Long Weekend Events & Festivals in Calgary: August 30 to September 2, 2019
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.
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I. Family Fun Activities
Fiesta Filipino Calgary
The biggest and most colorful street party that showcases the vibrant Filipino and Asian Communities in Alberta. Experience the sights, sounds, and taste of Filipino culture and heritage.
August 30 to September 1, 2019
Olympic Plaza, Downtown Calgary
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Cirque du Soleil Luzia
LUZIA takes you to an imaginary mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. through a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA invites audiences to escape on a surrealistic journey through a sumptuous and vibrant world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality.
August 16 to September 15, 2019
Stampede park, 25 Ave SE, Calgary
$49 & up
Act as naturalists as you study the nature that surrounds you in this 45 minute, staff-guided program. Learn about flora and fauna as you explore Pearce Estate Park. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open as you never know what kind of critters you might come across.
August 27 to 30, 2019
Bow Habitat Station , 1440 17A St SE Calgary
Come out and experience our first ever, Sunflower Festival at the Farmyard- formerly known as the Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm! It’s here for two weekends, so don’t miss out! Experience beautiful blooms, 35+ attractions and the biggest corn maze in Southern Alberta- all in one day!
August 24, 25 & 31, and September 1 & 2, 2019
Calgary Farmyard, 284022 Township Road 224, Rocky View County
$16.95 to $18.95 + gst
Calgary Highland Games
The Calgary Highland Games is one of the oldest gatherings in North America and will be celebrating 103 years since the first games, held in 1913. Attracting competitors and spectators from across Western Canada and the USA, you will watch some of the world’s top pipers, drummers, dancers, and heavy event athletes compete and perform.
Saturday August 31 | 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Calgary Rugby Union – 9025 Shepard Road SE
$14 & up
Labour Day BBQ
Join us at the Calgary and District Labour Council’s 11th Annual Labour Day BBQ. Join us for free food, live music, a bouncy castle, book give away, and more
Monday, September 2, 2019 | 11AM to 2PM
Olympic Plaza, Downtown Calgary
End of Summer Festival
Come enjoy Cobb’s Corn Maze before the weather gets cold! We have all sorts for things going on and a FREE ice cream cone for everyone! We’ve got more than a full day of fun activities here – our Kangaroo Petting Zoo, Climbing Wall, Bouncy Houses, Pedal Carts, Tractor Ride, Giant Slides, Archery Tag, Zorbz, Eurobungy, Ropes Course, Black Light Minigolf & more will provide hours of active, outdoor fun for all!
August 24, 25, 31, September 1, 2 | 11 AM to 5 PM
Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park
1500 84 Street N.E., Calgary
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
Family Favourites Cineplex: Visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. | Saturdays at 11:00 AM
Armed with nets and buckets, prepare to get a bit muddy as we search for and identify the critters who make their home in our wetlands. This programmer-led activity lets you dive deeper and learn about the often-missed critters. Every Tuesday to Friday throughout July & August | 11:00 AM @ Bow Habitat Station, 1440 17a St SE, Calgary. Details
Novice Fishing Clinic
Learn the basics of angling through hands-on activities in the classroom before taking your new knowledge outside to fish at our Trout Pond. Bring a lunch and stay for the day! Thursdays & Saturdays, July and August 2019 | 10:-00 – 12:00 PM @ Bow Habitat Station, 1440 17a St SE, Calgary. Details
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II. Live Music
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Monday, August 26, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ The Palace Theatre
- Calgary Stringfest Gala Concert on Friday, August 30, 2019 | 7:30 PM @ Scarboro United Church
- Reignwolf on Friday, August 30, 2019 | 7:00 [email protected] MacEwan Hall
- Iron Maiden – Legacy Of The Beast Tour on Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 7:30 PM @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Party In The Park
Join some of the worlds most prolific performers and songwriters for a two-day outdoor rock festival at Canada Olympic Park’s Amphitheater. Rock n’ Roll renegades STYX, GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS, Motley Crue’s VINCE NEIL performing all the Crue party anthems, TROOPER, Canadian heroes 54-40 and THE NORTHERN PIKES. As well as other local acts sprinkled through the weekend.
