What’s Up This Week?On July 26, 2023 by Calgary's Child
July 28 to 30
July 27 to 30; Calgary Folk Music Festival, an unforgettable weekend of groundbreaking icons, upstart songwriters, and instrumentalists — that Folk Fest feeling is like none other at Prince’s Island Park. Learn more at calgaryfolkfest.com.
July 28, 4 to 10pm; Calgary Night Market, nighttime of fun shopping with friends and family. A culturally diverse market that sells handmade and local goods at Bridgeland Riverside Community Association. Learn more at calgarynightmkt.com.
July 28, 5pm; Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo – Corks for Conservation (Adults Only), visit the zoo for an evening of wine tasting, interactive food stations, live music and activities at this Wild After Hours adult-only event. Whether you’re admiring the animals or the lush gardens, the zoo’s vibrant atmosphere makes for a perfect night out with friends or a romantic date. Featuring a wide selection of both Canadian and international wine samples, you’ll have the opportunity to sip and stroll through the entire zoo after hours. Learn more at calgaryzoo.com.
July 28, 7 to 10pm; Night at the Midway, relive childhood joy at Night at the Midway! Join us at The Fairgrounds for gourmet concessions, drinks, turn-of-the-century rides like the Big Eli Ferris Wheel and Bowness Carousel and classic games like Clown Pitch. Bring your loved ones and don’t miss out on one of Calgary’s most unique events. Learn more at heritagepark.ca.
July 28, 7 and 10pm; Genesis Land Drive-In Movie: The Lion King, there is no better way to bring the community together than with a family-friendly drive-in movie event sponsored by Genesis Land held at the Ron Ebbesen Twin Arena Parking Lot in Airdrie. Learn more at eventbrite.ca.
July 28, 7 to 10:30pm; Brokeback Mountain – Films at the Fort, the screening will kick off with a 30-minute talk by Calgary-based writer and arts educator Steve Gin to help moviegoers watch this 2015 hit through a critical eye and reflect on why this movie resonated so deeply with audiences. Learn more at eventbrite.ca.
July 29; Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo Gorilla Breakfast, bring your family and friends down to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo for a fun and educational morning at the zoo. Enjoy a scrumptious pancake breakfast with a side of gorilla facts from the zoo’s Animal Care, Health and Welfare technicians, followed by an exclusive visit to see the troop. Learn more at calgaryzoo.com.
July 29, 11am; Cineplex Family Favourites: Wonder Park, visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a favorite family film each week for only $2.99. Learn more at cineplex.com.
July 29, 11am to 7pm; Inglewood Sunfest, at Sunfest, there is an activity made for all ages. This could mean a jump in the bouncer, discovering a great new band, being wowed and amazed by world-class circus and comedy street shows, choosing a perfect summer patio or searching for a trendy fashion; there is no shortage of things happening in Inglewood. Learn more at inglewoodsunfest.ca.
July 29, 12 to 4pm; Streams Showhome Grand Opening, get out your dancing shoes, Calgary! You’re invited to an elegant, high-end, “Gatsby-inspired party”. This sophisticated event will offer specialty beverages, curated culinary tastings, live jazz-inspired music, a live acrobat performance and more, all while showcasing four new showhomes at Calgary’s first and only lakeside Villa Bungalow Resort, courtesy of Alberta’s leading homebuilder, Jayman BUILT. This event is FREE and welcomes guests of all ages. Learn more at jayman.com/thestreams/.
July 29, 12 to 6pm; Flip the Script Exhibition Opening, the exhibition at Fort Calgary features more than 150 artists of varying levels of experience — from youth, to emerging, to professional. The free and family-friendly show and sale will include refreshments and music, and many of the artists themselves will be in attendance! Learn more at fortcalgary.com.
July 29 to 30; Granary Road Family Fun Fair, a good old-fashioned carnival, with tons of games, prizes, and carnival treats. With your admission you will receive two tickets, and you can purchase more so you can play all of our carnival games (such as ring toss), where every game is a winner. Learn more at granaryroad.com.
July 29 to 30; Pet-A-Palooza, the West Coast’s largest outdoor pet festival is coming back to Eau Claire Market. Bring your pet to sample treats, food, accessories, toys and get hooked up with loads of free swag. Learn more at petapaloozawest.com/calgary.
July 29 to 30; Mush Love Art Exhibit & Market, a new, dynamic event that’s bringing together 35 diverse and talented artists in creative exploration of the fabulous world of fungi and the magic of mushroom culture at Nvrlnd Arts Foundation. Learn more at mushlovearts.com.
July 30, 9am to 12pm; Canadian Global Care Chronic Pain Run, highly anticipated sixth annual walk and run fundraising event dedicated to raising awareness for chronic pain. With the option to walk or run at any distance, this event is suitable for all fitness levels and offers an opportunity to learn more about chronic pain, connect with like-minded individuals, and enjoy the outdoors at Edworthy Park. Learn more at canadianglobalcare.com.
