Another weekend has come and gone there’s no need to fret! From markets, festivals and shows, these next few days are going to be action-packed. Not sure what’s happening in and around the city? Here are 10 of the very best things to do in Calgary this week.

Enjoy GlobalFest

The city’s most explosive festival is back! Like the years before it, Calgarians will be able to cuddle up close in Elliston Park under a sky illuminated by stars and fireworks on the dates below!

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

Visit the Open Air Market

In a bind or just want to wander an open-air market? This week, eat better and spend less at the Calgary Open Market, where fresh produce and desserts, eggs, bread coffee and more are offered at 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

Float Discovery Canyon

A unique tube park perfect for cooling off this summer! This week, hit Discovery Canyon and sail the lazy river, lounge about on their “beach” or go golfing on their course. There’s an entire day’s worth of fun stuff to do – for less.

Where: 3800 River Bend Drive Red Deer County, Alberta
Cost: FREE + $6 tube rentals

Take a hike

Stretch your legs and get some fresh air. This week, why not treat yourself to a stunning hike in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains? Check the link above for our favourites and enjoy!

Attend the Calgary Job Fair and Training Expo

Hoping to start a new chapter? Showcasing a variety of sectors, college recruits and vacancies at Elevate Aviation, Big Country Drilling and the Calgary Police Service (to name a few), the Calgary Job and Training Expo should be highly anticipated by those looking to get some face time with industry professionals and like-minded individuals. Good luck and enjoy.

When: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023
Where: 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB
Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Enjoy the 2023 BUMP festival


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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

Attend day one of the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival

Featuring Jonathan Van Ness, Andrew Schulz, Monet X Change, Nick Offerman and a ton of local performers the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival is a three 3-days event with a portion of the proceeds supporting Queer Accessible Spaces and the Mustard Seed of Calgary. Check it out this Friday and enjoy!

When: Friday, August 25th – 27th, 2023
Where: Prince’s Island Park, Calgary
Cost: $39+


Step right up, step right up… This week, Cirque du Soleil returns to Calgary with Kooza, a show that features chills, thrills and explores everything from fear and identity to recognition and power. Tickets are on sale now!

When: Friday, August 25th – October 8th, 2023
Where: 50 25 Ave SE, Calgary

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

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 week! It’s going to be a good one, we can feel it!