August 31 to September 1, 2019
WinSport Arena, 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
$60 & up
WayneStock brings you 4 days of music featuring over 40 artists! Enjoy musical styles such as rock, bluegrass, country, hillbilly, blues, and more!
August 30 to September 2, 2019
Last Chance Saloon, 555 Jewell St, Rosedale
$20 to $90
River City Rockfest
Rock out outdoors at the incredible High River Brewing Company!
Featuring Terminal Human Condition, From Under The Stone, Nuclear Oath and more!
Saturday August 31, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM
High River Brewing Company, 510 21 Street Southeast, High River
$10 to $50
Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist, James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world to create an immersive experience designed to transcend time, relax, soothe, and also stimulate your mind and senses…
Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM & 08:30 PM
TELUS Spark, 220 St Georges Dr NE, Calgary
$15 to $65
III. Theatre & Performing Arts
- Theatre Guide
- Salsa On The Street on Fridays, July 5, 12, 26, August 2, 9, 23, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ 100 Stephen Ave SE, Calgary
- Max Amini Live on Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ Boyce Theatre
Bring It On: The Musical
Set in the high stakes world of competitive high school cheerleading, Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of Campbell, cheer captain and most popular girl at the uber-affluent Truman High School. Before she can lead her award-winning squad to another win at Nationals, tragedy strikes: School redistricting forces Campbell to transfer to the multi-ethnic Jackson High School.
August 17 to September 7, 2019
StoryBook Theatre, 375 Bermuda Drive Northwest, Calgary
$23 to $28
Legends of Country
Fresh off the success of Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll and due to popular demand, Stage West presents Legends of Country! The quintessentially rural sound of the American south has roots reaching back as far as the 1920s, having been officially recognized by the US Congress as being “born” in Bristol, Tennessee.
June 28 – September 1, 2019
Stage West Theatre Restaurants, 727 – 42 Avenue SE
$75.60 to $129.50
IV. Sports & Related Events
Shaw Charity Classic
The Shaw Charity Classic will host some of the greatest names in the game of golf in Calgary. The field, which will consist of 78 stars on the PGA TOUR Champions, will compete for US $2.35 million in a three-round, 54-hole stroke-play tournament. The winner will receive US $352,500.
August 28 – September 1, 2019
Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, 12501 14 St SW, Calgary
Running 53 years strong, kick back and enjoy all the action of a Tournament Style Rodeo, featuring many of the world’s toughest competitors. With more than 16 events unfolding daily including: ladies barrel racing, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding to name just a few. But stick around for some of other the crowd favourites such as Wild Cow Racing, Mutton Busting and the Wild Pony Races. Details
August 31 to September 2, 2019
Lions Club Rodeo Grounds, 109 5th ave west – Cochrane
$15 to $20
Calgary Stampeders Labour Day Classic
We will be giving a huge salute to the Canadian Armed Forces and honouring members of the military throughout the game. Plus, make sure to look up in the sky prior to kickoff as the Royal Canadian Air Force conducts a special flypast! Help pack OUR HOUSE in red and white for this historic annual game.
Monday, September 2, 2019 | 2:30 PM
McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
Calgary Pride Parade
!This family friendly parade sees upwards of 75,000 spectators as over 200 entries from community groups, corporations, politicians, churches and public services roll through the heart of downtown, and celebrates the tremendous diversity of Calgary’s community.
Pride in the Park
Pride in the Park is Calgary Pride’s post-parade celebration and cultural festival where you can enjoy delicious food from our array of food trucks, experience live entertainment at our MAIN STAGE while sippin’ a cold one over in the VILLAGE BEER GARDEN, or maybe change it up with a burlesque show and more at our PALM BAY LOUNGE. Dance barefoot in the grass, peruse the MARKETPLACE, reconnect with your best self at our WELLNESS OASIS, treat your taste buds to food from Calgary’s finest FOOD TRUCKS!