July 30, 10 am to 5pm; Tango 2 Echo Fest, a BIA-initiated business and community event that aims to activate the Greenview Industrial Area and showcase businesses while fundraising for local charity – Fresh Start. Check out the Rides and Rods, with more than 150 classic rides, and the Greenview Block Party. There will also be a business and art market, a community art installation tour, live music, food and beverages and family-friendly events. Learn more at greenviewindustrial.com/tango2echofest.
July 30, 10am to 5pm; Beading Workshop, Métis artisan Janis Laboucane will share the history and significance of Métis beading throughout this beginner’s workshop at Fort Calgary, where you’ll learn to follow a traditional flower pattern for your own beading project. Learn more at fortcalgary.com.
July 30, 11am and 2pm; Toys R US Activities: Ravensburger Public Puzzling, jigsaw juggernauts: join in-store to help group-build a 100-piece puzzle! Learn more at toysrus.ca.
July 30, 2 to 4pm; Michaels Make Break: Sakura Gelly Roll Gift Tags, come in-store and make a handmade gift tag, and try out the new Sakura gelly roll pens. This event is free, and all supplies are included. Learn more at canada.michaels.com.
Fridays in July, 5 to 9pm; Family Fun Friday Nights at Calaway Park, enjoy an extra two hours at Calaway Park on the Friday evenings in July only. Open from 10am to 9pm on July 7, 14, 21, 28. Experience Calaway Park from 10am to 9pm for regular admission per person or from 5pm to 9pm for only $25.95 per person. Don’t miss exclusive magic shows each evening at 6pm and 7:30pm. Enjoy all the family fun of Calaway Park for a bonus two hours. Learn more at calawaypark.com.
Until July 31; G’ddy Up! | Group Exhibition, Newzones Gallery announces the return of “G’ddy Up!”, an annual rotating group exhibition that coincides with the Calgary Stampede. “G’ddy Up!” will survey how Newzones’ artists explore contemporary cowboy culture, and how they implement aspects of this culture in formal practices through painting, photography, mixed media, and sculpture. Learn more at newzones.com.
Until August 6; Shakespeare on the Go – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, this summer, the traditional Shakespeare by the Bow program will once again be going on the road…as Shakespeare On The Go! A cast of seven emerging artists will travel to a variety of Calgary locations to present a 75-minute version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Learn more at theatrecalgary.com/shakesgoperformances.
Until August 7; Historic Calgary Week, Chinook Country Historical Society, eighty-two events will take place during the 11-day history festival to celebrate “travelling through time.” One hundred forty years ago, the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in Calgary. The same year, the Calgary Herald presses travelled on the CPR to Calgary and set up shop in a tent. Together, they provided Calgary with connections to the outside world that set the stage for our city’s growth into the world-class city it is today. Learn more at chinookhistory.ca/historic-calgary-week.
Until August 12; Jubilations Dinner Theatre Presents: The Addams Family Band, underneath it all, Wednesday Addams is just a regular teenage girl. And like any normal teenage girl these days, Wednesday wants to be a Pop Star. After searching high and low, she’s having a little trouble finding a band to play with her though … maybe her new bandmates are closer than she thinks. Learn more at jubilations.ca.
Until August 12; Jubilations Dinner Theatre Presents: Old Time Rock ‘n Roll, just take those old records off the shelf. That’s what Michael Stevens is doing. You see, when he decides it’s time to clean out the attic, he stumbles upon his stash of old records that have been collecting dust for decades. Let the nostalgia trip begin. Learn more at jubilations.ca.
Until August 25; Wagonstage 2023 presents: The Little Forest, join emerging artists from the School of Creative and Performing Arts who write, design, direct, and present these popular summer performances at various locations throughout the city. Learn more on the Wagonstage Facebook page.
Until August 26; Nooks and Crannies Festival in Okotoks, a festival where artists create temporary site-specific installations in downtown Okotoks. This art festival sees artists repurpose and animate forgotten places with ‘forgotten’ materials, bringing public art to forgotten corners of downtown Okotoks. Individual artists and teams use recycled products to create installations that raise environmental awareness, animate spaces, and entertain audiences. Learn more at okotoks.ca.
Saturdays until August 26; City of Calgary Family Golf Nights, get your kids interested in hitting the links this summer with the City of Calgary’s Family Golf Nights! Juniors (ages four to 17) golf for free when accompanied by at least one adult. Learn more at calgary.ca.
Select Saturdays until August 26, 6 to 8:30pm; Dover’s Music & Art in the Garden, the Dover Music & Art in the Garden concert series is in its third year, born during the pandemic. It’s a way for the community to come together and enjoy beautiful Twin Views Communal Garden (a transformed tennis court) while listening to local musicians. Learn more at ckua.com.
