Calgary Entertainment: 5 things to do this weekend
Take in a dragon boat race, watch some Olympic action or go fly a kite
We're almost halfway through August and though this summer has been a bit soggy so far, this weekend's forecast is calling for sun (at least on Saturday) giving Calgarians a chance to once again get outside.
To help narrow the list of things to do, The Homestretch's Tracy Fuller provides a few fun and free ideas to keep you entertained,
1. Calgary Kite Festival
Originally scheduled to go in July, bad weather put the Calgary Kite Festival on hold but it's now set to launch on Saturday at Shaw Millennium Park. Along with high flying and colourful kites, there will be food and entertainment so bring the kids, a camera and a lawn chair.
When: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday
2. Olympic coverage
The first week of the Olympics is in the books and while most Calgarians aren't flying down to Rio to cheer Canada on, there's opportunity to watch CBC's coverage with an enthusiastic crowd. A number of free public viewings are happening at places like Bow Valley Square, Chinook Centre, CrossIron Mills and on Stephen Avenue.
When: Visit the CBC website for a list of times and locations
Considered a modern take on a 2,000-year-old sport, the 25th annual Calgary Dragon Boat Festival takes over Glenmore Park on Saturday and Sunday with some 1,800 paddlers and 4,000 spectators expected to take in the wonderful music, dance and food of China.
When: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Also happening at Glenmore Athletic Park this weekend is the 13th annual Calgary Korean Day Festival featuring K-Pop, kimchi, karaoke and more. Organizers will also be recognizing Korean War veterans.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
The Calgary Japanese Festival at the Max Bell Festival Grounds where local Japanese arts and crafts will be on display, along with traditional music, dance and food during an Omatsuri, which means festival in Japanese.
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Marda Gras is taking over Marda Loop on Sunday, channelling the spirit of New Orleans onto 33rd Avenue S.W. with a show-and-shine, pet pageant, music, dance and more.
Thousands turn out for the popular event every year so wear some comfortable shoes and be ready to have some fun.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
It's OK if you don't know what the word chautauqua means, it hasn't been in use in a few years. A chautauqua was a Mormon road show that was started in New York state in the 1880s, bringing speakers, music, drama, children's activities and novelty acts to thousands living in rural communities. It first came to western Canada in 1917 and the southern Alberta communities of Magrath (Thursday), Raymond (Friday) and Cardston (Saturday) are bringing it back.
When: Visit the Mormon Trail website for a full list of times.
It's a field-to-table celebration and it's taking over Water Valley on Saturday. Rootstock features some of the tasty and nutritious food grown right here in Alberta with the event happening at Fallentimber Meadery on the Ryan Family Farm about an hour northwest of Calgary near Cremona. Music fans should take note as Calgary's own Reuben and the Dark are set to perform. Camping is available; however, there are no hookups. .
When: 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday