Calgary sizzles with activity this summer as the city continues to offer up a host of fun and exciting options throughout August. Make the most of this last full month of summer by hitting up any (or all!) of the following seven must-see events and festivals happening around the city.
Expo Latino - August 5 - 7, 2016
- Prince’s Island Park
- Prices range from $10-$30 depending on age for day or weekend pass (children under 12 free) and FREE admission on Friday with a food bank donation (tickets are available online)
Touted as Western Canada’s largest (and hottest!) outdoor Latin festival, Expo Latino showcases and celebrates the people, music, and dance of the vibrant Hispanic culture. “Salsa Fever” kicks the festival off on Friday and continues with musical performances, dancers, Latin food pavilions, and more. Trust us, there is more than enough entertainment to fill the weekend! Don’t forget to spend some time browsing the arts & crafts vendors that are sure to offer the bright and beautiful handiworks unique to Latin culture.
Taste of Calgary - August 11 - 14, 2016
- Eau Claire Festival Market (Barclay Parade & 3 Street SW)
- $1 “taste-sampling” tickets
Make sure to clear plenty of room in your weekend schedule and your belly this August - because you won't want to miss Calgary’s best outdoor food and beverage festival - Taste of Calgary! Discover Calgary’s global cuisines and sample the city’s most appetizing foods, beverages, music, and more. Stroll the marketplace vendors in between tastings as you work up your appetite for your next sample. The most serious and strategic foodies can browse the festival’s menu in advance. But beware - your eyes may be bigger than your stomach!
Afrikadey! Festival - August 12 - 13, 2016
- Events around the city; concert at Prince’s Island Park
- Most weekday events free or by donation; Saturday concert: $20 for adults, $15 for student/youth (free for 12 and under/65 and over)
“Africa is Alive, Africa is Well, Africa is There.” This is the spirit of Afrikadey! - a four-day cultural explosion of music, dance, food, art and literature unique to the multifaceted African and African-descendant culture. The festival culminates with a big concert on Saturday. Discover and celebrate the vibrant, creative works of both the continent and the Africans that have made Calgary their home.
Opera in the Village - August 13 - 14 & 20 - 21, 2016
- RiverWalk Plaza, East Village
- You can register for free entertainment under the Chautauqua Tent; Additional ticket prices range from $15 to $25, depending on the performance and seating
Get your “culture fix” this month and enjoy a variety of open-air performances over the course of the two weekends - from drama and choirs, to fiddles to brass, to tangos and evening arias. These FREE performances (with registration) will be happening every hour from 2-7pm, and are bookended by performances of “Hansel & Gretel” and “Archiebaldo!” (tickets required). You won’t want to miss these affordable centrepiece productions offered by the Calgary Opera this August!
Global Fest - August 18 - 27, 2016
- Elliston Park
- Daily General Admission: $15-$20; Global Pass: $65-$75
The countdown is on for Alberta’s premiere multicultural festival… and its most explosive one too! Spend each evening at Global Fest discovering and savouring the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of this year’s featured countries - Brazil, Chile, Mexico, USA, and Canada. As you stroll the pavilions, be sure to hit the Night Market for authentic handcrafted wares unique to that evening’s country. Each night wraps up with the brilliant bang of a fireworks display, telling a story of each featured country through sound and light. The park is open from 6pm - 11:30pm each night.
Calgary Ribfest - August 25 - 28, 2016
- Eau Claire Market
- Free admission, simply pay for what you eat!
#GetYourStickyOn at the Calgary Ribfest in support of Kiwanis Kids! Cowtown-ers won’t be able to resist the sweet & smoky smell of barbequed ribs, chicken, and pulled pork wafting from downtown Calgary this August. Let your nose lead you to the Eau Claire Market - and make sure to bring your appetite along with you!
Calgary Pride Week - August 26 - Sept 5, 2016
- Events all around the city; Pride Festival at Shaw Millennium Park
- Both free and ticketed events available
This popular celebration of diversity kicks off a week of pride on Saturday with a giant party, complete with music, dancers, cocktails… and a giant water slide! Pride Week also features a concert by award-winning artist Rae Spoon, and wraps the celebration up with a Parade down 9th avenue and a free outdoor cultural celebration. Check out the Calgary Pride website for more information.
Be sure to take advantage of the impressive offering of arts, culture, food, and more this month. Calgary is a spectacular city, and the sunshine won’t last forever - so make sure to get out and enjoy this last full month of summer. This city was made for living!