Until August 27; Prairie Persuasion: Communication and Propaganda in Southern Alberta 1860-1950, visit Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park to learn about the darker side to propaganda, one which was aimed at different groups of people using discrimination and violence. Propaganda changed the shape of society as we know it today. Discover the power of propaganda for yourself, while you can, by visiting this new, temporary exhibit. Learn more at heritagepark.ca.
Until August 27; Calgary Wind Symphony, join the Calgary Wind Symphony for a free family-friendly concert in Riley Park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join for a wonderful afternoon of music. Learn more at calgarywindsymphony.com.
Until August 29, Tuesdays 11am to 4pm; The Market on Stephen Avenue, shop Calgary’s famous downtown avenue for all your market needs. Learn more at downtownmarkets.ca.
Wednesdays until August 30, 4:30 to 9:30pm; Crescent Heights Village BIA Night Market, this market will showcase local vendors, engage the community and raise awareness for the Green Line LRT Project. Learn more at crescentheightsvillage.ca.
Until September; Summer on 17th; returning for its sophomore season along with all of your favorite events. From movies in the park to live bands, theatrical performances and fitness classes, the 17th Ave Business Improvement Area is pulling out all the stops to ensure this summer is epic. Along with last year’s crowd favorites, there’s also tons of exciting new editions for 2023, so clear your calendars, because your summer plans are officially set. Learn more at 17thave.ca/summer.
Until September 2; Rosebud Theatre Presents: The Sound of Music, a young nun is sent off to be governess to seven mischievous children. She teaches the children to sing, bringing a fleeting moment of happiness in the shadow of the rise of the Third Reich. A summer musical for the whole family. Learn more at rosebudtheatre.com.
Saturdays, 3 to 9pm until September 2; Calgary Night Markets at Heritage Park, the Heritage Plaza and promenade in the front parking lots will be taken over by vendors. Shop local vendors, explore the shops in the Plaza, grab a bite to eat and be entertained. Learn more at heritagepark.ca.
Until September 3; Stage West Dinner Theatre: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, musical theatre for the whole family. With charm, wit, and heart, follow life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. An average day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day, to baseball season, wild optimism to utter despair. Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, and a beagle named Snoopy as they navigate the joys and pitfalls of childhood. Learn more at stagewestcalgary.com.
Every other Thursday until September 7, 4:30 to 9:30pm; Kensington Night Market, support local business and find your new favorite treats, breweries, fashions, fitness and more at Lot 57, 1210 Kensington Road NW beside Original Joes. Learn more at kensingtonyyc.com.
Until September 10; #YYCBlockParty – Roller Rink on The Boulevard, get ready to let the good times roll, Calgary! Block Party is back for its fourth installment, bringing good vibes, fun games, and eye-catching art to The Boulevard at Deerfoot City. Proceeds from skate rentals go to Kids Up Front, an organization dedicated to ensuring that all kids have access to fun, enriching experiences. Learn more at deerfootcity.com.
Until September 15; Inglewood Night Market 2023, the Inglewood Night Market is a modern market with locally sourced and handmade vendors selling diverse goods; from handmade crafts to vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, artisan eats and more. Learn more at inglewoodnightmarket.ca.
Until mid-September; WildScapes at the Calgary Zoo, this summer, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo will be taken over by larger-than-life animal topiaries. This one-of-a-kind summer garden experience can’t be found anywhere else in Western Canada, and will only be available for three short months. Learn more at calgaryzoo.com.
Until September 16, 4 to 10pm; 4th Street Night Market, Calgary’s hippest night market located in the heart of Mission. Visit the lively main street neighborhood of 4th Street for food, fun, local finds and friends. Learn more at 4th-street-night-market.myshopify.com.
Until October; Bow Habitat Kids Can Catch Trout Pond, the Bow Habitat Station’s Kids Can Catch Trout Pond opens in mid-May and is stocked with rainbow trout in the fish hatchery for you to catch and release. Learn more at bowhabitat.alberta.ca.
Until October; Sacred Defenders of the Universe at TELUS Spark Science Centre, a vibrant floor-to-ceiling journey inside a graphic novel that follows four Indigenous superheroes as they seek to bring back the balance of earth between humility and respect for the land, and the excessive destruction of human ego. Learn more at sparkscience.ca.
Saturdays until October 7; Millarville Farmers’ Market, the people behind the tables at the Millarville Farmers’ Market are the real deal. They are the growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists. Ask them about their farm, their art, their love of what they do. Learn more at millarvilleracetrack.com.
Mobile Adventure Playgrounds. Join The City of Calgary for a self-directed, drop-in program that uses loose parts and natural materials to inspire active and creative outdoor play, and connect people, young and old, to nature. Visit calgary.ca/free for locations and details.
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