If you happen to be in Calgary for the weekend and you’re looking for something cool to do, then look no further than this very blog post. As always, Mark Hopkins has whipped up a list of his top weekend activities going in and around the city that I keep forgetting is not the capital of Alberta.

Fiestaval Latin Festival
July 23-24, 2011
Olympic Plaza
fiestaval.ca

Samba, Salsa, Flamenco and Capoeira – this weekend, Calgary comes to life with Latin American culture! This free, family-friendly multicultural event brings a vibrant mix of dancers, musicians, vendors and revelers to Olympic Plaza.

Sun and Salsa Festival
July 24, 2011 – 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Kensington Rd & 10 St NW
www.visitkensington.com/sun-and-salsa

Over 500 gallons of salsa, in 40 different varieties – you’d better brace your taste buds before heading down to Kensington this weekend. The 18th annual Sun & Salsa Festival fills up 10th Street and Kensington Rd with sizzling-hot exuberance, including a pageant and a strongman competition… and, of course, buckets and buckets of salsa.

Historic Calgary Week: Trails & Tales
July 22-August 1, 2011
chinookcountry.org

As we continue to race through the days and look to the future, it’s easy to forget the Calgary has a rich history, full of stories and lessons. Historic Calgary Week gives us the chance to reflect on the city’s past, with tours of local landmarks and neighbourhoods – including Glenbow Museum, the Old Y Centre, Chinatown, churches, theatre, cemeteries and more – alongside talks, workshops and performances.


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