activities

1. At the library
Calgary Public library offers plenty of free activities to choose from for all ages including toddler story times. Plan ahead to attend some of the free activities in the following weekends:
Details and link for registration.
Airdrie Public Library
Okotoks Public Library

2. By Calgary Recreation – Drop in Programs

3. Cineplex Family Favouries

Watch a family favourite film each week on Saturdays @ 11:00 AM for only $2.99.

4. Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies – Details

Saturday, August 27 – Ghostbusters – 9PM – 12:30AM

5. Citadel’s Movie in the Park

Kung-Fu-Panda 3 @ Citadel Park School, 808 Citadel Dr NW, Calgary on Friday, August 26 | 8:33 PM

II. Live Music

1. The Last Waltz

Lance Anderson’s acclaimed concert performance of ‘The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The BAND – Live’ celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the historic concert and film in 2016.
An all-star Canadian cast of award-winning blues and roots musicians, under the direction of Juno award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, will be appearing for the first time at Calgary’s Festival hall!! Details

 

Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 8:00 PM

Festival Hall, 1215 10 Avenue SE, Calgary

 $40

 

2. Music in the Park

Come enjoy live music with family and friends in beautiful parks around the city at our free summer concert series. Events will feature different artists from a variety of musical genres that are sure to get you movin’ and groovin’. Artist: Bruin  Details

 

Sunday, August 28 | 1:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Murdoch Park, 815 Centre Ave. N.E.

Free

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Saturday, August 27, 2016: Future Now: The Tour Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Saturday, August 27, 2016: Lee Aaron Deerfoot Inn & Casino
Tuesday, August 30, 2016: Duran Duran: The Paper Gods Tour with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Wednesday, August 31, 2016: RodriguezSouthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

For Nightlife/Club events, see section VI.

III. Theatre & Performing Arts

 1. Brian Regan

Critics and peers agree, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Details

 

Friday, August 26, 2016 | 8:00 PM

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave. NW, Calgary

$30 – $45 + charges

 

 2. Grease

Get out your leather jackets, pull up your bobby socks and get ready to hand jive! Popular tough guy Danny and sweet girl-next-door Sandy meet and fall in love over the summer. But now that they are back to school, will their different worlds keep them apart? This rock ‘n’ roll production features such unforgettable songs as “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “We Go Together,” and many more! Grease is an “electrifyin’” musical extravaganza that will make you want to stand up and shout, “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom! 12+ Details

 

August 13 – September 3, 2016

Beddington Heights Theatre, 375 Bermuda Drive NW
Calgary

$20 – $25

IV. Sports,  & Related events

1. Calgary Stampeders

vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Rally up the family! The Family Day pre-game fun kicks off early with interactive inflatables, face painting, high-energy entertainment and activities for kids of all ages in the Dodge Fan Zone. Details

 

Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM

McMahon Stadium, 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary

Tickets

 

2. Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

Get closer to the game with the best golfers on the LPGA tour. World Number 1 Lydia Ko and Canadian Phenom Brooke Henderson headline one of the strongest fields on the calendar. Stroll the stunning grounds of Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club, and enjoy fun, family activities. Details

 

Monday August 22nd to Sunday August 28th, 2016

Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club, 1 Priddis Greens Dr. Priddis

$10.50 & up.

 

3. Okotoks ProRodeo

Okotoks ProRodeo is one of the last qualifying and important stops for contestants vying to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR). Details

 

August 26 – 28, 2016

Okotoks Recreation Centre – Murray Arena
111 Milligan Drive, Okotoks

Adults $15.00 / day
Children 12 & under $10.00 / day

 

4. Ride for the Breath of Life

This is an organized motorcycle ride and poker run. The ride begins and ends in Airdrie and takes in some of the beautiful country side and small towns in the area. Details

 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mr. Mikes Steakhouse, 130 Sierra Dr. SE
Airdrie

$30 per bike/driver
$10 per passenger

 

5. X-Warrior

Obstacle Course Race. Details

 

August 26 & 27, 2016

Stampede Grandstand – 3 St SE, Calgary

Varies
Spectator Free

 

6. Canadian BMX National Championship

 2016 Canadian BMX Championships.Details

 

August 26 – 28, 2016

BMX Track Calgary, 5520 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary

Spectator – Free

 

