Another weekend is behind us, but the best is yet to come! This time around we’ve got an ‘explosive’ lineup of events including comedy shows, festivals and more, so let’s get into it! Here are 10 of the very best things to do in Calgary this week.

Enjoy GlobalFest


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Snap, crackle, pop! The city’s most explosive festival is back for 2023! Like the years before it, Calgarians will be able to cuddle up close in Elliston Park under a sky illuminated by stars and fireworks. It really is magical.

When: Thursday, August 17th, 19th, 22nd, 24th and 26th 2023
Where: 1827 68 St SE, Calgary
Cost: $21+

See Anthony Jeselnik live

From Netflix specials to late-night TV, Famed comedian Anthony Jeselnik has appeared everywhere and soon he’ll take the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Don’t miss it!

When: Thursday, August 17, 2023
Where:  225 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Time: 7 pm
Cost: $38+

SPONSORED PICK: Attend the Shaw Charity Classic

The Shaw Charity Classic presented by Rogers will host some of the greatest names in the game of golf in Calgary at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, August 16-20, 2023. The field, which consists of 78 stars on the PGA TOUR Champions, will compete for US $2.4 million in a three-round tournament. The Tournament has raised more than $93 million since 2013 that has been distributed amongst more than 270 youth-based charities in Alberta.

When: August 16th – 20th, 2023
Where: The Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club
Cost: Daily General Admission $40 | Canyon Club $70 | Kids 12 years old and under, admission is FREE when accompanied by a ticketed adult

Attend day one of Country Thunder

We hope you didn’t hang up your hats yet because this Friday, Country Thunder and all of its crazy shenanigans, artists, and food trucks will be back with Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and more!

When: Friday, August 18th – 20th, 2023
Where: 750 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: $175+

Cheer on the Stamps

We love a good ol’ football date! This week, grab a beer, your partner’s hand and cheer the Calgary Stampeders to victory at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium! For more information or to snag some tickets, head over to the link above!

When: Friday, August 18th, 2023
Where: 1817 Crowchild Trail NW

Rent a glowing kayak

With a single launch bay at the Waterfront Park, those looking to explore, lounge, and experience something new can do so to the soundtrack of their choosing, from behind the paddle of a glowing boat. Gear up and head down for the magical glowing kayak experience.

Where: Waterfront Park – 5225 101 St NW, Calgary
Cost: $35+ / hour

See the WildScapes at the Calgary Zoo


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From 21-foot-tall giraffes and snakes made entirely of plants, Wildscapes at the Calgary Zoo is a topiary event that features large living sculptures that have been hand-crafted to look like familiar creatures. Get tickets at the link above!

When: Until mid-September 2023.
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6
Cost: $29.95

Check out the 2023 BUMP Festival

Calgary has some incredible artists. This week, enjoy live music and take in 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!

When: Until August 26th, 2023
Where: See locations above
Cost: FREE

Hit the Barbie exhibit at TELUS Spark

Love Barbie? Featuring interviews, vintage dolls and photo ops, Spark’s new Barbie exhibit will examine how pop culture and fashion trends shaped the international phenomenon in the 64 years since Mattel launched the brand. Don’t miss it!

When: Until September 10th, 2023
Where: 220 Saint George’s Drive Northeast, Calgary
Cost: $26

Visit the Calgary Open Market

Fresh veggies and fruit shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg – luckily this week, those in a bind will have one more place where they can eat better and spend less. Set to reopen every Thursday, the Calgary Open Market will sell fresh produce and desserts, eggs, bread coffee and more for pay-what-you-can prices.

When: Every Thursday
Where: Meadowlark Park Community Association – 623 58 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
Cost: FREE to attend

And there you have it! 10 things to do in Calgary this week! It’s going to be a good one, we can feel it!