By KARRY TAYLOR
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.
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
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
A celebration of the horrific featuring film screenings and more.
• Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre, 2120 – 16 Ave NE, www.horror-con.ca
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
Local artists display their work on Stephen Avenue Walk.
• Stephen Ave (between 1 and 2 St SW), www.artistsforthepoor.ca/calgaryartwalk.html
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
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
A family-friendly, New Orleans-style street party.
• 33 & 34 Ave SW (between 19 St & 22 St SW), www.mardaloopbrz.ca
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
A sampling event starring local eateries.
• Eau Claire, 200 Barkley Parade SW, www.tasteofcalgary.com
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
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
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
Aquatic races on Glenmore Reservoir.
• North Glenmore Park, www.chinatowncalgary.com/dragonboat
Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri
Immerse in the food, music and culture of Japan.
• Bowness Community Centre, 7904 – 43 Ave NW, calgaryjapanesefestival.com
Calgary Highland Games
Celebrate the food, culture and sport of Scotland.
• Springbank Park for All Seasons, calgaryhighlandgames.org