This summer we don’t want you to miss a beat! If you’re among the many looking for something fun to keep you occupied over the next few days, here are 10 of the best things to do in Calgary this weekend! From festivals to activities, there are plenty of experiences that will get you out and about. Enjoy!

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

Attend Country Thunder

We hope you didn’t hang up your hats yet because this weekend, 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+

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

Hit the drive-in

Up for a bit of a drive? This weekend visit the High River Sunset Drive-In, for a series of double features! This year’s lineup includes a good mix of classics and family-friendly favourites – so don’t miss it!

When: Friday, August 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th 2023
Where: 64137 Highway 543 East, High River, AB, Canada, Alberta
Cost: $40 per vehicle

Run the 5km Bubble Chase

On your marks, get set, GO! This weekend bolt for the finish line during the 2023 Alberta 5k Bubble Chase, an all-ages race through colourful suds, soapy surprises, and obstacles.

When: Saturday, August 19th, 2023
Where: Ed Eggerer Athletic Park, Airdrie
Cost: $25+

Cheer on the Stamps


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We love a good ol’ football date! This Friday, 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

Visit a U-pick field

Strawberries, raspberries, and saskatoons? This weekend, head to one of the many U-pick fields in and around Calgary and come home with a bucket full of fruit and a head full of memories. Could there be a sweeter way to spend a day? Need some ideas, just click the link above to find our picks!

Go downhill karting

A little competition never hurt anybody, right? This week, proceed with caution to Winsport Canada and go head to head on their 1,800 meters downhill go-kart track! The ‘loser’ buys the other a drink afterward!

Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Cost: $28+

Or take on the Canyon Coaster

Ready to ride?! Red Deer’s epic Canyon Coaster is approximately 1,345 metres, can travel at a speed of 40 km/hr, has a 440-foot vertical drop in total and is now open for the season! Check out the link above for more information!

Where: 38433, Range Rd 264A, AB
Time: 11 am-6 pm
Cost: $25

Explore the Barbie exhibit at TELUS Spark


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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

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