Well, hey there, party people! Happy Friday eve. If you’re anything like us, then despite being only hours away from 2 days of freedom, you’ve failed to make plans ahead of time. In our opinion, there’s really nothing wrong with being spontaneous, but it certainly helps to (at the very least) know what’s happening around the city. Need a little kick in the pants? Here are 10 of the best things to do in Calgary this weekend!
WANDER THE NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE FOR FREE
Looking for somewhere to escape the rain this weekend? We’ve got just the place – and guess what? If you head over there on the weekend, it won’t even cost you a dime! Right now Calgary’s National Music Centre and ATB are actually offering free admission Saturdays and Sundays in celebration of Studio Bell’s 5th anniversary- check out the link above for more information!
Where: 850 4 St SE, Calgary, AB
CATCH A FLICK UNDER THE STARS
This Friday, August 20th, round up the squad, pack a few snacks and settle in underneath the stars on St. Patrick’s Island for a showing of Jumanji: The Next Level (which coincidentally was filmed here in Alberta). The best part? It’s totally free to attend!
When: Friday, August 20th
Where: Directions here
Time: 9 pm
PUT YOUR PUTTER TO THE TEST AT A NIGHTTIME MINI-GOLF PARTY
This Saturday, August 21st, anybody with a grip and minimal patience is encouraged to attend Golfuture’s no-charge after-dark mini putting party! With drinks provided by Trolley 5 and a live DJ – there’s really going to be no better place to spend a summer’s evening.
When: Saturday, August 21st
Where: Golfuture YYC, 7100 15 Street SE
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
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STROLL THROUGH THE LITTLE MODERN MARKET
August is a month of vendors and local goodies, but one of our favourite places to check out what’s happening in the entrepreneurial world is the Little Modern Market, which will be holding one of many in the coming months this Saturday! Click the link above for more information and have fun, friends!
When: Saturday, August 21st, September 13th, October 16th & November 13th
Where: 120, 211 10th Ave SE (locations TBA for future dates)
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
GO DANCING … IN THE STREETS!
This Saturday, August 21st check out one of Calgary’s most beloved neighbourhoods for an afternoon of smiles, live music and community as groups of people break out into dance in part of the East Village Dance party. Check out the link above for more information!
When: Saturday, August 21st
Where: Directions here
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm
HIT A LOCAL SUNFLOWER FIELD
There’s a really good chance you’ve seen photos of one of Alberta’s stunning sunflower fields – but goodness, are they something else in person! This weekend, toss on your cutest outfit and wander the beautiful Sunflower fields of Bowden in celebration of the warmer season! It’s truly magical
CHECK OUT CALGARY’S MOST EXPLOSIVE FESTIVAL
It’s back, Calgary! The city’s most explosive festival has officially returned with an incredible show this Saturday Like the years before it, Calgarians will be able to cuddle up close in Elliston Park under a sky illuminated by stars and fireworks, while epic music plays on high. You will not want to miss it.
When: Saturday, August 21st, 24th, 26th, and 28th
Where: 1827 68 St SE, Calgary, AB
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
DO LOOK DOWN AT BANFF’S MAGICAL 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
GET LOST IN DRUMHELLER’S T-REX CORN MAZE
Known to the locals as THE place you go when you’ve got the meats, The Sunny Spot has an eatery with incredible burgers, an adorable garden market, and is also home to an impressive cornfield where Albertan’s can exercise their sense of directions. Think you’ve got what it takes to get from point A to point B? Check it out this weekend!
When: Wednesdays – Mondays all summer long
Where: 5225 Highway 10 East Drumheller, AB
There you have it, 10 things to do in Calgary this weekend! Please, stay safe, stay cozy and stay kind!
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