Calgary’s summer is just chugging along with hot sun and blue skies, but after a busy month of Stampeding and Folk Festing, a lot of people think Calgary winds down for the month of August, but that couldn’t further from the truth. The next month is packed with cool events and once-in-a-life-time opportunities. Here’s a few of my favourite.

Inglewood Sunfest
Saturday, August 5
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This weekend’s weather looks perfect for a festival aptly named Sunfest. The festival really is one of the close classic street festivals that this city loves. It gives you a chance to explore one of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods and features cool street performers, bands and over 200 vendors that vary from artisan crafts, to imported wares, to community organizations and more!

Free Outdoor Movies in Kensington


THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, 1985. ©Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

August 5th, 12th, August 19th and August 26th.
Screeners starts at 9:00pm
Parking lot next to Purr

This basically combines three of my favourite things:

The movies air every Saturday night in August and include The Breakfast Club (August 5),
Ghostbusters (August 12),Pretty Woman (August 19) and Jaws on August 26. All screenings start at 9 p.m.

East Village Long Table Dinner in Support of MealShare Calgary

August 9 at 6 p.m
George C. King Bridge

Guests will enjoy a decadent five-course meal prepared in collaboration with Calgary’s best chefs and YYCFoodTrucks. Some of the restaurants include Anju, Home and Away, Charbar, The Nash and Fiasco Gelato. This experience is the first of its kind on this iconic bridge, nestled in the East Village. There are a limited number of tickets available for $200 each.

Opera in The Village

August 10th to 13th and 17th to 20th

Opera in the Village is moving from the east village, but keeping its name as it re-locates to Enmax Park (In between the Saddledome and Ramsay.)  This year, the opera is presenting Roger & Hammerstein’s 1949 musical South Pacific. They’ll also be doing a special one-hour, family friendly production of Cinderella on the Saturday and Sunday of both weekends. Tickets to South Pacific range from $35 to $125 and tickets to the family show are only $15.

Summer Feast

August 11 – 20
Various locations

Calgary is getting to welcome a dining event that celebrates the city’s vibrant food scene by offering locals the chance to enjoy dynamic summer menus from some of their favourite local restaurants.

The 10-day affair will run from August 11 – 20, bringing together Calgary’s top chef-driven restaurants to offer exclusive, three-course prix fixe menus and end the summer season with a bang.

Summer Feast will feature 13 of the most buzzworthy restaurants from across Calgary including: Anju, Bridgette Bar, Foreign Concept, The Guild, Klein Harris, Market, Model Milk, The Nash & Off Cut Bar, Pigeonhole, Rouge, Shokunin and Whitehall. Each restaurant will offer a prix fixe lunch or dinner menu consisting of an appetizer, a main course and a dessert ranging from $15 – $35 per person.

Rocky Mountain Flying Trapeze

This is a must for Calgarians. Did you know that there’s an outdoor trapeze park located across the road from Calaway Park?

I’ve been dreaming of doing this ever since it opened. It just looks so thrilling!  There are drop-in classes, as well as introductory classes. My boyfriend got me one for my birthday gift, and he’s promised to do it with me. I know he won’t, but it’s the thought that counts!


Mike Morrison