7. Calgary’s Urban Bike Ride

This ride affords an opportunity to enjoy cycling in a group or with your family under traffic-free conditions. Participants will be able to discover the sensation of feeling completely safe on Calgary roads. There are two feeder rides from north and south Calgary to Stanley Park followed by a children’s ride and the main public bike ride. The suburban spoke rides are inbound only while the main hub ride around downtown Calgary and the children’s ride are a circuit. Details

 

Sunday August 28, 2016 | 09:30 AM Signin

Tuxedo, Shawnessy & 4011 1A St, Calgary

Varies

V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

1. Calgary Pride

Calgary’s Annual Pride  Festival. Details

 

August 26 – September 5, 2016
Calgary Pride Parade: September 4 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Various Venues, Calgary

Free and ticketed events.

 

2. Calgary Ribfest




Slow cooked ribs, bbq chicken, delicous pulled pork, sweets and treats, live music, fun for all ages. Details

 

Thursday, August 25, 2016 | 11:00 AM to Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 08:00 PM

Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary

Free.

 

3. Okotoks Chilifest

Western-themed activities take over downtown Okotoks, including the central event – a chili cook off. Come down to taste the chili creations or register a team and compete! Spice up your weekend with chili sampling, children’s activities, live music, and an outdoor artisan street market!  Details

 
 

Saturday, August 27, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM

Downtown Okotoks – Elizabeth St, Okotoks

Free Admission

 

4. Foothills Highland Games

Family entertainment, live music and dance competitions, local vendors, family activities, sporting events, BBQ, and Ceilidh in the evening, featuring Fraid Knot –Alberta’s Premier Celtic Band.  Details

 

Saturday, August 27, 2016 | 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Foothills Composite High School, 229 Woodhaven Drive, Okotoks

$5 – $12

 

5. Feather Fest

Feather Fest is a one day gathering of bird breeders and enthusiasts from all over Alberta. Vendors will be there selling birds of all kinds, custom made equipment, and all kinds of supplies and things for your birds that you cant get in any pet store. So many experienced bird people, and countless birds on display  Details

 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

2900 Cedarbrae Drive SW, Calgary

$2 each or $5 for the whole family

 

6. Summer Sidewalk Sale

Looking for some Unique & Stand-Out finds for Back-2-School or Back-2-Work? We have amazing Summer-end deals that won’t include any annoying Mall traffic. Come Meet us at The Square!   Details

 

Thursday, August 25 – Saturday, August 27, 2016 | 09:00 AM – 08:00 PM each day

Strathcona Square Shopping Centre, 555 Strathcona Blvd SW, Calgary

Free

 

7. Calgary Night Market

You’ll be looking forward to Friday Nights a little more this summer with the arrival of the Calgary Night Market. Featuring a variety of ethnic street foods, local vendors, buskers, and entertainment!!   Details

 

Friday, August 26, 2016 | 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Central Memorial Park – 1221 2 St SW, Calgary

Free

 

8. Muslim Heritage Day

Get to know more about the islamic culture, it’s roots and it’s many accomplishments! Details

 

Friday, August 26, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Olympic Plaza, 222 8 Avenue SE, Calgary

Free

 

9.Pay-It-Forward

Join Caprices Fine Arts for our Pay-It-Forward Event. This show is an opportunity for artists to show support for their favorite charities. Your purchases allow the participants to donate a percentage of their sales to their causes. Find fabulous fine art, fashion, psychic readings and live music. Door prizes and art draws.  Details

 

Saturday Aug 27, 2016 | 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Venue 1008, 1008 14 Street SE, Calgary

$5 general donation

 

10. Show and Shine Car Show

We bring together the coolest rides from Calgary and beyond. Come join us at what has become a Calgary and Bowness family tradition. Details

 

Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 11 AM – 3 PM

Bowness Auto Parts
6419 Bowness Road NW, Calgary

Free

 

11. Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada

Learn about Terry’s triumphs, struggles and the impact his foundation has made globally. Artefacts on display include the shoe he dipped into the Atlantic Ocean to begin his journey, the shirt and shorts he ran in, and iconic photos. Be inspired by a Canadian who dared to dream big and help others!! Details

 

July 1 – December 31, 2016

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, 169 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary

Included in general admission.

