Jul 29

What’s Up in YYC

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This week: July 29 to August 4   

Where has the summer gone! Now that the sun is out, anything goes for the final month of Summer vacay. Experience to one many cultural festivals, get outdoors, and explore the magic of #DowntownYYC this week.

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony: Come and join us in this free, family event where approximately 2,000 colourful, glowing paper lanterns will be launched on the reflecting pond at Olympic Plaza on Saturday, August 3, 2019, during Calgary’s seventh annual Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony. Organized by the Calgary Ploughshares Society, this free, family event for everyone looks with hope towards a peaceful, nuclear-weapons-free world that is free from violence, and commemorates the lives lost in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The ceremony represents our hope that no other cities or people worldwide will ever again experience the violence and destruction of nuclear weapons.

Calgary Fringe Festival: Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals, bringing together emerging and established artists alike to tell their stories on stage. The Calgary Fringe hosts a combination of local, national and international productions – usually around 30 shows – for a total of over 160 performances over nine days.

Calgary International Blues Festival: Join us in celebrating the 15th annual Calgary Bluesfest! Featuring a full week of Blues workshops, concerts and special events that culminate in 4 days & nights of non-stop music on MainStage followed by the nightly Twilight Blues Series, this is sure to be the best week of the summer!

Salsa On the Street 2019: Expo Latino wants to show off Calgary’s fantastic downtown area and help you let loose. After Canada Day celebration, events will take place every Friday from 6-9 on the East 100 block of Stephen Ave. These are free events with no cost and no need to sign up in advance. Just come on down and dance Salsa with us!

Explore #DowntownYYC on a Lime Scooter: take one for whirl, but don’t forget a helmet – safety first!

Shakespeare by the Bow – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: This summer, come together with the Calgary community to celebrate and support Alberta’s emerging artists in a gorgeous natural setting. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors through the forest as they are influenced and manipulated by a band of forest-dwelling fairies. Join us in Prince’s Island Park for this thrilling chase of love, identity and confusion.

Walk the Pride: The rainbow and trans flag crosswalks are back and here to stay – have you checked them out yet?

#IAMDOWNTOWN Summer Stage: Join us this summer for some excellent music! Located on the 100 East block of Stephen Avenue Walk, outside the Telus Convention Centre, all performances are free and outdoors.

Check out our full events calendar here!

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