Current Weekend: Things to Do this Weekend in Calgary
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I. Family & Kids Activities
1. Marda Gras Street Festival
Join us at this pedestrian friendly event and enjoy discovering new sounds, tastes and wares. We have activities planned for everyone to enjoy, including our legendary pet pageant, kids quarter filled with mask making and face painting and this year again, we’ll be hosting our very own Show & Shine. Details
2. Calgary Japanese “Omatsuri” Festival
This exciting family event showcases Japanese cuisine, the arts, and culture of a country steeped in tradition. Visitors to the festival will be treated to authentic Japanese customs, presentations of traditional music, dance & song, martial arts demonstrations, and more! Details
3. Sweet Summer Corn Fest
Have hours of fun with all our great maze and fun farm attractions (Petting Zoo, Tractor Pulled Rides, Rideable Railway Train, Jumping Pillows, Mini-Golf, Gem Mining, Playground activities, Lil’ Cow Town, and so much more). The Sweet Summer Corn Fest activity also includes Pony Rides and Corn eating contest (2 pm) – Random guests will be selected to enter our contest! Details
II. Live Music
1. No Greater Love Music Festival
No Greater Love Music Festival is quickly establishing the reputation as being the ultimate faith festival experience. Thousands coming together at the foot of the majestic Canadian Rockies that is now being dubbed one of the most spectacular festival backdrops in North America. The event will feature For King and Country, Tenth Avenue North, Jamie Grace, Hawk Nelson, Sidewalk Prophets and more. Details
2. Music in the Park
Come enjoy live music with family and friends in beautiful parks around the city. We’ll be featuring different artists from a variety of musical genres that are sure to get you movin’ and groovin’ this summer. Details
III. Theatre & Performing Arts
1. Opera in the Village
This summer, join us at ENMAX Park for our full-scale Opera in the Village presented by Imperial, featuring South Pacific, Cinderella, and the musical review, And So It Goes featuring Brett Polegato! The 10 day festival also includes free outdoor activities including amazing entertainment from some of Calgary’s best community groups, food trucks, roving performers, beautiful arias sung by alumni of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development program and more.Details
2. Shakespeare by the Bow 2017
This summer, follow our brave heroine Rosalind, and her cousin Celia, as they escape the rigid rules of court life for the wilds and freedom of the Forest of Arden. Here, they will fall in and out of love, encounter one of Shakespeare’s greatest fools, and discover the value of true friendship.
3. The Phantom of the Opera
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to Calgary as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is bigger and better than ever before. This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor.
4. Calgary Fringe Festival
Enjoy uncensored, unexpected, unforgettable theatre. Bringing 30+ bold theatre artists to Calgary from Aug. 4 to 12. Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals that are focused on creativity, performance, expression, and pushing boundaries.
1. Calgary Dragon Boat Festival
As Calgary’s premier sports festivals, the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival draws +1850 competitors, +4000 spectators and an abundance of excitement and cultural experiences. Details
5K run, Yoga + Mediatation! Details
3. ATB Financial Classic
The ATB Financial Classic is a stop on the Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada. Details
4. Water Ski
2017 Nautique Canadian Water Ski National Championships. Details
5. World Driving Championship
Join us for the first-leg of the World Driving Championship. Watch as Brandon Campbell, representative of Canada, takes on 10 international Drivers on our track! Enjoy live music, performances and great food on the Apron! Details
V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
See Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend.
1. Exploring Indigenous Rights Across Turtle Island
The Human Rights Forum has been offered since 2007 as part of GlobalFest’s programming to promote diversity, cross cultural respect, and equality in our community. This year’s Forum focuses on Indigenous Peoples Rights. The Forum will assemble exceptional Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to share experiences, knowledge and practical solutions for issues related to Indigenous communities. It will also showcase the thriving work and accomplishments of Indigenous leadership, artists and organizations to share in the celebration of Indigenous resiliency. Details
2. Taste of Calgary
Taste of Calgary is the city’s most appetizing festival, giving visitors the chance to sample the city’s food, beverages, music and other cool things. Discover Calgary’s global cuisines from a mix of unique restaurants and beverage companies. Plus get a taste of Calgary’s great musicians. And, shop at some of the most interesting marketplace vendors in the city. Details
3. Summer Feast
Summer Feast, Calgary’s newest dining event, is celebrating the city’s vibrant food scene by offering locals the chance to enjoy dynamic summer menus from 13 of their favourite local restaurants. Calgary’s top chef-driven restaurants will be offering an exclusive, three-course prix fixe menus; an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. Details
4. Eight Annual Art in the Garden
Artists in attendance will be Rosemary Bennett, Rex Beanland, Susan Fogg, Linda Lalonde, and Shelagh Tranter. There will be framed and unframed paintings in many mediums and styles, art cards, matted prints and stained glass to choose from. Enter to win the Door Prize by Rosemary Bennett. Details
5. PEELED® Calgary Cocktail Festival
BassBus and In-Houze Productions proudly present the first annual PEELED® Calgary Cocktail Festival. For one weekend in August, Calgary will be turned into a playground for the cocktail curious. The weekend will feature seminars, tastings, networking events, master classes and much more. Guests can also purchase a ticket to explore the variety of cocktail experiences around town through The Peeled Passport. Details
6. When Words Collide
When Words Collide is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, Childrens books, and Poetry. Details
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Coffee and Lunch Bike Tour: Bike tour in Calgary’s downtown neighbourhoods, with a coffee flair! June 20 to August 29, 2017
Greenway150 Summer Challenge: Parks Foundation Calgary’s “Summer Challenge” encouraging Calgarians to run, bike, walk or rollerblade 150km over the course of summer.
Nominate a Calgary and area Senior for The Top 7 Over 70 Award before August 14, 2017.