August 23 to September 2, 2019
Treaty Seven Dyke And Trans March on Saturday, August 31 | 2 PM – 5 PM @ William Aberhart Park and march ON 4th Ave sw towards Rouleauville Square.
Pride Parade Parade & Pride in the Park:
Parade: Sunday, September 1 | 11:00 AM @ Downtown Calgary – Along 6th Ave SE & 6th St SW.
Pride in the Park | 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM @ Prince’s Island Park
Various venues, Calgary
Free & Ticketed Events
Visitors are invited for the Second annual BUMP Festival for mural tours and artist events as a flurry of new murals are being painted. Artists will be installing their works throughout the week, self-guided tours will be available, and various events will take place in conjunction with the art installation. Fifteen stunning new murals, the biggest alley party Calgary has ever seen featuring Sango, Jubilee, Lou Phelps and more, plus Inner City Brewing Company beer gardens, mural tours, artist talks with Contemporary Calgary, movie in the park curated by the Calgary Underground Film Festival, and the BUMP Festival After Party at the Hifi. Details
August 28 to 31, 2019
Beltline Community , Calgary
Free & Ticketed events
Eat North presents Sashay, Fillet!
The worlds of culinary and drag shall collide once again this summer when Sashay, Fillet! returns on August 29 in support of Calgary Pride! Just like last year, chefs from five great Alberta restaurants will be paired up with local drag talents and put through a series of fun and interactive challenges onstage throughout the evening. Participating chefs in this year’s event are Peter Paiva of Raw Bar, Eric Mah of Purlieu, Bridgette Bar’s Sterling Cummings, Tracy Little of The Sensory (Canmore) and London Local’s Lindsay Porter (Edmonton).
Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave SW, Calgary
$65 – $90
Join us and our Hostess, Anne Xiety, for brunch, beers and tunes from DJ Terri Tingz. All of our handcrafted beers will be on special, including our must try new seasonal, “Civic Pride” Watermelon Wheat Ale, in collaboration with our friends from Calgary’s Civic Tavern.
Saturday August 31, 2019 | 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Brewsters 11th Avenue, 834 11th avenue sw, Calgary
BBQ on the Bow
BBQ on the Bow is an annually occurring Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned BBQ Competition and outdoor festival! Additionally, the event hosts cooking demonstrations, kids activities featuring Children’s Playground, Face painting and Balloon animals, a beer gardens and a great music line up!
August 31st & September 1st, 2019
Montgomery Community Centre, 5003 16th Avenue NW, Calgary
Le Burger Week Calgary
Le Burger Week is a weeklong burger festival that takes place where participating restaurants from various Canadian cities compete to create a unique burger; reflective of their overall concept and cuisine. Details
September 1 to 7, 2019
Various Restaurants, Calgary
Night Photography Workshop
An adventure into the mountains to experience the open sky, nature and creative inspiration. Using night photography techniques, capture iconic Mount Yamnuska in the midst of night skies and reflective waters. After a leisurely walk through a natural wilderness area, Brett Abernethy, an experienced night photographer, will guide participants in creation of rewarding photographs.
Sunday, September 1, 2019 | 7 PM – 10 PM
Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley Trailhead, Bighorn No. 8
$140 + GST
East Village Hive Tour with MOB Honey
Learn all about urban beekeeping with MOB HONEY’s workshops at The Hive at East Village. You’ll get a tour of the five beehives behind the EV Experience Centre and get up close and personal with thousands of honey bees who live there!
