The month of August is upon us, but don't let the upcoming fall season stop you from enjoying what is left of summer activities and fun!
While the Stampede celebrations have come to an end, for the next thirty-one days, businesses, families, and communities will be keeping up the energy by hosting extravagant parties, concerts, and other exciting events. This month of summer is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and check out the latest city events before the kids go back to school. Take the family out to enjoy the many tastes of Calgary, see the Dragon Boat Festival, have brunch with the Pandas at the zoo, or even find your centre at the Calgary Yoga Festival.
Ready to get the most out of every second remaining of sunshine? Take a look at the following events and things to do in the Calgary area this August and get out and get active while the weather is hot!
Food & Drink Events in Calgary
Taste of Calgary — August 8th-11th
Ready to taste the best food that Calgary has to offer? This month, you have the opportunity to try some of the city's top global cuisines from "unique restaurants and beverage companies" with the Taste of Calgary event! Every day from 11am until 10pm, head over to Eau Claire Market Plaza for your chance to sample extraordinary eats as well as to listen to live music each and every day! Purchase your taste tickets on the main website.
Panda Breakfast — August 3rd, 10th, 17th and 31st
What better place to eat a delectable brunch than at the zoo with the Pandas? August is the final month to enjoy this unique dining experience with your family where you will get a first-hand look at the Calgary Zoo's pandas. Enter the zoo before the busy hours, enjoy a wide selection of breakfast favourites, and once you finish eating learn more about panda bears and get an up-close look! Panda Breakfast tickets are available on the zoo website for purchase.
Kids & Family Events in Calgary
Summer Sun Fest — August 24th, 25th and 31st
Come and celebrate summer fun on the farm this August with the Calgary Corn Maze! Their Summer Sun Fest is taking place over three days and is the perfect time for you and the family to taste some corn, get your face painted, join in decorating activities, and snatch some candy from the Candy Cannon explosion! Admission prices are $16.95 online or $18.95 at the gates — those under the age of 2 are free.
Sunflower Festival — August 24th, 25th, and 31st
This summer Cobbs Adventure Park is happy to once again host their breath-taking Sunflower Festival. Journey through the tall sunflower maze and try to find the exit. Once completed, take a sunflower home! In addition to the maze, be sure to check out the park's other features that include a kangaroo petting zoo, climbing wall, mini golf, ropes course, and other attractions.
Specialized Festivals and Events in Calgary
Calgary Dragon Boat Festival — August 9th-11th
Celebrating the 2000-year-old Chinese tradition, Calgary will be hosting a spectacular Dragon Boat Festival this August in North Glenmore Park! The event is free to the public and will showcase dragon boat competitions, a kids zone, live entertainment, food trucks, beer gardens, and more! For more information on the times of each event, visit the ToDoCanada website.
Marda Gras Street Festival — August 11th
On August 11th, visit the Marda Loop area to witness the Marda Grass Street Festival in Calgary! Beginning at 10am, visit the many local shopping vendors, kids areas, and wide selection of food along 33rd Avenue SW. The event will also feature favourite local bands as well as have dance performances all day long on the 18th street Dance Stage. The festivities will continue until 5pm, and the event is free for all to attend!
Globalfest 2019 — August 15th-24th
From 6pm until 11pm, head down to Elliston Park to see one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Alberta — Globalfest! This firework festival will show off "Calgary's cultural diversity and artistic excellence." The event will begin on the 15th with a display of USA's fireworks, and in the days following will present Spain, China, and Canada's fireworks before the finale display on August 24th. Purchase your tickets at Marlborough Mall or participating Calgary Coop locations.
Music and Entertainment Events in Calgary
Country Thunder Alberta — August 16th-18th
If country music is the genre for you, then Country Thunder Alberta is the one event you will not want to miss out on this month. Hosted at the Prairie Winds Park in Calgary, you will have the chance to listen to hit country artists each day of the event. Some famous artists from the lineup include Terri Clark, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Lindsay Ell and many more! Purchase your tickets online.
Cirque du Soliel LUZIA — August 17th-September 22nd
Cirque du Soliel is coming back to Calgary and is proud to share with you the LUZIA show! "Come and discover LUZIA, a show that is like dreaming awake and that transports you to an imaginary Mexico." Located at the Stampede Park under the Big Top, witness the magnificent sights of this latest Cirque du Soliel performance. Tickets are available on the main website.
"Weird Al" Yankovic Strings Attached Tour — August 24th
If you are a fan of the "weird" American singer and songwriter, "Weird Al" Yankovic, then you will want to be attending his Strings Attached Tour, coming to Calgary on August 24th. Taking place at the Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons, you can enjoy his hits and classics, with an enormous production promised to entertain you all night long!
Charity Events in Calgary
6th Annual PAWS in the PARK
For the 6th consecutive year, Paws in the Park is happy to announce their annual "PAWS in the PARK" event to support the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS). You and your dog are invited to this pet-friendly charitable event from 10am until 4pm at River Park for food vendors, pet market vendors, beer garden, bouncy house, and other great activities!
Ready to go? Grab the kids, pack a water bottle, and hit the town to check out all of these many thrilling and upcoming events!
For a more detailed and fully comprehensive list, visit the City of Calgary's event page, the Calgary Tourism page, Eventbrite, and search for local events on Facebook to find more August events and activities.
Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.