Wednesday, August 10 – Saturday, August 13
The Afrikadey! Arts & Culture Society shares the rich creative works of African cultures – from the continent and throughout the Diaspora – with Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life. This event brings these artistic traditions to vibrant, joyous life for audiences who might otherwise not get to experience them.
Foremost among these events is the annual Afrikadey! Festival, a week-long celebration of the music, food, dance, theatre, film, literature and visual arts of Africa and her descendant cultures. These events take place at different venues all over the city with a final day of music on Prince’s Island Park.
This year marks Afrikadey’s 25th anniversary. That’s 25 years sharing the art, music and dance from cultures across the African continent!
@ Various locations / cost – $25 in advance; $30 at the gate
Thursday, August 11
You’re invited to an art party!!!
Celebrate the artistic talents of Michael Trommer, Michael Snow, Evangeline Belzile, Ian William Craig, Stephen Broomer, Stuart Broomer, Kyle Armstrong, Mark Templeton, Dan Browne, Steve Richman, John Price, Clint Enns, Christine Lucy Latimer, Mani Mazinani, Natural Real Supreme, Janine Bennett, Donna Miller, and Philip Kanwischer.
Engage in an experimental panel discussions lead by Peter Meadows founder of Tiny Gallery, catch live performances by local artists, watch curated films, create and unwind at our many creative stations, and much much more! / 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
@ Arts Commons / cost – free
205 8 Ave S.E.
Le Dîner en Blanc
Thursday, August 11
Established nearly 30 years ago, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris has evolved into a “très chic” tradition that attracts over 10,000 people annually, showcasing prestigious sites in the French Capital. In 2012, Dîner en Blanc International was created with the goal of sharing this wonderful experience with the rest of the world. Today, Le Diner en Blanc is held in over 25 countries, in 70 cities, and it has hosted more than 100,000 guests! Along with New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Sydney, Singapore, Mexico City and over 50 other cities, Calgary is a proud host of Le Dîner en Blanc, having held events since 2013!
All attendees must dress all in white and bring their own feast, as well as table, chairs and table setting. (Food can be purchased, too — Dîner en Blanc has partnered with Sean MacDonald of Market.) There will also be large-scale sculptures by Bart Habermiller and the usual Dîner en Blanc traditions, like the waving of the cloth napkin to start the dinner and the lighting of sparklers to let everyone know it’s time to dance. / 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
@ Secret location is revealed before the event / cost – $37 per person as well as $8 membership
Rock the Sac
Friday, August 12
Life just seems so much more exciting when you’re in good company! Victoria Park is hosting a neighbourhood block party in the middle of August and there is going to be music, food, vendors and more. BassBus brings the music and a few of the food vendors present at the event include Taiko Tacos, Dumpling Hero and Vasilis. The Calgary Public Library’s book truck will be present and you can get to know some of Victoria Park’s business owners, too. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
@ 10 Ave. S.E. between 3 St. S.E. and 4 St. S.E. / cost – free
Business and Professional Women Luncheon and Impromptu Mock Parliament Play
Friday, August 12
BPW Canada marks the Centennial Year of Women’s Suffrage at their 45th Biennial National Convention. Don’t miss this historic event and milestone celebration of the achievements of Canadian women in the last 100 years.
This event includes a luncheon, a re-enactment of the famous mock parliament play that featured Nellie McClung, and a keynote speech by Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart. / 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
@ The Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre / Cost – $60
Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri
Saturday, August 13
“Omatsuri” is the Japanese term for a “traditional festival”. Visitors to the festival will be treated to authentic Japanese customs, presentations of traditional music, dance & song, martial arts demonstrations, and more!
There will be games and bouncy houses for the kids, galleries of local Japanese arts and crafts as well as several food kiosks featuring traditional Japanese cuisine. Don’t miss out on our fabulous sake tasting as well as beer gardens! / 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
@ Max Bell Centre / General admission $5; kids 6 to 12 $2
13th Annual Korean Festival
Saturday, August 13
This annual cultural festival is a celebration of Korea. The festival includes traditional dance performances, Korean art displays, Korean music and a parade. You’ll also be able to try a range of traditional Korean food, such as kimchi and bulgogi. / 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
@ Glenmore Athletic Park / cost – free
Art in the Garden
Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14
Art in the Gardens is a free event where artists are in attendance and you can purchase different artwork. Art will be both framed and unframed, and in a range of mediums and styles. Spend the day enjoying the artwork and the gardens, and enter to win a door prize. Donations for the Calgary Food Bank will be accepted. / 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
@ 3443 Kerry Park Rd. S.W. / cost – free
Marda Gras Street Festival
Sunday, August 14
This annual, fun-filled, family-friendly event attracts over 35,000 visitors from all over Calgary. On Sunday August 14th, 2016, the streets of Marda Loop will come alive for the 32nd time with this New Orleans themed festival.
The sights and sounds of New Orleans; purple, green and gold pageantry; a variety of high quality cultural performers, dance groups and musicians; outdoor activities; and a wide variety of delicious cuisine draws kids of all ages to this fun outdoor event. / 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
@Various locations in Marda Loop / cost – free