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Calgary Can’t-Miss Events in August

By KARRY TAYLOR

GlobalFest is an international fireworks competition, featuring entrants from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and France (Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta)

GlobalFest is an international fireworks competition with entrants from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and France (Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta)

It’s the height of summer in Calgary and fun is in full swing. August is bursting with sports, performances and festivals. Check out our roster of can’t-miss dates for this month.

Wicked's Glinda and Elphaba (Photo courtesy Broadway Across Canada)

Wicked’s Glinda and Elphaba (Photo courtesy Broadway Across Canada)

Wicked
Jul 23 - Aug 17
Long before Dorothy arrived, two very different girls met in the land of Oz and became both best friends and worst enemies. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, the stage musical tells the unknown story of the witches of Oz. Since its New York premiere 10 years ago, the performance has grossed over $3.2 billion and has been seen by over 40 million people worldwide. In 2011, it broke Calgary box office records and sold out in record time.
• Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, calgary.broadway.com

Calgary Fringe Festival (Photo: Leda Davies)

Calgary Fringe Festival (Photo: Leda Davies)

Calgary Fringe Festival
August 1 – 9
Expect the unexpected at the Calgary Fringe Festival. This year’s wild and uncensored theatre festival will feature more than 25 plays including the teen-angst of Roller Derby Saved My Soul and the physical comedy Red Wine, French Toast and the Best Sex You’ve Ever Had. Many shows feature improvisation and audience participation.
• Various venues, seecalgaryfinge.ca

Calgary Horror Con
Aug 2-3
A celebration of the horrific featuring film screenings and more.
• Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre, 2120 – 16 Ave NE, www.horror-con.ca

Kárà-Kátà Afrobeat Group performs at Afrikadey! (Photo: courtesy Kárà-Kátà Afrobeat Group)

Kárà-Kátà Afrobeat Group performs at Afrikadey! (Photo: courtesy Kárà-Kátà Afrobeat Group)

Afrikadey!
August 5 – 9
Afrikadey is a five-day celebration of the music, food, dance, theatre, film, literature and visual arts of Africa. Events include a concert finale held on beautiful Prince’s Island Park featuring Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group Arrested Development and reggae funk band Kárà-Kátà Afrobeat Group.
• Various venues, afrikadey.com

Calgary Art Walk
Aug 7
Local artists display their work on Stephen Avenue Walk.
• Stephen Ave (between 1 and 2 St SW), www.artistsforthepoor.ca/calgaryartwalk.html

Heritage Park Historical Village's Western Rodeo (Photo courtesy Heritage Park)

Heritage Park Historical Village’s Western Rodeo (Photo courtesy Heritage Park)

Western Rodeo
August 9
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Heritage Park Historical Village presents a day-long professional rodeo. Events start at 9:30 am and include bull riding, barrel racing and mini chuckwagon races featuring tiny covered wagons pulled by miniature horses.
• Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, www.heritagepark.ca

TD Calgary Chinatown Street Festival
Aug 9
Chinatown comes alive with street vendors, food kiosks and cultural activities celebrating Chinese life and culture.
• Chinatown (beside the Centre Street Bridge), calgarychinesemerchants.org

Marda Gras Street Festival
Aug 10
A family-friendly, New Orleans-style street party.
• 33 & 34 Ave SW (between 19 St & 22 St SW), www.mardaloopbrz.ca

Calgary ReggaeFest
Aug 13 – 16
Reggae legends Third World top this four-day celebration of reggae music and culture.
• Shaw Millennium Park, www.reggaefest.ca

Taste of Calgary
Aug 14-17
A sampling event starring local eateries.
• Eau Claire, 200 Barkley Parade SW, www.tasteofcalgary.com

GlobalFest
Aug 14 – 23
While GlobalFest’s six-night international fireworks competition is signature draw, this colourful cultural festival contains much more. Held in Elliston Park, the festival also features ethnic food, four performance stages, children’s activities and, new this year, an aboriginal tipi village.
• Elliston Park, globalfest.ca

Opera in the Village at RiverWalk Plaza (Photo courtesy Calgary Opera)

Opera in the Village at RiverWalk Plaza (Photo courtesy Calgary Opera)

Opera in the Village
Aug 14 – 23
Canada’s only outdoor summer opera festival will take place in the brand new RiverWalk Plaza on the banks of the Bow River. In addition to the comedy Candide, the centerpiece performance, this carnival-themed festival features family matinees of an hour-long adaptation of Hansel & Gretel. Additional events include outdoor recitals, singing contests and movie nights.
• RiverWalk Plaza, 618 Confluence Way SE, www.calgaryopera.com

Expo Latino
Aug 22 – 24
Western Canada’s largest Latin festival takes place at Prince’s Island Park. Celebrating the food, history and culture of 22 Latin and Hispanic nations
• Prince’s Island Park, www.expolatino.com

Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival
Aug 23-24
Aquatic races on Glenmore Reservoir.
• North Glenmore Park, www.chinatowncalgary.com/dragonboat

Calgary Japanese Omatsuri Festival (Photo courtesy Calgary Japanese Omatsuri Festival)

Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri (Photo courtesy Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri)

Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri
Aug 23
Immerse in the food, music and culture of Japan.
• Bowness Community Centre, 7904 – 43 Ave NW, calgaryjapanesefestival.com

Calgary Highland Games
Aug 30
Celebrate the food, culture and sport of Scotland.
• Springbank Park for All Seasons, calgaryhighlandgames.org

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