Well, hi there, beautiful people. We hope that you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. We’ve got a short week ahead of us but it’s still filled with plenty of fun options and things to check out. From highly-anticipated festivals to a ton of ways to support local artists, here are 10 of the best things to do in Calgary this week.
EXPLORE THE VAN GOGH IMMERSIVE EXHIBIT
After being rescheduled thanks to COVID, the Van Gogh Immersive Exhibit has finally opened in Calgary and you won’t want to miss it! With your ticket in hand. immerse yourselves into the wonderfully colourful world of a mad genius! Guided by his own dreams, thoughts, and words, experience the world of the troubled artist as if it were the first time.
When: Until August 29th
Where: 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Time: See times above
EXPLORE CALGARY DURING THE 2021 BUMP FESTIVAL
Calgary has some incredible artists. This week, take a self-guided tour of some incredible murals created by the best of the best. A complete map can be found at the link above, and once the artists begin the new murals, they’ll be added to the map for you to explore.
When: Monday, August 2nd – 9th
Where: See locations above
CHECK OUT YYC’S CONTAINR FEST
Live performances are back and so is Calgary’s ContainR Fest – a celebration of all things artistic! Featuring everything from cabaret, theatre, markets, a drag brunch, indie, jazz, and hip hop music there’s literally a little something for everyone and anyone. Don’t miss it!
When: Wednesday, August 4th – 8th
Where: 1020 2 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
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GO FOR A RUN
From beautifully landscaped gardens for lounging, picnicking, and reading in; to open fields where you can work up a sweat, YYC has got you! One of the most popular ways to get out and about in the city? Running! So – if you’re like us and feel like you’ve taken too many laps around the block check out the link above for 10 of the best places to go for a run in Calgary!
SUPPORT LOCAL AT CALGARY’S SUMMER COOL-ER
We hope you’re ready to indulge, because a new community-positive event meant to showcase local businesses and celebrate seasonal grub, clothing, and more, is hitting Calgary! From the folks who put on Calgary’s massive Hot Chocolate Fest comes another amazing way to raise money for Meals on Wheels so don’t miss it!
When: Thursday, July 1st – Tuesday, August 31st
WANDER THE WEST DISTRICT NIGHT MARKET
And so begins the month of Markets! This Thursday those who have a passion for supporting local… or just shopping, are encouraged to check out the West District Night Market who will be showcasing over 30 incredibly talented local vendors. Interested? For more information check out their Instagram here!
When: Thursday, August 5th
Where: 816 78th St SW, Calgary
Time: 4 pm to 8 pm
TAKE IN A FILM OR TWO DURING THE FRINGE FESTIVAL
Featuring a series of Indie Films, Calgary’s Fring Festival returns in support of smaller creators – all of which are incredibly talented. This year’s event will be made up of several separate events so make sure that you check them all out above before you commit!
When: Until August 7th
Where: Various locations
Time: Various times
ATTEND THE MAGICAL BANFF GONDOLA SUNSET FESTIVAL
Music, sunsets, beer, and BBQ? Until September 9th, you’ll find all of this and more 7,400 ft up the side of Sulphur Mountain during the Banff Gondola Annual Sunset Festival. Do not miss this one, Calgary – it’s going to be something else.
When: Now until September 9th
Where: 513 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B4
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING WEEKEND WITH A BAR CRAWL
So you want to go out, but can’t decide where? This Friday, instead of having to confront your commitment issues, why not hit more than one of 17th Avenue’s best pubs, bars, and dives? We hope you wore a comfortable pair of shoes, Calgary because above you’ll find your ultimate 17th Avenue bar crawl checklist!
SUPPORT LOCAL AND LIVE THEATRE
A Calgary Classic! Shakespeare by the Bow is back again for a summer of tragic, comedic, and dramatic stories written by a literary genius – however, unlike year’s past, 2021’s event will take place all over the city. For more information check out the schedule above!
When: All August long
Where: See locations above
Time: See times above
There you have it, friends. 10 things to do in Calgary this week! As always, have fun and be safe out there! It’s going to be a good one.
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