Aug 30

What to do Downtown Labour Day Long Weekend 2012

by Shannon McNeney · 0 comments

As the September long weekend approaches, and the forecast calls for mainly sunshine, you may find yourself wondering how to get out there and enjoy it - or hide from it.


Stop by WINE-OHs Bistro & Cellar (formerly Beat Niq/Piq Niq) at 9:00pm on Friday, August 31 for a sneak peak of their new cellar after 3 weeks of renos.

High-energy Latin-Jazz band Caravan (formerly known as Bomba) will be providing plenty of hot Latin beats so get ready to Salsa, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha the night away! $15.00 cover charge.


Take the kids for a walk or bike ride along river or through Prince’s Island Park, then cool off with dip at the wading pool and spray park at Eau Claire Plaza.


Need an excuse to shop? Here’s a good one!  With Back to Style running from September 1-30, 2012, Downtown Calgary is celebrating everything that makes the city centre the place to be for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Dress your best and head Downtown, and you could be the recipient of random style gifts, or win a makeover, shopping spree, or other great prizes. Stay in the loop and learn about chances to win weekly and daily prizes, plus entries into our Grand Prize draw by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

While you’re down here increase your odds of winning by freshening up your fall wardrobe at some of our unique stores.  Studio Intent in Art Central has been offering up to 60% off as they make room for some amazing new Canadian labels, including more local designers, and the CORE is home to the new BCBGeneration store - the first and only in Canada.


Typically the summer patios start to shut down around the end of September/early October depending on what Mother Nature has in store.

If you like to dine al fresco, head down to Stephen Avenue where there are so many to choose from, and soak up some rays and delicious bites while you still can.


Pride Calgary is happening this weekend with a number of events that celebrate Calgary’s LGBTA community, as well as help promote awareness and understanding.

After attending the Pride Parade in Vancouver several years ago and having such a blast, I can’t wait to see what Calgary has to offer. Whether you’re gay, straight, or undecided, everyone is made to feel welcome at these events.

September 1 - Official Pride Dance

This event at Flames Central promises to be a night of non-stop surprises, spectacle and fun. Special guests include Chad Michaels (Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4), Spencer Reed, Nick Bertossi, Mantra & more.

September 1 – First Annual Possibilities Bi-B-Q

All ages are welcome at this BBQ that will run from 5-8pm at James Short Park (115 4th Ave SW). Expect food, kids crafts, live music and more.

September 2 - Pride Calgary’s 23rd Annual Parade & Street Festival

The parade begins at noon at Olympic Plaza and runs west along Stephen Avenue, ending at the Street Festival at Shaw Millennium Park.  Live music, food, drink, beer gardens, vendors, and a Family Zone can be enjoyed until 6:00pm.

The Winner’s at 128 8th Ave SW will be giving out free Pride Week Flags for those who want to show their support.

September 2 - Fused: The Official Pride Calgary Closing Party

After the Street Festival, adults can make their way over to The Bank Nightclub for the big wrap-up party featuring DJ Erica Dee, Lisa Delux, and Adam Dready.


Pop over to Eau Claire Festival Market on September 2nd and bring your appetite.

BBQ on the Bow celebrates 20 years of serving up delicious BBQ and family fun.


Not a sun worshiper?  Enjoy some airconditioning while you stroll through the exhibits at the Glenbow Museum.

This weekend will be your last chance to catch “The West,” “Canada on Canvas,” and “Critical Mass” exhibitions, which all end on September 3rd. The museum will be open on the Labour Day Monday as well from 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Want to know what’s going on before anyone else?  Sign up for our Downtown Events Newsletter.

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