Calgary’s Prince’s Island Park hosts many summer festivals and events.
Calgarians love to make the most of the summer months, so it makes sense that August is packed with opportunities to get outdoors. The city’s calendar is packed with music and food festivals, community events and other celebrations of the season. Here’s a run-down on how to keep busy in Calgary this August:Shakespeare by the Bow
Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow draws crowds to Prince’s Island Park
June 27-August 18 at Prince’s Island ParkThis year, Theatre Calgary’s outdoor Shakespeare festival will present a staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Admission is pay-by-donation and performances take place Tuesday to Sunday at 7 pm with an additional Sunday matinee at 2 pm.Calgary Fringe FestivalAugust 2-10 at multiple venuesAnything goes at the annual Calgary Fringe Festival; this is your chance to see original theatre works ranging from the profoundly intimate to the weird and wonderful, all performed by both emerging and established artists.Inglewood SunfestAugust 3 on 9th Avenue in InglewoodSpend a summer day in Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood exploring this friendly street festival. The fest features plenty of vendors, food trucks, live entertainment and a vintage show and shine.Chasing SummerAugust 3-4 at the Max Bell Centre Festival GroundsCalgary will be pulsing with EDM beats when Chasing Summer, the largest electronic music festival in Western Canada, returns to the Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds. This year’s line-up features The Chainsmokers, Above and Beyond, Steve Aoki, Alesso and many others.Heritage Day at Heritage Park
Celebrate Heritage Day with some old fashioned lawn games at Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park Historical Village
August 5 at Heritage ParkWe all love the August long weekend, but do you actually celebrate Heritage Day? Find out what holiday Monday is all about with a live Canadian citizenship ceremony, old-fashioned family games and (for an additional fee) a Heritage Day tea in the Famous Five centre.Taste of CalgaryAugust 8-11 at Eau Claire Market PlazaSample food and drink from dozens of Calgary’s restaurants, food trucks and breweries at this fun outdoor food festival. Buy a pack of tickets and explore bites representing all kinds of delicious cuisine.Dragon Boat FestivalAugust 9-11 at North Glenmore ParkWatch the city’s best dragon boat teams race at this public event. Spectators can also enjoy food trucks, a family fun zone, beer gardens, cultural entertainment and much more.Inglewood Night MarketAugust 9 in Inglewood (at 9th Avenue and 10th Street)Enjoy the second to last Inglewood Night Market of the summer season. The market features dozens of artisan vendors, some of Calgary’s best food trucks and plenty of live entertainment.Marda GrasAugust 11 in Marda LoopGet to know the neighbourhood of Marda Loop at this family-friendly street festival. The day will include plenty of local vendors as well as a pet pageant, live entertainment and food.Globalfest
The sky lights up at Calgary’s annual Globalfest fireworks festival
August 15-24 at Elliston ParkThis popular fireworks festival doubles as a celebration of Calgary’s cultural diversity. The nightly fireworks are definitely a highlight, but be sure to also check out the onsite OneWorld Festival, which brings together food and art representing more than 60 cultures.Country ThunderAugust 16-19 at Prairie Winds ParkCountry music festivals don’t get much bigger than this one. This touring American festival touches down in Calgary for one of only two Canadian stops with performances by Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Tanya Tucker, Terri Clark and other big-name country stars.CarifestAugust 16-17 at Shaw Millennium ParkCelebrate Calgary’s vibrant Caribbean community. The festival begins on Friday with Pan in the Park, featuring dancing and the sounds of steel drums. Saturday kicks off with a parade (starting at Olympic Plaza), followed by an afternoon of music.Expo LatinoAugust 16-18 at Prince’s Island ParkWestern Canada’s largest Latin Festival is a vibrant party celebrating Latin American food, art and music. This year’s festival features performances from guests like Oscar D’Leon, Ismael Miranda, Willie Panama, and Los Adolescents.Chinatown Street FestivalAugust 17 in Chinatown at Centre Street and 3rd Avenue SouthThe theme to this free street festival is “Experience the Silk Road.” Visitors will be able to experience six different festival zones, representing culture, merchants, food, performance, family fun and the hidden gems of Chinatown.Calgary Pride
Calgary Pride Week culminates in the annual Pride parade.
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August 23-September 2 at multiple venuesThe actual Calgary Pride Parade is on September 1, but there are plenty of other events leading up to that marquee event. Pride Week is full of events ranging from a lawn bowling tournament and drag shows to panel discussions and a First Nations Pow Wow.BBQ on the BowAugust 31-September 1 at Shouldice ParkThis annual BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society so you know it’s the real deal. Visitors can watch more than 35 teams compete, pick up some great BBQ tips, take in some live entertainment and just enjoy the smell of world-class southern BBQ as it wafts through the park.Related