Sunday, September 1, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM & 1:00 PM to 03:00 PM
East Village Experience Centre, 553 Riverfront Ave SE, Calgary
Rocky Horror Picture Show
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”
Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 11:30 PM – 2 AM
Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary
$15 – $20
Pure Pride: Yvie Oddly-A’keria-Nina West
Our 14th anniversary pride party starring Rupauls Dragrace stars; Yvie Oddly, A’Keria C. Davenport and the fabulous Nina West! There will also be the hottest men and boys performing along with amazing local entertainers. DJ Darkstar will be spinning tracks to keep the dance floor jumping all night! For dragrace super fans there will be a VIP Meet and Greet tickets that put you on the main stage from 9-10 pm, where you meet all 3 stars and have a professional picture taken with all 3 season 11 superstars!
Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 8:30 PM – 03:00 PM
The Palace Theatre 219 8 Ave SW, Calgary
$30 to $80
Canmore Highland Games
Highland Games – Join us for a full slate of events comprising the Highland Games – pancake breakfast, highland dancing, piping and drumming, heavy sports, tug of war, sheep dogs, clan tents, Celtic vendors, Scotch tasting, traditional food and beverages, beer garden, massed bands and more.
Taste of the Highlands – Enjoy an evening of wine, scotch, beer and food tasting at the Big Rock festival tent.
The Ceilidh – A spirited celebration of music and dance, kitchen-party fashion. Details
Taste of the Highlands: Saturday, August 31 | 5:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Highland Games: Sunday, September 1 | 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Ceilidh: Sunday, September 1 | 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Centennial Park & Other Venues, Canmore
Cochrane Labour Day Parade
The first Cochrane Labour Day Parade was held in 1968.
Finish off your summer by joining us for the 51st Labour Day Parade! Grab your lawn chairs, claim your spot and enjoy pre-parade entertainment starting at 9am. The parade follows at 10am with local businesses strutting their stuff with eye catching floats down Centre Ave, Railway Street & 1st Street. We hear some of them may even be giving away candy!
Monday, September 2, 2019 | Parade begins at 10:00 AM
Centre Ave, Railway Street & 1st Street, Cochrane
Salty Sea Dog
Unconventional ceramic creations by Salty Sea Dog duo Blair and Sarah Dawes, inspired by the sea, pop culture and the animals they love. Fun, cute and playful, these one of a kind treasures will capture your heart.
Thursday August 29, 2019 to Saturday October 5, 2019 @ Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary
In the Open Air’ Group Exhibition
The practice of creating art outdoors goes back for centuries but was popularized by the French Impressionists in the 1800’s. Artists painting in the open air attempt to capture the true effects of light and colour of the landscape at any given moment before the surroundings change with time, distinguishing the process from painting a landscape subject from inside a studio, from memory, imagination or a photograph.
August 10 to September 22, 2019 @ Leighton Art Centre, 282027 144 St. West, Foothills
The Ocean Inside
The Ocean Inside is an installation based on the artist’s first-hand experience of witnessing the devastating effects of climate change and other human-made environmental stresses on the coral reefs. Her interest in natural history and concern for the environment was fostered by growing up in the Carribbean during the 70’s and returning in recent years, observing both the beauty of the coral reefs and their current demise as a result of the ocean’s changing chemistry.
August 2 – September 13, 2019 @ EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, 2005 10 Ave SW, Calgary
Quiet Beauty: Scenes of Wild Alberta
Exquisite jewellery channeling the naturalist movement of Art Nouveau through scenes of the wild Alberta landscape. Stephanie brings her pieces to life using rich coloured metals and unique gemstones.
July 6 – August 31, 2019 @ The Blackboard Gallery, 1721 29th Avenue Southwest, Calgary
ADAGIO by Bobbi Dunlop
A solo exhibition by painter Bobbi Dunlop, in the Leighton Art Centre Tower Gallery. It describes the quiet pace of Bobbi Dunlop’s paintings, how they evolve, and the process of creating/building an abstract visual idea on canvas, sculpting it with brushmarks; being in the moment with my brush and medium; while remaining open to greater manifestations.
August 10 – September 22, 2019. @ Leighton Art Centre, 282027 144 St. West, Foothills
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