Fake facial hair, K-pop & farm days: Calgary entertainment this weekend
Lots of festivals on tap so hopefully the smoke will co-operate
Don't let the dreary weather fool you, the weekend is around the corner, the temperature is expected to rebound and there's lots to do in Calgary's arts and entertainment scene. Here's our weekly hit-list roundup.
Now that we've hit August, Calgary's summer festival scene has precious little time to cram in these final few festivals, before students are back to school and we're all on to other things.
So this weekend, it's time to celebrate different Calgary cultures through food, dance, art and, of course, music.
Saturday marks the 15th annual Korean Day festival in Calgary. It's happening at the West Hillhurst Community Association from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There will be Korean food, a K-pop contest, Korean martial arts demonstrations and a bunch of performances. Everyone is welcome.
Here's all the details.
Calgary's 22nd annual Expo Latino takes over Prince's Island Park this weekend. There's three days of live music, performance, dancing, food, an arts market and more.
Headliners include Nicaragua's Luis Enrique, also known as the Prince of Salsa, Lucy Grau from Cuba and Los Amigos Invisibles from Venezuela.
It's going to be non-stop dancing, so let's hope the smoke clears up.
All the details are right here.
Saturday will also be bopping over in Chinatown for the 2018 Chinatown Street Festival.
They'll be setting up more than 40 cultural and merchant tents in and around the downtown's Chinatown district, with dozens of cultural performances and a family fun zone hosted by the Calgary Flames.
They're expecting more than 35,000 people, so head on down there from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Here's more information for you.
Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations and learn more about the farmers who grow their food.
Dozens of farms are involved, in every corner of the province, and it's not just livestock. It's meaderies, nurseries, grainworks and every type of agriculture you can think of.
It's a great excuse for a road trip to a part of Alberta you've never seen before. And this year some of Alberta's most talented chefs will be hosting a series of farm-to-table events.
There are also a bunch of awesome tours this year. The headliner in that respect is the Alberta Barley to Beer Tour hosted by Tool Shed. It's a chance to see how Alberta beer is made from the growing of barley, to malting to brewing.
Here are all the details.
Calgary's Fake Mustache Drag King Troupe has two events this weekend. Starting Thursday, it's hosting its annual amateur drag king and burlesque competition at Dickens Pub. This is for all the would-be performers out there, and their fans, of all identities, body types and types of drag — and no experience is required.
The $10 cover goes to support queer youth in Calgary.
Three judges from the community will choose the winner but they're accepting only 10 performers on a first-come, first-serve basis, so you might want to email them right now.
The newbies go first tonight, show starts at 9 p.m., and then the second act features a number of veteran performers.
On Sunday night, Fake Mustache is back at Dickens for its Impersonation Show. It will feature the The Kings, Monarchs and Glitter Goddesses of Fake Mustache performing their best impressions of each other and several famous faces. That gets underway at 9 p.m.
Here's more of what you'll need to know.