 

12.Calgary Tours

Calgary Walks – Discover what makes Calgary such an exciting place through Calgary Walks: history, architecture, river walks, public art, secret sculpture gardens, cool public spaces, restaurants, shopping and more!! Details

 

Upto $18 – Year Round

 

Calgary Brewery Tours Experience good natured and welcoming breweries, eateries and distilleries with people who enjoy a satisfying brew as much as you. Details

 

Calgary Craft Beer Tour: $129.00 + gst

Spirit of Alberta Tasting Tour: $109.00 + gst

Cemetery tours Join knowledgeable tour guides on a walk through time to learn about the people, personalities and events that shaped the vibrant city Calgary is today. From May through October, The City tells their fascinating stories through free guided walking tours of Calgary’s historic Burnsland Cemetery, St Mary’s Cemetery, and Union Cemetery.  FREE Details

 

Burnsland Cemetery – last Saturday of each month, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
St. Mary’s Pioneer Cemetery – third Saturday of each month, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.
Union Cemetery – every Sunday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

VI. Food/ Sunday Brunches & Night Life Events

Club Events / Nightlife

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ambrose Jazz Camp with Al Kay @ Ironwood Stage & Grill

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Mr. Morgan Davis @ The Blues Can

Friday, August 26, 2016

Coldwater Road with The Northern Coast @ Wine-Ohs

SiR @ Ironwood Stage & Grill

Alex Zayas @ The Blues Can

The Ashley Hundred, We Were Friends and I am the Mountain @

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Lazys @ Marquee Beer Market & Stage

Fitz & The Tantrums – Get Right Back Summer Tour @ MacEwan Hall 

SNFU @ Dickens

Just Beats Presents DJ Chuck Daniels @ Wine-Ohs

Craig Moreau, Lucette @ Ironwood Stage & Grill

Alex Zayas @ The Blues Can @ Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club

 

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2. Dinner Theatre/Sunday Brunch

1. Fort Calgary Enjoy Murder mystery dinner theatre and Sunday Brunches at Fort Calgary.

2. Stage West Theatre Restaurants

Legends of Rock N’ Roll – July 1 – September 4, 2016 – Details

3. Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Hey, Pretty Woman! – July 1 — September 4, 2016 – Details

VII. Shopping Promotions / Events

1. Inglewood events – Here
2. CORE – Promotions and Events
3. South Centre Mall – Promotions
4. Cross Iron Mills – Promotions
5. Chinook Centre – Promotions
6. West Brook Mall – Promotions

For free family weekend activities in Calgary see, Free Activities in Calgary
We do try to make the listings as accurate as possible, but mistakes may happen or events may get postponed/cancelled without notice. Verify all details from concerned Event Websites/officials before travelling.
Book mark this page and check back next week for more weekend activities.




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    1. Geoffry Hirose

      I am really happy to have found this site. There is something for everyone. I am always looking for new things to do and I saw several events I want to take in this weekend. Thanks.

      October 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM
    2. Jess Canadian

      thank you!
      I am new to Calgary.
      This helps.

      January 10, 2015 at 10:34 PM
    3. Sabrina

      This site rocks!!

      February 1, 2015 at 11:22 AM
    4. Mathew

      This site is date night galore! Thanks a million!

      March 26, 2015 at 10:04 PM
    5. Bev

      This was very helpful, I’m just visiting for the weekend. Thanks!

      March 28, 2015 at 5:13 PM
    6. Ebad

      All info is super correct. Now I have to decide whether to attend dance championship or skating championship on April 03-5 weekend. Thanks you for the info.

      March 30, 2015 at 10:23 AM
    7. Abigail

      Thank you so much for putting this together! It’s so comprehensible and well-organized!

      April 1, 2015 at 8:15 PM
    8. Abdul

      This Great.

      April 3, 2015 at 1:07 AM
    9. Nic

      Thanks! It was very helpful to see admission prices too.

      April 19, 2015 at 11:44 AM
    10. Guest

      Awesome site! Great way to discover our city!

      May 17, 2015 at 10:57 AM
    11. Sara

      I love your website, It helps me with my monthly newsletters and for planning activities for me and my husband.
      Thanks!

