Calgary Fringe Festival
Friday, July 29 – Saturday, August 6
The Calgary Fringe Festival is definitely not to be missed! There will be street performers, buskers and plenty of ticketed shows. A few of the many performances to take note of include Bella Cupla, a comedic duo from Edmonton (but they’re actually Edwardian servants); Anxiety the Musical that sees Steven attempt to overcome his fear to fulfill his dream of becoming an actor; and the British-born show Icarus. The Notorious Beer Garden and Calgary Fringe Light Nate Cabaret return this year.
@ Various locations / Ticket prices vary
Pop-Up Picnics in Downtown Calgary
Wednesday, August 3 – Wednesday, August 24
A Pop-Up Picnic is a lunch hour (Noon to 1pm) event hosted by Downtown Calgary in various locations around the downtown core. They bring the tables, chairs, entertainment and you bring your lunch and some friends! Each picnic will have a unique theme and be at a different location each week. (Previous themes have included jazz, art in the park and Beakerhead.)
These events are completely free, family-friendly and open to the public! Bring your own lunch or purchase something from a nearby restaurant, sit on the supplies lawn chairs or picnic tables, and enjoy live entertainment and summertime activities. 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
@ Various locations downtown
Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7
Join Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Latin Festival! This year the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary!! Expo Latino brings a variety of talented Latino performers to Prince’s Island Park. This is a three-day celebration of Latino music, dance and culture. Last year, performers included Oscar Serrano, Bendito Parche, Oscar Lopez and La Sonora Dinamita. This is a ticketed festival. Purchase tickets or passes online. Times vary
@ Prince’s Island Park / prices vary
One Big Jam
Sunday, August 7
One Big Jam will be an outdoor, family-friendly music and carnival event, complete with live music and activities. There will be bouncey castles for the kids, face painters, a dunk tank and a visual art display. This one-day celebration is in support of the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary.
@ Eau Claire Market / Suggested donation of $20
Rock the Walk 6
Saturday, August 6
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre presents the sixth annual Rock the Walk event.
Rock the Walk 6 will celebrate local talent and the Year of Music with four awesome YYC bands. While taking in the live performances on RiverWalk Plaza, you can also shop over 20 artisan vendors, grab snacks from your favorite food trucks, or dip your toes in the Bow River. This is one summer festival you won’t want to miss! This year the event is all about celebrate both the range of local musical talent and the fact that this is the Year of Music in Calgary. During the afternoon there will be four Calgary bands performing live on the RiverWalk Plaza. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
@ RiverWalk Plaza, East Village / Free admission
Thursday, August 4 – Friday, August 5
National 17th is putting the “YAY” in IPA on Thursday, August 4, all day long. In honor of #IPADay, they’re having 12 of the finest North American IPA’s take over their taps. Featured IPA’s will be offered on two different flights of 6 – try them all to experience some of the freshest, happiest IPA’s around!
@ National 17th
Shakespeare by the Bow: Hamlet
June 21 to August 21
This summer, Theatre Calgary brings the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet to Prince’s Island Park. Up-and-coming Alberta actors starting their careers are the stars performing this popular revenge story. Bring your picnic blanket, pack up the picnic basket and enjoy both the play and the outdoor setting. The production is directed by Kate Newby and is pay-what-you-will. Times vary
@ Prince’s Island Park / cost – pay what you will