This thread is for events in the next week in Calgary. Skip to the end of the thread for the current events. Feel free to add any upcoming or current events. Thanks!
= Calgary Folk Festival =
Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28
The show will go on! A horde of volunteers cleaned up Prince's Island Park after the flooding in late June in order to get it ready for the folk festival. So get ready to enjoy the "Back in Business (unusual) edition of the 34th annual festival of folk music and much, much more.
= Historic Calgary Week =
Friday, July 26 to Monday, August 5
Various locations in and around Calgary
With a half-dozen different events every day, Historic Calgary Week is the way to get inside all aspects of Calgary's history. There are noon hour talks downtown every weekday, and a host of walking tours, behind-the-scenes tours, and presentations. Events don't just take place in Calgary. There are tours and open houses in Cochrane, Turner Valley, High River, De Winton, Okotoks, and more. Surprisingly, the flooding has caused only three events to be cancelled, and two to be moved - out of a schedule of more than 60 events!
All events are free to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted.
The full schedule and updates are on the website of the Chinook Country Historical Society:
= Ride Through Time =
Saturday, July 27, 10 am to 4 pm
Lougheed House, 707 - 13 Ave SW
This annual community festival and open house takes place at Lougheed House, a National Historic Site and museum. This free, indoor/outdoor event includes a free pancake breakfast, family activities, tours of the house, antique cars, and more!
= Shakespeare in the Park =
Ongoing to Saturday, August 10
Mount Royal University's TransCanada Outdoor Amphitheatre
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
This summer's production of Romeo and Juliet is, as always, "pay-what-you-will". Presented by Mount Royal University in partnership with Theatre Calgary, see website for details, times & dates:
Any suggestions for inside stuff to do with kids today? We were going to heritage park but not sure about it in the rain.
it's unusual to get an all-day heavy rain here, unlike in Houston. So I'm not sure that you need to cancel your plans for Heritage Park; just be prepared for some off-again, on-again rain. The SS Moyie cruise is a good way to spend some time at Heritage Park if it's raining, and so is the train ride and the Gasoline Alley museum near the main entrance. At Gasoline Alley, ask one of the Heritage Park staffers for the sheet describing the car accident puzzle.
The 3rd floor of the downtown Glenbow Museum has the Mavericks exhibit, which is fairly kid-friendly, I think. There are also swimming pools and wave pools for kids at various places around the city. Unfortunately, the pools at the Talisman Centre are close as they recover from the flooding, but you can still visit the Westside Recreation Centre (has a wave pool, water slides, and lazy river), Southland Leisure Centre, Village Square Leisure Centre, and more:
Also downtown is the free, indoor 2-acre Devonian Gardens. I haven't seen it since the renovations were finished over a year ago, but I do know that they have a playground now, as before. You can get from the Glenbow to the Devonian Gardens without ever stepping foot outdoors, by taking Calgary's +15 Skywalk system of enclosed pedestrian bridges ("hamster tunnels") that connect the second floors of most downtown buildings. Have the kids navigate, if they're old enough - you can get free maps from Visit Calgary and there are also pedestal maps all around the system.
If you have a car, check out TELUS Spark, the new science centre just east of the downtown core and north of the zoo. (The zoo will be closed until July 31 due to flooding.)Edited: 10:52 am, July 24, 2013
= Springbank Antique and Arms Show =
Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28
Springbank Park for All Seasons, 32224A Springbank Road
= Calgary International Blues Festival =
Monday, July 29 to Sunday, August 4
Blues Can, 1429 - 9th Ave SE
Shaw Millennium Park, 1220 9th Ave. SW
A week-long celebration of the blues. Artists include Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton, Sista Monica, Tom Lavin & The Legendary Powder Blues, Martha Reeves & The Vandelles, Matt Minglewood and more.
See website for full schedule and details: http://calgarybluesfest.com/
= Franco Festival =
Friday, July 26 to Saturday, July 27, 2013
Eau Claire Plaza, 3 St. (aka Barclay Parade) & Riverfront Ave. S.W.
A celebration of music, art, and dance from the Francophonie (former French colonies). Free admission to Celebration Day events at Eau Claire Plaza on Saturday.
Just wanted to throw an early advisory into this excellent thread that from next Friday (August 2nd) its is the Strathmore Heritage days weekend...a sanctioned Rodeo event with a lot of other events and a great vibe.
40 minutes east of downtown Calgary.Edited: 9:08 pm, July 27, 2013