Friday, August 5, 2011

What to do in Calgary: Weekend of August 4-10 2011

Afrikadey? More like AwesomeDey

Calgary Bluesfest features the best in local, regional and international blues acts. On Friday, enjoy Carlos del Junco Band, Janiva Magness Band and the John Mayall Band in Shaw Millennium Park. If you buy a festival pass, you'll also be admitted to the the late-night dance party in the Kerby Centre.

Theatre Encounter presents, The Cremation of Sam McGee,  a play based on Robert Service’s classic poem. Two comrades make their way through the Yukon when the titular character succumbs to the cold. Friday there are two performances at 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

Saturday is your last chance to experience Calgary's Fringe-tastic theatrical antics. Grim and Fischer (a deathly comedy in full face mask), which won the Best of The Fest award, will start off Saturday's slew of performances at 1 p.m. The final show will be Sabotage (10:30 p.m.), followed by the nightly performance and party hosted by the Improv Guild.

Sculptor Robertus van der Wege proves that bicycles are more than just spokes and wheels. The artist transforms cycles into ways most people have probably never seen before. He even uses them for metaphors for his life. An example? He created one piece in honour of his ex-wife, who he didn't realize was bipolar

Barbados comes to Calgary for the Annual WestJet Polo Barbados Challenge to compete against some of Calgary's own. The event promises to deliver all the glamour and excitement that the sport of kings has to offer.

Celebrating is 27th year in Marda Loop, this New Orleans-style street fest attracts more than 35,000 visitors. With two entertainment stages for jazz and rhythm and blues, 200 vendor tables, a Kids’ Quarter, Fashion Fairway, Dog Contest, and plenty of food, beverages and outdoor patios, Marda Gras brings Bourbon Street to Calgary

Abounding with visual and performing arts of every description, this annual celebration of African culture is celebrating its 20th year of programming! This year, the festival main stage event welcomes legendary Afro-soul singer Angelique Kidjo, rap/R&B sensation Shad, African chanteuse Nomfusi, Ara Her Majesty the Queen of African Drums and many more. Prince's Island Park

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