      July 24, 2015 at 10:54 AM
    12. Guest

      There is also the OpenDoorYYC this weekend.. or maybe its YYCopendoor ?
      Lots of free stuff to do

      September 18, 2015 at 10:06 PM
      1. todocanada (Listing owner)

        Hi
        Doors Open is on Sept 26 – 27.

        September 18, 2015 at 10:28 PM
    13. Guest

      Thank you for this 🙂

      September 19, 2015 at 9:30 PM
    14. Louise

      Great site! I use it often 🙂 always accurate and everything in one place!
      Thanks

      October 24, 2015 at 7:42 PM
    15. Harley

      Awesome site for out-of-towners looking for things to do when visiting. Thanks!

      November 10, 2015 at 11:38 AM
    16. Shane

      This is a great site! Thanks so much for doing this!

      November 19, 2015 at 1:11 PM
    17. Bhong

      Very helpful for a newcomers like us.

      December 26, 2015 at 9:09 AM
    18. Kathy fedori

      Check out Catch Oyster bar Wanderlust,Friday night 3 course romantic dinners in February great food and fun !

      January 25, 2016 at 8:36 PM
    19. Laura

      Hi, I’m not sure if you can post but there’s going to be a Saint Patrick’s Day Singles Party on March 17th at 7pm at the Carriage House Inn’s Peanut Bar. Thanks very much.

      March 7, 2016 at 3:31 AM
    20. Guest

      a lot of work/effort – thank you so much!

      March 10, 2016 at 11:19 AM
    21. Werner Rann

      Theatre lovers will also enjoy the sneak peek of Theatre Encounter’s March 2016 production of Eugene Ionesco’s

      March 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM
    22. Leah

      Amazing site! Great work

      April 25, 2016 at 10:59 PM
    23. Nancy

      Thanks for the info. I look up this website for things to do every weekend.

      May 6, 2016 at 3:08 PM
    24. Alice White

      How will i ever choose between the puppet convention or the outdoor quilt festival….?!?

      May 18, 2016 at 12:08 PM
    25. Jill

      Jurassic park let down

      May 27, 2016 at 10:16 PM
    26. Mikal

      This site just shows how Effin boring this city is yikes

      June 13, 2016 at 7:35 PM
    27. Jeff

      I didn’t get past # 2 on your list…you see Okotoks is NOT Calgary…get a map.

      June 18, 2016 at 11:54 AM
      1. todocanada (Listing owner)

        Thank you!

        June 21, 2016 at 8:05 AM
    28. John M

      Very good site

      June 26, 2016 at 12:14 PM
    29. Guest

      I’ve lived here 25 years, and now having this site is great when looking for something to do on the weekends! Keep it up

      July 27, 2016 at 12:09 AM
    30. Guest

      This is a fantastic site. Thanks for keeping it up to date. Looking forward to all these upcoming events.

      July 30, 2016 at 11:35 PM
    31. Lisa

      This site has great ideas for all age groups. And to Mikal- you’re the problem and a sad person. Someone went trough a lot of work outing this together.

      August 1, 2016 at 1:02 AM
    32. Sam

      false advertising and since when is anything free in this city anymore.? everyone has to get into your pocket book,.. On this page the Latino Festival is free and on their page it 10 to $30 dollars, so what is free??? it cant be free as long as this thieving city has to get their commission.

      August 7, 2016 at 9:31 AM
      1. todocanada (Listing owner)

        Sorry, our mistake. We do not accept payment for featuring on this page. Our website is free!!!

        August 7, 2016 at 9:49 AM
    33. Alexandra

      Thank you. This is the best one of these sites I’ve come across. My husband told me yesterday he checked an events page and that there was “nothing going on” this weekend. Glad to see that isn’t the case.

      August 7, 2016 at 10:16 AM
    34. Ada

      wish you would broadcast some of the olympics live in a beer garden somewhere and inject some sprit or life in this city.

      August 14, 2016 at 12:59 PM
    35. Laura

      Sam is right. It is to expencice to make any move in Calgary. Any event cost $$$$$$ to much. They said family friendly city? I have 3 children and I can’t afford :heritage park,zoo,science/telus center, even Sicome lakes take $10 to get in Where are they going ? Compare to Montreal where all festivals are FREE and everyday and everywhere, Our city is miserable .I am not speaking about our job losses ,we can’t afford going out ,never!

      August 14, 2016 at 5:10 PM

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